Diet Tips For Ostomates


Diet Tips For Ostomates

Last updated 01/06/20

Eating well is a big part of living life on your own terms. The good news, 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 “OK” from your healthcare team, you can eat what you like, when you like. Here are some general guidelines, but make sure to check with your healthcare professional about any dietary restrictions you may have or need to follow:

  • Eat regularly
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • To avoid any build-up or obstruction[1], chew your food well
  • Ask your stoma therapy nurse 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!

For more specific guidelines based on your stoma type, see below. Check with your healthcare professional to find out if you have dietary restrictions. If you experience cramping, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting, call your healthcare professional immediately.






[1] Diet Reference: Ostomy Nutrition Guide. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Web site. https://www.upmc.com/health-library/article?hwid=ug2186 Accessed March 3, 2020.