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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@waslatter Did you say your A1c numbers improved with your new Gastroparesis diet? Wow! Mine went up from 5.7 to 6.2. I need to be doing whatever you’re doing. What kind of fiber do you eat? I think my extremely low fiber Gastroparesis eating definitely raised my A1c.

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@blmd5861

I do not know what to do for the unpredictable emptying. Do you take a nightly laxative to keep things moving?

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I take something about every other day. Got a diagnosis but no advice how to manage. Read Mayo info online.

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@pdilly

@waslatter Did you say your A1c numbers improved with your new Gastroparesis diet? Wow! Mine went up from 5.7 to 6.2. I need to be doing whatever you’re doing. What kind of fiber do you eat? I think my extremely low fiber Gastroparesis eating definitely raised my A1c.

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Too soon for a1c. My last a1c was over 7. My daily blood sugars were up to between 150 on the low side and almost 300 on the high side. New diet has had little to no processed sugar mostly from carbs. A really good yogurt is Oikos triple 0. No sugar, 6 grams of fiber, high protein and on the list of soft foods.

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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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I was just at my appointment yesterday at Mayo in Phoenix and they gave me an entire booklet for Gastroparesis diet. I also have an appointment with the dietician coming up to go through it and go over nutrition. It looks to me like it is almost the same as the low residue/low fiber diet I have been on for the past year. You might want to schedule an appointment.

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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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I also have the diverticulitis I take women's probiotics

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@danybegood1

HlCan you tell me how you handle gastroparesis through diet? Do you concentrate on liquid diets? Anything else? Have you tried CBD oil?
Thanks. Danyl

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@I have been diagnosed with slow gastric emptyiing at a moderate level.The diet is extremely restrictive.I also have had constipation issues for years.This has been worse since having a small bowel obstruction 18 months ago.I have added fluids but am not supposed to eat more than 10 grams of fiber a day and no fresh fruits or vegetables, beans and onlyfew cooked vegetables are allowed.Also no fiber supplements.

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@danybegood1

HlCan you tell me how you handle gastroparesis through diet? Do you concentrate on liquid diets? Anything else? Have you tried CBD oil?
Thanks. Danyl

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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?

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@danybegood1

HlCan you tell me how you handle gastroparesis through diet? Do you concentrate on liquid diets? Anything else? Have you tried CBD oil?
Thanks. Danyl

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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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HlCan you tell me how you handle gastroparesis through diet? Do you concentrate on liquid diets? Anything else? Have you tried CBD oil?
Thanks. Danyl

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GASTROPARESIS IS DIFFICULT LIVING LIFE. I HAVE READ A LOT OF THE POSTS ON THIS PAGE I CAN RELATE TO EVERYTHING WRITTEN. I HAVE A PROBLEM DRINKING TO MUCH FLUID IT SITS ON MY WAIST AT TIMES WHICH MAKES ME SICK. I AM SO BACKED UP WITH FOOD. I CANT EAT A LOT DONT UNDERSTAND WHY I PRODUCE LARGE BOWEL MOTIONS I WISH THERE WAS A SOLUTION. FRUIT VEGETABLES FIBRE ARE NO THE WIND I HAVE IS CRULE MAKES LIFE HARD. SO MUCH FOR MY COMPLAINING. THANK YOU ALL FOR ADDING INFORMATION IT HELPS. TERESA

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I would like to know what to eat and what not to eat… A diet plan would be great!!! Thank you Lel

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It's not that simple…we, with Gastropaneisis, are different.. some can tolerate tomatoes, like me. But others not .. I can't tolerate yogurt.. others not.. but the real secret is eat small amounts ..cut up very small… very slowly….If it is Blended I can tolerate most anything… except Broccoli, cabbage, oranges are a problem too..
The problem is slow emptying…so to speed it up let gravity help. Cut up small, mash things, eat with a sauce on meats and vegetables…Snack with dried fruit, I can eat nuts so trail mix is good… Ice cream is wonderful…since we are usually slender…. Desserts work… Spend time at the table in conversation. ..or if alone, read something.. Don't gobble food and expect the body to do the rest. .. after eating stay seated straight. Don't eat anything 2 to 3 hours before getting in a bed where you are tilted ..30 degrees works for me…

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@sigtau88

I just got diagnosed with this as well. Actually just returned home from the Mayo Clinic today. Before I left for my flight today I had an appointment with the Dietician at the Mayo Clinic. I felt it was very informative. She gave me a lot of references and a few web pages. One even has a lot of daily food examples and recipes. I am not sure exactly what you would want but I would be happy to share. Thanks

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Would like to have a list of what I can have to eat. And a diet plan. Thank you

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@lel10

Would like to have a list of what I can have to eat. And a diet plan. Thank you

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@lel10 Start at the beginning of this post.. read oldest and newest and you will have the best answers. It is different from person to person. In general you will want to eat easily digested foods… which means low fiber ( that does not mean no fiber). High fiber foods tend to sit in the stomach a long time. You want to avoid the fibrous parts of foods… think stringy celery and stems of broccoli, cabbage and greens (turnip, mustard, collards, kale and spinach) and citrus fruits. Canned and cooked fruits can be digested better than fresh.. citrus fruits have a skin that would not be digested well. The fibrous parts can sit a long time in the stomach and cause bezoars. You can also search the internet for diet ideas.

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@lel10

Would like to have a list of what I can have to eat. And a diet plan. Thank you

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Hi @lel10,
@fourof5zs is right. If you read through the messages of this discussion, you'll be able to create an incredible list of foods that work for most people. As @ken82 points out, everyone is different. You may find you can tolerate some things that others can't and vice versa.
You might also appreciate this list and video by Madelynn Strong, clinical dietitian at Mayo Clinic.

– Gastroparesis Diet Guidelines https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/gastroenterology-and-gi-surgery/newsfeed-post/gastroparesis-diet-guidelines-1/

Lel10, have you had a consult with a dietitian who specializes in GI conditions?

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