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Foods that go down good

Posted by beatrice, on Wed Mar 24, 2010 8:36 pm
Piggybacking on Imperfects "Foods I miss" -- let's list the foods that really go down well. Might give others an idea of what to try.

Most pureed things don't cause a problem, so maybe let's limit this to food that we eat non-pureed.

Me (ileo): Potatoes (no skin), rice, cooked carrots, small amounts of chicken/ground beef/turkey/fish, avacado, pasta, cheese, cheesie puffs , white bread, cottage cheese, canned mandarin and peaches, plain muffins, Motts low sodium Garden Cocktail Juice, perogies, skim milk, coffee in small amount, fruit juices, egg

So - not too bad. But I sure miss the raw veggies

Biggest thing is chew, chew, chew. If I forget and gobble a bit, I pay for it later - no matter what I ate.
Reply by beatrice, on Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:57 pm
Ok folks --- am I the only one eating here ?

From reading on the Forum, I know that lots of food cause trouble ... pipe in and share what's working for you!

Let me add Campbells Cream of Potato and Tomato soup (made with water, not milk) and crunched up cracker.

Portion control seems to be important too for me. Small meals more often. I used to eat the same amount as my 6'2" hubby ... those days are gone even tho the appetite is still there
Reply by lottagelady, on Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:20 pm
At the moment Beatrice most of the time I feel so tired and nauseous and still have this yakky taste in my mouth, that I really cannot be bothered to eat properly or cook .... nothing is really working for me.....

Tonight though I did have a craving for something cheesy so knocked up one of my very cheesy quiches which was lovely at the time, but is not so great now!

Sorry - just can't think - I do most things but nuts and corn - really don't like the sound of your soup, think it would just go through me!
Reply by beatrice, on Fri Mar 26, 2010 2:01 am
Poor you! I have to have a foot in the grave before my appetite goes .

I'm liking my output on the watery side -- the nightmare of the hospital blockage will never leave me.

Find that alternating meals that go thru fast with others (like potato or rise) that stay round for a bit feels good.

Hope you're feeling better soon, Rachel.
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Reply by Past Member, on Fri Mar 26, 2010 7:56 am
Nice idea Beatrice.

I am eating more fish these days.  It's easy to digest. I don't care for the pouch odor but in case I do gobble at least it's broken down.

However, the other day I wolfed down a HUGE French Dip Sandwich (no peppers and onions).  My friends were surprised that a gal as small as I am can eat THAT much.

I'm also a big fan of soft food especially chicken and dumplings, stews and such.

Lottagelady, there are times I also have no appetite too; my broth days. Luckily I don't mind that either. I don't like the headache from lack of eathing though.

Reply by gutenberg, on Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:18 pm
I wouldn't want to piss anybody off, BUT, I eat everything that I like and the only time I ran into trouble is when I cook up a large batch of chicken stir fry and chicken fried rice. The problem comes in (and yes, I should have known better) but at eleven at night a big dish of that wonderful stuff kept me awake all night, so now I try to squeeze it in before eight o'clock, no problem, live and learn, I even eat peanuts like they're going out of style, yummy. Ed
PS: I should add that this is only possible since one of the local surgeons rerouted parts of my intestines, man, but it was worth the misery I went through.
Reply by beatrice, on Sun Mar 28, 2010 4:33 pm
Ed - let me live vicariously through you ... you mean that you make up and eat a stir fry with all the veggies???

Lucky you!  I used to whip up batches of stirfry with lots of onions and garlic ... sometimes even with lean pork. Fried rice I can still do ... plain fried rice only (oil, bit of garlic, no onions or other veg). But just that 'frying' makes it taste so good compared to just steamed rice (which I also love).

What kind of 'rerouting' was done? I'm thinking you have no colon, just the small intestine? Is that right?
Reply by Rhian, on Thu Apr 01, 2010 1:53 pm
I have to say my diet has become very tedious, I can't eat most veg, I only eat potato and soft carrots, and fruit I can only tolerate peach slices out of a tin, or skinless apple, so I go without mostly. I cannot eat pasta, I am lactose intolerant, I like mushrooms but they come out the same as they went in! soup doesn't like me either, meat is ok if it's not chewy as I get blockages really quickly, fish I'm not keen on much. I'm trying to diet, though I'm not overweight, just feel it, (have anorexic tendencies). I tend to only eat at evening time, but any thrill of eating has gone. I have been on this low fibre diet since my colostomy 17 months ago through a major flare up of crohn's
Reply by beatrice, on Thu Apr 01, 2010 2:14 pm
Doesn't sound like much fun, Rhian. You probably know this already ... but just having one meal is really hard on your innards. Especially having that meal in the evening when you'll be laying down for most of the digesting time.

I love food so much (no anorexic tendancies here) that even when I could only eat jello and liquid soup, I concentrated and enjoyed every mouthful.

Like I say in every food post I miss my salads and veggies! ... but then I think "Cheesie Puffs still go down good". Love my salty cheesy snack - all is not lost.

Keep snacking,
Reply by beatrice, on Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:38 pm
Just adding to the list:

I've now had fish and chips twice ... both times I've enjoyed every bite and it digested very well. The odor when emptying is, of course, fishy ... but a small price to pay.

Plain cheese pizza is great too.

I keep trying my salad every couple of weeks ... it's like digesting gravel . Keep thinking my guts may accept it one day. Fingers crossed.
Reply by lottagelady, on Thu Jun 24, 2010 5:05 pm
I am probably dicing with death here but just recently (probably the last 4 weeks or so?) I have been eating my own home made 'Granola' with whole nuts, seeds, wheatgerm, oats and dried cranberries, blueberries, apricots and jumbo raisins! I toast the oats in the oven for a while with some organic honey and add all the other bits afterwards. I just eat it with with fresh fruit, usually a banana or strawberries, pear, grapes - whatever is cheap in my local shop! It fills me up for hours so tend not to snack, and if eaten before breakfast is 'through' before bedtime! Has really thickened things up bizarrely ......! Strange, as nuts have previously caused me huge problems - it isn't helping my other symptoms mind, fatigue, nasty taste in mouth etc, but hopefully someone will shortly be able to help me with these odd symptoms when I go and see several different consultants in London ...

Sorry you cannot manage salad yet Beatrice, I tend to eat that by choice over other veggies .... hope that you can manage some soon xxxxxxxxxx
Reply by gutenberg, on Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:02 pm
Hi Beatrice, trying to answer your question but I was still foggy when the doctor tried to explain what he did to me but he seemed pissed off at the way I was left after the last operation, I do remember something about rerouting but there was something else but I didn`t push as I was in a bit of misery at the time but nothing compared to what I was going through when I was getting blocked up and that damn tube they shove up your nose to keep the stomach drained and after a couple of years of that I was willing to go through anything and the Doc promised I`d not have to worry about that anymore and true to his word I`ve never had another blockage and never give a second thought to what I eat unless its something I never liked to start with, like cauliflower, and broccoli etc. Just the other day we had a big feed of corned beef and cabbage, man, what a delight. And for fathers day my daughter brought in a feed of lobster and scallops and yes, I pigged out on them. I`m slowly coming back to life trying to deal with a spinal injury and procrastinating about seeing another surgeon, soon I will probably have no choice but `till then i`ll keep on keeping on. Ed
Reply by Lobster, on Fri Jun 25, 2010 5:38 am
I pretty much eat anything but don't have much of an appetite. it used to be that if it didn't cover the whole plate then it wasn't a meal but now if it covered a side plate then that would be more than enough. about once a week i manage a 'big' meal. generally though i can't be arsed to make a meal so usually end up with a sandwich.
Reply by gutenberg, on Fri Jun 25, 2010 9:14 am
Rachel: ever since I developed a hernia right behind my stoma, I keep getting this damn coppery taste in my mouth, although I've never occasioned to eat copper the taste seems to be that, know what I mean?

Just gotta add, since strawberries are now coming in I really pig out on them, sugar and lots of coffee cream, 18% milk fat, real healthy I know but I can eat two quarts a day plus my regular meals which is only a sandwich cause I need room for the strawberries as the season is short I make the most of it, Ed
Reply by beatrice, on Fri Jun 25, 2010 11:35 am
Hi Ed. Glad you're enjoying the strawberries. Not to be too graphic or personal (heck why not ) but do the little 'strawberry seeds' come out whole in your output? I had a few strawberries and that is what happened to me ... and they kinda hurt the stoma.

Gosh -- aren't we all so different -- I find it amazing that an ileostomy can vary so much for different people.

All the best, Beatrice.
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