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An Overview of A Diet Well-Tolerated by the Stomach & Intestines

This diet is soft in texture, low in fiber, and easy to digest. The goal is to decrease nausea, diarrhea, and gas in the bowel that may cause abdominal pain and discomfort. This diet is often used after abdominal surgery or as a transitional diet after gastroenteritis, diverticulitis or inflammatory bowel flares.

Food Group Foods Allowed Foods to avoid for 4-6 weeks

Meats & Meat Substitutes
Chicken, turkey, fish, tender cuts of beef, ground meats, eggs, creamy nut butters, tofu, skinless beef hot dogs, beef sausage patties without whole spices Tough, fibrous meats with gristle, meat with casings (beef hot dogs, beef sausage, kielbasa), lunch meats with whole spices, shellfish, beans, chunky peanut butter, nuts

Fruits & Juices
Fruit juices without pulp, banana, avocado, applesauce, canned peaches, and pears, cooked fruit without the skin/seeds Juices with pulp, fresh fruit (except banana and avocado), dried fruits, canned fruit cocktail and pineapple, coconut, frozen/thawed berries

Well-cooked or canned vegetables, potatoes without skin, tomato sauces, vegetable juice Raw vegetables, all corn, all mushrooms, stewed tomatoes, potato skins, stir-fry vegetables, sauerkraut, pickles, olives, all dried beans, peas, and legumes

Cereals & Grains
Low- fiber dry or cooked cereals (less than 2 grams fiber per serving), white rice, pasta, macaroni, or noodles Cereals with nuts, berries, dried fruits, whole grain cereals, bran cereals, granola, brown or wild rice, whole grain pasta

Breads & Crackers
White/refined breads and rolls, plain bagel, toast, plain crackers, graham crackers Whole grain breads-including white whole grain; bread/ rolls with raisins, nuts or seeds, multi-grain crackers

Milk, cheese, yogurt, milkshakes, pudding, ice cream, cottage cheese, sherbet; lactose-free or low lactose versions if lactose intolerant Dairy product mixed with fresh fruit (except banana), berries, nuts or seeds
Desserts Plain cake, pudding, custard, ice cream, sherbet, gelatin, fruit whips Any dessert that contains nuts, dried fruits, coconut, or fruits with seeds

Herbs & Spices
All ground spices or herbs, salt Whole spices such as peppercorns, whole cloves, anise seeds, celery seeds, rosemary, caraway seeds, and fresh herbs

Snacks/Other Foods
Sugar, honey, jelly, mayonnaise, mustard, soy sauce, oil, butter, margarine, marshmallows, cookies without dried fruits or nuts, snack chips and pretzels using refined flours Carbonated beverages, jams or jellies with seeds, popcorn

After several weeks, slowly start to reintroduce the Foods to Avoid back into your diet unless your doctor has told you otherwise. Try a small portion of one of these foods each day. If it does not bother you within 24 hours, it can be added to your diet. Continue to add new foods in this way.

Some people may continue to have food sensitivities and may need to continue to avoid certain foods. If you cannot tolerate a food, avoid that food for a few weeks before you try it again.

Guidelines when eating

  • Avoid any food that you cannot tolerate or that causes gas, bloating, or stomach pain.
  • Make time for your meals. Do not eat while you are in a hurry. Cut your food into small pieces. Chew each bite to a mashed potato consistency. Do not eat when you cannot concentrate on chewing well.
  • Drink at least 1.5-2.0 liters (6-8 cups) of fluid per day. Fluids include: water, coffee, tea, juice, milk, popsicles, soups, pudding, ice cream, sherbet, and yogurt. In addition, choose caffeine-free beverages more often, especially if you are having diarrhea or heartburn.
  • A daily multivitamin may be recommended if diet is limited in amounts or variety of foods. Do not take any herbal supplements without first checking with your doctor.

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This information is provided by Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, part of Mubadala Healthcare, and is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or health care provider. Please consult your health care provider for advice about a specific medical condition.

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