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Low residue diet

ttoommyy Aug 3, 2011 12:38 PM

I'm on a low residue diet for two weeks due to an attack of diverticulitis. For me, the worst part is not being able to have fruits and vegetables. If you've ever been on this kind of a diet and you have creative ideas for meals, please share. I had to do this once before and it got old very fast.

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  1. ROCKLES RE: ttoommyy Aug 3, 2011 02:55 PM

    since i have never heard of this diet, I checked out the mayo-clinic-can eats while on a low residue diet...sounds like most junk food is ok to eat, just nothing healthy : )

    * Refined breads, cereals, crackers, chips and pasta with less than 1 gram of fiber per serving (Note: Ideally, look for products with zero grams of dietary fiber per serving.)
    * White rice
    * Vegetable juices without seeds or pulp
    * Fruit juices with no pulp
    * Milk, yogurt, pudding, ice cream, and cream-based soups and sauces (strained)
    * Tender meat, poultry, fish and eggs
    * Oil, margarine, butter and mayonnaise
    * Smooth salad dressings
    * Broth-based soups (strained)
    * Jelly, honey and syrup

    Are these all ok for you to eat? , maybe with these ingredients the CH can pick some good recipes (maybe on home cooking side) for you to give a try.

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      ttoommyy RE: ROCKLES Aug 4, 2011 06:28 AM

      Thanks ROCKLES. I know what I can and cannot eat, i was just hoping someone out there had some interesting way to spin the foods listed above. This is the exact diet I am following, by the way.

      Something funny just occurred to me: I'm actually like a reverse vegetarian. I'm really missing being able to eat fruits and vegetables. Anyone have some good recipes for mock-asparagus...maybe made out of chicken? :)

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        ROCKLES RE: ttoommyy Aug 4, 2011 08:55 AM

        Now thats funny!!

        You really should post on the home cooking site, there are probably lots of cooks that can offer ideas. Although I would probably use this as an excuse to pig out on Kraft mac and cheese

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        paulj RE: ROCKLES Aug 4, 2011 09:17 AM

        In effect aren't you saying that the essence of healthy eating is lots residue? A GI doctor would be the first to admit that this diet is the opposite of what they normally recommend. They also recommend a low residue diet prior to an 'inspection'.

        What besides fruits and vegetables do you normally eat? Under this diet, I think my consumption of eggs would go up.

        Inclusion of smooth salad dressings in this list doesn't make much sense, since salad is out. There isn't anything in the list that give the crunch we associate with salads. What you will be missing most is a contrasting texture. You can still get the flavors of fruits and vegetables - if you are willing to take the time to juice them.

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          ttoommyy RE: paulj Aug 4, 2011 10:20 AM

          "A GI doctor would be the first to admit that this diet is the opposite of what they normally recommend. They also recommend a low residue diet prior to an 'inspection'."

          My GI doctor put me on this diet for the reason that fibrous foods irritate and add to the discomfort of the diverticulitis.

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            sandramrma RE: paulj Oct 8, 2011 04:33 PM

            I am on this diet now for a few weeks and the only raw vegetable that I am allowed is a small amount of chopped green lettuce-so I make that my "salad".

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          maxie RE: ttoommyy Aug 4, 2011 09:37 AM

          My SIL was on a similar diet for a couple months. I made a few vegetable based soups -- pea, leek and lemon, carrot/Ginger -- then pureed them and double strained them. That gave her the illusion of vegetables without the pesky fiber. I also got a good white sandwich loaf from a fancy French bakery so she wasn't eating Wonder Bread. She used it for toast, tuna sandwiches and grilled cheese. Braised meats over egg noodles were good for her as well. Since this is pretty much the opposite of what I would regularly eat, I would chow down on homemade waffles and eggs while I had the chance.

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            ttoommyy RE: maxie Aug 4, 2011 10:17 AM

            Thanks maxie. Those are some good suggestions.

            Seems like the consensus is to pig out on comfort foods. Sounds good to me!

          2. pdxgastro RE: ttoommyy Aug 4, 2011 02:55 PM

            Sorry if this is indelicate, but without fiber what kind of hellish BMs are you having? Do you have to drink prune juice to counteract the lack of fiber? (Isn't hard stool dangerous for the intestine also?)

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              mcf RE: pdxgastro Aug 4, 2011 02:59 PM

              Prune juice is a source of fiber, though. 3 gms per cup.

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                paulj RE: mcf Aug 4, 2011 03:03 PM

                I wonder if, in this case, whether the distinction between insoluble and soluble fiber matters?

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                  pdxgastro RE: paulj Aug 4, 2011 10:21 PM

                  I gather it's fiber with 'edges' that can get caught in the diverticuli that is the problem.

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                    mcf RE: pdxgastro Oct 8, 2011 05:32 PM

                    Fish oil, btw, can accomplish what one might otherwise use prunes for.

            2. JenJeninCT RE: ttoommyy Oct 9, 2011 02:24 PM

              I suffer from this excruciating issue as well. For those who don't know, the low residue diet is only during an active flare. I try to eat a very high- fiber diet (lots of beans!) including the commonly avoided stuff like nuts and seeds. According to my GI, they are an issue for some, not all. Honestly, stress seems to be a much larger trigger for me than any food. That being said, my favorite flare food is mashed potatoes- they are comforting, and can be served with a lot of different toppings to add variety. Mushroom and cheese omelets are another fave.

              1. AreBe RE: ttoommyy Oct 10, 2011 07:55 AM

                I was hospitalized once with diverticulitis and had one more flare up. The low residue period will be relatively bland and monotonous for chowhounds.
                I remember Ritz crackers and vanilla wafers. Jell-O. Vanilla yogurt. Rice. Baked fish. Roast chicken.

                Make a parfait with the gelatin, yougurt and vanilla wafers.

                I played around with add-ins to white rice. Some finely chopped vegetables, chicken broth, etc.

                Mark Bittman's version of Jean-Georges Vongerichten's fried rice, topped with crisp ginger and a fried egg. So you may get a gram of fiber from the ginger, but it's a very fine gram! http://video.nytimes.com/video/2010/0...

                ROCKLES helpfully mentioned Mayo Clinic, and this page states "Most canned or cooked fruits without skins, seeds or membranes" are generally allowed and lists canned peaches and applesauce on a menu. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/low-...

                1. ttoommyy RE: ttoommyy Oct 12, 2011 12:26 PM

                  Since I started this post, I have been to the hospital for a 5 day stay for intravenous antibiotics. It was the weekend of hurricane Irene, so that was the end of August, I think? Anyway, it was decided then that I would have surgery the first week of November. I have been on the low residue diet since leaving the hospital and will be on it until the surgery. Hopefully once I am healed and everything is back in working order, I will be back to a normal diet.

                  While in the hospital, I had a dietitian come to see me and we went over what I could and could not eat. The biggest revelation was that I could eat certain cooked vegetables as long as they were not too fibrous and cooked well. I still can't have salads, raw vegetables, raw fruits (except bananas), nuts and grains.

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                    Val RE: ttoommyy Oct 12, 2011 03:39 PM

                    ((((ttoommyy)))) hope you DO heal up quickly...and get back to normal quickly...best wishes for speedy recovery!

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                      ttoommyy RE: Val Oct 13, 2011 07:38 AM

                      Thanks Val!

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                      AreBe RE: ttoommyy Oct 13, 2011 05:34 AM

                      Bless your heart and bless your belly too. I hope these next weeks of low residue dining go well and your procedure and recovery go even better. May you be fully recovered by Thanksgiving!

                      When you are cleared for a higher fiber diet I suggest you look at this thread for ways to enjoy more beans http://www.chow.com/topics/712091 . Lately I've been enjoying Trader Joe's Fiberful granola bars with 9 grams of fiber in each bar.

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                        ttoommyy RE: AreBe Oct 13, 2011 07:40 AM

                        "May you be fully recovered by Thanksgiving!"

                        That is my goal and holiday wish. I hope it comes true! Thanks AreBe.

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