I have popped a few recipes onto my site that I use frequently, they have been slightly modified for my digestion system and people with an Ostomy however they are only small changes.
I wanted to explain why we have to adapt our diets a little more so than people with a “normal” digestive system.
Our digestive system is made up of organs that breakdown foods, absorb nutrients, and help to eliminate waste (stool) from the body.
The digestive system begins in the mouth. Food goes through the oesophagus into the stomach then into the small intestines. The small intestine is about 20 feet long and is where most of digestion of nutrients occurs in the body. The small intestine has three parts; the last part of the small intestines is called the ileum. Any food that is not absorbed in the small intestines then goes into the large intestines (also called the colon) then leaves the body as stool from the rectum/anus.
If you have an Ostomy you don’t have a colon, meaning we can’t absorb as many nutrients and water as a “normal” digestive tract. It also means that we have to drink larger amounts of water as we loose more salt than others, be careful of high fibre foods as it stimulates your gut and can cause blockages. We have to chew our food a million times over especially high fibre foods to aid digestion and avoid colic. We have to eat 5-6 meals a day and little and often.
We can also find that foods that I can digest well may not work for others – for instance I can eat tomatoes with skins however I know people who have had many a blockage for them – it is trial and error and always chew!
Enjoy the recipes!