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Gallstones (choleliths) are crystalline bodies formed within the body by accretion or concretion of normal or abnormal bile components. Risk factors for pigment stones include cirrhosis, biliary tract infections, and hereditary blood cell disorders, such as sickle cell anemia. Stones of mixed origin also occur.

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What kind of foods can I eat?

I just got diagnosed with gall stones yesterday and the doctor told me to eat a low fat diet, does anyone know what are some decent things to eat that are low in fat because i'm having a terrible time finding stuff to eat. i tried jello, but it makes me nauseous, and i don't know what percent fat content is a good amount. some advice would be great if anyone knows.

casey

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Hi Casey,

I was diagnosed with gallstones on Thursday after a scan and was told to not eat dairy products...cheese, milk etc. I've suffered with pain for quite some time and now know what triggers pain. I cannot tolerate anything greasy, so no fried food anymore. Eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, pasta and rice. Keep away from spicy foods aswell. I still eat bread and meat but not excessively.

Hope this helps a bit.

Jules x
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thank you soooo much, that helps a ton, all they told me was to not eat fatty foods??!! i thought to myself, well that's broad, lol. for the past few days i've been eating nothing but jello and wheat bread plain. but i did figure out somewhat the dairy products on my own, before i was diagnosed i had decided to splurge for breakfast one morning, i had: eggs, toast with butter, and chocolate milk!!! that was the worst attack i have ever had and i had no clue what it was, i thought i was having a heart attack. is there any kind of sweets that we can eat? i see that u'r a woman and i am craving because of pms and i am afraid to eat anything sweet. thanks again.

casey
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Hi Casey,

I also crave suger when I'm due a period and I'm still eating chocolate and I can't say that I've had pain afterwards. Wouldn't over do it though, eat it in moderation. One of my worst attacks was after eating a McDonald's, I blamed the food but then realised I'd had a milk shake with it and now know it was that, so high quautities of milk is definitely out for me. I'm seeing a gastric specialist at hospital tomorrow and I'm going to ask him for advice on what I can and can't eat. I will keep you updated.

Jules x
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I know what you mean about craving sweet stuff. I have the exact same problem. I know of a couple of kinds of candy that are fat free but satisfy a sweet tooth. Mike & Ike are good, and come in different flavor assortments. I love the Tropical Typhoon assortment. Also strawberry twizzlers are fat free. Then there are some recipes out there that are fat free. My father makes cookies that are fat free called chocolate meringue cookies. Yum! I could get you the recipe if you want. There are also some sweet things that are low in fat. Nilla Wafer cookies have only 2 grams per 8 cookies. Rice Krispies Treats have only 2.5 grams per bar (the original size, not the bigger kind). Also, for cooking recipes, use substitues for the butter and eggs. Mom uses Smart Balance for butter and egg substitute for eggs, otherwise I get twinges. I'll let you know of anything else I think of.
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I read somewhere that like .8% fat is what you're looking for. I find that to be...quite difficult to achieve. I would stick with less than 3%, eat NO dairy, NO fried stuff.

My main source of food has been fat free corn chips and mild fat free salsa, bagels with fat free cream cheese (light spreading).

I've also been chewing my food REALLY REALLY well...think mama bird feeding a baby bird well.
1. This makes me feel full and I don't overeat.
2. If most of your digestion takes place in your mouth, I figure it can't hurt to keep my food in there longer, emulsify more fats, make the liver/gall bladder do less work.

Just a "personal theory" at this point, but no attacks so far.
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My nan has just been told by the hospital to go on a fat free diet due to gallstones i found this website which i believe is very helpful.

http://www.gicare.com/diets/low-fat-diarrhea-gall-bladder.aspx

hope this helps
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They said fat free milk, which I already do, fish oil, which I already do, fresh fruits, no red meat, small frequent meals, no greasy fried foods.
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Terri, I looked up that site. It is awesome! Thanks. I did great today!
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Hi Casey,
I was diagnosed with Gallstones last December and I have to change my diet to low fat food (although I still slack off once in awhile) but here are some of the food I have to avoid: fatty food esp meat, cheese, eggs, SALTY food, chocolates, mayonnaise, butter and chips. I get to eat more fish, vegetables and fruits. Apple juice helps a lot too! After a change in diet, I did not suffer acute pain anymore--the same kind of pain you described.

Good luck and take care!
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Hi casey,

I havn't had the official diagnosis of gallstones yet but I have had to maintain a low fat diet. My advice is make a diary of what food you have eaten and if you know foods you cannot eat then stay away from them. At the moment I am eating foods with around 4g of fat or less per 100g and it seems to be keeping the attacks away. Also if you want to eat eggs then don't eat the yolks as they have all the fat in them, the whites are mostly made up of protein so you should be able to eat them, though this may be different for you so just listen to what you body is telling you.
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I just recently gave birth to my first child. 2 days ago I went to the ER from severe pain in my upper chest. It felt like labor actually. after a 3 hour wait and requesting an ultrasound I was diagnosed with gallstones. I am still learning and researching but I had found rather quickly to eat very very slowly. I will have a cup of cheese and it takes about an hour to an hour and a half to eat that small cup. If you like your milk I highly recommend Silk Soy Milk, I have to have chocolate milk at night to sleep and I had not had an attack from it. Hmm. Sliced banana and gram crackers. Teddy grams are good as well. Water and organic apple juice. I think organic foods do help a lot. When I test my food intake I will continue to keep you posted =) I am completely new to this so any advice to a new sufferer will be greatly appreciated. I am considering surgery but I want to try something that does not require the fear of surgery.

The funny thing is, i had eaten fried foods, food with high fat and had not had an attack, the thing that made me have my first attack was a bowl of cereal, and the night before we had friend foods, smh.
poorlygir4l
poorlygir4l

Hi all I have had my gallbladder out in October 2009. While I waited for the surgery I ate low fat. I had to look at food packets and tins and make sure they didn,t contain much fat. I ate some butter while I was in hospital and had a very bad gallbladder attack. I would not have butter or any fat over about 7g. Are any of you having the gallbladder out? Please be careful and guard your stomachs as Ive had gastritis and GERD ever since. If you get put on a tablet for the stomach,a PPI as they are called then stick to it. I wish someone had warned me I got oesophaghitis through stopping the tablet,now Ive got painful gastritis. Read up as much as you can ab out the surgery before you have it done. I know the only cure for gallstones is gallbladder removal. Best wishes
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u know, it's great and all that they tell you to eat things like fruits and veggies, for normal people that'd work fine. But what about me? I have food pollen syndrome, so a lot of fruits and some veggies i'm actually allergic to! It severely limits what fruits and veggies i can eat. not to mention the people i live with stock the house with all that is evil in the gallbladder world, so now instead of us sharing the grocery fund i'm going to have to just buy my own separately. Irritating! i already feel like i'm losing weight and i'm only 107 lbs dangit to start with