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Just recently I have gone through a time of having heart burn almost every night.
It seems I have inched my intake of meat up an ounce or so each time I eat it. I have also been looser about the amount of times I eat out.
Neither of these is good. As I have stopped eating out again and reducing my meat I am beginning to have some resolution.

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10/27/11 5:38 P

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I am having trouble trying to eliminate foods that trigger pain. My doctor has just said to cut back on fat, but I am already only eating about 4 grams of fat a day - WAY below the percentages recommended, and still experiencing pain. I have been eating this low in fat for almost 6 weeks, since my first attack. I have read that some fats are okay, if they are the "good kind". I have also read that eating too litle fat can also irritate the gall bladder. I still have a month to go before my surgery, so I am confused about how to eat between now and then. I am avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and carbonated drinks as well. I am also avoiding eating large amounts of food, trying to boost the protein and fibre content, and drinking lots of fluids.

At least I am losing a lot of weight, but not by choice.

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10/26/11 8:14 P

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Goodness, no one wants to have the pain you experienced but I'm afraid a lot of us on this team have been there and have learned how to manage pre and post gallbladder removal.
Hope you find a good balance.
Now, no one here is a doctor so the best advise it that from your doctor.
Hopefully he/she has given you a sheet of offending prone foods to avoid or limit.
There's a lot of info on the internet that you will have to filter through. Sorry.
The best way to find what bothers you is to eliminate them by eating them and seeing how they affect you.
Stay away from large amounts of food with saturated fats, spicy, salty.
Use your food tracker and get an appropriate mix of nutrients and stay within your % ranges.


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10/26/11 6:52 P

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I'm new to this - woke up Monday morning and was doubled over in pain after my coffee ! Had a HIDA scan yesterday but don't have the results yet. I've got lots to learn about how to eat, since it seems like even most healthy foods are off-limits. Does anyone have suggestions for packing lunch using foods that aren't off limits ? I'll take all the advice I can get.

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6/22/11 10:29 P

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I'm glad you wrote about this. I've never thought of using whey protein as a source of my much needed protein. I use non fat cottage cheese to get my minimum protein every day.
While allergic to chocolate I will try this dessert with carob and vanilla pudding because it sounds good.
Thanks.

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6/22/11 10:07 P

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I've been using Gold Standard whey protein to get my protein levels up and today I saw a recipe on spark that uses chocolate whey protein, pudding mix, and almond milk to make chocolate pudding. I love the idea of my dessert being a low calorie way to get my protein in without upsetting my digestive track. I might also throw a bit of ground flax seed in for a bit of fiber and omega-3s.

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12/6/10 10:16 A

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Thanks so much for this information. I will definitely look for it at my little co-op this week.

You should post this info in the diet and nutrition message board.

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12/6/10 2:34 A

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emoticon emoticon To Notfatcat: Mori-nu Silken Firm Lite Tofu. Needs no refer, buy it off the shelf, each pack self contained. Has no flavor, but can be a little gritty if you don't mix it well enough. It's a life savor for me, cause after the 2nd surgery for gall stones in the common duct from the liver, the doc said no fat, no cholesterol, no gas producing foods for at LEAST two weeks. I smashed it in a bowl, added apple sauce, Unsweetened of course, and ate it. good stuff. Also use it every morning in the blender with a banana or half if your carb counting, and some sliced unsweetened frozen strawberries, a half cup of liquid (your choice) I've used grape juice, soy milk, water, whatever. Blend till smooth and drink it down. Yum! I've also mixed it with frozen chopped spinach, applesauce, zucchini, and chicken broth. I think you should experiment. You can use it for anything you want. You can even blend it up with your egg whites, add some spices, and fry up a great nearly fat free (except for the olive oil, of course) meal. I usually add veges to omelets. Anyway, 1/4 the box is 30 cals, .5 fat, 1 carb, 5 prot. And that's pretty darn good food. I usually make a double recipe and use half the box for the extra protein. Try it, you'll like it. If you can't find it in your local store, go to a health food store, though they usually charge more. I buy a ton of it when it's on sale. Keeps very long time!

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11/26/10 7:04 P

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Good. I do believe leaving the table without being stuffed (like I used to do) is a key to not getting heartburn or gerd.
So far I haven't really had trouble with any food since my surgery, for which I am so thankful.

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11/26/10 6:01 P

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Not me. No problem. Didn't eat large amounts of food, that seems to help.

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11/26/10 4:18 P

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Did anyone have issues with any of their Thanksgiving food?

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11/20/10 4:34 P

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Protein is an issue with me. I can't seem to get enough of it to fuel my body. Especially now that I eat even less meat than pre surgery.
SP has an article on getting protein without meat but it's pretty much the nut, bean, dairy routine.

Does anyone have creative ways to get good protein without breaking the calorie bank?

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11/5/10 11:08 A

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I guess everyone's reaction to the removal is different. I had mine taken out alomost 2 1/2 years ago and I can honestly say that I still do struggle a bit. For me I had to start eliminating foods. Not too much so far. Coffee and recently nuts. I try to keep my diet "clean" but I do like my treats. I was also overweight before the surgery and I have been able to keep off the weight.

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I am six days out from my lap surgery. Still eating 'light' and somewhat soft food and only 2 grams of sat fat a day (can't help getting some).

Trying to eat four or five times a day rather than three.

Don't want to start any problems in my system so decided to be really cautious with choices. Mainly brown rice, spaghetti squash, beets, apples (sauce), jello, balsamic vinegar.

Have done a bunch of research on internet about food since hospital and doctor didn't give me any advice. What's with that? It has taken a lot of effort to find what I have found, which isn't a lot.

But the one key is NO saturated fat and no cabbage family (brussel sprounts, broccoli) foods, oranges. Mainly foods I have been depending on for a couple years during my weight loss. Oh well.

Good luck to you. Hope some of this will help you.
Take it easy and heal. Don't rush.

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Well, I've finally had my surgery - gall bladder + large stones gone!- a week ago tomorrow. Couldn't have keyhole, so have sore tum!
Had absolutely no dietary advice from the hospital, but have just been eating small portions of normal stuff, and so far no major probs. Am watching progress with interest, and looking forward to having the staples out on Thursday!
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10/29/10 1:36 P

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I would sure like to get people on this team to talk more about what you have found successful or not successful in terms of food consumption after gall bladder removal.

Seems to me SP should put some articles out on this as gall bladder problems are somewhat common after weight loss in a lot of people. I will make that suggestion to them.

I have done a bunch of internet reading on eating and found conflicting information. The main thing is LOW LOW fat, no red meat, stay away from the cabbage family, and dairy except low/no fat yogurt.

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I'm to the point were if I eat more than 1-2 cups of food at a time (the 2 cups is on a good day) I have an attack. I can't eat lettuces or several veggies because of it. (Potatoes are okay and a few others) I am also lactose intolerant and have ulcers though. No medicine helps me, or quickly stop helping me if it did. I try to remember to take vitamins to help make up for what I can't eat but I get so tired after I've been sick it messes up my sleeping schedule and I don't remember to take them that often. (That and if I'm still a little sick to my stomach after an attack I throw up)

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Dr. said today that gall bladder is just a holding organ and after surgery bile goes from liver to where it is needed. I guess I'll find out the whole ramifications of losing GB. Keep talking, ladies.

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8/3/10 7:48 P

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I had my surgery on the 15th of July. I ate something on Sunday I shouldn't have, but I don't know what. To bad there isn't a way to find out (lol) I know it is going to take time.
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I've tried to stick to easily digestable food. More veggies and fruits, less red meats and fats. Loving soups too.
It hasn't even been a month yet though, so I'm still figuring it all out.

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Well - I was very careful with anything that would give me gas, always having either Beano or some other medicine at hand. You have to start out with small portions and see how your body reacts, then go from there.

My surgery was a year ago and I can eat everything as before. The only thing I found, the weight is coming off slower emoticon

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8/3/10 5:29 P

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How do you decide which foods you can't eat after gallbladder is removed?

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