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Diet Question - Fruits and Veggies

Posted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 6:24 pm
I have had a permanent ileostomy for 30 years now.  I have always had trouble with salad and fruits!  I love them, but lettuce and any fruits like oranges, or pineapple etc. lead to out put problems!  What can I do?
Posted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:09 pm
Hi Lolamax - I have a colostomy and some of those foods are even a problem for me - especially fresh pineapple - causes a blockage every time.  I generally eat iceberg lettuce rather than leaf varieties - it's much easier to digest and it's full of water.  Oranges I can eat as long as they are not in "sections" - the membranes can cause blockages. I slice them (through the rind) in skinny slices, cut the slices in half (like you often see in restaurants for garnish) - then no problem!  Hope that helps.   Pinky   Smile
Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:29 am
Can you eat strawberries and red grapes?Or does it cause blockage?Only blockage I ever had in 35 years was from coconut!I just tried a few seedless red grapes and no problem so maybe I can eat them just not a lot at one time.Just wondering if I can eat some foods I usually have not for 35 yrs?
sooziq
Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 11:13 am
Hello sooziq, I have my ileostomy since 1961. I eat everything, but in moderation. I know there are some fruits and veggies that will create problems for me - such as - mushrooms, corn , olives. I have been able to give up shrooms but the rest, I just make sure I chew everything really well and go with the moderation. Start slowly, eat just a little at one sitting and see how you do. Having an ileostomy should not stop you from eating anything.  Good luck and enjoy the fruits of the summer!
Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 11:55 am
Nuts are my problem and I love them.  What I have learned is to chew everything until there is nothing solid left in my bouth before swallowing.  Always a fast eater, this has probably been very good for me as my food now has more digestive enzymes and is probably better utilized.  I also cut and chop some things. Celery, I de-string.  My stoma is very small and I was having 2 or 3 blockages a year until I learned to slow down, chew or destring and chop!
Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:01 pm
Moderation is the key.  I eat salads/fruits without a problem.  No blockages since 2001.  Sometimes liquid builds up in my pouch.  
I don't just eat salad.  I always have chicken or fish or meat which seems to couterbalance any side effects.  Also I find that if I have about 4-6 marshmallows when I have a lot of liquid discharge, it seems to bind me up a bit.  Hope this helps.   Good luck.
Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:45 pm
What is considered a small stoma? About what size?
Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:38 pm
Limit your fiber!  I have to limit mine because of multiple surgeries and adhesions causing narrowing.  If I REALLY want to taste an orange, or something, I chew some up and spit it out.  Gross, isn't it?  But it satisfies the craving.  I limit to iceburg lettuce, baby spinach, all just 1 gram of fiber.  It's better to do without than to risk blockages.  Just goes with the territory.  And always chew, chew, chew!  I get into trouble if I eat too fast.
Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:14 am

I heard that pineapples causes problem in such a case.

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Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:08 am

Yes, pineapple is a fruit to be cautious with, also bananas, I make one last all day, otherwise when eaten in one go, they push my pouch off, - not pleasant.

Nuts, peas, sweetcorn, tomato skins also cause problems, mushrooms can be tolerated if grated, and celery I make into soup and strain off the fibre. I miss lettuce, but enjoy spring onions, thinly sliced cooked beetroot, and radish, in moderation, plus a hard boiled egg are good substitutes for a salad.

If I have a sweet to follow a main meal, I wait about half an hour, never overload, and visit the toilet immediately before and after eating as food goes through me so quickly, I like to keep the pouch as empty as possible at such times. When I go out, I ask for a child's portion, then I know I'll be safe!

 

Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 11:48 am

if you love fruits and veggies and seam to have a problem eatting them get a juicer , turn it to a juice it will seprate the fibers that cause blockages this is what helped me out with oranges grapefruits or get a blender and after you blend you have to strain them with strainer and cheesecloth to catch the pulp so you have pure juice

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:51 pm

Does anyone know if you cook split peas really well and then blend them to make a smooth soup if it is OK??  Does it cause an issue with any of you??

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