"There's a myth that anyone who has a liver problem has brought it on themselves" This quote is from a Crohn's disease patient living with a blocked portal vein hoping for a liver transplant (Independent 31st Oct 2010)

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Recipe ideas please

Waist down another inch as fluid build-up continues to clear. Consequently I'm more comfortable and mobile. Lost about 3" since the surgery.
However this is revealing my true body weight, which is down about 1/2 stone. Not good. I've been reading up on nutrition. The recommendation seems to be a high carbohydrate diet of about 60-70% carbs, 20% dairy, low saturated fat. No red meat, no processed meat, not too much cheese. Low salt so limited processed foods.
A damaged liver doesn't store glucose well, hence tiring easily. It's recommended to eat 5-6 small meals a day, giving short term energy boosts as I can't store reserves.
The liver also stores Vitamin A, D and B12, so I could do with foods rich in these.
Friends have been bringing cakes, biscuits and chocolates for treats, but the high sugar/fat content won't give me the right balance of nutrients. However things like homemade banana cake, or cakes/biscuits made with honey not sugar, would be ok.

Recipe ideas gratefully received for light meals or snacks that are high carb, low fat, low salt, non-processed! The rest of the family still need their balanced diet, and J in particular is a big meat eater and enjoys his iron rich, high protein foods. So main family meals need to be a compromise between them and me, but my solo meals and snacks can be as different as you like. I like fruit, veg, pulses, pasta, rice, potatoes, couscous, nuts and dried fruit. My typical diet at the moment (which might sound ok but isn't putting back the weight) is:
Breakfast: Muesli, 1/2 a Weetabix, 1/2 banana, milk. Cup of tea
Mid morning: Boiled egg and toast, tea
Lunch: Yesterdays left-overs if rice or pasta, otherwise something like a baked potato, tuna and salad. Fruit juice or water
Afternoon snack: Tea cake or toast, or crackers. Fruit. Tea
Supper: Small portion of family meal. Water
Bedtime snack: Cornflakes. Water


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