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Updated on August 19, 2011

What the heck CAN I eat?

Those were the words I uttered repeatedly after being diagnosed with diverticulosis. This condition is the presence of pockets in the colon, which are caused by constipation, which is normally the result of stress and poor diet low in fiber. This is yet another condition caused by the effects of stress on the body. I did read somewhere also that it is related to the presence of uric acid, which can cause some really bad problems. But the intake of dark cherry juices can neutralize the uric acid.

An acute attack of diverticulitis is when the diverticula (pockets in the colon) become inflamed when something gets caught in the pocket, and the antibodies are rushing over to fill in the hole (to prevent further perforation, which can be fatal). This condition is extremely painful, and once you have suffered this type of an attack, it becomes vitally important to figure out just what you can eat.

No nuts, no corn, no seeds, nothing with hard pieces (ground turkey landed me in the hospital, believe it or not!). Tomato seeds and nuts did me in as well. I did have surgery in November to remove 18 inches of my colon, and I have had little problems since. I do take the psyllium husks and I shy away from tomatoes (other than strained).

Different people are bothered by different things. You also have to eat differently directly after an attack. Fasting is the only temporary cure for attacks, really. But a person can't fast long enough to actually cure this condition and live.

I lived on green drinks and high fiber breads and cereals. The skins of grapes and apples didn't bother me like it bothered other people I talked to. One woman didn't respond well to blueberries. Many people are also bothered by ground meats, like I was.

Kale is good. Spinach is good, but it can cause ibs (irritable bowel syndrome), which is also something people with this type of colon condition may be prone to during times of stress. once the colon starts spasming painfully in response to stressful situations, it can mean long periods of time in the bathroom. That is when fennel extract comes in handy.

The best thing is probably to just go ahead and have the colonoscopy and talk to a doctor about the necessity of surgery. Some people have it worse than others. When it became an extreme hindrance to my everyday living, I had to opt in on the surgery thing. I am so glad I did now. However, i was able to have it done laparascopically, which is much less invasive. I also healed fairly quickly, even though that is still considered to be major surgery.


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      advisor4qb 2 years ago from On New Footing

      Possibly, as probiotics are helpful.

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      seigfried23 2 years ago

      I wonder if Fage Greek yogurt has any benefits for this illness? It's done wonders for soothing my stomach after a minor surgery.

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      Rose 3 years ago

      Hi Advisor4qb! Thanks for your reply to my comment.

      Some, in fact, many health professionals get things wrong and this happens frequently. Most of them don't understand the proccess of fasting or even the the true definition. Fasting can give the body the rest it needs to repair many things, including damaged or weakened tissue. Most doctors have misconceptions about the length of time that it is safe, beneficial or possible to fast and confuse fasting with starvation. I imagine that most of them are well-intentioned, but misinformed. If it is something that interests you then I recommend reading Herbert Shelton's book on The Art and Science of Fasting and Nutrition. Whilst I don't agree with 100% of his dietary advice, his understanding of and experience and success with the process of fasting is very interesting. Only then do I recommend that a person judges whether or not they think it is possible to fast long enough for the body to repair such conditions. Even if a short fast or initial 1st long fast does not heal it... it will strengthen and restore the functions and systems in the body that are required to carry out this rebuilding and tightening of tissue.

      Food for thought!

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      advisor4qb 3 years ago from On New Footing

      I am not a doctor. I was told that by one of the many healthcare professionals I encountered during my journey through this illness. I was not given an exact timeframe on that, sorry.

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      Rose 3 years ago

      Hi, I am researching this condition for health reasons and have also been learning about fasting recently. I found your below comment very intersting!


      "Fasting is the only temporary cure for attacks, really. But a person can't fast long enough to actually cure this condition and live.... "

      How long would you consider to be long enough to heal it?

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      advisor4qb 5 years ago from On New Footing

      Actually, the list is different for each individual. Just see which things bother you. For example, blueberries might bother one person but not someone else.

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      pmbrown 5 years ago

      Lettuce corn the list is getting longer WOW what are we to do?

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      advisor4qb 6 years ago from On New Footing

      Thanks for reading. Glad it helped.

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      RVDaniels 6 years ago from Athens, GA

      This was really helpful to me, thanks. I have never had such pain, I went for a long time with no problems but had some homemade cornbread dressing yesterday-wow, never again!

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      advisor4qb 7 years ago from On New Footing

      Fennel helps IBS...but yeah, diverticulosis is horrible!

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      Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Wow and I thought IBS was bad! I don't think I could handle either one - I'm too much of a wus!

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      advisor4qb 7 years ago from On New Footing


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      Peter 7 years ago from Australia

      I have friends with this problem and I do see the pain they suffer. I'm glad I do not have it as I have seen just how bad it can affect people. Take care!