CAROLINE:  Your Ostomy Expert

Embrace the journey of overcoming obstacles with Caroline.

As a seasoned triathlete and ostomy expert, she offers valuable insights and guidance on food and exercising with a stoma.

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Caroline's transformation is nothing short of inspiring. Despite undergoing surgery, her perseverance and commitment saw her rise from the ashes, proving that no obstacle is too big to overcome. Her journey serves as a testament to her strength and dedication, making her a credible ostomy expert. From a couch potato to an Ironman competitor, Caroline's journey is filled with awe-inspiring milestones. Here's a timeline of her sporting achievements:

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An Inspiring Journey

  • 2010.

    Started cycling

  • 2012.

    Completed her first 24-hour cycle event, London to Paris

  • 2014.

    Overcame her fear of water and learnt to swim

  • 2016.

    Competed in first Full Ironman race

  • 2018.

    Completed London Triathlon

  • 2022.

    Ran London Marathon

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Caroline's Philosophy 

To achieve any kind of results takes time and consistency; whether it’s changing our habits or changing our lives.

Experiment & Explore

We are all unique and it’s important to understand our bodies; there’s no simple 'one solution' when it comes to food and exercise choices, particularly when you’ve had stoma surgery. What suits one person, won’t suit another. It’s this philosophy that drives Caroline to encourage people to experiment and explore when it comes to food and fitness. 

Enjoy Your Food

There’s no reason why someone who has had stoma surgery has to live on a diet of bland or pureed food; no reason why they shouldn’t enjoy vibrant, healthy food that is good fuel for their body.

Exercise as a Pillar of Health

The same applies to fitness. Taking it gently, understanding what your body can or cannot do, but not simply saying ‘I can’t do that’ before you’ve tried. If you enjoyed sport before surgery, you should, with guidance, be able to enjoy some form of sport or fitness after.

Holistic Well-being

Mind-Body Connection: Discussing the psychological benefits of a balanced diet and regular exercise, especially for those adjusting to life with a stoma.


Community and Support: Encouraging engagement with others who share similar experiences, highlighting the importance of community in the journey towards wellness.


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Caroline's Favourite Meals

Chicken Korma

Prepare your ingredients
Add coconut oil to a heating pan and let it melt before adding your onions, stir and let soften
Add ginger and garlic to pan, stir and...

Sweet Potato and Red Pepper Soup

Prepare your ingredients
Add oil to a heated pan and add leeks, stir and soften for a few mins
Add red pepper and sweet potato to ...

Chicken Katsu Curry

Prepare your ingredients

Pre-heat the oven to 190ºC and prepare your ingredients

Coat your chicken in flour, egg...

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I eat vegetables with a stoma?

Yes, these are an important part of a healthy balanced diet and rich in vitamins and nutrients. When trying new ingredients, make sure you start with small amounts to see how your body tolerates them.

Is there anything I should avoid eating?

Some foods such as nuts, popcorn and mushrooms have historically been some of those that people avoid, for fear of blockages. However, many ostomates do eat all of these items. Consider preparing them in a different way for easier digestion, eg mushroom sauce. And the best advice is Chew, Chew, Chew!

Will exercise be possible?

Getting back to exercise should be done slowly and gently. It is important to strengthen the core and abdominal muscles. Always take professional advice if you intend to take up something strenuous.

Is there a standard guide on what to eat?

No, there’s no ‘one solution’ when it comes to food. Everyone’s surgery and body will be unique. The most important thing is not to fear food but try a little of what you enjoy and see how you tolerate it. If you cannot tolerate it in the early months, perhaps try again further down the line when you’re more fully healed.

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