A low residue diet might help you also. I'm on one, have been for almost 10 years now.
My diet consists of bananas, white rice, mashed or baked potatoes, chicken, turkey, fish, saltines (I prefer Club Crackers), plain english muffins (I prefer Bay's, found in the chilled grocery section near cream cheese), white bread (I prefer your local bakery's fresh white bread or Sara Lee's original white bread), cottage cheese, applesauce (avoid the apple juice, as mentioned above), plain pasta (buttered egg noodles are a good choice), iceberg lettuce salads (avoid the baby greens salads), plain or vanilla flavored yogurt (avoid fruit on the bottom varieties), pretzels, Pepperidge Farm Bordeaux cookies (this variety is very calming to a touchy gut, there is ginger in this flavor of cookie), etc.
I avoid spicy foods (chili, tex-mex, etc.), any whole wheat product (bread, muffins, bagels, pasta), chocolate (I can have a small amount), fresh fruit such as pineapple, kiwi, mango, strawberries, red raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, etc. Some canned fruit is okay (pears, peaches). Raw veggies might be hard on your gut right now (carrot stix, etc.). Frozen veggies are okay, unless corn messes you up.
In all this time I've struggled, I've learned one important lesson - you are what you eat. If I want to control how much output I have, I must control the input (skipping or cutting down on meals if traveling or I have an important social function coming up, I just make up for lost food later in the day or the following day). If I want formed stool, I stay on the LRD. It's just simply the way I have to eat now.
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening
All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!