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3/22/15 9:32 P

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I use coconut milk with my Breakfast Essentials. I tried the almond milk, cashew milk, cashew/coconut milk blend. This combination is the only one that does not make my stomach bloat up.

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3/16/15 12:45 A

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If someone has diabetes it can change how the body works, though I've not heard of sugar slowing digestion. If that was the case, my stomach wouldn't be working, ever. haha Fat and fiber definitely slow digestion because they're the largest macronutrients, protein is a smaller macronutrient, and simple sugars is the smallest macronutrient. The smaller it is, the faster it is to break it down because there is more surface area compared to overall size. A huge snowpile will melt slower than a small snowpile. For diabetics, there might be some mechanism where too much sugar in the bloodstream will prevent sugar from digesting, but I've never heard of anything like that. Though I will say that too much of anything is never good, and moderation is key.

Of course, one thing to remember that highly processed foods that are high in sugar are probably also high in chemicals and man-made 'ingredients', which definitely could cause slowing in the digestive tract, especially if the person is allergic or sensitive to one of the chemicals.

Complex carbs, like fiber, will slow down the digestive tract because it's hard to break apart the bonds. Fake fibers, like inulin or chicory root extract, are man-made by soaking fiber sources in water then removing the water and treating it with chemicals, and these can be harmful to some people, even with healthy GI tracts. These are added to foods to artificially raise the fiber level to make it appear healthier than it is. For example, Clif bars are choc full of them. Someone with GP who eats fake fiber could be in for some real trouble (my body doesn't like fake fiber in high quantities, so I would have problems if I had more than 1 Clif bar in a week.)

Have you tried mixing non-fat or greek yogurt into smoothies to help get more protein? What about non-dairy milk like soy or almond milk? There are also mix-ins like Carnation Instant Breakfast, which I think comes in a sugar free form, that have some protein and lots of vitamins and minerals. If lentils weren't so high in fiber, they'd be an alternative; my vegetarian system eats lentils for the protein.

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3/15/15 3:30 P

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My GP is who told me that sugar slows the digestion. I am pre diabetic and needed to add more protein to my diet. It is hard when you have GP.

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3/14/15 2:54 A

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Not sure where you learned that sugar slows down digestion, as this is contrary to what I've found in my research. Simple sugars pass through relatively quickly because they're really easy to digest, which then causes a quick rise in blood sugar followed by a quick drop (ever watch a kid on a sugar high slow down and want to fall asleep?). This is part of the problem for diabetics: eating food full of simple sugars causes a quick rise in blood sugar, but because the cells are so worn out from having so much sugar in the blood stream they can't use it quickly and the blood sugar stays high for too long. The quick drop in blood sugar that comes later makes the body think it is starving, which turns on a fake hunger signal with cravings for simple sugars which starts the process again.

Hunger, itself, is a problem. When we feel significant hunger it makes us want to eat a lot quickly, which is a big no-no. It is better to eat small amounts throughout the day and have small snacks on hand to ease real hunger before we become ravenous. This helps moderate our blood sugar and helps us to function better and not become overly hungry. We have to learn to listen to our bodies and know the difference between fake hunger (plummeting blood sugar, boredom, stress, thirst/dehydration, etc) and real hunger. Then it's possible to figure out how to best combat hunger.

As for what to do when you feel hungry, first check in with yourself and determine if it is real or fake hunger (this takes practice but is important). Then drink some water (need to keep drinking water as much as possible because dehydration feels like hunger) and pay attention if it changes your hunger level. If you might have had a significant drop in blood sugar causing fake hunger (note: if someone has diabetic gastroparesis then they MUST talk to their doctor about how to best control their blood sugar as this is extraordinarily important to prevent further problems), then sucking on a small piece of candy might help, since simple sugars can be absorbed through the mouth and be delivered right to the blood stream, effectively bypassing the digestive tract (this trick kept me alive when I couldn't get any food or liquid through my stomach). But know that frequently sucking on candy will lead to tooth decay, so doing this often will cause other problems and should only be done when necessary (also, it is empty calories that will not give any lasting energy for the body).

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3/1/15 12:07 P

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Candy is good for low blood sugar but should be something that will dissolve easily like caramel. How often are you eating or drinking? My Dr. suggested every 2-2.5 hours. Hunger is a problem as is low blood sugar. The down side is that sugar slows the digestive process too. GP is so much of a trial and error disease unfortunately. I have just had a long spell of being able to eat almost anything and now I am beginning a flare so it is back to more liquid diet. Funny thing is that I was sipping soda throughout the day when I was doing so well. emoticon

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3/1/15 9:59 A

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Thank you for your replies! Wow 4-6 oz is about what I can tolerate but what if you get very hungry or low blood sugar, I want to eat or drink more. Do you wait every 30 minutes for next 4-6 oz.? Also can you pls share an example eating and drinking day including any water? That would really help me thanks!

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10/18/14 1:19 P

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Gastroparesis translates to paralyzed stomach; however, any and all parts of the digestive tract, from esophagus through rectum, can move slowly in many cases. If your intestines are slow, it slows your stomach which slows your esophagus. (Think: if you kink a hose to make the water flow slowly, all the rest of the water behind it has nowhere to go. It's the same idea.) If you continue to try to push food in, your stomach will start to realize it's not going out the bottom, so it sends it back up (throw it up) to get it out.

Here are some of the standard tips for anyone with GP who can still eat food: Eat small, frequent meals. Eat low fat, low fiber. Avoid fibrous foods (some examples are: celery, marbled steak, spinach and lettuce, etc). Avoid cold foods and drinks (it numbs the stomach and slows blood flow). Don't drink and eat at the same time: stop drinking liquids 15 mins before eating, don't drink until 30 minutes after you've stopped eating, and only take sips of liquid during if you need help to swallow. Work with professionals to ease your stress and anxiety levels because both will cause your digestive tract to slow even more, which causes more stress and anxiety, and everything gets worse quickly. Don't forget to do gentle exercise every day, which will help relieve stress, burn calories, and help your digestive tract move a little better (in many cases). Try things like yoga, pilates, walking, etc. Also consider meditation.

As for the constipation, many doctors will recommend using miralax daily. Miralax stops the colon from removing all of the water from stool, and when it's wetter it moves faster and easier. Take 1 dose daily until you can talk to your doctor about continuing it long-term and/or taking more than 1 dose per day (many people are good with 1 dose, some people need more). Also talk to your doctor about other medications like taking a stool softener and 1 laxative daily. I wouldn't recommend taking these for more than a few days until you've spoken to your doctor because some laxatives are physically addictive and some stool softeners can interact with other medications. (Just because it's OTC doesn't mean it's always safe.) You'll also need your doctor to review your medications because some types of medications slow the digestive tract.

Lastly, make sure you are drinking LOTS of water ever day. Any medication you take to ease constipation means you need even more water (if your colon isn't pulling out water to reuse it, you need to replace it) to help your GI tract function better. Don't gulp your water down quickly, just drink slowly throughout the day. Make sure you're getting enough sodium in your diet also; if you drink a lot of water but eat very low sodium then your kidneys can't use all that water and you actually become dehydrated. So if you're not able to eat enough food to get a normal amount of sodium then talk to your doctor about other options. If you're not able to eat enough calories from solid food every day, try drinking gatorade to help you drink more water and get enough sodium (plus you can mix the miralax in).

Oh, and enemas should only be done rarely. They throw off your body's systems and do have some risks of complications if not done properly or done too frequently. If you're having to do frequent enemas the you need to see your doctor soon to have a colonoscopy and a full medical workup. Besides GP there are other serious causes for GP-like symptoms in the colon and those need to be reviewed and ruled out. Then you need to learn more about how to eat a GP-friendly diet and stick to it. Even 1 really GP-UNfriendly meal can slow your digestive tract for days (a normal GI tract moves food from top to bottom in 24-48 hours but gastroparesis can slow that to 72 hours or longer). The longer you eat proper for your body's needs, the better you'll feel.

I hope this gives you some good information. If you have more questions, please keep asking. We'll do our best to help point you in a direction.

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10/18/14 1:56 A

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The only thing that I have any real knowledge of is that most GI recommend low fiber diet along with low fat. I am considered to have mild to moderate GP so I am not suffering as much as so many with GP. I try to stay with a Stage 2 diet with at least 2 liquid meals per day. I use a stool softener OTC for relief. My neighbor whose GP seems to be as yours uses a prescription med to help her.
My DR. has suggested only 4-6 oz of food or drink at any time as more blocks the system and contributes to the nausea and reflux. The head of my bed being elevated does help with the refux. It is important to walk if you can to help move the food.
There are others on the team that will be able to possibly give you better information. There are also several support groups through GPACT on Facebook that have been helpful to me.
Please feel free to contact me by Sparkmail if I can be of help in any way.

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10/18/14 1:26 A

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Hi all, do you have constipation with your gastroparesis (gp)? I am told my entire digestive tract is slow and const. Has been all my life it seems (stress and overeating to push things out and for anxiety). More fiber seems to block me up worse since I can't eat lots and then drink lots. I do enemas since my body won't go typically unless gas presses something out. I also have spastic intestines so they chink up and block elimination. Solutions??? P.s. I am learning not to force food when constip. Bc only get nauseous and can't sleep and regurg...

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