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#1 Old 07-30-2017, 03:42 PM
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Going vegan with gastric disorders

I gave up beef and pork 5 years ago and transitioned into full vegetarianism 3 years ago. I would like to switch to veganism for ethical reasons but I have a disorder called gastroparesis. Essentially my stomach is partially paralyzed and it takes a long time for food to move from my stomach to my intestines. Because of this there are many foods I cannot eat, including most raw veggies, many fruits and all dried fruits, anything really greasy or high in fiber, whole beans (refried are ok), and I can only handle nuts and seeds in small amounts. Currently I am relying heavily on eggs and dairy for protein. My case is relatively mild but when it acts up I end up with severe stomach pains (sometimes so bad I can't even get out of bed) and end up living off of soups and protein drinks for several days. If I stray too far from my gastroparesis diet I am at risk of developing complications that would require surgery to fix. I would really like to go vegan but I am not sure how I can do it without straying from my dietary restrictions. I am also currently in a living situation where I can't cook a lot and I have very little freezer space. Does anybody have ideas about how I can go vegan under these restrictions?
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#2 Old 07-30-2017, 04:30 PM
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Hi chimpchick,

Because gastroparesis can cause life-threatening complications, it might be good to plan your vegan diet with the help of a Registered Dietitian. Your physician can refer you to one. Because of your medical condition, professional dietary planning may be covered by your insurance plan.


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