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Post-gall bladder surgery

Becky Guffey

Joined: Aug 07, 2012
Posts: 6
My mom had her gall bladder removed many years ago and hasn't been able to digest pork or chicken very well since then. She 'caught a tummy bug' last October, which caused her to start eliminating foods to try to regain health. She ended up in the hospital for her digestion but is now in a long-term care facility because of her heart (or rather, the heart meds they have her on). She has become so healthy, happy and vibrant since cutting out wheat and sugar! And the big plus--she finally listens to me about holistic health. The down side--they feed her such utter crap in the nursing home. I want to cook meals and bring them to her as often as possible...but she's still worried about eating saturated fats because she no longer has a gall bladder. How would you work around this? Any article or blog posts on the subject that I can share with her? Thanks so much for any help offered.
Sarah Pope

Joined: Aug 01, 2012
Posts: 49
Location: Tampa, Florida
Homemade soups made with bone broth are absolutely fabulous and so very nourishing and easy to digest even for someone with digestive problems. You can take it into a hospital or nursing care center in a large thermos with no problems whatsoever in my experience.

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Corky Love

Joined: Mar 17, 2012
Posts: 61
Location: Tacoma, WA [8B-7B]
My grandmother also has a hard time with fats post gallbladder removal. My first instinct was reinforced with google searches, I'd like to know what anyone else thinks about it - digestive enzymes/ox bile taken with each meal.

I saw that many small meals are recommended to 'mop up' the continuous dripping bile which sorta contradicts with the benefit of eating satiating GAPS/Paleo meals which is supposed to help minimize the snacking/many-meal-approach. You gotta do what you gotta do, I suppose.

My naturopath warned me to take a few bites of my meal, then take the digestive enzymes.

The other thought/question that came to mind was how much would a good bitter or ferment to start the meal help? I'm guessing that it would not eliminate the need for supplemental digestive enzymes, but it may reduce the amount needed. To the lab...

Unfortunately, my grandmother is not an enthusiastic guinea pig and she lives 4 large western states away from me...

I live in Bizzaro World.
Becky Guffey

Joined: Aug 07, 2012
Posts: 6
Thank you for bringing me back to the topic, Clover. Interesting ideas! And many thanks to Sarah for your response in August! I plan to take some soup her way when next I visit.
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