Hi, I have lost 55 lbs over the last year and a half, 30 on a meal plan from a nutrition store then I tip toed into paleo about 3 months ago losing 25 more, I am probably 85% Paleo, I feel great, look better all the time, I have been told lately that i look healthy, and that is what i'm going for. I could probably lose another 50 lbs and be ok. I'm 46 yrs old, 4'11" and am currently weighing 168. my bmi is still in the obese range, so i still have a lot of work to do. I have been reading everything i can get my hands on about the paleo lifestyle (started with Wheat Belly) and moved into the Paleo books. So imagine my surprise when i ended up in the emergency room yesterday and admitted with what turned out to be diverticulitis. I just know everyone is going think that this happened because i gave up grains and am not getting enough fiber. I eat lots of veggies and really don't understand why this happened. I believe in the paleo lifestyle and do not want to give it up. Please help me to understand what might have happened here and what I can do to prevent it again without going back on grains.
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on March 14, 2014
at 06:01 PM
I had diverticulitis, had surgery to remove the damaged portion. Typically this is the result of long-term damage and genetic pre-disposition. Not a short term dietary change.
Diet is not sufficient to correct diverticulitis, nor is it a proper mitigation strategy.
Best strategy I found is understanding when the pain starts -- and getting your medicine immediately. If you are like the 90%, then you are looking at an attack once every 2-5 years. If you are like me, and in the 10%, this will become progressively worse. Right before my surgery I was having an attack twice a month (essentially as soon as I got off the medication).
on March 13, 2014
at 12:42 AM
i would definitely cut down on the veggies and fiber. you do not need that much ever. i have ulcerative colitis and my colon cannot take it. i personally think fiber contributes to so many digestive diseases. i focus on resistant starches as my fiber instead of things like greens, broccoli, fruits/veggies with skins. it just does a number on your colon.
on March 12, 2014
at 09:41 PM
Do you have the right gut flora balance? Gut flora balance is just as crucial if not more crucial to healthy elimination than fiber. Take a probiotic suppliment and eat/drink lots of fermented foods/ drinks (kombucha, water kefir, sauerkraut). Do you consume bone broth on a regular basis? the geletain in bone broth draws water into the stool and relaxes the colon muscles, making for easier elimination. Last but certaintly not least, do you use propler bathroom posture? Modern toilets may be great, but the sitting position of the modern toilet does not allow the sphynchter muscle to open properly, which very often results in straining, wereas with going to the bathroom in a squatting position, the sphynchter opens up fully, allowing for effortless elminiation. Invest in a Squatty Potty or keep a footstool in front of your toilet just for that purpose.
EDIT: I've never had diverticulitis, but I still hope i can be of some help
on March 12, 2014
at 07:00 AM
I recently had a colonoscopy a few months ago and was told I had diverticulosis. Today I was at my doctors because of severe cramping and was told I had diverticulitis. He prescribed a 3 day liquid diet and antibiotics. Hopefully it will take care of an infection in the diverticulosis sacs . Nothing can be done once you get diverticulosis but change to a high fiber diet. Paleo allows all green veggies, high fiber fruit like apples and raspberries and nuts like almonds. You can look up paleo foods for their fiber content. Try asking your doctor if taking Cetrucil or Metamucil tablets can help regulate your system to the point where you will be able to avoid any attacks. What you don't want is to find yourself with diverticulosis complications that may require a colon resection.