It is said that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. If you started at the first step in reversing Fatty Liver Disease and made your way through all of the steps back to a healthy, normally functioning liver … you will definitely feel proud.
You should give yourself a big pat on the back for doing what was necessary to restore your liver to its optimal efficiency.
But, here is a word of caution: Be very careful not to backslide into the same old bad habits that brought you to a diagnosis in the first place. It can be very tempting to tell yourself that you and your liver are both alive and doing well these days, and to indulge in some of the poor lifestyle choices that caused your problems.
Don’t go there.
Don’t Backslide Into Poor Health
No matter how wonderful it might sound to stray from your healthy, nutritious diet plan and start loading up on Big Macs, milkshakes and margaritas – don’t do it.
Yes, you have done well and are to be congratulated. Your liver undoubtedly thanks you for making the changes necessary to reverse the disease that gave you hard life choices. Don’t revert back to your old, unhealthy ways and make your poor liver go through all of that hardship all over again.
In the final analysis, a few moments of gratification as you wolf down a Whopper with cheese or slurp down a large mocha frappe with almost a thousand calories is simply not worth being unhealthy and feeling lousy again.
You might appreciate a few tips and tricks to help you stay strong.
Tips to Resist Temptation
Here are a few pointers to help you avoid slipping back into those same old bad habits and to maintain a healthy liver:
- When you feel yourself wavering … on the brink of grabbing a second slab of apple pie with ice cream or some other toothsome but unhealthy culinary delight … remind yourself of how miserable it was to feel bad all the time and how awful it felt to not have the energy you needed to live your life to the fullest.
- Have food alternatives. If you work in an environment where donuts are served every day, bring in a healthy snack that will satisfy your cravings.
- Avoid overindulging in alcohol – if this is what caused your disease in the first place, you have to abstain. Once your liver tests come back normal, it is okay to have a glass of wine occasionally. In fact, there is research to suggest that a moderate sized glass of wine every day could actually improve your liver health. Bear in mind that if you are a recovering alcoholic, this is a no-no.
- Reward yourself for sticking to a healthy diet. For example, you could allow yourself a light dessert or a mini-size portion of a sweet that you particularly love. Some people report great success in satisfying a sweet tooth with eating one of the little, individual candy bars. By giving yourself a reward for healthy eating, you are unlikely to feel deprived enough to binge.
- If it is time to exercise and your inner demon is whispering a slew of reasons why your should skip it … tune out that troublemaker and go ahead with your usual exercise routine, whatever it may be. Most of the time, the hardest thing about exercising is just getting started. The best way to keep exercising is to have a set routine at the same time.
- If you feel that you need help staying motivated, consider resources that offer support, such as Weight Watchers or a local gym. You can also find some great online forums made up of people going through the same thing as you and can get a lot of help and camaraderie there.
- There is also an online Liver Tracker system you can use to keep track of your goals, health, and nutrition. Click here to read more about it.
Once your doctor gives the all clear, stay healthy! It’s only the rest of your life we are talking about.