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Food Tips for the Ostomate

origin unknown, but this list has surely circulated through other chapter newsletters and various ostomy instructional materials.

This article is provided to JDBS courtesy of Stillwater-Ponca City (OK) Ostomy Outlook and is Copyright by Stillwater-Ponca City (OK) Ostomy Outlook

While this page contains only a sampling of articles from the Stillwater-Ponca City newsletter, anyone who would like to receive the complete Ostomy Outlook newsletter electronically (in PDF format) may do so by emailing a request to the OstomyOK webmaster (who is also the Stillwater-Ponca City newsletter editor).

From Stillwater-Ponca City (OK) Ostomy Outlook July-Aug 2001:
Bulk Forming Foods - Chew carefully (ileostomates esp.) Gas-Forming Foods
beans dried, string or sprouts
carrots, raw
cereals, whole grain
Chinese foods
cole slaw
dried fruits (apples, figs, raisins)
fresh fruits
meats in casings
skins and seeds
beans, string and dried
cabbage family
carbonated beverages
dairy products
spicy foods
Food with Laxative Effect Stool Thickening Foods
bulk forming foods
concentrated sugars
fried foods
juices (prune esp.)
spicy foods
raw foods
black tea
boiled milk
peanut butter
starchy foods (crackers, pretzels, rices, etc.)
Odor Combating Foods Odor Causing Foods
cranberry juice
orange juice
spinach, fresh
tomato juice
cabbage family
Note: Asparagus is the only food which causes odor in the urine.

Use "Food Tips" as a guide. Add foods that may cause trouble one at a time and in small amounts. Chances are foods that did not trouble you before surgery will not cause problems now.

Meals should be eaten in a leisurely manner at regular intervals. Snacking should be cut to a minimum. Chew foods thoroughly. Sip liquids. Drink two to three liters (quarts) of liquid each day (8 to 10 glasses).

Gas-Forming Actions

Air swallowing
Drinking through a straw
Eating fast
Eating ice
Gulping liquids
Gum chewing
Skipping meals




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