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Has anyone done a W30 with an ileostomy? I've had 3 surgeries in 3 months and have another one coming up in about 6 weeks (possibly reversal of stoma). My ileo is 3 months old. I've done several Whole30s prior to having an ileo. One of my concerns is that I haven't tried eating raw vegetables or leafy greens with my ileo yet. I understand they can cause problems. Also, I lose weight after each surgery and usually can put it back on within a few weeks, but I don't want to lose any weight with this W30 due to another upcoming surgery. I just want to be as healthy as possible going into it :) Any suggestions or tips are very much appreciated. 

 

Currently, I am eating a handful of foods that will be off limits with the whole30. Cottage cheese and noosa yogurt are two that I keep around because they are easy to digest and high(ish) in protein. I also eat Outshine popsicles to help keep my fluid intake up. I have also been eating cheese. Those will be the major things that I will have to give up. 

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I don't have experience with an ileostomy, maybe someone else can weigh in on that, but I would say, don't try to eat things that might cause problems. It's fine to not eat raw vegetables or leafy greens. Cooked vegetables typically are easier to digest, and people usually can eat more volume of them than raw vegetables, so that should actually be helpful as far as trying to keep weight on.

 

Here is an article about keeping weight on during a Whole30 that might be helpful for you. Obviously, if any of those suggestions would cause you issues, don't do them.

 

Is drinking water a problem? I notice you say you're eating popsicles for the fluids. You'll need to find something to get in fluids still -- maybe soups or drinking broth throughout the day would work?

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Water isn't an issue, but with an ileo, water/fluid intake needs to be even higher than usual, so popsicles are just another way for me to get more fluids. Thank you for the suggestions! Broth and soups are perfect! I'm going to read that article too :) 

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You can also make compliant popsicles from tea or water, even broth or soup if you're really keen :)

 

Since fluid is very important, make sure you're getting enough magnesium and sodium (without processed food your sodium intake will likely drop).

 

My favourite soup: http://meljoulwan.com/2012/11/05/silky-gingered-zucchini-soup/ :) I make mine with chicken bone broth.

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I'm currently doing my first Whole30 with a colostomy. I'm missing a lot of bowel so it actually functions more like an ileostomy. I know we don't have the same food/fibre restrictions as an ileo but I'm finding it ok. My output has slowed and thickened up and I'm suspecting some adhesions might be causing a few issues, but this was happening before my Whole30 anyway.

 

I usually rely on Hydralyte or Gastrolyte popsicles to help me keep my fluids and electrolytes in balance but so far I've been okay. I find adding salt and some lime juice to my water usually does a similar thing for me anyway.

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Do either of you ostomates have an update?  I have an ileostomy and am concerned about thicker output (I prefer mine pretty liquid).

 

Just had an ileoscopy a couple of days ago and inside looks good, of course biopsy results are not back yet.

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Anyone else have any experience doing Whole30 with an ileostomy? A poster in an ostomy group on fb said her output became very thick, to the point where her bag is leaking and her skin is starting to breakdown. I’d like to give Whole30 a try, but the skin around my stoma is already red and irritated, so I don’t know if it’s something I should try or not. 

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I would really recommend you get very familiar with the program and then go talk to your doctor.  We cannot give out medical advice here and even if we could, each person is so different, it would be impossible to say.

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On 11/5/2017 at 11:35 PM, partyweetow said:

Anyone else have any experience doing Whole30 with an ileostomy? A poster in an ostomy group on fb said her output became very thick, to the point where her bag is leaking and her skin is starting to breakdown. I’d like to give Whole30 a try, but the skin around my stoma is already red and irritated, so I don’t know if it’s something I should try or not. 

I had a colostomy for a while and they were able to give me a tube of preparation to use to help with the irritation around the stoma.  Check with your doctor or an ostomy nurse. 

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