This diet is used to prevent or limit unpleasant odor, gas, and blockage with and/or after an ostomy placement.
It is important to follow an ostomy diet for 6-8 weeks after placement. After 6-8 weeks, add new foods one at a time to make certain the food/foods can be tolerated.
This diet has been designed for those people who have had an ostomy placement.
If you have an ileostomy or colostomy, you can eat a full and varied diet. Everyone is different with regard to food tolerance. You will need to experiment to find out what foods you can and cannot eat.
For the first six to eight weeks after surgery, your physician may instruct you to follow a low residue diet (low fiber) to give the bowel adequate time to adjust and heal.
After six to eight weeks, high fiber foods may be added to the diet, one at a time each week to allow you to determine your tolerance of each food item.
If you have an ileostomy and you are experiencing a lot of output, you may need to increase your intake of foods high in potassium for the first few weeks following surgery.
You may also need to increase your intake of salt and water unless your physician indicates otherwise. You should add extra salt to food and drink seven to eight cups of fluids per day.
In order to improve digestion and regularity, you should attempt to adhere to the following dietary guidelines:
BREADS & GRAINS 6-11 servings each day
VEGETABLES 3-5 servings each day
FRUIT 2-4 servings each day
MILK & DAIRY 2-3 servings each day
MEAT & MEAT SUBSTITUTES 2-3 servings or total of 6 oz daily
FATS & SNACKS (use sparingly)
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