I am keeping a diary of food I consume and any symptoms as a record for other sufferers of gall bladder attacks and those who have had theirs removed. After suffering a very long gallbladder attack which lasted 9 days with continuous pain, I was fortunate enough to have surgery recently. I had laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery which leaves you with 4 incisions in your abdomen and your body has no way of processing fat thereafter. Hence this diary/blog for other sufferers.

This diary goes hand-in-hand with my Food Blog which I will still keep up to date with gall bladder friendly meals. Feel free to check out my Food Blog. Also feel free to comment here and ask any questions you like. Follow me for my gall bladder ride.

Now about wind - well this is a blog about gall bladders and digestion problems, after all! With any digestion problems comes the dreaded subject of flatulence. Let's put it out there: farts, fluffs, trumps, firing off, letting off, ripping off, gas, stinkies and passing wind - we all do it. It's nothing to be ashamed about because it's a natural bodily function just like breathing. Now I admit I've always been a farter. I guess that is because I never burp. That's right - I can't burp! So I guess the gas has no other escape except down. Therefore this blog will need to include this smelly topic. If you're offended I am not going to apologise because it's a natural part of life.

When I've recorded my symptoms I've included flatulence in this manor: Mild flatulence = 1-5 farts; Medium flatulence = 5-10 farts; Excessive flatulence = more than 10 farts. So there you have it. It's out there for the world to see. I'm not ashamed of farting and you shouldn't be either *barf* O

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Gallbladder diet

Here is a list of foods I have eaten which have not caused me any problems:

Here is a list of foods I have eaten and their symptoms:
  • Beef, Barley & Turnip Soup - medium flatulence (so yummy and filling that I will put up with the flatulence)
  • Beef, Vegetable & Noodle Stir Fry - mild flatulence (will still eat, as it's so yummy)
  • Buttered bread - bloating (will avoid butter from now on. Will try margarine and canola spread soon)
  • Healthilicious Pizza medium flatulence (so delicious I will still eat once in a while)
  • Roast Vegetables - bloating (will still eat, but only a small amount)
  • T-Bone steak with steamed vegetables - medium flatulence. (I love T-Bones so will still eat once in awhile). 
  • Yoghurt with dried fruit, nuts & seeds - bloating (yoghurt by itself is OK)

Foods I must avoid:
  • Butter
  • Flavoured milk in a carton. I drank an Iced Coffee 'Dare' and my Irritable Bowel flared up.
  • Oven-fries - even though they are cooked in the oven, these frozen chips are deep fried prior to freezing, so should be avoided at all costs...major diarrhoea!
  • Salted peanuts

Each day after surgery I improved and by day 4 post-op no pain relief was required. Each day I got less and less tired and was able to remove the dressings on day 5. Couldn't drive until day 7 and wasn't allowed to lift anything heavy for about 2 weeks.


  1. In some cases of flatulence people try to hold the gas and avoid passing it out in such cases it can lead to smellier gas coming out of the system. A normal and healthy human body produces 1-3 pints of gas per day and passes it out approximately 14 times a day.