Cirrhosis Diet Planning: What To Do?

Cirrhosis Diet Planning

A Cirrhosis Diet might look familiar to you for a few reasons.  First, it basically reads like a how to in eating healthy.  Anyone would benefit from adjusting their diet in this manner.

You’ll want lots of vegetables and generally “healthy” foods in your diet, including plenty of whole grains.  You’ll want to be sure that the fat you get comes from lean sources like chicken and turkey.

Likewise with your protein intake- make it lean protein and stay away from red meat.

If you want a good source of lean protein and fat, you can’t do much better than a handful of nuts.

Of course, it should go without saying that talking to your doctor is a prerequisite of making changes to your diet like these.  You want to be sure you’re not deficient in any vitamins before making the change.

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Just as important as what to eat is what not to eat.  Your new diet should tend to stay away from fat, as a compromised liver will have a more difficult time processing fat, especially the saturated variety.

As elementary as it may sound, it bears repeating that alcohol is an absolute no in any amount.  Not a glass of champagne on your anniversary and not a beer on Friday night.  Absolutely none.  Not a drop.  Nada.

This is a perfect time to be honest with yourself about how you want your life to turn out and swear off the booze once and for all.

If you can’t commit to this, regardless of what led to your liver Cirrhosis, then you won’t be able to give your liver the help it needs in healing itself.

Going forward, here’s a sample breakfast meal planned around the needs of a Cirrhosis diet:

  • 1/2 cup of oatmeal, add cinnamon, raisins, and brown sugar to taste
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 whole wheat bread slice (may be toasted, substitute margarine for butter)
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice (too many sweets are also not a good idea on a Cirrhosis diet)

You might need to make more changes than just the guidelines in this article.  For example, your doctor might advise that you get rid of salt altogether.  This can complicate meal planning, as you have to take into account the salt in prepared foods much more carefully.

You may also be advised to eat more often during the day (“grazing”) to keep your blood sugar levels steady.

Most serious is the possibility of Encephalopathy (makes too much protein toxic).  In this case, you’d need to make sure that all your meals had small amounts of protein from vegetable sources.

Keeping in mind that you should consult your doctor without fail, you may find The Liver Bible to be a great guide to constructing your new diet.  You may also want to visit the Cirrhosis diet eStore as well.

Good luck to you and I hope you feel better real soon!

-Jim

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