3-Day Meal Plan: My Cirrhosis (Liver Disease) Healing Diet


I was diagnosed with advanced-stage Cirrhosis (chronic liver disease) at 30 years old. After trips in and out of the hospital, and upon the suggestion of my doctor, I studied the Renal Diet, and found that a modified version was the best diet for my own healing. The Renal diet emphasizes limiting fluids, eating a low-protein diet, limiting salt, potassium, phosphorous, and other electrolytes, and getting enough calories if you are losing weight.

That being said, it was very challenging to drastically change my diet and lifestyle to combat chronic liver disease – cirrhosis! To make it less overwhelming, here is a three day meal-plan I used, complete with recipes, so you can get healing too!

Before Breakfast, a Cleansing Beverage:

One thing I always start the day with is a glass or two of dandelion tea (found easily at your local health food store) with a teaspoon of raw honey and the juice of half a lemon. This is a great cleansing beverage and is a good way to jump-start your metabolism. Dandelion root is thought to aid in liver function, lemon adds vitamin C and a bit of natural acid and raw local honey is great for allergies. I personally used to have awful seasonal allergies but this past year hasn’t been much of an issue and I suspect this daily habit is one of the main reasons.

Start with a Smoothie:

After that, I almost always start with this smoothie!

– Super-Awesome Daily Smoothie

Other great breakfast recipes from my collection include:

Chia Yogurt ‘Custard’

Chinese Egg Scallion Mushroom Omelet


Lunch is the biggest meal of my day and is eaten between noon and 2pm. These following recipes are easy to prepare and taste great even if taken to go.

Southwest Tabbouleh (4 servings)

Indian Chickpea and Artichoke Sautee

Snack Attack:

Here are some snacks I keep around that are real crowd pleasers:

Cashew Coconut Cookies

Italian Quinoa Cups

– Organic nut butter with sliced banana and honey (so simple, no recipe required here!)

Dinner: keep it filling, but light

For dinner, here are some of my guests’ favorites:

Herb and Mushroom Rice Casserole

Thai Style Snapper

And let’s not forget a dessert…!

Pain Perdu

Baked Stone Fruits

I follow my nutrient intake over the course of the day, not just a single meal. I kept track of my intake in a small notebook (about wallet sized) that I carried with me.  I wrote down every bite I took each day and calculated it at the end of the day using online nutrition calculators.  Within two weeks I didn’t even need to log anything because I was so aware of the nutritional values of common foods just through studying my diet daily. A bit of low sodium soy sauce in a stir-fry, or honey on granola is fine for me, so long as I make certain I keep the rest of what I eat throughout the day within my limits.

Most importantly, I listen to my body and notice how I feel after each meal.  The rhythm of the diet came pretty quickly once I began to realize how good certain foods make me feel at certain points throughout the day. And don’t think for a minute that just because you are living with restrictions that you can’t enjoy your favorite dishes, there is almost always a healthy alternative if you look for it. Salud!

For additional healthful recipes, check out:

Avocado Mango N’ice Cream (Healthy Ice Cream)

No-Bake Almond Butter Protein Bars

Quick Veggie Buckwheat Noodle Bowl

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Note: PLEASE consult with  your doctor before making any changes to your diet or medications. The material on this site is provided for educational purposes only, and is not to be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.


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24 thoughts on “3-Day Meal Plan: My Cirrhosis (Liver Disease) Healing Diet

  1. Angela Martinez

    Just received drastic news a week ago my husband the father of my 3 small girls was diagnosed with cirrhosis and he is diabetic. I want him to be around as long as possible do you have any recommendations on healthy recipes for him. Thank you so much

  2. Ishmael

    Hi guys, my sister is diagonised with portal hypertension and she is a diabetic patient please advise with a diet plan to follow

    1. Recipe Team

      Hi Ishmael: While your sister should definitely consult with a doctor, Further Food has many articles that can be helpful for diabetics:
      Here are a few:

      She might also want to try our 7 day sugar detox that starts on September 11.
      Good luck!

  3. Anonymous

    I have chirous of yhe liver 44th stage
    Im wondering will tbis help li5tle long span of life
    I dont know i had any imenys.until 2016.its called fatty liver chrious.i never drank or smoked
    Thank you for your post
    Got it off googl3

  4. Gary Hughes

    What’s the receipt for Ian’s Super-Awesome Daily (seriously, the same every day) Smoothie?

  5. Kanchi

    Hi Brother is diagnose with stage three cirrhosis please advice me the best food and recipe for him to eat.As he loves to eat and makes it a point to feed him well.please help us in detail,

    Thanking you

  6. huma

    Sir My mother is suffering from cld child A and now sudden a.d she have stones in gal baldder but we dont have a good dietry plan her to follow can u plx help out to how to cure her liver soon

  7. Roxie Alexander

    I have just been diagnosed with cirrosis ~ I am looking for a new healthy lifestyle ! This sounds great!


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