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Low Fiber/Low Residue Diet

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Purpose: Fiber is the part of fruit, vegetables and grains that cannot be broken down by your body. Following this diet will produce less residue. Residue is the part of fiber and waste products in the GI tract that becomes the bowel movement. You will have fewer and smaller bowel movements while on this diet. This diet is used for people that:

  • are experiencing periods of diarrhea and abdominal cramping
  • have problems digesting certain foods
  • have had bowel surgery

Dietary Guidelines:

  • Eat only breads and cereals made from refined wheat and rice. Avoid whole-grain products with added bran.
  • Remove skin from vegetables and fruits before cooking and eating.
  • Marinate meats in juice or wine for added flavor.
  • Season with spices and herbs for added flavor and variety.
  • Avoid any food made with seeds, nuts, and raw or dried fruit.
  • Follow this diet on a temporary basis only. Once your symptoms disappear, gradually introduce foods back into your diet.
  • Limit milk and milk products to 2 cups daily.
  • Reduce dietary fiber by using pureed or tender cooked vegetables, ripe, canned or cooked fruits without skin or seeds, and well-cooked tender meats.

BREADS & GRAINS (6-11 SERVINGS EACH DAY)

*FOODS RECOMMENDED* *FOODS TO AVOID*
 
  • Refined breads, toast, rolls, biscuits, muffins, crackers, pancakes, and waffles
  • Enriched white or light rye bread or rolls
  • Saltines, Melba Toast, Rusk crackers, Zwieback
  • Refined ready-to-eat cereals such as puffed rice and puffed wheat
  • Cooked refined wheat, corn or rice cereal
  • Strained oatmeal, grits and farina
  • Refined cold cereals made from corn, rice or oats (Rice Krispies, Cornflakes, Cheerios, puffed rice and puffed wheat)
  • White rice and refined pasta
  • Macaroni, noodles, white rice
  • Any bread product made with whole-grain flour or graham flour, bran, seeds, nuts, coconut, or raw or dried fruit, cornbread, and graham crackers
  • Popcorn
  • Any whole-grain, bran, or granola cereal, oatmeal, any cereal with seeds, nuts, coconut or dried fruit
  • Bran, barley, brown and wild rice

 

 


VEGETABLES (3 – 5 SERVINGS EACH DAY)

*FOODS RECOMMENDED* *FOODS TO AVOID*
 

Most tender cooked and canned vegetables without seeds such as:

  • carrots
  • asparagus tips
  •  beets
  •  green or wax beans
  •  pumpkin
  •  spinach
  •  squash (acorn) without seeds
  •  potato (no skin)
  •  pureed or cooked strained lima beans
  •  peas (no skin)
  •  potato without skin
  •  lettuce if tolerated
  • Strained vegetable juice
 
  • Raw vegetables
  • Vegetables with seeds
  • Sauerkraut
  • Winter squash
  • Peas
  • Pickles

 

 


FRUIT- (4 SERVINGS EACH DAY)

*FOODS RECOMMENDED**FOODS TO AVOID*
 
  • Most canned or cooked fruits
  • Fruit cocktail
  • Canned applesauce
  • Strained fruit juice    

Any of the following without skin and seeds:

  • Avocado
  • Apricots
  • Royal Anne cherries
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pureed plums
  • Ripe bananas

 

  • Raw or dried fruit, all berries
  • Raisins
  • Prune juice

 

 

 

 

 


MILK & DAIRY (2-3 servings each day)

*FOODS RECOMMENDED**FOODS TO AVOID*
 
  • Milk, mild cheese, cottage cheese (as tolerated)
  • Yogurt (no berries)
  •  Highly flavored cheeses

(2-3 SERVINGS OR TOTAL OF 6 OZ DAILY)

 *FOODS RECOMMENDED* *FOODS TO AVOID*

Ground or well-cooked, tender

  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Ham
  • Pork
  • PoultryFish
  • Shellfish
  • Eggs
  • Organ meats
  • Smooth peanut butter
  • Tough fibrous meats with gristle
  • Shellfish with tough connective tissue
  • Meat prepared with whole-grain ingredients, seeds, or nuts
  • Fried meats and eggs
  • Dry beans, legumes, peas, and lentils
  • Chunky peanut butter
  • Raw clams and oysters 


FATS & SWEETS (use sparingly)

 *FOODS RECOMMENDED* *FOODS TO AVOID*
 
  • Margarine
  • Butter
  • Vegetable oils
  • Lard
  • Mayonnaise
  • Cream substitutes
  • Crisp bacon
  • Plain gravies
  • Salad dressing
  • Bouillon
  • Broth
  • Strained cream soups (no corn) made with allowed ingredients
  • Plain cakes and cookies
  • Pie made without nuts, seeds and fruit (allowed fruits only)
  • Plain sherbet
  • Sorbet
  • Pudding
  • Fruit ice
  • Gelatin
  • Tapioca
  • Angel food or sponge cake
  • Custard
  • Frozen fruit pops
  • Jelly
  • Plain hard candy
  • Marshmallows
  • Frozen yogurt
  • Ice cream
 
  • Any foods made with whole-grain flour, bran, seeds, nuts, coconut, or dried fruit
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Pastries or pies with nuts and seeds
  • Olives
  • Nuts                      
  • Rich gravies
  • Potato chips
  • Highly spiced salad dressing
  • Chocolates
  • Jam or marmalade with nuts and seeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous

*FOODS RECOMMENDED* *FOODS TO AVOID*
  • Salt
  • Soy sauce
  • Catsup
  • Mustard
  • Mild spices in moderation
  • White sauce
  • Sugar
  • Honey
  • Jelly
  • Syrup
  • Lemon juice
  • Vinegar
  • Vanilla and other flavoring extracts
  • Decaffeinated coffee
  • Herb tea
  • Caffeine-free carbonated beverages
  • Fruit drink
 
  • Beverages containing caffeine should be used sparingly (as caffeine is a stomach irritant)
  • Pepper, chili pepper and other hot sauces
  • Seed spices
  • Spicy mustard
  • Relish
  • Horseradish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAMPLE MENU

 BREAKFAST LUNCH  DINNER

Grape Juice (1/2 cup)

Puffed rice cereal (3/4 cup)

Canned peaches (1/2 cup)

White bread toast (2 slices)

Margarine (2 tsp)

Jelly (1 tbsp)

Reduced-fat milk (1 cup) 

Lean beef patty (3 oz) 

Hamburger bun, no seeds (1)  

Mustard (1 tsp)

Ketchup (1 tsp)

Canned fruit cocktail (1/2 cup)

Vanilla wafer cookies (2)

Reduced-fat milk (1 cup)

Apple juice (1/2 cup)

 

Breaded baked chicken strips (3 oz)

 

 

White rice (1/2 cup)

 

 

Cooked carrots (1/2 cup)

 

White dinner roll (1)

 

Margarine (2 tsp)

 

 

Sherbet (1/2 cup)

 

Reduced-fat milk (1 cup)

 

For more information, or to ask questions concerning your child's diet, contact Nutrition Services at (757) 668-9560.


Disclaimer:This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.

Reviewed: 05/2018

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