On March 15th, 2017 I spoke to the members of Ostomy Toronto as a guest speaker.
One of the things I do from time to time is to audit my diet to see if I’m getting in enough nutrients from the food I eat. It was especially important for me to do this while I was in a Crohn’s flare, but it also came in handy after my ostomy surgery.
In this post, I’ll explain how to do this.
Food substitutions may be required if your digestive problems extend to more than just having a stoma. For some of us with IBD (Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s), there may be problems like strictures, internal scarring or active disease that might be preventing us from eating certain foods. This certainly poses a problem, as getting adequate nutrition often involves eating a variety of food. So what can we do about that?
Protein, especially post-op, is an important element to healing. Not getting enough HIGH-QUALITY protein could delay your wound healing and/or create complications for you after your surgery.