I have now gone three years and three months since my last gallstone attack.
I had a sonogram a year ago and it showed that I still had stones ready to to make me sad (or dead).
I was fortunate to have Jocelyn here to spoil me with creative cooking for the first two years, but since I've been on my own for the last year or so, I thought it would be helpful to share what sort of things I eat and keep the stones away. Keeping in mind that I am not a cook - so these might be helpful to people that are as lazy as me.
Quick summary: no beef, pork, wheat, corn or any grain (except small amounts of rice and oats), potatoes (except sweet potatoes), sugar, legumes (except black beans), dairy (except yogurt, mozzarella cheese and ghee - and I'm now sick of ghee) or bananas. So about 90% of all food is out.
What I do manage to eat:
When I get up I have a bit of coffee with the stuff called "nutpods" that is coconut milk and almond milk
and a few squirts of this stevia stuff
Every tuesday evening, we all have "taco tuesday". I grab some salsa with veggies, rice and maybe black beans and add some guac or yogurt and then dig it out with something like a tortilla chip, but it is made with greens and rice: https://amzn.to/3nQ5Djb
Once in a while, the boots happen to make a veggie stir fry with rice and I get some. Or bake some sweet potatoes and I get one or two.
When I go into missoula, I go to "The Good Food Store" and pick up:
pre-cooked chicken sausage
kite hill chive pseudo cream cheese food-like-stuff (eat w chips)
from their cold case
yam wedges (i put this
on it - can't get enough of it)
cold salmon w lemon slices
It's hard to order organic peanuts. I've been getting mine from thrive market
. And then I put some in a pint size mason jar, pour in a tablespoon of olive oil, mix it up, then add a different flavor of this sort of thing
I've recently tried these crunchy dried carrot snacks
- really good!
I get some of these oysters
from time to time.
The boots get cases of canned salmon from thrive market
. I grab one and mix in some mayo (organic - also from thrive market), mustard and raisins. The kittens love the salmon juice from the can, and they love to help me clean the bowl when I'm done.
Doodles made from casava flour
- I probably eat too much of this.
And apples. Apples are supposed to be really good for fighting gallstones. And I do really enjoy apples. And as an experiment, I recently bought apple powder
and apple syrup
Since the covids, I try to avoid going into town. But once in a while i get powerful cravings to eat restaurant food.
Restaurants are really hard. Most of them have nothing I can eat. I usually look at their online menus and eliminated about 90% of all restaurants.
Yesterday we went to a place in Missoula that was excellent! It was my first time there - I didn't even know this place existed! Amey shared a couple of appetizers: a pile of roasted chiles (they were quite mild and delicious) and oyster mushrooms (what on earth is that sauce?!). I had a cucumber salad and chicken pho with rice noodles and chicken broth.
I can have pizza with a gluten free crust, no meat other than chicken, no cheese other than mozzarella. And there are at least three places in missoula that can do that! Pizza!
Chipotle bowl with chicken, veggies and guac.
We have a brazillian restaurant in missoula where you can get a bowl of rice and greens with chicken and heaps of flavorful stuff.
Sushi restaurants have heaps of things I can eat.
At a thai restaurant I can get fried rice with shrimp or chicken.
At one restaurant I can get a chicken dinner with a side of sweet potato fries.
At another restaurant I can get salmon and rice.
So it is pretty limiting, but I feel like I am doing really good. Only about once every couple weeks do i get a strong urge for something i can't eat - or maybe the boots are cooking something that smells great and I can't eat it. I just have to remember the pain of the gallstone and the urge goes away quickly.