diverticulitis foods to avoid

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Hello, I have it, had my fiirst two fare ups in the past 2 months. Was wondering if it is partly due to my change of diet. I'm now a vegan and I do consume parlly crushed nuts, flax seeds and onions to name some of the food I eat. I have lost 9 kilos. Was wondering if there is a list of what suffers are finding the best to eat and the best not to eat. Love to see other peoples food diarys. Maybe we can form a huge list that narrows down what we all should be consuming.

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    Following the common thread here, I also avoid nut seeds , tough fibrous veggies and fruits. Insoluble fiber which comes out same way it goes in! Take dose of Miralax every day. No flares for 15 months. Nothing, not even a twinge. Everyone is different but good luck to you.
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      May I ask what veg and fruits you eat safely.  At the moment I am trying to work out a diet suitable for diverticular long standing IBS and hemorhoids.  I take fybogel in the morning which does mean I go every day.  My problem is a sometimes the stool though soft and easy to pass they are not smooth.  This of course agravates the hemmies.  I am trying to find out what causes this and what foods I can eat to avoid constipation but keep the stools smooth.  I am very prone to constipation which I dread getting again so need to work out what is best for all 3 problems.  I assume you are not a vegan so can I ask about the bread you eat and quantity as well.  Thank you.
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      Not a problem. I'm not familar with fybogel I live in Australia so might be known as something else here..Veggies for dinner include Broccol, carrots, kale, Zucchini, mushrooms. These are stir fried with virgin coconut oli and or virgin olive oil. I add flax seed (crushed not the seeds at the moment) with turmeric and garlic. Breakfast is usially week bix (Ozzie brand) with blueberrys and blackberrys. Again with flaxseed and soy milk wih a little honey. Fruit is a banana and maybe some pineapple for lunch. After dinner I have a tomaro an apple and Kiwi fruit. For the last two months no meat, chicken and fish and dailry. If you want healthy living have a read of a book called How nnot to Die. It changed my life if only for two months. Had too many skin cancers and needed to do something. 

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      Peeled apples, bananas, well cooked broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, romaine lettuce, napa cabbage, radishes, peeled peppers, deseeded and skinned tomato and cucumbers.  I dearly miss berries but won't risk another flare. I also hear that coconut can be a real problem.  I realize I cannot limit all insoluble fiber but I really limit it.  My last flare 15 or 16 months ago came from eating a baked potato with really tough skin and had a salad every day for a week with unpeeled peppers and  tomatoes in it.  I averaged  2 flares a year.  I also stay away from nuts.  Two flare prior to the one 15 months ago were caused by nuts.  (I keep a food diary).  I believe you are in the UK?  I am in the US.  I see fybogel listed here alot.  I think the equivalent in US is Metamucil.  I honestly think what is saving me is a combination of the diet and taking Miralax everyday aka Polyethylene Glycol 3350 - an osmotic laxative.

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      I started taking 250 mg of magnesium a day and it seems to have helped with constipation. I do take miralax when needed. I think my triggers are very similar to yours. Thank you.
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      I was taking magnesium for heart palipatations and wondered why I was always going to the bathroom.  I didn't realize it was also  used to get the bowel moving!    I don't take that anymore and rely on the Miralax solely.  Honestly, I did not suffer from constipation on any regular basis and the medical community say that is another reason why we have diverticulitis. Nothing sits in my colon for long now so no chance of it causing a flare.  (fingers crossed here)

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    Reply to all comments I'm getting. Thanks firslty. Just been to Docs mainly a follow up on blood tests re my diet. All foods I'm eating are OK. Have been on Vegan (plants and fruit) for 2 months. No meat, chicken fish and all dairy. But Doc did say maybe seeds could iritate pouch where diverticulitis is. So by trial and error I will work thru that.. He also said coz I've lost 10 kilos that the colon was extended at some point that it might be re setting itself and that has caused the two flar ups I've had which co insides with new diet and weight loss.. Doing a CT scan to check that. He said that maybe spices like low doses of chili etc in meals every so often but at least weekly might help to dislodge the bacteria in the colon which is apparently the root cause of the pain.

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      Your post is very interesting Ian, did he recommend any other spice other than chilli?
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      Happy to help anyone. I am just lucky I have a good (no great) Doctor. He just said a slow introduction to "maybe" chili or similar spices might help to counter the bacteria in the, I guess what you call the pouch on the colon wall. But I also have had a lot of skin cancers over the past 2 years and along with this Divert issue I got a great deal of help from a book that was recommend to me by a nurse. Its called How not to Die. If the intro does not change your eating habbits the rest of the book never will. Its by an American Doctor. He says by eating right and moving away from a Western diet to a plants and fruit diet helps heaps. My BP has dropped and have lost 10 kilos without too much extra exercise. My BMI is now in the healthy range.

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      Lentils and red or black beans in some dinner stir fres. But not over cooked..
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