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(@jillian)
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Being 16 months post op with Colostomy from partial sigmoid colon removal....I want try having Cantaloupe and seedless Watermelon. Any advice??


   
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VeganOstomy
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I love honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon!

Go for it!! Those foods are nearly all water, but be mindful of eating too many seeds (even in seedless varieties) and try smaller amounts to see how it affects you.

Because these have high sugar content, some people find that it can upset their stomach if they eat too much at once, but if this didn't impact you before your surgery, it likely won't now.

Let us know how it goes!

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.
~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


   
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(@jillian)
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@veganostomy Thanks for the response!


   
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@jillian  ... I'm so happy for you moving on to fruits! I'm a huge fan of cataloupe & seedless watermelon & honeydew especially for helping with rehydration or just craving a juicey treat!  I'll admit to eating grapes & spitting out the skins, I'll even do this with fruits or meats & Veggies I can't break down with my old teeth anymore just to prevent longer fibres possibly causing issues! 

In the last week I've savoured the taste of rather stringy peaches & but was able to break most of the fibres down so I was thrilled & the ones I could'nt met with a napkin! Lol!  I tried blueberries but like grapes, spit out the peel. Bartlet pears were no issue with eating but I do peel them like peaches ahead of time. 

I'm sure if you do all new fruits in moderation you'll enjoy more then you think. Its fruit season here in Canadas Okanagan... how can I resist! 

Good Luck Jillian... do give a report & Enjoy!!! 

Linda


   
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(@davidinthailand)
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watermelon and cantalope !  

      try dragonfruit and sweet yellow mangos if you can get them at a reasonable price.      both are easily digestable for me and dont cause too much gas.   

 

     just be prepared for red output from the watermelon.       


   
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(@jillian)
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@davidinthailand I do eat watermelon...no problem though with red output....

 

 


   
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(@dogtalkerer)
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what has your doctors said about foods to avoid?  i do not see anywhere that they said avoid foods?

seems like avoiding fruits for over a year can't be a good idea.  the Mayo clinic doesn't even suggest avoiding fruit with diverticulitis.

keep in mind your questions are mainly to people with ilostomies that are not related to diverticulitis , would you ask your dentist about a knee problem?   ileostomies are not colostomies, i never comment on foods or skin recommendations for ileostomies, i have a colostomy.


   
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(@jillian)
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@dogtalkerer Kind of a harsh response there! My questions are absolutely for Colostomies. Some foods for Colostomies may need to be avoided depending on how we react to them.



   
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LLNorth
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Hi Jillian - I have a colostomy also and have had to adjust my eating; for example, stringy and fibrous things like celery and melon have created some difficulties in passing them so if I eat them I cut them small (and I love artichoke dip but learned to be moderate with it!)  I wonder if the difficulties are because minus a rectum and anus we don’t have the muscles to help pass them in their final stage anymore. LL

PS Haven’t tried oranges yet and probably wont, looking at all that membrane. I could peel all that off, of course …. !

Colostomy 4/30/18.
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(@john68)
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As an iliostomate I also have to watch certain fruits like oranges and funny enough melon. But I still enjoy but in smaller amounts. I think some folks are more prone to a blockage no matter the stoma type. Just try small and add to the success list. ???

ileostomy 31st August 1994 for Crohns


   
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Cat momma
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Colostomate here and eating all the fruits without any problems. But, I must add that my gut is not diseased (although they did find diverticulosis in the last part of my colon) and my colostomy was elective, not a life-saving necessity.

Incontinent in a better way, since 12 July 2023


   
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VeganOstomy
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Posted by: @john68

I also have to watch certain fruits like oranges

John, I find that "sectioning" citrus is the best way to go, because it avoids that indigestible membranes that cover the "meat" of the fruit.

Similar to what's shown in this video:

Granted, you'll still need to chew, but it passes the system much easier in my opinion.

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.
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Tigerlily
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@veganostomy I didn’t realize that citrus might be problematic for some people. So far, I haven’t had any issues with oranges but I will keep this in mind. 

Laurie

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I tend to buy the little fruit cups meant for lunches & the same with OJ. If I drink too much OJ  it can clean me out pretty good but the portions in a drink box & fruit cup cover that orange craving & it makes sure I don't go over the limit I set  for my crazy ileostomy. 

As a kid growing up, I loved eating those icecream treats, Creamsicles,  I rarely buy icecream now,  but when I'm craving a creamsicle I put about 1/3 or less, of the glass I'll be drinking from with milk & mix the rest with orange juice!!  Its pretty bang on for taste & will thicken or curdle a bit, but the other Grands & I all agree it makes it feel almost like a milkshake. Stir well.  It sometimes needs a little more milk or OJ.  But I've found this very satisfying when that craving hits!! Try it, you may be surprised!  

My now 3 & 1/2 year old Grand-D loves the mix as well. She calls me by a very special name that she chose, "Munga". So when she wants that drink she always asks for a cup of Munga Juice!! Lol! 

Linda


   
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Posted by: @dlkfiretruck

As a kid growing up, I loved eating those icecream treats, Creamsicles,  I rarely buy icecream now,  but when I'm craving a creamsicle I put about 1/3 or less, of the glass I'll be drinking from with milk & mix the rest with orange juice!! 

Growing up I used to drink orange juice with whipped cream when everyone else was having coffee. Indeed that creamsicle experience, just not as cold.

 

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(@squeakyandliza)
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@john68 

i too have issues if I eat too much melon, so treat myself on occasion and am very careful about seeds (though a few always sneak through). I haven’t been brave enough to try oranges though. But I had a little trouble with oranges even before my ileostomy. 

It is an ongoing learning process. I miss corn on the cob most of all!!

-Liza
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granddayout
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I have a colostomy [3 months now] and seem to do well with those fruit cups: diced peaches and pears. I also get the fruit cup mandarin oranges as they are "peeled." I don't think I'll try an actual orange for awhile. For veggies there are also "fruit cup" size green beans and diced carrots. Can't do corn though. Like someone else said, I sure miss corn on the cob!

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@granddayout  ... My go too for corn on the cob cravings (ileostomy & short gut syndrome), which I miss desperatly, Mmmm,  that lucios  chowing down on a nice golden buttered hot dripping sweet crunchy cob.... ugh, I'm sorry, I digress!  I can eat creamed corn & to amp it up I  add a bit of fresh ground nutmeg, S& P to taste & have it on top of mashed potatoes with extra butter.  This always curbs those naughty taste buds still giving way to that corn on the cob deliciousness as well as cushioning any extra small fibres with the mashed spuds. I think the fruit cups are ideal as well! 

 

Linda


   
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(@dogtalkerer)
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@jillian yes, I have had a colostomy for 16yrs.  just trying to understand where your information has come from.   I've never heard of a colostomy person avoiding fruit.   why be afraid of things you do not need be afraid of, thats why i ask what did your Doctors tell you and why.


   
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(@dogtalkerer)
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whats intersting is I had rectal cancer and was told if they could rebuild the rectal area, i'd wake with an ileostomy, if not a colostomy.     I guess its possible that  large intestine repairs could involve a colostomy but most I've heard of (reversals) start with an ileostomy, then a reversal about 6months later.

I've wondered if you have gotten an ileostomy mixed up with a colostomy?  your comments sound  more  from an ileostomy person.  so you have me confused, thus the direct questions.   its not harsh to ask  specific questions , to   get the  right informantion ,  so you can make proper suggestions.

most confusion i see here relates to using the word Ostomy only.  


   
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