Gastroparesis, and Juicing...

As someone who has had Gastroparesis for around 4-5 years, the ins and outs are more familiar to me now.
Finding ways to be creative with my diet as well and still getting adequate nutrition can sometimes prove to be a challenge.
My sister recently bought a juicer/juice extracter and raves about it...and I thought to myself, "If I am someone not able to process whole fresh fruits and veggies due to the skins and natural fiber...wouldn't this prove to be a helpful thing for me?"
I am wondering if anyone else has tried this and if it has helped them?
I went ahead and ordered one for myself...And am going to see how it goes...I found a good one online for only $47 (not including shipping which was just under $10)

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=juicer&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=l I4&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=ivnsr&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=760 3129883015581368&sa=X&ei=GdfNTf_1H8Hm0QG3m4CJDg&ved=0CMgBEPMCMAc&biw=1024&b ih=459#

As a diabetic I am definitely going to have to research on the carb content for different fruits and veggies when juiced...
Any recipes, personal experience with juicing and GP and or Diabetes or other comments/advice would be appreciated.

Thank you :)

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I haven't tried juicing yet but because I'm a lactose/ milk intolerant vegetarian (and also on a gluten free diet!) my motility specialist HIGHLY RECOMMENDED juicing. Before I got sick I ate so many veggies and now I can hardly really do any at all without problems. I have an appointment with a nutritionist to discuss things further. My motility specialist said the nutritionist could help me out more with juicing.

So I don't have any experience yet and I also am not diabetic. But from what my motility specialist said to me and how much he was all for juicing, I think it can work really well with GP. And so I just wanted to share that juicing was an actual doctor recommendation for me. I just don't have the money for a juicer yet but hey, let me know how it goes for you.

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I used to love juicing when I was able to tolerate liquids and they tasted so good and fresh. As my husband would say, you can feel the energy and vitamins flow through you. You have nothing to lose. At this point is time, I am able to drink a couple ounces at a time before the severe nausea hits...I am on the severe end of the spectrum. Hope you enjoy juicing and able to tolerate the juices.

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I recently begin juicing and usually can tolerate it pretty well. I am not huge vegetable person, so i usually make mostly fruit juices. The biggest problem I have is that most juices seem to be acidic and if my acid reflux is flaring up I usually can't juice that day. My favorite recipe so far is : 1 macintosh apple, 1 granny smith apple, 1 pear and couple big handfuls of red grapes. This juice taste awesome, better than you can find at any store.

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Thank you so much for your advice and comment so far. :)
At the moment I am perfectly able to tolerate liquids and love fruits and veggies so this is something I am quite excited about.
I will definitely try out the recipe.
I read that the juice can sometimes be acidic and so rinsing your mouth after drinking them is important for your dental health to protect your enamel from erosion.
Also if I have nausea i use ginger...I am thinking a nice fuji apple and pear juice with a little ginger would settle some mild nausea :)

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Interesting and very timely topic. i had been interested in purchasing a juicer for a while now. I miss fresh fruit and veggies so much! My sister whom in reality I love, is not always very kind to me. When I was was with my family in Florida about a month ago, I was sharing a room with my older sister. She had told me that she had a brand new, good quality juicer, that she had never used and wanted to give it to me, upon returning to NY. We had an argument and when I arrived home, not speaking t each other, I was looking into purchasing my own juicer.

I priced several and was trying to decide which one to buy. To fix things with my sister, my whole in my family, I sent her lot's of flowers. so, we have been talking civilly to each other, moving on, so I thought. My family is gathering tonight for my mom's birthday. I just got off the phone with my sister who mentioned she was bringing the juicer for me, this evening.

I thought, I was acting polite and kind, I asked her if I could pay her for the juicer. I hate saying this about anyone, especially family but damn can she be a bitch! She started to yell at me, as if offering to pay her was a crime. After berating me for several minutes, she went on and rambled about basically, nothing. What I would like to do, as I type in tears, is to call her back and tell her screw her and her juicer. I know that tactic will not be helpful and will cause conflict on my Mom's day. However, I don't want her damn juicer!

Sorry to rant! I do very much want to try juicing, can I throw my first batch of juice at my sister?

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At this point, I think the best thing would be to accept the juicer graciously and she is offering you something for free that is not cheap to purchase.
I have three sisters, we never used to get along til I was about 15. I know it can be difficult. Offering to pay her, she may have felt insulted as she was offering it for free as a gift. And it should be accepted as such. She may be trying to do something nice for you, and that means she does care for you. It may not feel like you are in the wrong but a small apology could go a long way to smooth things over :)

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Sashalynn,

I truly see your point. Apologies, are something I do well and it is part of the good girl, peace maker roll I have in my family. I certainly do not want another fight, especially on my Mom's birthday. I will say I'm sorry and be very, very gracious when I receive the juicer. It is just a continuation, of my being verbally abused and then having to be the one to apologize.

i know from pricing the machines that they are not cheap. I really appreciate the offer and in no way, meant to insult. I just get tired and emotionally drained of being verbally abused.
Amy

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I juice but like Jan I get nausea after a few sips. Funny cuz I can eat a few bites of rice or noodles and not feel as sick. I guess the high sugar context is part of the problem...but I still try. Yesterday I tried again and needed meds after. My Vita-Mix makes soups and that works for me in small amts. I just wish I could go back to zero foods...that works best but my doctor would not let me, due to liver issues.

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Dear Amy,
I am sorry to hear that you are having to deal with some verbal abuse. It can be very stressful. Try to not let it get to you. And you are not in the wrong. Sometimes acting as if the things the say do not bother you may stop a conflict in its tracks. I know it is hard, I have been there. Stay strong.

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Fortunately I currently only experience nausea if I eat something I am not supposed to or if I eat too much at one tome. Even though I love food I have accepted that there are things I just cannot eagt and have adjusted my diet accordingly. "cheating" only make me miserable, and I would rather avoid that lol.
But, juicing may help me be able to enjoy more of the fruits and veggies I love, fresh, without suffering,

:)

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Shashalynn,

Thank you for your kindness. In reality, things like this should not hurt me, it isn't new behavior i grew up with this family. However, I can't make myself numb either. Tonight, I will put on a great big smile, graciously thank my sister for the juicer and hopefully my Mom will have a nice birthday dinner. Once, I begin juicing I will let you al know how it goes. I am psyched to juice, so many foods that I miss!

Amy

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Me too! I love fresh fruits and veggies...I am still waiting for my juicer to arrive!
And you are most welcome Amy...I also hope that things go well and that your mother has an excellent birthday!

Sharra

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I am thinking about buying a juicer also because a GP stomach is really not a stomach for food and energy as we already know. It would be wonderful if I could get some energy without dealing with the consequences of eating...

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Sashalynn,

Thanks again! Families are complicated, certainly. No pun intended, being it is a birthday celebration, my family takes the cake!
Amy

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I definitely understand about wanting energy and nutrition without suffering.
Dealing with a bit of annoting low blood pressure today :(

And yes Amy, families are indeed complicated beasts :) But are more often than not worth occasional frustration.

Sharra

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My BP used to be very low in my late teens. This is just my experience. I felt more dizzy when I ate things like celery and artichokes. Later on, I can't remember where I heard this from, I was told that these two veggies help lower the BP...

It does not feel good to be more bloated with more food although it feels good to have more energy and more filled guts...

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Indeed...My low BP is related to my nueropathy...ortho-static hypo-tension...yay lol.
Thankfully my GP is not so progressed that I am not able to still eat some solid foods...I just have to be selective...Thank God for pasta! And baby food fruit :)
I also have to stick to small amounts at any given meal or it all comes back to haunt me within a few hours lol...Ah the joys of GP...

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I tried juicing twice. Each time, I threw up violently. I think it removes a good bit of fiber, but you are still getting raw veggies and the fiber content is still there. I borrowed a friend's juicer to see if it would work. Glad I went this route before buying one.

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My favorite combo is one large Granny Smith apple, a small orange, and a handful of small carrots. It was the first thing I ever juiced and I keep going back to it. Sometimes throw in a bit of mango or ginger. There are a gazillion recipes for juices and smoothies out there, and it's a type of food experimentation that is relatively safe if you don't overdue the acids. Also makes you feel like you're getting in real live nutrients that haven't been processed to death.

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Apple, carrot, & ginger is wonderful together. Also, if you put an apple in there, you can tolerate all sorts of things that you can't eat like kale, celery, spinach, etc. They're so good for us, but not being able to tolerate raw veggies, we miss out on all those nutrients. When I take the time to juice, it makes me feel so much healthier. That says a lot, cuz you know we all usually feel bad.

Love & prayers, Gajudy

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