Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Best Interstitial Cystitis Diet Information?


Interstitial Cystitis: A Guide for Nutrition Educators
Today I read again about a so-called "nutrition educator" giving out bad dietary information about interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome and diet. This information could potentially cause patients pain. First I want to cry, then I want to scream....but neither of those actions will change that person and what they are doing. So, here I go again...trying to educate YOU, so YOU don't make a mistake.

To Patients:

PLEASE, if someone is recommending anything for your IC, diet or otherwise,  double and triple check their credentials and compare their information against the diet information we KNOW works (www.ic-diet.com). For example, you do NOT need to juice unless you are juicing foods that are bladder friendly. I have had dozens of patients write and call me in the past few months because they are in horrible, horrible pain from this! Be careful. Also, you do NOT need any special blood testing unless you want to go with traditional allergy testing. I know it is confusing because there is so much BAD information out there that sounds compelling. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. But doing it the right way isn't that hard, trust me. Start with the basic IC Food List Bladder Friendly List, and go from there. You can check out my books, or contact me for a personal phone or video consultation. Don't you deserve to be out of pain and back living your life? Don't waste time or money on things that don't work. Focus your time and resources on the things we know DO work!

To Urology Dietitian/Nutritionists and Nurses:


Take the time to learn about the IC diet as we know it today. Learn how to help your patients individualize their meal plans.

Posts like the one I read today make me sad, angry, and frustrated. But I also get many more notes from patients who tell me that they feel SO much better because they follow my guidelines. You CAN feel better. Now let's do it! 

Author, Speaker, Patient Advocate

Helping Yourself Is the First Step to Getting Well

For step by step guidance for creating your own personal interstitial cystitis meal plan, see: Confident Choices®: Customizing the Interstitial Cystitis Diet.

For some basic, family-style, IC bladder-friendly recipes, see: Confident Choices®: A Cookbook for Interstitial Cystitis and Overactive Bladder



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