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Diet modification is one of the first lines of defense for people struggling with Interstitial Cystitis or Painful Bladder Syndrome (IC/PBS).  The most widely supported diet guidlines for people suffering with IC/PBS is the Interstitial Cystitis Diet (IC Diet) which is based on emerging research as well as patient interviews.

All of the recipes on this site conform to the principles of the Interstitial Cystitis Diet (IC Diet). As such, you will notice that our recipes include IC Diet Rating based on the ingredients.

  • Bladder Friendly: consists of ingredients that are well tolerated by most people with interstitial cystitis (recipes may contain ingredients in the try it list, but bladder friendly ingredient substitutions are offered).
  • Try It:  These are Foods Worth Trying Cautiously.  They are generally considered safe although they may irritate more sensitive bladders.  The best approach is to try these items in small quantities at first.    
  • Caution or Foods to Avoid: These are foods that are well known to trigger bladder discomfort.  You should proceed with caution.

As you browse our recipes, it is important to consider that each individual with IC/PBS is different and food sensitivities do vary from person to person.  What might be safe for one person may trigger a five alarm bladder flare in another.   Additionally, an individuals sensitivities can vary greatly depending on whether they are in a flare or not.

With that in mind, we offer you these tips to make the most of our online recipe resource:

  • Know your potential triggers (elimination diets can help you identify them)
  • If an ingredient listed is one of your triggers, just leave it out
  • Consult our ingredient substitution guide for tips on substitutions for common ingredients

Take extra caution if you are in a flare or if your bladder is feeling extra sensitive:

  • If you're unsure, consider using Prelief whenever trying a recipe for the first time.
  • If you do not have Prelief, you can also use baking soda as it can provide quick bladder pain relief.
  • When in doubt, leave it out.  Your bladder sensitivity can change over time and it can take some time for you to figure out what ingredients your bladder can tolerate.  
We welcome your feedback and encourage you to add your own reviews of our recipes.  If you have a great recipe you'd like to share, send it to us for consideration via our contact page.  If you spot any errors or believe a particular recipe should have a different  IC Diet Rating, please let us know through our contact page.

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