This is becoming more and more common due to so many vets simply being prescribed different meds and high doses of those meds, over-medication causes a sludge in your Gallbladder and then it is no longer able to function and must be removed.
As hars as this sounds and as difficult it is to live normaly afterwards, there are ways to ease the pain, eat healthy and still live a great life…but the meds need to be reduced or stopped. Check around the site here, search for alternative solutions for your ailments, this may help you reduce or stop your meds altogether, it did for my friend and SF Veteran, unfortunately we met too late and his Gallbladder had to be removed. I therefore found out what he could and could not eat and present it here for you who need such assistance.
A few points for the beginning before we get to the sample plans for meals.
Avoid the following foods and circumstances:
- Consuming alcohol
- Eating fatty foods
- Ingesting food and beverages that contain caffeine
- Eating dairy products
- Eating spicy foods
- Eating packaged foods
What you can do to reduce your symptoms:
- Choose leaner meats, skinless chicken and fish and remove visible fat before cooking
- Be careful with foods containing hidden fats such as fast foods, full fat dairy products, convenience meals, toasted sandwiches, pastries, nuts and nut butters.
- Use low-fat dairy products such as non-fat (skim) or low fat milk, reduced fat cheeses, low fat yogurt and reduced-fat spreads
- Be mindful when eating out, choose foods such as vegetable soups, dressing-free salads, grilled fish (with no lemon butter), grilled chicken with no skin and brown rice or baked sweet potatoes. Eat small portions ( plan on taking some home)
- Limit the fat and oil intake to no more than 2 to 3 servings per day (1 serving = 1 tsp. oil/butter/margarine).
Does the above sound to difficult? Well from experience I can say it is only a matter of creating the habit to eat like this. My brother went on a full Paleo diet and does not exercise AT ALL and STILL lost 70 ponds in 5 months. I was blown away but more on that in another article!!
Back to the Gull Bladder diet. There are food you cannot eat but I woudl rather concentrate on that what you can eat, so here goes:
- Low-fat dairy products (I would highly suggest going dairy free if possible)
- High Fiber Foods (Fruits, Vegetables, Whole Grain rice and breads)
- Flax Seed Oil or Hemp Seed Oil (contain Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids and can be taken in supplement form) or put on instead of butter
- Protein (Fish and chicken are best. Beef and pork should be avoided)
- Cottage Cheese low fat
Obviously this is a general list that covers many foods, remember whole wheat is not simply whole wheat, in the US, most brown bread is actually colored white bread with a few minerals added. Better is to find a German or Polish bakery and purchase real whole wheat bread. When it comes to pasta, spelt or whole wheat is good as well.
So here we go, a sample diet…as a note; I can suggest the Juices from Naked Fruit brand, easy to find and very healthy, 3 or 4 a day will help you immensely but always in moderation.
Sample Meal Plan 1
1 bowl oatmeal with dried fruit and cinnamon
1 omelet with 2 slices of whole-grain bread (can add veggies or other lean meat to omelet and flax seed oil to the toast)
1 cup watermelon juice or Papaya juice
1 cup mixed berries with low-fat yogurt
1 bowl chicken soup or broth
½ bowl vegetable salad or steamed veggies
1 chicken wrap made with a whole-grain tortilla and fresh veggies, a bit of flax oil as dressing, or olive oil
Low fat yoghurt with berries (if your going no dairy, go with a few carrots or a granny smith apple)
decaffeinated coffee or tea
1 bowl tomato soup
1 serving of whole wheat or spelt pasta (if you want low carb go with fish and brown rice)
Protein shake or a paleo cookie or two. (you can find paleo cookies in the shops most of the time) low sugar and fat.
Sample Meal Plan 2
1 glass of veggie juice
2 slices of whole-grain bread/toast with flax seed oil
Oatmeal with raisins and cinnamon
2-3 Paleo cookies if you need sweet, otherwise an apple or two
Veggie juice, carrot juice or others.
1 bowl vegetable soup
2 boiled eggs
1 serving of brown rice (I like putting it all in one bowl but that me!)
1 whole-grain, muffin or Paleo cookie
Veggie juice, carrot juice or others.
1 cup chicken broth or soup
1 cup steamed veggies
1 serving of whole-grain pasta all mixed together (or brown rice if you prefer)
Protein shake with water or a paleo cookie or two.
This is also automatically a weight loss diet, how great is that? You see no pizza, friend chicken or processed foods above, it will take some time to get used to but look at it like this: You are worth it and no one will ever be able to care more about your health than you, so take charge and start today.
Before I sign off, here a few more tips:
-Include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet.
-Substitute your cooking oil and spreads with healthier oils like olive oil and flax seed oil.
-Drink a glass of warm lime water first thing in the morning. (This works amazing wonders for the bowel movements and is a natural detox)
-Add more of ginger and garlic to your food.
-Increase the intake of calcium-rich foods.
-Choose lean meats. Trim visible fat before cooking.
-Cook your food in healthier styles. Grilling, baking, casseroling, dry-roasting, microwaving, poaching or boiling the food is better than frying or roasting it with fat.
-Minimize the intake of sugars.