I do think eating lots of meat is harmful to your liver. I think it cannot easily process all that protein. Other people will have more technical info for you, I am sure.
I am doing shot 11 tonite, and my eating is very different. I cannot eat large portions of ANYTHING (except water, don't yell, everyone, water is never enough) and I cannot eat greasy, heavy food. I need to lose weight also, and I have lost around 8 lbs without a special diet. Eat healthy, see what agrees with you, eat when hungry, graze instead of big meals, when not hungry eat a little of whatever is nutrient rich.
One GOOD side is we often lose weight anyway.
I can't speak to a good tx diet, but a good liver diet is a well-balanced diet that contains the right carbs, the right fats, and the right protein. What's that you say?
The right carbs are unprocessed carbs. They are whole organic grains. They are organic fruits and vegetables.
The right fats are olive oil and oils rich in the essential fatty acids (omega3/6/9s). Anything with hydrogenated oil in it is bad fat. Anything fried is bad fat. Most margarines are bad fat (they have hydrogenated oil in them). Most processed foods contain hydrogenated oil (look at the labels on breads and crackers, etc.).
As far as meat and protein, that really depends on the condition of the liver. A cirrhotic liver handles protein much less efficiently than a liver with mild fibrosis. However, the body needs protein to rebuild and regenerate, so one needs to achieve a balance. Eggs are a good source of protein (cage free). Yogurt is also a decent source of protein.
THe less artificial substances one ingests, the easier it is on the liver. The liver is the body's filter. It gets rid of the drek and works to process (metabolize) the rest. The less drek you ingest the easier a job it has.
I would assume this diet works well for tx, although since tx throws the body for such a huge loop (and the poor tummy) certain accomodations would need to be made. Like if one has a major fussy tummy and only feels like eating certain things then it would make sense to eat those things as long as they are as healthy as you can make them.
Give me some examples of "The right carbs are unprocessed carbs". I am trying to cut carbs for Billy and I but not altogether, so what foods are the good carbs in? Like grape nuts , whole wheat breads ? Brand names I need some brand names.
I can't give you names because I don't eat that kind of food.
IMHO anything made by General Mills or Fritolay and their like was not produced with my best interests at heart. So, I buy my food at either a health food store or Trader Joes (I know they aren't all over the country) or Whole Foods.
As far as cereals go, oatmeal is good, especially organic oatmeal.
If you are buying store bought bread you have to read the label to see the actual ingredients they put in it. Usually they've added things to make it stay "fresh" on the shelf longer (which is in their best interest). These additives aren't food and the liver has to process them out.
One key is the number of ingredients on the list. Less is more. If you are buying corn chips and they have twenty-seven ingredients listed you know they aren't just corn chips. If the list three ingredients (corn, oil [not hydrogenated], and salt) you can see what you are getting.
Don't forget that all vegetables and fruits are carbs and they are good for you (fruit in moderation like one to two a day).
Oh--I jus thought of a brand. Don't know if its available around the country but "Newman's Own" are usually very good, and they also have an organic line. I just looked at their website and you do have to read the ingredients with them too, because their microwave popcorn has hydrogenated oil in it.
[BTW, if anyone is interested, hydrogenated oil means they have added hydrogen thus creating saturated oil. This makes products last longer on the shelf, but its an unnatural form of oil. They started adding this sort of oil to foods after WW2 and we have been getting fatter and fatter ever since.]
Another aside--there is an excellent oil called Udo's Choice (you have to get it at a health food store) that has Flax seed oil and other oils with a balance of omega 3/6/9. I add a little bit of balsamic vinegar to it and throw it on a salad. It tastes great and it is really really good for you. I can see a difference in my skin if I do that every day. Its not cheap though.
I don't know if red meats are necessarily bad for you but I do know it takes the liver longer to process the red meats. And I figure our liver is doing enough work right now with this virus.
I do agree with Greatbird on the healthy diet, though. Just refamiliarize yourself with the food pyramid and eat as healthy as you can. It's easier sometimes than other times but works for me overall.
I just realized what a terrible fog I am in. I really need to keep coming back to this forum.
When I read what you wrote " a good liver diet is a well-balanced diet " I told myself " Thank God that I really do enjoy eating liver, especially with fried onions". I was getting ready to get up and go to the living room to remind my wife Aida to purchase some liver this week. And then it hit me. I can't stop laughing at myself.. Thank you ...
I will keep coming.
Have a great day.... EDGAR