Diverticulitis is the condition of gastrointestinal tract that mainly causes inflammation of the colon. Due to the increased pressure of hard stools passing through the large intestine, there is formation of small, bulging pouches, known as diverticula. The condition is referred to as diverticulosis. There are several different contributing factors, including our diet.
Consumption of low-fiber foods is the major cause of diverticulosis. When the diverticula becomes infected and inflamed, it results in diverticulitis. It causes the symptoms like abdominal pain and tenderness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, changes in bowel habits and high fever. Diverticulitis can be treated in various ways, including medications like antibiotics and antispasmodic drugs as well as surgery in case of severe attacks of diverticulitis. Diverticulitis diet is an important part of treatment strategies.
It is very important to include foods rich in fiber in your regular diet. Fiber makes the stool smooth and bulky, so that it can easily pass through the large intestine. Thus, it decreases pressure inside the colon and prevents constipation and formation of diverticula. Daily intake of fiber should be 25-35 grams. You are suggested to include the foods that are rich in fiber, such as whole grain breads, pastas, fresh fruits like prunes, apples and pears, vegetables like peas, potatoes, spinach and squash as well as beans like black beans and kidney beans. Along with fiber-rich diet, you should take plenty of liquids to prevent constipation. You need to strictly avoid processed foods like white bread, white rice, noodles etc. Diverticulitis is the disease that can be controlled by following proper diet regimen.
Diverticulitis Friendly Recipes
When you have an attack of acute diverticulitis, the doctor recommends consuming only clear liquids in order to ease pain and keep the bowel relaxed for some time. During this period, you need to take clear broth, plain water, fruit juice, soda, ice pops and black tea. When the severity of symptoms is reduced, you may slowly start with low-fiber diet after 2-3 days. The low-fiber diet includes vegetables like cucumber, lettuce, potatoes and mushrooms as well as fruits like grapes, lemons and bananas. Once the symptoms clear up, you can switch to high-fiber diet in order to prevent recurrent diverticulitis attacks. Diverticulitis diet foods include yogurt, milk, cereals, green beans, asparagus, oatmeal, oat bran, potatoes, whole wheat pasta, broad beans, pole beans, spinach, squash as well as eggs, poultry and fish. Following are some of the diverticulitis friendly recipes.
Avocado and Cucumber Soup
- Avocados, 2 chopped
- Cucumbers, 2 chopped
- Vegetable Broth, 1 cup
- White Onion, 1 chopped
- Lemon juice, 1 teaspoon
- Vinegar, 1 teaspoon
- Yogurt, ¾ cup
- Mint, 1 teaspoon, chopped
- Salt, ½ teaspoon
Crush together avocado, cucumber, vegetable broth, lemon juice, vinegar, onion, yogurt and chopped mint in a blender or food processor. When you get consistency, pour it into the serving bowls and season it with salt. Serve the chilled soup.
- Chicken thighs, 12
- Chicken broth, ½ cup
- White wine, ½ cup
- Lemon juice, 2 tablespoons
- Grated lemon zest, 2 teaspoons
- Balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons
- Salt, ½ teaspoon
- Thyme Leaves, 1 tablespoon, chopped
Combine together chicken broth, Balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, lemon zest, white win, thyme and salt in a medium-sized bowl. Put chicken thighs to this mixture. Let the chicken gets well-coated with the mixture. Marinate the chicken for about 2 hours. Stir-fry the chicken in a pan for about 10-12 minutes. Serve it with steamed vegetables.
- Halibut fillets, 1 kg
- Italian breadcrumbs, 1 cup
- Parsley, 2 teaspoons
- Melted butter, ¼ cup
- Garlic powder, ½ teaspoon
- Salt,1/2 teaspoon
Clean the halibut fillets and pat-dry using a clean kitchen towel. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together breadcrumbs, melted butter, garlic powder, chopped parsley and salt. Put the halibut fillets in this mixture and mix together to coat the fillets. Shallow-fry the fillets in a small, heated pan for 2-5 minutes on each side. Put hot fillets in the serving plate with a sprinkling of chopped parsley.
All these recipes are prepared using fresh ingredients. They are delicious in taste as well as rich in fiber, making a perfect food for the diverticulitis sufferers.