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Recovering from Longterm Illness: Can You Help?!

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Recovering from Longterm Illness: Can You Help?!

chartreauxx | Aug 18, 2012 03:01 AM

Hi all-
I'm fairly new around here, though I've lurked for a long time.

Here's my deal: I've had a couple bouts with pretty severe pancreatitis in the past year. My body's been through a ton (including some organ failures, necrosis in the abdomen, hospital-acquired C. diff, etc), and I spent a lot of time on a pure IV feed (weeks/months with no food at all, many more months on limited liquids only).

I can eat solids again now, but between the time spent not eating, the trauma/healing, and pancreatic/absorption issues, I am WAY skinny.

Pancreatic patients need to eat within the following guidelines:

NO alcohol
NO transfats
NO artificial sweeteners
No caffeine
No deep-fried foods
Generally low-fat
Generally not meat-heavy
Minimal dyes
Minimal preservatives
Minimal refined sugar (especially avoid HFCS)

I eat 6-8 times a day. Large volume/bulk is hard on my system, so I eat smaller meals.

I generally eat mostly vegetarian/pescatarian, though I do eat some chicken, pork, etc. I don't eat beef, as it hurts my system. I do fine with most plant fats (nuts, seeds, avocados, vegetable oils, etc) in moderation. i MUST have high calcium intake, as I quickly develop severe calcium deficiencies (which lead to seizures). The more natural and "whole food" the diet, the better; I love food, I love eating, and I am looking for advice! No food allergies or squeamishness, just the doctor guidelines for the pancreas stuff.

So, I challenge you, friends; can you offer me suggestions of delicious things for a single girl to make so I can get back to a remotely normal weight?!

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