For Colostomy and Urostomy Patients to Prevent Constipation
As much as possible we would like to prevent hard stools that can block the stoma. Hard stool that is hard to pass, is called constipation. Constipation causes discomfort in ostomy patients, primarily those with a colostomy. Additionally it complicates stool flow into the ostomy bag.
The key to preventing constipation is to make sure that you have an adequate intake of fluids, and that you have enough fiber in your meal. Soups are a good source of fluids and the vegetables in this recipe are packed with digestible fiber.
Preparation Time: 1 Hr
- 1 small white onion, sliced thinly
- 3 medium sized carrots, sliced
- 1 small head of cauliflower, florets separated
- 1 can of chopped deseeded tomatoes, or 4 large peeled tomatoes
- 6 cups of water (adjust as you feel necessary)
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Chopped parsley
- Place a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Saute the onion in the olive oil until transparent.
- Add the vegetables and water and season with salt. Let boil until all the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.
- Once softened, pour mixture into a blender or food processor. Pulse until smooth. The pulsing will ensure that the vegetables are broken down for easier digetion, thus preventing blockage even more.
- Pour into a bowl and top with chopped parsley. Season with salt and pepper according to taste. Serve with whole wheat bread slices.
- Onion is known to produce gas, so use sparingly or remove from the recipe as desired.
- Cauliflower produces odor so make sure that you are in a comfortable environment like your home when you empty and clean your stoma bag after meal. The parsley in the soup will help to neutralize the odor.
- Use tomatoes that are peeled and deseeded. You may use the canned chopped tomatoes or blanch tomatoes, manually remove the skin and scoop the seeds out.