Published: 12/27/2014 - Updated: 12/30/2017
Author: MSc. Miriam Reyes
If you’re worried because you’ve recently been discharged from the hospital after surgical gallbladder removal, and you don’t know specifically what you can eat now, let’s take a look at some recommended foods, and those that are off-limits, for at least 3 months.
The first few hours
Specialists recommend that for the first few hours after surgery, you should follow a liquid diet, and then one that is bland. This allows the digestive tract to slowly adapt to its functions without a gallbladder. Keeping that in mind, remember not to eat fats, fried food or alcohol.
The liver and its new functions
Normally the gallbladder is in charge of concentrating and secreting bile to digest fats. Since it is now gone, the liver will have to make sure that bile reaches the small intestine. This process is done slowly, which is why it’s better to know which foods you can’t eat shortly after gallbladder removal. You need to give your liver time to assemble its new tasks.
Example diet without Gallbladder
This is an example diet for breakfast, lunch and dinner during the first few weeks.
Breakfast-Recommended to drink only tea in the morning and then, after approximately the third week you could drink an infusion mixed with skim milk. Although it is better to consult a physician, some patients take longer to be able to properly digest food. It could take you longer.
You can accompany these infusions with toast, saltines, or two slices of plain bread.
Lunch and dinner-It’s better to switch between chicken and fish, but eat both without skin and fat. Grill or bake them. It would be a good idea to avoid red meat for the moment, although if you want, you could ask your doctor. If they approve it, cook your meat just like you do the fish and chicken. Preferably chose lean meats.
You could accompany your lunch with a vegetable soup, sometimes adding noodles or semolina. You could add lemon or grated, low-fat cheese to the pasta or noodles.
Sweets–Gelatin is one of the most recommended sweets. You could also choose baked apples, cooked with sugar.
Fruit-All fruit is recommendable, especially juicy fruit and those that contain a lot of liquid, like papaya, watermelon, pineapple, or melons.
What you shouldn’t eat
Some foods should be avoided after gallbladder surgery. This list starts with all sorts of fats, as well as packaged food, whole dairy products, butter, fried food, sauces, mayonnaise, eggs, spicy food and dry fruits, like almonds and peanuts. And of course, alcohol is on the black list as well.
Recommendations if you don’t have Gallbladder
Everyone is advised to chew slowly, enjoy your foods, and those that don’t have gallbladders should strictly follow this rule. In addition to eating small portions, avoid foods that cause cause gas, as well as spicy food, spices and sauces. The key is to eat as naturally as possible, drinking a lot of liquids, making sure you get enough fiber, fruits and vegetables.
In this sense, gallbladder surgery makes a good excuses for following a healthier diet, helping the body to maintain a healthy weight.
Doctors generally indicate that this extremely bland and natural diet be followed for at least one month, although other recommend following it for at least three months. Others still affirm that after four or five weeks, you can start to include other foods, until safely consuming anything.
It’s best to take advantage of every doctor’s appointment to ask all sorts of questions, until they advise you of how long you should continue this fairly bland and fat-free diet. Remember that every body reacts and adapts differently to changes.
We suggest you follow the fat-free diet free of fried foods, only consuming these foods occasionally. These components are not healthy at all, and they contribute to diseases like high cholesterol, diabetes, being overweight, and more. It’s better to prevent than to treat.
Revised by: Dra. Loredana Lunadei on 12/30/2017
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