Ever since I began the keto lifestyle, over a year ago, one concern I had was how I would eat all the high-fat foods without a gallbladder to process them. I was warned by doctors from the beginning to avoid these foods, for a lifetime, and eating anything fried or buttery proved this to be true. The result would be gut-wrenching pain that lasted all night.
Wondering how to do keto without a gallbladder is actually a pretty common question. Over time I’ve done my research and developed a plan that works best for me, while still maintaining a high-fat, keto lifestyle. While every individual is different and has varying results of doing keto without a gallbladder, I’ve decided there are enough questions on this topic that I would highlight my own, personal experience. Maybe these tips can help someone else!
Starting out I have a lot of difficulties doing the high-fat/low-carb routine that the Keto diet depends on. My body was not having it, the fatty foods such as bacon, red meat, and butter left my gut aching with sharp, stabbing pains by the end of the day. I had read that over time this will decrease, and it did. I no longer have any problems with high fats, no pain or problems. In fact, I’m better now on keto than I was without a gallbladder.
Ease your body into eating the high fats.
Don’t start out by eating a pound of bacon and butter on day one. I started with too many high-fats without easing my body into it. That was my first lesson. Your body does need to adjust, it took me a good 2 weeks to adjust and feel normal again. I got the “keto flu,” it took forever to go into ketosis and I felt like my body hated me. Meanwhile, my gallbladder-bearing husband was dandily dancing his way into ketosis with no problems.
You can still eat all the fats, just do it in moderation. You will definitely get all the fats in without needing that pound of butter.
Use vitamins for gut-health.
I’ve tried a lot of products. Probiotics, milk-thistle, and prebiotics. I’ve had a lot of success with the prebiotics. What is this? Prebiotics can be taken alone or with probiotics, it feeds the bacteria in your gut and helps maintain its lining to improve your gut microbiome health. Currently, I’m using Country Life’s Gut Connection Energy Balance. I’ve been dragging this summer with all the activities we have planned, so it’s been helping to increase my energy and general wellbeing as well as continuing my keto lifestyle.
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Drink ginger teas.
Not only does ginger soothe the stomach, but it also aids in improving digestion and processing fats. My favorite is Bigelow’s Lemon Ginger Tea, I usually add a packet of stevia to sweeten it.
Become besties with MCT oil.
The best way to increase your fat intake: MCT oil. I put this in a lot of my drinks, especially coffee. MCT oil is one of the easiest fats to digest and will also have you get into ketosis faster.
Eat smaller, more frequent meals
Don’t eat all your fats in one, big meal. This goes along with easing your body into it. Consume smaller meals throughout the day and don’t consume a super fatty meal before you go to bed.
Pair your fats with fiber.
On Keto, you’ll want to get your fiber from veggies. Think lettuce, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, asparagus, and cabbage. Eat your fatty meats such as bacon, red meats, and your butter and oils with these keto-friendly fibers. Pairing the two will help to aid in healthy digestion.