Diet for chronic pancreatitis for life

Nearly 300,000 people are admitted to the hospital for pancreatitis each year in the United States. This is a very serious and painful condition that requires careful medical observation. In fact, during the first few days, no food or liquid is allowed; all fluids are administered through an IV.

As the pancreas begins to heal and function once again, first clear liquids are allowed and then bland, low-fat foods are added under the watchful eye of the health care team to make sure that food is well-tolerated. Acute pancreatitis can be life-threatening; seeking medical treatment is a must.

While the majority of people will recover well from acute pancreatitis, nearly 25 percent of those diagnosed will experience recurrent episodes, leading the disease to become chronic. Chronic pancreatitis puts you at a significantly increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer, diabetes, liver failure and other potentially life-threatening illnesses. (1)

Not only is following a diet for pancreatitis necessary to help recover, but it is essential to help prevent this disease from entering the chronic phase. There are some individuals who are more prone to developing pancreatitis, including those with a history of substance abuse, use of certain prescription drugs, unhealthy eating and genetics.

Light-to-moderate exercise, yoga and meditation can help manage the symptoms and avoiding alcohol and tobacco are absolutely necessary for recovery. Whether you’ve been recently diagnosed with acute pancreatitis or chronic pancreatitis, the first step is adopting a healthy diet focusing on fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.

What Is Pancreatitis?

The pancreas is the central organ where the essential enzymes are produced for digestion and hormones are produced that help the body process sugar. The pancreas can malfunction, causing the digestive enzymes to activate while still in the pancreas instead of in the digestive tract. This can lead to inflammation and pancreatitis. In both acute and chronic patients, scar tissue may form, causing the pancreas to not perform optimally or even fail.

Acute pancreatitis is a sudden inflammation of the pancreas resulting in swelling, pain and poor digestion. Serious complications are possible, particularly if the pancreas becomes infected. (2)

Chronic pancreatitis is marked by persistent inflammation of the pancreas, causing permanent damage to this vital organ. Chronic pancreatitis is incurable, and certain life-threatening complications can occur including liver failure, diabetes and pancreatic cancer. (3)

Pancreatitis Symptoms

When you have pancreatitis, you may experience any of the following symptoms. For some, symptoms may be mild. But for others, symptoms may be debilitating. (4)

Acute Pancreatitis Symptoms:

  • Pain in the upper abdominal area
  • Pain that radiates from the upper abdomen to the back or shoulders
  • Pain that worsens after eating
  • Abdomen is tender to the touch
  • Elevated temperature or fever
  • Rapid pulse
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Chronic Pancreatitis Symptoms:

  • Pain in the upper abdomen that persists, or may come and go
  • Weight loss, often dramatic, without trying
  • Stools that are oily and smelly

Pancreatitis Causes & Risk Factors

There are many possible causes for pancreatitis, many of which are linked to diet and overall wellness. However, there are times where pancreatitis is the result of a physical injury, surgery or other medical condition. Recognized risk factors include: (5)

  • Alcoholism
  • Gallstones
  • ERCP, a surgical procedure for gallstones
  • Cigarette Smoking
  • High calcium levels in the blood
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • High triglyceride levels
  • Infection
  • Injury to the abdomen
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Certain medications
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Genetics
  • High-fat diet, particularly for those with Type 2 diabetes. (6, 7)

Dangers of Pancreatitis

Left untreated, pancreatitis can cause serious complications and even death. Seeking emergency medical intervention is necessary when symptoms present.

  • Pseudocysts accumulate fluid and debris in pockets. If they rupture, they cause infection and internal bleeding.
  • Inflammation in the pancreas makes it vulnerable to bacteria and infection. Surgery may be required in some cases.
  • Kidney failure may arise, requiring dialysis.
  • Breathing problems may develop as chemical changes in the body can affect oxygen levels.
  • Diabetes may occur as insulin-producing cells are damaged.
  • Malnutrition is fairly common as the pancreas produces fewer enzymes, making it difficult to break down and process essential nutrients.
  • Pancreatic cancer is associated with long-term inflammation of the pancreas often due to chronic pancreatitis.

What to Do If You Suspect Pancreatitis

DO:

  • If symptoms are severe, seek emergency medical attention immediately.
  • If symptoms are mild or moderate, make an appointment with your physician.
  • Eat small, light meals that are low in fat.

DON’T:

  • Discount the symptoms as just discomfort.
  • Consume a high-fat meal.
  • Drink alcohol or smoke.

Pancreatitis Diet

After a diagnosis of acute or chronic pancreatitis, nutrition must be the first priority. The goal with a pancreatitis diet is to prevent malnutrition, nutritional deficiencies and optimize blood sugar levels while protecting against kidney and liver problems, pancreatic cancer and worsening symptoms.

Columbia University’s Pancreas Center recommends focusing on a nutrient-dense diet high in lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products while avoiding greasy fried foods and alcohol. Their program recommends annual blood tests to determine any nutrient deficiencies and recommends supplementation as necessary. (8)

The diet recommended by Columbia University is very similar to the Mediterranean diet followed for generations throughout Greece, Italy and Spain. Countless studies have found that this way of eating helps to lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes; improves A1C levels; improves cognition and elevates mood; protects against Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease; protects against many gastrointestinal cancers and is associated with lower a lower risk of pancreatic cancer. (9, 10, 11, 12)

The traditional Mediterranean diet may be a touch too high in fats for some individuals with pancreatitis, but it is easily modified. Yes, even healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil and those from wild-caught fish and grass-fed meats can be too intense for some with this condition. Like so many other diseases, the first step has to be listening to your body and recognizing the foods that make you feel at your best.

The majority of each meal should focus on fruits, vegetables and whole grains with proteins and fats playing a supporting role.

Many experts support the following daily servings as a target:

  • 3 servings of whole grains
  • 2 servings of fresh fruit
  • 5–7 servings of vegetables
  • 1 serving of nuts
  • 1 serving of lean animal protein
  • 1 serving of low-fat dairy

Weekly:

  • 3 servings of wild-caught fish
  • No more than 2 servings of beef or lamb
  • 3 servings of eggs
  • 3–4 servings of chicken or turkey
  • 3–4 servings of nuts or seeds
  • 1–2 servings of heart-healthy sweets
  • 4–6 servings of legumes

The real goal here is to provide the body with foods that are easy to digest and that don’t cause the blood sugar to spike, while also keeping you satisfied. It is important to eat foods to address any nutritional deficiencies that pancreatitis may be causing. Remember, this is a guideline. If you have pancreatitis and there are foods on this list that you know you are allergic or sensitive to, please avoid them. (13)

Top 8 Fruits:

  1. Blackberries and blueberries: These berries are rich in resveratrol, manganese, fiber and vitamins C and K, which support healthy digestion while fighting cancer. Try this bright and nutrient-dense Blackberry Lemon Salad that features heart-healthy olive oil, sesame seeds and almonds.
  2. Cherries: Low in calories and high in essential nutrients, cherries are a perfect snack that supports weight loss, reduces inflammation and promotes restful sleep.
  3. Watermelon: Excellent source of vitamins A, B and C as well as potassium, magnesium and manganese. Have a watermelon smoothie for breakfast or an afternoon snack; the protein in this recipe comes from coconut yogurt and chia seeds.
  4. Black plums: With a low glycemic index, plus proven to lower cholesterol and aid in digestion, plums are a perfect fruit to eat on a pancreatitis diet.
  5. Red grapes: The polyphenols in grapes have been shown to help prevent obesity and Type 2 diabetes while lowering inflammation. To incorporate them into your diet, and reap the help benefits, have a handful as a snack or try this satisfying grape, chicken, and walnut salad. (14)
  6. Mangos: With healthy fiber and vitamin C, mangos also contain essential minerals, including iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium. This super fruit is associated with improved blood glucose levels and glycemic control. As an occasional sweet treat, try this amazing Mango Coconut Ice Cream, which gets its richness from egg yolks and coconut milk and its sweetness from raw honey and the mangos.
  7. Apples: Because they are naturally high in fiber, help lower inflammation and aid in digestion, apples make a quick, healthy snack. As a side dish or dessert, this Baked Quinoa and Apple dish is both warming and satisfying, while also supplying protein and healthy fiber.
  8. Pomegranate: Sweet and crunchy, this super fruit is loaded with fiber, potassium and vitamins C and K. Take a handful and toss them on top of protein-rich hummus as they do in many areas of the Middle East. (15)

Top 7 Vegetables:

  1. Beets: Packed with essential nutrients like iron, manganese, copper, potassium and the B vitamins, beets are known to improve heart health, brain health and support liver function. Try this family-friendly Roasted Beets with Balsamic Glaze alongside your favorite lean protein. (16)
  2. Broccoli: Just a cup of cooked broccoli contains more than 100 percent of one’s daily value of both vitamin K and vitamin C. Also rich with minerals, this vegetable fights cancer and promotes digestive health. For a satisfying meal, try my recipe for Alfredo Chicken and Broccoli Casserole, featuring whole grain pasta, lean chicken, kefir and aged cheese. (17)
  3. Spinach: Popeye wasn’t wrong; spinach is packed with nutrients that boost immunity, protect against diabetes and protect against certain types of cancer. Try this Mango Walnut Spinach Salad, which combines many foods on the pancreatitis diet list.
  4. Kale: A cruciferous vegetable that demonstrates anti-inflammatory properties, supports detoxification, eye health, and protects against cancer, kale is a nutrient-dense leafy green perfect for any diet for pancreatitis. Add a few leaves to a smoothie or replace some (or all!) lettuce in a salad with finely chopped kale. (18)
  5. Lettuce: Salads are a big part of a Mediterranean diet and an easy way to ensure you meet the recommended five to seven servings of vegetables each day. Choose darker leaf lettuces and mixed wild greens to enjoy the highest levels of vitamins and minerals.
  6. Sweet potatoes: Rich with beta carotene, vitamin C, copper, vitamin B6, and manganese, sweet potatoes are a healthy starch that tastes great. In the mornings, alongside a couple of cage-free eggs, this Sweet Potato Hash Brown recipe will leave you energized for the day.
  7. Carrots: Beta carotene is associated with immune system health and eye health, as well as healthy digestion, while being one of the most versatile vegetables on the planet. Enjoy carrots raw, cooked or juiced on your pancreatitis diet. (19)

Top 6 Whole Grains:

Research shows that whole grains in a pancreatic diet should be encouraged. (20)

  1. Brown rice: High in fiber and rich in manganese, replacing white rice with brown rice can lower your risk for Type 2 diabetes by 16 percent. As a side dish, this gluten-free grain is relatively high in calories, so sticking with a single serving size is recommended. (21)
  2. Buckwheat: High in protein and fiber, this gluten-free grain is rich in antioxidants and is highly digestible. Buckwheat flour can be used for making a healthy morning pancake, while buckwheat groats can be added to salads or made into a morning porridge. (22)
  3. Polenta: This rough grind of corn, similar to Southern grits, is used throughout the Mediterranean. Top it with mushrooms and legumes, a touch of feta cheese, and fresh herbs for a filling and satiating meal. Purchase organic, non-GMO polenta only.
  4. Millet: High in fiber, naturally gluten-free and easy to digest, millet is a seed, often misrepresented as a grain. This nutrient-dense seed is experiencing a renaissance because it is so very versatile. Explore millet recipes suitable for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  5. Teff: If you aren’t familiar with the Ethiopian grain teff, it’s time to introduce yourself. This grain promotes weight loss, boosts the immune system, supports bone health and aids in digestion. It’s available as a flour or grain, and you can use it to make porridges, pancakes and tortillas.
  6. Amaranth: Prized for thousands of years by the Aztecs, this grain is a great source of fiber, manganese and protein. This gluten-free whole grain aids in digestive health, reduces inflammation, fights the development of Type 2 diabetes and aids in weight loss. Use in place of oats, white rice or pasta, and as a thickener for soups. (23)

Top 5 Nuts and Seeds:

  1. Almonds: A distant relative of many stone fruits, the simple almond is packed with protein, fiber and a host of essential vitamins and minerals. Research shows they help to control blood sugar levels, help with weight loss and may increase nutrient absorption of fat-soluble nutrients. Because of their relatively high-fat content, limit yourself to a single serving. (24)
  2. Walnuts: A real nutrient powerhouse, walnuts provide omega-3s, supporting a healthy heart and brain while helping to control inflammation and blood sugar levels. For an occasional healthy sweet treat, try my recipe for Raw Brownie Bites, which features walnuts, almonds, cacao powder and dates.
  3. Sunflower seeds: Rich in the B vitamins and vitamin E as well as selenium and magnesium, sunflower seeds provide a healthy dose of essential fatty acids, amino acids and fiber. Eat in moderation, and stick to a half of a single serving as their fat content is relatively high. (25)
  4. Pumpkin seeds: Once only a fall snack, pumpkin seeds are now available year-round. With a satisfying crunch, and packed with healthy fats, protein and fiber, pumpkin seeds are tasty tossed on salads or enjoyed mixed into yogurt. As a snack, it’s hard to beat this recipe for Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds.
  5. Pistachios: Grown throughout the Mediterranean, it is no surprise that pistachios make this list. They are known to help lower cholesterol and help with weight loss. Stick with one-half of an ounce as a serving due to the fat content. While they are great in pilafs and salads, it’s hard to beat a handful of pistachios for a quick burst of energy. (26)

Top 4 Lean Protein Sources:

  1. Wild-caught fish: The typical Mediterranean diets feature a wild-caught fish or seafood at least twice each week.  Wild-caught salmon is associated with healthy cognitive function, heart health and cancer protection. (27)
  2. Poultry: Lean cuts of chicken and turkey are a great source of protein. Stick with grilling, baking or poaching – avoid frying to keep the fat content within healthy levels. And to help with digestion, consume chicken bone broth that is naturally rich with collagen and L-glutamine, which is shown to preserve gut integrity while altering gut microbiota (flora) to improve digestive functioning. (28, 29)
  3. Eggs: Cage-free eggs are high in protein, rich in amino acids and have less saturated fat than their counterparts. Eggs, a typical breakfast staple, are also great for quick lunches and dinners. Pancakes for dinner? Sure, when they are Banana Egg Paleo Pancakes, why not! (30)
  4. Legumes: High in protein, low in fat and high in fiber, legumes are an essential part of a healthy pancreatitis diet as they help to stabilize blood sugar levels and aid in weight loss. Specific beans including lentils, mung beans and garbanzo beans contain lipase, a digestive enzyme released by the pancreas. Try adding a variety of beans to your diet with hummus for lunch or a bowl of stick-to-your-ribs, Turkey Chili with Adzuki Beans. (31, 32)

Top 3 Low-Fat Dairy:

  1. Greek yogurt: Choose fat-free or low-fat Greek yogurt without added sugar or sweeteners while following a pancreatitis diet. High in probiotics for gut health and protein, this dairy product is perfect for breakfast when partnered with a whole grain toast and berries.
  2. Cottage cheese: Rich in vitamin B12 and high in calcium, cottage cheese is a great snack, particularly when partnered with other foods from the pancreatitis diet list like nuts, seeds and fruit. (33)
  3. Kefir: Known for its immunity-boosting powers and healthy bacteria, which aids in digestion, this cultured dairy product provides protein, calcium and vitamin D. Enjoy kefir as a mid-morning snack, or use it in place of another dairy in your favorite smoothie. (34)

Foods to Avoid: (35)

  1. Alcohol, tobacco and caffeine
  2. Known or suspected allergens like wheat, soy, dairy, corn and artificial sweeteners
  3. Fried foods
  4. White flour products like pasta and white bread
  5. Sugar
  6. Trans-fatty acids in commercially-prepared foods

Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Pancreatitis Recurrence

  1. If you smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products, stop.
  2. Eat three to four small meals each day.
  3. Stay hydrated; drink at least 8 ounces of water per 10 pounds of body weight each day.
  4. Meditate and practice relaxation to ease stress and pain.
  5. Practice yoga twice each week. According to a study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, yoga improves overall quality of life for those with chronic pancreatitis. (36)

Pancreatitis Diet Key Points

  • 300,000 people are admitted to U.S. hospitals each year with pancreatitis.
  • Possible complications include diabetes, malnutrition, infection, kidney failure and internal bleeding.
  • Chronic pancreatitis is associated with a higher risk for pancreatic cancer.
  • Diet plays a major role in the development and treatment of pancreatitis.
  • A pancreatitis diet features small, low-fat, nutrient-dense meals.
  • Normalizing blood sugar levels is key to recovery.

Top Natural Pancreatitis Treatments

  • Following a Mediterranean diet is beneficial for glucose management and is associated with a lower risk of pancreatic cancer.
  • Lean proteins, whole grains, nuts, fruits, vegetables and moderate amounts of dairy provide necessary energy and keep you satisfied.
  • Practicing yoga twice each week is shown to improve the overall quality of life for those with chronic pancreatitis.

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What is Chronic Pancreatitis?

Chronic pancreatitis is a continuing inflammation of the pancreas. This persisting inflammation can lead to chronic abdominal pain. This disease has an estimate of 87,000 cases a year in the United States. And an increasing number of chronic pancreatitis has been noted from 1945-1985. About 8 out of 100,000 develop this condition in a year in the United Kingdom. The male population is most affected with this condition compared to women. Usually it peaks at the age of 45-50 years. This may be linked to the prevalence rate of alcohol male users.

The pancreas is an essential organ of the body that lies behind the stomach and the intestine. This organ facilitates in the proper food digestion by making a fluid that contains enzymes needed in the process. The pancreas has special cells that are called the ‘Islets of Langerhans’. These cells are responsible for the secretion of vital hormones that regulate our blood sugar such as the insulin and glucagon.

Chronic Pancreatitis Symptoms

The presenting symptom of this disease is abdominal pain. It is characterized as severe, felt mostly in the mid or upper left abdomen that radiates in a band-like manner. The pain can also radiate to the mid back of the body. Patients would complain that the pain occurs after meals or when the stomach is empty, lasting for several hours. Alcohol ingestion has been noted to cause worsening of the pain. There are instances wherein the patient is asymptomatic (without presenting symptoms) for years before they can establish a diagnosis. Variability of the pain pattern among patients may hinder the diagnosis of the condition. Most of the affected will experience pain at unpredictable intervals while others experience chronic pain. There is even painless chronic pancreatitis in a small percentage of the patients.

The patient may develop poor digestion. This is because of insufficient production of enzymes that are activated for digestion. The digestion of fats and vitamins are hindered. As a result, the patient’s feces will contain undigested fats (steatorrhea). The patient’s stools would have a distinct smell. Pale or clay-colored stool is an effect of the presence of fats. It is highly expected that their stools will also be oily. Another digestive problem is the chronic loss of weight. This even occurs to patients who have the same eating habits as before.

Since the patient has inadequate functioning, blood sugar regulation is not attained. This would lead to diabetes. It is accounted to patient’s with chronic pancreatitis who can acquire diabetes in a 1 is to 3 ratio. As the patients develop diabetes mellitus, they’ll experience the presenting symptoms of DM such as excessive thirst, frequent urination and increased hunger. This triad of symptoms is the most common manifestations of diabetes. But take note, this condition is a rare turn about chronic pancreatitis.

The patient would also feel very unwell. He/she would complain of nausea at most times. Diarrhea and vomiting is also experienced by the patient.

Complications may arise if the patient is not treated accordingly. Formation of a pseudocyst is possible in cases where the pancreatic fluid collects into a cyst. This can add to the pain that the patient experiences. This complication would imply a surgical intervention is needed. Ascites may occur; this is a collection of body fluid in the abdominal cavity. Jaundice occurs if a complication of blockage in the bile duct takes place. An increased risk to cancer of the pancreas may develop. These are very rare complications. This may only occur if chronic pancreatitis is left untreated and monitored.

Chronic Pancreatitis Causes

The common causes of this case in urban areas are chronic alcoholism, presence of gallstones and idiopathic in source (unknown cause). To start, an inflammation usually develops by scarring. Damage to the pancreas is big factor for this condition. Over the years, alcohol ingestion has been pointed out for this condition. But genetics play a significant factor in some cases.

As excessive alcohol consumption is noted the most common cause of this disorder, explaining its mechanism is a way to start. The commonly affected age group is the middle age men. This is because of their overly exposure to alcohol. Heavy drinkers are quite prone to this condition; about 7 out of 10 cases are reported to be alcoholics who obtained the disease.

The role of the genes has been noted to cause this condition. There are cases where the condition is attained because of an underlying genetic disorder, cystic fibrosis. This autosomal recessive disorder is accounted to cause a small percent of the chronic pancreatitis population.

An autoimmune disorder can lead to this condition. Once the immune system overreacts and fight one’s own organs, the possibility to cause scarring/damage to pancreas can happen.

A condition where there are abnormal elevated levels of the lipid in the blood can cause pancreatitis. This condition is called hyperlipidemia.

Increased amounts of calcium in the blood are a rare cause of chronic pancreatitis. This condition may have originated from hyperparathyroidism. The parathyroid glands are responsible in the control of calcium in the blood.

Blunt trauma to the stomach or abdomen can be a root of this condition. The disease may not overtly show after the obstructive incident, but there are reported cases of this. An incident of a whiplash against the spine can complicate to pancreas damage. There are also rare cases of congenital anomalies that can predispose to this disease. Conditions such as pancreas divisum and annular pancreas divisum may cause chronic pancreatitis.

Chronic Pancreatitis Treatment

Once a person is diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis, he/she should have a lifestyle modification.

It is highly advised to patients to stop alcohol drinking for the rest of his/her life. If ever the cause of pancreatitis is not alcoholism, one should avoid this habit for this can contribute to complications and other diseases. Tobacco or cigarette smoking should be ceased. This can only precipitate to blood vessel constriction, thus worsening the patient’s condition.

Patient’s pain should be controlled. Providing the client pain killers is essential. Alleviating the pain that the patient is experiencing can even increase the patient’s willingness to be treated with the condition. But there are cases that pain killers are not advisable because of its possible effect on worsening the condition, a drug of choice is given. Morphine is provided to patients with intractable pain.

Enzyme replacement therapy has been done and is often effective in treating patients. This can regulate the absorption/digestion of the body. This has been found to relieve steatorrhea and malabsorption.

In order to control the blood sugar of the client, he/she is given with insulin. This can be a long-term treatment, as long as the underlying condition is treated.

Surgical interventions are performed in order to relieve the patient’s manifestations. The surgical technique would include the removal of different parts of the pancreas. This procedure is done to patients who are in severe cases, especially if there is inclusion of pancreatic duct blockage and other essential organs. The removal of large calcium stones can be done surgically. If complications occurs such as blockage of the bile duct or a pseudocyst develops it will incline the doctor to do the procedure.

Chronic Pancreatitis Diet

In treating chronic pancreatitis, a strict food regimen should be followed. There are certain foods that are not allowed and there are foods that should be taken for its benefits. These are the following foods to be prepared and ingested by patients with chronic pancreatitis:

  • Yogurt –full of probiotics essential in keeping a balanced digestive system
  • Vegetable soup – vegetables that are rich in antioxidants are recommended
  • Red wine – has an important component resveratrol, an antioxidant. Red wine has been noted for its beneficial effects to our body
  • Tofu – a good substitute for meat

Patients should also reduce fat intake that can worsen the symptoms of pancreatitis. Regulate sugar intake, so not to worsen diabetes or to avoid the emergence of diabetes. Having a sufficient vitamin B12 in the diet is essential. This can assist in the digestion. Those with pancreatic insufficiency will have improvement as there is to sufficient vitamin B12 in the body.

Chronic Pancreatitis Prognosis

The prognosis of the client entirely depends on him/her. Willingness to change his habits and outlook in life is a great factor for acquiring a good prognosis. If the patient is a known alcoholic and still continues this bad habit while in treatment, then his prognosis shall be undesirable. An excellent prognosis is at hand when the patient is committed in the treatment course given by the doctor. An early diagnosis of this condition is a related factor for a good outcome of this disease. An early diagnosis can mean an early treatment, leaving out a good result.

Instances where the patient is not willing to recover from the disease, then complications may arise and sever the condition. Other complications such as infection of the pancreas can worsen the chronic pancreatitis. Shock can give out a very undesirable prognosis, because there is involvement of the neighboring organs already.

Having a support system is essential in the treatment of the patient. This can help out in achieving a good prognosis.

Chronic Pancreatitis Life expectancy

Patients who are not very willing to be treated from chronic pancreatitis can have a lower life expectancy rate of 10-20 years. This is common to patients who were diagnosed late and have not received the prompt treatment for this disease.

But it was noted in a study that death caused by pancreatitis only occurred to 3.6% of the patients. There were no cases that included complications such as extra pancreatic cancers. But with the early medical intervention, risk of death is lessened.

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Updated on September 15, 2014

You Have Pancreatitis and You Are Wondering What Foods Can Be Included In A Diet For Pancreatitis, Right?

My pancreatitis diet is very strict and chances are you won’t be willing to use my diet for pancreatitis because you won’t want to change the way you have eaten for years; even though my pancreatitis diet may either save your life, allow you to live pain free (with certain supplements) or both.

My diet for pancreatitis eliminates ALL “Pancreatitis triggers” found in food and drink in order to help your pancreas heal so that your pancreatitis pain becomes a memory instead of a daily reality.

My pancreatitis diet will accomplish that in conjunction with powerful antioxidants. My regimen of diet and supplements works for me and it is now working for others who use it as well.

I am going to share with you what my diet for pancreatitis entails and you can do whatever you like with the pancreatitis diet information because it is your life not mine. Just keep this in mind I have been beating pancreatitis for over 30 years and for the most part I have been pain free due to my pancreatitis diet, certain supplements and a lot of Divine Intervention – God’s help. And …

A diet for pancreatitis depends upon where you are at in regards to your stage of illness. For example: Are you just now coming out of an acute pancreatitis attack or are you suffering from chronic pancreatitis and wanting to avoid another episode of acute pancreatitis?

I will cover both stages so you have a decent idea of what I do in either situation. That way you can choose whether or not you feel my pancreatitis diet is something you should be adhereing to as well in order to heal.

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Acute Pancreatitis Diet

What to eat after the Acute Pancreatitis episode resolves

An acute pancreatitis diet is simple. It includes this: NOTHING by mouth except water. When you suffer an acute pancreatitis attack your pancreas is highly inflamed, your pancreatic enzymes are dissolving your own pancreas. Eating or drinking anything that will trigger the production of more enzymes during this time is not wise.

I had one person find my blog using the key words “can I drink beer during acute pancreatitis.” I could only shake my head. Hopefully he found his answer while reading some of my posts on a diet for acute pancreatitis. Ok, so …

Nothing by mouth except water until the acute pancreatitis pain , vomiting and/or other symptoms resolve and then you may want to consider following what I personally do for the next few days following the AP which is …

Once your acute pancreatitis pain and symptoms have resolved you should be on a liquid diet for acute pancreatitis for the next several days (72 – 96 hours) and those liquids should be ONLY vegetable or fruit in origin. That means juice is good, juice is your only food friend at this time. Low sodium V8 juice is an excellent choice as far as store bought juice is concerned. If you own a juicer that is even better because you can make your own quality juice, just make sure the vegetables and/or fruits are organic if at all posiible.

NO broth unless it is totally vegetable in origin. In other words NO beef or chicken broth and I don’t care if the can label says 100% fat free or you make it yourself – NO beef, pork, lamb, turkey or chicken broth. No snake or mystery meat broth – NO meat broth period.

Once you have been on a vegan liquid pancreatitis diet for at least 72 hours (a week is preferable), resting your pancreas and you have experienced NO pain or symptoms such as nausea while drinking juice 3 – 5 times per day it may then be appropriate to try some solid food such as a half cup of brown rice and vegetables (strictly VEGAN with NO OIL used in cooking) to test how solid food reacts with your pancreas. If you have no symptoms on a half cup of rice and vegetables after several hours try another half cup.

Continue with a strictly VEGAN diet for pancreatitis until you begin to feel well and then you can explore other food possibilities that are on my potentially safe list. If at anytime you experience pain due to eating solid food you should again fast (no food) for 72 – 96 hours consuming only water to keep hydrated. Then …

Start again with juice 3 – 5 times daily and work up to solid food like before. Completely VEGAN with NO OIL used in preparation.

This is extremely important: When I first started to feel better (approximately three years after my diagnosis) I had started drinking grapefruit juice, you can read more about how I happened to start drinking grapefruit juice on my blog. Anyway …

My Acute Pancreattits episodes stopped.

I attributed the recovery to my prescription medication called robinul and my strict diet for pancreatitis but it turns out the grapefruit juice may have played a huge role in my recovery since I have found research that states certain ingredients, called polyphenol flavonoids, which occur within the juice, pulp, and seeds stop Acute Pancreatitis.

I take supplements in conjunction with my diet for pancreatitis, but, when I noticed my Acute Pancreatitis episodes stopped I was only drinking the juice, adhering to my pancreatitis diet and taking a multi-vitamin-mineral. To learn about the supplements I take that have completely healed my pancreas and allow me to live pain free visit: Supplements For Pancreatitis

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When coming out of an Acute Pancreatitis episode, your pain has resolved due to zero food intake, the most intelligent course of action in regards to a pancreatitis diet is to start with liquid foods such as vegetable juice. Juice will be your best friend and this juicer can help you whip up nutritious juices in minutes.

The value of this product comes from the fact that you will use it a lot even after you have recovered from your Acute Pancreatitis episode because the unfortunate reality is that you will most likely experience Chronic Pancreatitis for the rest of your life and need to eat ONLY what your pancreas can easily handle unless you enjoy massive pain and vomiting.

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Acute Pancreatitis Damage HEALED!

One of my blog readers said that the regimen I use has produced significant results in her health as well:

“Yesterday I got the results from a recent CT scan … and to my suprise they found “no evidence of disease in pancreas”. This means that the scarring in my pancreas has healed in less than a year … the future looks bright!”

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Pancreatitis Supplements: These supplements, coupled with a proper pancreatitis diet, help heal the pancreas

The following supplements are important for healing your pancreas and actually stopping acute pancreatitis, pancreatitis pain and controlling chronic pancreatitis. They work for me and most likely will work for you too.

Control Pancreatitis and Heal Your Pancreas

Pancreatitis supplements are extremely important. Coupled with a proper pancreatitis diet they may help heal your damaged pancreas. The following supplements help me. Without them I’d be sick.

Grape seed extract, curcumin, and vitamin C are highly anti-inflammatory. They are the cornerstones, along with my pancreatitis diet, that enabled me to heal. Read more here

Enzymes are very important because they help take the load of manufacturing/processing them off your pancreas and aid in digestion. Enzymes are extremely important to those who have been damaged to the point that their pancreas doesn’t produce them or doesn’t produce enough enzymes. If your doctor has prescribed an enzyme replacement such as Creon you should be good to go in respect to pancreatic enzymes.

A good, non-synthetic, multi-vitamin-mineral-antioxidant formula is important because you will need it to supplement your diet with nutrients. Many people who have had acute or long-term chronic pancreatitis also have another condition called malabsorption. This is usually caused by pancreatic insufficiency due to sustained damge caused by pancreatitis but the result is you do not absorb vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients from your foods like you should. Thus, a quality multi vitamin formula becomes necessary.

What Is Chronic Pancreatitis? Chronic Pancreatitis Diet

Pancreatitis Diet: 5 Grams of Fat or Less!

Your pancreatitis diet should contain no more than 5 grams of fat, from allowable, non acute pancreatitis trigger sources per meal. That means 5 grams of fat or less from plant based and allowed animal type foods (poultry and fish). That is NOT an easy target to hit. Watch the food (no red meat, no pork, no lamb, no duck, no oil, no alcohol) and fat content of the food you eat. Deviate from this guideline at your own risk.

Chronic Pancreatitis Diet

This is the diet for chronic pancreatitis I adhere to myself

If you have sustained damage from acute pancreatitis you are almost certain to suffer from chronic pancreatitis. That is where my diet for chronic pancreatitis comes into play and is extremely important in regards to your longevity and suffering. You can eat whatever you choose, it’s your life, but, if you would like to become pain free or at least have a lot less pain and lessen the risk of more acute pancreatitis episodes and further damage, even death then you may want to get serious and learn how to eat what is somewhat safe and avoid acute pancreatitis triggers like the black plague.

The list of what you can’t eat is LONG and the list of what is normally safe, in my years of testing and experience, is short. In order to save space along with unnecessary wear and tear upon my fingers I am going to point you to my blog which covers my chronic pancreatitis diet in several posts and you can start here with: Pancreatitis Diet – Diet For Chronic Pancreatitis

Just be careful of what you read online in regards to what is safe and not safe for you to eat. I have seen some of the most damaging information, (from doctors, medical centers and people who claim to have chronic pancreatitis), that it is amazing that most people who have chronic pancreatitis even survive a year or two when following the typical advice I see online. On the other hand …

I have survived now for over 32 years (since my diagnosis) and have been acute pancreatitis free (except for one episode in 2005 or 2006) for about 29 of those years and pretty much pain free as well for almost 17 years now. So …

You can choose to believe and follow the thoughts and opinions of someone who is still in pain or some other person who has never even experienced the pain and agony of acute or chronic pancreatitis OR …

You can believe me and what I share with you that I can almost always back up with scientific evidence in one way or another along with 32+ plus years of trial and error. They (patients in pain and the medical folks) are either in pain still, dead, or brain dead while I am pain free so who might be right? It is food for thought.

pancreatitis diet Diary for A Pancreatitis Diet

Creating a pancreatitis food diary Is …

One of the most important steps in your journey to healing your pancreas. KNOWING, for almost absolute certain, what does and does NOT inflame your pancreas is vital intel.

The ONLY way to have absolute assurance is to do a proper food diary and track the foods you eat and write down the results. Even this is NOT a total absolute because what is tolerated NOW may not be tolerated in the future IF you have another acute pancreatitis attack and sustain more damage but …

The ONLY food triggers are FAT and ALCOHOL but you will only learn that for yourself by doing a food diary for pancreatitis.

Eliminate ALL alcohol and find out what fats and in what amounts those fats cause you discomfort and you’ll be well on your way to healing. I can tell you what the triggers are but unless you do a diary, and do it properly, for yourself you may tend to doubt me. You will always fight the fact that you do not want to give up this or that food in order to be well. You’ll continue to blame something that is irrelevant in order to maintain control over your precious foods. Now …

Like I said, and if I haven’t said it I am saying it now, there is a right way and a half-assed or wrong way to do a pancreatitis food diary. You NEED to prep for doing the diary and then you need to actually do the diary properly. You can learn how here: Creating a food diary for pancreatitis

There Are Three (3) Enemies Your Pancreatitis Diet Must Overcome

The three enemies your diet for pancreatitis must address and eliminate are:

1) Alcohol (No alcohol. None, Zip, Nada)

2) Fat (No red meat, No pork, No lamb, No oil or grease)

3) Brain dead people (doctors, nutrition experts, friends, family, neighbors, etc)

Once you “get it” and take charge of your pancreatitis diet you just may begin to heal.

Chronic Pancreatitis Diet – Diet for chronic pancreatitis My Pancreatitis Diet Is Mostly VEGAN – Cooking vegan for pancreatitis

The 30 Minute Vegan recipes to help heal your pancreas. It is extremely important to go completely VEGAN (No meat of any kind shape or form, No dairy) when coming out of an acute pancreatitis episode. You should continue a vegan diet for pancreatitis for at least 6 months or for as long as it takes you to heal completely.

I thought you may want some vegan recipes. Now it is important to note that vegans use oil in cooking but you on the other hand will need to find other ways to keep your food from sticking in pans while cooking and of course foods containing oils (salad dressings are a good example) are OUT!

Vegans use fat filled dressings and sauces. They also use nuts and coconut and avocado. THAT stuff is NOT good. To much FAT. Avoid them! Substitute something else with ZERO fat or avoid the ingredients, sauces and dressings that vegans use.

Learn to cook fat free and meatless until your pancreas heals. Even once your pancreas heals there will still be a tons of food you can not eat unless you want to be sick again. Your pancreatitis diet will NEED to be extremely low fat and mostly meat free except for poultry and fish, until you die. It’s a life-long lifestyle change.

egg whites are fat free protein EGG Whites for High Powered Pancreatitis Diet Protein

Protein is essential and it is sometimes difficult to get enough while trying to stay well and avoid pancreatitis pain. One of my secret weapons for consuming protein in my pancreatitis diet is egg whites. People will sometimes experience pain from eggs because the yolk contains a fairly high fat content. Unfortunately by eliminating the yolk you also eliminate a good portions of the eggs perfect nutrient content but that can not be avoided when you have an acute pancreatitis damaged pancreas that balks at fat. So …

Egg whites eliminate the fat but keep the protein and they also have a small amount of the necessary vitamin B-12 that can only be gotten from animal products such as eggs, meat, fish and milk.

Egg white are extremely high in protein while boasting ZERO fat!

Scramble them, fry them (do NOT use oil to do this) and make a sandwich with lettuce and tomato and you are good to go or simply eat them with salt and pepper. I like to put them with something because they have no flavor. You can add them to rice and vegetables, use your imagination just don’t use any fat or oil to cook them!

One CUP of egg white will supply 26 grams of protein. Yeah that’s about 9 eggs lol but eggs are cheap and egg white has ZERO fat, ZERO cholesterol and lots of protein! So …

For those of you who wonder how to get the protein you need while healing I just gave you my secret pancreatitis diet weapon – Egg whites!

Got Pancreatitis? NO Alcohol! Got Pancreatitis? DO NOT Drink Alcohol

If you have Pancreatitis alcohol is a deadly enemy. It is extremely toxic to the pancreas and even small amounts can prove very disastrous.

What is more insidiuos is that alcohol hides in many places. It hides in pastry (cookies, cake, etc) as vanilla extract. It hides in cold and flu remedies. It hides in mouth wash. So read labels on EVERYTHING in order to save yourself grief and pain, even death.

Fruit Warning

Alcohol can also be found in overripe fruits. Wines and brandies are made from fruit. So that overripe peach or banana may contain alcohol. It is best to eat fruit as it ripens to avoid the possible alcohol content. In bananas eat them BEFORE the peel begins to “spot.” Once the spots appear alcohol is present. In fact you can peel a “spotted” banana and smell the alcohol.

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Herbs for pancreatitis

Cayenne pepper is a spice that really gets blamed unfairly. I know, you’ve eaten it and within minutes were sicker than a dying dog so it had to be the cayenne pepper, right?

Wrong!

I eat tons of cayenne pepper and never have had one problem.

Do you know why?

Ok, I’ll tell you why and it isn’t because we are different people.

Let me get something clear right now. No matter what you or your doctor or your best friend in church THINKS ….

You pancreas is the same as mine.

The functions are the same. Which are …

To manufacture insulin, glycogen and pancreatic digestive enzymes.

Your pancreas and mine weigh about the same, are the same shape (unless some doctor has butchered you or yours has calcified into a piece of bone) and the same color.

A pancreas is a pancreas – get that strait.

The ONLY enemies your pancreas has after suffering damage from pancreatitis are:

1) Alcohol

2) Fat

3) Brain dead people

Many people think herbs and spices cause acute pancreatitis or chronic pancreatitis pain but that usually isn’t the case nor does it make sense; especially when talking about herbs and spices such as rosemary, garlic, cayenne pepper, turmeric, ginger, parsley, basil and more which are HIGHLY anti-inflammatory herbs.

Pancreatitis Is Inflammation Of The Pancreas

Acute and chronic pancreatitis boil down to one thing, inflammation. Why would people think that certain spices and herbs cause problems IF those herbs and spices are highly anti-inflammatory? Doesn’t make sense does it? Common sense tells me that if I want to douse the fire of inflammation I need to use tools that fight inflammation. Anti-inflammatory foods that contain flavonoids (inflammation fighters) are friends. Embrace them.

The reason people THINK herbs and spices may be to blame is because:

1) They really don’t know what triggers an acute pancreatitis attack or propels chronic pancreatitis into an acute attack

2) A dumb doctor or nutritionist told them such and such is bad without correct knowledge

2) They have never done their own food diary so they are just as blind as the dumb doctor or nutritionist

3) They get sick after eating a certain spice and blame the spice rather than the steak, fried potatoes with bacon grease and beer they had yesterday (which were the real culprits).

Alcohol, fat and dumb people are your only enemies.

Spices and herbs are your friends, here’s why …

Rosemary is full of flavonoids, very powerful flavonoids called OPC’s or oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes. Now rosemary doesn’t contain the high amounts of oligomeric proanthocyanidins like grape seed extract but rosemary does contain OPC’s and those powerful, anti-inflammatory antioxidants will help heal your pancreas.

Cayenne pepper is highly anti-inflammatory and that is exactly why it is such a popular ingredient in arthritis remedies. Now tell me what is pancreatitis? Did you say it is an inflammation of the pancreas? That’s right! So if cayenne pepper is highly anti-inflammatory why on earth would it inflame YOUR pancreas? It won’t but that steak you had yesterday sure will! Now …

You can shake your head and think I’m an idiot but just remember this: I’m the one who is pain free. You are the one following “expert” advice from people who call their business a “practice,” yet you are still in pain, sick as a dog and searching for solutions.

Who is blowing smoke up whose butt?

Besides, Confucious say: Man who sleeps with face in dirt always have crack up!

Turmeric is one of the best pancreatitis herbs there is. It is extremely anti-inflammatory and relieves inflammation as well as most NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen etc). There is a lot of research in regards to curcumin (the curcuminoids found in turmeric) which is the ingredient in turmeric that relieves inflammation and pain. Read more about curcumin.

Ginger is in the same family as turmeric and as a result is highly anti-inflammatory but it also helps with nausea and has been a remedy for nausea since before Cristopher discovered Columbus.

Garlic is another herb and spice you should use liberally, in fact eat it raw because it is not only highly anti-inflammatroy but in its fresh, raw state is a natural antibiotic that bugs do not become resistant towards. So …

Spice up your foods with healing pancreatitis herbs.

Autoimmune Pancreattits Caused by Celiac Disease Requires … – Gluten Free Vegan Cooking

If you have Autoimmune Pancreatitis due to Celiac Disease you will need to cook Vegan style and Gluten Free. Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease which means that your own immune system turns into an enemy and your T-cells may attack your internal organs. This may be why you have Pancreatitis.

Long-term, undiagnosed and uncontrolled Celiac Disease likes to pick on your lungs, heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas. IF you have been diagnosed with “Idiopathic Pancreatitis” (your doc has no clue why you have it), you may want him/her to order the new blood test for Celiac Disease. If you test positive he or she will then most likely want you to have a biopsy for definitive proof of CD and to gage the extent of damage to your small intestines.

You may also want him or her to test you for sjogren’s syndrome, especially if you are female, because those with Celiac Disease often have sjogren’s syndrome as well and both have been associated with Autoimmune Pancreatitis.

The point is this: If you have Celiac Disease and Pancreatitis you will have to learn to cook your meals taking into account BOTH diseases. The following book, addressing gluten free, vegan cooking could be helpful.

One thing you need to remember is …

I am healed, I have no symptoms, no abdominal tenderness, no pain, haven’t had acute pancreatitis in over 6 years. That episode was due to my stupidity. In fact that attack was the only acute attack I’ve had in the last 29 years. I drink lots of grapefruit juice, I take vitamin C, grape seed extract and curcumin. I also take enzymes at most meals. What I am saying is that diet and supplements are extremely important. Learn correct knowledge, act on it and live longer.

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Pancreatitis is one of the most serious diseases of the digestive system. There is an acute and chronic pancreatitis; each of these has its own characteristics and methods of treatment.

But there is always one thing in pancreatitis: a former way of life and your normal diet will remain in the past, because the foundation of the treatment of pancreatitis is almost a lifetime diet. The pancreas does not forgive errors in nutrition, immediately responding with pain and digestive disorders.

General Information About Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is an acquired disease, it can be caused by abdominal trauma, viral infection of the pancreas, due to violations of the liver and gall bladder, after alcohol poisoning and other toxic substances, with frequent and pronounced eating disorders – prolonged fasting, dieting in order to lose weight.

The main symptoms of pancreatitis are:

  • abdominal pain – sharp, stabbing, almost till you fall unconscious in acute pancreatitis, or dull or aching in chronic form;
  • nausea and vomiting,
  • violations of bowel movement, often severe diarrhea,
  • fever,
  • dramatic weight loss.

Patients with acute pancreatitis are usually put in the hospital. Exacerbation of chronic pancreatitis can be treated at home, but only under medical supervision. Self-medication in case of pancreatitis has a risk of developing complications up to pancreatic necrosis (enzymatic fusion of tissue, pancreas “self-digestion”) and peritonitis, which are extremely dangerous.

Medical Nutrition in Pancreatitis

The drug, enzyme and diet therapy of pancreatitis is selected by the physician based on the patient’s condition and data analyzes. However, the general principles of dietary correction always remain approximately the same. They give rest to digestion and pancreas, and thus, reduce pain and normalize the state of health.

Nutrition in pancreatitis is sharply limited – you will have to forget about most of the foods. You should eat frequently, about 5-6 times a day – every 2.5-3 hours, with an interval of 8 hours of sleep. But the portions should be small in volume – about 200-250 g, especially in the first period after the exacerbation of the disease.

All dishes are processed mechanically – theyare almost all mashed into puree. Then, as the inflammation subsided, larger particles may appear, but you need to chew them carefully.

Since due to the insufficient supply of nutrients the whole body suffers from pancreatitis, you need to increase the protein component of the diet (meat, fish, dairy products) – in average up to 140-150 grams of protein per day.

But fats and carbohydrates, which are too heavy for the pancreas, are limited to the possible minimum. Carbohydrates are allowed about 300 g per day, fat – not more than 70-80 g.

Products with an aphrodisiac effect are removed from the diet – meat and fish broth, cabbage juice and broth; at the time of severe pain attack they recommend fasting for a period of 1-2 days under a doctor’s supervision.

To fight pancreatitis you need to drink more fluids; it is recommended to drink up to 2 liters of clean water a day. Approximately every half an hour do 2-3 sips of water throughout the day.

Naturally, it is necessary to completely give up smoking and alcohol consumption. They are the most powerful provocateurs of the attacks.

What Should Be Excluded?

The list of banned products is very impressive and could initially lead to discouragement. However, without the observance of these restrictions you will wait for a very long time for getting better. Gradually, you can expand your diet carefully, adhering to the general principles of proper nutrition.

So for the entire acute period of the disease or the exacerbation of the chronic process, you will have to eliminate:

  • beetroot, cabbage soup and borscht, okroshka, soup on the meat, fish and mushroom broths, broths themselves;
  • fatty meats – pork, lamb, goose and duck;
  • offal – kidneys, heart, brain, liver;
  • fried, smoked, salted and spicy dishes;
  • canned foods;
  • sausages;
  • fatty fish (catfish, sturgeon, sturgeon, carp);
  • caviar;
  • lard, margarine, mayonnaise;
  • fat dairy food – cream, sour cream, mare;
  • yolks, boiled eggs;
  • millet, corn, barley, bean side dishes;
  • cabbage, turnip, radish, radishes, turnips, eggplant, onion and garlic, sorrel, cucumbers, tomatoes and bell pepper;
  • citrus, apples (sour sorts), grapes, pomegranates, cranberries;
  • chocolate, jam;
  • sauces, marinades, vinegar, ketchup;
  • all carbonated drinks, even mineral water (only without gas);
  • strong tea and coffee, juices, cocoa;
  • all fresh breads and pastries, pancakes, pies, shortbread.

As you can see, the list of restrictions is big enough, but it is only during the acute process. Then, gradually, you can expand the diet, but irritative and “heavy” dishes have to be forgotten completely.

Pancreatitis is one of the most serious diseases of the digestive system. There are acute and chronic pancreatitis, each of these has its own characteristics and methods of treatment.

What Can I Eat?

This is the first question that arises after reading the list of prohibitions. Of course, the diet is not very varied, but it is aimed at the maintenance of peace to the pancreas and reducing the inflammation.

Allowed:

  • dried bread, crackers;
  • vegetables, vermicelli soup;
  • steam meats and poultry – cutlets, meatballs, rolls, pates, meat puree;
  • boiled fish fillets (lean), baked fish;
  • omelets;
  • milk, cottage cheese, low-fat cheese and yogurt;
  • vegetable oil and butter (in cereals);
  • vegetable purees and stews, boiled vegetables;
  • macaroni, noodles, cereal – oatmeal, semolina, buckwheat, rice;
  • savory baked fruit (pears, apples, peaches, plums);
  • compote, jelly;
  • rosehip teas, herbal teas, a drink made from the bran.

Of course, this diet is limited, but consulting your doctor you will gradually expand its menu.

Sample Menu

It is worth remembering that this menu can be used at home, for calming the acute stage; during the acute stage of pancreatitis they prescribe fasting and gradual introduction of food. When preparing the diet, remember: there must be at least five meals, which are about equal in calories and stress on digestion.

Pancreatitis menu for 5 days

The first day

Breakfast: mashed potatoes – 100-150 g, 2 crackers of white bread, 200 ml mineral water (without gas!).

Lunch: Steamed chicken cutlets – 100 g, eggs – 100 g, white dried bread – 1 slice, 200 ml of milk (yogurt).

Lunch: vegetable soup – 200 ml, boiled fish – 100 grams, mashed zucchini – 100 g, white bread – 1 slice, broth hips – 200 ml, one-third of a banana.

Afternoon snack: fruit jelly – 100 g, low-fat cottage cheese 100 g, mineral water without gas – 200 ml.

Supper: porridge -200 g, pumpkin puree – 100 g, steam meatball – 2 pieces, rather weak tea with milk, a slice of black bread.

Second day

Breakfast: buckwheat -200 g, 2 crackers of white bread, 200 ml of tea with milk.

Lunch: Beef steamed cutlet – 100 g, carrot souffle – 200 g, white dried bread – 1 slice, 200 ml compote of dried fruits.

Dinner: noodle soup – 200 ml, boiled chicken – 100 g vegetable puree – 100 g white bread – 1 slice, mineral water – 200 ml, half-baked pears.

Snack: apple sauce – 200 g, mineral water without gas – 200 ml, sea biscuit – 100 g

Supper: mashed potatoes -200 g, low-fat cottage cheese – 100 g, cheese sandwich (30 g of cheese, a piece of dried bread), rather weak tea with milk, a piece of dark bread.

Day three

Breakfast: squash, pumpkin puree – 100-150 g, 2 crackers of white bread, 200 ml mineral water (without gas!).

Lunch: low-fat cottage cheese – 100 grams, half a baked pear, white dried bread – 1 slice, 200 ml compote.

Dinner: soup with broccoli – 200 ml, boiled meat, grind into a puree – 100 g, mashed potatoes – 100 g, white bread – 1 slice, chamomile tea – 200 ml.

Snack: vegetable stew – 200 g of cheese – 50 g, mineral water without gas – 200 ml.

Supper: buckwheat -200 g, yogurt – 200 g, half of a banana, a slice of white bread.

Day four

Breakfast: mashed potato – 100-150 g, 2 crackers of white bread, 200 ml mineral water (without gas!).

Lunch: rice porridge – 200 grams, white dried bread – 1 slice, 200 ml of milk (yogurt).

Dinner: vegetable soup – 200 ml, boiled fish – 100 grams, mashed carrots – 100 g white bread – 1 slice, broth hips – 200 ml, one-third of a banana.

Snack: scrambled eggs – 100 g, baked sweet apple, mineral water without gas – 200 ml.

Supper: porridge -200 g pumpkin puree – 100 g, steam meatball – 2 pieces, rather weak tea with milk, a slice of black bread.

Day five

Breakfast: oatmeal -200 g pumpkin puree – 100 g, steam meatball – 2 pieces, rather weak tea with milk, a slice of black bread.

Lunch: Chicken steamed cutlets – 100 g, eggs – 100 g, white dried bread – 1 slice, 200 ml of milk (yogurt).

Dinner: soup with pasta – 200 ml, steam fish cake – 100 g, pumpkin puree with carrots – 100 g, white bread – 1 slice, broth hips – 200 ml, biscuits – 2 pcs.

Snack: baked fruit – 100 g, low-fat cottage cheese 100 g, mineral water without gas – 200 ml.

Supper: mashed potatoes – 100-150 g, 2 crackers of white bread, 200 ml mineral water (without gas!).

Subject to the doctor’s recommendations, with strict adherence to the diet and the fulfillment of all the requirements, you can quickly achieve relief. But quite a strict diet with restriction of “heavy” food will last from 3 to 6 months. And then constantly limit fatty, fried, canned food and spices.

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