There is a chronic liver disease that is rampant worldwide these days and it’s called the non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)? Not caused by alcohol, this extra fat in the liver cells can progress to cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver failure. Thankfully, proper diet and nutritional therapies can repair and renew the liver and even reverse the condition if detected early enough!
Renowned liver doctor, Dr. Sandra Cabot, has just the diet for reducing fat in the liver, minimise liver damage, improve the function of insulin, and ease weight loss:
What to eat:
- Chicken, turkey, geese, or duck
- Raw vegetables. The great thing about this is that you can eat unlimited quantities of this thanks to its low sugar content.
- Fresh fruits but stick to just two pieces a day as fruits are high in natural sugars which won’t be helpful especially if you’e aiming to lose weight.
- To tie you over from lack of breads, biscuits, and sugary desserts, you can fill yourself up with cooked vegetables of different varieties including some starchy vegetables other than potatoes.
- First-class protein in the form of seafood be it canned or fresh but not smoked or deep-fried.
- Fresh lean red meats
- Organic or free-range eggs
- Legumes (beans, chickpeas or lentils), raw nuts, and seeds
- Sugar-free protein powder or one that is sweetened by stevia.
Example of healthy snacks
- Canned seafood salad. Use one small can either sardines, salmon, mackerel, crab meat, or tuna and combine with the juice of half a fresh lemon or one tablespoon of natural yoghurt and fresh chopped herbs.
- A protein smoothie made with coconut milk or almond milk. Have this plain or turn it into a berry delight with three tablespoons of fresh or frozen berries.
- A handful of raw nuts and seeds. You may eat these on their own or paired with a piece of fruit.
- Crudités. Slice up carrot, cucumber, zucchini, celery sticks, or broccoli florets with a dip made out of tahini, hummus, or mashed avocado.
- One glass full of raw vegetable juice.
Minimise or stay away from:
- Sugar and any form of candy especially chocolates that use hydrogenated vegetable oils in their formulation.
- Foods containing flour.
- Foods that claim to have slimming or diet properties. These are often packed with sugar or artificial sweetener.
- Crisps or snacks that are fried.
- Fried take-away foods.
- Biscuits – both sweet and savoury varieties, as they contain flour, hydrogenated vegetable oils, and if sweet will be high in sugar.
- Crumpets, muffins, bagels, white bread, and donuts.
Will you be trying this diet?