Most people after an attack feel like they never want to eat again and many people do stop eating until they are super hungry and then will eat whatever is fast or easy or is put in front of them. This is not the way to go since you actually need to eat something that will be helpful to your body and help it to heal. There are two very important foods that you may be able eat right away and they are beets and what I call “Bieler” broth, as this recipe is named after Henry G. Bieler, MD and his version is found in the landmark book from the 70’s entitled Food is Your Best Medicine but here we shall just call it, “green soup.”
There is a wonderful resource online called Gallbladder Attack. At the Gallbladder Attack website you will find these three wonderful recipes that I have personally made and find them to be not only be delicious but very healing to the gut for all sorts of gut related disorders or conditions. Please check with your doctor about them before proceeding as we are all different and despite evidenced based medicine attempt to put us all in the same bag we are each uniquely magnificent beings which need to be honored as such, but having said that I find that, thus far, my clients have had great results with these recipes and the other suggestions on this website. The website offers a 30 day meal plan which is very beneficial as well as a starter kit of supplements from various sources which have been carefully selected because they have performed well. As a holistic practitioner I too offer specific products rather than generic one because I like to share what I have personally taken and see to be working as we all hope they will. There is a fee to download their 30 day meal plan which comes with specific recipes. But, here are the three emergency recipes from their site that you can make yourself quite simply. And most people find that drinking this version of Flax Tea, my self included, is very soothing for myriad of digestive conditions and upsets, as are the green soup and beet recipe offered below:
Flax Tea Recipe
Boil 1 TBSP of organic whole flax seeds in 2 1/2 cups water for 5 minutes then steep for 10 minutes, strain and sip slowly. The Gallbladder Attack website suggests that this tea can be sipped even during a gallbladder attack.
Green Soup Recipe (use organic ingredients if possible)
1 small bunch parsley
3 medium zucchini
1/2 pound green beans
5 stalks of celery
- steam or simmer, then puree in the blender
(I first learned about this soup when I consulted with Dr. Bieler in person back in the 70’s, I learned from him that this soup was extremely important to keep on hand for helping the body to heal itself that I have always made large batches of it in order to have extra to freeze. It is great for a short term cleanse. too)
Coarsely grate 1 large organic beet or beetroot (raw) not peeled if organic.
Add juice of lemon to taste or apple cider vinegar and 1 to 2 TBSP flax oil (be sure to get flax oil from the refrigerator at your local health store as flax oil goes rancid quickly. If you can’t get flax oil or are insulin resistant use cold pressed, organic extra virgin, olive oil. It is always best to buy oils in small containers and have a back bottle of fresh to open. Oils go rancid very easily and I recommend keeping them in the fridge after they are opened. If your oil congeals just set the bottle in a bowl of hot water and then let it soften back to its liquid state.)
You can take one teaspoon of the beet mixture every hour if need be and it will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days, then make a fresh batch.
This mixture is great for everyone to add to salads as beets in any form are great for the gallbladder because they keep the bile thin and moving.
More to come in Part Two!