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!|