JUST HAVE TO ASK WHAT IS THE THEORY BEHIND THE MINI MEALS FOR ILEOSTOMATES?

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esoR
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   Posted 7/29/2011 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,

STill trying to figure out my ileostomy diet after 4 years. So far no major issues that I've not been able to resolve, but just wondered what is the idea behind the 6 mini meals per day vs 3 regular meals if you have an ileo.

1. Is it so the stoma won't have as much food to push out at one time?

2. Is it to not get too full to cut down chances of a food blockage?

3. Or is that just during the early post-op days when the stoma is new?

4. Also do these sound like mini meals: cereal, juice, coffee for breakfast. Yogurt with protein powder for a snack. Egg on toast for lunch. Tender meat and a well cooked veggie for dinner?

Thanks, Rosemary

Shaz032
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   Posted 7/30/2011 4:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I have no idea. I just have my 3 regular meals, brekky, lunch and dinner. I don't have time to have 6 meals a day!
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polishdan
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   Posted 7/30/2011 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Rose
I never heard of that diet. I probably have 6 meals a day, but they are not minis! I use the seefood diet......I see it I eat it.

Dan

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   Posted 7/30/2011 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I think the theory is to keep food in your system to alleviate the gas that can be caused by not having food in your system...think the gas/green bile people see first thing in the am when they last ate around 5-6 pm. Not to mention, it is healthier for our bodies if our blood sugar doesn't dip between meals and most docs recommend the 6 SMALL meals for 'normal' people, too.

It's really personal...not everyone likes to eat that way.

Personally, I do the 6 meals because I do not like getting hungry. When I go too long between meals I eat way too much and it's mostly bad stuff, too mad

For me a 'meal' could just be a small amount of almonds or cucumber and hummus...you cannot really call those meals but snacks strategically placed in the day to keep my blood sugar up. And, as always, what works for one doesn't always work for another!
formally known as OHIO76 ~ honoring my daughter's passion!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my temporary ileo in 2001
Proctocolectomy w/end ileo in 2008
...wish I knew then what I know NOW!

esoR
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   Posted 7/30/2011 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Equestrain, Makes sense.

Dan, love your sea food diet. See food and eat it. hehehehe! Rosemary

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   Posted 7/31/2011 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Have no idea how many 'meals' I eat a day as I spend all day eating. Trying to consume 4000 calories a day is hard work, honest it is. In between customers I am always eating although it is mainly junk type snacks like crisps, sweets, cakes, biscuits. I do have breakfast which is usually pain au chocolat or cheese and onion pasty, lunch which is cheese/salad baguette with crisps and dinner which can be anything from pizza to meal out.

I like my diet to be balanced, a packet in crisps in each hand keeps me balanced. :)
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.

esoR
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   Posted 7/31/2011 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
WOW! Stripey, love the diet. Rosemary :-) I assume you're joking and have a great sense of humor, am loving it. RJ

frostyboy
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   Posted 7/31/2011 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I am not an ileomate, but I notice I eat several small mini-meals on some days.  I just feel better sometimes that way b/c then I feel I don't get as distended, gassy, or bloated.  Of course, I still think my body is still adjusting to life without a colon.  I am hoping by the end of the year that things will def. be better!!!

stripey
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   Posted 7/31/2011 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Umm, nope that is my diet and yes I do have to eat 4000 calories a day as absorb so little. Luckily due to the CD, shortbowel syndrome and very low blood pressure my diet has to be low fibre, high sugar, high fat and high salt. Ain't life a *itch :)

So all my work colleagues (mainly women) hate me after Xmas and in the spring when they are on their crash diets and I'm sat there eating pasties, cakes and drinking high calorie drinks or tea with 2 sugars. So you see having CD and very little bowel left isn't all bad, I get to eat what I want when I want.

We went on a meditterean cruise few years ago and they had 24 hour dining. Well, it would have been rude to not try the cooked breakfast buffet at 4am just for the hell of it. My husband got used to my noctunal wanderings to the restaurants. Mind you, he is unfortunately the sort of person who puts on 3 pounds just from looking at the food on my plate so he has to have very strong willpower not to go into my goodie cupboard as he is on diet at moment.
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.

esoR
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   Posted 7/31/2011 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
WOW! Stripey. YOu have it made! Glad that you are feeling well now and can and it sounds like HAVE to eat that much. Hey what a deal :-)

Hurt,

Yeah, I know the mini meal thing is something some people have to do.

We sure are a mix of conditions that is why this board is so valuable.

Happy eating everyone. Today, I controlled myself and only took in 900 cals. GOTTA clip off some of this extra lbs on my middle so my stoma won't get lost in the folds. (Nah, it's not that bad but could get that way.)

Rosemary

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   Posted 7/31/2011 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
actually, its 5 to 6 small meals a day for everyone, or 3 meals and two snacks, to keep your metabolism up.  helps you lose weight faster
me, i just eat when i am hungry.  If i'm hungry when i wake up, i eat a few pieces of cheese, or some vanilla wafers or a banana.  if im not hungry, i don't eat.  That's the way that works for me. I don't like to let myself get really hungry though, cause i get very sick feeling and dizzy, so i try to eat the minute i feel hungry, even if it's only a few bites.  also if i wait until i am really hungry to eat, i get gas, eek!

esoR
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   Posted 7/31/2011 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Summer,

Yeah, I know what you mean about gas. Rosemary
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