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ultrasound- fat free dinner?


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so, I've been getting what my Dr. thinks is gall-bladder attacks, so I'm being sent for an upper abdomen ultrasound.

One of the preparations for the ultrasound is that I have to eat a fat-free dinner
(no milk, cheese, eggs, meat, etc.)
Also, I can't eat after midnight
well I don't eat meat anyway, but the others I do.

I'm totally blanking on dinner ideas for the night before.
Does anyone have any ideas for something fat-free that would maybe keep me satisfied enough that I don't feel like I'm going to inhale the entire kitchen as soon as I get home from the appt?

please and thank you!


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Vegetables are about all I can think of.  I don't know if you can "sautee" a portobello mushroom cap with water but you can make a burger with that?

All from dry:  The lentils and split peas do NOT need to be presoaked.

  • black beans
  • small red beans
  • lentils
  • split peas
Others:
  • Sara Lee 45 calorie a slice honey wheat bread (2% fat)
  • Kraft 45 calories 1/4th cup nonfat shredded cheese (cheddar and mozzarella) and % fat.
BTW:  I used to get gall-bladder attacks around 2-4 times a year, and I kept thinking it was some sort of acid attack.  The last one I got lasted 24 hours; I can tell you if you do need to get your gall bladder out, it will be well worth it!  Best of luck.

thank you both for the quick replies!

I think so far my best option is just a decent salad, but would the oil in any salad dressing count as a fat? I really don't know how fussy I need to be with this...
or breads or peanut butter. (i eat the natural stuff).
do they mean absolutly NO fats what-so-ever, or just the mainly diary and meat animal fat things?

 

Shane: I'm really hoping I don't have to get it removed. surgery is actually incredibly scary for me. I only get these gall-bladder attacks a few times a year, but it's possibly the most excruciating thing I have ever experienced. I can't imagine having one for 24 hours. Mine usually last about 3-5 hours before I can find a position that's a little less painful and sleep the rest off.
Did you find that taking ant-acids helped at all?
My dr. suggested I take some very strong ones the next time to see if that helps

you could fill up on a side salad or mixed frozen veggies with a warm big sweet potato to fill you up and i was going to say if you needed only fat free foods to try fat free flavored greek yogurt or cottage cheese but if you can't have dairy at all maybe pair the potato with some roasted chickpeas (could coat with maple syrup or cinn/sugar/splenda to make sweet or spices for flavoring)... you could also make some polenta for supper with beans and veggies... or soup perhaps? 

also, you could make a homemade veggie bean burger with sweet potatoes on the side and salad and fruit for dessert?

 

hope this helps- goodluck!

Original Post by eidolah:

thank you both for the quick replies!

I think so far my best option is just a decent salad, but would the oil in any salad dressing count as a fat? I really don't know how fussy I need to be with this...
or breads or peanut butter. (i eat the natural stuff).
do they mean absolutly NO fats what-so-ever, or just the mainly diary and meat animal fat things?

 

Shane: I'm really hoping I don't have to get it removed. surgery is actually incredibly scary for me. I only get these gall-bladder attacks a few times a year, but it's possibly the most excruciating thing I have ever experienced. I can't imagine having one for 24 hours. Mine usually last about 3-5 hours before I can find a position that's a little less painful and sleep the rest off.
Did you find that taking ant-acids helped at all?
My dr. suggested I take some very strong ones the next time to see if that helps

1) Yes, the fats in oils would definitely count and I wouldn't eat any peanut butter either.  Both of those things could trigger an attack.

2) Trust me!  The way they suck out the gall bladder now is so easy--it is absolutely painless and all they do is make 4 small incisions.  You will be really surprised as to how easy the operation goes.  And the scars don't amount to much either.  In the old days they had to slice a person open and it was a long stay in the hospital.  Now it is just a one night deal and home you go.

3) I personally would advise not taking anti-acids.  I use to do that thinking my gall bladder attacks were acid-related; they were not.  Taking the extra anti-acids cause me more grief than help.

4) Here is the problem with when a person gets a gall bladder attack:  after it goes away (mine use to last only 2-8 hours), the next one might not come for months. So we tend to ignore them and then fight through the next one.  My advice is if the doctor determines you have gall stones, get the gall bladder taken out.  I had one stone bigger than a quarter and several smaller ones, the size of peas or so.

Original Post by eidolah:

thank you both for the quick replies!

Shane: I'm really hoping I don't have to get it removed. surgery is actually incredibly scary for me. I only get these gall-bladder attacks a few times a year, but it's possibly the most excruciating thing I have ever experienced. I can't imagine having one for 24 hours. Mine usually last about 3-5 hours before I can find a position that's a little less painful and sleep the rest off.
Did you find that taking ant-acids helped at all?
My dr. suggested I take some very strong ones the next time to see if that helps

My gall bladder tends to get inflamed although I don't have gall stones. 

You need to be really fussy for this one meal - it won't kill you.  I suggest a made from scratch vegetable soup.  Start with fat free broth and simmer carrots, celery, onion, potatoes and maybe a little bit of those frozen mixed vegetables.  It's filling, nutritious and fat free, and you can have all you can eat.  Read those labels!  Pasta with plain marinara sauce, made with no fat would work too. 

tips:  oil is 100% fat.  Peanut butter is extremely high in fat.  Most breads have small amounts of fat in them.  - Better choices for this situation - fat free salad dressing, fat free dairy products (no, you can't even have 1%). 

The doctor has to be able to see what's in there and if the gall bladder is desparately trying to produce bile to digest fat, he won't be able to.  The test itself is easy.  He may be able to give you a few answers right away.

If it is gall stones, I understand that the operation is also easy with a very short recovery time.

The vegetable soup idea is good as is the pasta with tomato sauce.  Other ideas:

  • egg white omelette with vegetables (cooked in nonstick pan so you don't need oil; to alleviate blandness, either mix in or serve salsa on the side)
  • oatmeal with dried fruit and/or a speck of jam (or just plain with salt if you like your oatmeal savoury)

I had gall bladder attack  and gall stones were detected but my primary physician did not think I needed surgery due to other symptoms. Doing a search on gall bladder disease, I found the gall bladder cleanse at http://www.relfe.com/gall_stone_cleanse.html {CC links not working) and that was successful. Verification that stones were removed was done by MRI of abdomen for a different reason later on.

The cleanse if not for everyone but it is worth reading.

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