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Helpful New Year’s Tips for Our Ostomate Friends

Posted by Fortis Medical Products  on December 30, 2022

We’ve finally reached the end of 2022, and it’s time to prepare New Year’s resolutions for 2023. Fortis Medical Products wants to help you resolve to make life easier as an ostomy patient.

While taking care of your stoma and managing your supplies can become very tasking, there are several strategies to make life easier. For this post, let’s go over some big-picture ideas for a thriving life if you’re an ostomate.

Time to Clean Up After the Holidays

Given the allure of Thanksgiving and Christmas feasting, it’s easy to make mistakes and eat a few foods that are normally off-limits. Don’t beat yourself, though, since you’re not the first to have trouble.

Fortunately, it’s hard to get back on track. If you had trouble with gas, odor-causing foods, loose stool, or anything unpleasant, now is the time to recalibrate back to your normal diet. 

Develop a Sustainable Exercise Program

The holiday season also makes us very busy with social arrangements, work, and shopping, which leaves less time for exercise. If you haven’t been back to the gym in a while, now’s a great time to reinvigorate your workout routine. As usual, proceed with caution if you’ve only recently had your ostomy surgery.

Work with Your Dietician to Create an Ostomy-Friendly Meal Plan

If you’re still struggling with what’s allowable or forbidden for your condition, then consider setting up another appointment with your dietician. They can help you establish firm boundaries and create meal plans tailored to how your body operates. Your goal is to find foods that satiate your appetite, don’t cause digestion or stoma trouble, and allow you to live a normal life.

Practice Better Routine Habits

This is another pearl of wisdom that applies to ostomates and everyone else alike. Many folks would benefit from more routine and consistency in their lives. One thing you can do, if you haven’t already, is organizing how you store and use your ostomy pouches and other supplies. Sometimes we hear from ostomates who run out of things because they don’t have a dedicated location for them, or they frequently lose items. Also, if anything still seems unfamiliar, check out our previous post on the basics of ostomy products.

We hope you enjoy these helpful hints for the new year. Every once in a while, it’s a great idea to meditate on practical lifestyle areas like these.

So, Happy New Year from your friends at Fortis Medical Products. If you’d like to learn more about our products or anything related to ostomy care, you’re welcome to reach us at 855-550-2600.

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