Gastroparesis Diet Questions

Posted by pdilly @pdilly, Aug 19, 2018

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?

@kanaazpereira

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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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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@kanaazpereira

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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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.

@kanaazpereira

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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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.

@kanaazpereira

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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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!

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@kanaazpereira

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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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?

@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

@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.

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@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.

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@kanaazpereira

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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chocolate

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?

@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.

@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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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

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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@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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