For People with Interstitial Cystitis (IC)—Let It Snow White
With the holiday season, it is tempting to reach for foods that
irritate my bladder. It just doesn’t seem fair that everyone else gets to enjoy
the treats and I can’t have because of my IC. Do you have any suggestions for
some desserts so that my holiday can have a little “sweet” too?
For IC patients, the holidays often tug at
emotions in many ways and lifestyle limitations to help control IC symptoms can
amplify these feelings. However, holiday sweets are not entirely out of the
question. Most traditional sugar and butter cookie recipes are perfectly fine
for IC patients. If you are worried about the food coloring in frosting,
consider using all white frosting to make snowflakes on round cookies and
sprinkle them with coarse sugar granules for a bit of sparkle.
For recipes that require chocolate, substitute
carob or even white chocolate. White chocolate is actually a “fake” chocolate
that doesn’t have the ingredients of regular chocolate that can irritate some
IC bladders. Try hot white chocolate,
white chocolate bread pudding, and pretzel rods dipped in white chocolate.
Other sweet treats that seem to be IC friendly include peanut brittle, caramel
corn, angel food cake, divinity fudge, snicker doodles, cheesecake, and blonde
More than anything, remember that the holidays
are more than just sweets and gifts. They are about slowing life down just a
notch to spend time with the people we love. That can be the biggest treat of
Posted December 09, 2010