In this section, we discuss the role of self-management as a way of reducing added stressors and triggers. The best we are able to manage our own condition the easier it is to adjust to the many changes we face.
Here are a few tips to help get you started.
The first step for anyone who suspects they may have Gastroparesis is a dietary modification. This should be done under the guidance of a registered dietitian. The standard advice is to first try swapping 3 large meals a day for 6 smaller meals.
It is recommended that you avoid highly processed foods, large amounts of fat, highly fibrous foods such as raw fruit and vegetables, salads etc.
It is important to monitor your weight regularly when adjusting your diet to monitor for signs of weight loss. Keep a record of foods that cause an increase in symptoms and the time of day you are eating them.
However, we also understand that for some patients dietary intake is so restricted that even reading the words "small portions" sounds impossible! In this instance, a Liquid or Pureed diet may be more beneficial. Supplement drinks such as fortisip can be ordered on prescription via your GP to help increase calorie intake. Again, this should be done under the guidance of a registered dietitian.
Unfortunately, there are also many patients who are unable to tolerate any form of oral intake, in this instance we have dedicated several pages with advice on enteral (tube feeding), parenteral feeding (Intravenous Nutrition) and treatment options.