A general guide to reducing nausea
- A small amount of low-fat food seems to work best. These foods are easier to digest and pass through the stomach faster. If you eat a small amount of low-fat food, be sure to eat more to meet your calorie and protein needs.
- Eat salty foods and avoid foods that are too sweet, especially if you keep vomiting.
- If at certain times you know you will be nauseous or vomiting, please refrain from eating foods that you really like. You may stay away from these favorite foods because of nausea and vomiting.
- It is recommended to drink clear and cool beverages. Take whatever you feel you can bear. Examples include clear soup, flavored gelatin, carbonated drinks, popsicles, and ice cubes made from frozen drinks. (Note: When drinking with a straw, sip slowly to avoid swallowing the air that can produce gas.)
- Sometimes the smell of cooking food, especially greasy food, can cause nausea. If you have questions about this, cold foods such as dairy products, sandwiches and fruits may help.
Minimize nausea while eating
- Avoid liquids during meals. Take 30 to 60 minutes before meals and after meals.
- Do not lie down for at least two hours after meals.
- If the smell of the food makes you feel sick, ask others to cook or use the prepared food in the freezer.
- Do not eat in a room full of cooking smells or in a warm, stuffy room.
- Eat slowly.
If nausea and vomiting are still a problem, consult your doctor. If prescription drugs, take them as directed.
Note that large amounts of vitamins, minerals, and other supplements—such as herbs, lecithin, and algae—may cause additional nausea and vomiting; therefore, discuss their use with your doctor.