Suggested Ostomy Food Groups

As an ostomy patient (colostomy, ileostomy, and urostomy), you may in moderation enjoy most recipes. If presented with new foods, you may try them but in scant portions at first. If you are weary about testing things on your own, consult with your ostomy professional. Besides variety, you must strive to eat right. Ostomy patients have a more difficult time absorbing nutrients, so you must try harder to obtain them. Below is a list of Food Groups with recommended quantities and general tips for ostomy patients. It may serve as a guidance while adjusting to deal with foods differently and while establishing new eating patterns. It is also advisable to use a Food Journal to keep tab of your meals and the effects these have on you. At the very least, it’s something your ostomy practitioner will appreciate.


Complex Carbohidrates Serving Recommended
Whole wheat/multigrain bread, rolls, and crackers; whole grain cereals, muesli, cream of wheat, cream of rice, oatmeal, brown rice.
If whole grains are difficult to hold, go for bleached refined types.
6-11 serving per day
One serving equals=
1 slice of bread
1 cup ready-to-eat cereal, rice or pasta
1/2 bun, bagel or English muffin
For the first eight weeks following discharge, restrict intake of whole grains. Then add them progressively. Tolerance to these foods takes some adjusting.
Fruits Serving Recommended
Fresh fruits are best. Soluble fibers from prunes, pears and citrus fruit (orange or grapefruit) applesauce and bananas are good. Also try unsweetened citrus juices. 2-4 servings per day
One serving equals=
1 medium size fruit
1/2 cup canned or cooked
1/4 to 1/2 cup juice
You may blend them together. Limit coconut, blackberries, and strawberries. Consume small quantities and make sure you masticate well. Skip dried fruits.
Vegetables Serving Recommended
Soft cooked green beans, carrots, beets, squash and stewed tomatoes. 

You may need to begin with mashed, boiled or baked potatoes without the skin and other pureed vegetables.

3-5 servings each day
One serving equals=
1/2 cup cooked
1/4 cup juice
Limit raw celery, mushrooms, green peppers, cabbage, peas, Chinese vegetables, foods with kernels, nuts, and seeds and soy. Remove skins and seeds from fruits and vegetables.
Milk, Yogurt, Cheese Serving Recommended
Depending on tolerance, eat at will. 2-3 serving per day
One serving equals=
1 cup milk or yogurt
1 1/2 oz. Natural cheese
2 oz. processed cheese
These are all good sources of proteins. If gas becomes uncomfortable or if heavy diarrhea ensues, discontinue use. Resume in small quantities.
Fats, Oils, Sweets Serving Recommended
Vegetable broth and bouillon, soups made with skim milk, lean meats, and vegetables. 

Pastries, pies, crackers, and others made without trans fats. Olive oil, Canola Oil for cooking, fish oil.

Sparingly. Do not consume daily. Try low-fat alternatives.Try to limit fats. Cut down on caffeine. It increases acid production and slows evacuation time.
Meats, Proteins Serving Recommended
Lean meats, fish, poultry, legumes, nuts and eggs. 3 servings or average of 10oz. Daily
One serving equals=
2-3 oz. Cooked meat
(count 1/2 cup beans,
1 egg, or 2 tsp. Peanut butter as 1 oz. Of meat.)
Ideally just broil, boil, roast, and grill. Limit frying. 

Try doing away with gravies or sauces.

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