Diet Ideas for those after colon resection surgery

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Julz

Richland, WA

#1 Feb 28, 2012
I think having a forum on here for Diet for those who have diverticulitis and colon resection surgery is a great idea. I know many of you have shared information in previous topics. Please share what worked best for you and the transition time from low residual to low fiber an on. I know with my coming surgery it will be so helpful!
Deb from MI

Port Townsend, WA

#2 Feb 29, 2012
Thanks for starting this thread, Julz! I had thought about doing that a while ago but never got around to it.

The following information is for those who have recovered from diverticulitis and/or colon resection surgery. The diet I'm describing below is not for anyone who is currently having diverticulitis attacks, since there would be too much fiber going through the colon.

I don't have much time right now, because I have to go use my juicer to make about 20 ounces of fresh orange juice (with a lime -- for breakfast, to boost my immune system) and about 64 ounces of mean green juice for the day (to help detox my entire body of all the poisons and toxins that have clogged my cells, tissues, blood, and organs from eating animal meats, breads, and processed foods filled with chemicals, additives, cholesterol, fat, sugar, and sodium).

This green juice (made from several stalks of fresh kale, spinach, swiss chard, bok choy or fennel, parsley, dandelion greens, cucumber, two green apples, a lemon, a lime, about one-inch of ginger root, several stalks of celery, and two or three carrots) tastes the best in a glass full of ice and a straw.

Eight weeks ago tomorrow, I started this diet and quit drinking Pepsi on January 15th and quit eating all that junk food, like hamburgs, fries, pizza, hot dogs, bologna sandwiches, milk, cheese, fast food, spaghetti, fried perch, and any of the other foods I used to eat. I was a picky eater, hated steaks and most animal meats, so I usually chose from the above list when it was time to eat.

Now, after having colon resection surgery in early November, I'll have a romaine lettuce salad for lunch, topped with slices of radishes, onions, carrot strings, bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, spinach stems, with blackberries and a little cottage cheese on the side. I plan on making my own dressings after I get done preparing tax returns in April, but for now, I top the salads with Kraft Sweet Honey Catalina dressing. I'll eat almonds for snacks in the morning and afternoon. For supper, I'll eat a Fiber One oats and chocolate bar and sometimes, a blended smoothie made a banana, some blackberries, strawberries, and grapes.

I try to eat and drink a rainbow of colors every day from many of the fresh vegetables, green leafy plants, and fruits. After eight weeks (it didn't take that long, actually), I have much more energy and have no inflammation pain anywhere.

I became inspired to change my diet after watching the documentary, Fat Sick & Nearly Dead. Then I continued to watch more documentaries, such as, Food Matters, Food Inc, Forks Over Knives, and many more. Then I became interested in watching all of Victoria Boutenko's lectures on DVDs, and then I watched all of Dan McDonald's DVDs. These are all available on the web to buy or download. I'll post my current list of food documentaries and videos in the next message.

First, I bought a Breville 510 centrifugal juicer, and then I just bought and received yesterday, a Cuisinart food processor and an Omega J8006 masticating juicer (to juice wheatgrass). I plan on making all kinds of raw food recipes using these tools after April 15th.
Deb from MI

Port Townsend, WA

#3 Feb 29, 2012
YouTube documentaries:

Food That Kills (very informative!)
Meet Your Meat
The Last Heart Attack

Gerson documentaries (related to juicing and healing cancer):

The Gerson Miracle
The Gerson Therapy
The Beautiful Truth
Dying To Have Known
Healing Cancer
Cancer is Curable Now

Food documentaries:

Fat Sick & Nearly Dead
Forks Over Knives
Food Inc
Food Matters
King Corn
Earthlings (very graphic)
Kiss Your Fat Goodbye: Get Fit Now
The Future of Food
Ingredients
River of Waste
The Garden
Save The Farm
Fresh
Simply Raw
The Real Dirt on Farmer John
Deconstructing Supper
Greens Can Save Your Life
Farmageddon The Movie
Super Size Me
Supercharge Your Immune System
Killer At Large: Why Obesity is America's Greatest Threat
What's On Your Plate
Genetically Modified Food: Panacea or Poison?
Tapped
Bad Seed: The Truth About Our Food
Fed Up
Processed People
Fast Food Nation
Raw Nirvana: Uncooked Food Recipes

Netflix has many of these available to watch instantly.
Julz

United States

#4 Feb 29, 2012
Thanks for sharing! I know so many of us get on a rut and knowing the options and where to learn about it is so very helpful. Thanks for sharing.
Deb from MI

Port Townsend, WA

#5 Feb 29, 2012
I didn't list Dan McDonald's DVDs above, but they are the best, the most informative, and the most interesting when it comes to advice about the many green leafy plants, fruits, and vegetables and what effects they each have in your body. He also demonstrates several recipes in his videos. His advice is straightforward and makes so much sense that I'm now watching them all again.

Here are his websites:

http://www.regenerateyourlife.org/

http://www.youtube.com/user/liferegenerator

Victoria Boutenko has also made several DVDs that are interesting and very informative. Her web site is:

http://www.rawfamily.com
Deb from MI

Port Townsend, WA

#7 Mar 1, 2012
Here's a list of the benefits I've had from drinking fresh juices from green leafy plants, vegetables, and fruits every day (and eating vegetable salads, almonds, blackberries, and a little cottage cheese) for the last eight weeks.

1) I lost seven or eight pounds (of the 12 or 13 pound I needed to lose). By the way, people who have more weight to lose will lose weight much quicker.

2) My feet and ankles no longer ache when I get out of bed in the morning or at night when I go to bed.

3) My knees no longer crack when walking down the stairs.

4) I have much more energy, similar to when I was in my early 30s. I'll be 60 in less than three months.

5) I no longer have any constipation, because I quit eating breads, animal meats, any processed or packaged foods, and all dairy, except for a few bites of cottage cheese every day.

6) My skin is softer, skin tone is much better, and my hair is softer.

7) I wake up about three to four hours earlier every day and get tired three to four hours earlier at night. I'm able to go to sleep quickly now and sleep all night for about eight hours.

8) My personality and vibrancy have improved greatly when dealing with clients. I feel much happier (because I have no more pains anywhere and have much more energy), so it's been much easier to deal with all the tax clients I see every day during this tax season.

9) My mental clarity has usually been fine, but that has also improved greatly due to the changes I've made.

10) I quit drinking six cans of Pepsi every day about 10 days after I started juicing. I drank one can every day for 10 days -- and never had any "detox" headaches.

11) I was diagnosed with interstitial cystitis in 2001. I had to avoid orange juice and all citrus juices for the last almost 11 years to prevent pain of inflammation in the bladder, especially when lying down at night.

I've been able to drink 20 ounces of orange juice (with a lime) every morning for the last eight weeks -- with no bladder pain at all. One night about four weeks ago, I had a small glass of milk and had bladder pain that night. That's when I discovered that milk was causing the inflammation pain in my bladder.

This bladder condition began after I ate strawberry shortcake with whip cream every day for seven months. I'm positive the whip cream caused the inflammation -- and not the strawberries, as I had originally thought back then. Since I quit drinking milk, I've had NO bladder pain at night.

12) My cholesterol levels improved greatly just ten days after I started juicing. The TRIG test decreased from 292 to 134. I'm hoping I'll be able to quit taking Lipitor in the near future.
DianaL

Concord, CA

#8 Mar 1, 2012
I hope this post is taken in the way it is intended but I am uncomfortable with this thread as it stands. While I am happy Deb that you've found a path of eating that has been great for you, I would like it to stand that is is your personal journey that is not endorsed by all.

In the sense of contribution I hope others will list foods and other supplements, vitamins, etc. That they have found helpful.

For me, right after surgery I stayed very conservative in what I ate. Started with liquids like Ensure, yogurt/protein smoothies, mashed potatoes (homemade with sour cream, butter and some milk), cream of wheat and soups such as Trader Joes low fat chicken noodle in the can. Lots of Greek Honey yogurt. Anything heavy in fat didn't sit well. Took Probiotics twice a day.

I gradually added white meat chicken (chewed really well), over-cooked green beans (yay veggies!), oatmeal with oat bran, smoked trout (white fish is easy on the stomach), tuna with a little mayo, whole grain pita chips. Then started to add sautéed spinach, brown rice, salmon, pork tenderloin, cooked kale, Cannelli beans and pastas.

Then pretty much anything I wanted. Funny, I still don't have a craving for beef or milk. almost every morning I have oatmeal/oat and wheat bran hot cereal with brown sugar, salt and toasted pecan bits with almond milk. Maybe a can of veggie soup or a rice bowl with chicken for lunch then dinner. Dinner is my biggest meal and always there's a vegetable. Sometimes I have yogurt for dessert and or an orange or apple as a snack.

The 35lbs I lost are still off. Even though I drink a ton of plain water all day long I still can get backed up. Maybe once a week I use a dose of Milk of Magnesia. Also I take a multiple vitamin, extra C, fish oil and calcium each day.

Hope this helps all those with a new leash on life without bad colon parts :0)
Deb from MI

Port Townsend, WA

#9 Mar 1, 2012
DianaL,

I would never condemn you or anyone for their food choices. I've done a lot of research on this diet choice and found it to be the absolute best choice. In my case (and for many other people), the results have been amazing.

Alkalinity is much preferred over acidity in the body. Most of the animal meats, dairy, breads, high-sodium, high-cholesterol, and packaged foods (most of the foods in the Standard American Diet) are acidic and contain many chemical additives, which cause inflammation and other illnesses over time.

I don't need to take any pills for constipation, because the raw foods and juices work so much better than foods in the SAD to flush out the toxins in the entire body, including the colon. I had seven BMs yesterday, and that has been happening about once each week. The other days, I'm so regular that it gets to be annoying sometimes, but I'm thankful that I no longer have a constipation problem. I've never been this regular in my life!

I also don't need to take any vitamins or other pills for added minerals, because the raw foods and juices are loaded with vitamins and minerals -- and those vitamins and minerals are finally able to get into all my cells after detoxing and flushing out all the excess proteins, toxins, and stuff that's been clogging my cells, tissues, blood, and organs for many years.

This diet change was an easy transition for me, because I was on a liquid and soft diet for most of the last six months of 2011. I no longer have to be concerned with consuming too much sodium (the filters in my kidneys became damaged in 2004, so my body tends to retain fluid -- but not anymore). I can now drink and eat all the citrus foods that I want, because what was causing the inflammation in my body was milk, animal meats, starchy foods, and breads (which caused the constipation that led to needing the colon resection surgery).

So, you have no need to be uncomfortable with this thread. Millions of people are juicing now and have switched to raw foods, due to the popularity of the documentary Fat Sick & Nearly Dead that came out last year. You only have to visit their Facebook page to see all the constant posts there every day -- and all the success stories.

We all make our own choices in life. Those who choose alkalizing foods over acidic foods will have much less inflammation (or no inflammation) and less illnesses and diseases. This has been proven over many decades of research and testing. I realize that a person's diet is a lifestyle and a personal choice. I've only posted my experience with this particular diet. My posts are intended only for those people who want to truly feel healthier, have more energy, and flush out all the toxins in their bodies and dried fecal matter that's built up inside their intestines for many years.(No, those colon preps don't flush out all the dried stuff from many years of eating foods that constipate and is still stuck to the walls inside the colon and intestines.)

Also, some people choose to drink juices and eat raw foods for a few weeks (to do periodic detoxes) or for a lifetime. Everyone is free to put whatever they want into their mouths. After the worst year of my life (as far as being sick), I've finally decided to make better choices about the foods I put into my mouth. And the results so far, after eight weeks and one day, have been absolutely amazing! I know there's no turning back for me, because I've never felt healthier in my life!

So, here's the bottom line:

I would like it to stand that "your" diet is your personal journey that is not endorsed by all.
Julz

Richland, WA

#10 Mar 1, 2012
I think that you misread the title of this topic as being "ideas". I know that everyone's body response to food in their own unique way and what works for one does not always work for others. We were asked by others to start this topic in order just to share. Everyone is just sharing. I am not sure that you noticed that Deb did not start her diet to the juice until she was 2 months out from resection surgery.

I want to thank you for sharing because every thing we can learn from others that have been there is so helpful. I know I appreciate everyones input even if there are times that things don't make sense to me, more because I have not experienced it. I am having resection surgery on the 12th and I can't say thank you enough about all the honest sharing. It has helped to put my mind at ease as much as you can when you are having surgery and headed for a total life change.

Thanks again DianaL

Thanks to all!
Deb from MI

Port Townsend, WA

#11 Mar 1, 2012
I've made some drastic changes in my life in the recent past. Here they are, and due to these life-changing decisions, the results have been amazing.

1) Quit smoking after 42 years in Sept 2010. My lungs feel healthy now, and I haven't coughed since the beginning of October 2010.

2) Started using a 7-inch high stool last October to place my feet on when sitting on the toilet. What an amazing difference this has made!

3) Quit drinking six cans of Pepsi every day in the middle of January 2012. I now have natural energy all day long, and it is much more energy than I've had in many years. When I "crash" at night, it's because it's time to go to sleep for the night.

4) Started drinking juices from fresh green leafy plants and herbs, fruits, and vegetables and eating vegetable salads, almonds, and blackberries, plus a Fiber One bar every night, on January 5, 2012. All my life, I've been told to eat more fruits and vegetables, and I've finally chosen to do that. What an amazing difference! I listed most of the results in a message above, and I still can't believe how well this choice has worked. I used to be one of the non-believers, but not anymore.

5) Quit eating animal meats, dairy, starchy foods, and most packaged and processed foods (except for cottage cheese and Fiber One bars) at the same time I started juicing and eating vegetable salads. Discovered that low-fat milk was causing my bladder inflammation pain, so I'll be making almond and/or coconut milk after April 15th, when I have more time.

6) Drinking more water each day in the last few weeks. I used to drink enough to take my pills every night. Now, I'm drinking about three bottles of water every day, and I can tell a huge difference in skin tone all over and how the toxins continue to be flushed out of my body, including the dried fecal matter (built up over many years) in my intestines. Complete detoxing can take up to two years, so I don't expect it all to happen overnight.

7) After April 15th, when I get done working for the year, I plan on trying lots of recipes with raw and living foods. Of course, I always want it to be April 15th, but this year, I can't wait to get started with tons of recipes, growing wheatgrass, and using my new food processor and masticating juicer (to make wheatgrass juice with coconut water and whatever else I find goes with wheatgrass). I never knew about wheatgrass and all the tremendous benefits it provides for the bloodstream and the rest of the body.

From a former hamburg, fries, hot dog, and pizza eater...
mary

Nashville, TN

#12 Mar 1, 2012
I am still on low residue 3 weeks out from an open resection with a temp. Colostomy. I was eating low carbon//paleolithic before the ev hit last Nov. I would dearly love to be back on it but I am so afraid of blocking the stoma. I have had more carbs recently than I've eaten in the past two years. I'd love to hear from those who ate low carb and have resumed w/ a stoma.
Deb from MI

Port Townsend, WA

#13 Mar 2, 2012
DianaL,

I ate some of the same foods you did during the two months following my colon resection surgery. Ate chicken stir-fry once, Ensure, yogurt, took a Probiotic every day (which I no longer need), protein smoothies, oat bran cereal (wanted to gag after that), canned vegetable soup and spaghetti and meatballs (and all the sodium that comes with those packaged foods), and a few more that I can't remember.

My regret is that I didn't start juicing and making vegetable/fruit smoothies a few months earlier (actually, a few years earlier). I believe the inflammation in my colon would have gone away, the toxins would have been flushed out long ago, and I wouldn't have required surgery. But, of course, it's too late now.

Diana, did you actually read all of my messages or did you just quickly scan them, when you formed your negative opinion? Have you ever tried this diet or done any research into how wonderful and healthy this diet is?
Gillian

UK

#15 Mar 2, 2012
Deb, aren't you just a teensy bit suspicious that the extreme diet you are on is not the only reason for your new found well-being?

Having admitted to drinking 5-8 cans of Pepsi a day,'living'for months on bologna sandwiches, eating strawberry shortcake and whipped cream everyday for 7 months and being a hamburger, fries, hot dog, and pizza eater...I would have thought that just getting rid of all the crap in your diet and having the surgery to remove the rotten part of your colon has had a big part to play in it.
Gillian

UK

#16 Mar 2, 2012
Most people find that their constipation problems are cured after a colon resection and report that they have to empty their bowels more frequently - how can you be sure it is the juicing that has 'cured' yours?

I have read and watched videos about the raw-food diet - nobody has pointed to any proper , solid research into it that I can find -perhaps you can point me in the right direction? I mean real academic/clinical research, not testimonials,
DianaL

San Jose, CA

#17 Mar 2, 2012
Hey, I come in peace. Being a child of California I did raw juicing in the late 70's. I've tried a lot of things. Your zeal is admirable but I have to agree with Gillian, it is no wonder you feel so good after such a radical diet change. Great for you.

Never did I say that what I ate was the bestest most awesome thing in the world. It is only that it worked for me and is practical for most people to do. I am a foodie and my diet before this was good, whole grain, organic when I could, locally sourced, blah, blah, blah.

I believe the intent of this thread is for many of us to share what has worked. May there be room for others to share. Please others share your heard-earned knowledge.

Good health!
Julz

Richland, WA

#18 Mar 2, 2012
Mary you may want your primary physician to give you a referral to a dietician to talk about what foods to avoid while you have your colostomy and ways to prepare it. I went to one and she was very helpful in providing me with lists and ways to substitute or add things due to nutritional needs while your body heals.
Deb from MI

Port Townsend, WA

#19 Mar 3, 2012
Gillian,

I'm beginning to understand now why some of you are misunderstanding what I've been posting.

It's NOT about juices 'curing' constipation (although, juicing helps greatly to detox the body and flush out all the clogged cells, organs, tissues, and bloodstream -- as compared to drinking Pepsi and eating foods full of fat, sodium, starches, cholesterol, and sugar).

It's about making HEALTHIER choices.

This diet is not an 'extreme' diet. When did I ever say that this diet is the ONLY reason for my newfound well-being? Haven't I mentioned all of the other changes I've made in my life that have contributed to the reasons for feeling so much better? Did you scan over (or ignore) all those portions of my messages, or have you only focused on the 'juicing' portions of my messages?

Of course, I realize that the benefits I'm enjoying now are due to having the diseased portion of my colon removed, quitting Pepsi, quitting all of those unhealthy foods, using a step stool to move stools easier and quicker, quitting smoking, drinking more water, and now eating healthier foods and juices.

But you and a few others continue to focus ONLY on the 'juicing' portions of my messages and not how all I'll done is made healthier choices.

Do you really believe that it would be considered 'extreme' because I changed from drinking Pepsi all day to drinking green juices all day?(Green juices that contain green leafy plants, vegetables, and fruits loaded with vitamins and minerals to help detox and flush out all the clogged cells, organs, tissues, and bloodstream -- and have been alkalizing my insides and flushing out all the acids from the unhealthy food choices I've made in the past).

Do you really believe that it would be considered 'extreme' because I changed from eating hamburgs and fries or hot dogs and potato chips or bologna sandwiches and potato chips (or anything else that I get hooked on and eat for a few months, like millions of people tend to do) to eating healthier foods, such as, vegetable salads, almonds, fruits, and the raw food recipes that I'll be making in the future when I have more time?

What's so wrong with drinking two glasses of orange juice and a bowl of grapefruit each morning, when I used to eat two Ciabatta garlic rolls with cheese -- or ate nothing at all in the mornings? Do you really think this is 'extreme'?

What's so wrong with eating a romaine lettuce salad for lunch, topped with radishes, bell peppers, onions, carrots, cucumbers, and spinach stems, as compared to eating two bologna sandwiches (or a McDonald's fish sandwich and side salad or two Ciabatta rolls or some frozen food thrown in the microwave for a minute or two)? Do you really think this is 'extreme'?

Gotta go now... I hope I've clarifed all of this for you. Remember, it's about making HEALTHIER choices, not about juicing or raw foods. They just happen to be the healthier choices, because I'm now avoiding all of those fatty foods that contain high amounts of chemical additives and poisons, sodium, fats, cholesterol, starches, and sugars -- and detoxing my body of all the acidity and toxins that have built up in the cells for many, many years.

For more information about academic and clinical research, I'm sure you can find tons of information by searching Google. You could also research the findings by Dr. Max Gerson, Dr. Ann Wigmore, Victoria Boutenko, and Dan McDonald, to name a few. I don't have time right now to search for you, because I have to work seven days a week, 10 to 12 hours a day, for three months.

Cheers!
Deb from MI

Port Townsend, WA

#20 Mar 3, 2012
One of the main reasons why I quit eating foods with high amounts of fat, sodium, cholesterol, starches, and sugars is because my surgeon told me to eat 30 grams of fiber every day. I wasn't getting that much fiber from the foods I ate. Now I'm getting more than enough fiber (with the added benefit of detoxing and flushing out the toxins and excess fat and proteins in my cells from drinking the healthy juices).

I discovered a delicious new food (for me, anyway) last night. I had bought a package of Tumaro's Gourmet Tortillas last Saturday night. I'd forgotten about them until last night. So, I put some romaine lettuce, radishes, bell peppers, onions, cucumbers, spinach stems, and carrot strings on a tortilla, topped with a little Honey French dressing. It was delicious and will probably be what I'll eat now and then for supper at night when I feel hungry. Each tortilla has 6 grams of fiber (listed on the package -- Amazon states 8 grams of fiber), and is low in carbs and fat.

http://www.amazon.com/Tumaros-Tortillas-Multi...
Deb from MI

Port Townsend, WA

#21 Mar 3, 2012
Here's another diet idea:

Alkalizing your system is a good thing. Doing this will aid your lymphatic system to open up and cleanse your entire system, removing all the acidic waste, mucus, and toxins that are clogging your cells, organs, tissues, and bloodstream.

Here's a great educational article about the maintaining an acidic and alkaline balance:

http://www.pureinsideout.com/crucial-acidic-a...
Gillian

UK

#23 Mar 3, 2012

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