Dietary recommendations post 2 bowel resections

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   Posted 7/2/2008 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
confused  New to this site...I have history that includes a ruptured bowel and peritonitis in 2004;  with a bowel resection...followed by slow painful recovery. I subsequently developed 9 ventral hernias with peritonitis requiring multiple bowel resections and placement of a full abdominal biomesh (125 pins) in May of 2007.  My abdominal muscles were removed and the peritoneal lining was so damaged it was unrecoverable. 
I am one plus year post surgery and having no luck with losing any weight... I look like I'm 9 months pregnant with an alien child.  I am doing abdominal exercises without any results (of course, no muscles)  And I have no idea what to eat anymore.  Stool softeners and fiber supplements help keep things moving. 
I still have diverticulosis and have problems with any raw fruits or vegetables;  no nuts; no popcorn; no cruciferous vegetables (even if cooked);  no beans or legumes.  I'm existing on bread, pasta, cheese and cereal with horrible weight results. I have gained 60 pounds in one year.  I don't like eating meat.   Any suggestions out there? 

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   Posted 7/2/2008 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you able to do any exercise? If so try walking for at least 30 minutes a day (or work up to it) and try eating whole wheat versions of the pasta and breads. The exercise might help! Good Luck!
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   Posted 7/2/2008 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
The only way to lose weight is to cut calories and increase exercise. Since you are unable to add low/no calorie fruits and vegetables you will need to cut portion sizes. A great program for losing weight is Weight Watchers. You can do it online and get lots of support on their discussion board. Have you tried eating canned vegetables and fruits? They tend to have much of the fiber cooked out of them.

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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