Survey: What Do You Eat?

Posted in: Collaboration, Diet ♦ Thursday, December 3rd, 2009, 4:11 pm ♦ 8 Comments

While there is no one-size-fits-all diet for gastroparesis, mostly because the disease seems to affect each of us a little differently and the severity of symptoms vary greatly, it’s often helpful to know what others are eating…if only as a starting point for your own experimentation. Updated: 12/4/09

Please remember that everyone responds differently to gastroparesis, especially in regards to diet.  What works well for one person may exacerbate symptoms in another.  The point of this post is simply to provide you with ideas that you can try out and integrate into your own diet as they make sense for you.

With that in mind, here are the answers to the following question from my recent survey of gastroparesis patients.

“What are the staples of your current diet?”

  • Low-fiber cereal, Boost, applesauce, baby food, 100 calorie packs, hot chocolate.
  • Ensure muscle milk light, light cheese, baby food.
  • Doing well on the “Stage 3″ GP diet: Mostly starches & dairy plus small amounts of chicken, fish, ground meat, a few cooked vegetables & low fiber peeled fruits.
  • Granola bars, in small amounts many times each day,
  • Glucerna drinks and Carnation drinks. Otherwise small portions of regular food.
  • Mostly on tube feedings but when have to have something by mouth can do best with mashed potatoes, baked potato, toast.
  • Liquid protein shakes, mashed potatoes, anything runny.
  • Rice, pudding, toast, juices, mostly soft diet.
  • Crackers
  • Now that I have the gastric stimulator, I am able to eat anything I want.
  • I use a j-tube most of the time.  Sometimes I can have broth, flat soda, juice.
  • Whatever I feel like eating.
  • Whey protein, almond milk, fat-free yogurt, Carnation Instant Breakfast, peanut butter, canned or fresh pureed fruit, fresh fruit smoothie bases, pumpkin, squash soup, quinoa, ground meat.
  • Protein smoothies, gluten free hot cereal, well cooked veggies.
  • I am on tube feedings (Jevity 1.2).
  • Tube feeding liquid diet.
  • Not sure yet.
  • Tube feeding via a j-tube.
  • Carbohydrates.
  • Meat, cheese, and lactose free milk – everything else causes rapid emptying and blood sugar complications because she is intolerant of all sugars.
  • Tube feeding,
  • Slimfast (I like the taste better than other liquids), Carnation Instant Breakfast, soup, Egg Beaters, Smart Water, chewable vitamins, smoothies.
  • Chees-itz, Pedialite pops , homemade fruit/veggie sauces.
  • Oatmeal, Chicken(bland) and Ice tea.
  • I’m tube fed. I can sometimes take a little food orally but it needs to be fairly soft as I have trouble swallowing. I try to eat chocolate regularly!
  • Nothing.
  • Egg whites, quinoa, crackers, cheese sticks, broths, V8, bread (sometimes), salmon (sometimes).
  • Muffins, pretzels, waffles, cereal, bread.
  • I don’t eat until finished work around 2pm then I eat anything my body craves and crash for the rest of the day.  Not good, I know, but only diagnosed 3 days ago.
  • Rice, cream of wheat, potatoes, coffee.
  • TPN
  • Low fat!
  • Not much! I try liquids, soft foods, even feeding tube liquids and I still can’t keep them down.
  • I have fructose and lactose intolerance so I can’t have fruits or vegetables. My diet consists of fish, poultry, rice, potato, and bleached wheat products. It is low-fat and low-fiber. I take supplemental vitamins, calcium, vitamin B12 and vitamin C.
  • Bananas, Cheerios, protein shakes, lite yogurt. I can tolerate potatoes and rice. I can eat chicken but not other meats very well.
  • V-8 mixed with water, homemade chicken spread, salmon, supplements enteric coated or liquid.
  • Things that are easy to digest; avoid anything raw, acidic, or fried.
  • Protein, almond flour, eggs, coconut milk, almond butter for baking breads.
  • Shakes, smoothies, yogurt, pudding, mashed potatoes, pasta.
  • Small Portions.
  • Soy protien powder,  fruit juice, V8, crackers, gummy vitamins.
  • Simple carbs, Low fat proteins, Fruit juice.
  • Tube feed and small amounts of liquids, as I feel full very fast.
  • Liquids, crackers with low fat cheese, and Boost.
  • Applesauce, gatorade, animal crackers, vanilla wafers, ginger ale, yogurt.
  • Noodles and plain bread.
  • Basic starches, soup, soda.
  • I eat very little. Maybe once or twice a day, if I eat more than i have more abdominal pain and more nausea.
  • Boiled skinless potato.
  • Boost, soup, baby food, dry cereal.
  • Chicken noodle soup, cereal, frozen yogurt, sorbet, English muffin, potatoes, carrots, bananas.
  • TPN, dried cereal, yogurt.
  • When it was bad, I ate baby food and drank liquids. Now I am eating normally and long may it continue.
  • I am tube fed.
  • Yogurt; turkey meatballs; protein drinks; crackers.
  • Jello, water, Popsicles.
  • Shredded chicken and rice, low-fat/low-fiber cereal, puddings, custard, toast, fat-free yogurt, fat free frozen yogurt, fat free cheese, fat free cottage cheese, baked potato without skin, baked haddock.
  • Ensure High Protein, Breyers Ice Cream, Sticky Rice (soluable fiber).
  • Soups, and low fat carbs.

Whether or not you participated in the survey, please free to share any additional diet-related information or experiences.

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8 Responses to “Survey: What Do You Eat?”

  1. Posted by: Tina
    January 23rd, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Low-fat & low fiber baby food, fudgesickles, crackers, gelatin, Eggbeaters, soy cheese, Enlive, pretzels, coffee. To replenish electrolytes after vomiting – Smart Water and Vita Coco.

  2. Posted by: Nicole
    January 30th, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    If I’m hungry, I have Carnation Instant Breakfast Shakes early in the day then solid food later in the day. I don’t eat meat, it seems to bother me more then anything. I usually have a Boca substitute or Morning Star and skinless potatoes of some sort.

  3. Posted by: michelle
    August 3rd, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    I’m still trying to sort myself out, and sometimes I can only take liquids, sometimes I can manage soft food, but these are things that have helped me. I also worked with a nutritionist so I could avoid the package meal replacement drinks and food like that.

    Mashed potates or yams
    applesauce, sometimes I mix in some protein powder
    smoothies, both fruit and veggie
    soups, a crock pot is so handy, I can cook it while I work, then blend it up before eating and there is usually left over that can stay in the freeze for the week for quickie meals/snacks
    store bought cooked chickens. I get the whole chicken and find that it flakes really easy so I can eat it in really small pieces that are really tender and soft. Sometimes I mix it into my mashed taters {but that might be a weird food thing for me only!!!:}
    Stewed fruit. I make up a batch on Sundays for the week, whatever is in season, but peaches and pears seem to work the best for me
    grated cucumber mixed with yogurt. Sounds weird but really tasty
    I have a recipe for chicken pot pie with no crust, or if you can handle it a rice/quinoa topping. Super tasty as well
    cream of wheat cereal or I like a cereal like rice krispies soak in the milk for a bit so it’s mushy….

  4. Posted by: Judy Hightower
    October 4th, 2010 at 2:23 am

    I went from 258 min gastric emptying time to over 8,000!!! After 6 months of pain and endless nausea and was found not to be a candidate for surgery started in on 1% milk and 100% whew protein. Drank that only for several months. Worked up to jello and pudding. I now have appetite and most of the nausea is gone. Drink fruit smoothies, applesauce, yogert, I think as does my nutritionist that my gastric emptying time has had to improved due to the large amounts of liquid I can take in at once. Just got the go ahead 5 days ago to try white meat, and carbs in small amounts. Am not running around starved and have stopped craving sweets. So far so good.

  5. Posted by: Crystal
    October 4th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Hi, Judy. Glad to hear you’re feeling a bit better! Hope things continue to progress.

  6. Posted by: Tera
    April 8th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    I am also allergic to gluten (hives?!), and lactose intolerant. And have IBS. Do best with sashimi, small meals, and Mexican and Thai food. My primary diet though…. Corn tortilla chips with cheese and a naughty bit of salsa. The longer I go gluten free the easier time I seem to have with all food. Ive been tested for celiac a hundred times, but nothing. My friends say I am an efficient eater. I don’t loose weight because my body thinks its starving and holds onto every calorie…. So for people who, while rare, hold onto weight instead of dropping it- do not do the ensure ( I gained 10lbs with that)! The only way I’ve found to loose weight is with a modified south beach style diet and lots of exercise. I drink lots of kefir and aloe juice. About 1L each/2days and I feel great- can eat more normal and move things through at a reasonable rate. If you gain instead of loose: do not limit calories! Eat half as much as friends, lots of fluids, and exercise… After 1.5 hours of exercise I have a “refuel” and water. Also, if I when I eat too much…aka like a normal, I end up praying to the porcelain gods.

  7. Posted by: Tera
    April 8th, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    That was supposed to say “when I eat too much and drink”

  8. Posted by: Jocelyn
    June 26th, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    I eat a lot of:
    -low-fat frozen yogurt
    -light soups
    -low-fat Greek yogurt
    -PB2 (can’t tolerate regular PB and other nut butters are dicey)
    -Cream of Wheat (my go-to food!)
    -fruit/veggie squeezes (but they give me terrible heartburn, as do juices)
    -reduced fat club crackers
    -low-acid coffee with low fat creamer
    -occasional frozen or canned veggies
    -white/Italian/sourdough bread/toast
    -tuna pouches ( a half tuna salad sandwich made with half the pouch and light mayo is the perfect portion for a meal these days)
    -chicken breast
    -white rice
    -Ensure/Boost bottles
    -Carnation Breakfast Essentials (I prefer the powdered form)
    -I recently discovered I can still tolerate my all-time favorite cookies, stroopwafels. :)
    -I just tried my first baby food today. I’m not sure how I feel about it. Haha.
    -There are other foods that I’ll try from time to time but this list is my staple diet at this point.

    Socializing is tough. So many get-togethers focus on eating out or planning a big meal. It’s a source of anxiety for me as a relative newbie to this diagnosis. If I’m up for eating out, I typically get a grilled chicken sandwich and give the sides away or try to sub a reasonable soup. And I often attempt to convince my friends to either go for a breakfast for dinner option or bypass the restaurant and meet us for frozen yogurt like Orange Leaf. Not many takers on those concepts yet. :)

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