Eat A Hearty Diet
After transplant diet tips
Since my transplant back in 1987 I have
discovered that keeping a healthy diet is the best way in which to keep your
Some foods transplants patients should avoid are
though there are always alternatives,
This is a big NO after your
transplant as the fruit effects the cyclosporin levels in your blood.
As Cyclosporin also can damage the kidneys it is
important to reduce foods which make the Kidneys work such as.
Full cream Fresh Milk. (Skimmed is preferred)
White Bread Whole meal brown preferred
(Blue stilton ect)
salted, dry roasted
Potatos Boiled are preferred the
struggle to rid the starch in roasted potatoes and it is recommended to eat
boiled as this is easier on the damaged kidneys or not.
Transplant recipients are able to intake alcohol but as this can alter the anti
rejection drug levels in the blood it is at there own risk.
What Foods are Healthy?
Eating plenty of
fruit most booklets suggest five portions of fruit and vegetables, this
helps reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
Fruit Vegetables (See Above)
Fish and Fish Oils Again this helps prevent heart disease and also
helps improve survival after heart Attacks.
White Meats- Chicken, Pork, Turkey ect
Water (8 glasses a day- (2-4 bottles my intake)
The above lists
are only a guide line and of course it is the patients own choice this has
helped me due to the Cyclosporin factor with regards to Kidney function.
dietitians advice any one not just transplant patients to lower such things as Salt,
fatty produce such as dairy products as this reduces the chances of high blood
pressure, Heart Attacks, and conery artery disease!
following is advised by dietitians
is important for good health but, at present, your body cannot cope with large
amounts of it in your diet. Excess protein is broken down into waste products
which can build up in your blood and make you feel ill.
the amount of protein in your diet will make you feel better.
important points to remember are:
protein in your diet.
foods contain protein but the foods which contain the most are:
should take only very small portions of these protein foods each day, but don't
cut them out all together.
is as important as reducing your protein intake. To avoid losing weight you
more calories from other foods.
make up for eating less protein based foods you will need to take more
non-protein foods which contain extra sugar and fat.
you can eat freely....
: All types including tinned in
All green, root and salad vegetables.
foods: Cornflower, arrowroot,
custard powder, pudding, rice, sago, tapioca, blancmange.
Margarine, butter, vegetable oils, dripping, lard, suet,
double cream, whipping cream.
Foods: Jam, honey, marmalade, syrup,
glucose, sugar, sweets, e.g. butterscotch, boiled sweets, mints, barley
sugars,fruit gums, ice lollies, chewing gum.
Pepper, salt, (Unless advised otherwise) mustard powder, vinegar, herbs,
spices, mayonnaise, salad cream, coffee mate and compliment.
Tea, coffee, squashes, fizzy drinks (In moderation) fruit juices, oxo, bovril,
and marmite can be used in small amounts to make gravy, but do not use to make
Take Care with
lentils, broad beans, butter beans, kidney beans.
Evaporated and condensed milk, other tinned milk products such as tinned
cream, Tip Top.
Tinned milk puddings such as rice or semolina.
Ready made custard
Horlicks malted milk, cocoa powder.
Bournvita, Ovaltine, drinking chocolate made with milk, Build up complan.
Chocolate, fudge, toffee, marzipan, Nuts, peanut butter.
Packet sauces, tinned and packet soups.
is important that you do not lose weight. If you start losing weight, you will
need to increase your intake of calories by eating extra sugary foods and
fats. For example:
: Add extra sugar to drinks, cereals and puddings.
Spread butter or margarine to potatoes and vegetables.
Occasionally fry foods in oil or butter.
Eat boiled sweets, pastilles or mints between meals.
to eat less protein - Some Meal Ideas.
Pure fruit juice.
Porridge made with 1/3rd pint milk.
1 slice of toast (wholemeal) with honey, jam ect.
Pure fruit juice
Weetabix with 1/3rd pint milk
Toast with plenty of butter, honey or jam.
Small glass of milk.
2 slices of toast (Wholemeal) with honey or jam
Pure fruit juice
Boiled egg or 1 rasher of bacon
Toast (Wholemeal) with plenty of butter.
morning and Mid afternoon.
Cup of tea or coffee or glass of cordial with 2 low protein biscuits or 2 low
protein crackers with butter and jam.
for lunch and evening meals.
to add black pepper, herbs or spices to flavour your meals instead of salt!
A sandwich made with 2 slices of bread (Wholemeal) and filled with:
1 thin slice meat such as ham, chicken, corned beef or
1/4 small tin of salmon
1/2 small tub of cottage cheese
Lettuce and tomato.
A small serving of meat, fish or chicken with vegetables and 2 egg sized
Hot pot, or shepherds pie, followed by fresh or tinned fruit, or 1 brickette
of ice cream.
A medium size jacket potato with baked beans. followed by small egg custard
Cauliflower cheese using 1oz cheese and a milk substitute... followed by a
small portion of fruit crumble or ice cream.
Fish in parsley sauce using 1and a half oz fish and a milk substitute for the
sauce with vegetables followed by a small individual fruit pie.
Cup of tea/coffee or glass of cordial with 2 plain bucuits or thin slice of
toast (wholemeal) with butter and jam...
to make sure that you have at least 8 cups of fluid each day (Tea, coffee ect)
this will help prevent constipation and help your kidneys to work well.
above advice should only be followed on consultation with a dietitian.