Cauliflower Consequences: My Experience with Mashed Cauliflower

Mysterious Mose
Sep 08, 2023 10:20 pm

Well, front actually. But then, the pun is lost. :-)

The other day, I was in the supermarket and noticed this Bob Evans mashed cauliflower. I never really thought about mashing it, but I do like cauliflower. So, I bought one and ate half of it that day. Hoo boy! I was not quite prepared for the consequences. I eat a lot of potatoes, but the thickness from those is nothing like what I experienced with the cauliflower. I spent the evening constantly pushing stool from my stoma down into my bag. It just would not drop by itself. I think I will wait until after my reversal before I try that again! :-)


Sep 08, 2023 10:43 pm

Cauliflower is still one thing I haven't eaten after any of my surgeries… That's right, I'm afraid of cauliflower 😂. I just haven't heard many good stories about it 😬

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Mysterious Mose
Sep 08, 2023 11:04 pm
Reply to CrappyColon

There are many ways to cook cauliflower. Roasted, with garlic and paprika, is my favorite. Sometimes with some Parmesan. Great stuff!


Sep 09, 2023 1:05 am

Sometimes after enjoying "forbidden fruit"... I say screw it... Don't even bother with trying to shepherd sticky poop (AKA sticky shit) around and down the bag... Just snap on a new bag... ready to roll.

Baleful muse of the day:

What's worse.. Sticky fingers or sticky shit.  My mind wobbles

Sep 09, 2023 1:33 am

I eat cauliflower with cheese sauce often, no issues.

Living with Your Ostomy | Hollister
Sep 09, 2023 1:45 am

Me thinks a few boxers got the ear... but not the rear. In both cases a mirror is required for viewing.

Mysterious Mose
Sep 09, 2023 4:29 am
Reply to Beachboy

Changing the bag is what I had to do, but first the sticky stuff had to pass. :-/

Sep 09, 2023 7:15 am

I allow myself one cauliflower per week, spread over the 7days. Mostly cooked, but I  also like a little raw. It hasn't caused me problems so far,
Best wishes


Sep 09, 2023 2:56 pm

Me no like cauliflower unless it's covered in something to give it flavor. Eating it raw…..🤮

Mysterious Mose
Sep 09, 2023 6:05 pm
Reply to AlexT

I'm with you on the raw part. 😝

Sep 09, 2023 8:23 pm

I eat cauliflower all the time, cooked in a variety of ways, or raw. Never had an issue.


Sep 09, 2023 9:00 pm
Reply to TerryLT

Idk why I have this fear of cauliflower. I think in the beginning it was one of the very specific no veggies, and that really imprinted in my brain. There's an Indian dish I used to really like - haven't tried it since no colon because they use cauliflower in a lot. Maybe I'll get my brave on to try it if I get a bad enough craving.

Mysterious Mose
Sep 09, 2023 9:04 pm

Well, I've been eating cauliflower all along. Just not in the quantity you get when you mash the stuff. :-)


Sep 10, 2023 3:03 pm

I recently tried cauliflower rice and had the same results. I didn't eat a big serving of it, but there was pancaking after. I had to push the poo off my stoma and down in the bag. I think it's because cauliflower is very fibrous. One way to thicken things up on a really liquid day. I put that in my tool box along with pumpkin which slows down my output a lot.


Sep 10, 2023 4:15 pm

My husband tried the mashed cauliflower. He did okay with it. A little thicker output but it wasn't terrible.


Sep 10, 2023 4:18 pm

I have always loved cauliflower but have now stopped eating it. It causes me horrendous wind. An hour or so after eating it, I end up with the Hindenburg attached to me. I let the wind out and it fills up again. No more cauliflower cheese for me 😢.

Sep 10, 2023 4:27 pm

The "wind" sometimes sneaks up on me. I look down and there's a balloon under my shirt. Yikes!

Mysterious Mose
Sep 10, 2023 5:02 pm
Reply to Beachboy

Really, officer! I am not packing what you think I am!

Mysterious Mose
Sep 10, 2023 5:09 pm
Reply to infinitycastle52777

Yes. It is something I have added to my list of things to eat post-reversal. :-)


gary S.
Sep 10, 2023 6:52 pm
Reply to CrappyColon

Maybe I'm just fortunate but I have no problem digesting the steam fresh type frozen cauliflower. Just microwave it and enjoy.

Sep 10, 2023 7:11 pm
Reply to CrappyColon

I have issues with broccoli, but have never had an issue with cauliflower, cooked, mashed or raw. And, I've had my ileostomy for about 50 years.

Sep 10, 2023 7:53 pm
Reply to CrappyColon

I know the dish you mean and I make it myself often with no problem. The cauliflower is cooked quite well, and I find it breaks down really easily, i.e., don't have to chew nearly as much as with some veggies. You really should give it a try! Good luck.


Sep 10, 2023 8:15 pm

M. Mose, Re: Packing.

I kinda worry about that sometimes because my stoma bulges out quite a bit. I'm sure eventually TSA at an airport or security somewhere will wanna "take a peek at stoma Herb."

Sep 10, 2023 8:34 pm

You were lucky it was coming out. I tried it since I went on this lean and green diet and had a cup of it. The next day I ended up in the hospital with a partial blockage. I was lucky my system cleared it up on its own and I didn't need surgery. I have learned that those of us with stomas should be on a low fiber diet.

Sep 10, 2023 11:48 pm
Reply to Beachboy

Is that a balloon under your shirt or are you just happy to see me?!

Sep 11, 2023 12:27 am


I think Mae West just laughed somewhere up there in heaven.

"When I'm good, I'm very good. But when I'm bad I'm better." ~ Mae West

Sep 11, 2023 6:24 pm

I've had an ileostomy for 39 years and one time after eating a small amount of raw cauliflower dipped in ranch dressing, I had the worst obstruction I've ever had. I can eat steamed broccoli fine as long as it is very soft. Proceed with caution on the cauliflower.

Mysterious Mose
Sep 11, 2023 7:20 pm

Good advice. At 8+ months as a rookie ileostomate, I stay away from all raw vegetables. I will have to say, I really miss salads. Especially those that come from my wife's garden.


Sep 11, 2023 7:54 pm
Reply to Redondo

There are lots of us with stomas who eat high-fiber diets, including me, without any problems at all. A lot depends on whether you have a colostomy or an ileostomy. People with colostomies are more likely to not have problems with high fiber, but there are lots of us with ileostomies who are fine with high fiber too. Everyone is different, and figuring out what works for you is all you can do. It's good that you know what you can and can't eat. My diet is extremely high in fiber, the way I like it.


Sep 18, 2023 8:14 pm

Haha! I can relate - I ate spanakopita twice this weekend and was constantly pushing the firm output down my bag. It was so worth it. 😋