If you have pancreatitis, the question “I have pancreatitis what can I eat?” may be very important to you. In fact the answer to that question may mean the difference between living with pancreatitis, beating pancreatitis and dying from pancreatitis.
I Have Pancreatitis What Can I Eat Safely?
When the question: I have pancreatitis what can I eat? comes to mind I have a tendency to think vegan. The plant based vegan diet (no animal products, no dairy) is the most friendly diet for pancreatitis however …
The vegan diet allows foods high in fat content such as nuts, avocados, coconut, and oils which are not friendly towards a damaged pancreas so when answering the question: I have pancreatitis what can I eat? ALL high fat content foods should be eliminated. For those of you who are used to eating high fat content foods this may present a problem, especially at first but …
As you learn to accept the fact that your eating habits need to change for “I have pancreatitis what can I eat?” or you will suffer the consequences it will become easier. In time you won’t miss those high fat content meats, sauces, gravies and deserts. You will welcome the pancreatitis pain relief that you will soon experience due to a major change in menu and …
Safe Foods For Pancreatitis
When you are learning about “I have pancreatitis what can I eat?” it’s important to know the TWO main enemies of a patient with pancreatitis are Alcohol and FAT both of which will inflame the pancreas. Alcohol and high fat foods are out. The ONLY safe fat for a pancreatitis patient with an unhealed pancreas is plant based. You are balking already, aren’t you?
I hear you! But …
YOU are the one who is still sick. I have had many, many acute pancreatitis attacks and was finally diagnoed with both acute and chronic pancreatitis in 1979. I am healed. I have learned this information about “I have pancreatitis what can I eat” the hard way (trial and error). You can believe your doctor, favorite nurse, the guy down the street or some book written by the descendants of some dead guy who had pancreatitis …
ALL of whom have never personally had nor experienced the horrible pain, nausea and other symptoms that come with pancreatitis or you can choose to take a flyer and believe me, the guy who has been diagnosed with pancreatitis, told he had maybe 10 years of life left and is still alive 33+ years later and …
Has lived pancreatitis pain free for most of those 33 years because I found out how to DO IT RIGHT. So …
The list of safe foods for answering the question: I have pancreatitis what can I eat? is a fairly short list. One task you need to do in order to prove to yourself what I tell you is true and more importantly to actually KNOW what foods are safe for you is to create your own food diary. Anyway …
Here is a view of that short list of foods usually safe to eat when you have pancreatitis (NOT when you are just coming out of an acute pancreatitis attack).
- Egg whites (packed with protein – ZERO fat)
- Legumes (beans, lentils, peas)
- Vegetables (all kinds – leafy greens, tubers and cruciferous)
- Fruits (all kinds EXCEPT avocado, coconut or some other high fat content fruit)
- Whole grains (wheat, barley, oats, rice etc)
- Spices (especially good are cayenne, garlic, turmeric, black pepper, ginger)
- Supplements for Pancreatitis
Here’s a free tool I use to find out about foods. What the nutrient density is, the fat content and what kind of fat, vitamin/mineral content and more. You don’t need to buy anything or sign up for their newsletter (which may contain food choices not good for YOU). Simply use the tool.
6 Months Symptom Free
Once you have been symptom free for 6 months or more, while on your “I have pancreatitis what can I eat?” diet, you may begin adding in more protein sources to test how it works out for you. If you have not healed your pancreas enough to have been completely symptom free for at least 6 months DO NOT add these foods.
- Fish (white meat fish such as cod, halibut, bass, crappie, pollack, orange roughy, talapia, catfish)
- Seafood (lobster, shrimp, crab, scallops, clams etc)
- Poultry (skinless chicken, turkey, grouse, pheasant, quail)
The Rest Of Your Life
Once you have been symptom free for a year or more DO NOT think you can vary much from your diet. I have pancreatitis what can I eat will never change. Once your pancreas has been damaged you ALWAYS have the risk of acute pancreatitis and more damage. If the attack is bad enough you may not have to worry about diet and if you make it you have to start all over from square one and re-heal the damage.
I quit taking my supplements and varied my diet.
Soon I was sick as a dog again.
Be smart, learn from my mistakes and stay on your diet for pancreatitis.
It is a “I have pancreatitis what can I eat?” lifetime commitment but the alternative could be somewhat dim because I understand it gets really dark 6 feet under ground.