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Appetite is back, but so is confusion

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Well, my appetite seemed to come back with a vengeance yesterday afternoon. I think all the drugs have finally left my system. That stuff hangs around in my system longer than they think it does. I think I just don't metabolize drugs the way "normal" people do. That's why a little goes a long ways for me.

But now I am entirely confused about WHAT to eat. It seems that my gallbladder may have been responding to losing weight at a fairly rapid pace last summer, plus going low fat low protein and high healthy carb, which also resulted in my triglycerides skyrocketing.

There's just such conflicting info! And everybody thinks they have it right!

For example, some research says:

Without adequate protein, the liver won’t produce enough bile for the body to digest fats and allow nutrient absorption. (I definitely was NOT getting enough protein last summer/fall when I lost the weight)

Frequent fasting—even just skipping breakfast—also sets the stage for a drop in bile production and usage.

A low-cholesterol diet disrupts the system in two ways: First, the liver makes bile acids from cholesterol, so a scarcity of the raw ingredients causes a drop in production. Second, the main way the body gets rid of cholesterol is through bile metabolism, which transforms a third to a half of our total cholesterol into bile acids. (And now I don't even have bile metabolism to rely on since my gallbladder was removed!)

All I want is what is right for ME, and that has been impossible to find. It's all so conflicting!

It's too overwhelming to deal with today.
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    It would be nice if we could just stand on a scale and push a button or two and our own personal program would pop out for us, but like life that's not about to happen. I think that most of us have experienced the same thoughts you have and giving suggestions will only work for us. A nice balance is what you need to find and you can only do that on your own knowing what you know about yourself. Good luck with what ever decision you decide to take. I am sure you will try different things until something gets triggered.

    2178 days ago
    What works for me is balance and consistency, plus eating early and often instead of starting late and eating big meals. Things may be different for you, especially after your surgery, but try balance and listening to your body.
    2179 days ago
    It is hard and confusing to find what works for you. I always wished someone would just fix me a plate and say here it this. So lots of trials and errors on my part.... daily sometimes it seems :)


    Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
    Melinda (gopintos)
    Wheat Belly Team
    2179 days ago
  • SIONED40
    I agree with egaltaire...everybody's body is different and it is frustratring trying to find the eating plan that works for you, but don't give up. You will find it.
    2180 days ago
    I can understand why you are confused. I hope your body will let you know what you need. Take good care. You will find your way in time. Have patience. You've been through a lot. emoticon
    2180 days ago
    I think you still make bile after gallbladder removal, you just don't store it in the gallbladder anymore.

    2180 days ago
    Yep - lots of conflicting points of view. My POV is that the body is complex and any of those things concepts might be true in isolation - high protein works for some people, low protein works for others - and the reason is that all the other variables are not consistent.

    Diabetics are told to eat regularly, yet I know a diabetic who is eating very few carbs and fast 20 hours a day and only needs to take 20% of the insulin as they did eating small meals every day. They are medically supervised and have been doing this for some time.

    So .... it seems that all those opinions, even if backed by "research" can't account for all the variables and the uniqueness of our complex biology.

    It probably comes down to doing your own research, deciding what makes the most sense to you - finding others who have done it and then testing it for yourself while tracking your bodies responses.

    All the best on your journey.
    2180 days ago
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