I have been slowly introducing a lot of foods, and I really haven't had any problems. I haven't tried coconut, popcorn, or a lot of raw and a few cooked vegetables yet, but things seem to be OK. I started eating things like refried beans, veggie burgers, and whole grain bread a few months ago -- hadn't been able to eat them for years, and that's been great.
There are some weirdnesses..... like, if I eat multigrain bread that has little seeds in it (millet I think?), they all pretty much come out whole, no matter how well I chew, and I don't really like that emptying the pouch.
I had corn in a stir fry this weekend, and I chewed a lot, and I was surprised that I couldn't even see it in the output -- it was fine.
Moderation is your friend too, along w/chewing..... you probably don't want to have four bowls of granola or half a loaf of whole grain bread .....
Really, you will be fine..... at first you're recovering and it's so natural to be careful, at least it was for me..... then when you start feeling better it's just so exciting to feel better. Honestly, I have not felt deprived at all .... it's just been exciting every time I add a new thing. I was so limited before.... now I'm a little bit limited in different ways than before, but it's nothing compared to what it used to be. I also found that after a few months I was a lot less scared of making mistakes....
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