Diverticulitis Diet

What is diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis is a severe form of diverticulosis. Diverticulitis occurs when food or bacteria get stuck in the pockets of your colon, causing them to become inflamed or infected.

Which meal plan is best for diverticulitis?

You will need to follow a low-fiber diet until your symptoms are gone. Your caregiver will tell you when you can slowly add high-fiber foods back into your diet.

  • Low-fiber foods you may eat:

    • Cream of wheat and finely ground grits

    • White bread, white pasta, and white rice

    • Canned and well-cooked fruit without skins or seeds, and juice without pulp

    • Canned and well-cooked vegetables without skins or seeds, and vegetable juice

    • Cow's milk, lactose-free milk, soy milk, and rice milk

    • Yogurt, cottage cheese, and sherbet

    • Eggs, poultry (such as chicken and turkey), fish, and tender, ground, well-cooked beef

    • Tofu and smooth nut butters, such as peanut butter

    • Broth and strained soups made of low-fiber foods

  • Foods you should avoid:

    • Whole grains and breads, and cereals made with whole grains

    • Dried fruit, fresh fruit with skin, and fruit pulp

    • Raw vegetables

    • Cooked greens, such as spinach

    • Tough meat and meat with gristle

    • Legumes, such as pinto beans and lentils

When should I contact my caregiver?

Contact your caregiver if:

  • You have a change in your bowel movements.

  • You have an upset stomach.

  • You have a fever.

  • You have pain in your lower abdomen on the left side.

  • You have blood in your bowel movements.

  • You have questions about the foods you should eat.

  • You have questions about your condition or care.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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