Living With Gallstones

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Over the last several months I've been dealing with a "stomach" problem that has required several trips to the ER, several more tests requiring thousands of dollars, and resulted in me losing 30 pounds of body weight in less than seven weeks. After all these tests we found that one major problem I have is gallstones.

I'll skip all the gallstones background material, and assume you already know what gallstones are, and you're trying to find a way to live with them, as I am.

Foods I can eat with gallstones

The first thing I did was figure out what foods I can eat with gallstones. After reading a lot of gallbladder and gallstones information on the internet, talking to three different doctors (the ER doctor, a GP, and my gastroenterologist), and experimenting with my own diet, this is a short list of foods that I have been able to eat without and side effects (ad by that I mean pain):

  • Apples, apple juice, applesauce
  • Grapes, grape juice
  • Most vegetables
  • Tofu, which is important for protein
  • Coffee, in small amounts
  • Possibly lowfat cottage cheese
  • Avocados, which are a source of good fat
  • Lots of water, preferable with lemon juice added
  • Most soups that don't contain cream or fatty meats
  • Very small quantities of cookies, preferably something like fig newtons

Foods I can't eat any more

Conversely, having gallstones limits the foods I can eat, as eating them causes discomfort and pain. These "bad" foods include:

  • Greasy and fatty foods
  • Dairy products (though I have had small quantities of skim milk in my coffee)
  • Sugar
  • Eggs are supposed to be very bad for you, but fortunately I don't eat them
  • Alcohol

I also have to say that gluten doesn't seem very good for you. I've seen gluten appear on many "bad for gallstones" lists, as well as it just being bad for a person in general.

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Source by Alvin Alexander