Packed with easy-to-understand information and practical advice, you'll learn how to minimize your symptoms and maximize your quality of life. The book concludes with 75 brand new GP-friendly recipes. I have been suffering with Gastroparesis for years and have been really lost trying to find thorough information on it. It answered every imaginable question I had about this disease from medical treatment, symptoms, nutrition, dealing with stress, etc. There are great recipes which is awesome because cooking with this disease has been a big challenge for me.
Also while reading it I feel like I can relate to the author Crystal Saltrelli because she has the disease as well. I definitely recommend this for anyone that is dealing with or knows someone that has Gastroparesis. I have read it twice in the week that I have owned it.
There is so little information for gastroparesis patients, and to have something this comprehensive is an absolute blessing. I would highly recommend this great read to anyone suffering from gastroparesis or a care giver. I hope every GI doctor reads this!!
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I also love her positive attitude, it has already helped me. I have been dealing with gastroparesis for several years now, and reading your book was like finding a friend in a crowd. Your words and questions echoed so much of my experience. Remember, regular exercise helps to improve digestion. Try to keep your day to a routine.
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Added stress brings on increased symptom severity, which may throw off your ability to eat. Regular dental checkups are a must! Stomach acid is damaging to teeth if vomiting, regurgitation or acid reflux is a regular problem. After eating, stay sitting! Or go for an easy walk if you feel up to it. Review all medications with your doctor, especially any over-the-counter purchases. Many medications can slow down digestion. Food odors trigger nausea. Go with a fried-food-free household! Invite the rest of the household to go with cold cuts, outdoor BBQ and low-odor, cooked foods. Also, if you just don't feel hungry, warm broths go down fairly easily and are an excellent source of fluids.
Find low-odor foods that do not trigger your nausea. Shakes and smoothies may be a good choice. Avoid smoking, alcohol, coffee, spicy foods and mints. All of these things can irritate the lining of the stomach, and more acid reflux. Review of Essential Nutrients: Calories - are the units of energy found in our food. Our body converts the protein, carbohydrates, and fats we eat into usable energy, which we measure in calories. To lose weight, we need to eat fewer calories. To gain weight means eating more calories. The average adult needs about 50 to 60 grams of daily protein.
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From the abundant choices we have, meeting daily carbohydrate needs is easy. All fats, from any source, provide the most concentrated supply of calories. One gram of fat has more than double the calories as an equal amount of protein or carbohydrates. Fat can be a wonderful source of calories in underweight individuals. Eating a wide variety of foods insures that you will get the necessary range of daily nutrients.
Some people with gastroparesis tend to restrict their diets greatly, based upon personal experience gained from learning which foods create fewer symptoms for them. In doing so, you run into problems with vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Ask your doctor or dietitian regarding simple, routine blood work to monitor your vitamin and mineral levels. Vitamin and mineral supplements are best in a chewable or liquid form, and should be done under the guidance of a physician and registered dietitian. The most common nutrient deficiencies seen in patients with gastroparesis are iron, vitamin B12 cyanocobalamin , vitamin D and calcium.
Eating for gastroparesis : guidelines, tips & recipes
Water and Fluids - Anything liquid will supply the body with needed water. People suffering from gastroparesis quickly learn what beverages taste best to them. Persistent vomiting makes staying hydrated difficult. Remember to take sips of simple juices or sodas or any other fluids that is appealing.
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Many sufferers just want to curl up and not make the effort to grab a drink. Fluid replacement is very important. Volume - Eating enough may be a challenge. Many people with gastroparesis experience a feeling of fullness after a few bites of food; for others, the rapid eating of a large meal - by sheer volume alone - may inhibit stomach emptying.
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So, go easy and go slowly with volume. Take frequent "mini-meals", selecting good quality food choices. Solids - In general, liquids - no matter what the nutrient content - will empty from the stomach much more easily than solids. See a list of examples from the table below.