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Interstitial Cystitis IC/PBS Diet List of Safe and Trigger Foods

One of the first helping steps to living life comfortable with IC/PBS is to track down what foods trigger a flare and what foods are soothing to eat. All of us will be different. One person may be able to eat tomatoes while another person may not. It is a good idea especially in the beginning of your investigating to keep track of all your findings and what you are eating in a journal. In my personal experience I also found it easier to start off with a very plain and very basic diet for a week so I could start off fresh and not guess at what was causing my flare ups. For example I drank only water, and kept all my food with no seasoning except for a little sea salt, plus the food that I ate was very basic as well, cucumber and fresh mozzarella sandwiches, and plain chicken breast with plain white rice, I know very boring, but it helped me to keep it simple. When you see the list of foods that are safe, foods that may be possible and foods to be cautious of, don’t be discouraged, a great deal of people are able to start enjoying a lot of foods in time especially after you have begun to allow your bladder to receive optional treatments. With time you will be able to reintroduce some foods into your diet these foods will be listed under possible foods, and in fact your doctor will more then likely, after seeing what type of progress you are making, advise you to start introducing some of those foods back into your diet every so often to see how you manage, and to see if your treatments are working. Along with the good obviously there will be foods that you will have to clearly stay away from, but it is a little trade off to feeling great again.

Living on an IC diet is in all actuality very healthy, since it mainly consists of natural and fresh food. I think the biggest change in an IC diet was to allow for more time in the kitchen,and although it may be a little difficult at first to find the time, eventually you will find your own groove and worked it into your schedule. If you eat a lot of junk food or boxed and canned food then you may find this diet change difficult because those are the main types of foods you are going to have to kick to the curb. This is going to be the time in your life where you learn to make homemade food and trust me its going to be OK, you don’t need to a master chef, but you have to have the will to try. Let’s take a look at some options and what you are going to be looking for the next time you go grocery shopping.

VEGETABLES: Most vegetables are rather mild in acidity except for tomatoes, onions and possibly asparagus, but I found that yellow tomatoes were more tolerable, tomato sauce and tomato soup may not be tolerable.

FRUITS: Fruits are most often rather high in acidity so most of them are going to intolerable, the less acidic fruits are pears, and blueberries. I know its not a long list, but you may be able to tolerate the sweeter apples such as gala or fuji, try them and see how you do. For the first year I was unable to eat any fruits except for pears and blueberries, but now I can eat apples, and melons like honey dew and watermelon. Go slow and with time you may be able to get there. High citric fruits such as lemons, limes and oranges are very symptomatic.

MEATS - Meat is very tolerable, you can have all kinds ranging from poultry, pork to steaks, but if they are pre-seasoned or have sauces on them such as bbq sauce then they will cause flare ups and irritate the bladder. Buy all your meats fresh and plain.This doesn’t mean that you have to eat it plain there are many fresh and packaged spices that are safe to choose from such as sage, rosemary, oregano, and thyme just to name a few, plus you can use fresh ingredients like mushrooms or chives to add flavour. Stay clear of preserved meats, especially deli meats, pepperoni, and salami’s.

DAIRY - Milk and eggs are IC friendly, so breakfast and baking are still going to be manageable easy enough. There are a good selection of cheeses to choose from but just be cautious at first. The milder and fresher the cheese is is going to be the better choice.better. Give cheeses like fresh mozzarella, and cottage cheese, a try first even soft monterey jack is a good choice. Parmesan cheese may still be tolerable in small amount for some people as well as other aged cheese, but they seem to be more intolerable the more aged they are.

BREADS – I just simply love bread, so if I had to give it up, I am sure it would have been devastating, seeing as how I already had to give up most chocolate. My best advise would be to buy bread fresh from a bakery if you don’t bake at home, but if you do bake or have a bread maker do make your own, its better and you can be absolutely sure of what ingredients are in the bread. Most all breads are fine such as wheat, oat, white and rice bread. You will want to eat rye and sourdough breads with caution, most people found them to cause irritation. Stay clear of any breads with preservatives.

DESSERTS – Most chocolate is not going to be tolerable, but some people found that they could tolerate small amounts of white chocolate, and you still have a wide variety of other desserts you can choose from such as homemade peanut butter cookies, cakes vanilla ice cream and caramels. I could keep the list going, but I may be a while. If you really need some kind of chocolate fix search out carob candies.

There is a useful list of foods that are IC/PBS safe, foods that may or may not be tolerable and foods that you should be cautious of because they cause irritation in a majority of people. This list has been created by emerging research that continues to come forward and also from information that is gathered and researched based on patient and clinical trials. This list has been produced by the IC- network.com

NOTE THAT FOODS MARKED WITH A * ARE FOODS THAT MAY BE SOOTHING DURING A FLARE

BEVERAGES: ICS/PBS SAFE

  • Water
  • Blueberry, pear juice
  • *Milk, milk substitutes (almond, rice, lactaid)
  • *Vanilla milkshake
  • *Chamomile & peppermint tea
  • Non dairy creamer
  • *Non alcoholic eggnog check labels

 

BEVERAGES: MAY BE TOLERABLE

  • Low acid orange, grape and apple juice, look into baby juice
  • Herbal, low acid coffee decaf and roasted carob
  • Alfalfa & roasted carob tea
  • Decaf root beer not diet
  • Some sports drinks like Gatorade test what works for you

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BEVERAGES: SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS

  • Alcohol
  • Carbonated, flavored & vitamin water
  • Cranberry, orange & acai juice
  • Chocolate & soy milk
  • Regular & decaf coffee
  • Regular, herbal, green & iced teas
  • Colas, diet, citrus, orange sodas
  • Powdered drinks such as kool aid, iced tea, lemonade and orange
  • Sports drinks
  • Energy drinks, guarana, mate

 

GRAINS: ICS/PBS SAFE

  • *corn bread,
  • *oat bread
  •  pita,* potato bread
  • *white bread,
  • Italian sweet bread
  •  whole wheat bread (i.e. Ezekiel)
  • most cereals without problem ingredients, oat cereal, rice cereal (hot or cold)
  • crackers – matzo
  • couscous,
  • grit,
  •  millet
  • *quinoa
  •  spelt
  • flours –buckwheat,
  • wheat pasta
  • *rice

 

GRAINS: MAY BE TOLERABLE

  • breads – rye, sourdough
  •  cereals – instant packaged hot cereal
  •  crackers – without problem ingredients
  •  grain – amaranth

 

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GRAINS: SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS

  • breads – made with unsafe ingredients and/or heavily processed and fortified
  • cereals – heavily preserved, sweetened, heavily fortified, flavored,
  • flour – soy pasta – prepared or boxed pasta dishes rice – boxed dishes

 

FATS AND NUTS: IC/PBS SAFE

  • Nuts – almonds, cashews, peanuts butters  almond, peanut oils – canola, coconut, corn, olive, peanut,
  • Safflower, sesame, soy
  • Margarine lard shortening
  • Salad dressing homemade without
  • problem ingredients

 

FATS AND NUTS: MAY BE TOLERABLE

  • Nuts – macadamia, pecans, walnuts
  •  mayonnaise
  • tahini
  • seeds – sunflower seeds
  •  shortening – butter-flavored

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FATS AND NUTS: SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS

  • nuts – filberts, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios
  • oils – check label
  • salad dressings – most

 

MEATS, FISH, EGGS & POULTRY: IC/PBS SAFE

  • *eggs
  • *poultry-chicken,turkey
  • *fish
  • *beef
  • seafood-clams, crabmeat(not canned)
  • Lobster, shrimp
  • Lamb
  • Pork
  • Protein powder, whey, egg whites
  • veal liver – beef or chicken

 

 MEATS, FISH, EGGS & POULTRY: MAY BE TOLERABLE

  • garden veggie burgers- without soy products
  • corned beef
  • sandwich meats-liverwurst,(fresh or boiled without heavy preservatives or flavoring
  • caviar
  • bacon
  • prosciutto
  • sausages without problem ingredients

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 MEATS, FISH, EGGS & POULTRY: SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS

  • cured meats-bologna, pepperoni, salami
  • anchovies
  • tofu
  • smoked fish
  • most sausages
  • canned crab meat
  • hot dogs

 

 DAIRY, CHEESE, FROZEN DESSERTS: IC/PBS SAFE

  • cheeses – American, mozzarella, cheddar cheese (mild), feta, ricotta*, string cheeses*
  • cream cheese
  • *Cottage cheese
  • most ice cream
  • milk*
  • milk substitutes*(not soy)
  • sherbet(no citrus or chocolate flavors)
  • rice dream
  • whipped cream

 

DAIRY, CHEESE, FROZEN DESSERTS: MAY BE TOLERABLE

  • cheeses – blue cheese, brie, brick parmesan,camembert, cheddar cheese (sharp), edam, emmenthaler, gruyere hard jack, Monterey Jack, parmesan (fresh & canned), Roquefort, stilton, Swiss
  • buttermilk
  • sour cream - accent on a baked potato or soup 
  • pizza - plain, chicken & garlic, veggie or made with white sauce – no pepperoni
  • yogurt - blueberry, vanilla, plain no lemon concentrate

 

DAIRY, CHEESE, FROZEN DESSERTS: SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS

  • cheeses – processed, Cheez Whiz
  • ice cream – caution with citrus or chocolate
  • soy milk, soy cheese

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FRUITS: IC/PBS SAFE

  • Apples, gala, fuji, pink lady
  • homemade applesauce made with apples listed above
  • blueberries*
  • coconut without preservatives
  • dates without preservatives
  • pears*
  • watermelon

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 FRUITS: MAY BE TOLERABLE

  • commercial applesauce
  • apricots
  • bananas
  • berries(raspberries, blackberries olallieberries)
  • cherries
  • citrus peels
  • currants
  • figs
  • mangos
  • honey dew, crenshaw
  • peaches
  • plums
  • brown raisins
  • rhubarb

 

 FRUITS: SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS

  • cranberries
  • oranges, lemons, limes, grape fruit
  • dries fruit with preservatives
  • grapes
  • guava
  • kiwi
  • cantelope
  • nectarines
  • passion fruit
  • papaya
  • persimmon
  • pineapple
  • starfruit
  • strawberries
  • white raisins

 

VEGETABLES & DRIED BEANS: IC/PBS SAFE

  • asparagus
  • avocado
  • beans – black eyed peas, garbanzo, lentils, pinto, white, most dried beans
  • beets
  •  broccoli
  • brussels sprouts
  •  cabbage
  • *carrots
  • cauliflower
  • celery
  • chives
  • *corn
  • cucumber
  • eggplant
  • green beans
  • greens – collard greens,
  •  kale, 
  • mustard greens, 
  • okra, 
  • swiss chard, spinach, 
  • bok choy
  • lettuce & most salad greens
  • * mushrooms
  •  olives – black
  • *parsley
  • *peas – green, snow peas, split peas 
  • bell peppers – yellow, orange, 
  • *red potatoes white,
  •  yams 
  • pumpkin
  • radishes
  • rhubarb
  • rutabaga
  • *squash summer, winter, zucchini turnips

 

VEGETABLES & DRIED BEANS: MAY BE TOLERABLE

  • beans – fava, kidney beans, lima beans, black beans
  • bell peppers green
  • olives green
  • greens- chicory, dandelion, purslane
  • turnip greens
  • leeks ( cooked)
  • onions- white, red, cooked bulb onion, raw green
  • tomatoes – home grown low acid ( yellow tomatoes)

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VEGETABLES & DRIED BEANS: SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS

  • chili peppers
  • onions – raw bulb onions
  • pickles
  • sauerkraut
  • soy beans – edamame, roasted
  • tomato – tomato sauces, tomato juice
  • tofu
  • watercress

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SOUPS: IC/PBS SAFE

  • Home made soups and stocks made from safe meats and vegetables

 

SOUPS: MAY BE TOLERABLE

  • canned low sodium, organic soups without problem ingredients

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 SOUPS: SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS

  • bouillion cubes
  • most canned
  • most packaged soups

 

SNACKS: IC/PBS SAFE

  • Almonds
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Chips (plain) corn , potato
  • Crackers – soda or soup
  • All natural Fruit bars – blueberry, pear avoid ones with preservatives
  • milkshake vanilla
  •  Oatmeal bars
  • Peanuts, peanut butter
  • Popcorn *plain
  • Pretzels

 

SNACKS: MAY BE TOLERABLE

  • Donuts – glazed, old fashioned
  • Graham crackers
  • Fruit & nut bars – with safe ingredients
  • Licorice
  • Pizza – plain, chicken & garlic, veggie or made with white sauce no pepperoni

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SNACKS: SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS

  • Potato chips that are seasoned,e.g bbq
  • Dessert cakes fast food restaurants

 

DESSERTS & SWEETS: ICS/PBS SAFE

  • blueberries cake – homemade pound cake*, angel food*
  • homemade white/yellow cakes*, carrot
  • frostings homemade vanilla frosting,
  • homemade caramel frosting, carob,
  • whipped cream
  • carob
  • cookies oatmeal*, shortbread, sugar*
  • muffins – carrot
  • cheesecake
  • creme brûlée custards*
  • pie – custard, cream pie, homemade apple pie(with safe apples), pumpkin pie
  • divinity sweet breads – homemade zucchini bread
  • maple syrup
  • pastries – plain, almond, pear
  • ice cream – peppermint, vanilla*
  • pudding – tapioca, vanilla*, rice*
  • milkshake – vanilla*
  • sweeteners – brown sugar, honey*, sugar

 

DESSERTS & SWEETS: MAY BE TOLERABLE

  • artificial sweeteners – Splenda® (sucralose)
  • candy – caramel, licorice
  • chocolate – white ice cream caramel, coconut, mango,peppermint, butter pecan
  • sorbet – coconut
  • pastries – blueberry, cinnamon
  • popsicles – some
  • sweet breads – banana
  • yogurt – frozen

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DESSERTS & SWEETS: SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS

  • artificial sweeteners – acesulfame K aspartame, Nutrasweet®, saccharine, Sweet- N-Low, stevia
  • candy – red hot-type cinnamon
  •  chocolate – cocoa, milk, bittersweet, dark
  •  ice cream – chocolate, coffee, rocky road
  •  sorbets – with problem fruits
  • pastries – with problem fruits
  •  pie – pecan, mincemeat
  • desserts – with problem nuts fruitcakes

 

CONDIMENTS & SEASONINGS: IC/PBS SAFE

  • allspice
  • almond extract
  • anise
  • basil*
  • caraway seed
  • coriander dill
  • fennel
  • garlic*
  • mace
  • marjoram
  • oregano*
  • poppy seed
  • rosemary*
  • sage*
  • salt in small quantities
  •  thyme
  • tarragon
  •  vanilla extract

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CONDIMENTS & SEASONINGS: MAY BE TOLERABLE

  • black pepper
  • celery seed
  • cilantro
  • powdered cinnamon
  • citric acid small amounts
  • cumin small amounts
  • dried parsley
  • ginger
  • lemon extract
  • mayo
  • malt powder
  • nutmeg
  • onion powder
  • orange extract
  • tumeric

 

CONDIMENTS & SEASONINGS: SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS

  • autolyzed yeast
  • BHA and BHT
  • Benzoates
  • catsup (ketchup))
  • cayenne
  • cloves
  • dried chili powder
  • horseradish
  • hot curry powder
  • hydrolyzed protein
  • meat tenderizers
  • miso
  • mustard
  • oleoresin paprika
  • paprika
  • Seasonings, and Flavor Enhancers
  • Fiber Supplements
  • mace
  • ascorbic acid
  • pickles red pepper
  • soy sauce tamari vinegar worcestershire sauce MSG – monosodium glutamate metabisulfites sulfites

 

FIBER SUPPLEMENTSIC/PBS SAFE 

  • acacia fiber
  • Benefiber®
  • Metamucil® – plain psyllium
  • bulk psyllium

fiber – not sugar free

FIBRE SUPPLEMENTS: MAY BE TOLERABLE 

  • Colace®
  • Metamucil® – cinnamon wafers

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FIBRE SUPPLEMENTS: SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS 

  • Metamucil – orange, berry burst
  • psyllium fiber –due to the presence of artificial sweeteners
  • senna

 

 



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