Tuesday, 22 October 2013

The day my Gallbadder stopped speaking to me...

So I mentioned a while ago that my gallbladder stopped speaking to me after what appeared to be a tummy bug.

Or maybe it started shouting at me. Shouting that it's not happy and needs a goddamn rest.

I had a scan and thankfully there are no stones which means no surgery. But the wall is inflamed and the doctor thinks that maybe there was a small stone at some point that dissolved itself and did some damage. Nice work Gally sorting that all on your own! That's his nickname now. And I have no idea why my gallbladder is a 'he' but there you are...

The result is that I'm now intolerant to fat. The doctor says this may get better in time or it might just be the way I am now. Wait whaaaaaaaat?

So for the last few months I have been on a low fat high fibre diet without red meat.

Those of you who know me know I have always been allergic to diets of any kind. I love food and couldn't imagine ever restricting myself. Most of our food is home cooked so I've always felt relatively healthy. But I drank full fat milk and used lots of butter. We ate a lot of red meat. Cheese and crisps were my weakness and it turns out my portion sizes were that of about 4 people. Oops.

The first month of this new way of eat was hard. I daydreamed about face planting melted cheese and romancing a large bowl of chips with a big juicy steak. I was hungry a lot.

But it got easier and as long as I don't cheat I kind of feel amazing for the first time in a long time.

Maybe my gallbladder has been shouting for a while and I wasn't listening...

I'm listening now buddy and actually its been kind of fun thinking up new recipes that I can eat. I may share some with you from time to time. I would also welcome any recipes you might have.


Recipe for the above Couscous Salad

Couscous - just soak it in hot water for ten minutes
1 Tomato chopped
Low fat feta cheese (which seems to agree with ol' Gally)
Spinach leaves
Sliced onion

Squeeze of half a lemon
Olive oil

Although every time I make this it's different depending on what I have in the fridge. I love it though because its quick and easy to make. And more importantly it's really tasty and filling.


  1. Oy! I have a variety of allergies and such, it's never easy to say good-bye to a love like food! Glad you're finding new recipes and feeling well!

  2. Yikes... I hope your gall bladder issues get better. No fun! I've put myself on a no sugar diet the past few days and it is really hard. I may have to try out your recipe... it sounds yummy! If you ever come up with a good quinoa recipe you should definitely share it. I've tried a few and haven't like any of them.

  3. I'm actually beginning to wonder if all of our gall bladders have been shouting at us? We eat such a diverse array and amount of food each day, it just seems like we need to give it a rest. Glad your finding new recipes you like though!! xx

  4. I agree especially the amount of processed food around. Poor Gally ;)

  5. I had mine removed 6 years ago after drinking two glasses of wine I got sick like a teen on prom night. since then i can't drink much. it has been hell with my gastric system.

    1. Thats interesting because I cant drink much these days, I never thought it was related

  6. omg. sounds like you're on the exact opposite of my diet, which is copious fat, meat, and veggies. Period. I hope this is helpful for you.