[cancer|food] Being BRATy

After the horrid GI issues of a few weeks ago, on medical advice I have been largely on the BRAT diet (plus yogurt). Given that the side effects of my chemotherapy make my gut fairly antagonistic to dietary fiber, among many other issues, this slightly goopy, very boring mess has actually served rather well to stabilize my lower GI.

I know this because every day or two I have something different for lunch, out of sheer unadulterated boredom, and, wham, things fire right up in an ugly way.

I don’t know if it’s the protein or the fat or what, but I pay for stepping outside BRAT, even for something as simple as yesterday’s chicken and salad. I could go on an exclusionary diet and try to sort through it, but in truth, I’ve only got about ten weeks left of this, and it would take me longer than that to properly do the exclusionary work. On the plus side, it’s keeping my weight very flat.

So I have a solution to the lower GI stuff that works, at least for now, and it is boooooooring. But at least I have a solution. It’s funny, what helps and how simple this has been.

2 thoughts on “[cancer|food] Being BRATy

  1. Laurie Mann says:

    I’m sorry to hear that a plain piece of chicken would cause trouble. When I’ve had gastritis/irritable bowel, I developed the “CCRATIY” diet a few times (chicken, cereal, rice, applesauce, toast, ice cream, yogurt).

    1. Jay says:

      Sadly, lacking a gall bladder and with a shortened colon, the fat in ice cream is often highly triggery for me. Plus the intermittent lactose intolerance from chemo kind of makes ice cream less fun.

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