I definitely ate more quickly before surgery, but one adapts quickly. I was really paranoid about
blockages right after surgery, so I think I chewed a bit more then than I do now. That was good though because it got me used to chewing things a lot until it began to feel natural. Now, at almost 10 months post-op, I have a better idea of how my body reacts to certain foods and how much I need to chew each item. For instance, I chew the heck out of nuts, but not oatmeal as much. You learn what to predict from your body.
Like Blueglass, it does take me much longer to eat. A lot of times other people have cleaned their plate, and I am still sitting there chewing away with barely a dent in my meal. I too find it harder to have conversation during dinner because I am always chewing. One thing I do notice now is the incredible rate at which most people wolf down their food. I think it is actually better to eat the way we do. It allows you to take your time and notice the flavors and textures of food more. I am less prone to overeating too when I don't eat so fast.
I know the list of blockage foods is intimidating at first, but a lot of us eat the things on that list once we are a few months out of surgery and the small intestine has healed up adjusted. The key is to chew very well, drink fluids and eat less of a quantity at a time... for instance, a 1/4 cup of nuts instead of a cup. So far I have not had a blockage and have been able to eat many things on the list. The only things I avoid are really hard raw veggies like broccoli. I haven't tried an orange yet, but I know I will eventually. To try new foods, you just eat a little at first to see how you react and then bump it up in small increments.
-39 years old
-Officially diagnosed with UC in 2006, though had symptoms since 1999.
-Had mild/moderate symptoms continuously until severe flare in autumn 2010 which required 2-week hospital stay
-Took Asacol, Rowasa, Canasa and Prednisone to manage flares but meds stopped working
-Tried 1 dose of Remicade but had excruciating joint pain and discontinued
-Had permanent ileostomy surgery 11/8/2010
Post Edited (Blueheron) : 9/18/2011 4:32:03 PM (GMT-6)