Salads – Impossible you say?

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Before getting my ileostomy, I combed support forums to see what foods people were eating with their ileostomy.  To my disappointment, it seems that a lot of people were avoiding healthy foods like salads, legumes, fruits and vegetables because they feared things like blockages or increased output.  This was a problem because I love those foods, and while Crohn’s disease made sure that I couldn’t enjoy eating without being punished afterwards, I was determined to one day enjoy these foods again.


Well… I’ve been able to enjoy wonderful salads, even in large quantities, without any trouble whatsoever (except maybe that tend to overeat!).  I started with iceberg lettuce, which is mostly water, mild and an easier salad green to digest.  I then moved to romaine and then mixed dark greens.  I’ve  also been adding vegetables, dressings, tofu and other goodies to my salads too.

Here are a few examples of what I’ve been stuffing my face with lately:

No, those apples aren’t browning – that’s balsamic vinegar :)
Yes, salads can be enjoyed once again.
This was a monster salad!
Now, please keep in mind that these salads have worked for ME, but how these go through your body depends a lot on how well you chew your food and if you have any other digestive complications.  If you’re going to indulge, remember to try easier stuff like iceberg and see how that goes, then add more.
I hope that everyone will be able to enjoy a nice salad soon!
To see what other foods I’ve been eating, check out THIS article.
For diet tips when you’ve got an ostomy, check out THESE articles.
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4 thoughts on “Salads – Impossible you say?

  1. This article is really encouraging. I’ve been paranoid about blockages so have been avoiding most salad items. I’ve eaten tomatoes and peppers finely chopped and I still see all the bits of skin in my bag, so I’ve always peeled them since. I tried cabbage and it came out in my bag in strips, I’ve not tried lettuce. I eat salads but tend to use a bit more imagination and for example make them Thai style with papaya and herbs / spices.
    Maybe I should try experimenting a bit more. It’s easy to make salads at home, but it does make it difficult if I want to eat out in a restaurant

    • If you are starting with salad, try iceberg lettuce first :)

      Everyone finds cabbage hard to digest, especially raw, but if you cook them *well done*, they are much easier to chew.

      Good luck!

      • Over the last few months I’ve been encouraged to experiment more with food by a fellow ileostomate and I’m so surprised with the success that I’ve had. There were foods that I couldn’t eat immediately post op that my body can easily digest now.
        I’m eating pretty much a normal diet, I might eat a smaller portion of certain foods, but I’ve tried everything including coleslaw, mushrooms, grapes, oranges, it’s brilliant!!

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