Liver Loving Recipes

Liver loving recipes are a good way of dealing with cirrhosis and surviving with Hepatitis C. One of the by-products of eating well is that your body will be stronger longer and can also respond to Hep c treatment better. Eating healthy is good no matter what your current liver health is. With with a virus attacking your liver, you’ve will feel so much better and have more energy if you eat healthy, well balanced meals.

 

Just hit the drop down menu on the home screen and click on recipes for:

Protein

Veggies

Juicing

Main dish and casseroles and MORE!

 

Check out my low sodium, liver loving recipes as I add them. I have started using Ziplist in hopes that it would be easier for you to read them. I am not real big on measuring stuff. I get out the measuring cups and spoons for sure. However,  I also use a spoon and taste as I go. These recipes have been a big experiment in my life since I was diagnosed with End Stage Liver Disease. I decompensated and learned quickly to eat low sodium and low fat.

Guys, most of these pics are in my little farm kitchen. I cook up love with every meal and hope that you can eat better and liver longer. So if you see paint peeling on the windows and a mess on the counter, please ignore that. My kitchen is clean. When the kids come over, they actually want to sit at the bar and eat. We rarely use the table!

I might have stage 4 cirrhosis, and just finished hepatitis c treatment, but I’m NOT eating boring food. Neither am I a slave to the kitchen.

Juicing for liver ihelpc.com
Expensive juicers aren’t important. Go with what you can afford!

You’re going to love eating less than 2,000 mg. of sodium a day! Plus these are protein packed and low fat! You may have to make adjustments if you’re on triple therapy and need the fat grams. I aim for 1/2 my body weight in protein grams. 150 lb = 75 grams of protein daily to stay healthy.

Bon Appetit! Karen 🙂

I’m working more on juicing recipes and encourage you to do the same. I know that nausea can lead to malnourishment. We need out strength lovey’s!

45 thoughts on “Liver Loving Recipes

    1. Michelle –
      So glad you found the site. My funny home pics of food make me laugh. But I can assure you that it truly is a huge part of what saved my life.
      Will you stay in touch and let me know how nutrition helps you?
      Also, go to the contact me page and let me know if you need anything. I’ve got sources and resources. I truly wish you the best in your health journey. xoxo Karen:)

    1. I remember feeling so alone with my diagnosis. My poor brain was overloaded. I hope you can feel the hugs across the internet tonight dear one. When I say we are in this together, I mean it.

      No matter what you are facing, there is always hope.

      Let me know if you need something. xoxo Karen:)

  1. I was diagnosed with Hep C five years ago. Took the 52 week ribovivarin/pegintron treatment. Did not clear. I have a strain, unsure what its called at this moment . 4g.
    I have had it for 35 yrs with no trouble. Not sure why it raised its ugly head. Life was pretty good till then. In five years I have lost my husband and home of 25 years. Had to move in with my mother due to not having anywhere to go and no job in 10 years. I was lucky in the fact that I did not have to work. Anyway now Im scared and feel alone. Im trying to improve my health and not having very good luck. It is my crutch~ I eat a pint of ice cream every day. Very little protein and had no idea how important my diet is. I bought a juicer, a Breville and a bunch of fruits and veggies 10 days ago and have not touched any of it. I guess I’m wondering if it will work and I’m so tired I cannot seem to stand in the kitchen long enough to learn it all. Help Please just need some support and juicing ideas:) Debbie

    1. Debbie,

      Aw hunnyo – You’re never alone and you always have support. Check out my facebook and hook up with our private support. They’re a loving bunch of people who know exactly what you’re going through.

      As you can tell, I was the same: Long term HCV and didn’t know it. I’m wondering if you have some liver damage? The Hepatitis C will sap your strength. The virus keeps your liver full of inflammation. You are SO very smart in attempting to eat well to support your body until you can try treatment again. Maybe the newer drugs?

      My marriage failed also after over 30 years. Being sick is so hard on our family, finances, and our spirit, mind and body. A little ice cream may feel good. I have yet to give up my pop tarts! But by getting good protein, you will be stronger. Juicing is a good step. Here is my best tip on that: clean your veggies all at once and put em in the fridge. Work on it all day as you feel like it. Sit at the kitchen table with the garbage can beside you. Then each time you want to juice, it is much easier!

      Forming new habits takes time. I am concerned that you are eating, but not getting enough nourishment.

      Please write more or hook up on fb. What about blood lab levels? New treatment meds?

      And give you mom a hug for me. God bless moms. I am so happy that you have her right now. You WILL get a chance to start over dear one.
      Thanks for sharing with me. Keep in touch please! xoxoxo Karen:)

  2. So thrilled I found you! I was diagnosed with NAFLD last August. Scared me pretty good. I asked the doctor (he did a CT, ultrasound, colonoscopy, and throat scope) what to do? He said “Lose weight. I’ll see you back in 10 years for another colonoscopy unless you have other issues.” And that was it! He basically wanted me to go back to my internist for treatment. I had never heard of fatty liver disease (and I have a background in emergency medicine). So I have been doing as much research as possible – lost 15% of my body weight (almost 40 pounds) since August and then learned that if you lose weight really fast, it causes MORE damage to the liver! So many differing opinions on what you can and can’t eat with liver disease that I am totally confused and afraid to eat more than a handful of things. Now that I have found you and your blog, I can breathe again! I know that you have done more research and are confident in what can be eaten regularly. You are a blessing in my life! Thank you so much. I look forward to following you as I gain better control of my health.

    1. I’m thrilled that you found the blog too. It’s just my place where I’ve learned to live past that death sentence. You’ve done amazing to lose so much. I am glad to see that you are letting it level off now. Since the doctor didn’t find anything on tests or procedures, it means you are in pretty good shape! That is awesome news sweetie! You can keep your health in a good balance with diet and nutrition since it was caught early.

      I’m so glad that the site has helped you. I’m working on getting the rest of my recipes up. I am constantly working on new ways of cooking that reduces my symptoms associated with liver damage. Promise to keep me posted on your progress … and let me know if you run across any great recipes. You sound like a really proactive person who is not going to take this lying down. All my best to you in the New Year!!!

      Much love,
      Karen:)

  3. Just found this site. My husband is in the hospital as we speak with stage 4 cirrhosis. I cried for 3 days thinking he was dying. So, so glad to find out there may be more time for us with a proper diet. Thanks for posting and I intend to read this entire site – right after I wipe away my last tears. Thanks

    1. Hi Sweet Girlfriend,

      Isn’t the internet wonderful? Just when we need a hug wrapped up in hope, there it is. I’m glad you found the site. I’ll be looking forward to an update once you get your mind wrapped around the diagnosis. I’ve got your family covered in prayer and love right now. Keep me posted. xoxo Karen:)

  4. I’m so happy to have found you. I was diagnosed having Hep C virus a month ago and awaiting to start treatment after couple more tests. I’m not sure how I got virus… thinking through a blood transfusion for heart surgery in ’70s or via needle stick in performing patient care as a nurse. Even tho I’m in healthcare I’m not sure how to process all this and definitely feeling down. I feel that eating healthy will help restore liver tissue and help with forthcoming treatment. New meds for Hep C “CURE” has recently gotten FDA approval 2014 for success in clearing Hep C virus with a 12-24 week treatment. Needless to say, I’m hopeful and grateful for the research.

    In the meantime, I want to learn more about how to live with Hep C until cleared. Will be looking at those most delicious recipes and tips. I was told to stay away from alcohol (I drink rarely – 1 glass wine at most when dining with friends) and no Tylenol products. I like the idea of chicken a week. I’m thinking to stay away from Fat, Sodium, Red meats (beef, pork, lamb) which leaves chicken, fish and veggies. Does that sound right?

    Again, happy to have found a forum of “friends” who i can learn and share with.

    1. Gardenia,

      I’m happy that you found us too! It sound like you are up on all the latest meds and isn’t it amazing how far they’ve come in the last few years? I did the same thing you are doing. I “trained” for treatment and it totally gave me the strength I needed to survive and thrive. You sound great. I hope there is not a lot of liver damage. Even if there is, the diet modifications can get you through with many more years of a fruitful life!

      Thanks for dropping by and if you come up with any more good ideas for nutrition, let me know. I’m working on an ebook for readers to find the best diet for their stage of liver disease. Food is medicine as you well know.

      xo Much love, Karen

  5. Karen, can you tell me if molasses is a liver-healthy food? I know that sugar is not healthy and I have really cut it back to almost nothing. I haven’t been able to get used to plain oatmeal. However, I use stevia (sparingly) and berries. I was wondering how easy molasses is to digest.
    I try to do as much research as possible on liver health. I just keep running into so many varying opinions that it’s confusing.
    Currently I am on only 1 serving of fruit a day (only berries or apples) because of the sugar concern, no dairy (fat and sugar), no breads, no wheat, barley, etc. Options are kind of low with what I keep reading.
    I realize that NAFLD is different than Hep-C, but it also leads to cirrhosis of the liver which I am trying to avoid.
    Sure appreciate your help!

    1. Janis,

      The whole sugar thing is very confusing. I ended up letting go of all simple sugars for a couple of years too. I decided that the fear was probably killing me faster than liver disease. Now I kind of go with the 70-30 ratio. I eat perfect about 70% of the time and 30% of the time, I eat fairly “normal”. When I don’t feel good, I may go to 80/20 or even higher.

      So what does that mean with sugar in particular? Low glycemic is always best. Molasses and honey are still fairly high on the index. Stevia is NOT. I was restricting fruits for a while and have decided (like you) that they just make foods taste better. If you’re going to indulge, that is where to do it.

      I’m in awe of your ability to drop dairy and breads. I keep them at a “no or low” in my diet also. I found some soy based grated cheese food for my turkey and bean chili! I make nachos, which is a fave.

      Oatmeal is a love of mine and is so very safe. I’ve lived on it for most of my life. Even before I was diagnosed, it was one food that didn’t cause a food coma. That tells you something…. I alternate plain, coconut oil, brown sugar, banana, or blueberries. Back to that percentage chart I mentioned.

      You are a very disciplined person with a high drive to live. Bravo for all of your work. It’s hard to write about this subject because we all vary in those 2 areas, and also in our degree and type of liver disease. I hope that my writing have helped you to make sense of how to protect your liver and live your best life.

      Will you stay in touch? I think with the onset of Hepatitis C for baby boomers, that knowledge about liver disease will only continue to grow!

      Love,
      Karen:)

      1. Thanks for the quick response! I picked up some coconut sugar last night to see if that works occasionally.
        I’m working at putting together a group of recipes and meal plans that will work for me. I’m NOT good at eating healthy when I wait until the last minute! So I have to have some things on hand and ready (cooked brown rice, black beans, etc).
        Have you seen the documentary Forks before Knifes? I just watched it and it has given me more ideas for meals. It is a “plant based” lifestyle. There are recipes online for a few meals mentioned. I think it would give you some positive healthy liver ideas.
        Best wishes (and I’m thrilled you are doing much better now),
        Jann

        1. Jen,

          You know I’ve heard a lot about Forks before Knives and need to watch that. Maybe a good movie for this weekend! Let me know how your group of recipes and meal plans go. I’m working on something also.
          I think the bowl of rice, beans, quinoa, etc is a big key. A quick snack is always at your fingertips!
          Maybe we should share ideas. xo Karen{)

    1. Thank you so much for writing. I know that when Karen comes back after recovering from her liver transplant she will be so happy to see your words, thanks so much! Dee

  6. Hi Karen,

    My mom was recently diagnosed w/ cirrhosis. She has ascites and portal hypertension. I’ve been reading about compensated and decompensated and it is so confusing. She’s had a CT to confirm the cirrhosis and portal hypertension. She’s had an endoscopy showing grade 1 esophageal varices. They also say she suffers from GI bleeding due to portal hypertensive gastropathy.

    I’m excited to read your recipes as I’ve been searching long and hard to find foods to help her liver get better. All the info. is conflicting and frustrating. Did you have portal hypertensive gastropathy? Does this change what she can eat because her stomach is sensitive to bleeding? Can she have acidic foods like oranges or is that bad for her stomach?

    Are you still in stage 4 cirrhosis or has your liver started healing again and you are no longer in stage 4? I can’t believe this is possible! You have given me so much hope!

    Frazi

    1. Hi there, if acidic foods don’t bother your Mom I would say try it, but if it does irritate her stomach, stay away from it. I wish you the best
      Dee

  7. My husband is on the liver transplant waiting list for cirrhosis. This site has helped me in caring for him and recipe ideas. I enjoyed reading Karen’s posts. Can you please update us and let us know how she is doing since her transplant? Thanks

  8. I’m very happy to have found this site/blog. I have symptoms of liver disease, but have stopped drinking alcohol and am trying to improve my diet. It’s hard for me to stay away from let’s say, chocolate and sugar, (primarily in my coffee in the morning – I have heard that coffee is O.K. for the liver) but I’m finding that when I eat the right things, especially foods that are good for the liver, I feel better. I did a search for recipes for the liver and was amazed and very pleased to see the number of web sites out there – I thought that I would have to change my diet drastically, but that’s not the case. Thank you for the site.

  9. I was diagnosed with cirrhosis & hep c this past Nov I went to er because I was itching all over mainly at night had really bad insomnia & very bright colored urine after test I was told my billirubin was 12.5 & that giving me a Tylenol could throw me into liver failure I was dumbfounded I have racked my brain as to the hep c & have came to the conclusion ,,, what difference does it make that’s not what my focus should be on anyway …although the drs sorta made me me feel Luke I should be ashamed of my self except for the gastrointologist he was pleasant enough just didn’t get a lot out of him about my illness . I am 54 yrs old & was drinking fairly heavy for the past some odd yrs I have had a drink now since Nov the 12 & can honestly say I do not miss it whatsoever .. My question is did the hep c cause my cirrhosis or was it the drinking & what questions do I need to ask my gastro Dr when I return the end of this month .. I just need to be informed & educated on this disease ..I had an ultrasound while I was in the hospital but only learned I had cirrhosis & hep c …please help me before I go bezerk I feel like I am the only one taking this seriously & the drs don’t understand this is very serious to me !

    1. Hi I am so sorry for what you are experiencing. I did not drink and I ended up with cirrhosis. The HCV just attacks our liver 24 hours a day, the virus is in there doing damage. Quitting drinking will help you in ways you never thought possible. Try to drink a lot of water, veggies and fruit are good. Red meat is not good but chicken and fish are okay. Especially fish. Salmon is on of the best things you can eat. You can also have eggs, oatmeal. It doesn’t really matter how you got it. Doctors have discovered so many ways we could have contracted it. I could have gotten it from a gamma globulin shot back in the 70’s. I know people who could have gotten it getting a manicure back before they were required to sterlilize the implements of their trade. I still hesitate to get a manicure or pedicure because of this fear. Using someones toothbrush or razor that had HCV can give it to you as can snorting something after another person who has HCV. Please don’t worry about how you got it, just that you know now and you need to treat it. Have you found out what geno type you have? Or your viral load? That will help decide your treatment. I hope that you are able to use one of the newer drugs that have come out in the past year or two. I wish you the very best. Please ask any questions you may have. Good luck, Dee

      1. Thanks for all the information. I am at end stage Cirrhosis.
        What New treatment have they came out with. My Dr. Has mentioned nothing. What is geno and viral load?

        1. Hi there! When you are tested, if your blood reacts or it is detected they then do another test for viral load (how many viruses) are in your body and they look for the type. Like Geno 1A 1B is treated with Harvoni. Or Sovaldi. There are many Geno Types. I was a 1A and interferon Ribavirin did not work for me. Knowing how awful it was researchers were looking for something else. I used Incivek, Interferon, Ribavirin to get cured 4 years ago. It was awful. Now they have this Harvoni which is one pill a day. The problem is you have to know your Geno type to know which medication you need to treat with. Geno 1A,B used to be the hardest to treat before the new drugs came out. Now Geno 3 is the hardest. Once they told you you had HCV did they test further? A small percentage of people are able to fight off the virus themselves. i.e. they test positive for having it but when tested for Geno type or viral load they don’t have it, it would be similar to Chicken Pox, I had it but don’t have it now yet test positive for having it. Those lucky people had strong enough immune systems to fight it off. I know of a few people that has happened to. The problem is that some GP’s don’t know this, in the majority of cases they send you off to a Liver Specialist and think you have it. I hope this is making some sense, if not, let me know. Take care of yourself, drink lots of water to help your liver work better. Dee

  10. I have cirrosis also 4 mo ago i had to get a parasenthesis at that tome they told me to keep doing the dieretics and for the first time said the same as you about limiting salt to 2000 mgs or a tea spoon i wish i knew how this figures in maybe you know oh by the way thx

    1. Hello! Thanks for being here. Cutting back on salt is almost a full time job 🙂 Everything has salt in it. When I had a relative who had to cut back on salt we found out even milk has salt. I hope Karen’s liver loving diet helps you. Or you could look it up and the heart diet is a good one to follow as well. Soup, that we all grew up on has a high amount of salt. Close to a full days worth in some. I hope you can find some relief. Take Care, Dee

  11. hi all i lost my father to liver cancer 2 years ago, i am sorry i couldn find this blog in time. anyways just wanted to tell and report a study done in UK that coffee can reverse the effect of liver damage due to alcohol. i hope its true u can find the details of the study on the net , i don know hw far this is true but.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I’m sorry to hear about your dad. There’s a blog on here somewhere about drinking coffee. I do believe the studies that prove it can help.
      I’m glad you’re eating well and protecting your liver. All my best to you and your family.
      xoxoxo Karen

  12. I’m glad I found your site. I’ve known for several years of my diagnosis but I’m really ready to start taking better care of myself and this will help. Thank you Karen.

  13. So excited to have found this website! I was diagnoised with cirrhosis about 2 months ago..Really it has been a blessing…I have changed my whole life style and have never felt better. I have had NAFLD for about 8 years and my liver took a hit with too much Vitamin A and Methotrexate for several years for psoriasis! Look forward to watching the blogs and helping others when I can. Hugs to everyone going through this!

    1. Your enthusiasm is contagious. We DO start to feel better when we make changes. It’s not always easy, but we can help our liver to heal. It sounds like you’re finding the balance on meds and vitamins. That is so important and you can always tweak it. I look forward to your input. Any ideas you have are always welcome.
      Hugs to you,
      xo K

    1. Hay sweetie! I’m loving your comment right now. I LOVE it when people post comments. I’m so glad to see that you’re finding the help you need. xoxo K

  14. Hi Karen and Dee,
    I was so pleased to find this sight, discovered while looking for recipes for my Dad. He has Cirrhosis and we have just recently signed him an advocate with hospice. However, we are still hopeful that we can feed him back to healthy! Thanks for a good sight, great information and lots of options in the recipe area. I am anxious to try them all!!

    1. Hello there! I am so glad you found us. I believe there is always hope. I have heard of and known people in just awful shape. When they realize that everything they eat or drink has to be processed by the liver; it helps them. A few people have completely cut out red meat, fried foods, processed food and lowered their salt intake and increased their water consumption and have improved quite a bit. There is a group called MedHelp Liver Cirrhosis and many people help each other. One of them, a nurse said her Dad was near death when they completely overhauled his diet and a year later he is doing so much better. They did add some supplements, one was a probiotic, the same thing in yogurt only concentrated. I will try to find it and come back. It gives one hope. Try to get him to eat veggies and fruit, oatmeal, whole foods, fish and chicken are good. A family member of mine had a blockage in her heart and went on a diet by Dean Ornish, he wrote a book about healing through diet. She also did what they call the rice diet and she was able to heal her heart. Most people don’t change their diet so don’t get better. I hope that you and your Dad have very good luck. Please keep in touch! Karen and I love to hear from everyone. Take care, Dee

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