You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myAJC.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myAJC.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myAJC.com.

breaking news

Flooding blocks lanes on Ga. 400

What to eat when it seems that everything you eat just makes you sick


Nutritionist Miriam Erick has been helping women with severe morning sickness, or hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), figure out what kinds of foods to eat for decades.

Her four books on the subject include "Take Two Crackers and Call Me in the Morning: A Real-Life Guide for Surviving Morning Sickness," and her biggest piece of advice is "Listen to your cravings - if your body is telling you that it wants something, then just eat whatever that is." Her only caveat: no alcohol - but, other than that, the world is your oyster. Or, maybe, oyster cracker.

Here are some other hints from Erick:

- Bland is not necessarily best for everybody, even though the most common advice is to stick to bland foods such as applesauce and mashed potatoes. It's not unusual for women with HG to seek out spicy or sour food, so follow your instincts.

- Fluids can be more difficult to stomach when you're nauseous, so don't fret about liquids and focus on food first. If you think you can manage it, frozen watermelon cubes or grapes can be good alternatives to traditional fluids. If soda sounds good, don't worry about the sugar too much if it means you're getting necessary fluids into your body.

- Forget ginger - if you want to. Ginger tea is commonly recommended to HG patients to help curb nausea, but, anecdotally, many HG patients say it doesn't help. Noting that constant vomiting will naturally cause a raw throat, Erick says ginger may irritate the throat, which could be why it doesn't agree with some women.

- No matter what it is that you want to eat - whether it's raw cauliflower, Key lime pie or jalapeño poppers - find that one item and eat it in small amounts throughout the day. Eventually you may be able to add a few more items that you can keep down, but it doesn't really matter as long as you're getting some nutrients and calories.

- Give salt a try - the mariner's cure. While reading Julia Alvarez's novel "Saving the World," a passage referring to seawater as a cure for seasickness started Erick on a new line of thinking. Try adding salt to a glass of water or just eating salty crackers or chips; the salt might help quell the nausea, or, at least, make you thirsty for fluids.

- Outside stimuli can have a powerful effect, so you may need to retreat to a small, dark space such as a closet when trying to eat. Not only can noise and light stimulate nausea, but smells - from your kitchen or even your spouse - can also make food even less palatable. Sometimes choosing food that doesn't have a strong odor, or sticking to cold items, can also help.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Cooking and Recipes

An old favorite returns to the rotation with a leaner look
An old favorite returns to the rotation with a leaner look

Curried Singapore Noodles was my standard order at a restaurant in Washington's Chinatown - until it wasn't. That kitchen's particular proportions of curried sauce, rice noodles, vegetables, egg and shrimp was the only way I wanted the dish to taste. Once that place closed and a few other Chinese restaurants failed to live up to the standard, I struck...
In Copenhagen, new Nordic meets traditional Italian
In Copenhagen, new Nordic meets traditional Italian

The trendsetting modern style of Scandinavian cooking known as New Nordic has guided the Danish capital’s emergence as one of the world’s great food cities. The manifesto for this cooking was signed by 12 of the region’s most influential chefs in 2004. Among other things, it affirmed the importance of traditional Nordic recipes and...
This robust salad is fit for a full meal
This robust salad is fit for a full meal

A Big Salad is a modern solution to the home cook’s eternal question: How can an entire tasty, nourishing meal be packed into one bowl? Now that so much fresh produce is available year-round, salads can serve as a worthy dinner option, one that satisfies many tastes. Combine fresh, frilly greens, raw and cooked vegetables, beans, grains, nuts...
Cognac on the rocks?
Cognac on the rocks?

If you've ever ordered a cognac at a trendy restaurant, you've no doubt witnessed the bartender making a show of heating a snifter with hot water before filling it. It's a dirty little secret (at least it was) that the renowned cognac house of Hennessy prefers to serve Hennessy X.O on the rocks. I learned of this firsthand a number of years ago when...
Diabetes quick fix: pan fried ropa vieja (flank steak in tomato sauce)
Diabetes quick fix: pan fried ropa vieja (flank steak in tomato sauce)

“Old cloths” is the literal translation of ropa vieja. The Cuban dish is made with leftover meat or flank steak that has been simmered several hours until it falls apart into strings. Any shredded meat boiled or fried can be used for this dish. As long as it is cooked with a traditional sauce of onions, garlic, green peppers and tomatoes...
More Stories