What to eat when you are afraid
of another attack, or of eating causing pain. GALLSTONE DIET:For gallstone treatment /prevention GALLBLADDER DIET: For any gallbladder disease including maintenance after gallbladder removal
This is not a bible. Everyone reacts differently. This is a list compiled from both research
and experience -- from what you, my readers or in-house patients, have told me. It is a place from which to start
but the most important thing to do is to listen to your own body.
Do not avoid all fats unless you are in attack or close to attack mode. Even then, a small
amount of the flax oil in the beet recipe can be helpful. Fat-free and low-fat diets can be a cause for gallbladder
problems as well as too much of the wrong fats. The body needs fats. Use omega 3 oils like flax or hemp. These
are both delicious on salads. Cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil is also recommended. Use with vinegar or fresh
AVOID THESE FOODS
Green beans - are NOT the same as dried
Avocados - a good way to get needed fats directly from food
Vinegars all types
Garlic helps with liver cleansing but not processed types like flakes or powder. Some people have difficulty with
it but is usually ok and even helpfull. Just pay attention to your own body with this one. Shallots
Tomatoes - ripe
cold water fish- salmon, trout
Lemons (lemon juice in the morning with hot water helps to clean the liver)
Grapes and fresh organic grape juice
apples, berries, papaya, pears
Omega 3 oils like flax or hemp. Use these with fresh lemon juice or vinegar on your salads. DO NOT COOK flax oil.
Vegetable juices - Beet and cucumber are especially helpful to gallbladder You can add other green vegetables like
tender baby greens, swiss chard, dandelion greens, beet greens, celery, carrots -- avoid the cabbage family)
Avoid all fruit juices except organic grape juice and organic apple (fresh, self-juiced is best). It is wise to
dilute with water.
All the vegetables listed above for juicing are good. Use baby mixed organic greens for salads and avoid the bitter
greens for now.
Fiber such as found in fruits and vegetables and guar gum
Eggs (Research showed that eggs caused symptoms in up to 95% of patients. Try substituting flax seed
gel in recipes that require eggs for the "glue". That's 1 TBSP ground flax seed to 3 TBSP hot water.
Let cool and add.)
Fowl (turkey, chicken)
Dairy (milk, cheese, cream)
Gluten (wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut, etc.)
Beans and legumes
Trans fats, Hydrogenated, partially-hydrogenated
(even coconut oil until feeling better)
Coffee, regular or decaf
Alcohol, beer, wine, liqueur
Colas and all sodas
Oats (for some people)
Avoid all artificial sweeteners, sugar, preservatives, refined and bleached foods (like white flour)
Avoid smoking if possible as it can exacerbate the symptoms.
Avoid all possible food allergens.
Note: Many greens like collard, mustard and kale, also brussel sprouts and broccoli seem to be a problem for some
people. Greens (and especially kale and brussel sprouts) are used by the liver to detoxify. It may be necessary
to avoid these until you have done some work with the products as well as diet. Your goal should get to the point
where these foods do not cause distress, as they actually target the liver as well as the gallbladder.
I spend nights being sick because
of my gallbladder. Last year I went onto the internet and found your website. It changed my life!! I know for a
long time that when I eat too much margarine or fatty food that I get very nauseous and have horrible headaches
but since I read your website and starting only too eat more beet and cucumber and watch how much margarine I eat
my life changed overnight!!! Now if ever I feel a bit nauseous or start to have a headache I just drink Grape juice
or apple or eat beet and cucumber and it works like magic.
My aunt battles more from her gallbladder than what I did. Last weekend she came and visit me I gave her your writings
that I printed from the Internet. She is also going to use your advice.
Thank you so much! You saved my life from misery. I also enjoy your newsletter.
GALLBLADDER DIET TIPS
DO NOT OVEREAT
DO NOT EAT UNDER STRESS
EAT ONLY FRESH FOODS - DO NOT
EAT PACKAGED FOODS
ORGANIC FOOD IS IMPORTANT
ORGANIC IS IMPORTANT - The liver is the root of the problem here, and the pesticides and herbicides used in
commercial fruits and vegetables causes extra burden on the liver and therefore, the gallbladder.
USE ORGANIC FOODS
Fresh vegetable juices as mentioned above (beet and cucumber especially)
Drink lots of water - very important
Garlic and garlic oil
Grapes and freshly pressed grape juice (organic grapes only) are especially helpful
Apples particularly including apple juice
apricots, berries, casaba melons, currants, figs, guavas, lemons, pears, prunes
Radishes help to dissolve gallstones but may cause some discomfort. Do not use them until your symptoms are gone
and then only if they do not disagree with you.
Foods to Avoid for Gallstones:
Same list above for general gallbladder problems
above. Take special note of the foods most likely to cause gallbladder attacks:
eggs, pork, gluten, onion, fowl, milk, cheese, butter and other dairy, coffee, grapefruit, oranges, corn, beans
and nuts, alcohol, saturated fats, hydrogenated oils and partially hydrogenated oils
NOTE: green beans are not classified as beans.
For Relief from Pain
Flax Seed Tea Recipe
Boil 1 Tbsp of organic flax seeds in 2 1/2 cups of water for 5 minutes. Steep 10 minutes. Strain and sip slowly.
Buy organic flax seed from your local health food store or order it online from Omega
Cucumbers and/or cucumber juice
The Beet Recipe - see below
Maria Ellicot suggests aloe vera juice for gallbladder pain. Thanks, Maria!
Use the Gallbladder Starter Kit along
with the gallstone diet for quickest relief from symptoms of gallbladder or gallstone pain. Once you are free from
pain you can add in the Gallstone Kit to help to dissolve the stones.
DIET AFTER SURGERY
FATS TO AVOID / FATS TO INCLUDE
Diet After Gallbladder Surgery:
If you will read the page on gallbladder disease
and how you got into trouble in the first place you will begin to understand that gallbladder surgery is not the
answer to the underlying problem. This is not to say that surgery is sometimes necessary and
can be helpful with the pain and other symptoms. The most common question asked on this site is why there is still
pain/symptoms after gallbladder removal. Your diet needs to be changed with or without possessing a gallbladder,
if you have had any form of gallbladder disease. So follow the dietary recommendations for gallbladder problems
of any kind.
Fats to Avoid and Fats to Include:
Most important is to avoid fried
foods, fatty foods and particular types of fats like trans fats, hydrogenated fats, partially-hydrogenated fats
(read your labels) and saturated fats. (Order my newsletter on Good Fats vs Bad Fats for more in-depth information.)
Include essential fatty acids such as flax oil or borage oil. Depending on how severe or acute your gallbladder
problem is at the moment, even this may not be possible for you. Experiment slowly. You may have to do a gallbladder
starter kit or gallbladder attack kit or gallbladder stone kit before you can add these. Most people, however,
are able to eat small amounts. It shouldn't take more than a week on the products before you feel relief enough
to try this. If you have used the beet recipe, you have found that those three ingredients in combination do not
cause problems but help to move the stagnation in the gallbladder. I generally advise adding a teaspoon of flax
oil with vinegar or lemon juice to salads as a dressing. If you are in pain, you may be able to eat only the green
soup recipe for a few days.
RECIPE! BEET RECIPE
RECIPE! GREEN SOUP
RECIPE! FLAX SEED TEA
BEET RECIPE Treatment for Gallbladder Pain
Coarsely grate 1 large organicbeet or beetroot
(raw) washed (not peeled unless not organic)
Add juice of lemon to taste (about 1/4 lemon
1-2 Tbsps flax oil
(Flax oil is by far the superior
choice here as it is an omega 3 essential fatty acid, but if you are insulin resistant,
use olive oil.)
Take one teaspoon of mixture every hour throughout the day.
On day two and three make a fresh batch using ¼ of a large beet.
Take one teaspoon of mixture 3 to 4 times a day or more.
Make this mixture to add to your salads frequently or eat alone as above 2 or 3 times a week. This will keep the
bile thin and moving. Note: If you cannot get organic beets, be sure to peel them. Otherwise, use the peel as well.
Beets in any form are an excellent food for both the liver and the gallbladder.
Eat your regular meals throughout this period, striving to eat lots of fresh vegetables, good fats and to avoid
refined sugars and processed foods.
Green Soup Recipe for Relief
of Gallbladder Pain
One bunch parsley
3 medium zucchini
½ lb. Green beans
5 stalks celery
Steam together for 8-10 minutes.
Or partially steam and boil in ½ cup water.
If you have a steamer, you retain more nutrients and flavor with that method.
Puré in a blender.
NOTE: THIS SOUP IS NOT FOR A GALLBLADDER ATTACK! Use the products (Phos Drops) or the Flax Seed Tea. Liquids are
best during an attack. You could try the Beet Recipe. Many find it helps, but others do better with just liquids.
It is wonderful for relief from all sorts of gastric disturbances such as stomach pain, gas, and indigestion. I
do not add any fat or salt to this recipe. It can be used anytime but is particularly useful as a three day fast
with nothing else but water. It is both nourishing and easy to digest. You can alter the amounts to taste. More
beans add more sweetness.
Flax Seed Tea Recipe
Useful during a gallbladder attack.
Boil 1 Tbsp of organic flax seeds in 2 1/2 cups of water for 5 minutes. Steep 10 minutes. Strain and sip slowly.
GETTING ENOUGH PROTEIN
One of the difficulties in the beginning of a gallbladder diet is getting enough protein. Proteins always come
with fats which are often not tolerated. We have found a rice protein shake designed with gallbladders and livers
in mind. It contains herbs that support bile flow and gallbladder and liver function and at the same time, the
rice protein is hypo-allergenic and easy on most to digest. It also contains MCT or medium-chain triglycerides
which are absorbed directly by the cells of the gut lining, and converted immediately into energy. For more details
on this product visit Clearvite Rice Protein.
PREVENTION: protective - vitamin c and low alcohol intake
and vegetarian diet
Gallstones: Pathogenesis and Treatment
edited by G Adler, H E Blum, M Fuchs,
E F Stange
Note: If you are in severe gallbladder pain,
and especially if you also have a fever, consult your doctor immediately. If there is no fever and the pain is
mild, or if many foods cause distress or discomfort, use the green soup and beet recipe until you order your gallbladder
starter kit or gallbladder attack kit. Only after the discomfort has gone would you be eating a variety of foods.
that lack of fat in your diet can also bring on a gallbladder attack?
that food allergies can also bring on a gallbladder attack? If you are one of those people who never knows what foods
will bring on an attack, read about the allergy diet.
Fats are important but it's the right fats that
count. If you are in pain now, try the beet recipe which calls for some flax oil.
Research shows that a balanced diet high in cis unsaturated fats
(essential fatty acids) may reduce risk of gallstones, especially in men.(1)
Gallbladder attacks are more commom than you may think. Gallstones affect more than
25 million American (our total population being 310 million in early 2011). One million new cases of gallstones
are diagnosed annually, according to the American Gastroenterological Association.
removals take place every year in the USA alone, and since the diet of the general American population is not improving,
those numbers are rising.
"Thanks for your web site. Your beet
recipe was a great help to me. After suffering pain for more than a week. I went to the doctor and the E.R., but
they could not even tell me what was wrong. After the pain got worse I had a CAT scan and the doctor told me he
thought it was my gallbladder. After getting frustrated waiting for doctors, my wife found your site. I feel better,
but not completely better, and I am very hungry only making veggie and fruit juice, and eating fish, rice, and
DID YOU KNOW...
that food allergies can
also bring on a gallbladder attack? If you are one of those people who never knows what foods will bring on an
attack, read about the allergy
I had a significant improvement in my symptoms
the day after I talked to Debbie. She told me that there was a reason that grapes were recommended for my problem, so I went home and prepared the grapes. The next evening I felt
a great lessening of the pressure and pain in my chest, so whatever was blocking my bile ducts had receded or gotten
smaller. In the following days I was able to eat the beet recipe and gradually I've been able to introduce heavier
foods with no problems. Of course I'm taking her digestive supplements and will be placing another order soon -and
I'm being very vigilant about my diet. I want to thank you all for all the great wisdom I've learned from Debbie
and her website. I'm a huge fan. You really helped me out of a tough spot medically. I've learned a great lesson
Thank you. This is the most
helpful site Ive found after my
first full fledged weekend of pain. Time for change.
Day ten on the gall bladder starter kit and the pain is gone. Following the diet regime and taking the supplements
and the improvement is amazing. I appreciate all the advice on you website and in the emails and am changing my
lifestyle as directed. The results are most gratifying. You know your stuff and present it well. I am most appreciative.
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