After gallbladder removal surgery, it is very important to follow a low-fat diet, avoiding foods such as red meat, bacon, sausage and fried foods in general. Over time, the body becomes accustomed to the removal of the gallbladder and, therefore, it is possible to return to a normal diet, but you should avoid fat intake.
The gallbladder is an organ that is located on the right side of the liver and has the function of storing bile, a liquid that helps to digest fats from food. So, soon after surgery, fat digestion becomes more difficult and it is necessary to modify your diet to avoid symptoms such as nausea, pain and diarrhea, helping the bowel to function well without the gallbladder.
What to eat after removing your gallbladder
After gallbladder removal surgery, preference should be given to foods such as:
- Lean meats such as fish, skinless chicken and turkey;
- Fruit other than avocados and coconuts;
- Cooked vegetables;
- Whole grains such as oats, rice, bread and pasta;
- Skimmed milk and yogurt;
- White cheeses such as ricotta and cottage, in addition to light curd.
Eating properly after surgery also helps reduce physical pain and discomfort, as well as helping the body adapt to not having the gallbladder. This high-fiber diet will also help keep diarrhea in check and prevent constipation, but it is normal to have a lazy bowel in the first few days. In case of persistent diarrhea, prefer simple foods such as white rice, chicken and cooked vegetables, and with few seasonings. See more tips in what to eat to fight diarrhea.
What to avoid after removing your gallbladder
After the removal of your gallbladder, red meat, bacon, guts, liver, gizzards, heart, sausage, sausage, ham, canned meat, canned fish in oil, milk and whole grains, curd, butter, coconut, peanut, ice cream, cakes, pizza, fast food sandwiches, fry in general, industrialized products rich in saturated fat like stuffed biscuits and ready-made frozen foods and snacks. In addition to these foods, you should also avoid drinking alcohol.
How digestion works after removing your gallbladder
After the gallbladder removal surgery the body needs an adaptation period to relearn how to properly digest foods high in fat. At first, the person can lose weight due to changes in diet. This diet is low in fat and rich in fruits, vegetables and whole foods. If this healthy diet is maintained, the weight loss can be definitive and the person starts to control body weight better.
However, gaining weight after removal of the gallbladder is also common, as the person no longer feels pain when eating and begins to eat in greater quantity. Also, re-consuming fat-rich foods frequently will also favor weight gain. See how gallstone surgery is done.
Diet menu after gallbladder removal
This 3-day menu is only a suggestion of what to eat after surgery, but it is helpful in guiding you in relation to the diet in the first few days after removal your gallbladder.
|Day 1||Day 2||Day 3|
|Breakfast||150 ml skimmed yogurt + 1 whole grain bread||240 ml skim milk + 1 brown bread with cottage cheese||240 ml of skim milk + 5 whole-grain toast with ricotta|
|Morning snack||200 g of jelly||1 fruit (like pear) + 3 crackers of salt and water||1 glass of fruit juice (150 ml) + 4 biscuits|
Chicken soup or 130 g cooked fish (like mackerel) + rice + cooked vegetables + 1 fruit dessert
|130 g of skinless chicken + 4 tablespoons of rice + 2 cabbage of beans + salad + 150 g of jelly||130 g grilled fish + 2 medium cooked potatoes + vegetables + 1 small bowl of fruit salad|
|Afternoon snack||240 ml of skim milk + 4 whole-grain toast or biscuits||1 glass of fruit juice (150 ml) + 4 whole-fruit toast with fruit jelly|
150 ml skimmed yogurt + 1 whole wheat bread
As digestion improves with recovery from surgery, dietary fats, especially those rich in good fats such as chia seeds, linseed, nuts, peanuts, salmon, tuna, and olive oil, should be slowly introduced into the diet. In general, it is possible to have a normal diet a few months after the surgery.