That last sentence caught my attention......."from now and on I will start my "quit soda and only water (and Gatorade)" haha." Not to suggest that Warrior is wrong about soda, but whenever someone tells you something is "bad" for you it would be wise to ask yourself WHY. As an ostomate you are now different from the "normal" humans walking the earth with a fully intact small and large bowel. So soda is bad because it has all that sugar or NutraSweet (carbonated water is neither bad nor good). And you're going to replace those bad things with Gatorade? Gatorade has the same "bad" stuff. See my point? What you need to ask yourself is.....are those things bad FOR ME?
Case in point..........I eat at McDonalds EVERY DAY. Sometimes twice a day. You're thinking OMG he's killing himself. Now why do you think that? Because McDonalds food is loaded with fat, salt, calories and cholesterol, right.......so it must be bad (and it IS bad for NORMAL folks). But FOR ME it's not. With the bowels I have remaining I don't absorb fat or cholesterol and I NEED salt and calories. It's NOT bad FOR ME......it's exactly what I need, as hard to believe as that is! Believe me, I know people just can't wrap their heads around that concept, as they can't see it from my perspective. I also drink 1 to 2 pints of heavy whipping cream A DAY. Most normal folks have a tablespoon or two a day because it's so fattening.....so I have 32 to 64 times more cream than a normal person each day. And I also drink about a quart of Half N Half (half heavy cream and half whole milk) a day. Holy crap all that must be bad, right? Nope......again, I don't absorb the fat and cholesterol and I need the calories. The fat actually passes thru unabsorbed and acts to firm up my output........so this terrible food is actually good FOR ME. Again, normal folks don't understand that and I don't have the time to educate everyone who looks at me funny when I eat. But my point is don't take what folks say as blanket statements, because with an ostomy you are no longer under that blanket. Same goes for soda. To get the right osmolarity I mix regular cola with seltzer with diet cola. I drink 3 quarts (liters) of that per day to rehydrate. If I drank straight water my output would increase because my body would not absorb any of it and would dump bile to try to increase the liquid's osmolarity to where it can be absorbed (so I'd dehydrate by drinking water......wrap your head around that!). So I can't drink pure water, but everyone tells us to drink 8 glasses a day. Again, that's for a normal person.........and I'm not even close to normal anymore. (No wise cracks Warrior, I can hear you thinking now!)
I'm not saying you should start pounding down Quarter Pounders and Big Macs........I'm saying understand what your specific body needs, what it doesn't need, what affects it and what does not. You're driving this train and you need to know what you're driving. Bill takes Watercress for iron because that suits his needs. If you do the same and you have any part of your colon attached the calcium oxalates in Watercress may cause you to develop Kindney Stones, which are no laughing matter. So everytime you receive a recommendation from someone who doesn't know your whole story take a pause and think about how it will affect your particular situation. Everyone means well, but our society has gotten so wrapped up in simple solution answers to complex problems we're like Lemmings off a cliff. And I don't mean to pick on Bill's suggestion.......if you read his post carefully he doesn't suggest YOU should take Watercress, he just points out that for him it's a good solution to the iron issue. We all need to be careful about what we recommend to people, because there can be unintended side effects. That's why almost everything out there says something to the effect of "before using this contact your doctor.....bla, bla, bla". That's because they don't know each person's situation, and what's good for one may be very bad for another.
Feel like I'm preaching here...........sorry for that. I think you get the point............knowing yourself and your situation will allow you to make smart decisions, rather than relying on someone who doesn't know you making those decisions for you. Take every recommendation with a grain of salt (figuratively, not literally) and make sure it suits your condition and needs. Ok, 'nuff said. Again, don't mean to poo-poo anyone's specific recommendations about anything, just addressing the reasoning that needs to be applied by each of us before following any recommendation.
The windbag has now left the building.