Though ileostomy and colostomy are stomas and ostomies; however, they are not the same openings. Every ostomy has its purpose and occurs in the malfunction of a specific canal or intestine. By the name, it is clear that ileostomy has derived from the ileum (small intestine), while colostomy presents the incision of the colon (large intestine). Well, colostomy discharges solid waste means stool. While ileostomy can discharge liquid stool and solid stool. Both ostomies have some serious and direct impact on lifestyle, psychology, behavior, and diet. Moreover, after any kind of surgery, you need to be discreet regarding your food, health, caring for the organs, and overall health.
Therefore, colostomy and ileostomy bring a few changes in your diet plan and eating routines. As your digestive system and excretion, a tract is not natural now; therefore, you have to manage your diet and diet patterns.
Fear of Change in Diet
Usually, ostomates assume that they are unable to eat their favorite foods any more. Well, this is a rumor, do not welcome unnecessary fears regarding your food plans. But, the significant point is that you need to be careful and gentle with your meals. As an ostomy person, you must know the habit of your stomach and vitality of the digestive system. Well, no person or animal on this earth can digest or like every meal or food. Therefore, there are some restrictions because of your colostomy and ileostomy on your diet and taste. Merely, you have to avoid foods that can cause gas, odor, loose motion, constipation, or upset stomach. Once your digestive system starts accepting your tastes and mood, you can eat whatever you like.
Diet Tips to Manage your Digestive System
When you have ileostomy or colostomy, you cannot put your stomach on rest for a longer time or you cannot eat all day. Therefore, you have to adopt a few changes in your diet pattern and likes/dislikes. This will bring a few changes in your lifestyle and consume your time, but these are some discreet tips for your healthy stomach, digestive system, and ostomy life.
Eat Four to Five Times a Day
Usually, we all eat three times a day. We have 3 big meals daily. However, after getting ileostomy or colostomy stomas, you have to give up this habit. You should take small meals four or five times a day. It does not mean, you have to eat all day, but you cannot put your stomach on rest for more than two hours. Regular eating will increase your metabolism system and helps in digestion
Do not Too Much or Too Quick
Many people have a habit of finishing food quickly. This is a wrong nature for everyone, either you have stoma or not. However, after ileostomy or colostomy, you should eat slowly. Moreover, you have to eat after every two hours; therefore, do not eat too much, so that you do not feel hungry for the next four to five hours. Consume moderately and slowly.
Chew the Food Properly
Well, take your time in chewing the food. This will help in absorbing all the necessary nutrients and provide the best of it. Thus, it will decrease the chance of constipation, colon, and stoma blockage. Mince your food with the teeth
Drink More and More Water
Drink more and more water every day. If you cannot drink too much simple water, then you can up the intake of fresh juice and lime soda. This will keep your stoma, digestive system, and peristomal skin hydrate. Well, avoid intake of caffeine and alcohol.
Appropriate and Unappropriate Food Items
As I said earlier, you have to prevent eating a few items because of the gas, constipation, odor, and diarrhea problem. Thus, here are a few food items, that are not suitable for colostomy or ileostomy patients.
- Dry fruits.
- Red meat.
(You can eat oranges, mangoes, and cucumber if you are facing constipation)
Rest you can eat fresh green vegetables, rice, and fresh fruits.