Have you ever swallowed glass? On purpose or accidentally? I can’t image. But, then again I can.
How about being stabbed repeatedly by a knife, in the abdomen? I can’t image. But, then again I can.
This is how I must describe my bout with recently diagnosed diverticulitis. There is just no closer resemblance to the pain when diverticulosis becomes an infection.
I never knew I had either of these conditions until last month. I am pretty darn healthy and eat a vegetarian/pescatarian diet 99% of the time. I occasionally will have chicken and turkey, but definitely get plenty of fiber, which is of high importance each day (and seems to be lacking in diets of those with this diagnosis) for someone with diverticulosis. I still don’t know how I got this. More tests are forthcoming. (Including the dreaded colonoscopy, I have coined as the “butt scope”).
My doctor initially thought I had appendicitis and sent me to the emergency room, where I had a CT scan which discovered this lovely infection and condition. I had a fever, as well. I am so thankful I followed up, usually I grin and bear it, but I knew something serious was wrong, as this was not your normal tummy ache.
What is diverticulitis and diverticulosis?
I think I will refrain from going into all the disgusting, gross details here and point you here where you can read up about it if you wish: Diverticular disease.
Something I have discovered that has tremendously changed my symptoms and digestion is the Food Combining Diet. I bought a little book and did plenty of research after hearing from a friend that it totally cured her symptoms and flare-ups from diverticular disease.
I added a simple little reminder chart here that I keep on my refrigerator as a reminder:
Basically, eat fruit alone. I have my fruit in the morning, before breakfast and after my morning cup of coffee. Also, do not mix lean proteins with carbs. Period. I have lean protein (such as fish, chicken) with veggies and a salad for dinner. You can mix carbs with veggies- those are the fun meals! (Think pasta, bread and salad).
I have omitted tomatoes (high acid & seeds), hot things like peppers and jalapeños (which I love) and small seeds like sesame.
I am feeling good and losing some weight as well. When we let our bodies digest foods in the best and easiest way possible, our bodies will thank us.
Getting older comes with many surprises concerning our health.
I am certainly missing my hot foods, but definitely never want to feel the pain of a diverticulitis recurrence. I hope this was helpful to you. I’ll let you all know how I survived my upcoming “butt scope.” I’m more concerned with what I might blab during sedation (my doctor is a handsome devil!). Wish me luck!