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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Diverticulitis (Definition)

Diverticulitis is inflamation and/or infection of diverticuli, almost exclusively of the colon. The most common place is in the sigmoid colon, low on the left side. Symptoms are pain and tenderness of the left lower abdomen. They can be mild to severe. Sometimes worse with ...Read more

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Can a person on low residue diet b/c of diverticulitis eat watermelon?

Can a person on low residue diet b/c of diverticulitis eat watermelon?

Yes: Some current GI folks do not buy into the seeds restriction. I general avoid most watermelon seeds - fun to spit at a tree! ...Read more

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Eating a Low-Fat Diet (Checklist)

Count the calories. Low fat does not = low calorie.
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Choose lean meats and increase protein intake
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Trim the fat before cooking
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Bake and broil. Avoid frying when cooking.
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I have diverticulitis and am currently on a low residue diet. Is milk a low residue drink?

I have diverticulitis and am currently on a low residue diet. Is milk a low residue drink?

Yes: If you temporarily are on a low fiber diet, the easiest way to follow that diet is no fruits, no vegetables, no whole grains! meat, fish, chicken and dairy are fine. You may have white rice and white bread. Only exceptions to fruit/veggies is mashed potatoes and non chunky apple sauce. Not a healthy diet in the long run but necessary in the short(4-6weeks) to allow the colon to heal and recover. ...Read more

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Eating a Low-Fat Diet (Checklist)

Eat a low-saturated fat diet
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Focus on monosaturated fats liked avocados—they're healthier
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Get fat from raw butter, virgin raw coconut oil, and grass-fed lard
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Avoid eating a NO-fat diet
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I have diverticulitis and am currently on a low residue diet. Is coconut milk ok?

I have diverticulitis and am currently on a low residue diet. Is coconut milk ok?

Yes: If you have diverticulitis, with pain and fever stay on a low fiber diet for 4-6 weeks to allow healing. If you merely have diverticulosis, then a high fiber diet is recommended and include 80-100 ounces of non cafeinated, non alcoholic fluid per day and this can include coconut milk. ...Read more

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I have diverticulitis and am currently on a low residue diet. Instead of dairy milk, is rice or almond milk ok?

I have diverticulitis and am currently on a low residue diet. Instead of dairy milk, is rice or almond milk ok?

Yes: The low residue diet is utilized while you recover from an acute diverticulitis infection. Rice of almond milk is low residue. Once recovered, one wants to consume a high fiber, high liquid diet. ...Read more

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Eating a Low-Fat Diet (Checklist)

Eat whole grains for breakfast
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Avoid processed lunch meats
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Select only lean meats when grocery shopping
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Always trim visible fat from any meat product
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What is a "low residue" diet for diverticulitis, and will it increase my chances of getting colon cancer later in life?

What is a "low residue" diet for diverticulitis, and will it increase my chances of getting colon cancer later in life?

No: A low fiber diet is used to treat acute diverticulitis and is low in fiber foods such as grains, fruits, vegetables. It is only used for a finite period of time to allow healing of the inflammation. I high fiber diet is recommended for diverticulosi and may have protective features regarding colon cancer prevention. ...Read more

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Diet (Definition)

Diet is a four letter word implying temporary measures with few good permanent results. I believe instead in 'healthy lifestyle changes' that may produce results more slowly ...Read more

Roughage (Definition)

Roughage refers to indigestible dietary fiber. Dietary fiber is important for gut motility, preventing ...Read more

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