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Gomer4,

Can certainly appreciate the "struggling in knowing what to eat during these fare ups".

We went through this many times with husband...The following is what we were told:

During 1st couple of days of flare ups, complete liquid diet in order to give colon a rest. (Also bed rest is recommended.)

Foods that are gaseous may need to be avoided during the flare ups. Foods often associated with gas and odor production:
Milk, beer, cabbage and chinese vegetables, green pepper, broccoli and cauliflower,
eggs, mustard, brussel sprouts, asparagus, carbonated beverages, dried beans and
peas, onions and garlic, cucumber and pickles, radish, fish, highly spiced foods,
melon and fatty foods

Examples of a "Low Residue Diet" include:

Refinded bread products: white bread, bagels, rice, grits, cooked cereal, pasta.

Well cooked vegetables: Avoid corn, dried beans and legumes. (Canned vegetables will be lower in fiber.)

Cooked, fresh or canned peeled fruits. Applesauce. Do not eat strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and other fruits with seeds.

Limit dairy to 2 servings: milk, cheese, yogurt, buttermilk, cottage cheese.

All well trimmed meats, chicken and turkey. Avoid tougher cuts of meat with connective tissue.

Fats: Use sparingly. Oils, butter, margarine; most salad dressings. Avoid nuts and seeds.

Snacks: Avoid popcorn.

Sweets: Avoid those containing nuts. Count custards, ice cream and other milk based desserts as part of daily allowance.

Other suggestions:

Avoid eating meats and shellfish having tough connective tissue.
Limit your intake of milk and milk products to 2 cups a day.
Avoid eating raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Well cooked vegetables and fruits are better tolerated. Juices (except prune) are acceptable. Buy those without added pulp.
5-6 small meals a day may be better tolerated.
Chew your food well before swallowing. Do not rush through meals.
Drink plenty of fluids.
Avoid eating spicy foods.


(As you can see, there are some contradictions such as with the milk. One source said to avoid milk while the other said to limit milk. It's things like that that will drive you nuts!)

For husband's last bout with the diverticulitis (before surgery), he was sent home from the hospital after given IV antibiodics with instructions to take Citracel every day until surgery. The citracel was very well tolerated and helped enormously with bowel movements even though his bowel was almost completely blocked from the many flare ups he had.

Bed rest, antibiodics, proper diet with citracel along with a bowel relaxer such as Levid or Bentyl is the key to recovering from a flare up.

My thoughts are with you also. Those who have had or have diverticulitis (and their spouses :)) know what you are going through!

Cathy