Low Residue Diet

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   Posted 12/15/2009 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
I am currently trying to follow a low residue diet on the advice of my IBD nurse. I am waiting to see the dietician but it will be a long wait.  Oh the joys of the NHS.  I printed some low residue diets off the internet.  But I am struggling to know what fruit and veg I can eat, my diet certainly seems to be helping me , but oh how I miss sprouts.  Yes folks I really did used to get away with eating sprouts.
Cany anyone suggest any fruit or veg that can be eaten on a low residue diet.
Diagnosed 2005.  41 year old female living in UK
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   Posted 12/15/2009 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
no such thing...if you are eating fruits and vegetables you are getting fiber with it and typically alot of it as cellulose fiber which cannot be digested ...the remaining long chains are carbohydrate chain that can be broken down, such as starch, and amylopectin, albeit not very quickly. The low residue aspect would require the removal of the cellulose and basically you are just talking now about fruit juices.

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   Posted 12/15/2009 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I follow a low residue diet always, unless I eat out and know I will suffer later, but sometimes its worth it. The ONLY fruits and veg I can tolerate come out of a can. they are: Peachs, pears, apricots, cherries, carrrots, and string beans. While they may not be strictly "low residue", I can tolerate them the best. Often when people question my diet, they think because it comes from a can there is no nutritional value, but I have had 2 dieticans tell me otherwise. I do what I can.

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   Posted 12/16/2009 3:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks folks
I found I can tolerate courgette and tinned carrots - but Im wary to try other stuff  
Diagnosed 2005.  41 year old female living in UK
Current medication  -  infliximab infusions, ranitidine, Vitamin B12 injections, anti depressants

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   Posted 12/16/2009 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I am currently in remission so I am now able eat a few more fruits than I use too. I eat tangerines (no more than 1 a day), plums (no peels), bananas, pears (no skin), apples (no skins).

Are you removing the skins off your fruits and veggies? That will help some. But most stuff I eat usually is cooked to mush.
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   Posted 12/16/2009 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Im trying to follow low res myself and I have been able to tolerate watermelon and cantaloupes.
Have been having the tinned fruit and tolerating that too.
Vegie-wise - as it is summer here, I have been having lettuce, 1 slice tomato, 2 slices cucumber for a salad, plus avocado on the side - have'nt had any trouble yet.
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   Posted 12/16/2009 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Mashed potatos are a good way of getting some veggies...but only at a stage where I was doing better. I find that if I'm wanting a banana, I can only tolerate a quarter of it and not everyday or I feel it. I can get away with having some really really well cooked veggies in small amounts once in awhile- I miss salads etc but just can't do it- not worth it.

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   Posted 12/17/2009 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
The link below goes to the Mayo Clinic, and extensively explains which food are and are not OK on a low residue diet.
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