When I visited my doctor and had gall stones originally diagnosed about a month ago she suggested I’d be wise to eat a low fat diet.
So I did.
Another flare up and the doctor in Ipswich A&E tells me I need a zero fat diet…. at which point finding food becomes a nightmare… bread has fat in it…. brown rice for chrissake has fat in it, even baked potatoes which the doctor said were good – have fat in them.
So I eat salad…with O% fat natural yoghurt and with extreme trepidation add quorn fillet or prawns and a spoy of mango chutney… and fill around that during the day with fruit. I suspect bananas have fat in them as they taste too comfortable to not have.
Now home (eventually- as we went back to Annies for a belated birthday party) I google and find the NHS guidance from various trusts for dietry advice when suffering from gallstones.
It looks, compared to what I’ve been eating, pretty high in fat.
I wish when health professionals give advice they’d make it clear or dole out a leaflet that does so.
To me, being told zero fat means…well…. don’t eat ANY fat.
It was the same when Jane had her heart attack, many years ago now, they gave out dietry and excercise advice that was aimed at the elderly, the extremely unhealthy, the uninformed…. basically lowest common denominator stuff.. where cut down on fat means have one pie instead of two or three.
The Norfolk healthcare trust’s advice sheet suggests low fat alternative to full fat milks and cheeses, to trim fat off meat, eat 95% fat free ready meals.
95%? surely that leaves 5% fat? thats quita a lot… I’ve been trying to eat things with less than 1% fat.
I know I’m literal and pedantic… but when someone says zero… I aim for zero.
Turns out its actually quite bad for you to have a zero fat diet…even WITH gallstones.
So I’ve just blown the boat out with some seared tuna and noodles with soy sauce on…. and for the first time in several days I feel like I’ve eaten something.
I’ve going to have a baked sweet potato with tomatoey chickpeas later.
Maybe even bake some bread with olive oil in it.