Has my diet changed after getting my ostomy?

How an ostomy changed how I eat

During my last giveaway, I had asked readers to send in their questions about anything related to IBD, ostomy or my vegan lifestyle.  I received some great questions, but several people asked how my diet has changed since getting my ostomy. It’s a great question for anyone who might be headed for surgery, so here’s what my experience has been like.

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IBD and Junk Food – “I can’t get no, satisfaction”

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Several days after the BBC report came out that lifestyle choices (i.e. poor dietary habits, high antibiotic use) could increase the risk of IBD, the backlash is still being felt all over the internet by angry IBD’ers.  In my opinion piece, Diet and IBD: What the research says, I made it quite clear that there IS evidence to support a link between dietary choices and IBD risk factors.  It’s incredibly unfortunate that most of the people who’ve been upset seem to believe that they’re being told that dietary factors CAUSE Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis, despite the fact that Dr. Mitton made no mention to this whatsoever in the BBC report.

Dr. Sally Mitton has now been able to respond to the criticism:

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Diet and IBD: What the research says

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Every time misinformation about IBD hits the media, you can be sure that the entire IBD community is up in arms – and rightly so! This happened today after BBC reported that junk food may be the cause of Crohn’s.  What?? Junk food is the cause of Crohn’s disease??

Now before I say my piece on this, let it be clear that these are my own opinions and I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy with Crohn’s who’s looking for answers.  I think that finding the cause of IBD is the first step in developing a real cure.  I hope that this post will spark discussion, not finger-pointing, not shaming, not a loss of friends or a break in the community.  We all want the same thing, let’s just use our heads to get there. 

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Open the floodgates – my food options have increased!

I’m finally 6 weeks post ileostomy surgery and I’ve been cleared to start introducing more foods into my diet.  So to celebrate, my wife and I went to a great vegan place in Toronto called The Loving Hut.

I had carrot soup, lemonade and a “Lucky Chow Mein”, which looked like this:

Yes, you see broccoli, you see bok choy and mushrooms.  Mine also had cabbage, which I avoided.

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