How can you follow a vegan diet if you're not allowed to have anything with seeds or nuts in it because your body won't be able to process it right and you get sick? My mom has diverticulitis and she wants to try vegan with me but I'm worried she won't be able to get all her nutrients since she can't have anything with seeds, grains, or nuts in her diet.
This disorder results from a swollen lumen that lines the bowel and has the capacity to allow small hard food ingredients to become lodged causing infection. It is a serious condition and flair-ups are to be avoided. Large amounts of soluble fiber provide bulk to the stool sweeping the nooks and crannies. Nuts and seeds are consumed as smooth butters. Avoid berries, tomato, zuccini and other seeds in fruits and veggies. Seeds on rolls and in baked goods are easy to miss. Grains are better consumed in their refined form. I recommend a slightly modified plant based diet to my patients with diverticulitis it is very safe.
The swelling that causes diverticulitis is thought to result from a chronic inflammatory bowel condition. The sort of swelling that can trap bits of food take time to develop. A plant-based diet has the capacity to restore the proper function of the bowel and allow the swollen areas to shrink to their proper size. Refined grains are often demonized by the healthy food community. Since they are stripped of some important nutrients they are considered unhealthy. This is based on the idea that one way of eating works for all individuals. Trends exist but individual variation should be taken into account when figuring out a diet plan. Rice is a good example. Brown rice is considered superior to white rice for human consumption and yet 2 billion people are eating white rice almost every day in the East. White rice is easier to digest for some of those with chronic inflammatory bowel conditions. Don't be afraid of using refined grains if whole grains cause excessive symptoms.
I used to work at a health food store, and a woman told me that the best thing she ever found for her diverticulitis was aloe vera juice. I've tried it for my own stomach aches (which have nothing to do with diverticulitis) and it tastes awful but really works - I know that's not really an answer to your question, just something else she might want to try.
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