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Hello @virginia44 and welcome to Mayo Connect,

You have asked a very good question about fiber requirements for those of us who have diverticulitis.

Your doctor should, of course, be your guide in this matter of diet for diverticulitis. However, during an attack of diverticulitis, fiber should be eliminated until your symptoms are under control. Most of us, during an attack of diverticulitis, practice a liquid diet (or somewhat close to that) or very soft foods at least. For me, that includes liquid nutrition shakes, smoothies (without fiber), broth (bone broth is high in protein), etc. After the diverticulitis attack is over then I have soft foods for a few days, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, bananas, etc. I would like to invite @thull to this discussion as she has had lots of experience with diets for diverticulitis as well.

Here is some information from Mayo Clinic's website regarding diet for diverticulitis, https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/diverticulitis-diet/art-20048499.

Here is some information regarding the correlation between diverticulitis and tortuous colon, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5635100/

As you are comfortable sharing more, how many bouts of diverticulitis have you had, @virginia44? How are you feeling now?

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Teresa, thank you for the response. I have been told, however, that I do not have diverticulitis. I have diverticulosis in the sigmoid colon, and I have a tortuous colon. I believe there is a difference in approach to management of diverticulitis vs. diverticulosis.

I only do clear liquids during an episode, then once symptoms seem to be resolving, soft foods, scrambled eggs, pudding, mashed potatoes, bananas, applesauce. Boost Breeze is a clear supplement that is my go to. 250 calories and 9 grams of protein. I can't find it in stores, but available on Amazon. It is wwhat Mayo gave me when I was hospitalized. Now that all that intestine has been removed(Deloyers Procedure), not having the issues, which is great, although there are still some foods I need to avoid

I am very curious about the surgery Thull has mentioned. Sounds like it was a great solution for her! Wondering if this might be a solution for me. Is there any info on the Mayo site about possible outcomes, issues to be concerned with, etc.?