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Colorectal Cancer: Ostomy

How To Eat With An Ostomy

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The most common way to reduce side effects is to follow these guidelines:

  • Eat foods at a regular time each day. Eating 4 to 6 smaller meals may help to promote a regular bowel pattern. 
  • Try eating the main dinner meal at noon and a smaller meal in the evening. This helps to reduce the stool output at night.
  • Eat small portions of food.
  • Eat slowly.
  • To help the digestive system, chew foods completely. Make sure food is broken down to very small pieces before swallowing. Especially avoid chewing large pieces of leafy vegetables.
  • Consume foods that are least likely to produce gas, odors or multiple poop syndrome (MPS, diarrhea).
  • Help promote a regular bowel pattern by eating at the same time each day - preferably 4 - 6 smaller meals. 

For a list of foods and drinks and their effect on your system, see the next section.

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