It's normal for your digestion to be iffy for a month or two. You are not very far out from surgery. You might find that things which are bothering you now ending up being just fine in the long term.
My diet was never all that high in fat and I didn't really even have attacks before my gallbladder was removed. I initially just ate a bit lightly and tried to stay away from restaurant food. Shrimp did not sit right with me at first, but now they are fine.
I think that the idea of eating at the lower end of your fat range is probably a good/reasonable approach for you to take until you can see the nutritionist.
Many doctors recommend bile salts to be taken after gallbladder removal. Other things to help digest fats are enzymes (especially lipase and pancreatin) and/or ox bile acid.
You may want to consider coconut oil because as a medium chain fat, it should be easier for your body to digest and use. I have found dandelion and chamomile tea very helpful for those phantom gallbladder attacks. If you're experiencing those, most of us have fewer and fewer as months and years pass post-cholecystectomy.
First of all I wish to say Thank you to all who responded. I am going to take time to "digest" the information that you all have advised me to do. at the moment I am still waiting on a referral to the dietician. The Doc had said that I have no Diet restrictions but as I am making a healthy start, it wouldn't hurt me to become more informative about what I am putting into my body. I know that I can't change 100 percent over night but as some of you said it is gradual not a la minute. I am dedicated to take care of me because to tell you all the truth the gallbladder attacks gave me a rude wake up call. So I am going to mull over what you all said and take my time intruding very good alternatives for fat.
I am like a turtle, slow but at least I am getting there.
Like others have said, your dietary restrictions may well be temporary. It's great that you are going to see a dietitian for some help.
I had my gallbladder removed about 6 years ago and, it's been so wonderful being rid of that nasty little diseased thing. I think it had been causing me trouble for years. Anyway, after the surgery, I was told to go easy on the fats for a few weeks, to give my body time to adapt to not having a gallbladder. They said that, for a few weeks, if I ate something with lots of fat in it, that there was a good chance that I'd end up vomiting. Well, they were right. I did overdo the fats a couple of weeks after the surgery (with a very tasty burrito with plenty of cheese) and I vomited (not tasty). But, after a few weeks, my body had adapted to not having a gallbladder. They were right about that too. I found that I could eat whatever I wanted (including foods that I could have never eaten prior to having my gallbladder removed). I've heard that some people can have lasting difficulties with eating fats, but this has not been the case for anyone I've known, personally, who has had his/her gallbladder removed.
Until you can get in to see the dietitian, I'd just stay at the lower end of the fat range that they post here on Spark People and I'd pick healthy fats (e.g. avocado, nuts and nut butters, a little olive oi on a salad). I'd avoid things like pizza, high-fat meats, things with lots of butter and deep fried foods--all the things that actually look "greasy."
SparkPeople's specific breakdown is approximately 50% carbohydrates, 30% fat and 20% protein, all of which fall into the healthy ranges. The table in this article converts these percentages into grams needed each day based on calorie intake:
As stated, meats can be trigger items and trial and error is usually the best way to find what bothers you specifically. This article can help you find the lower fat cuts of meat to reduce your risks of upset.
I had my gallbladder removed about 3 years ago, and I did not have a lot of problem with fat, but more problems with things like skin on meat.
Today, I eat a 65 % fat diet, but still find that if I eat too much ground beef, or skin on meat that I feel sick to my stomach.
So, you might want to do lower fat for a small time, but 30 % fat that most people follow won't be a problem most likely in 6 months.
When I asked my doctor if I needed to eat lower fat after having the gallbladder removed, he laughed, and said that was just an old belief people had, and that some foods that I ate might upset my stomach, but not solely based on fat content. So try different foods. You may be surprised to find that many high fat foods aren't a problem. Other foods which you might describe as " greasy " though, may be, even if their fat content is lower.
Don't think that you will have to eat a special diet for the rest of your life. Not saying that there isn't a possibility that you might, but don't just assume that you need a low fat diet because you had your gallbladder removed. Just gradually re-introduce the fats, and if they bother you, take note. Eventually, you should be able to be back at 30 % fat at least, unless you are just very unlucky.
If your doctor told you to cut fat, you should call and ask what percentage they want you at, and whether there are any foods you are recommended to avoid, and for how long.
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I would be inclined to stick to the lower range that you have been given. Make sure that the fat you eat is from healthy sources - a little avocado, a few almonds, etc. If you use butter, chocolate, cheese, cream, or have loads of peanut butter, you might want to go very easy on them. The same with dressings. Choose lower fat options, but make sure that they aren't loaded to the hilt with sugars and sodium in place of the fat.
It is possible that in time you will be able to eat a larger variety of food.
Do you know when your appointment with your Dietitian will be? Make sure that you enter every thing that you eat and take some printouts of the Nutrition Report with you. It helps heaps. Also, there is a diary attached to the Nutrition Report. If you make a note on that whether you have had digestive problems, etc. then it will also help because it visually shows a pattern.
Good luck, and wishing you a speedy recovery. Kris
I had my Gall bladder taken out on March 10 and when I was discharged from the hospital they told me I had now Diet restrictions. Well I am having a hard time eating fatty foods now, so I would like to know if there is a low fat Diet out there or will the meal plans help me in reaching my goal. I have a referral appointment for a Dietian but I don't really know what range of fat I should be intake on a daily basis Any ideas?
I am like a turtle, slow but at least I am getting there.
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