A Diverticulitis Diet Plan -
Why so important?

A diverticulitis diet plan assists in the treatment of this serious medical condition and as such should be managed under the close supervision of a medical professional. Part of this treatment involves certain dietary changes. 

A diet plan for an acute outbreak of diverticulitis will consist of foods that are easily digestible, high in nutrients but not in fibre. The idea is to rest the bowels while treatment occurs - which is usually antibiotics, while a pro-biotic supplement may also be recommended during this time.

Part 1: Clear liquids for 1-3 days until pain subsides:

  • Dry toast (preferably white bread) with Beef or chicken broth, clear soda, fruit and vegetable juices without pulp (apple or grape are good choices), tea and coffee without milk or sugar, jelly without fruit (but made from natural fruit juice without pulp is okay), ice chips or popsicles without pulp.

It is also important to drink plenty of water during this time - an electrolyte solution may also be advised as vomiting and diarrhoea is common.

Part 2: is the slow reintroduction of protein and fibre into the diet, also known as the recovery phase:

Food is traditionally bland during this time to continue to rest the digestive system.

  • Soft or hard boiled eggs and toast, canned fruits without pulp, desserts without seeds or nuts, juices without pulp, low-fibre cereals and milk, cheeses, yogurt, smooth peanut butter, tender meats, poultry, or fish, rice, plain noodles, or macaroni, well cooked vegetables without skins.

Part 3: of your Diverticulitis diet plan is all about preventing the condition from reoccurring:

The diverticula may still remain but the key seems to be keeping the activity in the bowel moving smoothly and to do this there are certain key foods you can enjoy! 

  • Plenty of wholegrain, legumes, fruits and vegetables are essential, brown rice, fruits with pulp, lentils or dried beans, wild rice, vegetables, whole grain breads and cereals, meat, poultry, fish, cheese, yogurt, and dairy products.

During the final and third stage, try adding this to your diverticulitis diet plan:

Breakfast

  • Wholegrain toast with peanut butter
  • Fresh muesli with yoghurt and a side of prunes
  • Poached eggs on multigrain toast with grilled zucchini and mushrooms
  • Cold smoked salmon on a wholegrain bagel with cream cheese capers and red onion
  • Toasted focaccia with sardines and Swiss cheese

Lunch

  • Four bean salad with grilled fish and sweet potato wedges
  • Grilled eggplant, capsicum, zucchini and mushroom stack with fresh pesto
  • Wholegrain salad sandwiches with mustard and grilled chicken
  • Fried brown rice with egg, peas, and red capsicum
  • Chicken Caesar salad with anchovies and snow pea sprouts

Snacks

  • Rice crackers with hummus dip
  • Any fresh whole fruits
  • Watermelon slices with almonds
  • Fresh coconut pieces
  • Multigrain crisp bread biscuits with cream cheese and sliced tomato with cracked pepper and sea salt

Dinner

  • Chicken teriyaki with brown rice snow peas and cashews
  • Roast chicken with a roast pumpkin, red onion, sweet potato and quinoa salad
  • Red chickpea Dahl with potato, lamb and green beans
  • Grilled salmon with sweet potato rosti and steamed seasonal vegetables
  • Moroccan squid pizza with olive tapenade 

Fibre is the key to keeping our bowels healthy, happy and moving along in good working order.

If you haven't already, feel free to visit our diverticulitis diet page for a wider explanation.

Desserts

  • Chocolate coated strawberries and fresh cream
  • Apple strudel with raisins and cloves
  • Freshly baked pears with a caramel sauce
  • Carrot and ginger cake with a creamed cheese icing
  • Fresh pavlova with kiwi fruit, passion fruit, strawberries and cream
  • Blueberry custard with toasted coconut cake



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