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I was recently diagnosed with Gastroparesis. Can anyone enlighten me about diet?
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Hi @pdilly and @doodle75bug,
I'm tagging @dorifg @kbelter @darlia @nanny23 @katmandoo @jlfisher56 @delicht @danybegood1 @robatk17 @citygirlannie as they've mentioned gastroparesis on Connect and may have some moreideas about diets and foods that help.
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Hello @suemer and @astaingegerdm
While I do not have a DX of gastroparesis, I have had several upper digestive tract surgeries and my digestive tract seems to run at a different pace than prior to the surgeries.
I am most interested in knowing more about Iberogast. What exactly does it do for you? How has it helped?
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I’m confused about the Gastroparesis diet I was given when diagnosed last fall because a bezoar was found in my stomach. The diet is very similar to the one that Mayo has posted under Gastroparesis. My first question is about vegetables. The diet says no raw vegetables (of course) but well cooked vegetables are okay.
But the next entry is to avoid fibrous vegetable such as broccoli.
Does this mean that I can’t eat broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, turnip greens, spinach, green beans, etc. even if I cook them to death?
I still eat chicken, fish, ground beef, etc. I have eliminated any lettuce, woody vegetables, any fruit skin. I still eat the fruit but it is applesauce instead of the apple. BUT one of the keys to getting your food to digest is to chew it waaaayyy more than you usually did before this. The saliva in your mouth helps break down the food along with the chewing.
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Thanks for the replies @doodle75bug and
@@kanaazpereira and @suemer and @astaingegerdm and @coquifoife !!
I eat small amounts of food all day long like mentioned.
I don’t take any medication for this.
My diagnosis is moderate Gastroparesis ( likely from Nissan Fundoplication for a huge hernia)
I don’t have vomiting very often. I’m so sorry for those of you who do.
I would love to hear more about what y’all eat!!!!!
I have type2 diabetes controlled by diet. I went from eating nuts and berries and celery and whole-wheat bread and beans and every kind of green vegetable imaginable to eating saltine crackers, canned peaches, cottage cheese, white bread, white rice, and mashed potatoes!
So from very high fiber very low carb to very low fiber very high carb. Amazingly my T2 is still under control. Probably because I eat so little.
I’m very excited to cook the heck out of some fresh broccoli!
Let me know what else you think is ok!
I am pretty active taking care of my mentally handicapped son and my 88 year old mom so I often don't eat 6 meals a day. That is where the Equate Nutritional Shake comes in. 350 calories, 13 grams of protein and vitamins and minerals. I can tell you what I don't eat because I really do try to eat what isn't on the gastroparesis diet list. I cut saturated fat from my diet. I still occasionally eat ice cream but I've resorted to frozen yogurt. I don't eat any woody vegetables. Lots of days my vegetables are Low-sodium V8 juice. I find that if I eat too close to any meal, I won't have much of an appetite for the next meal. I always eat a good breakfast about 7am. Then an Equate about 9am. Lunch is about noon and if I have a big lunch my dinner is not large. Snack in the afternoon is about 2pm. Dinner is about 5:30pm. Nothing after about 6pm. I am sleeping on a 5" wedge under my mattress which helps alot! And I start out sleeping on my left side as the right side is a straight shot to your stomach and if your food hasn't digested which most of ours has not, it will cause distress, reflux, and coughing for me. I chew a piece of gum before I go to sleep. I got this tip from the internet and it works. I don't eat salads anymore. I peel all fruit or eat it from a can – no skins. No tomatoes unless they are skinned. No processed meats. No soft cheese. I keep my spicy food to a minimum if at all. If I am no hungry at dinner, I try to eat some of it and then supplement it with Equate. You can buy it at Walmart. Dietician told me it was same as Ensure only tastes better and is cheaper. I've tried Boost too and hated the taste. I also have a Smoothie King meal replacement whenever I feel like it. I haven't quite figured out how to make one myself and wouldn't kow what to put in it. Any suggestions would be appreciated. No citrus juices except Apple Juice. No alcoholic beverages as they slow down your stomach. No soft drinks which means no carbonated beverages. Sometimes I have gotten away with a Pepsi or Ginger Ale but it's early in the day and if you open it, put the cap on, let it sit in the frig for a day or two, some of the fizz is gone and that helps. Onions are a no. I have eaten them finely chopped but minimal with no issues. White rice only no whole grains and just white bread. Our stomach has to break all of that down and cannot. Hope this helps.
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I hope all 3 of these pictures of the bottle are attached. It says not to take past 4 weeks without seeing your doctor so I asked by gastroenterologist about that. She said that warning is for people who just decide to take it without the symptoms or being diagnosed with what we have. I have been on it for 2 years. NO side effects.
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Here are the other views of the bottle. On Amazon you can even get a travel size.
Thank you @suemer
In what way does Iberogast help you? Does it keep you from feeling nauseous, from vomiting, or feeling full quickly, etc.?
Iberogast increases the emptying rate of my stomach, it seems, especially with harder to digest beef, ground beef too. Not so full and uncomfortably bloated.
I do not vomit. I do not feel nauseous. Sometimes I feel full but it is usually because I eat something too close to the next meal and my stomach can't process it that fast. Iberogast is designed to soothe your stomach and help with motility. it can't hurt to try it. It workis. My "meat portion" of a meal is at about 3-4 ounces. Fish I eat more of easily. I probably drink about 2 of my Equate a day. I am working with a wellness coach for my osteoporosis twice a week so I think that helps my gastroparesis but not sure. I also have to make sure that my meal is a few hours before the workout so I've times that for about 10:30 am. Then I drink an Equate an hour before. I am only 5'2" and 110 pounds so weight is hard to maintain We workout for an hour each time. I have been doing that for over 1 1/2 years. If anyone can verify that exercise helps gastroparesis, I would appreciate knowing that.
Thanks to you @suemer and @astaingegerdm for the additional information.
As I said, I've never been DXd with gastroparesis but my diet is very similar to yours and my eating is also similar. Small, frequent meals and they are all of a soft-nature. If I eat after I begin feeling full, I'm in trouble with nausea, etc. I've often found that a 10 minute walk after a meal with help a great deal. Tai-Chi has been a great exercise for me as it has very gentle movements that are relaxing and comfortable. Here is a short (9 minute) Youtube video that I use https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxcNBejxlzs. (I'm not a fan of yoga.)
I'm also 5' and weigh 110 and have some other health problems that keep me from doing a lot of aerobic activity. I will give the Iberogast a try. I see that Amazon has a small bottle for just $20, so not much to lose if it doesn't help me. Thanks to you both!
Thank you @suemer for the information about Iberogast and about equate plus! Boost doesn’t taste very good to me so I’m looking forward to trying the equate. What favor do you prefer?
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@suemer how do you cook your green vegetables? Roast like @hopeful33250 ? Or steam? Or in water? I used to eat roasted vegetables but I haven’t since switching to the Gastroparesis diet. I’ve been afraid they would not be soft enough. I didn’t know if asparagus would be considered like broccoli — a food the diet said I should avoid.
Oops! @suemer I meant to direct my last question to @doodle75bug
@pdilly One thing I didn't mention: Before I roast the veggies, the "tougher" ones I put in the microwave for a minute or two to soften them a bit. You can use any combination of veggies, so if asparagus isn't on your eating plan, just avoid that one.
Thank you again @doodle75bug and
@kanaazpereira and @suemer and @astaingegerdm and @coquifoife and @hopeful33250 !
Before talking with y’all I had the impression that I couldn’t eat any high fiber foods. But apparently I can if they are cooked until they are very soft or put in a blender until they are the consistency of a smoothie.
Someone said they avoid woody vegetables. What are some examples of woody vegetables?
Also, could our moderator pass along to Mayo that a more in depth Gastroparesis diet on their website would be super helpful?
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