Nanners or anyone on a low residue diet

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   Posted 5/20/2010 3:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,I have now been told to follow a low residue diet I have looked on the net for a food sheet but some say to eat something and another says don't! could anyone point me in the right direction either where to find a reliable food sheet or recommened a low residue diet book i can get thanks so much Bev x
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   Posted 5/20/2010 4:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I am on a low residue diet and looked on the net and there are so many differnet versions of a low residue diet! I now go by information given on the packs, most things give the fibre content of foods. One word of advice, no nuts,cabbage,spinach,salad produce and try not to eat too much red meat.
I basically stick to simple foods like chicken and fish for my protein side and vegetables that have been well cooked and if you can mash them they should be suitable e.g potatoes,butternut squash,pumpkin,carrot,parsnip,suede (if you can get it there), caulifower a small amount of broccoli, courgettes.
Dairy products I am alright with, although some people cant eat a lot of dairy. Yoghurts are usually ok but with no bits in them.
Fruits are generally a problem with low residue and it is best to stick to seedless fruits,no strawberrys and things like that.For my fruit in take I eat a lot of banana and tinned fruits such as peaches and pears.
But it is difficult to know what will agree with you until you actually try them!
Good luck and I'm sure nanners will have a few links for you on low residue diets.
Michelle 40 years old
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   Posted 5/20/2010 5:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I just went on GI sites and Mayo Clinic sites that gave me low residue diet ideas. Also when first diagnosed some nearly 35 years ago that was the diet I was put on, so I do remember some of that.

I do not eat red meat as it is too hard even for the healthy digestive tract to digest, let alone one like mine that likes to make strictures. I eat alot of chicken, fish and turkey. Veggies must be cooked till there soft. I eat various fruits (only a little citrus, not much), but never eat the peels. I can even eat plums, but can't eat the peels. I try to avoid most fast foods, processed foods. Although I do eat Subway sandwiches almost every afternoon.

Hope that helps a little. If you have more questions ask away.

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   Posted 5/20/2010 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much both of you for your replies. Nanners i'll check those sites thanks again Bev x
Diagnosed with crohns at 13 now 43
Meds: Iron syrup,Loperimide,Folic acid & Citalopram 30mg (for Anxiety.)

" I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday."

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   Posted 5/20/2010 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   
A basic word of advice: if in doubt, leave it out, or try it in a *very* small portion on a day when you're feeling basically ok. If you have gut symptoms after trying that food once or twice, then you know it's not suitable for your gut right now.

I agree that there's some variation, especially with fruits and vegetables: things like zucchini are on some diets and not on others. Me, I'd stick with peeled root vegetables and things like bananas and peeled, stewed, apples / pears etc, and build up from there.

I hope the diet helps you.

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