Low residue diets can be somewhat restrictive however patients who understand the basic principle behind the diet have less of a hard time preparing meals while on the diet. The purpose of a diet like this is to restrict the volume and frequency of stools passed. Some onlookers might ask but why would anyone want to do that? Well its simple, people suffering from some conditions such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome and even those suffering from specific cancers need to reduce their elimination of waste to limit discomfort, prepare for surgery and for other valid reasons. Since doing this is not recommended for long periods low residue diets are usually short term.
The fact that the diet itself may be just for a few weeks or months does not take away the frustration of what to eat and how to prepare meals. There are today an abundance of low residue diet recipes available on the internet, in magazines and even in published cookbooks. Truth be told a number of the foods that the average person consumes may already be low residue since the greater majority of the population limit fiber in the diet as it stands.
To make it simple you can start by putting together simple things for your meals as long as the foods are low in insoluble fiber. Refer to the low reside diet food list for a listing of foods that are allowed and not allowed. You can also use your normal recipes for breads, cakes, soups, entrees and others and replace any ingredients that are not allowed on the diet. Steer clear of meats that are fried and grilled and instead steam, broil or roast any meats that you consume. When making deserts and sweets such as baked pies you can use the same recipes but make sure to peel the skin off your vegetables and remember to remove the seeds! You can also replace any dairy ingredients with non dairy ingredients.
The great part of low residue diet recipes is that with the amount of flexibility allowed it is easy and convenient to prepare meals that are good and tasty, in fact so good that even people who are not on the diet would enjoy them.
Most patients suffering with abdominal ailments, who are on this diet, usually do not want to eat large meals due to the pain sometimes involved. For this reason they tend to snack on smaller meals all throughout the day. In this case breads and cakes can be eaten as long as they are made from white flour and do not contain fruits and nuts. Soup recipes that call for the use of pumpkin, squash and carrots are all good options but make sure to remove any skin or seeds beforehand.
It is not specifically a requirement to purchase a cookbook if you want to get some low residue diet recipes but if you are having a hard time replacing ingredients in normal recipes to follow your diet then you should consider getting one.