I have a BCIR and have a restricted diet due to a series of digestive issues.  I eat 5 to 6 small meals a day.  I do eat chicken and turkey. I use a food processor so its easier to digest. I have always struggled with constipation but the meat is definitely making my stool thicker than usual. I do have to irrigate each time I have to intubate. I was wondering if salmon or cod would be better to digest. Has anyone tried eating fish and how did your pouch respond to it? Thank you for any advice. 

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Hi, Sunshyne89.  I eat a lot of fresh salmon, turbot, snapper, white fish and I have no problems. We also eat roast beef, chicken, no issues, thankfully. My family love seafood so it's easy. After my takedown, my meals almost everyday was fish and well cooked spinach, and rice or pasta. I buy fresh fish and cook it many ways, never deep frying, though, because deep frying causes many problems for me. Fish and other seafood is easier to digest (for me, anyway!) and will exit your system softer and sooner than meat, which takes longer to break down, even for fast moving j-pouchers. I don't know if this will help you but I also drink a lot of soup and make my own vegetable and meat based broths since day one. It keeps me hydrated with lots of minerals and potassium. Do you drink a lot of fluids? 

Thank you Raj and Winterberry.  This is very helpful. I am going to start eating fresh salmon and seafood. I am going to stop eating chicken/turkey because it causes so many issues for me. I do not eat red meat or pork. I drink about a gallon or more of water a day.  Thank you for all your great suggestions. 

I usually eat anything in moderation and never fresh salads in large portions, thats the one thing that causes me diarrhea. I can eat little salad in a high carb and protein meal but I like to cook my veggies till they are crunchy no more. Cauliflower/broccoli, olives, capsicum, spinach, tomatoes, onions, carrots, peas,I eat them mostly but cooked. With tomatoes I tend to remove the skin not that I have any problem but I just hate it.I cook them well before eating them.

Hi, Sunshyne89.  

I'm so pleased to know that you tried salmon and like it!  For vegetables, I eat a lot of zucchini. I used to peel the skin, then slice thick and roast in the oven, but now I can eat the skin (I'm 3 years old!) so I just slice 1/2 thick and roast with extra virgin olive oil. I think the olive oil helps smooth things, if you know what I mean!  If not using e.v. olive oil, then use avocado oil. Other oils might be modified and might cause problems. Go as natural as you can, whole foods as much as possible. The pulpy soft flesh of zucchini is good for soluable fiber.

I also eat spinach. I wilt huge bunches of it in simmering broth until soft. I don't eat any vegetables raw. I also eat a lot of cauliflower and broccoli, steamed or microwaved until soft but still crunchy. You might have to try it well cooked until you figure out how crunchy you can digest. I don't know why, but I've always been able to digest cauliflower and broccoli, since day one! I buy it frozen in big bags (Costco, or grocery store), it keeps forever, and I always have it available so no excuses. A cup (or 3) of frozen broccoli, a tablespoon of water, pop them in the microwave 2 - 3 minutes and done. Also roasted cherry tomatoes with garlic and e.v. olive oil.  If you make salmon and zucchini, try making it as a "sheet pan supper."  Fast and easy, one pan to wash. Let us know how you manage!

Hi WInterberry, I am going to try the spinach and see how my body reacts to it. I know broccoli and cauliflower are not an option for me. I have tried them in my early stages of the BCIR and it gave me terrible gas and bloating. Do you have a BCIR or Kpouch? How long have you had it, Thanks : ) 

Hi, Sunshyne89.

I have a j pouch! I'm sorry I wasn't clearer! If broccoli and cauliflower are not options, how about sweet potato? They are more nutritious than white potato. You could make SP fries by slicing, tossing with salt, olive oil, and bake until crisp. Or poke holes into sweet potato (no need to peel) and microwave. A good easy snack. Can you eat leafy greens?

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