There are many foods that may cause issues for those suffering from Gastroparesis. In severe cases, even water can cause a problem. It’s certainly not pleasant to “experiment” with which foods cause problems since the pain can often last hours.
This is why I have decided to a compile an easy to reference list of foods that should be avoided if you suffer from GP. If this is your first time visiting, I strongly encourage you to view our main page on natural treatment so you can see the overall plan.
- All types of legumes (beans)
- All types of grain, including wheat
- Do not consume gluten
- Highly fibrous vegetables/fruit
- Raw vegetables/fruit
- Foods that are difficult to chew and break down in the mouth (popcorn, nuts, etc.)
- Fatty foods & oils.
- Sugary foods should be avoided, especially if you have diabetic gastroparesis
- Lean chewy meats
- Spicy food
Depending on the severity of your Gastroparesis, you may be able to tolerate some of these foods. If you’re on the more severe side of the spectrum, you will need to avoid many of these. I should also make note that your long-term goal is to be able to consume some of these healthy foods. Raw fruits and vegetables along with meat are especially nutritious and they should not be removed from your diet for a long period of time.
Legumes, grains, and gluten are not healthy for individuals with or without gastroparesis. Under no circumstances should you be consuming these types of food. These foods have been shown to irritate and damage your digestion system in more ways than one.
*A note about dairy. The best form of dairy is raw and fermented. Raw dairy is more digestible. Fermented raw dairy further increases digestibility with beneficial enzymes, acids, and probiotics. Therefore, you should be looking for raw fermented dairy primarily. Low-temperature pasteurized dairy is okay as well, but I would encourage you to ensure it is fermented. Do not consume ultra pasteurized dairy products. These products have been sterilized and processed so much that it is difficult to digest.
I realized that this list is restrictive and it’s certainly an eye-opener on how much this disease has truly impacted those with it. Again, I cannot emphasize enough that this list should not be followed long-term.
There are methods that can be used to help increase the digestibility of some of the foods on this list and overall your goal is to move into a healthy diet while healing your gastroparesis.