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HinAutumnsun, I don't eat meat but with my appetite nil I end up eating sugar as fresh juice or candy to get energy. I would love to eat bread and veggies and fruit as I am not really a fan of proteins they feel like lead inside me and don't satisfy me like carbs do. If you wanted to do all veggies and fruit, I guess you could try low fiber fruits and veggies, with sprouts and nuts for protein and green juices - like they do at Hippocrates Health Institute in fl. I tried this - but I keep overdoing the fibers.

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7/23/12 6:11 P

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Hi,Autumnsun

I just saw this now- I'm not vegan but I am vegetarian. It was REALLY tough in the beginning but now it's much, much better. It takes alot of listening to your body and really watching the reactions you get from everything you put into your mouth. I kept a list for over a year- so everytime i ate something & it affected me badly or caused a gastroparesis flare up- i'd list & know to avoid it. I found gastroparesis to be different for everyone- start w/ the gp rec'd list of foods but listen to your OWN body. I can eat alot of the foods i'm supposed to avoid/ some only in very small portions & other things that are supposed to be great for gastroparesis- i can't touch w/out a terrible flare up.


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6/1/12 11:15 P

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Autumsun I am vegan and most of my foods are already prepared as far as meat substitutes. My body can handle most of these foods well. I saw a nutritionist and he helped me to get started on a diet and add foods gradually as my stomach healed. I really appreciated the information he gave me and to get started on a diet that would help me.

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5/2/12 11:19 P

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I highly suggest finding a GI doctor who knows what GP is (harder than you'd think actually). The gastric emptying study is the most important test for the diagnosis, though each doctor/hospital does the test a little different. It is possible to have other conditions that are similar to GP. Once you have the gastric emptying study you'll have a better idea of what you can and can't eat (slightly slow means cutting back on fat and fiber, quite slow means more soft foods, and incredibly slow means you probably need to get treatment beyond just changing your diet). Also, the diabetic diet is nothing like the GP diet (except if you have diabetic GP - sounds like you have ideopathic so you should be on a completely different diet).

I've started a thread about what to try or avoid in the GP diet - check that out. It is important to learn what YOUR body will accept, so starting with a liquid diet then slowly adding foods (1 every 2-3 days) will help you determine what your body will accept or not. It takes a normal person 24-48 hours for food to go from one end of the body to the other, but for people with GP it can easily take more than 72. So by adding only 1 food every 2-3 days you'll know if that new food is causing you problems instead of guessing between several. It's also important to do your best to control your stress. Stress causes hormonal and chemical changes in the body that affect all systems, including the digestive tract. For instance, 'fight or flight' mode slows blood and nervous system responses to the digestive tract to put it into the brain (to make a decision) and the muscles (to fight or run away). Being in a constant state of stress can cause adrenaline to be released in higher quantities, thus slowing the digestive system for longer periods of time.

I also recommend that you check out G-PACT. They're the non-profit supporting people with GP and they have information at their website including a cookbook you might find helpful. Let me know if you have problems finding their website, facebook, etc.

I have heard of people trying to be vegetarian and/or vegan when they have GP, but I don't know about the success. I'm pretty sure it will be in relation to how bad that person's condition is. The important thing is to cut back on high fiber and high fat meals. So watermelon would be better than an orange and cooked carrots are better than raw celery. Remove skins (yes it has the most nutrients, but also a lot of fiber) and cook when possible. Your doctor will most likely also recommend that you take a multivitamin and/or drink things like ensure and boost to get extra nutrients. Once you can figure out what foods your body will accept without problems, then you'll have a better idea of what foods you can have.

If you have more questions, I'll do my best to answer them. I was diagnosed a year and a half ago and have spent many hours researching the condition. Of course, I don't know nearly everything and can't recommend what treatments are best for you, but I've learned how to best figure out the diet through myself and others. The more you know about the condition the better chance you'll be able to find the right GI specialist and explain to him exactly what you're dealing with so they can offer you the right treatments.

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5/2/12 10:04 P

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My doctor never gave me a gastric emptying study. He just did a exploration scope surgery to look inside my stomach and saw that my food was still solid after 16 hours. After the surgery he sat me down and told me that I have Gastroparesis and that I cant eat like normal people. And gave me a diabetic diet sheet of stuff I can and cant eat -- even though all my diabetes tests came back negative. I never saw him after that and he never asked me to come back. I saw him for like not even 5 minutes. But I've found that (at that time) I couldnt even eat what was on that sheet. But my stomach has done so much better now then it did then. I can eat a lot more solid foods as long as they are cooked longer.
My cousin is a nutritionist and she said that she doesnt want to make a meal plan for me unless I know for sure what I can and cant eat.. but the thing is, it varies week by week depending on my stress so I dont think I could even go by a set plan anyways.

I guess I was just wondering if I was to try a GP type vegan mean plan if it would be healthy..get plenty of nutrients and vitamins. But I'm seeing a new doctor now--a-days and I made an appointment for next week to talk to her about all this, so hopefully I'll get it straightned out soon

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It is possible to have some fruits and veggies, but it is highly dependant upon how bad the condition is in your body. Based upon your gastric emptying study that was used to diagnose gastroparesis your doctor should have given you information about the GP diet and what you should and shouldn't eat. On top of that it is up to you to try foods and see what your body will accept or reject - every person's diet is going to be different because we're all at different levels of the condition. Some people with GP only cut back a little on fat and fiber and they're fine, while others (like me) become dependent on alternative feeding (TPN or G/J tube) to get the majority or entirety of their calories each day.

Another great resource would be for you to talk to a nutritionist. They can help you figure out what foods you can and can't have. But be understand that they often do not fully understand GP and will not be able to tell you exactly what your body will or will not react to. So it's good to start with them but your body will be what you must listen to above all else.

Best wishes on figuring it all out.

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4/30/12 11:56 P

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I was wondering if there were any vegans on here. I always feel guilty with eating meat, and though I mostly eat chicken and turkey when I do eat meat.. there's still a part of me that just wants to stick to veggies and fruit. But with me having GP I was wondering if it was even possible for me to have that kind of diet.
I've spent the last year just trying new foods and ways to eat these foods..everything you can imagine just learning about me and my body. Its really become a spiritual journey. I now know what I want to do with my life, and how I want to live it..Now comes actually practicing it. But this little eating area is the only thing left to tackle. As soon as I can save the money I do plan to talk to a doctor about all this just to double check everything, I just want to research everything first. I thought here would be the best place to start. Anyone have any thoughts?

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