Quote: Originally Posted by Liz
I had surgery recently, and I am breastfeeding my baby daughter. I have been on a prescribed extremely low residue diet for THREE MONTHS in hopes of healing up. I am expected to remain on it longer. I am so sick of basic starches! Rice and mashed potatoes....yuck. I hope to never see Jello again as well. Does anyone have any meal ideas that have very little fibre, minimal residue (for my healing wounds), and are not too spicy or fatty (these irritate the little one)?? I am out of ideas and my appetite is suffering. I need nourishment so I can continue nursing.
Low residue? Can you explain? ...
Hmmm... making it low fibre and low fat really kills the vast amount of choices, or at least, many of the healthy foods I could recommend in large quantities. Still, there are tons of things.
Can you be more specific as to how low in fibre you must have? If you were still eating potatoes and rice, I guess you can still have a decent amount of fibre eh?
How about omega 3 fatty acids? They must still be okay, no?
Right now might be an especially good time for you to experiment with different foods...
Instead of just potatoes, try other things like sweet potatoes, yams, beets, and carrots.
Instead of just rice, try other grains like quinoa and millet. A bit of buckwheat might not hurt either. You can make some neat stuff out of buckwheat, though I'd imagine it has comparable amounts of dietary fibre to brown rice. Buckwheat can be used to make a wicked pilaf. It can be used to make cereal if you roast it well. Good stuff I say. A nice replacement for rice every now and then.
Try using different spices too. They can work well with some old dishes and make things exciting again. Chives (nice on those potatoes when applied liberally along with low fat margarine), allspice, onion flakes, garam masalah, anise, cilantro, coriander, dill, basil, thyme, mustard seed, peppermint, oregano...
Again, it sounds like a small bit of dietary fibre isn't hurting you too much if you are eating potatoes. Therefore, you *might* still be able to toss in salads and stuff. I'm a fan of romaine lettuce with homemade crutons, myself.
I don't wanna speak for your doctor though, especially if a condition is forcing you to eat a certain way.