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Gastroparesis: How Did This Diagnosis Change Your Diet?

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Allie recalls how she altered her diet after being diagnosed with gastroparesis.

So on a daily basis now, working from home I have to wake up and take all of my medication, which usually makes me really dizzy for a couple of hours. During the day I need to avoid anything that’s high in fat. I usually need to avoid, right now I am off gluten products. I try and do vegan diets, soy-free diets – anything that you can remove I try and remove.

Right now what I am doing is I am doing small amounts of lean meat. I can’t have any spices on anything, raw foods, fruits and vegetables, but the hardest thing about the disease is that every single person reacts completely different to food.

So, the original diet that you are told to do is only crackers, bread, Ensure, Boost - those type of things, but they really don’t make you feel very good and so, it’s a trial and error for years of your life of trying something and then immediately throwing up because it makes you so sick and just trying to get into a pattern, but even when you need the same thing every day, one day it’s fine and then the next day you can’t hold anything down.

Currently my diet consists of something that centered around the paleo diet, which can be looked up; there’s also a book for it and what that is, is basically just the things that you could hunt and gather. So I try and have lean meats, turkey, chicken, even some eggs, but you have to be careful of fat levels as well. So, I typically just cook that chicken, just in the oven, nothing on it and same for turkey and then eggs I just scramble up so really blend foods and then I am currently trying to do a lot better with getting some fruits into my diet.

Fruits and vegetables are one of the things that you are supposed to stay away from because they go through your body the slowest and that’s why they are the best diet foods is because they don’t travel through your stomach quickly, but with stomach paralysis the food will just stay in there and then it’ll come right back up. So I am doing lean meats, fruits, and that’s about it.

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