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for the last year I have frequent urge to open my bowels (

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for the last year I have frequent urge to open my bowels ( up to 5 or 6 times daily). Sometimes with no result and often passing only a small stool-even as small as a sultana-- which does relieve the urge. A colonoscopy 2 years ago was normal except for diverticulae. I tend towards constipation but not really a problem just now. I eat a high fibre diet. This frequency is a nuisance as it interferes with my day I am 83 yrs old and in good health. Can you help please?
The diverticulosis can certain account for this
Can you tell me your diet
Meal to meal
Typical day?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you Dr Thomas,

Typically Breakfast: 1 round wholemeal toast & Allbran cerial with full fat milk,

Lunch: Wholemeal Bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich

Tea; Slice of fruit cake

Dinner: Meat or fish and 2 to 4 vegetables

Stewed soft fruit with yoghurt

that needs to change to a more bowel stabilizing diet.
The diet, in order of preference in quantity, should look like this
leafy greens
green veggies
other veggies
whole fruit, beans and peas
Whole grains no yeasted breads, dry cereals or anything refined
Seeds and nuts, but cut out seeds if you have any diverticulosis.
A little tofu or tempeh daily
A little high quality soy or coconut milk yogurt
The soluble fiber in this strategy will stabilize colon function in about 6 to 8 weeks, then about 2 or three helpings of animal foods a week, preferably fish, can be added back.
See the book Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, for instructions on this type of diet.
This diet should start cooked: it is soluble fiber that is important, for example
stewed fruit
oat bran
peeled apples
peeled and steamed veggies.
cooked and ground flax seed.
Adding these daily alone will help.
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