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Posted by Pringlesoriginal, on Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:42 am


 Greetings everyone. Just had an ileostomy four weeks ago and was told cannot eat leafy veg etc. I've been avoiding any food that they have told me to avoid but was wondering if and when I can reintroduce any leafy vegtables. Thankyou. 

Reply by Mike6952, on Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:49 am
Hi I must admit I eat more or less the sames things I did before, mushrooms, colley, brocley and cabbage, i just cut itup smaller and che it more it is now 2 years since I had my Ileostomy and had no problms, but I must say thats me, can't answer for others

Reply by Pringlesoriginal, on Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:55 am

Thank you Mike6952. Appreciate your reply.😊

Reply by Mike6952, on Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:57 am

Your welcome I have been eating everything as I said since I came home, hope it helps



Reply by Longroad78, on Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:45 pm

The recommended diet was low residual diet. Pasta, pancakes, eggs pouched, avocados, limiting food with fiber as your intestines are pushing through something the size of a straw. I gained some unwanted weight from the higher carb diet but after the intestines swelling went down I have eaten a normal diet and testing the waters on foods listed that may cause problems. Your going to have to test things in see how you do on most foods not just for blockages but also because of food that might produce extra gas, had a scare waking up at night and feeling the ostomy bag ballooned up rushing to the bathroom before it popped. No more cucumbers at night. I had my surgery in the middle of September last year and was moving to a more normal diet close to the end of October. I hope this helps. 

Reply by britathrt60, on Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:44 am

It is all about trial and error...I have had my ileostomy for 19 years now and unfortunately did learn the hard way what not to have to chew chew and chew! ...eventually you will be able to eat whatever you want....takes patient and take good care of yourself

best wishes



Reply by Mike6952, on Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:10 am

Yes it is all about making everything you eat as small as you can cut it and chew it as much as you can while you still have to enjoy your food 

Reply by NJ Bain, on Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:59 pm


  All good advice.  This is something that new ostomates are told immediately after surgery that they can't have raw veggies anymore.  Unfortunately, people take this too literally and think it means forever.  Yes, some people just can't process certain foods as everyone is different.  But you realize pretty fast that you have to learn how to chew your food more so than before your surgery.  I do miss wolfing down a slice of pizza sometimes.

  So as everyone has said, chew your food up very well, to the consistency of paste before swallowing, take good care of your teeth as you're gonna need them.  Unless of course you want to just throw everything into a



Reply by Vikingthor, on Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:29 pm

Take no notice of what they say! They haven't had am Osromy! I had my Ilost 1,5 yrs ago and from the very first day, I've eaten everything and anything I want with no side affects!

Reply by beachy, on Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:37 pm

I’ve had my ileostomy for one year this month.  I ate very soft foods the first 6-8 weeks as recommended by my dr. But now I can eat whatever I like.  I always follow food with plenty of water.  Good luck!

Reply by Ewesful, on Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:14 pm

Watch your output and if the foods digest then fine,  if they look the same in your output bag as going in then don't eat them -- some people have lost the duodenum and if you have, then you don't eat any raw veggies.

Reply by jghandymann, on Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:03 pm

I would recommend waiting and slowly add veggies.. I eat a lot of well cooked califlower but I also eat a ot of raw foods.. The key is chopping the salads up.. Do like a chopped salad and avoid bean sprouts.. They get me evertime.. Also corn can be a ***.. It's not the kernal but the starch in the corn that builds a huge plug everytime.. There's not too much I won't eat but I always make sure to cut my veggies up small and chew the crap out of everything.. Also beets can make you panic.. It looks like you just filled your bag with blood.. I've had my illeostomy for 9 years now but I also had 14 surgeries because the VA botched my first surgery so bad.. Good Luck and take it slow.. 


Reply by Roxie420, on Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:45 am

Whenever you feel comfortable. Take it slow, chew all veggies very well and you will be fine. 

Reply by RissyLauren, on Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:10 am

Hi there! First, hope you know how brave you are to reach out like this after what you've been through. A lot of people isolate, understandably, after this kind of surgery and stress. Will be thinking about you and hoping for continued good healing. 


Second, I wish I had an answer to your question. Everyone is different so My advice would be at 8 weeks to slowly, one thing at a time, introduce something new to your body. Drink lots of water and see how it goes. It's a lot of trial and error but you will figure it out. XOXOXO

Reply by Sdp85, on Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:31 am

For me I cannot have pineapple whatsoever. It's too acidic and it burns through my bag. Vegetables and fruits are okay when they're cooked or skinned depending on what they are. I stay away from celery and other very stringy Foods. My doctor told me think of those things building a net that you can't digest and that's when blockage happens. If you eat too much veggies and fruits or anything high-fiber at once it could block you and it's very uncomfortable and could lead to a hospital visit. Things in moderation are pretty key. But texture is the biggest issue I've had problems with. Skin all your fruits, cook all your veggies and slowly you can re- adjust what your body can handle. Good luck to you!

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