Good morning! Today I am really excited to be collaborating with Amy from #StomaBags blog. We both have stomas and decided to work together on a post about eating with an ostomy, as so many worry about what they can and can’t eat following surgery. The list you get from your stoma nurse is not exhaustive and it differs for every person – hopefully as me and Amy will show!
Firstly – a little bit about Amy from the lady herself –
Hey readers! I’m Amy aka IBD Warrior Princess. I’m 28 and I’ve had my permanent ileostomy, Stacey Stoma, since August 2011. My stoma saved my life & I am a big believer in making the most of life with a stoma but knowing when to practice self care too. Life with a stoma isn’t without it’s problems but it is a walk in the park compared to the no quality of life I had pre-surgery. I don’t remember much about my childhood or the majority of my teenage years that wasn’t to do with my Crohn’s Disease as I was diagnosed aged 7. I work full time in accounts and also am a part-time blogger for a few ostomy companies, as well as running my own blog over at: http://www.hashtagstomabags.wordpress.com. I blog about all things in the ostomy world but particularly love writing about mental health & ostomy fashion. My motto is “you own your bag, it doesn’t own you!” 🙂
We decided to show a snippet of what we eat by selecting some meals over a week in the form of a food diary. I hope you find this really useful and please feel free to message or drop a comment below if you have any questions.
So yesterday we had a roast chicken dinner and there was plenty of chicken leftover. The best comfort food in this miserable cold weather is a casserole I believe – so that is what I made!
Vegetables can be a huge worry for ostomates. I don’t know about you but after being on a terrible diet post surgery (between trying to stay low residue and pile on the weight I had lost) I was dying for something more nutritious! The great thing about casseroles and stews is that you can cook it for ages so all the vegetables are really soft and as long as you chew well, shouldn’t cause too many issues. I didn’t have any potatoes in there so I had some bread on the side to go with ii. The carbohydrate rich foods tend to be the ones that can thicken output, which is really useful if you tend to have watery output.
Tonight I treated myself to some sweet popcorn while I watched Netflix in bed. Popcorn is one of the things on ‘the list’ – you know the one we are all given after ostomy surgery with DO NOT EAT on?! When I plucked up the courage to give it a try, I started with a small amount and chewed REALLY well. Guess what – I was fine! I now eat it as a regular snack and have never had any issues. Not everyone is the same and there are foods that people struggle with, so my advice is to give things a try. Always start small, chew really well and drink plenty alongside so you are flushing it all through.
I also snack on jelly sweets (things like marshmallows and jelly babies can help thicken output) and crisps (my body seems to know when my salt is getting low and I crave a bag or three).
It’s not always homemade but this one was – and it was bloody delicious! I often have soup when I am struggling a bit or feel a little backed up as it finds it way through my narrowings much easier and can still fill me up and contain some good stuff. This is also a great option if you are struggling with vegetables but still want to eat healthily. You can blend a soup to complete liquid which gets rid of some of the fibre and allows you to get some vitamins and nutrients from the veg.
I also keep a stash of meal replacement drinks just in case I am struggling with a blockage or am in pain.
One of our favourite things about the weekend is we can enjoy special breakfasts – like fry ups and our most favourite – pancakes! Not just the kids but me too! I either make crepes and then load up with strawberries (the kids have blueberries and grapes too but I can’t eat those due to the skins) and cinnamon sugar or the easy banana pancakes. These are made with just one large banana and two eggs and then cooked in a frying pan like normal pancakes. These are great for a protein boost and if you can’t eat a lot of fruit you get a good amount of mashed banana in these to bump up your 5 a day count!
In the week I tend to have cereal or toast. I love porridge but buy the Ready Oats stuff as it is completely smooth, as opposed to just the oats.
Oh Sunday – my favourite! This week we enjoyed roast beef, which can be one of the trickier meats to digest when you have an ostomy. Cooking it so it is nice and tender and chewing REALLY well tends to work for me!
As for the veg – as I said previously, I am pretty lucky in the fact that I can eat most vegetables, as long as they are cooked well so they are nice and soft. The only vegetables I struggle with are sweetcorn and beans (green beans etc) so I will always avoid these. I also eat A LOT of mushrooms, shock horror! Like with the popcorn I started small and chew them really well. When I am making things like spaghetti bolognaise I cut them up super small so the sauce has the flavour but doesn’t contain chunky bits of mushroom.
I hope you enjoyed this little look into my food diary – as I said before please contact me or pop a comment below if you have any questions.
If you have come over from Amy’s post – welcome, I hope you will stick around and give the blog a follow (see top right of the page). And if you haven’t yet seen Amy’s post you can view it by clicking here.
I am pleased to be a member of the IA and also on the committee of my local group – Notts and Derby IA – however the views expressed in this blog are my own and are not necessarily the same as the IA
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