While I eat anything I want....I think it can be an individual thing! My general rule is if it is an iffy food, small quantities and chew twice as much...Mushrooms, Shrimp/Clams, Popcorn and Nuts.
I'd definitely start with a cup for a while and SLOWLY increase the popcorn from there...only make small batches so you are not tempted!!
I remember eating popcorn with my ostomy and having no problems. With any new and potential blockage food it's best to try them in small quantities first. You can also purchase hulless popcorn, Pirates Booty, at Trader Joe's or health food stores.
I, too, have been wanting to eat popcorn, so far though, I've been too afraid to try it--maybe tonight after reading all the above posts. I hadn't been able to eat any corn at all for about the last 4 years, I have recently been eating corn several times with no issues. The first time, I had to keep telling myself that it wasn't poison, that I could enjoy it (for so long I've tried to convince my brain that it was bad, so I wouldn't miss it!).
As for the shrimp and clams, my surgeon cautioned me against those and mushrooms, saying those are actually the worst foods for blockages and other issues. I had never heard that with my diverticulosis--and I ate lots of mushrooms and shrimp, I'm now wondering if those caused some of my attacks. Anyway, now I've been eating all of those with absolutely no problems, I chew, chew, chew and drink lots of water.
Yes! Pirates Booty comes in carmel, BBQ, white cheddar (my favorite), and veggie flavors.
Guys, thank you so much for your advice and suggestions! There are just some foods that I am terrified to try, and popcorn is one of them.
While at the store today I did get a bag of the puffed popcorn-wanna-be stuff. They only had the Cheetos brand, so I got that in Butter...and it was DELICIOUS!!! It did suit my craving...I ate almost the entire bag...now I can't eat dinner.
For my carmel corn craving I get the Fit and Active carmel rice cakes...YUM! My son and I chow down on those too...I think he's really more motivated to chomp his down b/c he gets to take his own piece from the bag.
Anyway, I may try popcorn when I'm at the movies...and then I guess I'll get a child size and drink a huge cup of water or sneak in my own grape juice. Hell...I may sneak in my puffed popcorn just so I can pig out like normal during the movie.
So far I've noticed that a lot of things do pass just fine...I was nervous about lettuce and raw/semi-raw veggies. However, so far I've been good to go! Tomorrow I'm going to have a meal of steamed broccoli and cauliflower...that should be alright, right?
Thanks again for all your responses!!! I have really completely adapted and adjusted to the ileo, so the only fears I have really have to do with foods.
You all are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Everything you suggested I do with the veggies I did the opposite...I ate lunch before reading your post!
I ate a huge bowl...I loaded them with spray butter, salt and one piece of cheese...I had an empty stomach...I did have a sandwich about half an hour prior (but not with)...and I scarfed it down. Yum! I did take Bean-O just before, so lets hope I'm not hurting too much!
I am so going to the store today to get at least two bags of the puffed popcorn! I can't stand that I'm out already! They're not too bad calorie-wise, so I have a feeling I will be oinking out frequently until I can't eat them anymore...that's just how I do things!
I now have two food addictions...1) Flavor Ice!!! 2) Puffed Popcorn!!!