It’s really important to know how you got into trouble with your gallbladder in the first place in order to be able to get yourself out of it. You didn’t get here overnight, and you won’t get out of here overnight either. It takes time and effort, and the good thing is that everything you need to do is good for the health of your body, mind and spirit in general, not just your gallbladder.
Whereas it is very easy to chalk it up to “hereditary” I am going to suggest you put that aside or at least into perspective. If you are willing to look deeper, you will most likely see that you have inherited similar eating habits to the family member who has/had gallbladder problems, such as overeating, constantly eating, eating too quickly, eating under stress, living under stress, eating saturated fats (meats and dairy) or fried foods, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats, too many simple carbohydrates such as refined white flours (breads, pastas, cereals, etc.)and sugars are also contributors. There is also new research showing that food allergies may contribute largely to gallbladder disease as well.
Just as overeating is a problem, so too is dieting — low calorie diets. Just as too many fats is not good, so too is lack of fat altogether. Hmmm… Might the answer may lie in moderation, in balance? Interesting concept. And although there is some research that shows that people who are overweight are prone to gallbladder problems, so too are type A personalities, people who overdo and overachieve.
Lack of exercise can be an issue. Unresolved emotional issues, particularly anger and resentment. That you won’t read in medical research, but it is century old wisdom of Chinese physicians and certainly in line with the more modern mind-body connection of alternative holistic practices of today. I will devote attention to some of these that need explanation (many are obvious) in upcoming articles. In the meantime, I suggest you ponder these and make adjustments to your lifestyle as you are able.
The best way to maintain a gallbladder diet is to keep a food diary, but more complete and detailed than a list of food intake. For example, you may write down what you ate for lunch, but also write down if you ate under stress (on the run, at an important meeting, discussing marital or business conflicts, complaining to kids, spouse, etc.). Make note of how you felt, what you were thinking of when you opted for a snack.
Are you eating to fill a void, to suppress a feeling, or to prove something to someone? Are you eating for protection? As your body screams out to you in pain — either acute, sharp pain, a dull ache or an uncomfortable fullness, ask yourself what it is trying to tell you about how you’re treating yourself.
Just a little food for thought.
Understanding how you got here in the first place will be more helpful to resolving the issue. I suggest you study well this list of causes and risk factors linked to gallbladder disease. Then start to address them one by one.