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You may not be able to eat for the first few days. You may get some nutrients through an intravenous line, called an IV, that’s put into one of your veins. At first, you will begin a liquid diet. Later, you will be able to add soft foods and then normal foods. It may take your colon several months to adjust to the trauma of surgery. To rest your bowels during the healing time, you will need to eat a low-fiber diet. Be sure you discuss your diet with your health care provider. Your provider may refer you to a nutritionist or dietitian to help you plan your meals.
You may be allowed to eat foods like these.
Creamy peanut butter
Eggs that aren’t fried
Fruits without skin or seeds, such as applesauce, banana, melons, peaches, and plums
Ground and well-cooked meats
Refined cereals like puffed rice and corn flakes
Some fat, such as margarine, butter, mayonnaise, and salad dressing
Sweet or white potatoes without skins
You may need to avoid foods like these.
Brown and wild rice
Corn bread and corn muffins
All raw or dried fruits, including raisins and seeds
Juice with pulp
Nuts, including crunchy peanut butter
Pickles and olives
Tough, fibrous meats and processed meats