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Gall bladder diet after removal



My 81 y.o. mother had her gall bladder removed 2 weeks ago and needs a low fat diet regimen. I know to keep her from whole milk and cheeses and skinless chicken, not fried and so on. What else can you recommend for lunch and dinners. Thank you.


Thanks for your question.  Given your mother's age, following a low fat diet is prudent after gallbladder removal, but not really necessary.  She is less likely to have cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder) now that is it removed.  It's probably more important that she maintain her nutritional status to heal and maintain overall health.  That said, I would let her eat a liberal, unrestricted diet at this time.  If she finds that high fat foods are causing her discomfort, below are some low fat ideas for lunch, dinner or snacks.

1.  Boneless, skinless chicken- baked, broiled or grilled.

2.  Baked, broiled or grilled fish of any kind

3.  Pinto, black, navy or kidney beans and rice- seasoned as desired

4.  Low fat cottage cheese with fresh berries or pineapple

5.  Tuna salad on whole wheat toast (made with reduced fat mayonnaise)

6.  Chili made with ground turkey or lean ground round

7.  Spaghetti made with ground turkey or lean ground round

8.  Barbecued chicken made with skinless chicken breast

9.  Cereal with 1% or skim milk

10.  Low fat yogurt with oatmeal added in

Good luck!

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Lisa Cicciarello Andrews, MEd, RD, LD Lisa Cicciarello Andrews, MEd, RD, LD
Adjunct Faculty
University of Cincinnati