When planning your diet, it’s important to know what your body can handle. Check out these diet tips from Diane Bustamante, a dietitian and nutritionist who frequently consults with people living with an ostomy.
Eating: Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Try eating new foods in small portions to see if you can handle them. Keep a journal on the foods that work for you and ones that don't.
Liquids: Don't Wait to Hydrate
Drink water and other liquids regularly—eight to ten glasses a day. Keep an eye out for the symptoms of dehydration, such as dizziness or dry mouth, or if your urine is discolored. If you notice any of these symptoms, drink water immediately.1
Meals: More is More
Eating four to six smaller meals throughout the day may work better for you than the traditional three. Eat your largest meal around midday to decrease the amount of stool output at night. And be sure to include protein.
Go Easy on the Gas
Certain foods are notorious for causing gas and odor for people living with an ostomy. Broccoli, for example. Here are a few more that may surprise you.
Unpleasant Odors? Try These:
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