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Colostomy & Foods to Eat for Weight Loss

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Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:54 pm

Hi folks 

I'm sure this topic has been discussed before so bear with me. I got my colostomy on 07/30/20 (rectal cancer). I'm slowly gaining weight and want to nip it before it gets out of control. I'm struggling to find a new way of eating (all my old go-to foods are off limits now) and finding the right food for weight loss. Should I just stick with proteins primarily? Carbs are not my friend. I'm working on gaining back the muscle tone I lost and just bouncing back in general. Any tips/feedback are appreciated!

Thu Oct 29, 2020 5:37 pm

Hi Collieflower,  I'm not sure why your old go-to foods would be off limits.  You have a colostomy, not an ileostomy right?  Why wouldn't you be able to eat a normal diet?  I have a colostomy and can eat anything.  I would just recommend the same things anyone would do for weight loss, or weight control.  Lots of fruits and veg and whole grains that are high fibre and therefore filling.  Lean proteins, good fats.  Unless there is some reason you can't eat those foods?

 

Terry

Thu Oct 29, 2020 5:47 pm
delgrl525 wrote:

Hi Collieflower,  I'm not sure why your old go-to foods would be off limits.  You have a colostomy, not an ileostomy right?  Why wouldn't you be able to eat a normal diet?  I have a colostomy and can eat anything.  I would just recommend the same things anyone would do for weight loss, or weight control.  Lots of fruits and veg and whole grains that are high fibre and therefore filling.  Lean proteins, good fats.  Unless there is some reason you can't eat those foods?

 

Terry


Pre-cancer and colostomy my diet was very high fiber - lots of beans, greens, raw veggies with skins, maybe some chicken breast. Despite it being a colostomy I don't seem to tolerate those things (aside from the chicken) as well as I'd like. I tend to experience an unusually high output when I eat these, which results in a sore stoma. I'm going to try to focus on my protein intake to see how that might change things. Thanks, Terry!

Thu Oct 29, 2020 5:47 pm
delgrl525 wrote:

Hi Collieflower,  I'm not sure why your old go-to foods would be off limits.  You have a colostomy, not an ileostomy right?  Why wouldn't you be able to eat a normal diet?  I have a colostomy and can eat anything.  I would just recommend the same things anyone would do for weight loss, or weight control.  Lots of fruits and veg and whole grains that are high fibre and therefore filling.  Lean proteins, good fats.  Unless there is some reason you can't eat those foods?

 

Terry


Pre-cancer and colostomy my diet was very high fiber - lots of beans, greens, raw veggies with skins, maybe some chicken breast. Despite it being a colostomy I don't seem to tolerate those things (aside from the chicken) as well as I'd like. I tend to experience an unusually high output when I eat these, which results in a sore stoma. I'm going to try to focus on my protein intake to see how that might change things. Thanks, Terry!

Thu Oct 29, 2020 7:55 pm

Hey Collie,

I cannot tolerate large quantities of those fruits and veges but give yourself some time. Your colon will adjust and you may be able to start eating some of those things you love to lose weight. Introduce them Slowly to see how they do. In the meantime, high protein is a great option! 
I know you are fairly new to the Ostomy world but you may be a candidate for irrigation. It can change your life. You do need to check with your Doctor or Ostomy nurse. They usually want you to give your ostomy plenty of time to heal after your surgery . 4-6 months. Watch rhe UTube videos. Just type in ostomy irrigation. 
Take Care,

Puppyluv

Thu Oct 29, 2020 9:02 pm

 

  Hi Collieflower,

I think your on the right track just listen to your body and see what works. I think as Puppy said down the road you might tolerate some other things. I have an ostomy too I don't eat much beans or corn because gas and digestion speeds. I do fine with most anything but we're all different. If chicken gets boring, would fish work for you too?   Let us know how things work out for you. 

  Take care  ...mtnman. 

Fri Oct 30, 2020 12:49 pm

  

  Hi Collieflower, 

One more thought ground turkey can be used as a substitute for almost any ground beef dish.

I forgot nuts, I have to chew them up good because they exit the same as corn etc. 

Take care,  ..mtnman. 

 

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