What foods to eat

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Hi I had a CT scan yesterday and was told I have Diverticular disease with an infection at the moment. I have been researching the best diet to follow but I find a lot of conflicting reports. Please could people tell me the best foods to eat to avoid another attack?

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    Hi Nichola

    For 2 days clear liquids. Do a rice cake or a piece of toast white bread if you have to take food with your antibiotics. After 2 days very small meals of soft food that is low in fiber. Potatoes no skin, canned fruit and veg. I do mashed potato and canned carrots. Others do differently. Start a food journal as to what causes pain when you eat it. When your pain goes down you can start to introduce new foods one at a time. Most people believe food starts this and can either keep you better or make you ill again so please don't let up on the diary. No seeds nuts or corn. Rest lots and drink lots of water. I hope you feel better soon.

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    Do you have Diverticulitis? Are you having an attack? That’s the infection state of Diverticula. Did they put you on antibiotics? If this is the case liquid diet for at least 2 days. Tons of water, Gatorade, teas, jellos, beef bone broth, give colon a rest. Take probiotics with antibiotics. Tylenol heating pad. No carbonated drinks. No coffee. Then you go to soft foods, mashed potatoes and puréed carrots, cream of wheat, white bread, pastas, you can check out Mayo Clinic diet. Go slow with foods. Chicken and fish is what I eat.  At least a week before you start adding fiber. No more fried foods , junk foods, seeds, popcorn, red meat, soda. No raw veggies for now. Or foods that produce gas. A lot of people go dairy free during healing point. I wasn’t able to tolerate dairy. Keep a food journal so you will figure out your triggers. Vitamins B12, k, and D. Peppermint and chamomile teas are good. This is just some ideas. How are you feeling? Hope you have a speedy recovery. This is a good forum with good suggestions and great advice, everyone is different, what works for one may not work for another, just gotta figure out what works best for you. Best of wishes and prayers. 🌺🙏

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    Are you in Diverticulitis phase. Infection and on antibiotics?
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      Yes I am on day 2 of antibiotics. So far to day I have had a diet shake and two small wholemeal flatbread I'm not sure if that's the right thing to do. I feel so tired I haven't slept so much before.

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      I’d stay away from the shakes, and any whole wheat or grains. Drink a lot of water and pedialyte, Gatorade, beef bone broth is real good, get lotsa rest, Tylenol and heating pad. The antibiotics will make you feel worse, So teas help with that also a probiotic. When on soft diet, you will have brain fog, headaches maybe dizziness, due to ketostasis symptoms kinda like when you fast for a few days. I take vitamins B12, D3, and K . And Brags Apple cider vinegar with lemon and warm water helps a lot. A lot of people are diff with the diet but most start on Mayo Clinic diet for DD you can find diets on Pinterest also. If you get spasms have Dr give you Bentyl. Hope this helps some. Best wishes for a speedy recovery 🌺🙏

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    Bone or any low sodium broths are good, ice pops, jello, herbal teas, electrolyte drinks when on clear liquid s. For soft foods, pudding, scrambled eggs, Greek yogurt or any smooth yogurt, mashed pots, sweet pots, mashed carrots, with shredded chicken..thick soups, eventually add in white toast, pasta with butter or in soup, maybe white rice if you can tolerate it, other soft veggies, boiled or canned, canned fruits or cocktail, soft bread with cold cut turkey, smoothies..kind of boring, but I would do this for a week or so then mAybe a week of low residue(look that up),then slowly introduce fiber if u feel ready and back off of needed..
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