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Diets After Ostomy Surgery

If you came here looking for a diet which includes what foods to eat and those to avoid, then I'm sorry to disappoint you. You're not going to find that here (however you will find a list of common foods that cause gas, etc at the bottom of the page).

I'm not a big fan of ostomy diets. This is because there are no absolutes in the ostomy world. I come in contact with way too many ostomates who stick to the diet religiously that they were given in the hospital - even many years after their surgery. They are too afraid to stray from the diet even to try something that they love to eat but is not written down on the diet and I think this is so sad. Personally, I can eat anything, mushrooms, potato skins, corn, popcorn, peanuts, etc without a problem (and it shows!) and I know many many other ostomates who are the same. By the same token, I also know many ostomates for whom certain foods can cause blockages. There is also the anomaly that you can eat one food for years without a problem yet the next time you try it, it causes problems. Unfortunately, it's all a matter of experimentation.

Immediately after surgery, it's best to stick to bland foods until you've healed. After that, there is no reason why you can't introduce new foods into your diet. I suggest you do it one at a time in small quantities. This way, if a certain food does cause problems for you, you can identify the culprit and either limit it or completely eliminate it from your diet.

Just because a food causes problems for someone else DOES NOT MEAN they will cause problems for you - the only way to know for sure is to try it, so just because someone else says not to eat a certain food, don't listen to them. Just remember the Ostomates Creed: CHEW, CHEW, CHEW!

Foods That Cause Odour

Foods That Increase Gas

Foods That Thicken Stool

Foods That Loosen Stool

Asparagus
Beans
Apple Sauce
Green Beans
Broccolli
Beer/Carbonated Drinks
Creamy Peanut Butter
Beer
Beans
Cabbage
Bananas
Raw Vegetables
Brussel Sprouts
Broccoli
Cheese
Broccoli
Cabbage
Brussel Sprouts
Boiled Milk
Fresh Fruits
Cauliflower
Dairy Products
Marshmallows
Grape Juice
Cheese
Peas
Bread
Spinach
Eggs
Cauliflower
Pasta
Prunes/Juice
Fish
Corn
Pretzels
Spicy Foods
Onions
Cucumbers
Rice
Fried Foods
Some Spices
Mushrooms
Bread
Chocolate
Some Vitamins/Medications
Radishes
Tapioca
Leafy Green Vegetables
Spinach
Toast
Aspartame/Nutrasweet
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