Diet & Nutrition

During the first few weeks of having a stoma you may be shocked even embarrassed by the sounds, smells and the amount / consistency of the output from your stoma.

Overtime your digestive system will settle down and you will learn what foods alter the consistency of your output and which foods cause excessive gasses. As everybody reacts differently to different foods, what’s good for one person is not necessarily good for the next person

During recovery from your surgery your appetite should return together with the stoma output normalising you will be able to reintroduce more foods to your diet.

You should include foods from all the following groups to ensure a healthy diet.

If you have lost a great deal of weight fats are an important source of energy, adding oily fish to your diet on a regular basis can ensure a good intake of Omega 3 which is an essential fatty acid.

If you are overweight you should limit your fat intake.

Rich Proteins

  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • cheese
  • milk

Calcium rich

  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Yogurts
  • can fish sardines, pink salmon
  • baked beans
  • certain vegetables ie broccoli, cabbage, green & french beans

Starchy Foods

  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Potatoes
  • breakfast cereals
  • noodles
  • Green bananas
  • rice

Fruit and Vegetables

You need to try and eat 5 portions a day and try and choose a good selection of each.

High-Fat Foods

  • Olive Oil
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Oily salad dressings
  • Mayonnaise

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A colostomy is an operation to divert one end of the colon through an opening in the tummy.


An ileostomy is where the small bowel is diverted through an opening in the tummy (abdomen).


It is a surgical procedure which diverts the normal flow of urine from the kidneys and ureters into a surgically created stoma.

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