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4/28/14 2:34 A

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Welcome, Sherri. (FYI, people are going to get confused. I'm Sheri and there's also a Shari on our team. hehe)

GP from diabetes is the most common form, and sometimes it's more complicated to deal with. GP requires a low fat and low fiber diet, which means we end up eating more simple carbs. But diabetes needs lower carbs and higher fiber. So it's a difficult balance to find. Seems like your case is mild, so avoiding high fat foods, high fiber foods, and fibrous foods may be enough.

Avoid fibrous foods (this includes meats like steak, which still has connective tissue, while ground meats and poultry are less fibrous). Look for meats with less fat content; I have come to love ground chicken and use that instead of ground beef. Overcooking lower fiber veggies can help you eat them, just know that overcooking can also break down their nutritional value, so having a good multi-vitamin is a definite.

As for BMs, GP isn't just a stomach issue. It can affect every part of the digestive tract from the esophagus to the colon. Many people who have slow stomachs also have slow intestines, so be aware of that. It takes a normal GI tract 24-48 hours to move food from one end of the body to the other, while a person with GP can take 72 hours or more. So the foods you eat today can still give you belly problems 2 days from now. Be aware that even if something moves through your stomach okay, it can slow your intestines, which then slows your stomach as everything you eat after it backs up. Also, be sure you're not drinking liquids while you eat. This fills up your stomach much more quickly. Drink liquids before, sip during, then drink again no sooner than 1 hour after eating. Of course, eating smaller meals more often is going to be a big help for you, as it will help your GI tract to keep working all day and will help keep your blood sugar steady.

Hope this helps. Have you already started working with a nutritionist? If not, that can be especially helpful for people with diabetic GP.

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4/24/14 3:50 P

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I love salads but they really don't like me. I can do pretty good with most veggies as long as they are cooked. Red meat is out but I seem to do ok with chicken and pork as long as not overcooked. I do good with ham which is good because I really love it. I can always tell when I eat to much at once. I also have major trouble with bowel movements and have to take meds to help. I have discovered recently that if I mix miralax with prune juice it works well. Anybody else have these issues or solutions?

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4/24/14 3:30 P

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Ha, ha, ha,... I'm laughing at myself. I can't even spell my own name right, lol! This type on my ipad is way too small. My name is Doris, not Dori.

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4/24/14 3:29 P

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Hi Sherri. My name is Dori and I also have gastroparesis with diabetes. There's not a whole lot of info avaiilable, but I did find an online course offered by a health care practitioner in the US. It's expensive ($500), but a learned a few things. What is came down to is trial and error. I had to cut out veggies and fruits for a long time and then reintroduce fruits in puree form. It's been a number of years for me and I still shy away from vegetables, but the irony is salad is one of the things that doesn't bother me...as long as I keep it to a plain salad (no added carrots, celery, seeds, etc.). But I certainly don't eat it every day. I also have a hard time if I eat a lot of beef. This topic sure takes a lot of conversation, but hopefully this is a start. Take care of yourself.

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4/24/14 3:18 P

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My name is Sherri and I have gastroparesis with diabetes so trying to find the right foods to eat is a challenge. I'm a LVN, married with 3 fur babies. My biggest challenge is that I love salads and raw vegetables and it is so hard not to want them. I would love to hear how others deal with this.

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