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Your best tips for raw food safety post transplant.

Transplants | Last Active: Dec 8, 2021 | Replies (92)

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@contentandwell I have not used anything but cool water to wash berries, and I do so just before eating them. Do you use the water and vinegar bath, then store the fruit to eat later? I would be very happy to prolong the freshness of pricey organic strawberries that we enjoy. Given that our daughter is just 24, I am relieved to hear that she may not have to change her diet as dramatically as I had anticipated. Do you have trouble making good choices at restaurants? Avoiding excessive salt seems like a challenge outside one's own kitchen. Thank you for your ideas.

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@nkdonahue First, I want to welcome you to Connect, I neglected to do that in my first post to you. There are many so of us who are post-transplant that I’m sure it will be very helpful for you. I wish I had known about it sooner than I did.

On to strawberries - it’s funny that they always said to wash them just before eating them. I do wash the whole package now in the white vinegar/water wash. I read that in an article about making them last longer, and it really does generally give me an extra couple of days. I see it as a win-win. The berries last longer and the spores that may be on them are killed. Just make sure you rinse them well. Of course I need to eat a berry to make sure they are. 😉. I do the same with blueberries but raspberries are too fragile to do that with them.

I favor a couple of restaurants that are happy to customize the food for dietary requirements. If I have to go elsewhere I generally ask the server what can be done with limited sodium. Most restaurants have something that can be prepared low-sodium Generally eliminate anything that has been marinated because many restaurants start the marinating process much earlier in the day. When I know neither of these options will work I try to not have any sodium other than that meal, on that day. Once in a while I can’t really do any of that so I do end up having more sodium than I would like to have. I pay for it the next day in fluid retention but I don’t think an occasional lapse is going to hurt overall - my opinion so check with your transplant department.

Fortunately for me the prohibited foods are not things that are too much of a sacrifice to exclude, although I do love grapefruit juice and there is always some in the fridge because my husband loves it.

As you go through this process you will probably have more questions - ask away, that’s what we are here for.