I know I've read before that, in general, if you cook the crud out of a vegetable, with no skin, it reduces the amount of fiber you will take in. Canning and possibly pureeing, same thing. So you may be able to expand your variety of foods (vegetables anyway) if you take those steps and use caution. As far as other bowel issues go, I've found over the past few weeks that vegetables in general are very nice on my system so long as I avoid the ones that produce gas (onions, broccoli/cauliflower and their cousins, beans of course). Sweet potatoes, winter squashes, regular potatoes have all been good to me, and you can cook them as much as you like -- make soup, maybe -- and still have them taste good.
My dad was told the #1 reason for this is not fully chewing your foods. There is a tendency to wolf down everything as fast as possible. I know I too am guilty of this. I try to work at eating more slowly and chewing my foods more thoroughly.
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That's very interesting about the broth and how you make them. I may just have to try it. I don't eat pork though, haven't in over three years. Thank you for all your advice and suggestions. Its kind of scary having your whole lifestyle change in the matter of a few days
I don't know about veggies in a blender. If the fiber is a problem, I don't think blending it would reduce that enough to be gentle to your diverticulosis. If you try it, try it very carefully.
If you can manage broth well - make yourself some homemade bone broth. That's very nutritious, and has all the whole mineral profile that canned broths may not include. They're easy to make, too. Just put your bones and veggies in a pot, barely covered with water (doesn't have to be completely submerged) and add a couple tablespoons of vinegar (you won't taste this - it just helps pull the minerals out into the broth). Simmer that as long as you can - I cook mine overnight, sometimes 24 hours. I portion mine out into half-cup or cup containers and refrigerate or freeze them. I go through lots of this. I always have several flavors on hand... and it's great because the best meat parts to use are the "offal" sorts which are the cheapest things you can buy. My chicken BB is made with backs, wingtips, necks, and feet when I can get 'em. Any pork or beef roasts have their bones scavenged for broth (and the carcasses from store-made rotisserie chickens). I've also bought marrow bones or (best!) beef rib bones when they have sales. Go for the cheapest bones you can get. Pork trotters and tails, neck bones... just shut your eyes and do it! LOL
Hope you can find something good to eat. Who knows... you might find out you love this stuff, GI troubles or not! I do.
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I would try to: 1. Think positive. I know many ppl that lead very great lives with diverticulosis. 2. Be aware (record) of what you eat and how you feel afterwards. 3. Avoid nuts, corn, seeds (including seeded fruits like tomato and cucumber), indigestible roughage until seeing a specialist. 4. Experiment with: plain yogurt (with live active cultures), homemade soups, well cooked veggies, fruits, eggs, all meats, all seafood, healthy fats
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6/3/14 9:37 A
Thank you !!!! It's hard to know what to eat till I can get in to the specialist. I have mostly eaten broth, potatoes eggs, and toast, applesauce. I LOVE roughage but, my body says NO !! I wonder if I put that stuff in a blender and drink if, if it would have the same effects
You do absolutely need to get to your GI ASAP. If you're losing weight, you might try some of the nutritional shakes available, like Boost™ or Ensure™. I believe those are considered meal replacements, as opposed to simply supplements. As a supplement, in the interim (until you can get to your specialist), you could try the whey protein shakes, such as Designer Whey™ (which I get in my local grocery or WalMart).
My GI troubles center on GERD and scleroderma-related sensitivities. I'm sworn off roughage (by my gastroenterologist), but I can eat a fair amount of protein if I chew it very well and eat multiple small meals instead of single larger ones. I eat a lot of (real whole!) eggs. Those set well with me. My easiest proteins are mild white fish, some shellfish, beef, and chicken. In my particular case - which is likely not the same for you, with diverticulosis - the fattier cuts of beef settle better than the lean ones. These are just my particulars, and you shouldn't adopt any of them until you can consult with your specialist, who can give you the diet that's right for your individual health considerations!
If you haven't heard of it, there's a very good site called "Inspire" which covers many medical conditions. www.inspire.com/ The members there are willing and eager (and encouraged by the sitemasters) to share their experiences. It's been a godsend to me in coping with my autoimmune condition. You might check that out.
Please prioritize that visit to your GI doc. Meanwhile, see if any of the meal replacement shakes help stave off the weight loss. Good luck. I hope you'll come back here and let us know how things go at your appointment.
6/3/14 9:03 A
The previous poster has given you some great advice. I agree that asking your doctor for a referral to see a registered dietitian would be your best bet, since that person can help create a meal plan specific to your needs. That way you'll be sure you're getting all of the nutrients you need daily, while working around the restrictions of your medical condition.
I am sorry to hear that you have these problems. Because different foods affect different people differently, you are best to talk with your Dr and ask for a referral to a Registered Dietitian who can help you more specifically and take into account any other health problems that you may have. People with IBS conditions often need Multi-Vitamins and/or B12 for these problems, so it might pay for you to talk with your Dr about them if you haven't been prescribed them already. Don't just take them off your own bat, tho'!
My late hubby had severe Crohn's disease, and my S/Father has IBS, too, so I fully understand where you are coming from. I always had spare clothes for hubby in a little bag in my car (and I have one for my S/Father, too. He is 94 so I am his wheels.) In that bag are disposable wet toilet wipes, a couple plastic bags to put soiled clothing in and the soiled wet-wipes in, and also some disposable adult pull-up pants. Being prepared like that saves a huge amount of embarrassment in times of need.
One other thing I will suggest is to also ask you Dr for a referral to a Therapist. Often people with these sorts of conditions can get a lot of benefit from a couple sessions with one. They are great at teaching relaxation techniques which can help considerably with these sorts of issues.
Good luck, Kris
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6/3/14 8:46 A
Does anyone have this problem ? Mine is moderate to severe and eating has become my enemy. I'm afraid to eat but, I need to. If anyone has these problems can you let me know what you eat ? I've lost weight and inches since being diagnosed with this but, not the way I want to lose weight. can't get to the specialist till later in the month. Any help is greatly appreciated
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