Diverting from Fibre

Diverticulitis and diverticulosis — not the best subject for a Sunday morning, but let me tell you a story that begins with my first diagnosis of this problem. First, though, you need to know I have no medical training. Apart from First Aid, Level Two, now several years out of date.

The problem above is a common one. It’s the reason so many people end up with 6-12-24 monthly colonoscopies scheduled into their lives.

And I’m one of them.

But last time I underwent the process, there was no sign, and no written undertaking, that the thing above was present.

Gone. Normal. Okay, not fully normal. There are small polyps, but no sign of diverticul-thingies. Not one. Of course, I still have an appointment for the near future to follow up, and despite all my questions — none of them subtle — no response about why they aren’t mentioned.

Is it curable? No response. Once I got home I looked it up. No mention of cures. Medications, etc. Fibre, etc. But no cure. It’s a thing that goes on forever. Apparently.

Except it didn’t. I have no sign of the excruciatingly painful condition that sent me off to the [you know what I call them, don’t you? If not, think of a comedy movie with rockets and a man named Chase].

What has changed?

I spent a couple of weeks looking into the choices I’d made since the problem first created drastic changes in my life — like not being able to eat a lot of the foods I grow, enjoy, and look forward to being in season.

Now, I eat ’em. And no painful consequences.

But what did I change between then and now?

First, I have to say that I don’t know if what I did made any difference. I can only say what I did — the only thing I did apart from not eat the food that caused pain — and marvel at the most recent outcome.

What? Come on, what was it? Are you yelling at me? Okay, here goes.

I cut out all manufactured food, all food with numbers, all pre-packaged and pre-prepared and pre-cooked. Anything with a fake anything went out with the garbage. As did sugar, in all its forms. I eat food. Meat, veg, fruit (not too many — calories don’t care about gut conditions and the pancreas will make fat out of too many sugars whether they’re fruit or molasses or honey).

That’s it.

No sugar (it’s a super-refined product from processes that take anything that was once useful in small doses to the killer it has become in this modern society), nothing from the grocery aisles. Just real food. I can eat bread that’s been left to do its thing with yeast for a day, but not the quick loaves. No white stuff, which is refined carbohydrates, ie converts to sugar faster than a bee can buzz to a pollen source. No numbers, no drinks with more numbers than water (I drank a beer the other day, though). Nothing that is different from what people ate maybe a hundred years ago. Good butter (and I like cooking with coconut oil), olive oil, fatty steaks (and sausages made by SIL who uses only meat and fat) — not too much, but enough to do what needs to be done to grease the tracts.

Eggs, love eggs. Veg, in season, as much as I like. I pre-make Asian-style salad stuff and put it in the fridge — lasts a week. I pre-make soup for the freezer. I pick from the garden (which doesn’t see anything with numbers, either, just compost and chook stuff).

Am I tempted by the stuff I chose to live without? Yep. Advertising kills me — I can smell ’em. But when I remember the pain in my gut for all those years … I didn’t lose anything by changing what I ate, I gained my life without pain [apart from arthritis, but that’s also improving, albeit much more slowly].

Pic from Pixabay

What have you tried, and how do your results look?

Or am I deluded by illusions?


Oh, and I’m going to take this post down in a week or so because it’s just my opinion, my observations, my problem [solved].

24 thoughts on “Diverting from Fibre

  1. This is such good news that you have made this work for you. I cannot eat fiber because of scaring from two major intestinal surgeries for colorectal cancer ,. I have had three blockages and after the last one it was recommended that I cut out fiber. I miss blueberries and corn on the cob but I do not miss those trips to the ER in pain and vomiting, That is motivation to keep on the no fiber diet. I hope you will continue to be pain and problem free.

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    • I can eat the vegies as fibre — mushrooms cooked in butter, cabbage raw with olive oil/lemon, etc. — but not take any of the fibre supplements. I’ve learned to eat the protein first, because that moves through fastest, then the salad/veg with oils. Not having the carbs/bread seems to have made the biggest difference to pain reduction — that I’ve observed, anyway.

      And I wish the best for your issues — but are blueberries fibre? Juiced with cream or yoghurt (full-fat, of course). Oooooh, the skins. Yes, I forgot about the skins. As I had to learn that strawberries had seeds (I’ll have to try some next week — it’s the season now, so I wonder what will happen).

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  2. Soooo, real food with short shelf lives work, while processed anything doesn’t. Got it.
    Cave men had it better. No refrigeration, no refinement, no stabilisers, no refinement, nothing. What you catch or pick must be eaten right away, while in season, or don’t eat at all. Fasting must’ve been a dietary requirement too. -M

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  3. I was told that my Diverticulitis was caused by eating seeds. I had been eating a lot of poppy seed bagels at the time, so it made sense to me. I had terrible stomach pains, so my wife drove me to the hospital and they did an MRI om me. They put me on a drip and said that I needed fluids. I was given a room in the gastro intestinal ward and the guy in the next bed had colon cancer. He called the nurse to help him to go to the bathroom and I smelled the worst smell of my whole life. I grabbed the pole that was holding my drip and I went out into the hall because it was so bad. When my wife came to pick me up she asked me why I was standing in the hall. I told her to take a whiff of my room and she would understand why. I basically got better with out any treatment, but I try to avoid eating seeds now.

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  4. If you’re going that far…
    Mrs Bump is also very hot on where her meat comes from. As in, she gets frozen. grass-fed meat couriered in periodically. She has no health conditions but is a practise nurse, so one of her passions is this holistic approach.
    Her thinking is simply that if the animals are fed crap (which probably applies to a lot of supermarket meat) then sooner or later, it advances up the food chain to us.

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  5. Cage, i did your way of eating for five years. It was the best I’ve ever felt. But I also react to alliums but my family refused to go onion free and is certainly hard to eat out with no grains and no onions. My husband got infected gallstones from the diet and had surgery to remove them. After which, the kids jacked up, so the men cooked for themselves and I mostly couldn’t be bothered. Also if I never eat bacon, avocado and cream again I will be quite happy. Anyway, I don’t feel so good now. I have gluten free alternatives but it is much better if I don’t eat them. So yes, your way of eating is great but no I couldn’t stick to it. I do try to minimise grains, sugar, etc. You might be amused to know that I tried the wonder fibre inulin but I couldn’t crap for a week after it blocked me up. 🤣

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  6. Hi Cage, this is an interesting post. One of my sisters suffers from this condition. She definitely eats the worst of the four of us and has a weight problem because she eats a lot more sugar than the rest of us. My other two sisters and I all cook from scratch and include a lot of fresh veg and pulses in our diets. So, maybe you are right and refined foods and sugar are the culprit. I’m very happy you are so much improved.

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    • The trouble for most people is that sugar is so addictive – when we lived more wild, the sugar (in some form) was the thing that kept us alive in the tough times of spring when things weren’t yet ready.

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  7. This is a great post, for you and me Cage! Hubby has just had this diagnosis confirmed so I know where you’re coming from. I make most of our meals from scratch, so I know exactly what goes in them, and that is mainly fresh ingredients with no additives. We have discovered Hubby can’t tolerate fresh tomatoes but tinned are OK. Everything over the past couple of months has been logged and nothing really stands out apart from the pre-cooked stuff like pasties, pies, sweetstuffs, or chocolate. He loves gingernut biscuits and tinned rice pudding, both of which have no after effects. His diet is pretty good with plenty of fibre and he keeps himself well hydrated so we are half way there. No cure as you say, but we are finding out what to avoid and the list is constantly being added too.
    Keep well!

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    • And you! I can’t eat tomatoes (or broccoli, or chocolate) but occasionally fall for MILs lasagna (made from scratch, including home made cheeses and sauces).
      I’m going to try to make some gingernut bikkies cos I love ’em.

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      • Hubby likes broccoli, and we have found a frozen lasagna that he can eat, though in future I think I’ll go back to making my own. Spaghetti bolognese was added to the list of foods he can have a little while ago, and my basic mix for that is the same for lasagna, chili and cottage pie, all doable and acceptable for his digestion.

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  8. My mother ‘has’ or rather had ‘Diverticulitis and diverticulosis’ from her mid 40’s to literally 7 years ago [she is 81] and what she was instructed to do was to check her diet. Now she is 99.7% free of the problem. She has the occasional flare up, but nothing like she had before.

    I cut super processed foods from my diet six months ago, mind you l have taken practically everything out of my diet. But once you check your diet most people will find that they can manage many of these problems from Diverticulitis to Fibromyalgia but many people don’t like to take many ingredients from their diets through inconvenience or laziness.

    I have chronic candida overgrowth issues with my gut, but because in the Uk the medical industry will not recognise the problem unless l am HIV positive, so it makes getting any formal sheets very hard. in the end l took out and stripped everything ‘unnatural’ to the kitchen out – like processed which was done three years ago, then super processed this year, l have reduced my veg and fruit intake down because of the sugars, l have several intolerances. i gave up smoking in 2018, l gave up drinking in 2015, l have up red meat in 2016, sweets, chocolates and confectionaries disappeared in 2017. I cut caffeine down from 2013 and now only drink black and no sugar.

    I started exercising more regular from 2015 as well and now l am moving about more than sitting down, mind you l had never been a person to sit a lot anyway ….. after all of these changes l wish l could say l am no longer ill .. well, l still get flare ups due to an extreley slow metabolism or as one doctor once said ‘Sadly Mr Matier you are full of poo!! Which wasn’t great to hear, but l can carry a month of food in my digestion even when l am regular with my bowel movements and that causes a flare up or flush out once every 4 weeks and l can now sense those attacks arriving, l literally had one that started on friday evening and floored me till Sunday afternoon – but when l say floored, l mean in so far as it merely slowed me down, l was still able to function.

    Attacks these days last a minimum of 24 hours to a maximum of 48 in comparison to the years of 2008 – 2015 when an attack would last me several weeks.

    I don’t think mine will ever be cured completely, it’s bad enough not having a formal diagnosis, BUT if a flare up lasts 48 hours these days and l can still walk and work, that’s way better than an attack having me scream in pain and be crippled for days and losing blood daily from internal bleeds and suffering from acute and chronic anemia from all those years ago and if it means, l eat from a bland and boring diet – like you, l remember the pain and think ‘Nah, keep the fancy foods thanks!!”

    Well done for being able to get through it.

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    • Wanna get rid of that month’s worth of food in the gut? Drink your morning coffee with a bit of coconut oil, blended until it looks like milky coffee.
      A bit of care is req’d to get it to the right level (don’t want splatter accidents), but this has been the best option for me when faced with the immovable object.
      Cutting sugar is good for the gut, but it needs a bit of lubrication (and muscles need a bit of good fats to work well/heal fast from work, exercise, etc.). Once there’s a reasonable level of fats, the veg are fine (I use butter or coconut oil to stir fry or coat the veg — but I can’t eat tomato or broccoli (salicylic acid)).
      Docs don’t seem to like giving an actual diagnosis/es, let alone advise on best actions to take.

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      • Whilst l have cut sugar l still use Xylitol which is a wood based sugar.

        I used to be able to digest coconut and l agree to the effects of benefit it has for the body, but l have an allergy towards coconut and so whilst the magical shifting is a fact, the reaction leaves me inflamed for days, so l dropped that from the diet last year.

        Suze can still tolerate coconut and uses it for most of her cooking.

        I can’t eat Toms anymore, can still manage to digest broc though. After the recent purge of ingredients six months ago l realised most of what l could spend time in the garden growing l could no longer effectively eat.

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  9. Well done! 😀
    We’re moving into a world where the ‘medical profession’ is getting less and less accessible to mere mortals like you and I, so it certainly behooves us to bit the bullet and cut the processed stuff out of our diets as completely as we can and as we can afford to. 🙂

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  10. I’ve had one colonoscopy for suspected diverticu-whatever, but there was nothing there. Not even polyps. That said, there is ulcerative colitis in the family and so almost everything we eat is made from scratch. Nutrient wise, we eat very well.
    A few years back, I cut almost all bread out of my diet and reduced the sugar in my coffee to approximately 1/8 th of a teaspoon over the course of a year [reducing a bit at a time]. I feel a lot better for those changes and am a firm believer in the healing properties of food…/good/, unprocessed food.
    I’m glad your problem was solved in such a natural way. -hugs-

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