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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 7/9/2007 7:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I was thinking about how strict my diet is after my raw fruits, no raw veggies, no red meats, no lettuce (of any kind), no wheat or bread items....oh yeah, and no dairy.

Can everyone please share with me some of the foods they can and cannot eat after surgery?  This might help me find some new foods to try.  I am really getting tired of tuna, eggs, jello, applesause, and fish.
Every day I eat 2 eggs for breafast, Tuna fish for lunch with applesauce or jello and for dinner chicken or fish with mashed pears (like baby food) and jello.
I have eaten this SAME thing everyday for a LONG time.  I have tried many other foods but I cannot tolerate them.  I have tried taking beano before I eat, a lactose pills before dairy or a digestive enzyme...nothing really helped. 
So, can you please share some ideas with me?

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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 1956
   Posted 7/9/2007 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there - Bay's plain english muffins (found in the refridgerated section near bagels) are one of my main foods (along with yogurt, bananas, turkey, etc.). There's something so simple and light about these muffins, they're unlike the other brands (which are heavier and more dense). They also come in wheat so avoid that one, you want to buy just the regular, plain ones.

Instant mashed potatoes worked wonders for me after my colon resection/temp colostomy reversal. Along with Stouffer's frozen meals - terriyake chicken and rice, roast turkey and mashed potaotes, chicken pot pies, etc.

And of all things, Pepperidge Farm Bordeaux cookies really kept things even keel for me. They're in the smaller bag, are rectanglular in shape and thin wavers, that have a crunch and caramel flavor to them. But they're on the plain side too. Early on, they helped turn around the dreaded D. I was surprised but someone told me ginger snaps help them and these cookies taste similar to a ginger snap.

Wishing you more of a variety choice food wise but like you, I stick with my tried and true what I like to call "magic foods". Let's just say I'm never out of bananas and yogurt (and toilet tissue!).

You know I realize now that these foods are probably out for you (since you cannot have dairy and bread products but the foods I mentioned above really helped me 8 years ago, after I had colon cancer, 15 inches removed from my lower colon and my sigmoid taken out, temp colostomy reversed 2 months later.....).

I wish you well.

Post Edited (Marsky) : 7/9/2007 10:16:00 PM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 7/10/2007 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   

I had a proctocolectomy 6 years ago with a j-pouch and after six months recovery I am able to eat everything.  I live on fresh fruit and vegetables and have found nothing that affects me negatively.  What type of surgery did you have?  What kinds of problems (other then lactose intolerance) are you having?


dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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