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    Nuts and seeds

    I finally have scheduled a screening colonoscopy. I turned 50 more than a year ago, and have been putting it off because I really just do not want to do it. But my health insurance is changing next year which means it will cost me much less if I do it now. So it's scheduled for next month.

    The diet instructions say no nuts, seeds, popcorn or corn for 1 week prior to the procedure. This includes fruits and vegetables with seeds.

    So which fruits and vegetables have seeds? Berries, yes. Tomatoes, yes. What about figs? One of my go-to snacks is Nature's Bakery fig bars. I assume red and orange peppers are okay if they've been sliced and the seeds have been removed. Broccoli is okay, right? What about smooth peanut butter -- the idea is to avoid little things that can linger in the colon.

    This is really going to mess up my ability to eat for a week. The bread I like has bits of nuts and seeds in it. I eat a lot of Clif bars because they've got a decent amount of protein. I eat blueberry Nutri-Grain bars and blueberry yogurt. I know these are processed foods but I would think that even blueberry filling in a cereal bar could have stray seeds in it. When I eat raisins I end up with little things stuck in my teeth -- are they seeds?

    I guess pineapples, peaches, apples, oranges are okay. And beans -- kidney beans or chick peas. And cauliflower?

    What about jelly or jam? I prefer blueberry Polaner preserves -- really I do like blueberries! But would grape jelly or jam be okay?

    BTW for the clear-liquids-only day, I asked if Gu would be okay. The doctor said one should be alright. I guess I will be stocking up on ginger ale, chicken broth and jello. (The last time I made jello I was in college and there was liquor in it.)

    I don't even want to think about the last four hours where I can't have anything at all by mouth, since the appointment is not until early afternoon. I will probably faint!
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    NY, I had my screening colonoscopy at age 50, and one thing I will say is that early on, during the prep, I was ravenous, but that actually faded, so the night before and the morning of the procedure, I felt ZERO hunger whatsoever. I don't know if this is typical or not, but I assumed it was kind of how starvation works. Not sure, but it was noticeable, like the hunger switch in my brain just turned off at some point. And for that I was thankful! I hope you have the same experience.

    I don't think I was super diligent about nuts and seeds the week before; perhaps my instructions were not quite as rigid as I don't recall a big change in my diet until two days before the procedure. Perhaps I am just forgetting, as it's been over four years now.

    I do think figs have tiny seeds. I guess google could be your friend in this case, and with many of the other things you mention.

    My mother just had a colonoscopy today, as a matter of fact, at age 81. They did find four tiny polyps but they were all the benign type. She was told she never had to have another one -- I guess if you don't have colon cancer by her age, you aren't so likely to get it. I know she is relieved!
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    Oh man, I didn't pay such close attention to the prep instructions! I think I was eating nuts until a couple of days before the procedure. Luckily, it didn't influence the result; Turns out, My colon is "beautiful"

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    I found it really hard to follow the instructions; my diet is almost all high fiber. I did it, but I *was* hungry and cranky. I drank all of that awful stuff, too, and the doctor said he couldn't "see" very well.
    Oh well. That was 8 years ago, so I will be doing this again, in a couple of years.
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    I think my doctor might have more requirements for the week before the test than others do. Someone at work told me her husband did not have to restrict his diet that much. Meanwhile I'm making a list of things I can eat that week -- shredded wheat cereal instead of the granola with nuts that I've been eating lately, regular whole-wheat bread/pita/english muffins instead of the bread I usually prefer, vanilla or pineapple or peach yogurt. I think plain old grape jelly should be okay, so I'll pick up a small jar. I'll probably also pick up some dried fruits that I know won't have seeds, like pineapple.

    The nasty liquid I have to drink is "only" 16 oz the evening before and another 16 oz at 5 am the day of. Both are followed by 32 oz of a clear liquid. So lots of drinking, but not a whole gallon of nasty stuff. I'm allowed to add Crystal Light to the nasty stuff as long as it's not red.

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    I just had to avoid eating the day before. I could drink clear liquids, and coffee without milk. Etc. They didn't say anything about the previous week. At the time, I looked up online and discovered a paper that tested it and found that certain things in small quantities the day before were okay, as long as the person was a light eater to begin with. Saltine crackers. White Ensure. Things like that. I had maybe 10 saltines the day before, and I think ginerale. (But I didn't admit to the saltines). I sipped water the morning, of, too. Also didn't tell them.

    Obviously nothing red, blue, or purple. I didn't risk the Ensure, either. I think I ate orange popsicles. I've heard of some people needing to fast only for half a day previous, but I think they were tiny and ate less than a lot of people. I've even heard of people being directed to fast 3 days in advance, which would be too much to handle, IMO.

    I brought several snacks with me; Cliff Bars, canned coffee (which I love and couldn't have the day before), I think some almonds.

    It was mostly annoying. The procedure was easy. So at least that is something.
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