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7-Day Meal Plan For Gastritis: Foods to Eat & Avoid

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7-Day Meal Plan For Gastritis: Foods to Eat & Avoid

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Key Takeaways

  • Gastritis is a condition that results in inflammation of the stomach lining and may cause stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and fullness. 
  • Though diet is not generally the cause of gastritis, certain foods may trigger more symptoms, such as high-fat and spicy foods. 
  • Experts recommend a high-fiber, anti-inflammatory diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats for people with gastritis.

If you have a gastritis diagnosis, you may feel unsure which foods will trigger your symptoms.

Characteristic signs of the condition include inflammation of the stomach lining that may cause stomach pain, nausea, and fullness.

Certain foods can irritate an inflamed stomach lining and make symptoms worse.

However, each person has individual food triggers. 

Read this article to learn which foods to eat and avoid with gastritis.

You’ll find a free seven-day gastritis meal plan to help you feel your best.  

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What Is Gastritis?

Gastritis is a digestive condition where the stomach lining, or mucosa, becomes inflamed.

It can be acute or chronic, and in some cases, gastritis can cause painful ulcers to form in the stomach lining.

The most common cause of gastritis is an infection from a type of bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori).

This is a chronic condition that can lead to peptic ulcer disease if left untreated. 

Autoimmune gastritis is another chronic version of the condition.

The immune system wrongly attacks healthy cells in the stomach lining, causing inflammation. 

Acute or “stress” gastritis is usually temporary and can be caused by certain medications, alcohol use, and radiation therapy. 

Gastritis is asymptomatic for many people. However, some individuals may experience:

  • Stomach pain.
  • Nausea. 
  • Vomiting.
  • Feeling full all the time.
  • Appetite loss. 
  • Weight loss

Gastritis vs GERD

Though they may be confused or occur simultaneously, gastritis and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) are distinct conditions. 

GERD is another term for chronic acid reflux.

It occurs when stomach contents are frequently regurgitated into the esophagus, which may cause pain and a burning sensation in your chest. 

It can be caused by different factors that weaken or put pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter, the muscle that usually keeps stomach contents from moving up into the esophagus. 

The following factors may increase your risk of experiencing acid reflux:

  • Overweight and obesity.
  • Pregnancy. 
  • Smoking. 
  • Certain medications. 
  • Certain foods and beverages. 

Foods to Avoid with Gastritis

While diet is not known to cause gastritis, research shows that factors like excessive alcohol intake and food allergies may trigger rarer types of gastritis. 

If you have a case of gastritis, certain foods and beverages may worsen symptoms by increasing inflammation and irritating your stomach lining.

You likely don’t need to avoid all of these foods, but you can use this list to identify your personal triggers. 

Foods and beverages that may increase gastritis symptoms include: 

  • Alcohol.
  • High-fat foods.
  • Carbonated beverages. 
  • Spicy foods, including hot peppers, chili, cayenne, red/black pepper, curry, and hot sauce. 
  • Very salty foods
  • Sugary foods and drinks.
  • Coffee and other sources of caffeine. 
  • Acidic foods, such as tomatoes, oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit.
  • Cow’s milk.

One study from 2020 found that patients with gastritis reported increased symptoms after large meals, eating out, and having irregular meal times. 

Some research suggests a pro-inflammatory eating pattern may increase the risk of developing gastritis and cause worse symptoms, but more evidence is needed.

Foods like red meat, fried foods, refined grains, and added sugars may increase inflammation in the stomach lining.

What to Eat with Gastritis

Research shows that an anti-inflammatory eating pattern may help protect the stomach lining from damage if you have gastritis.

This eating pattern is naturally high in fiber and tends to be low in fat and added sugars. 

An anti-inflammatory diet includes foods such as:

  • Whole grains. 
  • Fruits.
  • Vegetables.
  • Legumes.
  • Poultry and fish. 
  • Nuts. 

Some cases of gastritis can lead to nutritional deficiencies, including iron, vitamin B12, and folate.

Your doctor may suggest eating foods rich in these nutrients or taking supplements. 

Remember that each person may experience different triggers for their symptoms.

Consider keeping a food and symptom log to document which foods you ate when your symptoms felt the worst. 

Meal Plan for Gastritis

If you have a gastritis diagnosis and are experiencing symptoms, consider this seven-day high-fiber meal plan for gastritis. 

Talk to a registered dietitian for individualized guidance on the best food choices and portion sizes for you. 

The following plan is not intended to replace medical advice. 

Day 1

Breakfast

Steel-cut oats cooked with soy milk and topped with berries and toasted walnuts. 

Note: You can use cow's milk if dairy does not worsen your symptoms.

Lunch

Turkey and hummus sandwich on whole wheat bread. Serve with a side of carrot sticks and grapes. 

Dinner

One-pot chicken and broccoli pasta, prepared with whole wheat pasta. 

Snacks

Apple with peanut butter. 

Mozzarella cheese stick and whole grain crackers. 

Day 2

Breakfast

Whole grain toast with scrambled eggs and a side of apple slices.

Lunch

Stuffed bell peppers with ground turkey, wild rice, onion, garlic, and Italian seasonings. 

Dinner

Sesame garlic salmon baked on a sheet pan with green beans. Serve over brown rice. 

Snacks

Greek yogurt with honey and walnuts.

Trail mix with nuts and dried fruit. 

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Day 3

Breakfast

Breakfast burrito with beans, scrambled eggs, and veggies in a whole grain tortilla. 

Lunch

Salad made with green leaf lettuce, grilled chicken, quinoa, garbanzo beans, and honey mustard dressing. 

Dinner

Grain bowl including farro, roasted broccoli, baked chicken breast, and a creamy tahini dressing.

Snacks

Hummus with raw vegetables and whole wheat pita. 

Peanut butter energy balls.

Day 4

Breakfast

Overnight oatmeal made by soaking oats with light coconut milk, chia seeds, and diced mango. Top with toasted almonds. 

Note: Consider adding unflavored protein powder to boost the protein content of this meal. 

Lunch

Chicken noodle soup with a side of whole-grain crusty bread.

Dinner

Baked falafel with salad greens and cucumbers. Top with tzatziki sauce and serve with a side of whole wheat pita. 

Snacks

Whole grain toast with almond butter and a drizzle of honey.

Pear with walnuts. 

Day 5

Breakfast

Egg bites made in a muffin tin. Include seasonings, cheese, and vegetables like spinach, broccoli, peppers, and mushrooms.

Serve with a whole-grain English muffin. 

Lunch

Vegetarian black bean and sweet potato tacos in corn tortillas.

Top with avocado, mild salsa, onion, and cilantro. 

Dinner

Grilled tilapia with garlic and herbs.

Serve with grilled asparagus and mashed potatoes.

Snacks

Vanilla chia seed pudding with raspberries.

Sliced bell peppers with hummus.

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Day 6

Breakfast

Whole grain toast with peanut butter and banana slices. 

Lunch

Salmon and avocado poke bowl served over sticky rice. 

Dinner

Slow cooker white bean chicken chili. 

Snacks

Rice cakes with mashed avocado and everything bagel seasoning.

Crispy roasted garlic garbanzo beans.

Day 7

Breakfast

Greek yogurt with granola, blueberries, and toasted pecans. 

Note: If yogurt agitates your symptoms, try non dairy yogurt that contains protein, such as soy yogurt. 

Lunch

Split pea soup with whole grain crackers. 

Dinner

Chicken feta spinach burger on a whole wheat bun.

Serve with a side of sauteed zucchini. 

Snacks

Cucumber slices with tzatziki sauce.

Smoothie with banana, plain yogurt, and a drizzle of honey.

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Tips for Meal Preparation

Research shows that some people with gastritis experience heightened symptoms after eating restaurant food.

If you have gastritis, try to cook most of your meals at home.

This way, you can limit the fat, sugar, and salt content–ingredients that may increase your symptoms. 

Focus on lean cooking methods like baking, grilling, and pressure cooking.

Fried foods or recipes with rich sauces may trigger symptoms. 

Emphasize high-fiber ingredients, including whole grains, beans, lentils, fruits, vegetables, and nuts. 

If you enjoy spicy foods, try flavoring your food in other ways while you heal from gastritis.

Examples include fresh and dried herbs, cumin, garlic, and onion.

Takeaway

Gastritis is a digestive condition that involves inflammation of the stomach lining.

It can be asymptomatic, but many people report stomach pain, nausea, and fullness. 

Foods have not been shown to cause gastritis, but certain foods and beverages may exacerbate symptoms.

If you have bothersome symptoms, try minimizing alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee, high-fat foods, and spicy foods. 

Anti-inflammatory and high-fiber foods may help reduce symptoms and the risk of developing gastritis again.

How a Dietitian Can Help

If you have gastritis symptoms or are managing multiple digestive conditions alongside gastritis, you may find conflicting information online.

An acid reflux dietitian can give you evidence-based guidelines to manage your symptoms. 

You can find a dietitian that accepts insurance through Nourish.

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