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Our first question comes from Christina who asks, “I want to incorporate more fats like you recommend, but I don’t have a gallbladder. Do you have any special instructions for someone who doesn’t have a gallbladder?”
Christina is not alone. This is a question that I’ve been getting quite a bit since the release of my book Eat Fat, Get Thin. Interestingly enough, the reason that most people have their gallbladder removed in the first place is because they have insulin resistance from a diet high in sugars and processed carbohydrates. Once your gallbladder has been removed, you might have trouble digesting fats, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat a healthy diet. Some people do well with less fats and some do better with more fats. You must find what works best for your body.
For Christina, I would recommend continuing to focus on healthy proteins and plants foods. To help digest fats, there are a few things you can do – including:
- Check with your physician before you start to include more fats – every body is different and it is a good idea to make sure that you are cleared by your personal physician before starting any new diet – including the Eat Fat, Get Thin Program
- Ease your way into fat intake – start slowly. If you start Day 1 with 10 servings of fat, you will feel sick. So, in the absence of a gallbladder, the trick is slow and steady.
- To support overall digestive health, supplement with an enzyme that includes a combination of Ox Bile, Amylase, Protease and Lipase for healthy gallbladder function, and optimal fat and lipid utilization,. The supplements that I recommend can be found here. I suggest you take it before every meal.
Start with these tips and monitor your body; it’ll tell you what it likes and doesn’t like. And remember, not everyone needs to focus on a high-fat diet. You can eat moderate amounts of fat along with healthy proteins and plant foods and still achieve your optimal health.
Getting Started on Your Health Journey
Our next question comes from Angela who asks, “I’m ready to make a change, but how do I even get started? It seems overwhelming.”
It can be daunting to make big changes in your lifestyle. Sometimes it’s easier to take smaller steps. You have to decide what works for you. Personally, I recommend doing a lifestyle overhaul like the 10-Day Detox, which incorporates nutritional and lifestyle changes in one program. However, I totally understand that doing a full program might not be the best step for everyone.