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.

Proteins such as:                          Meat, Fish and Eggs
Calcium rich foods such as:         Milk, Cheese and Yoghurts
Starchy Foods such as:                 Bread, Pasta and Potatoes
Fruit and Vegetables such as:      Tomatoes, Apples and Oranges
Fats such as:                                  Olive Oil, Butter and Milk

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.