The slag-free diet: how to do it and when

The slag-free diet: how to do it and when

The slag-free diet is a particular type of diet that does not include fiber and other waste that can “clog” the intestine, for example the seeds of some fruits, the skins and ribs of vegetables, whole foods and all those fibers insolubles that help regularity because they are not digested if not partially, but which are contraindicated in some situations. The slag-free diet is a very special diet, indicated almost exclusively in the 3-4 days preceding some specialized examinations, such as colonoscopy, after some operations, but also in the most acute states of irritable bowel syndrome, in case of diverticulitis, excessive intestinal fermentation, in case of diarrhea or excessive constipation with accumulation of intestinal gas and abdominal pain, and in general if we are in the acute phase of an intestinal colic. Obviously, the slag-free diet is a restrictive diet , to be used only in case of need or only when the doctor prescribes it for certain tests. When I suffered from irritable bowel, I often followed it for a few days with success.

General principles: for a few days or according to a time indicated by the doctor, it is necessary to abstain from the following foods: legumes, fruit and vegetables, whole grains and dairy products, but also soups and minestrone or smoothies and sauces, oil seeds, dried fruit, chocolate and cocoa, traditional coffee and tea, and all sweet products including jams.

What you can eat in the slag-free diet: you can eat in moderation pasta and white rice with raw oil and parmesan, toasted white bread (not white bread rich in crumbs, nor with thick crusts), normal and non-wholemeal rusks, non-whole grain crackers, tea or coffee without caffeine and theine lengthened with little skim milk. No vegetable milk. To avoid vitamin and mineral salts deficiencies , juices from extractor can be drunk in moderation (for example one a day), but trying to exclude sugary fruit or citrus fruit juice without residue (i.e. juice only) and no packaged juice .
You can eat white meats, lean meats without fat, fish, with light cooking and dressing with raw olive oil.Among the cured meats, only a little bresaola or raw ham is preferable. You cannot use spices or chopped aromatic herbs. You cannot drink alcohol, chew gum or drink fizzy drinks. All sugars must be avoided, and can be sweetened with a little honey. If the doctor allows it (if for example to eat a slag-free diet before an exam) or if the conditions allow it, you can consume small portions of low-fibrous vegetables, such as cucumbers (without seeds), cooked zucchini, valerian, pureed pumpkin, cooked spinach purée. In other cases, some medical centers may admit vegetable or filtered meat broth and peeled potatoes. For vegans, natural tofu is allowed

, but you should always discuss this with your doctor if the slag-free diet is a preparation for an exam or surgery. You must drink a lot between meals, and in the case of a slag-free diet before an exam, your doctor may give you a laxative, or opt for a completely liquid diet the day before the exam.
Always if the doctor allows it, it is also possible to consume bananas, melon and watermelon , preferably between meals that contain carbohydrates. As an alternative to meat and fish, egg whites or whole eggs can be recommended, and, in moderation, you can sip a little kefir milk or a sugar-free prebiotic in the morning. An example of a slag-free diet is for example the Brat diet,while a similar protocol, designed for those suffering from intestinal disorders, is the Gaps diet .

To find out more: the slag-free diet according to the Veronesi Foundation. 


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