I got my ileo. in Jan. 2006. It took months (I would say at least 6, maybe more) for the output to slow down at all. My GI said my system would learn to absorb water and mine was just taking a long time. Some days I really question if it ever really learned! Usually, my output is very loose and/or watery, however, I don't sit around eating rice, bananas, etc. On bad days I will use an old 'script I have for Lomotil but my doc says just to take Immodium AD. He also gave me the 'ok' to use more than the recommended dosage b/c it's a very 'safe' drug. As for food, I eat anything I want anytime I want it: salads, seeds, popcorn, corn, nuts, etc. Currently, I have no strictures so everything moves well. I hope this helps.