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peggy113
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   Posted 11/26/2007 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
That you haven't been able to eat or haven't been brave enough to try?
 
I'll start.....
 
I never used to like cranberries, but I vowed to try to learn to like them since hubby does and I make them for him.  Well, I keep trying, and this year I think I like them!  I only ate a few cuz of the skins and all, but no problems. 
 
How bout you?
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


sfgiantsjo
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   Posted 11/26/2007 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Corn, I haven't been brave enough for corn OR popcorn!!!
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Shaz032
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   Posted 11/26/2007 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I was never given a diet when I had my surgery so consequently eat everything and anything I want to and haven't had a problem yet. :) I eat all the 'no no' foods, ie corn, popcorn, peanuts, mushrooms, raw veges (I hate them but I eat them), etc.
I have had an ileostomy for 31 years now due to UC.
 
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Amey
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   Posted 11/26/2007 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Like Ash, my diet is boring, boring, boring. I eat lots of chicken, fish, jello, tacos, cheese, eggs, and really soft canned pears (fresh pears are too hard). I was a little brave...last week hubby and I went to Chilis for dinner. I wanted my favorite salad. I have not had salad in sooo long. I asked the waiter to have the chef take my entire salad and put it into a shredder to make everything teeny-tiny. The waiter said he would request it. He brought me a very ugly completely shredded salad. It was YUMMY! I do not have a big appitite so that salad lasted me 3 days!

I still have not had...
corn
raisins
fresh fruit (apples, oranges, grapes, any melons)
raw veggies (green peppers, carrots, celery)
pasta
rice
too many things to mention
Amey
 
 
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
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lp
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   Posted 11/26/2007 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was sick (pre-surgery) I was restricted to baby food, applesauce, bananas, broth, toast and jello. Bleah. Like Shaz, I wasn't given any post op instruction so I have always eaten everything but I have learned to limit how much popcorn and raw broccoli I eat. Mainly I need to remember to CHEW! I had a miserable night thanks to stuffed grape leaves (dolmas) and now only eat 1 or 2 at a time. I eat VERY spicy foods, lots of fruit and veggies, love to cook and my husband and I are very adventurous eaters. I eat salads every day for lunch. Although I wouldn't sit down and eat a box of dried apricots or prunes, a few here and there are just fine. Moderation is a good thing. I think there are probably lots of individual differences in terms of what you can tolerate.
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flchurchlady
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   Posted 11/26/2007 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Before surgery, I was in pain no matter what I ate, and now I can eat everything with no problems whatsoever. It's really wonderful.  :-)
Dx'd w/ Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06. In remission since surgery.
Pain-free, med-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


flchurchlady
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   Posted 11/26/2007 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Ash,
I love salads, too, and eat them all the time with no problems at all. Go ahead and enjoy!

peggy113
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   Posted 11/26/2007 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Ash,
 
I don't eat salads every day, but I do tolerate in moderation.  Try iceberg lettuce first.. it seems to have more water content and is crunchier to chew it more easily.  That's what my ET recommended years ago.  Just fyi....  but do try it, even a few bites here and there to break into it!
 
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


Amey
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   Posted 11/26/2007 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Ash,

I always drink lots of water with my meals. On the day I ate the salad that was my first meal of the day. I had been busy cleaning and running errands all day so my body was really hungry. Like I said, the entire salad was placed in the shredder so everything was really really small. about 4-5 hours (typical for me) little bits of lettuce started to push its was through my stoma. I did not have any stuggles with this but I did not eat that much of the salad. I was overly hungery and I ate really fast so I got full fast. I probably took 10-12 good size bites and I was done.

This is the salad I ordered...QUESADILLA EXPLOSION
Fajita-marinated chicken, corn relish, mixed cheese, cilantro, diced tomato and crispy tortilla strips. Garnished with a chipotle-ranch drizzle and cheese quesadilla wedges. Served with our citrus-balsamic dressing.


I had them remove the corn and relish of course. So, it was mainly lettuce, chicken, cheese, tomato. I did not eat the cheese quesadilla wedges because they are wheat and I am allergic to wheat and gluten.

If you take a head of lettuce to the deli section at the supermarket, they will shred the lettuce for you if you request it. Then, you will have nice small piece of lettuce to take home for a salad.

Let me know if you try it!
Amey
 
 
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
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Amey
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   Posted 11/26/2007 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
WOW...Typo City in that last post. Please excuse my horrible typing. It is 11pm and I am very tired..

I need some sleep...
Amey
 
 
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
Prov. 16: 20 Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
 
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peggy113
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   Posted 11/26/2007 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   

Ash,

I would recommend your first try with a salad be to eat it "with" something else you know is Safe.  Maybe a chicken breast or whatever... yea, chicken parm!  mmmm..   Maybe eat it as a side dish, instead of before your meal.  And chew well.  Then graduate to more each time... you will get a feel for it.  Some folks just don't have any problems with anything.  Some do and have to be cautious.  I'm of the cautious variety, but please do try it in small portions... I remember nibbling from boyfriend's salad the first couple of times.  It eased the craving, then I graduated to my own!!!  Just my experience.

 

 


Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


summerstorm
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   Posted 11/26/2007 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
well i will try just about anything, even m&ms and cheese together, which btw, don't eat that, or chex mix and macaronis, not good either.
But so far i have eaten all the stuff i like, and haven't had any problems, i  haven't eaten popcorn or corn, but i dont' care for either of those things.  I havent' eaten any seeds, becuase i don't like any of those either.  I do eat salad ALOT i love salad and wasnt' able to eat it the whole time i had UC.  I buy the shredded lettuce, or i just get regular lettuce and cut it up small, i don't like the heart part anyway, so i cut it off. I have eaten broccoli, a mushroom burger (which I do not suggest you try either, ick) and pasta, and lots of fish, and plenty of candy, too much candy!  i ate some grapes, and oranges.
I didn't know you could eat grape leaves though, do you just eat the leaf? 
anyway, the only thing i don't do is eat a salad before i have to go to work, because, this is gross, the lettuce comes out whole as do carrotts and are don't flush easily, so i don't want that to be in the toilet, ick.
Anyway if i ever feel like something is stopping me up, i just chug water like a maniac.
 
 
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candyland
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   Posted 11/26/2007 11:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow - you guys eat salads? You're my heros. I still think of salad as enemy #1 in the "food is my enemy" mantra I've been repeating for the last 3 years. I've succumbed to some fresh fruits including apples w/o skins and melons when they were in season. Worried about pineapple though. Still avoiding salads (wow do I miss them!), cole slaw, pulpy fruit, grapes, fresh veggies especially peppers, onions, celery, carrots, and cucumbers - all my faves - nuts, seeds, dried fruits and of course corn/popcorn. I took my kids to see Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium over the T'giving weekend and the smell of popcorn was soooo sinful. I have allowed myself back into the world of alcohol though. Wine - nice touch. Beer - too carbonated - which is too bad as my hubby is in the beer business! Mixed drinks - doable, but I seem to be a cheaper drunk than I used to be! -lol

Shaz032
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   Posted 11/27/2007 2:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I eat salads all the time in summer, lettuce (all types but prefer the cos lettuce), capsicum (red and green peppers to my American friends), celery, alfalfa, corn, carrots (don't particularly like them tho), as well as coleslaw. I've never had a problem with them.
I have had an ileostomy for 31 years now due to UC.
 
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Gillcom
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   Posted 11/27/2007 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone i just thought i'd add to your list off posts!

I eat everything - corn, onions, lettuce, nuts, mushrooms, curries, raisins and peppers!!!
I have ate salad since i came out of hospital because i had such a craving for it, i was really scared but i ate it and nothing happened,lol, i was waiting on some kind of blokage or explosion!! then when i gained more confidence in managing my stoma i introduced mushrooms and corn. Now let me tell you they usually come out the way they went in, lol, but hey the things we have seen and put up with, this is nothing. So start introducing more foods, CHRISTMAS is coming up so enjoy!

badbaggirl
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   Posted 11/27/2007 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Before surgery, I wasn't able to eat a lot being so sick, then radiation and chemo pretty much had me down to broth and water. Now I pretty much eat anything. I went from 70 pounds to 95 in 3 months. Granted, some takes hours to work out (and sometimes a bit painful), others take minutes, but I really can't complain! I have friends with normal colons that complain about how different foods affect their digestion. I am glad no one mentioned a diet to be on, or else I would be afraid to eat anything. Gotta say Amey, working in the restaraunt field for many years, they were very kind to cut up your already cut salad. I hope someone got a big tip! Don't mean to sound stupid, but wouldn't chewing it really good do the same?
BadBagGirl
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Amey
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   Posted 11/27/2007 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
badbaggirl,

I left a 22% tip! I hope that was enough. I normally leave 18-20% but we upped it a little for his help!
Amey
 
 
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
Prov. 16: 20 Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
 
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badbaggirl
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   Posted 11/27/2007 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Amey, good for you! Most importantly, did you hae fun and did they treat you nicely?
BadBagGirl
Crohn's Disease, Colostomy due to cancer and I make darned good dill pickles.


ME!
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   Posted 11/27/2007 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know if it's different for those who have bags vs those who don't. But I'm going on my 5th week after surgery and I spoke w/ my doctor last night and he said I could start adding fiber and raw veggies to my diet.

The low residue diet I was given after surgery said I could have leafy salad. I had a salad on the 11th day after my surgery (day I was released from hospital). It was great. Just had some leaf greens w/ russian dressing. In fact my aunt fixed me a whole meal. Had roasted chicken, cooked carrots, baked potato w/o the skin, some dinner roll. It was the best meal ever!

I love cranberry sauce, just cook the cranberries w/ cup of sugar and orange juice. Eat it skins and all.

I have been using stool softners which seems to really help keep me regular. I go 2-3 times a day. I would go a week w/o using the bathroom before.
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