Monday, February 11, 2008

Coming home tomorrow

Son-in-law will be released from the hospital tomorrow morning. I think I'm picking him up.

He will be on a bland diet like below. Of course the doctor and the hospital have given us NO FREAKIN info except the words "BLAND DIET".

Bland Diet
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
If you have ulcers, bowel problems, nausea, vomiting, or gas, your doctor may recommend a "bland diet" limited to foods that are soft, lightly spiced, and low in fiber. A bland diet may also be helpful if you have had stomach or intestinal surgery.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
The foods you should and should not eat are listed below. Stick to this plan until your doctor says you can add other foods to your diet. To maintain a balanced diet, try to eat the number of servings listed for each food group on a daily basis.

BREADS and STARCHES

* Eat 6 to 8 servings a day from this list:
* 1/2 cup cream of wheat
* 1/2 cup cooked white rice
* 1/2 cup mashed potatoes
* 1/2 cup cooked pasta, noodles, or macaroni
* 6 small (2 inch square) saltine crackers
* 1 slice white bread
* 1 medium size (2-1/2 inch) roll or bun
* Do not eat these foods:
* Barbecue and taco chips
* Bran and granola cereals
* Breads and rolls with nuts, seeds, or bran
* Corn chips
* Hard crackers, such as Ry-Krisp®
* Popcorn
* Potato chips, french fries, and fried potatoes
* Whole-grain breads and rolls

FRUITS

* Eat 2 to 3 servings a day from this list:
* 1/2 cup applesauce
* 1/2 cup canned or cooked fruits without skins or seeds
* 1/2 cup mild juices, such as apple, grape, and pear
* 1/2 of a 9 inch banana or 1 small (5 inch) banana
* Do not eat or drink these foods:
* Berries with seeds, such as strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries
* Cranberry, orange, pineapple, and grapefruit juice
* Lemonade
* Citrus fruits, such as oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes, and pineapples

VEGETABLES

* Eat 2 to 3 servings a day from this list:
* 1/2 cup cooked or mashed vegetables without stems and seeds
* 1/2 cup carrots
* 1/2 cup green beans
* 1/2 cup onions and celery in soups
* 1/2 cup summer squash or zucchini
* 1/2 cup winter squash
* Do not eat these foods:
* Raw vegetables
* Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and other vegetables that cause gas
* Mild or hot peppers
* Sauerkraut and pickled vegetables
* Tomato products, such as tomato paste, tomato sauce, and tomato juice
* Vegetable juice

MILK and DAIRY

* Eat 2 to 4 servings a day from this list:
* 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup cottage cheese
* 1/2 cup custard
* 1/2 cup ice cream or ice milk, without nuts
* A 1- to 2-inch-square slice of mild cheese, such as Longhorn, Colby, or Muenster
* 1 cup low fat milk
* 1/2 cup pudding
* 1 cup yogurt without seeds or nuts
* Do not eat these foods:
* Chocolate milk products
* High fat dairy foods, such as cream and half and half
* Spicy or strongly flavored cheeses, such as jalapeno and black pepper

MEAT and MEAT SUBSTITUTES

* Eat the equivalent of 5 to 7 ounces of meat a day from this list:
* 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter (equals 1 ounce of meat)
* 1 large egg (equals 1 ounce of meat)
* 1 cup of a casserole made from foods listed in this diet (equals 2 to 3 ounces of meat)
* Fish, turkey, chicken, or other meat that is not tough or stringy
* 1/2 cup tofu or other bland soy products (equals 1 ounce of meat)
* Do not eat these foods:
* Crunchy peanut butter
* Dried cooked beans, such as pinto, kidney, or navy beans
* Fried or greasy meats
* Processed, spicy meats, such as sausage, bacon, ham, and lunch meats
* Ribs and other meats with barbecue sauce
* Tough or stringy meats, such as corned beef or beef jerkey

FATS

* Eat 2 to 4 servings a day from this list:
* 1 pat or 1 teaspoon butter
* 1 pat or 1 teaspoon margarine
* 1 teaspoon olive, vegetable, or safflower oil
* Do not eat these foods:
* Fried foods
* Nuts and seeds

BEVERAGES

* Drink as much as you want from this list:
* Low-acid juices, such as apple, grape, or pear
* Mild herbal teas or weak regular tea
* Water
* Caffeine-free drinks
* Soda (do not drink more than 2 cans a day)
* Do not drink these liquids:
* Alcoholic beverages
* Coffee and regular teas
* Colas and other drinks with caffeine

SOUPS

* Eat or drink as much as you want from this list:
* Bouillon or broth
* 1 serving of a cream soup may take the place of a serving of milk
* Any soup without tomato or strong spices
* Do not eat these foods:
* Chile (any kind)
* Minestrone and other tomato-based soups

OTHER ITEMS

* Eat as much as you want from this list:
* Desserts made with approved foods from the lists above
* Herbs
* Mild gravies and sauces
* Salt and other mild seasonings
* Do not eat these foods:
* Chili, taco, or picante sauces
* Chili pepper
* Desserts with nuts or coconut
* Horseradish
* Pickles