FOODS TO AVOID – may cause symptoms or flare up to appear: This is a list I compiled thru different websites and personal experience. These foods aggravate MY symptoms during a flare-up.

  • Apples, pineapple, mango, pears, plums, any dried fruit
  • Any seeds, including peppercorn, sesame, poppy, corn, sunflower, peanuts
  • Any dairy product (if you are lactose intolerant) – cheese, yogurt, milk
  • Vegetables with hard skins – tomato, peppers
  • Gas producing foods – garlic, onions, carbonated drinks, broccoli, cauliflower, beans, sauerkraut, cabbage
  • High Fiber foods WHILE experiencing pain or a flare-up. Extra bulk puts extra pressure on the intestines. Let it heal before eating high fiber foods.
  • Whole grains – brown rice, quinoa, oats, and bulgur
  • You may find avoiding red meat and deep fried foods help
  • DO NOT use aspirin, ibuprofen, or Aleve (naproxen), as these irritate the bowels and cause more pain during a flare-up. Tylenol (acetaminophen) seems to be the safest over-the-counter pain reliever available.

SAFE FOODS – here are some of the foods I can tolerate after a flare up, and complete liquid diet.

  • Gerber rice cereal – at first plain, then try adding cinnamon, grape jelly, or chocolate syrup for flavor
  • Instant rice – plain or add broth, later add turmeric & ginger
  • Homemade soups – broth and rice, pureed steamed carrot with chicken broth, beef broth with instant mashed potato, V-8 cut with broth and rice
  • Mashed potatos – instant or homemade, NO garlic, onion, or skins

SPICES TO ADD TO YOUR DIET when you are able to eat solid foods.

  • Try adding turmeric to your diet. It is the base spice to curried foods. Do not use curry powder, as the extra spices in it (garlic,hot pepper, etc) cause gas and pain. Turmeric contains curcumin, which is an anti-inflammatory.
  • Try adding ginger to your diet. Ginger powder is a little spicy and it compliments the turmeric in my curry flavored foods. I will be trying ginger tea soon, and will share that experience. It eases nausea and helps reduce gas.
  • Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties and also is an anti-oxidant. I mix this with hot rice cereal for a simple breakfast food.

THANK YOU to Dr. Josh Axe on showing food IS medicine. The chart below is property of Dr. Josh Axe. Please visit his website, as there is A LOT of valuable information.

If at any time diverticulitis symptoms reappear, go backwards on the list. You may have to start over from Stage 1 if you try to progress too quickly.

STAGE 1: During a diverticulitis flare-up, or at first symptoms.

  • Clear Liquids – Broth, Water, Lemonade (no pulp), cranberry juice, flavored ice, Jello, popsicles
  • NONE – Milk, carbonated drinks, apple juice, coffee,

STAGE 2: Once the diverticulitis symptoms have eased

  • Vegetable juices, pudding, cream of rice cereal, ice cream, coffee now okay
  • Ease slowly into solid foods – Rice, noodles, crackers, cooked carrots

STAGE 3: After your body has adapted to Stage 2 foods

STAGE 4: Slowly add one food every 4 to 5 days GRADUALLY