As a woman over 40, you likely have a lot on your plate. From caring for family and aging parents to managing your own stress and health, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to prioritize your own self-care.
If you’ve had your gallbladder removed, you may also be struggling with digestive discomfort and feeling unsure of what foods to eat. But rest assured, there are steps you can take to manage your stress and nourish your body in a healthy way.
Here are three tips to get you started:
1.Pay attention to trigger foods: Certain foods may trigger digestive discomfort, such as bloating, gas, and diarrhea. These “trigger” foods can vary from person to person, but common culprits include fatty or fried foods, spicy foods, caffeine, and alcohol. Paying attention to your body’s response to different foods can help you identify your personal trigger foods and avoid them when possible.
2. Prioritize nutrient-dense foods: Since your gallbladder is no longer there to help digest fats, it’s important to prioritize foods that are easy to digest and nutrient-dense. This includes foods like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. These foods provide the essential nutrients your body needs to function properly and maintain good health.
3. Make time for self-care: Caring for others can be emotionally and physically exhausting. It’s important to make time for self-care activities that help you recharge and reduce stress. This might include taking a relaxing bath, going for a walk, or practicing mindfulness meditation.
If you’re looking for more specific guidance on what to eat, I have created a simple gallbladder friendly meal plan. This plan is designed to help you prioritize nutrient-dense foods, like lean proteins, healthy fats, fiber, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, folate, and sodium, and is tailored to support your body’s unique needs after gall bladder removal.