I've been wondering about
fibre and low residue diets lately.
To cut a long story short, I'm more scared of constipation/impaction than I am of pain, so a few weeks ago I increased my fibre intake - probably too much on some days. I've calmed down a bit now, but I still try to get about
3-4 portions of fruit/veg per day. I do make sure that vegetables are well-cooked and soft. Still eat fruit with its skin, nuts, seeds, etc. None of it seems to make much difference to me :/
The only thing I can say for certain is that eating lightly helps. It's a struggle, 'cos I still have my appetite -- be a lot easier if I could lose it. But the less I eat, the better I feel -- it's been that way for years. With my weight and height, I only need about
1200-1300 calories a day for maintenance and that's about
what I'm eating.
You could always try a low residue diet for a week to see if your abdominal pain/discomfort goes away. That's what I've thought of trying. Another thing I've thought of trying is replacing one meal a day with a meal replacement supplement. But well, my pain has got a lot better recently, so I'm just leaving it for now - as always :-/
Edit: Re what Ankylos said about
fibre. As a child and teenager, I suffered from severe constipation of the worst kind. I had a dreadful diet when young which had almost no fibre in it. It wasn't until I got to my late teens that I learnt about
diet and fibre. I started to eat more fibre and, lo and behold, my misery-making constipation went away. True, five years later I got Crohn's >_>. But to be honest, I would rather have chronic diarrhoea than chronic constipation; for me personally, I can't rate fibre highly enough!
Post Edited (NiceCupOfTea) : 1/31/2010 1:19:10 PM (GMT-7)