I HAD MY RECTRUM REMOVED MY COLON AND ALL MY LARGE BOWEL I FOUND I COULD EAT ANYTHING BEFORE BUT NOW I ONLY EAT LITTLE AND OFTEN I DONT HAVE A CERTAIN DIET I TRY EVERYTHING AND IF IT GIVES ME WIND OR MY STOMA OVER ACTIVE I DONT EAT IT AGAIN ITS JUST TRIAL AND ERROR SO HOPE YOU TRY EVERYTHING YOU LOVE TO EAT AND JUST SEE HOW IT GOES FROM THERE WE CAN ONLY TRY
Didn't your doc, hosp, give you some literature?
2 main 'rules' are to eat small portions and to chew well ... till you've got mush in your mouth. Don't let yourself get ravenous -- keep something in your stomach. I carry some water crackers that I chew to mush if my tummy starts to growl.
Absolutely no nuts, popcorn, mushroom, onions (some tolerate them, but those people are in the minority).
Some do bananas well ... they're just ok for me ... feel very heavy. Canned mandarine slices and canned peaches do best (on top of low fat cottage cheese - yum)
Watch the vegies ... I can only take well cooked carrots, broccoli and cauliflower (last 2 give gas big time tho). The days of nice big raw salads or crispy stir frys are over.
Meat - small well cooked portions (business card size) chewed well.
I don't do spices well. No fizzy drinks . One serving of low fat milk (in a latte) is fine.
White bread, pasta, rice are my friends. If I feel cloggy ... a meal of soup (tomato or potato with crackers are my favs) or a cup of coffee seems to get it all going again.
Don't know if this happens with others ... but if my digestion isn't doing well, I find I have a slight headache and am 'twitchy' - just not feeling right.
This is what is working for me ... hope it gives you some ideas.
You can look up "low residue diet" on google -- good info there.
p.s. I hear you about work/illness and stress. I worked through 25yr of ulcerative colitis and then left a great job at 40 because of it. 15 years later, here I am with an ileostomy. I have so many interests that I'm loving this non-working life. Almost each day I think "I'm so lucky not to have to work - many don't have the option of quitting".
What I find that suits me is potato's and bread. And I do advice you to drink lots of fluids.
Just experiment and be creative, your diet doesn't need to be bland because you've got an olostomy.
It took me forever to figure out why most doctors or anyone in the "know" does not say much about the foods we may eat.
It is simply because they don't know. We all react differently to foods. Not only that, as our body try's to do what it can to try and compensate for the different surgery's. How it tolerates foods also changes with time.
Many things that are supposed to be "bad" for me in fact are not. I do fine with apples and nuts. It blows my doctors mind. I don't do Veggies at all, popcorn is out. Peanut butter is in.
Oatmeal the first year was out, now it is in!
The only three hard and fast rules are.
Drink lots of water.
You can't over chew your food. I think that is why I get away with eating nuts
Small bites, no gulping!
I guess that's 4.
The rest is all up to you. I can't stress enough chewing your food until it is liquid.
Chewing your food well takes a lot of strain off the digestive system.
So everyone -- Chew!
The eating nuts blows my mind too - don't know how you manage.
If I may say so, from your photo you look like one tough old bird (big compliment in my books). And if you are eating everything except Brussels and Liver -- that proves it! Was it ok for you right from the beginning, or did you start out with things not processing completely but kept at it? Maybe give us some hope ?
I guess every digestive system is different, but if I eat something not easily digestible, it is very uncomfortable, takes a long time to void and actually 'hurts' somehow. Plus I'm scared sh*tless of having another blockage.
All the best and have a salad for me!
Ok you are blowing my mind here . Not only do you eat whatever you like, but you also don't have to set an alarm for the night??? With my ileo, I have to empty every 3 hours at the max.
Do you get up at night to empty at all?
I know we're all different ... but boy, would I love a crispy salad about now! Glad you are one of the lucky ones, diet-wise.
All the best.