Ileostomates-Any food you don't eat anymore????

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vette guy
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   Posted 7/29/2007 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Howdy Folks,
 
I was wondering if there are some foods you tend to avoid because of your ostomy.  When my colostomy was turned into an ileostomy some people said to never eat corn again. My surgeon said eat whatever you like, just chew well. Being cautious, I haven't had corn in 4 years now, and I used to love eating corn. I know there are greater tragedies in life than not eating corn anymore, but I was hoping some of my ostomy brothers and sisters could share some thoughts.

Shaz032
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   Posted 7/30/2007 3:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I eat anything and everything... and it shows!

Generally, I've found that those of us who were never given a diet to follow after surgery tend to eat whatever we want without problems (because we were never told not to), while those who were given diets tend to be a lot more cautious in what they eat.

I eat corn, popcorn, nuts, mushrooms, peas, etc (all the no-no foods) without a problem. Just introduce a new food into your diet, one at a time and CHEW, CHEW, CHEW! That way, if a food does cause problems you can identify the culprit and either eliminate it or limit it accordingly. Just because a certain food causes problems for some people DOES NOT mean it will cause problems for you.

Good luck... and be adventurous!
I have had an ileostomy for 31 years now due to UC.
 
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flchurchlady
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   Posted 7/30/2007 5:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I eat everything under the sun, including corn, with no problems. I agree with Shaz's advice to chew your food well, so go ahead and give your favorite foods a try!
Dx'd w/ Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
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awesomeame
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   Posted 7/30/2007 5:13 AM (GMT -6)   
i eat anything now...nuts, raw veggies, mushrooms etc. i very rarely eat any of the raw veggies/fruits though, because they don't digest. i generally try to stay away from veggies/fruit because they give me gas...but of course sometimes i can't help myself! tomato sauce doesn't cause me any probs so i eat a lot of that. as for corn, i've always had trouble digesting it, so i never eat it. same with lettuce. my doc said never to eat popcorn again btw. i also limit my carbonated beverages [READ: BEER] because they give me gas.

i'd say go for it, eat whatever you want, but just a little to see what happens. like don't go have a corn salad or something lol. just have a spoonful and chew well as was mentioned and see!

--matt
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


summerstorm
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   Posted 7/30/2007 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
i eat everything too, except for pizza, and that's just because stupid me ate pizza two weeks post surgery and had the worst gas ever and I am scared to eat it again, lol. I will not, however, eat two strawberry shortcakes in one sitting again any time soon!

sewwatgirl
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   Posted 7/31/2007 7:54 AM (GMT -6)   

I didn't eat corn for a long while after my ileostomy but have just recently started eating it again.  I cut down the middle of the kernals on the cob and then cut it off the cob and chew, chew.  Haven't had any problems.  I eat all fresh fruits except blueberries, they seem to really fill my pouch and cause trouble.

Virginia


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   Posted 7/31/2007 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
wow....i am remembering all the jokes about corn and poop, my brother the carpenter always tells....i'll save them though....sorry..

I like rice. Rice is great when you are hungry and want 2000 of something...
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vette guy
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   Posted 7/31/2007 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad Bag---You're gonna leave us hangin'??? How 'bout a sanitized version?

awesomeame
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   Posted 8/1/2007 6:15 AM (GMT -6)   
yeh lets hear 'em =D

as for rice...can't say i'm a huge fan...i see most of what i eat in the output, and it's carb dense...calories and all that

--matt


Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


dragonfly137927
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   Posted 8/1/2007 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I recently had my ileostomy reversal and I am concerned to eat things like corn popcorn etc. While in remission I wa able to eat these items just fine but I am concerned of a blockage. I remember how my stoma shrunk and concerned that the intestine inside has done the same. I believe I read somewhere to avoid pineapple. Has anyone lese heard or read this, I am allergic to so many fruits and veggies and pineaple is one I can have and miss greatly.
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987
 
 


summerstorm
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   Posted 8/1/2007 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
pineapple, why, i haven't eaten any since my surgery but it is my fav fruit, especially fresh, i once ate four fresh pineapples in one week!

awesomeame
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   Posted 8/3/2007 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
i ate a 1/4 pineapple the other day in one sitting.  no probs, although output was watery...but it was just soo good i couldn't stop lol.  i didn't eat any of the harder areas near the core though
 
--matt
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


dragonfly137927
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   Posted 8/3/2007 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Yay maybe Iwill try pineapple again soon. I forget where I read it but my osyomy is reversed now too. I have so many fruits and veggies I cannot ear because I have oral allergy syndrome my list of ones I can eat is smaller than what I cant.

Some fruits I can eat if they are cooked or in juice form (store bought not homemade) ex are apllesauce, apple juice, and grape juice

Fruits I cannot eat are: apples, plums, peaches, nectarines, grapes, strawberries, kiwi, and cantelope
If I eat these I have anaphalactic reactions

As far as veggies I can have carrots if cooked so well you can mash them with a fork easily.

Veggies I cannot eat: carrots, celery, peas, and green beans also with anaphalactic reactions if eaten

In addition I am allergic to tree nuts (peanuts, pistachios, cashews just to name a few)

Prior to surgery the veggies that I was unable to tolerate (and wonder if they are safe to eat or will they potentially lead to the Crohn's coming back/flaring) broccoli, cabage, onion, peppers (all types), cucumbers, and pickles.
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987
 
 


summerstorm
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   Posted 8/3/2007 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
oh deat that is a lot of alleriges! I hope you are ok!
I have heard not to eat a whole lot brocliil, cause the gas is bad, and cabbage can cause blockages, but you can eat a small amount. i hvae eaten onions, but none of the others

peggy113
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   Posted 8/5/2007 3:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm jealous - I have to watch eating pineapple. And skins on apples, plums, grape tomatoes. Learned over the years of experimenting, I guess.

summerstorm
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   Posted 8/5/2007 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   
i just ate a whole bunch of fresh pineapple about three hours ago, and so far no problems, i wonder if it's because pineapple is kind of stringy like. And I ate a whole bunch of strawberry shortcakes a few days ago, i thought I would try a strawberry shortcake diet, and i had no problems with my bag, although I don't reccomend it, because i had some Killer heartburn!

vette guy
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   Posted 8/6/2007 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
So, due to your replies, after four years of "corn fasting", I finally had some last night. Although I found myself chewing like a maniac, I didn't have any problems. Thanks!!!

Shaz032
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   Posted 8/7/2007 4:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Be prepared for the corn to come out into your bag looking like you never chewed it - somehow it seems to regroup while in the tummy and comes out looking whole again lol
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summerstorm
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   Posted 8/7/2007 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
that's kind of what the pineapple did, lol. it came out all stringy like, but i think i figured out what might be part of the reason behind pineapple is because it's so acidic.
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