High Fiber Diet for Diverticulitis
by Alexandra Haller
The development of diverticulitis is closely correlated with eating a low fiber diet. In fact, it seems to be a condition that is largely preventable by eating more fruits and vegetables. When your stools are softer as they pass through your colon, pressure is minimized on your digestive tract. When you are constipated or have hard stools, the internal pressure is what leads to diverticulitis. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says adult men and women should aim for a healthy high fiber diet of at least 25 to 35 grams of fiber per day.
Begin your day with a high fiber breakfast. When you skip this meal, you are skipping a big chance to add more fiber to your day. Stay away from nutritionally empty store-bought muffins and a plate of eggs and sausage. Choose a cereal with a substantive amount of fiber per serving. For example, Go Lean Crunch cereal by Kashi offers 8g of fiber per serving. Top with a half-cup of raspberries for an additional 4g of fiber.
Do not give up snacks just because you are an adult. When you go more than three hours without eating, your blood sugar levels can drop, causing you to feel unmotivated and sleepy. Take advantage of another opportunity to find a good source of fiber. One medium apple contains 4g of fiber. Plus, you are also consuming complex carbohydrates, which will help you stay full longer, and you are getting 15 percent of the USDA's daily recommended amount of vitamin C.
You will be hard-pressed to find something nutritious or filled with any fiber at a fast food joint. If you want to successfully avoid diverticulitis, you need to make efforts to eat healthier foods. Make a sandwich at home. You can throw just about anything on it as long as you use whole wheat or whole grain bread. Brownberry makes a bread called Flax & Fiber Natura--with two slices, you get 8g of fiber.
Grab a medium-sized pear for another 6g of fiber. Also, as a reward for good behavior, treat yourself to a latte or mocha for a burst of caffeine that will power you through the rest of your afternoon.
Dinner provides one of the easiest opportunities to take in more fiber. If you like rice, choose brown rice in a stir-fry of mixed vegetables. If you like pasta, choose a whole wheat version. Hodgson Mill fettuccine, for example, contains 6g of fiber per serving. Toss it with some canned or homemade sauce and a half-cup of broccoli for another 5g of fiber.
Follow all the tips in this article, and you will stow away a total of 41g of fiber in a day -- well over the USDA's recommended minimum range.