I'm a little bit confused about your fiancÚ's diagnosis. It usually starts with diverticulosis (sections of the colon that have bulged out in to pockets) which is a permanent condition, with possible interludes of diverticulitis (where the pockets have become infected and inflamed), which is a temporary condition treated with antibiotics and generally a few days of clear liquids and a few weeks of low residue diet in order to give the system a rest during treatment. If he was diagnosed with diverticulitis last year, then it should have been treated ,and as he recovered he should be switching to a diverticulosis diet. This link explains it better: www.mayoclinic.com/health/diverticulitis-d
Both my partner and I have diverticulosis, and have avoided having diverticulitis attacks by following high fibre diets. We both did build up the amount of fibre gradually (over weeks in his case, months in mine), but have both lived with this diagnosis for years. Honestly, we've both had less trouble with this since we increased our fibre, fat, and water intake. There are a few times where we've had some discomfort, but haven't been able to pin it down to a single "trigger" food --- most times it seems to be when we're at the lower end of fibre intake. We both have popcorn, nuts, seeds, and things with skins on a daily basis.
If your fiancÚ is still dealing with diverticulitis, then he should still be receiving treatment for it from a doctor. That doctor should be sending him to a dietitian for advice on dealing with it during treatment, and what changes to make after the diverticulitis is cleared up to hopefully avoid future attacks.
If his diverticulitis is cleared up and he's dealing with diverticulosis, then he should be looking at gradually increasing his fibre intake to the recommended 38g per day. Really, if he works his way up to eating in the same healthy style that you do, it should be the best thing for him.
If he is scared about making the change (which is absolutely understandable in anyone who has gone through that kind of pain!), then you both really should see if you can get in to a dietitian who can work with you both to gradually and safely make the changes.
Good luck to you all, and kudos on such a great attitude for teaching your daughter healthy eating!
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Goal weight: 155 lbs
Afraid of a colonoscopy? Believe me - they are much less frightening than surgery and chemotherapy.
Colonoscopies allow polyps to be removed before they can become cancer, or let cancers be found before they are too widespread. If you are 50 or older, or have any symptoms, please don't let fear stop you from covering your butt.
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