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Gallstones

I was refered here from the cooking community, I need ideas of what to eat. I have gallstones, and can't eat anything spicy, fatty, fried, and probably very litle dairy. I'm getting tired of eating the same thing day after day. I love love love spicey food, so nothing spicy is a real bummer for me. Even just a tiny bit of butter or cooking spray make me feel sick, so I have a feeling I'll be doing  a lot of boiling/steaming/baking/grilling. 

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firerosearien
Feb. 8th, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
Can you do tomato sauce at all?

If you can handle tomatoes, it doesn't need to be store-bought, you can make your own.

Take tomatoes, steam them so the skin slips off, chop/puree them, strain them so you get rid of the seeds, and then boil.

You can add sugar if it's too bitter or salt (I assume you can handle a tiny bit of salt?) if it's too sweet. You can also add basil and/or oregano. I made mine with lots of sugar and just a little bit of basil. And you can put tomato sauce on almost everything, and then freeze what you don't use and it'll stay good for a really long time.
mooneyshine
Feb. 8th, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
How do you feel about herbs? Some of my favorite easy-on-the-belly dishes are drenched in herbs! You can rub a chicken or chicken pieces down with whatever you have... ideas:

Herbed chicken:
Rub chicken with basil, oregano, parsley, salt, pepper, garlic powder, some seasoning salt (like Lawry's), and anything else you'd like. Squeeze some lime juice over the top and add minced onions if you can handle them. Grill it or bake it for amazing flavor!

Lemon Pepper Chicken:
Sprinkle salt and pepper on chicken, then squeeze fresh lemon juice over the top. Bake or grill

Honey Ginger Salmon:
Mix honey, minced fresh ginger or pickled ginger, and some orange juice with a wisk. Pour over salmon and bake. If you can handle it, this is also great with some soy sauce in it. The Ginger is also calming for the stomach.

Can you handle Paprika? It's a great substitute herb for spice. It gives whatever you are eating a lot of kick but doesn't upset the stomach like a chili powder or any peppers would.

firerosearien
Feb. 9th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
I'd be *really* careful with garlic powder, and salmon's a fatty fish, but the honey ginger coating sounds like it could work with nearly any fish.
suzie123
Feb. 9th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
Can't have salmon, it's pretty fatty. I don't think I can have paprika, it still might be a little too spicy.

On the plus side, it's a great way to lose weight!
mooneyshine
Feb. 9th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
Haha, good attitude!!

Sorry, I didn't know much about gall-bladder friendly diets. I hope you find some great things that work for you though!!

Could you have homemade banana bread, or would the sugar be too much? It would be great made into french toast!
ankh_lee
Feb. 9th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
I am getting to be very big on rice... also things like cream of wheat. We'll keep thinking of other ideas for you - good luck!
Rhonda Ranae Cobb Ashley
Apr. 29th, 2013 09:52 pm (UTC)
Gallbladder foods approved.
Chicken is not gallbladder friendly. Salmon believe it or not is. Any cold water fish is okay to eat.
Rhonda Ranae Cobb Ashley
Apr. 29th, 2013 10:09 pm (UTC)
Below is a list of foods that are helpful if you have gallstones:
Beets
Cucumbers
Green beans - are NOT the same as dried
Okra
Sweet potatoes
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



Foods to avoid:


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.)
Pork
Onions (however some gallbladder diets say they're okay to eat...)
Fowl (turkey, chicken unless it's skinless boneless and all fat has been removed)
Dairy (milk, cheese, cream)
Gluten (wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut, etc.)
Corn
Coffee
Oranges, grapefruit
Nuts (goodbye almonds :( )
Trans fats, Hydrogenated, partially-hydrogenated oils
Margarine
Fried Foods
Saturated fats
(even coconut oil until feeling better)
Red meats (specifically non lean cuts)
Coffee, regular or decaf
Spicy foods (meaning peppers and curries)
Chocolate
Ice cream
Black tea
Alcohol, beer, wine, liqueur
Fruit juice ( non organic and not including apple or grape)
Carbonated water
Turnips
Cabbage, cauliflower
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.


Edited at 2013-04-29 10:14 pm (UTC)
rachelpage
Apr. 30th, 2013 03:40 pm (UTC)
This a really useful information. Many thanks.
tommy50702
May. 1st, 2013 08:00 am (UTC)
I can't imagine not eating spicy foods either. Thanks for the information.
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