Although I am not generally a fan of detoxing, cleansing, and the like (not necessary—our bodies magically do this for us!), there are times when many of us feel like we could use a bit of a reset. Take me, for example. I spent a weekend in Paris a couple of weeks ago, and since I’m not drinking wine these days, I hit the pastries pretty hard. No regrets whatsoever (I don’t believe in food regret), but I did come home with an awfully cranky stomach.
The solution? Well, knock off the pastry consumption for starters, but then a back-on-track meal plan to follow for a day or three to help reset the digestive system.
Sometimes when you’re on vacation, working lots of late nights and eating takeout, or your diet gets out of whack for another reason, the change in your eating habits can throw your gut out of balance. The bacteria that live in our digestive tract like variety as much as we do, and when you throw an excessive amount of pastries (or what have you) at them, they aren’t happy.
So it’s time for a reset. But again, it’s not about detoxing or purging the system. A plan like this focuses on nutrient-dense, easy-to-digest, real food that will tame your tummy and help you feel like yourself again. This meal plan is mostly low FODMAP, though if you know you have specific FODMAP sensitivities, you can tweak the recipes accordingly.
24-Hour Healthy Gut Reset Meal Plan
Most of the recipes in this plan make two portions, so you can follow it for one day with a partner, two days on your own, or double the recipes and follow the plan for four days. It’s totally up to you.
Breakfast: Berry Granola Overnight Chia and Oats
Why I chose this: Soaking oats overnight not only means breakfast is ready to go as soon as you wake up, but it makes the oats easier to digest. The overnight soak also unlocks the potential in both the oats and the chia seeds, making many nutrients more bioavailable.
I like to add a little bit of plain yogurt to my overnight oats as part of the preparation, as it helps boost the friendly bacteria in our gut. However, if you don’t eat dairy, you can use dairy-free yogurt or skip this.
Lunch: A Kimchi Lunch Wrap
Why I chose this: Including fermented vegetables such as kimchi in your diet is a great way to give back to your gut. This wrap also includes an egg for protein, avocado for healthy fats, and pumpkin seeds, a rich source of iron.
If you don’t have time to make your own kimchi, you can totally use store-bought—just look for one in the refrigerated section of your grocery store that hasn’t been pasteurized, so you know the bacteria hasn’t been destroyed.
Snack: Bloat-Busting Pineapple Smoothie
Why I chose this: A smoothie can make a really great afternoon snack! This one features anti-inflammatory turmeric, soothing cucumber, and pineapple to help with digestion. If you want to add some protein, a couple of tablespoons of hemp seeds will do the trick.
Dinner: Creamy Herbed Polenta Bowls
Why I chose this: After a day of fairly light eating, it can be nice to finish with a warm and satisfying meal. These polenta bowls are gluten-free and polenta is easy to digest, plus you can load them up with alllllll the vegetables you can find hiding in the fridge. A bit of hard cheese adds a boost of flavor and protein but generally won’t get your tummy into trouble.
Reset Meal Plan Tips:
1. A batch of overnight oats will last for a few days in the fridge, so make a double batch and enjoy this easy-eating plan for several days.
2. If you don’t like to eat a lot in the morning, feel free to flip the day around, so you start with the smoothie for breakfast and have the overnight oats for a snack later on.
3. The kimchi wrap is also great in bowl form if you don’t want to fuss with making wraps.
4. If you get to the end of the meals and you’re still hungry—eat more healthy food! Listen to your body. We’ve got a list of low FODMAP foods that can be added to this gut reset meal plan, and FODY has prepared low FODMAP snacks for when you’re on the go.
Get the 24-Hour Healthy Gut Reset Meal Plan + Shopping List
Click on the links above to print all the recipes you need, then click here to print out the shopping list.
This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Gina Jansheski, a licensed, board-certified physician who has been practicing for more than 20 years. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical reviewers here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.113
You seem to have such a nice list out there. I’m training with SportMe half marathon app and also on a strict diet and things are great for now. Part of the switch to a healthier lifestyle is due to your articles.
Joanna Richards says
Thanks so much, that is so useful. I have lupus and at the moment, my gut health could really use a boost.
And some us eat Gluten free oats with no issues. Use personal judgment.
Meredith | Earth & Oven says
Awesome meal plan! Especially into the the polenta for dinner – such a cozy + healthful dish.
Kara Louise says
Great ideas here! I would suggest that individuals leave out oats. Even gluten-free oats have been shown to have glyphosate and even if organic, can be troubling to some individuals where there is a possibility of autoimmune illness.