Category Archives: GP Diets

Diets for those suffering from Gastroparesis

Eating for Gastroparesis: Guidelines, Tips & Recipes

Eating for Gastroparesis: Guidelines, Tips & Recipes is a practical, easy-to-understand resource for managing gastroparesis symptoms via dietary modifications. Written by Gastroparesis Patient-Expert and Certified Health & Nutrition Counselor, Crystal Saltrelli, this indispensable guide answers the most frequently asked questions about eating for gastroparesis and provides over 50 GP-friendly recipes.

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Eating for Gastroparesis: Guidelines, Tips & Recipes includes:

– The six guidelines of a gastroparesis-friendly diet
– A detailed list of gastroparesis-friendly foods
– Tips for enhancing nutrition
– Answers to the most frequently asked questions
– More than 50 safe and simple recipes — including soups, smoothies, breakfasts, desserts, and family-friendly dishes

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Treatments for GP

Visit the following pages on my site  for more information on the research I have done on the treatment of GP:
~ Prescriptions for GP ~
~ GP Diets ~
~ Medical Procedures for GP ~

Below is a popular list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Gastroparesis.  Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in diet if you have GP.

Prescriptions: Erythromycin although an antibiotic, it also helps digestion (didn’t work for my loved one though), Domperidone and Antiemetics – to avoid vomiting.

Diet changes:  Smaller meals, liquid meals, low-fat diet, low-fiber diet

Other Medical Procedures:

  • Endoscopic injections – for bezoars
  • Feeding tube (jejunostomy tube) – a tube directly into the intestine bypassing the stomach; severe cases only
  • Intravenous feeding (Parenteral nutrition) – severe cases only; often for temporary relief in hospitalization

 

 

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Is Organic Milk Better for Your Family? (Dr. Oz Mag)

I read a great article in Doctor Oz Magazine but can’t locate it on his site www.doctorozmag.com.  It was titled “Is Organic Milk Better For Your Family?” – article by Chrisite Aschwanden

Organic farming is better for the animals and the earth.  If you are concerned about toxins then buy organic milk for peace of mind.  Non-organic milk can have Growth Hormones, Antibiotics and Pesticide residue and is less nutritious.

Some people with Gastroparesis only drink organic milk but others have extreme dairy allergies or intolerance due to Gastroparesis.  We prefer the dairy-free regular milk since it digests well but the taste of organic milk to me is much better than non-organic or dairy free.

It’s worth noting that Raw Milk which has no pasteurization can cause you to get sick 150 times more likely than drinking pasteurized milk.  This is according to the CDC.  It’s best to not give children or those that are ill with digestive problems any Raw Milk.

 

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Gastroparesis Diet for Delayed Stomach Emptying

The purpose of the gastroparesis diet is to reduce GP symptoms and maintain adequate fluids and nutrition. There are three steps to the diet.

STEP 1: Diet consists of liquids, which usually leave the stomach quickly by gravity alone. Liquids prevent dehydration and keep the body supplied with vital salts and minerals.

STEP 2: Diet provides additional calories by adding a small amount of dietary fat — less than 40 gm each day. For patients with gastroparesis, fatty foods and oils should be restricted, because they delay stomach emptying. However, patients at the Step 2 level are usually able to tolerate this amount.

STEP 3: Diet is designed for long-term maintenance. Fat is limited to 50 gm per day, and fibrous foods are restricted, because many plant fibers cannot be digested.

More details of the diet with Sample Menus can be read at Jackson/Siegelbaum Gastroenterology’s Website

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Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD)

There are specific carbohydrates which are trouble makers in the digestive system. The purpose of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) is to eliminate these carbohydrates and cause a healthy, natural, controlled remission.

The SCD Web Library Site is geared towards those people suffering from Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, IBS and Celiac.  I have found though that the SCD is helpful in dealing with Bacteria Overgrowth for those with Gastroparesis.  The SCD is based on the principle that specifically selected carbohydrates requiring minimal digestion are well absorbed, leaving virtually nothing for intestinal microbes to feed on.

The SCD Web Library lists recipes and shopping lists, success stories, resources and more.

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Organic or Not?

Woke up early today and my first thoughts were on breakfast and if there was anything I could think of to feed my husband that won’t make him sick.  It ended up not mattering what I thought or worried about because upon waking up he sat on the couch and was immediately sick.  Sick before a drop of water even entered his mouth.  Sick before the morning coffee was even drank. Sick before food was even an option.  Feeling helpless as usual and very broke as well I concentrated now on the expense of all of the organic dairy products I have been buying hoping it helps his stomach.  Truth is nothing does.  Organic doesn’t make a bit of a difference – even though I like the taste better.  The only Dairy product that is even a little tolerable is Lactaid Milk (yicky to me but I’ll force myself to drink it).  For some reason he is lactose intolerant now that he has GP.  No Dr. or Nutritionist knows why.  It’s just the way it is.  So, for now on we’ll be saving money not buying organic.  If only they made a lactose free creamer.

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