Your Health Lindsay Guinaugh | 8 years ago

Prepping for Your Colonoscopy? Try a Low Residue Diet.

Most people only focus on changing their diet on the day of their prep, but it can also be helpful to follow a low-residue diet the day before.

Recommended by: Dr. Amid Aravapalli, Gastroenterologist at Carolinas HealthCare System's Mecklenburg Medical Clinic A low-residue diet limits your intake of dietary fiber, which is found in plants and is not easily digested. The undigested plant parts become residue that contributes to stool. And the less stool in your system, the easier it will be for your body to rid itself of waste during the prep process. Which in turn, will get your system in prime shape for your colonoscopy procedure.

Two days before your colonoscopy, follow this low-residue menu:

Breakfast: Omelet with feta cheese, side of chicken sausage and pulp-free orange juice Morning snack: Applesauce or banana Lunch: Tuna fish sandwich on white bread Afternoon snack: Plain yogurt or cottage cheese Dinner: Chicken noodle soup (vegetables should be thoroughly cooked)
  • And throughout the day, drink at least 8 glasses of water
Foods to avoid: - Popcorn - Seeds, nuts and dry fruits - Tough meats - Most raw vegetables and fruit (avoiding those with pulp and skin) - Wholegrain breads and crackers

One day before your colonoscopy, follow these prep-day diet tips:

  • Stay away from solid foods
  • Follow a clear liquid diet, such as carbonated water, white grape juice, apple juice, popsicles and Jell-O (avoid red dye)
  • Drink your prep drink in the evening (as directed by your doctor)