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VeganOstomy
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February 10, 2015 5:18 am  

Let's discuss eating during the recovery period shortly after ostomy surgery.

** Please keep this topic plant-based **

For my written article on this topic, please click on the link below.

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


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Mondlandung
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December 27, 2015 4:56 pm  

Wow, thank you so much! This is the most comprehensive list of eating on a vegan low fibre/low residue diet I've come across so far! Thanks so much for sharing!


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Mondlandung
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December 27, 2015 5:11 pm  

btw, how I've come here: a vegan for many years, principally for ethical reasons, but of apparently a very delicate digestive system, I've dragged along bloatedness and flatulence for the last few years, never eating anything but whole unprocessed food (though not a raw foodist at all), staunchly believing that "whole grain" is the pinnacle of heatlh for everyone and that therefore I had to stick to it if I wanted to meet my nutrional needs as a vegan. First by accident, and then by methodic eating, I discovered that highly reducing the quantitiy of fiber in my diet by switching to processed food did away both with the bloated belly and the gassiness. Lists as yours help me to see the options I really have as a vegan and not to fall into the trap of white rice, noodles and fruit juices and long for the days of dairy as a staple !


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VeganOstomy
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December 27, 2015 11:40 pm  

I'm glad to hear that you've been able to figure out your tummy issues! I've had to scale back on some of the "12 grain" breads, as I find there's simply too much that's not being digested!

I am trying to put together some low-fiber recipes, but that's been a bit of a challenge, as I don't usually follow recipes to begin with!

Wishing you all the best!

Eric


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April 29, 2017 10:48 am  

Brand new ileostomate here. Thanks for this! Very helpful info. Been feeling overwhelmed with what and when to eat/drink. I'd like to eat as healthy as possible during this healing time and you have great tips here. Thanks!!


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VeganOstomy
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April 29, 2017 10:50 am  

Glad I could help!


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Blaize768
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May 13, 2017 10:12 am  

Hi, I just wanted to say thank you for all the information you've provided on your website. I just had my surgery about 10 days ago, and I've been home for about a week. The doctors and nurses didn't really give me any information at all and the last few days have been very trying. My sister and I have called several doctor's offices and gone to a wound care clinic, but still weren't provided with the necessary information about diet or how to really care for it. My ileostomy is only temporary, due to a treatment for my colon cancer, but it will still be with me for some time and it's definitely a life changer. I'm so grateful to learn from people who have been successful with it and had a normal life.


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VeganOstomy
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May 13, 2017 11:26 am  

It's a shame that you had to run around looking for information! I'm glad you finally found it and I hope you're able to adjust well.


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Stevi Sisco
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October 9, 2017 4:36 pm  

I had an iliostomy 3 weeks ago and found your site just so helpful!! OSTOMY nurses are few and far between. I have adjusted pretty well and I found that the food is pretty much an "ease into" basis. Thank you!


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VeganOstomy
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October 10, 2017 10:25 am  

Welcome to the club, Stevie! Glad to hear that you've adjusted well!

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


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Anna Rappaport
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October 20, 2017 4:19 pm  

Thank you SO much for this-the dieticians and surgeons are at complete odds with each other when it comes to this and it was so helpful. I'm a lactose intolerant vegetarian (can't even tolerate yogurt) and they completely didn't know how to handle me in the hospital- and kept trying to give me whey protein...

I've lost 5 lbs since my surgery and am really struggling with the low residue diet and getting protein. I eat eggs, peanut butter (but that usually shows up in my bag 20 mins later), tofu seems ok in smaller quantities and any time I try a protein shake it goes within 5 mins-it actually increased my output (I drank rebbl whih is a mix of pea protein, pumpkin protein and sunflowerprotein). Any ideas on how to add more vegan protein?I'm thinking I'll add the powder to whole foods (like pasta) and see if that stays in any longer. It seems like if it's in the bag within 10 mins as a liquid I'm not getting the nutrition...

Also-I wondered if you took any supplements as a vegan during this 6 week time? I assume I will get low on iron and B12 especially?

You are a true saving grace-thank you SO much for this site!


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VeganOstomy
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October 22, 2017 2:11 am  

Hi Anna,

I wrote about the product that I used after surgery here: https://www.veganostomy.ca/vegan-meal-replacement-what-ive-settled-on-updated-oct-16-2013/

I noticed that Walmart has been selling vegan meal replacement/protein powders over the past few months, but I haven't tried any.

Can you mash up beans (chickpeas, kidney beans, etc.) and add it to toast or anything like that? It'll get a lot of protein in and may help to thicken things up.

Pasta and potatoes are good options as well, and they'll help thicken things up and slow them down.

I was (and still do) take B12 supplements. And I was on iron pills for a little while when I had active bleeding - I'm no longer taking them.

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


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David
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October 23, 2017 9:44 pm  

31 Days post surgery and am doing ok. I am a vegetarian and am living on milk, yogurt, cheese, breads, noodles and potatoes. I work full time and it is definitely a life changer. I have 8 months of chemo to get through. I lost 20 plus pounds with radiation and surgery (ileostomy is temporary, will have it until post chemo). I am a bit appalled at the overall lack of information available and the inconsistency. Your site is a life saver and I thank you. Is it true that eggs increase odor? I read somewhere (and now can’t find where) that it depended on how the eggs are prepared? Thanks and best wishes to all! We can do this.


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October 24, 2017 9:42 am  

Hi David,

I'm also battling rectal cancer, although fortunately I was on a newer protocol for treatment and already did 4 months of chemo and 25 cycles of radiation with oral chemo so I'm not having to go through chemo with the ileostomy. I have to say that I'm not sure if you're doing radiation, but I thought many times due to how painful it was it would have been nice to have an ileostomy.

I'm also a vegetarian although lactose intolerant so no dairy for me. Most of the resources, dieticians and fellow nurses (I'm a nurse) etc I've found have suggested being very cautious with dairy products. I think aged cheeses would be ok but I might stay away from a lot of milk, even if you're not lactose intolerant can be hard on your healing stomach right now. Maybe try an alternative milk with protein powder. Pea protein has been a game changer for me-but you could have whey based due to not being lactose intolerant.

I HAVE been eating eggs every morning...I'll tell you, it does definitely give a sulfur smell and it's not pleasant but it's not unbearable. My two cents is it's worth it to get the protein.

Hugs! I'm here with you!

Anna


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David
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October 24, 2017 9:47 am  

Ana, thank you so much! I did the radiation and oral chemo (28 treatments) before the surgery, and now, 32 days post surgery am doing another 8 rounds of just the oral chemo. You for sure answered my question and that is what I am finding too. THank you very much. I feel relieved just to have a place to go ask a question! Have a great day and hugs to you, David


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VeganOstomy
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October 24, 2017 11:43 am  

Hi David,

Yes, the lack of information is exactly why I felt the need to create this site. I'm glad that you're finding it helpful.

Eggs will increase odor, as will most foods with high sulfur content like cabbage, broccoli, etc.

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


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pam ;'bell
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November 19, 2017 12:50 pm  

I had colostomy surgery in July. I've been battling with constipation since I've come home. I didn't have anyone discuss what I could eat and what to avoid before leaving the hospital. Its been a nightmare!! I just happened on your web page and I want to thank you for all the info. I now know what to avoid.

Thanks so much!

Pam Bell


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VeganOstomy
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November 19, 2017 1:42 pm  

Best of luck to you, Pam! Glad you found the site!

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


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Anna Rappaport
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November 23, 2017 6:13 pm  

Hi Eric,

It's me again. Thank you so much for your wonderful site! I'm a lactose intolerant vegetarian (I was vegan but I got severely protein deficient so had to add eggs back in.) I'm a little over 6 weeks post-op and in hell with the diet. I tried to juice using a masticating juicer (a fancy schmancy one)-spinach,apple, cucumber ...went great and then 3 hours later I had bad cramping and it all came out like solid stool does from your booty...Nurse said that was a mini obstruction and not to do it again. I'm so discouraged. I'm living off eggs, peanut butter, white pasta, bread,potatoes... thank goodness I can eat tofu but I'm missing greens. I can tolerate spinach when it's cooked into a souffle but I'm so sick of it. I seem to be able to do peaches in a smoothie but it accelerates my output. As I posted on the thick output page, I'm having horrible issues with pancaking since all that I'm eating is the thickening output foods. I'm being reversed in 19 days but then I'll be put back on the low residue diet again. My whole life I've been a high-fiber eating vegetarian and I'm so miserable. I'm also 20 lbs underweight right now. Dieticians have not been helpful due to not being geared towards vegan type diets. Any ideas?

Thank you!


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VeganOstomy
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November 23, 2017 6:21 pm  

HI Anna,

I've replied to your other post as I think there might be some questions that need answering before coming up with a plan.

When it comes to diet and food options, I always recommend keeping a food diary and testing new foods (in small quantities) so you can expand your diet with foods that work for you.

I would lay off the juicing, as it tends to have a laxative effect for many people (including me). Are you OK with smoothies? Preferably ones that aren't as thick?

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


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