If you have suffered from an acute pancreatitis attack most Doctors will usually start treatment by removing you from all foods. After the pancreas has cooled down and the pain faded then the next step will probably see a pancreatic liquid diet prescribed to reintroduce you to food.
The diet that you will be prescribed are usually called a clear liquids diet and a full liquids diet. The idea that Doctors use is that food needs to be introduced slowly to allow the pancreas to slowly start full functioning again.
Clear liquids will generally be introduced first then if the pancreatitis tolerates this well either a full liquid diet or a solid diet will be prescribed.
Clear Liquids are described as those that can be seen through. These liquids are more easily absorbed by the intestines and cause less stress to the pancreas. Even though they contain some nutrition they are incapable of meeting the bodies energy requirements for more than a couple of days. This type of diet would include things like:
- Bouillon soup without vegetables or noodles.
- Fruit juices without pulp.
- Soft drinks
- Sports drinks
In some cases after you tolerate a liquid diet instead of allowing a person to start a solid diet Doctors will want to have you try a full liquid diet. These pancreatic diets include but everything in a clear liquid diet but also include:
- Cream of wheat
- Fruit juices with pulp
- Milk, milkshakes and ice cream
- Nutrition supplement drinks like Ensure or Boost
- Pureed meats or vegetables
- Soups with only a few solids
- Vegetable juices
- Yogurt and pudding
Of course many times people with pancreatitis also have Diabetis so these liquid diets may be further modified by your Doctor. THe timing between these changes also differs from Doctor to Doxtor and partially depend upon the severity of the attack.