During the first weeks after your surgery, you’ll need to manage your fiber intake carefully. At first, eat the foods with less fiber, as recommended in the table below. This is especially important if you have an ileostomy. In six to eight weeks, after your stoma heals, you can add in foods with more fiber. Add new foods one at a time to make sure you can tolerate them.

Food Group

At first, eat these foods

After 6 to 8 weeks, add these foods

Breads, Cereals, Rice, and Pasta
(6 to 11 servings per day)

  • White bread, rolls, crackers
  • Refined cereal (cream of wheat, cream of rice, oatmeal)
  • White rice
  • Whole wheat bread, rolls, cereals, brown rice, bran
(3 to 5 servings per day)
  • Soft cooked green beans, carrots, beets, squash, and stewed tomatoes
  • Mashed, boiled, or baked potatoes without the skin
  • Other pureed vegetables
  • Raw vegetables
  • Mushrooms, green peppers
  • Peas, corn, popcorn

*Remove skins and seeds from vegetables

(3 to 5 servings per day)
  • Applesauce, ripe bananas
  • Canned fruit packed in water/juice
  • Unsweetened juices without pulp
  • Dried fruit, apple skins, coconut, grapefruit, pineapple

*Remove skins and seeds from fruits

Milk, Yogurt, and Cheese
(2 to 3 servings per day)
  • Milk and milk products as tolerated (add slowly)
Meats, Dry Beans and Peas, Eggs, and Nuts
(2 to 3 servings per day)
  • Lean meat, fish, and poultry
  • Eggs
  • Sausage, hot dogs, and meat
  • Nuts, beans, lentils