Interstitial Cystitis Menu


This is a recommended diet for someone with IC/PBS.

Beverages to Avoid

The most commonly irritating beverages according to “Environmental Nutrition” and Mary Bove in her February 2005 article in “Better Nutrition” are coffee; black, green and herbal tea; most fruit juices, especially cranberry and citrus fruit juice; all carbonated beverages and alcohol.



The Biggest Food Offenders

The biggest food offenders, according to “Environmental Nutrition” and Bove, are tomatoes and tomato products; lemons, limes and grapefruits; vinegars (which is in every dressing or condiment on the market); chocolate and all cocoa products; artificial sweeteners; most spices; citric acid and most other preservatives (which is in the majority of food on a grocery store shelf) In addition to citrus many other fruits are aggravating to IC sufferers, and apricots, berries, cantaloupes, cherries, grapes, guava, kiwi, papaya, passionfruit, persimmon, peaches, pineapple, plums, starfruit, and dried figs, raisins and all dried fruit with preservatives can all be problematic.

If sugar is a trigger, which it is for me, that elminates all other fruit as well. Once in a while, I’ll have a red apple, but I’m nervous while eating it. 

The Second Biggest Food Offenders

Although not as common, certain meat, fish and nut products are aggravating to some IC sufferers. The avoidance of ham, hot dogs, sausages, salami, pepperoni, smoked fish, smoked meat, and sandwich meat may be beneficial. Hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, peanuts, pecans, pistachio nuts and walnuts can also cause IC flare-ups.

“MMMM…I love to eat plain organic meat with no sauces, seasonings, or flavors”…said NO ONE EVER!!!! 

Pro-Inflammatory Foods

According to Diana Quinn in “The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine,” certain foods promote inflammation in the body and these foods may also be problematic to IC sufferers. The most common pro-inflammatory foods include wheat (great…I eat shredded wheat every single day. I thought this was “safe”. This may be why I am still experiencing pain even after cutting out all sugar, perservatives, and caffeine.) , dairy, soy, peanuts and nightshade vegetables such as peppers and tomatoes. Other substances that Quinn recommends avoiding include caffeine, sugar, spicy and acidic foods, and food additives

Basically, I’m safe with organic baked potatoes, rice, steel cut oatmeal, organic green veggies, almonds, unseasoned organic meat, and water. BOOORING. Who wants to eat a salad with no dressing? Blech. 

I posted this for feed back, and am hoping to connect to other IC sufferers in order to  get some ideas of what you eat on a daily basis. If I have to eat one more potato I’m going to scream. 🙂 If you eliminate sugar (my main trigger), citris, preservatives, vinegar, dairy, wheat, caffeine, and artificial ingredients, there is honestly nothing appetizing left to eat. Help a sister out. Give me some ideas!!! 



Author: bethany

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  1. Since this is way over my head and I have no ideas relating to food you can eat, how about I just pray that God heals you…:-) You good with that?

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