Diet and Nutrition
Making the right food choices can help you manage your condition. Different foods will have different reactions with your body and cause different reactions with your stoma. Follow a special diet for at least six to eight weeks to help avoid unpleasant odor, gas, and blockage.
- Some of the foods that produce odors: cabbage, garlic and peanut butter.
- Examples of gaseous foods: beans, melon, and milk.
- To help prevent blockage, drink 8 to 10 cups of liquid a day.
Slowly add one new food at a time to avoid stomach problems. Be sure to chew your food well. People with an ostomy should be able to return to a normal diet.
Direct any medical questions to a health care professional. Always consult with your physician before modifying any course of treatment.