Clear Liquid Diet Diverticulitis

What is a clear liquid diet and why is it beneficial for Diverticulitis?

If the symptoms of diverticulitis are severe, a clear liquid diet is recommended. Going without solid food gives the colon a chance to rest and heal. The doctor may recommend a clear liquid diet immediately after surgery until your digestive system regains the strength to absorb and digest fiber. A clear liquid diet is typically followed by a low residue (or low fiber) diet.

The following foods are allowed in a clear liquid diet:

  • Plain water
  • Fruit juices without pulp, such as apple juice, grape juice or cranberry juice
  • Strained lemonade or fruit punch
  • Bouillon, broths, fat free consommé, and strained vegetable broth
  • Clear sodas or sports drinks
  • Plain gelatin
  • Jelly (without seeds), honey are also acceptable
  • Ice pops without bits of fruit or fruit pulp
  • Tea or coffee with no cream, Calming Blends tea

A typical menu on the clear liquid diet may look like this.

Breakfast:

  • One glass fruit juice
  • One glass water
  • One cup broth
  • One bowl gelatin

Mid-Morning Snack:

  • One cup coffee or tea (without cream)
  • One bowl gelatin

Lunch:

  • One glass fruit juice
  • One glass water
  • One cup broth
  • One bowl gelatin

Afternoon Snack:

  • One ice pop (without fruit pulp)
  • One cup coffee (without cream) or tea or soft drink

Dinner:

  • One cup juice or water
  • One cup broth
  • One bowl gelatin
  • One cup coffee or tea (without cream), Calming Blends tea
The Calming Blends Tea can be an excellent addition to your clear liquid diet for Diverticulitis.
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