Thursday , 4 March 2021
Food and the BCIR

Food and the BCIR

With my BCIR (Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir), I can eat anything!  There are a few foods that may clog up my tube, but if I remember to chew those foods little better, then all is well!  The veggies/ fruits that give me issues at the tube level are:  pineapples, olives, and mushrooms.  Again, the worst that will happen if some of these sneak by is a few added trips to the bathroom, not a huge deal but can be annoying.  Other than these foods, I rarely have to make that conscience effort to chew more as most foods make the trip with no issues.

Now pasta gives me a stomach ache.  Nothing unbearable, but pasta just moves like paste through my system and that just means many more trips to the bathroom.  With the slow transit time comes more bloating hence the stomach ache.  Interestingly, egg noodles will not give me any issues and work as a nice alternative.  If the pasta is extra slow, a few more irrigating sessions may help move it along.

Every other food I don’t think twice about eating.  All meats, cheese, breads move through with no issues.

When my BCIR was still new, I did have more issues with what I ate (like veggies).  It’s strange, but over time (years) my body seemed to adapt to the BCIR.  These issues could have been quite serious as I was getting a few blockages.  My theory was that I had a tight corner that was created after the surgery that made food difficult to pass through.  When there is a hold up like this, comes bloating, then possibly pouchitis as food is sitting too long.  If nothing it passing, then for me that meant a blockage, which means a trip to the hospital.  Thankfully, this was just a few times!

Living with colitis and having everything I ate cause pain, the BCIR was just amazing as I could eat whenever/whatever and finally started gaining weight!

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ith my BCIR (Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir), I can eat anything!  There are a few foods that may clog up my tube, but if I remember to chew those foods little better, then all is well!  The veggies/ fruits that give me issues at the tube level are:  pineapples, olives, and mushrooms.  Again, the worst that will happen if some of these sneak by is a few added trips to the bathroom, not a huge deal but can be annoying.  Other than these foods, I rarely have to make that conscience effort to chew more as most foods make the…

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Jay is the author of the the BCIR Advocate blog and the book, "Colitis Be Gone." In 1998, I decided to have the BCIR (Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir) surgery due to severe colitis. My day job is working in media and marketing, so I felt I had the tools to bring some exposure to BCIR and how it might help others. I actually get many emails about the BCIR, so I felt the blog could work as a better message board. Please note, I am not a doctor and have no medical background. Anything you read on this blog is based on my own experiences living with the BCIR. I may give advice based on my own experiences, but please consult your doctor before acting on anything you read on this site.