As you say though, everyone is different, I am fortunate to be able to eat anything I want including popcorn, nuts, seeds, salads, raw veges, etc that many people have probs with. All just a matter of trial and error. Must admit it was an amazing feeling to have a healthy appetite again (after years with Crohn's), not to be on any medication, feel like I can LIVE my life now, instead of simply observing life pass by under a cloud of ill health.
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I do. So glad you are thinking post op. Please, please let us know when you get out.
Best advice is to solidify poop take Imodium 3 xday and citracell fiber drink 2x day and probiotics-- usuatly makes soft formed poop
Good luck and know that it takes A LONG TIME TO HEAL and don't try and rush things and be careful of what you eat but eat SMALL MEALS!
You will be surprised how great you feel after your body has healed so keep that in mind!!
I saw another post somewhere here (I'm still kinda finding my way around this forum) and someone is taking folic acid and one of the b vitamins. If I come across the conversation again I might ask it those are specifically recommended or just something the poster came up with on their own and how they feel it helps them.
Hope you are doing well, I'm not sure when your surgery was planned for.
I have to take vitamin B12, potassium, and magnesium as they were low in the hospital and stay low so I will need them the rest of my life. I was reading somewhere that when part or most of our colon or intestines are removed through any kind of abdominal surgery, it interrupts our normal digestion/absorbing system, and since we can't process the foods the same anymore with a ostomy, we have to have those supplements. Our food don't stay in our bodies long enough to keep us going. But don't just start taking these on your own. Go to your doctor and get your levels checked. I have to go have mine repeated every 6 weeks to make sure I'm taking in enough.
The folks that have written on this thread haven't posted since 2013, but I'm sure if someone else reads it again they will find the information that you posted helpful. Everyone needs a healthy eating livestyle!
Before I had my ileostomy that graced my side on 12 July 17, I ate alot of fresh salads with tomatoes, carrot, cucumber and lettuce. I also ate fresh strawberries, black berries, kiwi, grapefruit, oranges and raspberries. Now I have been told that I cannot eat these anymore because the seeds can get caught in the stoma. I wish I could eat these still because I miss them so much. Do any of you eat these items? I especially would like to eat strawberries again. I have lost about 25 pounds so far. I have been struggling with the food part of all of this. I used to love getting a Wendy's grilled chicken salad!
I agree with Ron, try a strawberry or two, chew them well and keep an eye on what you feel and what you notice. I can eat a little of just about everything. I just have to remember not to eat to much.
Sweet! I'm glad to hear about your experience with food. I am scheduled for ileostomy surgery at the end of the month and i look forward to eating more healthy choices. Especially knowing that i will (hoefully) be able to continue eating nuts and popcorn.
Everyone who is conscience of eating healthy, i just bought a VitaMix and am looking forward to using it everyday after my ileostomy surgery. I don't want to miss out on starting to eat healthy after 30 years of eating less healthy choices due to a very painful fistula. I had to eat very bland choices and have not had fruits and veggies in the forefront of my choices. The vitamix will liquify the fruit/veggie, the skin, and even the stems.