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Ileostomy and salads

Hi all,
Fairly new to this site, not too sure if I am in the right place, just wanted to know if there is any info or what is everyone's take on salads? That seems to be the one thing I miss not eating. Has anyone here eaten salads, and have you had any problem with lettuce? Thanks for any input.
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Hi, I have a colostomy, and I don't have  a problem eating salads. With ileostomy, salad might come through quicker, try a little at a time. good luck
Hi Foxwoods,
Welcome to MAO   . I eat salads. Sometimes the traditional way, other times pretty much on bread with some sort of lunch meat or bite size pieces of chicken. I have a colostomy which the out put is more firm than and ileo and for me too much salad makes not so firm output.
I think the trick is to start with a small amount of which ever raw veggie you choose, then if all goes well introduce another always remembering to chew extra well. Seems the skin on the veggie is hardest to breakdown so when I can I peel as much of the skin away as possible. Sometimes I just eat what I want and make frequent trips to empty the bag in spite of the output. A food diary can be most helpful when trying something new.
Hi there

I have an ileostomy and have found that salads are pretty much fine, with lettuce being one of the easiest things to digest.  Things get a bit more tricky with things like red pepper, tomatoes or seeds / nuts (in other words, foods with skins / difficult to digest parts), but thorough chewing usually makes tough stuff fine too.  Lettuce, green leafy veg, sprouted seeds, etc. are all good and easy to digest for me.

All the best Smile


I have found that I can eat everything and more than I could before my surgery- that was 25 yrs ago.

I eat salads, pretty much daily. I also eat nuts, seed, things with skin,popcorn, brocolli, oranges..all the stuff they tell you to avoid- all with no issues. Chew well, drink water, and you should be fine. I do have a few items n my list, that I prefer not to eat when I am going to be out & about running errand, because they do digest differently. So, I dont pack them in my lunch or eat them when out for dinner.  I usually save such things  for the evenings I will be at home, watching a movie. It's not uncomfortable to digest, just more comfortable to be home.

Do be afraid to try new foods, in small amounts at first. And once your recovery period is over. You'll get to know how food passes through, and you may find you are able to enjoy anything you like, in moderation, and under the right cicumstances. Just be aware, and pay attention.

I had an ileostomy done in Aug 2013 and I've been eating large salads ever since - and by large, I mean and entire lead of lettuce, whole tomato, whole cucumber, tofu cubes, apple slices, etc... not a single issue at all, but that's just me.  

If you have any issues with strictures of a history of blockages, then you may experience more problems.  Chewing is the best thing you can do and take it slow when you're starting out.

I've had an ileostomy for 60 years so I'm not typical, perhaps, but I eat anything I want, which includes lots of salad, nuts, seeds and other things sometimes considered problematic.  Oranges not well chewed sometimes make a slow to move "plug," and a large amount of cooked vegetables with cabbage has occasionally been a problem (sauerkraut too).  I like to cook mixed vegetables and make a creamy soup of them in the blender, reducing the risk.   Experiment with small amounts of the things you want to try--we are all different.

Given the option, I'd not have had an ileostomy as a pre-adolescent, but I'm very glad I'm not adjusting to it as a 70some.  I admire those of you who are learning to live with one as adults.  Of course there are many many more resources for help and good appliances than there were in the 50's.
I've had my ileostomy since July of 2012 and I eat pretty much what ever I want.  The best thing to do is try small samples first and see how your body does.  Also chew chew chew that will help with a lot of foods.  Once in a while I make the mistake of not chewing some foods enough, IE nuts, and I pay for it  Also drink plenty of water to help keep things flowing.  Best of luck to you.  
Hi Foxwoods! (Love the pic with the dog!)

Had my ileo since 2009 -- and now I can digest a salad made to my specifications - which is pretty much just lettuce - LOL.

Romaine lettuce seems best for some reason. I've tried some fresh red pepper, mushroom, and those just don't process well.

Unfortunately, I still can't eat any raw vegies ... but I'm very happy with my romaine. I add some feta, a good garlic dressing and some croutons and yum!
I've had a Ileo since '86. I eat salads regularly. Never had a problem. I expect more output when the input is mostly vegetables, but other than that, non-issue for me.

I have had my ileostomy since 2000. It actually gave me a better quality of life, but I still hate dealing with it on a daily basis. I am not sure if this will help or not, but for me if I eat salad I have to eat it around noon and if I eat it later then I know I will need to get up during the night. I cannot eat it every day like I used too, but I just learned from trial and error when I can eat it and when I can't. I was prescribed these Diphen/Atrop pills to replace Imodium and they work very well in solidifying things, and I take Gas ex to keep the attachment from bloating. I also found on this site these new Diamond inserts that also help with solidifying what goes in the attachment and they control the odors better than anything I have ever tried. I have been married to the same women for 30 years, and she tells me she cannot smell any odors, but I have a big nose so I can tell as soon as it starts leaking threw the bag. These Diamonds must have some kind of charcoal base in them, but if you want to make sure that you smell good I highly recommend them. They are a little pricey, but when you consider how much the bags cost then it falls into an acceptable area.xmlo/o
I have no problems with lettuce or onions, but beware of hard skins like cukes, celery, carrots.  Cukes, skinned are OK for me, but not carrots or celery.  Tomatos in small dice are OK for me.  With time you should be able to figure out what's best fro you
  I've had an ileostomy since 84 having had several surgeries. My gastro doc said iceberg or romaine lettuce is fairly easy to digest because it is mainly water. I have to be cautious of hard veggies in my salads like califlower because it can get trapped due to narrowing from surgeries.I have learned the hard way from obstructions. I can eat tomato and cucumber in salads if peeled. Just be careful and you should be ok.
Hi Everyone,

I can eat basic salads consisting of lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes peeled, canned beets, canned black olives, feta cheese and shredded carrots.  I notice when I eat lots of lettuce, although things pass, it is evident when I empty.  At first it was alarming, but now I am getting used to what I eat and how it processes.  In addition, I have eaten a small carrot or two chewed very well.  Prior to surgery, I was a veggie lover, but I watch today because I am fearful of blockages.  

In addition since surgery in early 2013, I have eaten corn on the cob, cooked cabbage, cole slaw and baked beans in small amounts.  I try not to overdue it but I will try most things.  Good luck with the experimentation and remember to drink lots of liquids.  It helps move things along.
Hi I am male 79 with ileostomy since 2007and I eat all types of salad I eat sprouts  , cabbage , carrots  in fact i can eat almost anything only thing that gives me probs is corn either loose or on he cob , as it just runs into the bag  and fills up fast.
Just keep trying something a little at a time it should soon work for you

hi i don't eat salad often but when i do i use my salad chopper so everything is small


Hi foxwoods...Happy Sunday....I'm 4 months in with ileostomy and I just reintroduced salads so far only garden salad I add shredded cheese, bacon bits and my fav dressing only thing I don't add is tomatoes cause I really dislike them lol....I eat like the in bag type with the cabbage....all I do is make sure its chewed and enjoy yes even the purple cabbage.....

Give it a try a small bowl see how you process it and you will know...Enjoy


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