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’ gluten-free dessert recipe

Chia Yogurt ‘Custard’

Chinese Egg Scallion Mushroom Omelet recipe liver disease diet cirrhosis foods

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 Bulgur Tabbouleh pepper chili lime recipe heart healthy food low carb high fiber diet

Southwest Tabbouleh (4 servings)

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Indian Chickpea and Artichoke Sautee

Snack Attack:

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

Vegan Coconut Cashew Cookies

Cashew Coconut Cookies

Savory Italian Baked Quinoa Muffins

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

Herb and Mushroom Rice Casserole

Thai-Style Snapper with Ginger, Garlic, Shallots and Chilis

Thai Style Snapper

And let’s not forget a dessert…!

Almond Crusted Pain Perdu (French Toast) orange zest eggs honey recipe liver disease cirrhosis diet

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

Anti-Inflammatory Carrot Lentil Turmeric Soup

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

  1. Charra60

    These all seems great and i need to improve my diet. I am willing to get started. I was diagnosed with cirrhosis a year and half ago. I go in every six months for my ultrasound. Doc always says “stable” “see u in 6” It is great to see easy and tasty recipes.

  2. Christi

    I am 49 and was diagnosed last week with cirrhosis. I received different info from different doctors, including a specialized “liver team” at the hospital. Some were doom and gloom, telling me worst case scenarios. Others, including a calm Indian doctor, explained how my liver can heal itself if I give it the fuel to do so and not the bad poison like alcohol. No one gave me an exact idea of what to eat, except “heart healthy and 2 grams or less of sodium daily.” There was no talk of keeping up my protein intake. My husband and I were left to research eating practices on our own. Fortunately, we have found several good books and websites, including this one. I have three children ages 16 – 22, a loving husband, dogs and cats, a great job, and life on the lake in our cottage. I have a lot to live for. Thank you for giving me more tools to do just that. I’m trying out the mushroom casserole this afternoon! 🙂

  3. Jbridgway

    I want to thank you for addressing the most basic of liver cirrhosis health maintenance. I have found with many doctors it’s the least covered topic appropriate foods for the cirrhortic patient. I was diagnosed in September of 1990 this means especially for alcoholic cirrhosis longer life is possible. Just to inform you I had a major bleed and a small and nodular liver thus I’m assuming stage 3 or worst. The least taxing the best and your food plan offers it almonds, lemons, small light meals. Any regenative growth of the liver is not the same as real healthy liver thus easy does it. If your like me your digestion is all over the place sometimes food seems undigested, sometimes light stools sometimes normal. As a result the doctor will say you have very low vitamin basically your malnutritioned even though your eating. The blogger is on to something trying to find a balancing act it’s of great importance because proper nutrition will decide if you live or die it will keep your immune system as close to normal as possible. Sepsis is the number one killer of cirrhortic patients. Living long is a crapshoot it’s where is your liver damaged when diagnosed they used a long needle and took a biopsy first time normal liver the second some cirrhosis they had to do a laperoscopy to finally diagnose. I’m not going to kid you some will die, others will live a while then die, some will need transplants, some will be lucky and continue to live. Follow his ideas when based in logic no goofy odd foods only safe realistic foods. Cudos

  4. Jacob

    Love it. I find it interesting that I am finding this article a year after I employed very similair tactics upon receiving a cirrhosis diagnosis. My last ultrasound came back completely normal. Now I now this doesn’t mean my liver is completely healed as not all cirrhosis is identifiable by ultrasound (biopsy would be a more concrete test but would rather forgoe the procedure again). It would be nice if more articles like this would come at you right away when searching the internet looking for ways to cope with this disease. All you typically find is doom and gloom. Now I wouldn’t necessarily say everyone should jump on a specific diet as cases tend to vary but definitely don’t see any harm in some research. Happy healing to anyone who is fighting!

  5. Susan tresch

    I am just learning I have stage 1chirossis and on lactalose and lots vitamins I want a different we t to naturally heal my liver

  6. 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

  7. 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!

  8. 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

  9. Gary Hughes

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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Roxie Alexander

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


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