Monday, September 1, 2014

Popcorn, Polenta, and Crohn's

It's shark week and in addition to the usual violent cramps, I'm feeling fatigued and Chrons-y. I'm going to attempt a kettlebell workout later, but for now, I'm going to talk about food.

I've mentioned my ileostomy before, but I haven't talked about what it means in terms of my diet. Immediately after having ostomy surgery, there are a lot of foods that you are supposed to avoid because they are known to cause blockages. Some of the foods include nuts and seeds, vegetable and fruit peels/tough vegetable stalks/any vegetable that isn't really really well-cooked, foods that cause excessive gas, and, particularly hard for a lot of people to give up, popcorn. I have read a lot of ostomy patient forums online and it seems like most people do a little experimenting with the prohibited foods after they have had their ostomy for several months. I was no different.

My early experiments taught me that even several years post-op I have problems if I eat too many vegetables, particularly broccoli stalks, even if they are very well cooked. I can have small amounts of nuts and beans, and I do well with most fruits. The one food I haven't really experimented with is popcorn. At least, that is, until now. 

I was in the store last week and decided to buy a box of those snack size bags of popcorn. I ate one of the bags yesterday, drank a lot of liquid, and waited to see what would happen. Long story short, I didn't end up in the hospital. I probably won't be making popcorn a regular part of my diet, but I just like to know that i can have it on occasion if I am watching a movie with friends or something. 

I've also been experimenting with polenta again. Last night I sprayed a skillet with coconut oil cooking spray and browned some sliced polenta from Trader Joe's. In another pain, I cooked a turkey burger and made some gravy. When the turkey burger was cooked all the way through, i served it over some of the polenta medallions with plenty of gravy. It was delicious. Next up, I'm thinking I'll try deconstructed tamales. 

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