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Let’s talk!

For some time now I have been supporting the nutritional and health needs of ostomates, firstly via consultations in my local area in Melbourne, Australia, and then through travelling to many different parts of Australia to give nutritional presentations.  The presentations covered a range of topics and were presented to ostomy support groups, industry professionals … continue reading

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Detouring into mental health

I am a nutritionist and in this forum I usually write about nutrition for ostomates.   This topic is very important for the general health of ostomates and is a particular passion of mine. However, on this occasion I am going to digress from this topic to focus on another subject that is, in my opinion, … continue reading

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Dietary solutions for lactose intolerance

Many people consult with me because they are experiencing diarrhoea or very loose bowel motions.  For those who are ostomates, it is often assumed that loose output is a consequence of the stomal surgery alone.  However, there may be other reasons for the loose output which, when rectified, can lead to more appropriate consistency of … continue reading

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Peanut Butter or Vegemite?

During the course of a recent nutritional consultation, I had a discussion with a client that highlighted the dietary difficulty that is often experienced by ostomates – making a choice between the best food for health and the best food for comfortable stomal output.  Sometimes the choice can be very straightforward and little consideration is … continue reading

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The pros and cons of a low residue diet

In my role as both a student and then a qualified Nutritionist, I have attended many lectures, seminars, conferences and now webinars on diet.  And I have examined dietary guidelines and trends from many different perspectives. Some diets can be categorised as trendy fads that promote weight loss, for example, without concern for overall health. … continue reading

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Are you consuming enough Vitamin C?

As the weather starts to turn cooler in the Southern Hemisphere and winter approaches, the chance of developing some sniffles or catching a cold or the ‘flu increases.  As a nutritionist, my thoughts naturally turn to the nutrients that can help defend against infection and assist the body to stay healthy during this time.  Vitamin … continue reading

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Are you having fun?

That might seem like a silly question.  You might be thinking “I’m an ostomate – how can I have fun?”  However, the two don’t necessarily have to be mutually exclusive.   As an ostomate it is important to still find the joy in life, even if it is just in the little things. Stomal surgery can … continue reading