1 Week Gastritis Diet Plan

1 Week Gastritis Diet Plan

An effective gastritis diet plan consists of eating relatively bland foods, low in dietary fiber. The purpose is to eat foods that are the least likely to upset the already inflamed stomach lining and give the stomach time to regenerate and recover. While this is not how you’ll eat forever, the more restrictive the gastritis diet and the better you keep to it, the sooner you’ll recover and be able to return to more nourishing foods with a high nutritional value. Depending on the severity of the gastritis and the symptoms you are experiencing, the diet can be pursued for as little as 1 month or as long as 3 months. During this time, it’s advised to be in contact with your doctor and take the prescribed medicine.

The foods I’ve relied on heavily when I had gastritis were plain white rice, plain white pasta, occasionally fresh egg pasta, white bread and white bread toast, oven baked bread or croutons, eggs cooked without grease, boiled chicken, moderate amounts of boiled or steamed carrots, spinach, potatoes, occasionally celery, portobello or champignon mushrooms and zucchini, ripe bananas, limited amounts of plain applesauce or stewed apples without skin, salt for seasoning, very small amounts of fresh, extravirgin olive oil and tea with sugar or honey varieties of your choice, if you are not allergic.

Gastritis menu

Know that the 1 week meal plan detailed below is a result of my personal experience in dealing with gastritis and does not constitute or substitute medical advice. While it has helped me successfully get through my stomach condition, it does not apply to everyone and individual health issues, nutritional requirements or other aspects should be taken into consideration. Also keep in mind that not everyone reacts in the same way to the same foods, so what has been good for me may not necessarily be good for you. Also, when eating for gastritis, it is recommended to:

1) Eat smaller meals often and never fill up on food because a full stomach increases chances of acid reflux and can further worsen the condition. Let yourself feel hungry between meals, but do not starve yourself.

2) Eat at least 3 hours before lying down to reduce acid reflux likelihood.

3) Be careful with allergies: eggs, honey, avocado, celery, herbs for tea are common allergens. If you have known allergies to any food, avoid it. If you suspect allergies to some foods, avoid them until you know for sure which food you are allergic to and which not.

4) Considering your lower fiber intake, drink plenty of water and eat soft foods to help you have healthy, normal bowel movements.

5) Bananas are best eaten when golden yellow with a few brown spots on them. Anything too unripe (green bananas) or too ripe (bananas that have extensive black spots on skin and are starting to smell like a fruity alcohol) are not good.

6) Eat apples cooked and without skin so they don’t upset the stomach. Cooked quinces or pears can be good alternative to cooked apples. Zucchinis can be peeled too to reduce fiber intake. Also, the younger the zucchini, the more tender and the more digestible its fiber.

7) You can add or remove ingredients as you like or switch between the meal ideas. Just make sure you get carbohydrates, protein and fats and a little fiber.

8) Remember to cook without grease, except for an occasional tablespoon of fresh, extravirgin olive oil in some dishes or half of a ripe avocado once or twice a week, if it’s good for you. For more information on what to eat, read the article on foods to eat and to avoid for gastritis.

Gastritis meal plan

9) Take your vitamins and talk to your doctor about getting a good multivitamin. At the same time, keep in mind that a lot of multivitamin complexes cause stomach acidity. Effervescent supplements in particular are a source of extreme stomach acidity. This form is best avoided by anyone looking to keep their gastritis symptoms under control. Tablet supplements are a better alternative, although they can also trigger acid reflux, depending on their composition and individual reactions to it. So while important in long-term management of gastritis, know that multivitamins can also worsen gastritis symptoms. If that is the case for you, discuss your options further with your doctor. What I did when confronted with this issue was simply to reduce my intake to one-two multivamin supplements a week, always after eating a good lunch.

10) Gastritis doesn’t respond well to a full stomach, whether it’s food or fluids. So just as you eat small meals often, remember to not fill up on fluids. Feeling your stomach bloated with water or chicken soup is a sure way to experience worse symptoms. For me, the best solution was to drink water at least half an hour before a meal and at least half an hour after eating to not feel too full. And, of course, remain hydrated for the rest of the day too. As for the chicken soup, I would always have less soup and more absorbent ingredients like rice, risoni, plain noodles as well as plain boiled chicken. And always make your soup at home yourself so ensure you are not eating foods, spices or additives that worsen gastritis.

11) Remove the skin on the chicken because it is a source of fat that can upset the stomach. On the same note, you can eat whole eggs some days and only egg whites on other days, depending on your individual nutritional requirements. The egg yolks do carry most of the fat content of eggs and if it’s too much for you, you can always have egg white and still get generous amounts of protein. Similarly, avoid avocado if it’s causing you stomach upset. While it didn’t bother me personally, a lot of people find it is bad to eat avocado if you have a sensitive stomach. Read more about 8 Side Effects and Contraindications of Avocado.
12) Aloe vera for gastritis treatment should be the natural, bitter, unsweetened aloe vera gel extracted from the plant leaves. It requires refrigeration to protect its healing properties.

My 1 week, personalized gastritis meal plan

Day 1: 30 minutes – 1 hour before breakfast: 1 tablespoon of Aloe vera
Breakfast: 2 soft boiled chicken eggs, 2-3 slices of toast, tea sweetened with sugar or honey of your choice
Lunch: Grilled chicken breast, 100 g of plain, boiled spinach, 2-3 slices of fresh, white bread
Snack: 1 medium ripe banana (with brown spots)
Dinner: White rice risotto with 1-2 medium carrots, 2-3 chicken legs (everything boiled), salt for seasoning

Day 2: 30 minutes – 1 hour before breakfast: 1 tablespoon of Aloe vera
Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs (no grease), 2-3 slices of fresh bread, tea sweetened with sugar or honey of your choice
Lunch: White pasta with boiled mushrooms, 1 tablespoon of fresh, extravirgin olive oil, salt for seasoning
I like to boil 4-5 large portobello mushrooms, ground them using a food processor, then add them to the pasta
Snack: Plain, salted crackers
Dinner: 2-3 boiled chicken legs with 100-150 g of boiled or steamed vegetables (spinach, carrots, potatoes or celery- check for allergies), some plain, boiled, white rice or plain, white bread

Day 3: 30 minutes – 1 hour before breakfast: 1 tablespoon of Aloe vera
Breakfast: 2-3 slices of toast with 2-egg omelette (no grease), tea sweetened with sugar or honey of your choice
Lunch: Plain white rice risotto with 1-2 medium carrots, 2 chicken legs (everything boiled), salt for seasoning
Snack: Plain, dry bagels
Dinner: 2-3 boiled chicken legs with 100-150 g of boiled or steamed vegetables (spinach, carrots or potatoes), plain, white bread

Day 4: 30 minutes – 1 hour before breakfast: 1 tablespoon of Aloe vera
Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs (no grease), 2-3 slices of toast, tea sweetened with sugar or honey of your choice
Lunch: Chicken noodle soup (1 chicken back, 2 chicken wings with 2 medium carrots, a quarter of a celery root, 2 medium potatoes, salt for seasoning and plain noodles).
Note 1: you can only have solids if you feel the soup itself is bad for your gastritis.
Note 2: eat small servings, not everything at once.
Snack: Plain crackers
Dinner: Plain, white rice risotto with chicken legs (everything boiled, salt for seasoning)

Day 5: 30 minutes – 1 hour before breakfast: 1 tablespoon of Aloe vera
Breakfast: Half an avocado (ripe) with 2-3 slices of toast, tea sweetened with sugar or honey of your choice
Lunch: Mashed potatoes (plain, boiled potatoes with salt and a little water they have boiled in to give the puree the right consistency), grilled or boiled chicken breast, 2-3 slices of bread
Snack: 1 very ripe banana (with brown spots)
Dinner: Boiled chicken legs, fresh, white bread

Day 6: 30 minutes – 1 hour before breakfast: 1 tablespoon of Aloe vera
Breakfast: 2 hard-boiled eggs, 2-3 slices of toast of fresh bread, tea sweetened with sugar or honey of your choice
Lunch: Grilled chicken breast, plain croutons or 2-3 slices of toast or fresh, white bread
Snack: 1 stewed apple, without skin
Dinner: Plain, white rice risotto with chicken legs (everything boiled, salt for seasoning)

Day 7: 30 minutes – 1 hour before breakfast: 1 tablespoon of Aloe vera
Breakfast: 2 soft boiled eggs, 2-3 slices of toast, tea sweetened with sugar or honey of your choice
Lunch: Plain rice risotto with mushrooms or carrots
Snack: Plain, salted crackers or dry bagels
Dinner: Boiled chicken legs with 100-150 g of boiled vegetables (spinach, carrots, potatoes or celery – check for allergies), some plain, boiled rice or a couple of slices of plain, white bread


1) You can eat your toast with honey in the morning, just remember to check for allergies to honey or bee products first.
2) If you experience constipation, you can slowly introduce more of the mentioned vegetables into your diet to help with bowel movements.
3) If your stomach is upsetting you because of a too high fiber content, you can exclude some of the fiber choices until you find the right balance for you.
4) If a certain food is bad for you, avoid it and substitute it with a food that doesn’t elicit any symptoms.
5) Remember to take the medicine your doctor prescribed as advised.
6) Absolutely avoid lying down after eating, whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner.
7) Avoid coffee, caffeinated beverages, fried foods, sodas and other bad foods for gastritis.

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20 thoughts on “1 Week Gastritis Diet Plan”

  1. I wonder how could you eat so many things with gastritis? For me its hard to digest plain water too. What type of gastritis you had? I have lost 12 kg in 3 months. I am still loosing because i literally can not digest any solid foods. It takes hours for me to digest few sips of liquids.

    • Hello, Fabeeha. I had chronic gastritis since I was a teenager. Then, I didn’t know what gastritis was or that I had it and it went on undiagnosed and untreated for years, so it got bad. It’s been difficult and I’ve been in your shoes. There was a time I couldn’t eat almost anything without experiencing severe digestive upset with debilitating acid reflux. Actual stomach pain with gastritis after eating was an almost daily occurrence for me.

      After I was diagnosed, I started off with an extremely limited gastritis diet. For 3-4 months I only ate boiled or grilled chicken breast, boiled chicken legs (without skin), plain boiled or baked potatoes, a little boiled spinach, boiled carrots, plain crackers, plain toast, plain white rice and pasta, eggs. I only drank still water and occasionally tea with herbs that were soothing for the stomach. Every once in a while I would have one small boiled apple with my rice (because rice is quite absorbent and apples don’t bother me at all) or a ripe banana.

      Of course, not everyone can eat the foods I ate and continue to eat and that’s perfectly alright. It’s normal to have different reactions to food. The goal with a gastritis diet and eating for good health in general is to learn which foods are good for you and which foods are bad and only eat the good ones.

      And adapt everything to your individual nutritional requirements and dietary restrictions. This means that you can exclude some foods and include others or reduce portion size to as little as you feel is right for you or combine your foods differently. Whatever it takes so that you feel good and don’t experience side effects. Don’t follow my eating plan exactly. It’s meant to be a form of inspiration for those who want to get on a gastritis diet but don’t know how to start.

      And while it may seem like a lot of food, it really isn’t (for me at least, since I’m very active and hungry all the time). Because you only eat small meals and never fill up on food! You don’t have to eat a whole chicken breast; you can only eat a quarter or two fine slices. If the amount of vegetables you’ve seen in my diet plan seem too much for you, reduce it until you find the right intake for you. Also, you don’t have to eat all the food you are making at once. Like in the case of the soup: have a very small amount like a piece of chicken and one carrot with a tablespoon of noodles. And, if you’re hungry later, have another piece of chicken with a boiled carrot from the soup. Like I said, it’s about finding the right balance for YOU.

      If you say you can’t digest any solid food and are losing so much weight, I’d recommend seeing a doctor again because there may be other causes for this aside from gastritis. In the meantime, what helped me in the beginning with my gastritis was to eat soft food. I would puree everything using a plain food processor. When food is pureed and soft, it’s almost like it’s pre-digested so the stomach puts in a lot less effort to break it down and this could help speed digestion. You can puree one boiled egg with a few slices of plain boiled chicken breast. Or 1-2 boiled carrots with the meat from 1-2 chicken legs. Or some rice with chicken. Or a bit of boiled spinach with a boiled egg. You can try this and see if it helps you better digest solid food. You can add tiny amounts of water to the food to make it softer (I would start with one tablespoon and see from there).

      As for the trouble digesting liquids, I’ve had that too and still experience it on occasion. What I’ve found helped me was to drink very little at once and stand up or just walk around after. I would even stand for 20 minutes, but never lift anything and never bend. I also never drink water while lying down.
      Also, in my experience, pure aloe vera gel is the best natural home remedy for gastritis. Whenever my gastritis recurred, I would start with the aloe vera gel again and I must say it really helped heal my stomach lining, improve digestion and reduce discomfort.

      Again, I’d recommend you see a gastroenterologist for some tests just to make sure there isn’t another cause to your stomach problems aside from the gastritis. Make sure you mention the weight loss and difficulty digesting solid food and liquids. In the meantime, start your own gastritis diet.

      You can start small with just 1-2 ingredients per meal and very small amounts, maybe 1 boiled egg and 1 boiled carrot or 3-4 tablespoons of rice and 1 chicken leg or half a baked potato and 2 fine slices of boiled chicken breast. Puree the food with a food processor to further ease the impact on your stomach. Eat (but don’t lie down) and wait until you feel hungry again. Once you feel hungry, eat a little again and so on until you find the right balance for you. There may be setbacks (I experienced them all the time and so have many other people with gastritis), but keep going until you learn which foods, food combinations and amounts are good and which are bad for gastritis in your case. There’s so much to be said about eating with gastritis and it’s almost impossible to cover everything here, but I really hope you find some helpful advice and feel better over time. If you have any questions or want to find out more about how I manage my gastritis diet, I would be happy to help. Wishing you lots of health, Fabeeha!

  2. Thank you very much for sharing so much the details about the diet, your blog is the best source of information on gastritis I found and I looked a lot.
    I’ve have been finally diagnosed with chronic gastritis after 10 years of suffering from it. Now I can finally begin a strict diet and way of life.
    I have a few question about the diet. What brand of Aloe Vera did you use and was it gel or juice or maybe both? Which is better? And did the crackers you ate contained salt and did it bother you? Does salt in general bothered your gastritis? Salt sounds bad for gastritis. What is your experience with string beans?
    Thank you again and kind regards.

    • Hello, Matijas. The Aloe Vera I used was a gel, but the juice should have similar effects. The important thing, in my experience, is to get a 100% natural product (mine had no color additives, nothing to prolong shelf life – I had to keep it in the fridge, no sweeteners whatsoever – and it tasted really bad, but was worth it!).

      Sometimes I had crackers with salt, but not always. The salt didn’t bother me because I had very little of it, too little judging by my low blood pressure. Because my diet was really bland and restrictive at first and I didn’t use any spices, I used very little salt for seasoning (a lot of days I only ate rice, bread, crackers, toast, plain boiled chicken or some eggs – it was a long 3-4 month period). But I’m guessing that, if you have too much salt (excessive amounts), it may make you drink more liquids and this can make you feel too full and possibly upset your stomach. Try to maintain a balance.

      String beans I could actually eat a couple of times a week. I can’t really explain why, but they never bothered me and never had any side effect for my gastritis. I would boil a handful of string beans with a couple of carrots and some chicken, drain them afterwards and eat with plain white bread or toast. But I have been told that this is not the case for everyone – some people get upset by string beans. My suggestion is to try and see how you feel after eating some. If you’re okay, then I guess it’s fine to have some every now and then. If you don’t feel okay, then it might be better to not have them.

      Also, like I said in the article, it’s a good idea to only eat the foods that you find are good for you. If you feel unwell after eating some of the foods I ate, then stop eating them because it means they are not good for you. We are all different and it’s normal to respond differently to various foods. Don’t let that discourage you and find what works for you individually. If your gastritis is really bad, it may be a good idea to not have actual soup – you can just have the boiled chicken and a bit of boiled vegetables. Some people with gastritis find too many liquids worsen their condition.

      Really hope this helps. If you have any more questions, I’d be happy to help. Please check back and tell us how your diet is progressing and maybe give us some insight as to which foods worked for you and which didn’t. Wishing you lots of health, Matijas!

  3. Hello. I have a large hiatal hernia that started my issues 2 1/2 yrs ago. I had my gallbladder removed, 6 mos later Nissen fundoplication to wrap fundus of stomach around my esophagus. It was wrapped too tight, then started vomiting 4 mos later it tore loose from vomiting. I had a gastropexy to tie my stomach to wall of my abdomen so my stomach wouldn’t slide into my stomach on June 2017. Aug 2018 had vomiting and severe diarrhea 10-15 stools in 24 hrs every 3 wks almost. I saw GI Dr and had tests EGD. I have gastritis. I do well and think I can eat something. One time I can and next time I’m sick for 5 days again.
    I need help on a diet. I’m frustrated. I got sick again this weekend. I read your gastritis diet for a week. May have to do that and try aloe.

    • I’m sorry to hear about all of your health problems, Anna. You’ve been through so much. Indeed, when you have gastritis, it helps to really put effort into a good diet that can hopefully help you enjoy gastric health. Please remember that my diet is not something you should follow 100%. Pick and choose your foods according to how you react to them. Remove foods that upset you, add foods that you respond well to, switch between foods and only stick to what makes YOU feel good.

      If you do embark on a gastritis diet, know that it will take months to get to a good point. I kept a strict diet for 3-4 months in order to get where I am today. It’s not easy, but the results are worth the effort. One thing I think could help you is to eat small amounts at food and never fill up on food or water. Eat until you’ve settled your hunger, but still feel a little hungry. You’ll feel satiated, but light after a few more minutes. I would let myself feel hungry between meals and it helped me not overeat which was great for my gastritis. Just as important, never lie down after eating or even drinking liquids. Stay on your feet and let gravity help move food down the digestive tract.

      What I’ve recently found was that it helps to have an eating schedule – not only does it regulate your digestion and helps stomach health, but it also helps you plan your meals so they are far apart from your resting hours. Lastly, I found the most helpful were absorbent foods like plain white rice, white bread and toast, white pasta and light chicken meat, boiled plain and bland tasting (no spices, no oils, no fats). Despite not being the most nutritious options, they were the basis of my gastritis diet. Hope this helps and remember to adapt your diet to you and your particular requirements. Wishing you lots of health, Anna!

  4. I’m following this diet and already noticing a difference. My question is after the stomach is healed do you get to return to a more normal diet ? I want to be able to enjoy certain foods sometimes. If I cant I still certainly adapt but just wondering if this is a lifetime thing or just something temporary.

    • Hello, David. I’m so happy to hear the diet is helping you. And the answer is yes, you can return to a more normal diet after a while (you should know when you’re ready). Normal meaning more varied, less restrictive eating. But you’ll still have to adapt your after-gastritis diet to avoid getting gastritis again. I think the most important thing you can do when looking to start a more normal diet is to choose your foods carefully and absolutely avoid the ones that cause acid reflux and may upset your stomach (these are different for everyone). Just as important, introduce new foods gradually. I introduced up to 2-3 new foods a week and the transition was fairly easy and allowed me to continue to feel good.

      I kept and still keep to some basic principles of eating for gastritis:
      1) I boil, steam or grill my food, sometimes oven-bake. I almost never eat fried food (a few times a year, maybe, as a treat).
      2) I avoid problematic foods to this day still: onions, garlic, leek, peppers, hot chili powder, raw and dried ginger, turmeric, horseradish. Spicy food is the worst for my me. Other than this, I’ve found I can eat any other vegetable or fruit.
      3) Coffee I’ve found doesn’t elicit any symptoms. I can have a small cup a day or every other day, with just as much milk. But I don’t eat very much chocolate. It seems chocolate is not that good for me, but coffee I tolerate well.
      4) No tomato sauce or paste for me. But I can eat fresh tomatoes without any issues.
      5) Oily fish like canned tuna, sardines or salmon I still don’t eat regularly. But I do have crab, lobster and lighter fish like cod or aurata/gilt-head bream.
      6) I can eat all kinds of meat (chicken, turkey, goose, duck, beef, pork, game), so long as it’s just plain meat. I can eat it grilled (only season it with herbs, salt and fresh olive oil). I boil ground meat and mix it in eggs in the morning. Or cook it in a slow cooker.
      7) I completely avoid cold cuts, sausages, ham, pates and all preparations of the kind. They are full of additives, spices and not good for the stomach.
      8) Fresh, soft cheeses and milk I can eat in moderation. But aged cheeses I only have occasionally. Pickles too: small amounts infrequently.
      9) No alcohol. Sodas fairly rarely, maybe as a treat. I do have naturally sparkling water.
      10) I don’t eat store-bough sweets either, but home-made are okay it seems (it has to do with the fact they are made from scratch and have no additives, food coloring etc.).
      11) I rarely eat out. I usually eat at home and cook my own food. It allows me to control what I eat and make sure I don’t have anything that could upset my stomach. Cooking everything from scratch, even if it’s something as simple as an omelette, is the best thing you can do for your stomach.
      12) I try not not eat too close to my bed time. I try not to fill up on food. And I try to enjoy moderation. Even if I sometimes eat something I know is not that good for me, I only have very little so there are no long-term side effects.
      Overall, I feel I’m eating relatively healthy and can’t say I’ve had any more stomach upset (and my gastritis was so bad at one point).

      What do you thing about my list? Do you think it’s a sustainable way of eating after gastritis or is it restrictive? Would love to hear your thoughts and also comments. Hope this helps and wishing you lots of health, David!

  5. Wow thank you for such an in depth response. It absolutely sounds sustainable. I’m slowly learning which portions are best and when to eat them. I’ve messed up a couple times and payed for it but all i can do is just stick to it the next day. Hoping I can keep progressing. I’m a little worried about my trip to San Francisco coming up next week. I will just try and stick to the blandest options possible at restaurants. Did you take any supplements at all and I dont know if you mentioned this but was your gastritis h. Plyori or acute?

    • Hi, David. Yes, at one point I started taking supplements because my diet was restrictive and I did not get all the nutrients I needed from what I was eating (I could really feel it after several weeks). I tried several different supplements before I found some that worked for me at that time. What worked for me was a combination of a B vitamin complex (each dose had between 100 and 300% of a certain B vitamin), magnesium and potassium in tablet form and also vitamin C tablets. I also tried some effervescent vitamin C, one powder magnesium supplement and one effervescent multivitamin, but these didn’t work for me at the time because they gave me acid reflux and aggravated my gastritis. I’m thinking it had to do with the fact that I had to dissolve them in at least 200 ml of water and all that liquid filled me up, caused me to feel full and bloated and ultimately accentuated my symptoms.
      Also, my gastritis was chronic, not H. pylori related. Probably that’s why it took me about 3 months of restrictive eating to get some sense of normalcy.

      As for messing up, trust me, we’ve all been there. I think it helps to not focus on it and, like you said, just stick to the diet the next day. And know you are making progress: every day you are eating right and experiencing fewer and fewer symptoms as a result, that’s progress. I’ve found it helps to not keep tempting, unhealthy foods in the house. Especially those foods that trigger the worst symptoms.

      As for your trip, I think there could be a few options for you. A lot of restaurant menus often include options such as grilled chicken breast, baked potatoes, grilled or oven baked fish, maybe some boiled or steamed crab, a veggie soup like carrot soup or oven roasted or baked vegetables, maybe a side dish of steamed spinach, boiled or poached eggs. You can tell the waiter briefly about your condition and dietary restrictions, ask about the recipes and if they can maybe exclude potentially problematic ingredients. Like not adding butter or cream to baked potatoes, just some salt and olive oil. Hope this helps and wishing you lots of health, David!

  6. Hi thank you so much for your post, about 2 months ago after taking several courses of antibiotics for colds and after dental work my stomach started becoming upset all of sudden, I started experiencing pain under my right rib that would go towards the back on the same side, had a lot of gas, would not feel hungry and got full really easily, often felt nauseous and got heartburn and my stomach would make gurgling noises especially when it was empty in the morning and I also had burning around my navel area. I went to the emergency room several times and when to my family doctor countless times and they did all sorts of blood tests, urine tests, abdominal and pelvic ultrasounds but found nothing at all which I think is a good thing. But it’s been 2 months and my symptoms are all still there I don’t drink, smoke and have stopped spices and cut back a lot on the oil.

    I was wondering what your symptoms were and if you think I may have Gastritis ? I want to start following your diet plan to see if it helps.

    Also did you take any prescription medication along with the diet or just the aloe ?

    • Hi, Sarah. I had been struggling with gastritis on and off for years, but didn’t really get cured until I drastically changed my diet. It took me months to realized that I wasn’t eating right, although I honestly though I was.

      At its worst, my gastritis caused my stomach to become visibly bloated and I went through 2 whole days of burping air and regurgitating stomach contents before I could even see a doctor. I couldn’t eat anything without it bothering my stomach – it was like I had become sensitive to or intolerant of all foods all of a sudden. There was also abdominal pain, cramps (which I believe were caused by too much air) and lots of stomach noises. I would often get (a type of hot) pain around the navel area and horrible heartburn, especially when I had severe indigestion. I dealt with loss of appetite and would get full really fast, even if I was barely eating. These were pretty much the worst symptoms I experienced.

      I did get diagnosed quickly with an ultrasound. And was given proton pump inhibitors. This helped a lot, but it wasn’t nearly enough because, half of the time, the symptoms were all there. So I began changing my diet. Which was the most frustrating period for me since I had to rethink ‘healthy eating’ and ‘healthy foods’. I can now say it took me 3 months of eating differently to get to the point where I am gastritis-free.

      Now, I can’t tell you if you have gastritis or not, but it’s worth investigating your symptoms more. I got lucky since I was diagnosed almost immediately and could start to address things before I developed an ulcer or worse. But it’s not always that easy. Did cutting back on your oil intake and giving up spices help in any way with the symptoms? Because, if it did, you may be onto something here. While you keep investigating your situation, you can start working on your diet and excluding all potentially problematic foods. You can also take a look at my list of foods to eat and to avoid for gastritis. Hope this helps!

    • The Aloe was a happy coincidence and I found it extremely helpful! But make sure you are not allergic to it (because some people are). Also, the stomach lining takes time to heal and intestinal flora to recover. Several courses of antibiotics might have done some serious damage so expect for things to take time. At the same time, if it’s really gastritis and if you are on the right diet (which is a personalized one, adapted to your dietary needs, sensitivities etc.), then you should start seeing some improvements in a few days or a week. It may help to also read my article on how to eat for gastritis. Maybe you can find some useful information there too. Really hope this helps and wishing you lots of health, Sarah!

  7. I have been reading your web site over the past two days with great interest. I was diagnosed with both acute and chronic gastritis about a year ago through an endoscopy. The doctor who did the endoscopy diagnosed the gastritis; however, when I received my biopsy report, it said “noted signs of reflux”. The odd thing to me was that my symptoms were and still are severe heartburn 2 hours after eating and excess mucus in my throat even with taking Zantac 300 at night. I don’t experience stomach pain. Therefore, I’ve been concentrating more on the reflux than gastritis. Your posts seem to indicate that gastritis causes reflux- is that correct? Or are they separate issues? I definitely have cleaned up my diet but realize I am eating many bad foods from your list which is probably why I’m not healing. It was actually affirming to read how many things affected you that effect me. What are your thoughts on gluten? I’ve read recently that a gluten sensitivity can cause gastritis. And finally, how did you avoid losing a lot of weight. I am very thin, actually underweight, so can’t afford to lose more.

    • Hello, Jean. First of all, gastritis and acid reflux disease (or GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease) are two separate conditions, but they can occur together or one can create a predisposition for another. An irritated stomach lining from gastritis can lead to acid reflux experiences and acid reflux can, over time, lead to inflammation or irritation of the stomach lining and encourage the onset of a gastritis. Most important, both conditions respond extremely well to dietary changes, at least in my experience.

      Secondly, you don’t have to experience the whole range of symptoms to have gastritis (like the stomach pain you mention). Years ago, my gastritis debuted with extreme, continuous burping and that sent me to the doctor where I was diagnosed. I’ve actually only experienced stomach pain with indigestion. Excess burping, bloating, regurgitation of stomach contents or acid reflux and subsequent heartburn and intolerance to most foods were common symptoms for me when I had gastritis.

      As for the gluten diet, I can’t say, I’m afraid. A big part of my gastritis diet included lots of wheat (pasta, fresh white bread, toast, dry crackers made from wheat) and I did not respond badly to that. On the contrary, it helped a lot to eat wheat-based products as they were absorbent and helped with the excess stomach acid and prevented reflux. But if someone has an intolerance or sensitivity to gluten, I’m guessing that might be a problem. But I think that it’s important to first eliminate all types of problematic foods from your diet and give it time, at least 3-4 weeks, to see if there are any improvements. And then consider the gluten sensitivity.

      Many gastritis sufferers think they are eating well (I thought the same thing at first). But a lot of otherwise perfectly healthy foods can be bad for gastritis specifically and I think that is the main issue sufferers face when taking on the dietary challenge. I went through the same thing and I have to say that perfecting the diet was by far the hardest part of my journey.

      Lastly, I think I did not lose too much weight because I wasn’t very physically active at the time. I was both in college and pursuing a separate degree and I had to spend a lot of time at the computer, preparing my thesis, studying for exams etc. I was sitting at a desk for 8-9 hours a day so I did not get much exercise. But I think it could help to have small meals more often. Get on a schedule. Eat as often as you feel is okay for you, just have smaller amounts of food so your digestion goes smoothly and you don’t experience acid reflux. Getting on a schedule could help a lot. I’d say it’s probably best if you have your dinner or after dinner snack, whatever your last meal of the day is, at least 2 hours before lying down. If you feel you don’t know where to start, I recommend seeing a dietitian or nutritionist and getting a personalized meal plan to help you get set up with the new diet.

      If you want to talk more, I’d be happy to. Really hope this helps, Jean, and wishing you lots of health!

  8. I am so glad to find this as I’ve been researching for months to cure my gastritis and it has been by far the most helpful.

    I am still wondering a few things and hope you wouldn’t mind sharing your experience or suggestions on them:
    – when you make chicken noodle soup, do you add plain water as the liquid?
    – I have intolerances to yeast and gluten (and dairy, although that’s not a problem on the diet). I have to avoid the bread, crackers etc as well as the mushrooms. I’m trying to find alternatives for a carb (I found a 100% buckwheat cracker so far) and something to purée to add to pasta. Any suggestions would be amazing!
    – did you find corn was an issue at all? A lot of gluten free pasta is made from it unless you get high fibre brown pasta.
    – are you able to share your aloe Vera brand as I can’t find one with preservatives or citric acid?
    – when you now make your own sweets, what sort of things do you make?
    – have you tried alcohol since being cured and continue to avoid it due to the reaction it gave you, or have you continued to avoid it since curing your gastritis?

    Thanks so much!

    • Hi, Abi. I’m going to try to answer your questions to the best of my ability, based on my personal experience with gastritis. Here it goes:
      1) Yes, I would make my chicken soup with plain water, either tap water or bottled still water.

      2) There are some gluten-free grains you can consider for your diet and most can be used to make flour and related products (bread, flat bread, crackers, biscuits, sweets). White/refined rice, sorghum and maize or corn (cereals), quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth (pseudo-cereals) could be good options. There’s also potato flour, nut flours (almond flour, hazelnut flour, pecan flour, Brazil nut flour, cashew flour, pistachio flour, acorn flour – you name it!) and even banana flour, bean flour, hemp flour, pea, tapioca, or soybean flour that could be used for bread making and to substitute wheat-based products.

      It takes about 15 minutes to make a bread-like cake from many of these flours (you can use eggs as a binding agent for most) and between 30-50 minutes to bake it. Plain tortillas shouldn’t be too hard to make either and both can make a good base for a meal. A bread-like cake and tortillas keep fresh for about 2 days, so you don’t have to prepare them every day. If you make spaghetti or other types of pasta from gluten-free flours, it should be okay to eat for 3 days or so. For when you don’t have the time or energy to make something yourself, stock up on white rice noodles, corn tortillas, puffed white rice crackers, the buckwheat crackers you said you found and anything similar you can find. Try health food stores and look for gluten-free crackers and similar products online.

      Because I personally have not experimented with any of these particular grains and their flours for my gastritis, I can’t tell you how you may react, if there may be side effects specifically for gastritis or what intakes are best suited for gastritis. Whatever your choice of gluten-free cereals/flours, just remember that gastritis does not respond well to too much fiber or too much fat and just try to adjust your intake according to your reactions.

      3) I had no issue with corn at all, but did not eat it as often as I would’ve liked because I did not have time to cook it (I usually make polenta from cornmeal or corn flour) and because it made me want to eat cheeses and other not very gastritis-friendly foods.

      4) I actually don’t remember the name. I got it from the supermarket, but they haven’t restocked it in over a year now and that was the only place I could find it. It wasn’t a famous brand or anything, just plain Aloe Vera juice. If you can’t find a product to your liking, just focus on your diet – a good diet is the best treatment for gastritis.

      5) I’ve gotten to the point I can eat anything without any issue, and I do, including sweets, home-made and store-bought. I treat myself to something sweet about once a week (some chocolate, an ice-cream, a slice of tiramisu etc.). I eat nuts or seeds or dried fruit every day (almonds, pistachios, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, prunes) or fresh fruits (bananas, apples, plums, apricots, watermelon, honeydew melon etc.). I also have coffee almost every day. But this has more to do with personal preference and I do try to keep intakes small because I don’t want to trigger my acid reflux or cause my gastritis to return. I generally try to eat mostly unprocessed foods and still cook almost every meal myself, from scratch. I think this is the secret to my gastritis not returning.

      But when I was trying to treat my gastritis, I was really careful with what I was eating and I didn’t really eat anything sweet except for the occasional ripe banana, boiled apple, pear or quince (to top my extremely bland boiled white rice). I was reacting badly to a lot of foods and fiber in general, so I just did not want to risk my progress. It was tough not having actual sweets for 3 months, but my symptoms were so bad that I just couldn’t eat anything that would cause stomach upset.

      6) I have, but it’s not something I have regularly. Both because it gives me heartburn and because I don’t very much care for it. If there’s a special occasion, I will have a small amount. If there’s a fancy recipe that calls for some, then I use some. But that’s about it.

      Really hope this helps! I’d love it if you could keep us up to date on your progress and maybe share your insight on what you can and cannot eat with gastritis and gluten and yeast intolerance, Abi. Wishing you lots of health!

  9. Thanks so much for your response. It’s been really helpful and also gives me hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel if I can get the diet right!

    • I’m so happy to hear it’s been helpful, Abi! And I think you should have faith because you will get through this and recover from gastritis. It may feel daunting trying to get the diet right, but don’t give up! Listen to what your body is telling you and you will find the right foods for you! Wishing you lots of health!

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