Diabetes Type 1 has friends that often come along for the ride. One of the for me is my recent diagnosis of diabetic gastroparesis. This means my stomach is paralyzed. My vagus nerve has been damaged, causing my stomach to empty too slowly. Once again, my eating habits have to change.
The following is a list of how I have to eat my meals. I eat 6-8 times a day, every 2-3 hours and in small amounts. I have to follow the “Low Residue Diet” or eat food that is not hard to digest. FODMAP Diet is another diet many people follow who have gastroparesis but I have been instructed by a doctor not to.
- Limited garlic and onions
- Uncooked fruits
- Uncooked vegetables
- Potatoes with skin
- High protein
- High fat
- Fried food
- Whole grain breads and cereals like wheat bread and brown rice
- Dried food like raisins
- Beans, lentils
- Certain cooked vegetables, including peas, broccoli, winter squash, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, corn (and cornbread), onions, cauliflower, potatoes with skin, and baked beans
- Pickles, olives, relish, sauerkraut, and horseradish
- Tough meats with gristle
- Gluten okay
- Lactose okay, cow’s milk
- White bread
- Plain crackers
- Cooked/Hot cereal
- Cold cereal (with milk)
- White rice
- Regular pasta
- Cooked fresh vegetables
- Canned vegetables without seeds
- Tomato sauce without seeds
- Ripe bananas
- Soft cantaloupe
- Canned or cooked fruits without seeds or skin, like applesauce or canned pears
- All meats but sausage, and they must be tender and soft
- Vegetable and fruit juice without pulp
- Limited caffeine such as soda and coffee
Liquefied, mashed, pureed, blended or soupy food is best to have, especially if I have a flare-up. So food like smoothies, shakes, mashed potatoes, juices and soup are all good for me to have. Luckily, I like all of the above. I still can have solid foods, just with some of these super soft foods too.
In a perfect world, I would be having some help. So far eating so often is a pain in the butt. I keep having to brain storm what I can eat for my meals and I feel I keep eating too big of portions. If I was able to see a reputable dietician I might have been able to transition to eating this way a bit easier. Why bother seeing a dietician when I am moving to a different country with a different way of eating?
Norway has less fast food, better quality food and fresher food. Many chemicals used in the United States in food are banded in Norway. Obviously the brands are also all different. Like I have mentioned before, eggs are orange and not yellow in the middle. Orange yolk means it’s a fresher egg. Everyday bread is like what we would label artisan bread in the US. They eat less processed, fried and fatty food. All these things are great and healthy!