I keep walking to my refrigerator and opening the door. I don't know why. It's not like I can't decide what I'd like to eat. My fridge is stocked with tons of tasty food. Too bad I can't have any of it.

I started having gallbladder attacks a few months ago. I didn't really know what they were at first and kind of followed the whole "if I ignore them, they'll go away" mantra. Ha. That definitely failed.

So here I am, 3 months later, ready to do something about my health. I'm a fan of holistic remedies, so you'll always see me try those first before I give up and resort to meds or surgery. That means I'm trying to experiment with dietary changes before I beg my doc to take this damn gallbladder out already.

If you're wondering what you can actually eat when you suffer from gallbladder attacks, the answer is pretty much nothing. I used to be vegan and I'm still struggling pretty badly with my gallbladder-friendly diet. At least vegans get to eat beans.

I'm going to make things really easy for you and tell you that your best bet is to stick to fruits, veggies, and vegetable broth. Nothing else. Don't even think about it. Sometimes I think that I'm feeling better and attempt to devour a cookie or five. This is always a terrible idea and I end up feeling like crap.

When you have gallbladder issues, you should avoid most - or all - of the following:

- sugar

- dairy products

- eggs

- red meat

- wheat (some people can tolerate wheat, so go ahead and give it a try)

- chicken breast, turkey breast, fatty fish

- alcohol

- chocolate

- beans

- soda

- onions

- every single oil except extra virgin olive oil

- anything in a box, bag, or can

The good news is that you can still eat nuts. They're a decent source of protein, and you'll realize how important that is when you're starving to death from eating nothing but lettuce and apples all day long. Unfortunately I'm allergic to nuts, so I spend a lot of time being hungry. Very hungry.

Here's a typical meal plan that I use to get rid of my gallbladder attacks:

BREAKFAST

1 apple
1 banana
Grapes
Bottle of water

SNACK

1 Gluten-Free Vans blueberry waffle, no butter or syrup

LUNCH

Salad with Champagne dressing
Half a can of tuna drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt, pepper, and garlic powder
Banana
Bottle of water

SNACK

Carrot sticks or small baked potato without butter

DINNER

Tons of raw veggies - whatever I have on hand
Baked fish with olive oil and random spices from my pantry
More salad
Bottle of water

When I follow this meal plan without cheating, I do not have any gallbladder attacks. When I sneak in a forbidden food, I get a headache within minutes and end up running to the bathroom. As you can imagine, I've dropped a ton of weight on this healthy gallbladder diet. If I can't have a gallbladder that functions properly, at least I'll be skinny.

Wondering if you're suffering from gallbladder attacks? This article might clear up your confusion:
www.bubblews.com/news/18525-what-does-a-gallbladder-attack-feel-like

Image Credit: The photo shown above is my own. It's an arugula, cucumber, hummus, and green onion sandwich on gluten-free bread. Skip the onions if you find that they irritate your gallbladder.