Did your Dr give any specific recommendations? Could you get a referral to a nutritionist?
Sorry I could not be more helpful.
You want to avoid small food particles that don't get crushed or digested. The biggest problems are with things that seem healthy. Nuts, seeds, popcorn kernels, corn etc are the major problems. Regular bread, meats, cheeses, fruits, dairy and most veggies are fine. Be careful with things like sesame seeds, uncooked oats, etc.
Hope that helps.
Diverticular disease is actually very common in the united states and is believed to be in part due to our poor fiber diet. As there are many other parts of the world that is it not seen at all or minimally.
It is an outpouching of the colon lining as Dr. PJ states, but as a SGNA certified RN, and someone who has worked extensively with Colorectal surgeons, I have to say that there have been many many studies that counter this belief as she stated:
"You want to avoid small food particles that don't get crushed or digested. The biggest problems are with things that seem healthy. Nuts, seeds, popcorn kernels, corn etc are the major problems. Regular bread, meats, cheeses, fruits, dairy and most veggies are fine. Be careful with things like sesame seeds, uncooked oats, etc. "
The only time that it is now recommended that you stay away from nuts seeds, and corn etc is when you are actively having an issue with infection, more commonly known as Diverticulitis (Itis always means inflammation/infection). OR if you have a know food that triggers abdominal pain or discomfort.
A diet high in fiber does help to prevent any further issues with diverticulosis, meaning lots of whole grains, beans, and even fiber supplements. Fiber is the sponge or glue so to speak to keep your stool all together, and keep food particles from being trapped in those pits and pockets.
There are estimates that range from 80-95% of Americans have this condition, and many are totally unaware. As you become older it can create an issue with bleeding in some folks, as the wall of the colon is thinner, and blood vessels are closer to the surface. When this happens it is usually painless, and can bleed large amounts in a short period of time.
If you develop more than 2 episodes of infection that is truly diagnosed via CT scan then surgery to remove the affected portion is recommended, and this can be done laparoscopically by any Colorectal surgeon that is talented. If surgery is done while the affected area is inflammed it can often result in a temporary colostomy, we have to allow the affected bowel to heal, and then can reverse the ostomy, usually about a 6 month process.
If you have any further questions feel free to PM me.
I eat a high fiber English muffin with peanutbutter and a yogurt, or mix an apple in with my high fiber cereal or oatmeal. 10-12 grams at breakfast covered.
Buy high fiber bread. Eat either a sandwich where I add roasted red pepper or apple or pear slices to my sandwich OR I have a bean or lentil soup for lunch. Another 8-10 grams
For dinner, a sweet potato or baked potato (I eat the skin of the white potato), a salad with more veggies with a lean protein and I have my 25-30 gm per day.
I eat yogurt every day. Between the yogurt and the higher fiber diet, no more issues.
Do NOT ever eat 2 Fiber One bars on the same day, no matter how good they taste.
I eat nuts and popcorn now but I did avoid for a while when I was first diagnosed. Mostly because my gut was torn up from the antibiotics for the diverticulitis. Yogurt helped with that.
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[This message edited by Pentup at 1:19 PM, December 13th (Friday)]
TJ// I must be the fibre queen or something... hummus+avocado sandwiches on whole wheat chia loaf, apples, crunchy peanut butter, grapes, potatoes with skins, bean soups with tons of veggies (favourites are coconut milk with chilies and lime juice, and a minestrone from scratch), carrots, cherry tomatoes, walnuts, peanuts, almonds, craisins, pomegranates, brown rice etc. pretty much every day.
Popcorn with olive oil is my favourite snack next to pomegranates.
Anyone want to do the fibre math?
[This message edited by FaithFool at 6:01 PM, December 13th (Friday)]
Nothing tastes "gritty".
The extra benefit is that my cholesterol is within normal range as well. I have a strong family history of high cholesterol, so I believe increasing the fiber and plant based whole foods made a difference there as well.
((JJSR)) hope you feel better soon