Diet After a Liver Transplant

Diet After a Liver TransplantDiet after a liver transplant can vary from patient to patient and what we eat could be determined by the medication we are taking and sometimes complications that may occur.

It is important that we eat the right foods to help us with our healing and this should include a wide, varied, healthy balanced diet.

It has been mentioned that foods high in protein such as fish, legumes, poultry and lean meat are great because protein helps a lot with building and repairing muscles, skin, hair, nails, bones etc.

It has also been said that having a transplant increases your chances of certain conditions such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes etc. While we cannot prevent everything through diet after a liver transplant, it certainly goes a long way to helping.

Personally, I do not stop and read every single ingredient or health benefit attached to what I am eating anymore. I follow a rule of making sure I am eating a wide and varied diet containing lots of salads, vegetables, chickpeas, lentils, meats and porridge for breakfast. However, we are not saints and of course, I eat certain foods that maybe not as good for you but, as long as this is not every week, I think it is fine.

I read that if your diet is around 80% healthy then you are doing very well.

Furthermore, diet after a liver transplant is only one part of keeping well and helping with recovery. If we combine healthy eating with exercise it not only helps with the physical aspect of getting better but, also the mental side of recovery as well.

Everyone’s recovery is different and the type of exercise we can participate in varies from patient to patient but, if we can only manage a small amount of exercise, walking is one of the best forms of exercise you can partake in. Walking briskly for 10 mins a day can help build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier.

As mentioned on the website www.mayoclinic.org, your dietitian will provide you with several healthy-food options and ideas to use in your eating plan. Your dietitian’s recommendations may include:

  • Eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day
  • Eating lean meats, poultry and fish
  • Eating whole-grain breads and cereals and other grains
  • Having enough fibre in your daily diet
  • Drinking low-fat milk or eating other low-fat dairy products, to help maintain enough calcium
  • Maintaining a low-salt and low-fat diet
  • Following food safety guidelines
  • Avoiding alcohol
  • Staying hydrated by drinking adequate water and other fluids each day

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