The gallbladder is a pear-shaped pouch that sits just under the liver. It's main function is to store the bile made by the liver. The gallbladder then releases bile into the intestines as needed to digests fats. The more fat in the meal, the more the gallbladder works. Most "gallbladder diets" aim to reduce the workload on the gallbladder. They remove foods that could cause gallstones and reduce painful symptoms caused by gallbladder disease. As you can imagine, reducing high-fat foods is one of the main tenants of a diet to deal with gallbladder disease. The following foods should be avoided on the gallbladder diet:
Fried or greasy foods
Whole-fat dairy and whole milk
Processed ("junk") foods
Healthy foods for gallbladder issues include:
Whole foods, fruits and vegetables
Lean, low-fat meats
Low-fat dairy and low-fat or skim milk
*Some research also indicates that moderate alcohol, drinking (caffeinated) coffee and eating...
No more are grains at the center of my bariatric life. But oy veh, do I tire of eggs every day. So here is a weeks-worth of my favorite recipes to serve up breakfast with eggs in new tasty ways and using grain-free replacements for pancakes, and cereal, and waffles... oh my!
Just a friendly reminder from me to you: Grains have no place in a bariatric diet. According to the pouch rules , the ideal bariatric meal consists of the following:
½ of the meal is low fat protein,
¼ is raw or lightly cooked low starch vegetables, and
¼ is raw fruit
This type of meal will stay in the pouch a long time and maintain satiety.
If you need a refresher, read how to Build a Healthy Plate . You also may want to read up on Foods to Avoid After Weight Loss Surgery .
It can be quite a challenge to shift away from grains and starchy carbs like potatoes at the breakfast meal. I was glad when I learned about nut flours, such as almond flour and coconut flour, and began experi...
Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for our families, our friends, our health, our food, our life in general. However, perhaps it's also one of those times in the year when gaining a few extra pounds can seem like an inevitability.
Instead of serving the old standby, calorie-loaded recipes you make year after year, why not try some of these healthy recipe ideas?
The following Thanksgiving ideas have less fat, calories and sodium than traditional dishes, but they are packed with flavor, so you won't be sacrificing on taste.
Here are some suggestions to help you make up your Thanksgiving menu...
Starter ideas :
Spiced pumpkin soup
Spinach and green apple salad
Roasted butternut squash soup
Mix 1/4 cup fresh herbs (minced), with 2 tablespoons of oil, and some seasoning, then rub the mixture over the turkey, and under the skin. Put an onion, apple, sliced lemon and orange into the cavity, and roast...
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