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...
I am infatuated with Starbucks. Not in the sense that I dream of Starbucks while sleeping or in the sense where I carve my name into a heart alongside the Starbucks logo onto some tree trunk. Infatuated yes, irrational no. But Starbucks is one of the few spoils that I actually crave. If a coffee product is on my mind, it immediately morphs in to a need for Starbucks and Starbucks only. I will pass any number of exits posting signs for coffee until I see one with the sign for Starbucks. My husband does not understand this behavior even in part although I have patiently explained many times why Starbucks is a higher order. That said, I was pretty happy when I found that protein shakes were a staple on my bariatric diet after my gastric bypass surgery. With a little imagination, I was sure I could make a protein shake that had a Starbucks Frappuccino flavor and texture. Off to the lab I went. Results From the Bariatric Lab If you want to branch out from traditional protein shakes and kick st...
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