Gastroparesis

Gastroperosis is a rare condition that affects the stomach muscles and prevents proper stomach emptying.

People may experience: pain the abdomen, burning in the chest, nausea, belching, bloating, indigestion, regurgitation, or vomiting, and feeling full sooner than normal or loss of appetite.

This seems like a very, very difficult situation in which to go vegan. It looks pretty easy to make vegetarian, but skim milk, cheeses, and eggs are pretty prevalent in the diet. I’m sure it can be done. Every persons gastroparesis ranges in severity and diets should be tailored specifically by that person by a medical doctor. That is why I want to assure this:

I am not a medical doctor. Nothing in this article is going to tell you that you specifically can go vegan with Gastroparesis. This is a very complex disorder and you should bring any sort of diet change up with your doctor! Please be safe! I am simply taking the suggested food items for people with Gastroparesis and pointing out the vegan options, which can make a restrictive diet even more restrictive! Please be safe I can’t stress that enough!

Okay now that I have that out of the way! These are the suggested guidlines for a patient with Gastroparesis according to aboutgastroparesis.org, gicare.com & arizonadigestivehelp.com

General guidelines

Fatty foods and oils delay stomach emptying so fat intake should be limited to 40-50gm a day (if you are not on the liquid phase / added guideline).

You should also be eating 4-6 small meals instead of three large ones. If you are up and about for 12 hours that means a small meal once around every 2 hours.

Fiber delays gastric emptying, binds together and causes benzoars (blockages of the stomach).

Foods high in fiber that should be avoided include: Apples, berries, coconuts, figs, oranges, persimmons

brussels sprouts, green beans, green peas, lettuce, potato peels, sauerkraut,

bran/whole grain cereal, nuts, seeds,

baked beans, lentils, soybeans.

Here are some low fiber plant based foods

This includes:

White breads, waffles, french toast, plain white rolls, or white bread toast, pretzels, plain pasta or noodles, white rice, crackers, zweiback, melba, and matzoh (no cracked wheat or whole grains), cereals (without whole grains, added fiber, seeds, raisins, or other dried fruit)

You can add the above grains in casseroles, dumplings, soufflés kugels, and pudding.

Tender, well-cooked fresh or canned vegetables without seeds, stems, or skins. Cooked sweet or white potatoes without skins. Strained vegetable juices without pulp or spices.

Try these in soups, soufflés, kugels, and casseroles.

Soft canned or cooked fruit without seeds or skins (small amounts). Small amounts of well-ripened banana. Strained or clear juices. Small amounts of soft cantaloupe or honeydew melon. Cookies and other desserts (without whole grains, dried fruit, berries, nuts, or coconut). Sherbet and popsicles

Serving suggestions include shakes, frozen desserts, puddings, tapioca, ca waskes, and sauces.

Mild salad dressings and oils in small amounts. Plain gravies. Plain broth. Ketchup and mild mustard. Spices, cooked herbs, and salt. Sugar, and syrup. Clear jellies. Hard candy. Plain chocolate. Instant meals.

Make sure to take in plenty of fluids as low fiber diets can cause constipation.

Gastroperosis diet

Phase one consists of liquids, which usually leave the stomach quickly by gravity alone. Liquids prevent dehydration and keep the body supplied with vital salts and minerals.

Appropriate step one foods:

– Sports drinks

– Soft drinks

– Non-fat dairy drinks

Fat free milk or juice fortified with nonfat dry milk powder, (vegan) protein powder, (vegan) instant breakfast, or other flavored powders. * Also I’m assuming since white rice is okay, rice milk should be the same! It’s more digestible anyway. Just use white rice instead of brown for this recipe. If you can’t use dates you can use sugar or maple syrup.

– Fat-free (vegan) bouillon

– Fat-free (vegan) consommé

– (Vegan) Jell-O

– Popsicles

– Sherbet or sorbet (Häagen-Dazs sorbets are vegan)

– Fruit nectar and fruit juices

– Lemonade

–  (Vegan) Liquid nutritional supplements such as Ensure or Boost

Phase two provides additional calories by adding a small amount of dietary fat — less than 40 gm each day. For patients with gastroparesis, fatty foods and oils should be restricted, because they delay stomach emptying. However, patients at the Step 2 level are usually able to tolerate this amount.

Skim milk, products made with skim milk

Low-fat yogurt

Low-fat cheeses

– Fat-free (vegan) consommé & bouillon

– Fat-free (vegetable) broths containing pasta or noodles and well-cooked vegetables

– Breads & cereals

– Cream of wheat

– Pasta

– White rice

Egg noodles

– Low-fat crackers

Eggs

– Peanut butter (maximum 2 Tbsp/day)

– Vegetable juice (tomato, V-8)

– Well-cooked vegetables without skins (acorn squash, beets, carrots, mushrooms, potatoes, spinach, summer squash, strained tomato sauce, yams)

– Apple juice

– Cranberry juice

– Grape juice

– Pineapple juice

– Prune juice

– Canned fruits without skins (applesauce, peaches, pears)

– Hard candies, caramels

Puddings & custards made from skim rice milk

– Frozen yogurt (most frozen yogurt places have fruit based vegan)

– Fruit ice

– Jelly

– Honey

– Syrups

– Sports drinks

– Soft drinks

– Blended Stage 3 foods ->

Phase three is designed for long-term maintenance. Fat is limited to 50 gm per day, and fibrous foods are restricted, because many plant fibers cannot be digested

Skim milk, products made with skim milk (rice milk)

Low-fat yogurt

Low-fat cheeses

– Fat-free (vegan) consommé & bouillon

– Fat-free (vegetable) broths containing pasta or noodles and well-cooked vegetables

– Breads & cereals

– Cream of wheat

– Pasta

– White rice

Egg noodles

– Low-fat crackers

Eggs

– Peanut butter (maximum 2 Tbsp/day)

Poultry

Fish

Lean ground beef

– Vegetable juice (tomato, V-8)

– Well-cooked vegetables without skins (acorn squash, beets, carrots, mushrooms, potatoes, spinach, summer squash, strained tomato sauce, yams)

– Fruit juices

– Canned fruits without skins (applesauce, peaches, pears)

– Hard candies, caramels

– Puddings & custards made from skim rice milk

– Frozen yogurt

– Fruit ice

– Jelly

Honey

– Syrups

– Sports drinks

– Soft drinks

– Coffee

– Tea

– Water

Again, I am not a professional!!! I saw a few people asking if they could be vegan if they had this issue. My answer is: nothings impossible! If this applies to you, I really hope it helps!

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