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Eating well for healthier lungs

Following a restricted diet

If you have a restricted diet, you might find it hard to adjust your diet to eat well without professional help.

You might have a particular diet for a medically diagnosed reason if you have:

  • another condition that affects what you can or should eat. For example, if you have diabetes
  • coeliac disease or another medically-diagnosed food allergy

If this applies to you, ask your doctor to refer you to a dietitian.  They will be able to help you adjust your diet to meet all your nutritional needs while considering your medical condition, lifestyle, likes and dislikes, and any practical support you might need.

Vegan or vegetarian?

Your diet might also be restricted if you follow a vegan or vegetarian diet. As a milk replacement, you might have instead:

  • rice milk
  • soya milk
  • oat milk
  • coconut-based milk
  • almond milk

Be aware that non-dairy milks may not always be the healthiest choice. Some can be low in calories and protein so may not be suitable for people who are trying to put on weight. Many are low in calcium which is needed for healthy bones. Make sure you read the nutritional information carefully and choose fortified versions as they will have added vitamins and other nutrients.

Always consult a health care professional before making any changes to your diet. This will make sure you find suitable alternatives to get all the nutrients you need.

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Last medically reviewed: June 2020. Due for review: June 2023

This information uses the best available medical evidence and was produced with the support of people living with lung conditions. Find out how we produce our information. If you’d like to see our references get in touch.