How to Diet for Pancreatitis

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A diet for pancreatitis may be in order if you have an acute pancreatitis attack. If you decide not to follow the diet then you're setting yourself up for a chronic form of the disease. Therefore, the best choice is to change your diet.

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A diet for pancreatitis may be in order if you have an acute pancreatitis attack. If you decide not to follow the diet then you're setting yourself up for a chronic form of the disease. Therefore, the best choice is to change your diet.

Change diet

If you have to eat a diet for pancreatitis it's not the end of the world. It may be the end of consuming the foods and drinks that caused it, but then a diet change was needed anyway. Inflammation of the pancreas can come on suddenly with severe pain in the abdomen, nausea, vomiting and a fever.

Obviously, pancreatitis is not something you should ignore it can lead to serious health complications and even death. However, you can get better on your own by simply changing your diet and lifestyle a little at a time.

Lean meat/fish

To diet for pancreatitis you need to eat a low fat diet, since fat in the blood is a factor. Lucky for you there are all kinds of foods available these days that are low in fat. A vegetarian diet would be a good idea after a pancreatitis attack and not much dairy if any.

However, protein is okay and is recommended as long as it's low fat. Meat and fish are good if you eat lean cuts such as poultry and baked fish. You should also eat small meals instead of large meals that may create digestion problems.

Healthy carbs

Eating plenty of carbs is good too as long as their healthy. Baked potatoes, brown rice, pasta, fruits, vegetables, soups, salads, whole grain breads and high fiber healthy cereals like oatmeal are excellent. Limit dairy to yogurt and low fat milk such as skim or 1%.

Some things to avoid on a diet for pancreatitis are spicy food, beans or any gas producing food, pizza, eggs, cheese, fried food, bacon, sausage, butter, tea, sugar, coffee, caffeine, alcohol, all stimulants and tobacco (nicotine).

Juicer

If you continue to have issues with the digestion of foods you may consider a good vegetable juice extractor. This will help you to have essentials vitamins and nutrients in liquid form. Supplemental enzymes are another way to help digest fats this should be discussed with a physician.

As you can see it's important to not only change your diet, but to stick with it as well. A diet for pancreatitis needs to be a lifestyle change not a quick fix, so don't think you can go back to the way you used to eat.

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