I eat sweet potatoes 5 times a week, does anyone ever eat skin, also on apples or pears ?  can anyone eat beets, artichokes or peppers ? 

Reason for the constipation is my sphincter muscles are weak and are not working making me to force without fiber.  Cant seem to find a doctor who can help me.  Reason for trying to eat more fiber but get horrible gas pains.

Thanks so much.

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Hi Mikeey

I'm a long time poucher (since 1996) and the best dietary change I ever made was to eat a 1/2 cup of cooked GF steel cut oatmeal every morning. It has to be the steel cut/unprocessed type of oatmeal and I make it with plain water. 

The coarseness of the fiber seems to act as a "broom" sweeping everything out of me by the end of the day. I have not had any pouch issues since I began doing this a few years ago and am no longer on any meds or probiotics.

I don't know if this will work for you but it's easy and doesn't cost much so I thought I'd pass it along,  

Good luck to you. Hope you find a solution.  




Dear Elizab- Thank you so much, I will definitely give this a try.  

Your concern writing back is so appreciated.

God Bless, Mikey

Elizab- I am unable to find gf steel cut oatmeal unprocessed, can you give me more information so I can buy them.

Thank you so much.


Walmart has Bob's steel cut oatmeal online. You might not need to get the more expensive GF kind if you don't have an issue with gluten. The important thing is that it is "steel cut".  Irish Oatmeal is the same thing....I think.  




Thanks again , just wanted to make sure I got the correct thing. I will try BOBS.

Have a wonderful day, and thanks for your response.

Mickey, if you are still having difficulty finding Elizab's recommendation, try looking for Quaker Oats brand in supermarkets. They also make a steel cut oatmeal. You'll need to cook steel cut with a bit more water, and for a bit longer, but you'll figure out the texture of oatmeal you want. Buy the smallest size to see if it works for you. Don't buy the instant packages that you pop into the microwave. Those are highly processed and full of sugar. Steel cut or long cooking oatmeal is better. 

I eat beets (peeled and cooked). I also eat steamed spinach. I avoid raw vegetables. Maybe you could try canned pumpkin? Add some nutmeg or cinnamon to the pumpkin for flavour, add some olive oil to "lubricate" food toward the exit. Look for foods that are soluble fiber, instead of insoluble fiber. Cooked zucchini is what I ate right after takedown and it works for me. Soluble food fiber becomes a gel-like consistency in the gut and comes out smoothly.  But insoluble fiber does not break down and it comes out looking pretty much the way it went in (peppers, celery, carrots, cruciferous vegetables like Brussels sprouts or cabbage) can sometimes remain hard, whole, and painful to push out. 

Winterberry- Thank you so much for your excellent response.  Thank you for taking the time to respond to my question.

Have a great day. Michael

Hi. I can’t find the tread but it mention one of the consultants saying that sometimes the pouch can get better at absorbing water and therefore slow down. Drink more and possibly more sport type drink (when you go more than 1 litre). I find vegetable purée works better. 

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