Post Number: 1
|Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 03:34 pm: ||
Hey everyone! I'm almost 6 months out from a heart/liver transplant and would like to know what fresh fruits and vegetables you all eat and how you prep them. Do you just rinse them in water or use some kind of cleaner or a brush? Do you peel everything? Do I have to seriously peel peppers, tomatoes, radishes, celery...and then can I eat them raw? How do you eat vegetables that are in layers such as artichokes, cabbage, onions or vegetables/fruit that have crevices and bumps such as broccoli or cauliflower (do I have to cook them?) What about green onions? If I prep vegetables for a salad, can I prep for several days at a time or must it be done daily? What about leftovers--does everything have to be heated to steaming, even leftovers that would normally be eaten cold such as lunch meat or potato salad? Is eating at a restaurant really an option since we can't really know how the food is prepped or the actual ingredients used? How do each of you handle these issues? Thanks for your help!
Post Number: 20
|Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 04:43 pm: ||
I had a heart transplant about 19 months ago. Maybe I'm too relaxed about this, but I take almost no special precautions, and am not concerned about eating out at restaurants. I wash fruit with water, that's all. I'm not allowed to eat uncooked meat or fish, so no raw oysters, no beef tartare, etc.
If I were travelling outside the US, I would take more precautions, of course, depending on the country.
|Heart transplant |
March 16, 2010
Post Number: 64
|Posted on Friday, October 21, 2011 - 01:51 am: ||
You have to know yourself. I haven't had a cold or sickness in many years and grew up in a city so I've have almost all childhood diseases. Thus, I am like John D in how I treat foods. My kidney TX was in 2/11 and I'm a member of Kiwanis and thus eat at a breakfast buffet once a week. I eat out at restaurants and at friends houses where salads and hors d'oeuves are served and i wash salad makings with water and eat only cooked meats and fish. I don't peel any veggies and eat salad leftovers from the fridge along with meat, sandwiches and other leftovers without heating and soup without bringing to a boil. You have to determine for yourself if the risks are acceptable. I cook or have fresh veggies as I did before my TX except now I don't have to worry about K or P.
Good luck with whatever you decide.
Post Number: 16765
|Posted on Friday, October 21, 2011 - 04:05 am: ||
Welcome to Transplant Buddies
I agree with Bill - You have to know yourself and feel comfortable what is always best for you. When in doubt throw it out!
Living with Cystic Fibrosis, I tend to be cautious and then again what is cautious for me may not be the same for you.
I will buy many fresh veggies and fruits- Love organic if the skins are thin. I will buy conventional if the skins are thick.
I use a vegi wash spray. The salad must be fresh and I will consume all quantities within two days. If something smells or looks weird, it is tossed.
Leftovers are eaten the next day.
My cooking preferences are steaming and baking. I avoid grilling because of the carcinogenic properties that can take place from grilling. I will saute with water, chicken broth or a tiny amount of olive oil.
Restaurants- I order similar style cooking to what I shared above. I will order a salad on occasion but prefer all cooked food. This gal is super picky with the restaurants that I choose. It is a wonderful thing that I love to cook.
Rebekah- you also might find this blog informative
The Do's and Don'ts regarding organ transplants