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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Colonoscopy Diet

Ewwww! I can't believe what I'm reading. Three days before "the procedure" I need to start a low fiber diet. The day before I'll be on a clear liquid diet. The first thing I see on the instructions is:

Discontinue all vitamins for one week before your colonoscopy.

Discontinue roughage from your diet (fiber, oatmeal, bran, wheat, fruits, and vegetables). What? These are the foods I have been working on including in my diet for the past year.

Although I only have to do this for three days, I am not thrilled about the list of foods on this recommended list. The majority of the items are foods I have been working on eliminating from my diet for the past year.

Breads, Cereal, Rice, and Pasta: white bread, rolls, biscuits, croissants (made of white flour), pita, waffles, French toast, pancakes, white rice, noodles, potatoes, etc.

Strained Fruit Juice: custard, ice cream (without fruit or nuts), etc.

Meat and other protein: I'm fine with these suggestions so I won't list them.

Fats, Snacks, Sweets, Condiments, Beverages: margarine, butter, oils, mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, honey, syrup, plain cakes, cookies, hard candy, etc.

Okay....the thought of eating a slice of white bread makes me gag. I've never been a bread eater so most of that stuff is out for me. However, I'm all about the pasta. Now, we're talking. Lol!

Truthfully, I don't have much of an appetite these days. Since I can't take any pain killers, I've been kind of nauseous from headaches and cramps. I wish I could just drink protein shakes during this time. I'll probably eat a lot of plain baked fish and chicken, clear broth, noodles, potatoes, scrambled egg whites, creamy peanut butter, saltines, and clear Jell-O next week before "the procedure."


  1. I'm so sorry you are going through this. I hope the test shows no concerns at all. That diet would be hard to follow for more than a few days!

  2. Oh man. With a food list like that I think I might eat a few croissants...:-) I am keeping you in my prayers Sheila. Sending some Reiki your way today too. xoxo