I know Ensure is the best thing as far as nutrition and all, but I just don't care for the taste of it. My substitution for it is carnation istant breakfast drink with whole milk. Lots of vitamins, easier to store and lots of calories -- good for you. I drank it with my meals for a while. AND, it does make really good hot chocolate. If you put it in a place container and pop it in the freezer for a little bit, then shake it up, almost like a milkshake. Sorry, rambling.
One thing that I wanted to be sure to mention was that to help you from dehydrating post surgery, increasing your sodium intake is beneficial, esp. if you are having some high output. But keep in mind, only do this if you don't have other health issues it might interfere with-check with your doctor.
Some of the items I always keep on hand in my pantry (long keeping, easy to make and cheap) are mac and cheese, rice a roni, chicken/hamburger helper, those seasoned noodles in pouches like butter/parsley, alfredo, parmesan (do you know what I mean?); corn muffin mixes, ramen noodles, all kinds of pastas. Lots of canned items you can try, even canned fruit like peaches --- just chew very well, eat small portions to start with maybe for dessert after you've eaten other easy-to-digest foods. You will be surprised at how good food will taste when it no longer causes you Pain!! And yes, I wanted everything, so try to have some things on hand that you can't eat right now that you really like. I think you'll be surprised!
Drink lots of fluids. You might want to have some electrolyte replacement drinks on hand. I cut them with water... not as sugary and they last longer (cheaper). One of the drinks that I have been hooked on for a couple of years is Black Cherry/Cranberry Juice. I buy it at Walmart but it is Sam's Choice brand on the shelf by the gallon jug. Yes, it has sugar in it and is way toooo sweet for me BUT I cut it with water (2/3 water, 1/3 juice). I just use water bottles. TASTEEEE! And you don't have to worry about
excess sugar, it has some nutritional value, and it isn't too expensive when adding the water. I just love it. Yeh, it is red in color but for some reason, it does NOT turn my output red at all. Now, red jello will. Jellos and pudding are good to have on hand btw. Just thought of something else - watch drinking any grape or apple juices. For me, they increase my output.
Gosh.... I'm really rambling on here. I'll let some others post on this one.....
I'm sure that we all will keep adding to this post.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery