It’s Day 3 of #GastroparesisAwarenessMonth! So far I’ve covered symptoms and difficulty with eating so I thought I would cover what some actually can eat. Below shows 3 general stages for a #GastroparesisDiet: Liquids, Limited, and Maintenance. It’s important to understand that it’s not a black and white picture of what can and cannot be eaten. There’s a wide spectrum and each person fluctuates on this scale depending on the severity of the condition and if they are in a Flare or not. Many people need the assistance of feeding tubes or TPN because even Liquids are not tolerated.
I used to enjoy the all you can eat buffets, and always made sure I got my money’s worth. Then one day #food wouldn’t sit in me for longer than 20 minutes. Then I reduced my #diet to a Limited diet, Mashed potatoes, soups, and ice cream. Over time, the amount of food I could eat reduced. After a while the soft foods wouldn’t stay down either. I ended up living on#Liquids only. My diet consisted of Gatorade, Pedialyte, chicken and beef broths, and water. Eventually that became too much and I needed assistance for nutrition via a feeding tube.
If you are struggling with symptoms, I highly encourage you see a medical professional in a #DigestiveDisorders specialty. I know it can take a while to get in to see someone so I have provided a link to a site that gives examples of a Gastroparesis Diet in different stages.http://www.arizonadigestivehealth.com/gastroparesis-diet/