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Celiac and Diverticulitis

September 27, 2011

Question:

I have just been diagnosed with diverticulitis and also have celiac. Food choices are becoming more challenging for me. I am also allergic to raw (fresh) fruits and vegetables. Any suggestions for a healthy meal plan? Thank you for your time.

From,

Irene

Answer:

Hi Irene. Diverticular disease has two forms: diverticulosis and diverticulitis. Diverticulosis occurs when pouches form in the intestine. If you have been diagnosed with diverticulitis, then the pouches in the intestine have become inflamed, and I am hoping that you keep in touch with your physician to prevent complications.

When diverticulitis is present, physicians often recommend rest, antibiotics and/or a bland liquid or low fiber diet to give the colon a rest. If symptoms improve, you can gradually introduce high fiber foods back into your diet.

In diverticulosis, a high fiber diet is recommended to keep the bowels moving regularly.

If you are allergic to only raw fruits and vegetables, you can still consume dairy, gluten-free grains, lean protein and cooked fruits and vegetables, which are all part of a healthy diet. I would recommend seeing an allergist who can do some tests to determine if there are any raw fruits and vegetables that are safe to eat. You may also want to meet with a registered dietitian in your area to give you more specific meal plan ideas based on your food preferences.

For more information:

Sincerely,

Nancy Dickens, BS, RD, LDN

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