Nutrition Advice & Recipes
The National Pancreas Foundation recognizes that quality of life is important for everyone but is certainly more of a challenge for individuals and their loved ones trying to manage chronic illness.
For patients with pancreatic disease, there are many times when it is difficult to eat at all. Even when you are feeling well, you still must be very careful to follow a low-fat diet. Below are some guidelines, and, as always, your doctor is the best one to tell you how to eat. Note that sometimes it is easier to eat small meals several times a day, instead of trying to sit down to three big meals.
A Low-Fat Diet
The amount of fat you should eat varies depending on your weight and height, but for an average person, it is felt that you should not consume more than 50 grams of fat a day. Fat intake could range between 30-50 grams of fat, depending on tolerance. Daily fat consumption should not be concentrated in one meal but spread throughout the day in possibly 4-6 small meals. Eating boneless chicken breasts and most fish helps keep your meals low in fat. Cooking with Pam or any cooking spray instead of oils also helps. You can add fat-free chicken broth when you need moisture.
Alcohol And Dehydration
If you have pancreatic disease, it is important to never drink alcohol. Research has shown that dehydration causes the pancreas to flare. Always drink plenty of fluid. It has been recommended that a patient always have a bottle of water or any liquid with them. Drinking Gatorade or other sports drinks is a good way to keep from being dehydrated.