Gastroparesis Diet – Questions, Suggestions, Tips

Posted by bellbelinda3 @bellbelinda3, Jan 30, 2012

I was recently diagnosed with Gastroparesis. Can anyone enlighten me about diet?

@suemer

Could someone tell me where to go to find a reliable and doctor-approved gastroparesis diet – what to eat and not eat. I have it and now my 51 year old son has it too. Or where is it on the Mayo clinic site?

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Dr Joseph Murray, Mayo Mn

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@suemer

Could someone tell me where to go to find a reliable and doctor-approved gastroparesis diet – what to eat and not eat. I have it and now my 51 year old son has it too. Or where is it on the Mayo clinic site?

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Is he a physician? I am just in need of the diet so I'm not quite sure I understand. Sorry

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@suemer

Could someone tell me where to go to find a reliable and doctor-approved gastroparesis diet – what to eat and not eat. I have it and now my 51 year old son has it too. Or where is it on the Mayo clinic site?

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Thank you @suemer for posting your question. I recently started a conversation here called “Gastroparesis Diet Questions” and received wonderful replies about what other people do. But I don’t know if I can do that!

To see the G diet on the Mayo site just search gastroparesis. It’s helpful but not clear to me. I wish Mayo would expand their Gastroparesis diet page to clearly state what to eat and what not to eat.

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@suemer

Could someone tell me where to go to find a reliable and doctor-approved gastroparesis diet – what to eat and not eat. I have it and now my 51 year old son has it too. Or where is it on the Mayo clinic site?

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@suemer You might want to look through the conversation pdilly was speaking of: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/gastroparesis-diet-questions/ . I personally think it is different for everyone. Well cooked vegetables and very tender meats are a must for me. I can eat brussell sprouts and creamed spinach if cooked tender.. cabbage and other greens I cannot seem to find a way to eat. Most breads I cannot handle nor regular potatoes unless the potatoes are mashed and soupy. I also have achalasia… which makes it difficult to swallow some things. Small meals are also a must for me. I had to have gastric bypass to fix a paraesophageal (sliding) hernia. Even after 4 years my stomach has not expanded.. it is about the size of a large egg. I can only eat a cup or so of food at a time. So important I get my stomach to empty. Walks are very helpful and when my stomach is very stubborn massages and even sometimes the heating pad are helpful when pain comes from lack of food moving.

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@suemer

Could someone tell me where to go to find a reliable and doctor-approved gastroparesis diet – what to eat and not eat. I have it and now my 51 year old son has it too. Or where is it on the Mayo clinic site?

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Thank you for your reply @fourof5zs. It looks like you try things and see what works and what doesn’t and then move on — I wish I could be that way!
I’m still looking for that comprehensive list that says EAT THIS/DON’T EAT THIS.

This is a copy of info straight from the Mayo Gastroparesis pages:
“Eat well-cooked fruits and vegetables rather than raw fruits and vegetables
Avoid fibrous fruits and vegetables, such as oranges and broccoli, which may cause bezoars”

To me that is saying I can’t eat fibrous fruits and vegetables even if they are well-cooked. Is that correct?
If so, where can I get a list of fruits and vegetables that are “fibrous”?

I’m hoping a Mayo moderator might get involved and ask the Mayo experts to clarify.

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@pdilly

Thank you for your reply @fourof5zs. It looks like you try things and see what works and what doesn’t and then move on — I wish I could be that way!
I’m still looking for that comprehensive list that says EAT THIS/DON’T EAT THIS.

This is a copy of info straight from the Mayo Gastroparesis pages:
“Eat well-cooked fruits and vegetables rather than raw fruits and vegetables
Avoid fibrous fruits and vegetables, such as oranges and broccoli, which may cause bezoars”

To me that is saying I can’t eat fibrous fruits and vegetables even if they are well-cooked. Is that correct?
If so, where can I get a list of fruits and vegetables that are “fibrous”?

I’m hoping a Mayo moderator might get involved and ask the Mayo experts to clarify.

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@pdilly Even though the human body is basically the same in everyone there are still differences. So therefore what works for one person may not work for another. Fibrous foods are those that are high in fiber. High fiber foods take longer to digest and if they sit in the stomach too long can cause a bezoar.. the food becomes hard like a rock and will go nowhere. I have only had a small one.

Some people can handle raw fruit without the skin and a baked potaoto without the skin. I cannot. I have a swallowing problem too, so I have to have more easy to swallow foods. Greens such as turnip, collard and mustard that I grew up with here in Georgia I cannot eat. I can eat broccolli florets if cooked tender, but not the stem. I can eat creamed spinach that my husband cooks. He usually uses the frozen spinach and it has no stems. I can eat quick oatmeal, but it tends to take me a while to eat it and it takes a while to digest… so I rarely eat it. My husband is our cook and he makes a granola bar that I can eat ( it has toasted oatmeal and it is a soft, chewy bar). He chops up almonds and assorted dried fruit small for it. It is filling an nutritious, but does not sit in my stomach forever like a lot of high fiber foods. High fiber food will take more time to digest than low fiber foods. Fruit such as apples and pears lose a lot of fiber once peeled and cooked… or canned. I can eat canned pineapple fine.. even with its texture. It actually make my stomach feel pretty good. Itt is my supper mixed with cottage cheese.

I also have diverticulosis and need a high fiber diet for that.. so diet is a big problem for me. Gastroparesis is better if you eat lower fiber diet and the diverticulosis requires high fiber. Hitting a medium is not easy. Early last year I had a severe bout of diverticulitis. I eat a lot of green peas and carrots cooked tender. Green beans I do not do well with nor do I do well with black-eyed or any variety that is what we call a field pea. I can eat a few canned baked beans.. even some canned kidney bean in chili (mine has to be bland though☹️) Ground beef is the most easily digested meat for me. I have a hard time with chicken and pork.

It would be hard for the Mayo Clinic to name all fibrous foods, but yes, it might be a good idea to give a few examples. In the search bar of your browser type in: list of fibrous foods; and you should get some results.

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@fourof5zs

@pdilly Even though the human body is basically the same in everyone there are still differences. So therefore what works for one person may not work for another. Fibrous foods are those that are high in fiber. High fiber foods take longer to digest and if they sit in the stomach too long can cause a bezoar.. the food becomes hard like a rock and will go nowhere. I have only had a small one.

Some people can handle raw fruit without the skin and a baked potaoto without the skin. I cannot. I have a swallowing problem too, so I have to have more easy to swallow foods. Greens such as turnip, collard and mustard that I grew up with here in Georgia I cannot eat. I can eat broccolli florets if cooked tender, but not the stem. I can eat creamed spinach that my husband cooks. He usually uses the frozen spinach and it has no stems. I can eat quick oatmeal, but it tends to take me a while to eat it and it takes a while to digest… so I rarely eat it. My husband is our cook and he makes a granola bar that I can eat ( it has toasted oatmeal and it is a soft, chewy bar). He chops up almonds and assorted dried fruit small for it. It is filling an nutritious, but does not sit in my stomach forever like a lot of high fiber foods. High fiber food will take more time to digest than low fiber foods. Fruit such as apples and pears lose a lot of fiber once peeled and cooked… or canned. I can eat canned pineapple fine.. even with its texture. It actually make my stomach feel pretty good. Itt is my supper mixed with cottage cheese.

I also have diverticulosis and need a high fiber diet for that.. so diet is a big problem for me. Gastroparesis is better if you eat lower fiber diet and the diverticulosis requires high fiber. Hitting a medium is not easy. Early last year I had a severe bout of diverticulitis. I eat a lot of green peas and carrots cooked tender. Green beans I do not do well with nor do I do well with black-eyed or any variety that is what we call a field pea. I can eat a few canned baked beans.. even some canned kidney bean in chili (mine has to be bland though☹️) Ground beef is the most easily digested meat for me. I have a hard time with chicken and pork.

It would be hard for the Mayo Clinic to name all fibrous foods, but yes, it might be a good idea to give a few examples. In the search bar of your browser type in: list of fibrous foods; and you should get some results.

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@fourof5zs

You have provided a lot of good examples of food choices! I agree that ground beef (or ground chicken/turkey) work better than other meats.

As there is no diet that would be good for everyone, it is important for each person to find out what is right for them. You have done a great job in finding out what works for you!

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@hopeful33250

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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the bottle says it helps with the motility of your stomach which is also good for IBS and any stomach related issues. It is all natural. I am beginning to wonder if that is why I can eat quite a few things…more than most people here…and don't have any vomiting or bowel issues. Sometimes I feel fuller faster than other times but I find it's because I've eaten something about 3pm before dinner. But 6 meals a day is not an option for me. So Equate is my go-to protein supplement. Get it at Walmart. Recommended by my dietician because it tastes better than Ensure, same as Ensure for ingredients and proteins/vitamins/minerals, and is cheaper.

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@hopeful33250

Thank you @suemer

In what way does Iberogast help you? Does it keep you from feeling nauseous, from vomiting, or feeling full quickly, etc.?

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Well, iberogast helps my stomach process my food faster. Probably not at the rate it did without gastroparesis but I do not vomit, luckily. And I only felt nauseous and bloated once when I drank a whole glass of fountain Pepsi. Can't do that. It won't hurt you and just might help. Try a small bottle and see how you do. My gastroenterologist just prescribed it to my son who is 51 and has the same disease. Is this stuff heredity???

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@pdilly

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?

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Before pregnancy i was diagnosed with mild gastoperises. For a few months the vomiting and discomfort wouldn’t go away. Then, it all got back to normal. But I lost a lot of weight and didn’t recover.
A year later I was pregnant. Through everything was bc of the morning sickness, but ended up with a Nj tube and tpn.
After pregnancy the vomiting continue I was in very bad shaped. After a few studies with one of these hospital in the state the only thing they found wrong with me was how fast my stomach was emptying to the small bowel.
They called them dumping syndrome. But I don’t have any symptoms of dumping syndrome. When it comes to diet I eat what I person with gastroperises eats. If I tried to follow a diet of a oedoja that has dumping syndrome I can really sick.
Meeting with my IG to discuss about coming to Mayo Clinic for a second opinion.
I’m desperate

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@pdilly

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?

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Hi everybody,

I'd like to invite you to view this recently published post on the Connect "Gastroenterology & GI Surgery” Page. Madelynn Strong, clinical dietitian at Mayo Clinic, recommends strategies and foods that might help relieve symptoms of gastroparesis, and speed up gastric emptying.
Gastroparesis Diet Guidelines https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/gastroenterology-and-gi-surgery/newsfeed/gastroparesis-diet-guidelines-1/

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@suemer

Could someone tell me where to go to find a reliable and doctor-approved gastroparesis diet – what to eat and not eat. I have it and now my 51 year old son has it too. Or where is it on the Mayo clinic site?

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Hi everybody,

I'd like to invite you to view this recently published post on the Connect "Gastroenterology & GI Surgery” Page. Madelynn Strong, clinical dietitian at Mayo Clinic, recommends strategies and foods that might help relieve symptoms of gastroparesis, and speed up gastric emptying.
Gastroparesis Diet Guidelines https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/gastroenterology-and-gi-surgery/newsfeed/gastroparesis-diet-guidelines-1/

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@pdilly

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?

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@kanaazpereira thank you for the link! That’s pretty much the diet I’ve been following. Could you ask the dietician if she thinks it’s ok to eat high fiber veggies like beans if they are cooked until they are practically mush and then puréed ??? Or would that still be too much fiber for someone with Gastroparesis? I don’t want to ever have another bezoar.

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@hgarm

Not sure if I have gastroparesis seeing as I am still waiting for a diagnosis but seeing as I can still taste the food when I burp hours after eating it and all the neasia that comes with it I am pretty sire this is my issue. My question is what foods help to lessen these issues? I really need to be able to eat but I just don't know what's safe to eat and what will cause issues. I am hoping someone with this issue can help me

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Hello @hgarm

I'm going to ask one of our moderators, @lisalucier, to move your post to an existing discussion on gastroparesis. Here is the link to that discussion, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/gastroparesis/?orderby=DESC#chv4-comment-stream-header.

Many people in this discussion group are talking about dietary changes they are making to deal with this disorder.

Here also is some information from Mayo's website about treatments available, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gastroparesis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20355792

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@suemer

Could someone tell me where to go to find a reliable and doctor-approved gastroparesis diet – what to eat and not eat. I have it and now my 51 year old son has it too. Or where is it on the Mayo clinic site?

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Not sure if I have gastroparesis seeing as I am still waiting for a diagnosis but seeing as I can still taste the food when I burp hours after eating it and all the neasia that comes with it I am pretty sire this is my issue. My question is what foods help to lessen these issues? I really need to be able to eat but I just don't know what's safe to eat and what will cause issues. I am hoping someone with this issue can help me

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