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   Posted 4/22/2011 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
K So I'm alot obsessive about food! Big time foodie my husband and I have planned trips around places we want to eat at! LOL wink So when everyone says chew chew really well like till mush, really mushy? Does this take so much work that it takes enjoyment away from eating food faves like salami, grapes,cabbage(kimchi) part Asian very important cultural dish I crave from my mom along with all the other veggie asian sides! I love oatmeal eat it every morning (creature of habit issue) do I have to chew this too (sorry that might be stupid question). Just curios like how really chewed up because I've been aware of lately trying to chew better and sometimes I'm like I didn't chew that well enough like to mush. Appt is Monday to discuss surgery concerned about the little stuff like the chewing till food is disengrated!
Dee stay at home mom of my 2 beautiful children
dx with uc July '10
Current on going undiagnosed bowel disorder


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   Posted 4/22/2011 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not a big chewer! At first you'll want mush until you've healed. After that, moderate chewing should be fine :) You'll see things like peas and corn coming through your stoma whole no matter how much you've chewed them to bits but they do seem to regroup while going through your tummy lol
Ileostomy for 34 years due to UC. I had my surgery at 10 years of age.

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   Posted 4/22/2011 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I do chew a lot more than I did before, but it was easy to get used to. I don't think I chew it until it's mush, though. No, you don't have to chew your oatmeal.
Diagnosed 2006. 1st step of 2 step j-pouch 1/3/11. 2nd step April 4, 2011. So done with this disease.

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   Posted 4/22/2011 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I didn't realize until I was on the restriced diet how FAST I used to eat at a, it seems more comfortable to chew, chew, chew and enjoy the meal more..and, spend a  little more time at the table.....

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   Posted 4/22/2011 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I found it hard to shut up enough at the table to chew well.... not only did I eat FAST, but I sure talked A LOT.... probably good for me to eat slower, talk less. Working on it.

Shaz LOL..... tremendous how powerful intestines become after surgery to sort out molecules that way....
48 years old, female.
2004 dx indeterminate colitis. Back and forth between Crohn's and UC dx. Many drugs, minimal success.

2010-11 Crazy skin and eye complications, high fevers, bad flaring. Out of good drug options, tired of scary drugs.

Feb 2011 -- proctocolectomy with permanent ileolostomy; abscess, blood clot. Still healing, still glad for the surgery

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   Posted 4/22/2011 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't chew any differently now than I did before the ileo. Then again I am a slow eater, everyone else has always finished when I am still eating.

Agree about the peas and sweetcorn, also would add bits of lettuce and nuts.
Crohn's dx 1989, loop ileo 1992, end ileo 1992. Arthritis developed 1990 Stoma abcess 1995. Azathioprine started 1995. Panprocolorectomy 1999. Stillbirth 2000, antiphospholipid syndrome dx 2000. Flare up 2004, stoma abcess and strictoplasty 2004. Low blood pressure dx with impaired kidney function 2006, fludrocortisone pres. flare up 2010, steroids, Humira, codeine.
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