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Apr 28, 2011 09:45 AM

need diet help for medical condition

I just had an acute pancreatitus attack and the Dr. wants me on a lo-fat diet. So far I have no specifics; just generalities, like no fried,fatty, spicy foods, very little lean beef, mostly fruits,grains and salad. No dairy but yogurt is ok? That's ok cuz I don't eat dairy anyway except for cheese. Is anyone on a similar diet ? What do you eat?

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    1. I think yogurt is encouraged because it contains probiotics which have an anti-inflammatory effect.

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      1. re: fern

        Although dairy is not on the list, yogurt is, but unless they make a lactose free yogurt, I'm out.

        1. re: mucho gordo

          MG, hope you are feeling better soon! I believe there are some lactose-free yogurts out there, one is "So Delicious" made from coconut milk however I'm not sure about the fat content of this item so yep to what c oliver says, you need more information. Good luck!

            1. re: mucho gordo

              unfortunately the coconut yogurt is too high in fat for you, mg...but the low-fat, 100% lactose-free yogurt from Green Valley Organics should be just fine!


            2. re: mucho gordo

              There are also rice and almond milk cultured "yogurts" out there. I recently tried the almond one, and it wasn't yogurt, but it's not unpleasant, either.

              1. re: amyzan

                Ya know, Costco was sampling something like that not long ago (if my memory isn't failing me again) and it was pretty tasty.

                1. re: c oliver

                  Yeah, I've adopted that Midwestern habit of downplaying estimations of excellence. A food has to be exquisite to garner much praise around here. I've clearly been living here long enough now! The almond milk yogurt is called amande, and though the texture takes some adjustment, it's taste is good. It's akin to the custard style Yoplait that used to be available, maybe still is, but it's been a LONG time since I bought Yoplait brand, so I don't actually know if that's any help describing the texture.

              2. re: mucho gordo

                Gordo, I've always read that lactrobacilli and other probiotics in milk feed on lactose, so by the time it's yogurt it doesn't have much if any lactose left in it. Again, you may want to research this, but I've always thought it to be common knowledge

            3. your doctor should be sending you to a dietician or direct you to a support group. Have you done a web search on pancreatitis diets?

              1. Assume the Doctor mentioned no alcohol.

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                1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                  Absolutely, but, that's not a problem for me.

                  1. re: mucho gordo

                    After having been a vegan for many years, some severe injuries caused me to have to add some animal foods back to my diet, so I'm basically following the program your doctor recommends and am eating very well. It just takes a little creativity and avoidance of pre-prepared foods which are chock-a-block full of hidden salts, sugars and fats (even the so-called healthy ones, by the way). Maybe once you get the exact set of limits, requirements and recommended foods from the dietician you can post again here and we can all come up with some yummy recipe suggestions that might work for you.

                    1. re: ninrn

                      Avoiding processed foods is like the HUGE answer to so many health problems...I am not in any way degrading what you say ninrn...but it is SO ironic that the most "affluent" societies have the worst health problems due to processed foods! Going back to basic vegetables, raw and cooked, whole fruits and lean proteins seems to be what we all need these days...there it is!

                      1. re: Val

                        Val, you are right about eliminating processed foods.

                        A while back, I started a thread regarding Gout but it was taken away, I don't know why.

                        Anyway, we have learned that processed foods are something to avoid and it has made a big difference. Too often, there are too many salts/chemicals/fat.

                        1. re: Val

                          Hey Val, I think you misunderstood my comment if you thought yours would degrade it in any way. I'm saying the exact same thing as you. Best, ninrn

                  2. I follow a similar diet due to health problems, although raw fruits and veggies are also out for me, which can make things a little harder. I've never been much of a meat eater either, so that part was easy. Subbing non-dairy milk will be a good starting point. Rice milk is easiest to digest and probably contains less fat than the other kinds. Eliminate butter obviously. Can you use olive oil? I can't stomach any amount of butter, but olive oil has been the perfect sub in cooking. If not olive oil, find some oil replacement... I've heard non-fat cooking sprays (like Pam) are good for this.

                    I basically eat lots of grains with roasted veggies. It takes some tinkering, but I have so many different "go-to" meals for dinner that I have a hard time deciding what to eat most nights. My favorites are pasta with roasted cauliflower, potatoes, and green beans (tossed with olive oil, garlic, rosemary, and balsamic vinegar). I like to sprinkle with parmesan, but don't know if you can eat any cheese at all. I use just a teaspoon maybe, so I can stomach it okay. Other favorites are veggie soups with whatever I have on hand (easy to digest, nutritious, and very low in fat content), roasted veggie burritos (filled with Mexican tomato rice, roasted potatoes/carrots/sweet potatoes/zucchini/onions/bell peppers/corn/whatever) in corn tortillas. Very satisfying, even without meat, but you could add lean skinless chicken or turkey breast.

                    I'm assuming you can eat chicken, turkey, or fish? These should be easy enough to plan meals around. Add a baked potato (season with plain/Greek yogurt instead of sour cream or butter).

                    I recently tried out this recipe and it was fantastic:
                    I roasted the tomatoes for a long time, steamed and then roasted the potatoes instead of frying and altered the pesto, added some cooked kale as well. Most recipes will take some tinkering, but they're still handy as a base. You just have to find ways to eat them that will work for you.

                    Good luck! Hope you and your pancreas live long and prosper...