Thread: IC Diet - Spices?
12-09-2011, 09:35 AM #1
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My Urologist wants me to stick to a very strict diet for the next month to see if it gives me any relief from my symptoms. Everything on the list generally makes sense but he just listed "Spices" as one. Are there certain spices I have to avoid or like all spices...doesn't almost EVERYTHING have some sort of spice in it? I'm fine changing my diet but I was hoping not to affect my family's diet drastically and not have to make 2 meals every night at dinner. Is garlic bad? I eat a diet garlic pizza hot pocket every day and we eat a lot of dinners with garlic. I saw that some spices are high in potassium, are those the ones I should avoid because that would be much simpler than cutting out all spices. Any thoughts? I've never noticed garlic causing flare ups before, sometimes I go a month or even 2 without a flare up and I literally eat the garlic pizza things every single day.
12-09-2011, 10:16 AM #2
Here is a link to the diet cheat sheet. It may be more complete than what you received from your doctor.
I can eat garlic, leeks, parsley, thyme, oregano, basil and bay leaves. But, that is me. We are all different though so what works for me might cause a flare for someone else. If you try them, do it one at a time and use very small amounts to start. That way if you do flare, you don't have to guess what caused the flare.
12-09-2011, 10:40 AM #3
I don't eat many "hot" spices like chile pepper, etc. I also don't use onion very often. I think garlic is okay for a lot of us, but, sadly, the only way to know for sure is to experiment for yourself. I don't use garlic, but that has to do with stomach issues that I have had longer than IC. I honestly don't know if it bothers my bladder or not.Sharon
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12-09-2011, 11:03 AM #4
For me it is the "hot spices" also. I usually do ok with garlic. I have trouble with raw onion but cooked it ok. Sometimes food additives bother me too. MSG is a big one as is soy.
Like was said previously you just have to experiment and keep a food journal to see what your triggers are.Jolene
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