In Response to Diverticulosis:
Hi, I'm needing dietary help for my 92 year old mother who has trouble with diverticulosis. She recently had a lower GI bleed and is home from the hospital now. She is also on meds for high blood pressure so I assume sodium should be minimized as well. She has trouble making decisions on her own anymore so the meal planning pretty much rests on my dad who is the same age but very healthy, walks alot and has no dietary restrictions. If he eats what she eats he would starve to death. So basically, need info for her in single size or double portions if including my dad. Help!! She's a very picky eater! Thank you!!
Posted by gbrumm
I would talk with your mother's primary physician and make sure there isn't any special diet concerns that your mom will need to consider.
With diverticulosis, typically a high-fiber diet is the best approach. Increasing fiber slowly over a few weeks will be helpful in keeping symptoms from getting worse. Drinking plenty of fluids is also important to help reduce constipation, bloating and diarrhea.
Here are some tips to adding fiber to the diet:
· Eat whole-grain breads and cereals. Check the ingredient list and look for the 1st ingredient to say whole-grain (whole-grain oats, whole-wheat flour etc.).· Have brown or wild rice instead of white rice· Add beans, lentils, peas etc. to casseroles and soups. · Eat various fruits and vegetables with peels or skin on (apples, pears, zucchini, eggplant etc.).
Again, I would consult with the physician to make sure there aren't any additional diet concerns. If you need further individualized advice I would talk with your local Hy-Vee dietitian. He or she will be able to help you more with reading food labels, grocery shopping and meal planning for your parents.