Gallstone diet : mild diet for gallbladder pain

gallstone diet plan



Gallstone diet is a diet for persons who have frequent gallstones attacks. Gallstone diet helps you to change your eating habits. Your eating will be healthy while keeping your lifestyle. What are the allowable foods and the banned? This is discussed in detail in this article.


What are the gallstones?

Gallstones are stones or lumps that form in the bile ducts or in the gall bladder. These stones can be tiny or large and usually consist of varying amounts of calcium, cholesterol or bilirubin. They can be black, white, green or red. The most common color of gallstones is green as the green pea, which consist mainly of cholesterol.

You can know that you have gallstone symptoms when you have pain that is just below your ribs and on your right side.


How to prevent gallstone seizures ?

It is still possible to prevent gallstone seizures. Here are some tips that will generally help you avoid this painful situation as much as possible:

  • Make three meals a day: breakfast, lunch, dinner. In case of frequent and repeated seizures, you can do 4 to 5 meals a day to increase the number of contraction of the gallbladder, which makes it easier to work.
  • Avoid snacking (charcuterie, cheese, sweets, sweets, chocolate …).
  • Eat at regular times and if possible in calm.
  • Don’t smoke on an empty stomach.
  • Follow regularly your diet and refuse any prolonged deviation that would annihilate the results already obtained.
  • Remove fried foods and dishes in sauce.
  • Cook without fat: butter, margarine, oil will be put on the raw food at the time of consumption.


Gallstone diet details

Highly fatty and undigested foods irritate the gall bladder and liver, and cause pain and nausea.

That’s why your doctor has prescribed a low-fat foods and easy to digest. To adopt a mild diet for gallbladder and liver, a great attention should be given to following points:

  1. Choice of foods, AVOID the following:

. Hard and abundant dietary fiber

. Raw and pungent food components

. Irritating foods

. Foods or high-fat dishes

  1. Preparation

A preparation is considered easy to digest if:

. Foods are well cooked

. The fat has not been overheated

. A large amount of fat is not necessary

. It does not contain any extra air

The methods of preparation that come into play are: steaming, poaching or cooking with water.

The most difficult methods of preparation are: grilling, frying and cooking in a frying pan

  1. Eating habits

In addition to adequate food and preparation, it is important to consider following:

. Prefer several small meals spread throughout the day

. Do not drink, or little, during the meal. It is best to drink between meals

. Eat at regular times

. Eat calmly and chew well

. Allow enough time for the meal

. Eat seated and do nothing else during this time (do not watch TV or read Newspaper).

. Rest after the meal


Authorized and Avoided Foods:

Bread and cereal products


White bread (cooked in the old fashioned way), rusks and toast

Later, sandwiches and white bread without grapes in reasonable quantity will be allowed

Classic cornflakes

White pasta and rice

Flour, cornstarch, semolina, powder for sweets, rice flour and potato flour

Cookies (eg butter, boudoir …)


Gray or full bread

Grape bread, pistols, brioches Butter)…

Other breakfast cereals (eg with chocolate, dried fruits …)

Pasta and rice

Whole cereals: whole flour, flakes oats, barley …

All cakes and pastries, in addition, gingerbread



Non-fat vegetable soup prepared with broth or fat-free bouillon blocks


Soup prepared with a simple broth

Very spicy soup, canned soup or brick



Boiled or steamed potatoes

Mashed potatoes


Potatoes fried, browned or gratin

Young potatoes





Vegetables cooked gently or steamed, without parts hard

gallbladder diet menu

In consultation with the doctor or dietician: small amounts of raw vegetables such as

salad, peeled and seeded tomatoes, chicory …


Vegetables prepared with fat or raw vegetables – olives

Meat, fish and eggs


Lean meat of beef, horse, pork or veal

Chicken, turkey or skinless pigeon

Lean meats: cooked ham, beef smoked meat or horse …

Boiled fish, steamed, poached (fresh or frozen) of the authorized species: cod, elbot, plaice, sole, dab …

Egg white


Oily meat, bacon, canned meat

Pheasant duck

ham sausage …

Oily or fried fish: salmon, eel, herring, mackerel, sprat and sardines

Shellfish and crustaceans

Whole egg – Beat egg white

Sauces and fat


White sauce made from defatted broth or milk skimmed

Small portion of meat sauce

Cooking fat:

Small portion of margarine or melted butter

Fat spreads:


Cream sauce, oily or very spicy

Margarine or red butter

Fat frying, lard


Herbs and spices


Salt, laurel, tarragon, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon and saffron

Vanilla, cinnamon


Pepper, curry, garlic, capers, chives

Vinegar, lemon, mustard, pickles, sauce




Light apple juice

Fruit compote, cooked fruit, canned fruit

In consultation with the doctor or dietitian: Soft, ripe fruits freed from their skin


Other fruit juices

Unripe fruits with seeds and skin

Dairy products


Whey, skimmed milk

Yogurt, porridge or skimmed milk cream with starch

Lean or semi-skimmed white cheese

Lean cheese (12 to 18% fat)

Cream cheese


Whole or semi-skimmed milk

Pudding or whole or semi-skim yoghurt

Lean or semi-skimmed white cheese

Whole white cheese

Ripened or fermented cheese (29% of raw materials fat)

Cream, ice cream,

Sweet foods


Jelly, jam, syrup, honey


Chocolate, pralines



Still water

Tea or light coffee



Sparkling water

Tea or strong coffee

Lemonade and soft drinks

Alcoholic beverages


Note :

This scheme gives general indications. Some patients will not digest well authorized foods, while others will digest without difficulty some forbidden foods. Sometimes you have to feel yourself even what foods you digest or not.


Additional tips

Please pay attention to these important tips:

No overeating.

Eat moderation.

Exercise regularly if possible.

Water is good for you – drink six to eight glasses each day.

If you are overweight, try to lose it slowly by following a low calorie diet and using calorie-calculator technique.

In your gallstone diet, try to reduce wheat and other grains that contain gluten.

In order to avoid the symptoms of gallstones again, try to take care of certain health problems that you are experiencing like a permeable bowel, hypothyroidism and any other food intolerances.


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