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Areas of Focus

Health Conditions:
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Liver Disease
  • Food Allergy
Diet Types:
  • Dairy Free
  • Egg Free
  • Gluten Free
  • High Fiber
  • Low Carb
  • Low Sodium
  • No Sugar Added
  • Paleo
  • Peanut Free
  • Probiotic
  • Raw
  • Seed Free
Health Goals:
  • Detoxify
  • Healthy Heart

My Conditions

Alcoholism, Anxiety, Chronic Liver Disease

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I studied hospitality management at the University of North Texas. I have worked in restaurants of every tier and held positions from dishwasher to management. I am a (now retired) certified sommelier which is to say I have trained to be hyper-sensitive to flavor combinations. A sommelier is not just the member of the staff that develops the wine list but in a sense, acts as the authority of the kitchen's inner workings. I openly admit I am an alcoholic and am not ashamed. Alongside my family and closest friends, my previous employers rallied to raise funds for me when I was on my death bed. It is time to remove the stigma of addiction and mental disorders. The body can do wondrous things to keep going. I was on 16 separate prescriptions for months. Now I only require two. I haven't even taken so much an allergy or pain pill in over a year. My 1st full of year of sobriety will be February 23rd, 2016 if I hold fast.The following is from a my post (1/18/16)A MELD score is something I hope no one ever has to monitor. It is the model for end-stage liver disease. It is an estimate of how long you will live. I pray that none reading this will ever have their parents told might have to bury their own son or daughter.When my parents were told multiple times that I may not make through the night, they and my friends gave a big middle finger to the doctors in so many ways. They told them until I breathe my last breath, they will fight every battle that i couldn't at the time.For a healthy average man or woman of my age (without cirrhosis of the liver), a MELD score should be between 0-6. When I fell below 16 I was no longer considered eligible for the donor list for my blood type (a good thing). Multiple times my score was above 40 (almost dead). When it fell to 13 then 12 I was instructed to keep on my diet and few meds but was told it may never fall below 12.Today I got the last of my quarterly bloodwork and liver ultrasound back. My MELD score is 10!.Trust in God, the people who will go to battle for you and eat well. Love, Ian

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  • Hi Ian, My name is Aaron, I just finished reading the posts you have on this site and I had to write you man! I am also an alcoholic, 27 yrs old, diagnosed with early liver cirrhosis. God willing, I’ll have a year of sobriety next weekend. Your story and insight on diet are really inspiring. Between overcoming alcohol withdrawals, and effects on my liver function, I’ve really fet hopeless at times. So to find that someone else has gone through it is really reassuring for me. My hepatologists has been telling me that only time and abstaining from alcohol (which I totally agree with) will help my liver. However, after all the damage I’ve done to my body, I want to treat it a best as I can now with my diet. I’ve seen so many trends coming up (paleo,keto, dash diet) but I just wanted to see what you might reccomend for me to research the same way you did. Feel free to PM me @ abur619@gmail.com. I’m not sure how I would see a response on this website but I hope you can help me out! It would be greatly appreciated! ,Aaron

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  • Posted in A Cirrhosis Survivor’s Guide: 9 Indispensable Diet Tips for Healing My Liver on Friday May 19, 2017

    Cirrhosis/end-stage liver disease is my official diagnosis on all my charts but I have thankfully not had the biopsy yet. My doctor estimates my liver function at around 15% judging by swelling and scarring seen in my quarterly ultrasounds. Now that I'm 33 I can certainly tell I'm not 20 anymore but I suspect that's just normal aging. No doubt I'm going to age a bit quicker than I would had I not put myself through hell, but beyond a backache after work I'm holding up just fine. I will give the credit to God 100% for all I have. I'd even go so far as to say that the my spirit as it is today is worth what I've been through. I feel like I am working towards the best version of myself and a lot of the time, that isn't necessarily the prettiest one. Thanks for the question and stay in touch amigo.

  • Posted in At 30, Cirrhosis Brought Me to the Brink of Death. How I Fought My Way Back to Health on Friday May 19, 2017

    Brandon, I'm sure you believe me when I say I know how you feel. Guess what... I still feel like I've cut my life expectancy short as it stands. Do you know why I feel this way? Because it's (insert favorite expletive here) true! I'd like to say two things to you my friend. First, forgive yourself for feeling this way. You've done some harm but you are clearly still with us and speaking for this community, we'd love it if you stuck around. I've had to cut ties with more friends than I thought I'd have to. I've found that my sober self (i.e. ME) is far more fun to be and far more attractive to God as I know him. Second, I allowed myself to make food my new addiction. Many of my close friends don't like that I'm trading one for another but it is not their life to live. I've made myself that annoying guy who watches and talks about Iron Chef as much as the Dallas Cowboys. By the way, you can still BBQ and adhere to this diet, so fear not! AA is incredible thing as well. Even when I don't want to go to a meeting, I find if I do that surrounding yourself with people who have felt as screwed and screwed up as you and I can feel does alleviate some of the stress and shame I put on myself. I mean, where else can a bunch of selfish alcoholics go and talk about themselves for an hour? Lastly, and this may sound crazy, but you can wear your addiction like armor. You can freely admit your alcoholism and demonstrate to all what it takes to fight against a fierce personal enemy. Fake friends will find their way out and when the fog lifts, you'll see what you really have in life. I do not have much, but all I have is real amigo. Stay tough and keep in touch.

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