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Eating well is a big part of living life on your own terms. The good news is that having a stoma should not stand in the way of enjoying good food.

There are no set dietary rules for people living with a stoma. It may just take a bit of time to find out what works for you. With the go-ahead from your healthcare team, you can eat what you like, when you like.

Here are some general guidelines:*

  • Eat regularly
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • To avoid blockages1, chew your food well
  • Ask your ostomy nurse or a dietitian if you need to take vitamins
  • After surgery, try new foods one at a time, in small quantities. If there is a problem (such as gas), you can make simple adjustments that work for you.
  • Most importantly, enjoy your food.