zephyr wrote:I'm not on Xeloda but I've had issues with diarrhea from a trashed gastrointestinal system. Imodium worked well but it ended up over-correcting for me, and then I had constipation, and it went downhill from there. After trying about everything suggested, rice congee did the trick for me. It was suggested by the dietician at the cancer center. You can find directions online but the simple version is: 1 cup long-cooking white rice (no Minute Rice) and 6-7 parts fluid (water, chicken broth, vegetable broth), then cook on the stovetop for 40-45 minutes. I would eat it plain or add some to vegetable soup. Another thing, no raw veggies or fruits, only cooked. I also take psyllium everyday and have for years. It all helps but the rice congee was my turning point.
I'm going to try that rice congee. Did you eat it with meals or just at regular intervals or only after you had a bout of diarrhea?
I eat it as needed. You can leave it in the frig for a few days and heat it up in small batches. As the diarrhea starts, I eat a little rice congee here and there throughout the day. I'm often too exhausted to have much appetite so I graze on plain congee, bananas, unsweetened organic applesauce, toast (white breads only), and vegetable soups or broths with a good helping of rice congee tossed in. Rice congee is the main thing and I try to eat as much as I can because I know it will help. The diarrhea usually turns around for me within hours, and no more constipation, fissures, etc.
I also drink coconut water during bouts of diarrhea to keep from getting dehydrated. I personally don't like the sports drinks - they all seem too sweet to me, and the chemo nurses suggested coconut water as a good hydration solution without additives. I don't know if it's true but I've read that not all coconut waters are created equal and that those in the refrigerated section are more pure or something. I buy the Harmless Harvest brand at Costco. If you try it, make sure to check the expiration date because they only seem to be good for 1-2 weeks.
While you're at Costco, pick up a 2-pack of rubber gloves and the Desitin diaper cream. Both are over by the pharmacy.
If you want a good recipe for healing broth, don't hesitate to PM me.
Probably more that you wanted to know ... but I hope it helps.
Edited to add: I made this last night after a few hours of what was turning into a flare up. I've always been afraid to add anything for flavor because I didn't want to mess with a successful solution. Butt ... last night I just needed something more so I added a tiny amount of butter. It made the rice more inviting and it still worked like a charm.