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…and people wonder why I get so passionate about the way I eat!

The name of the restaurant is being purposefully left out of this entry.  Locals will probably figure it out, but it is not my intent to badmouth the restaurant, it is merely a societal commentary.

The other day, Superhusband and I drove down to a burger joint near where I grew up.  It’s a great place; the prices are reasonable, the staff is polite, the serving size is generous.  If you want something fried, broiled, or on a bun, they probably have it there.

We finished ordering our food in the drive-thru, and pulled into a parking spot.  While eating our food, I kept glancing over at the electronic sign displaying their specials.  It cycled through several deals… discounts on double cheeseburgers, shakes, mentions of local events.  But there was one that almost made me drop my food.

“OUR ICE CREAM IS HEALTHY” the sign declared, “96% FAT FREE!”

 

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Recipe Round-up: Roasted Tomato Soup

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/roasted-tomato-soup-recipe/index.html

Still swimming in summer tomatoes from the garden (or overspent at the farmer’s market and now trying to figure out what to do with all those tomatoes)?  Make some soup!  This would be a great way to use some of that chicken stock you’ve got sitting in your freezer as well.

Pair this with some great aged cheese!

Tomatsuppe med karry og rejer

 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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LCHF post-cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)

disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, sooo talk to yours before you do anything crazy.

3 1/2 year ago, I had intense abdominal pain that wouldn’t go away.  It was horrible… sitting, standing, laying down, doubled over, nothing helped.  They did an ultrasound of my gallbladder and didn’t see anything wrong, but finally they did a HIDA scan (a test that measures how efficiently a gallbladder releases bile) and I had only 3% function left.  To put that in perspective, anything less than 40% is generally recommended for removal.  I didn’t have any gallstones, my gallbladder had just stopped working.  Less than 3 weeks after my first attack, I was on the operating table.

showing off the best button ever... the button that delivered the dilaudid!

showing off the best button ever… the button that delivered the dilaudid!

There are standard complications that can happen after a cholecystectomy… bile duct obstruction, scar issues, bile reflux, and something super fun called “post cholecystectomy syndrome (PCS)”, or what I like to call “gallbladder attacks after the gallbladder is removed”.  PCS affects everyone a little different… some have frequent nausea or diarrhea, some have random bouts of abdominal pain where their gallbladder used to be.  The common thread is it is misery that didn’t appear before the gallbladder issues started.

I suffer from PCS.  I ended up being hospitalized with stomach pains after my cholecystectomy.  Bile refluxing into my stomach was part of the pains, part of it was a small ulcer, and part of it is “we don’t know why you are in pain”.  I wanted to slap everyone who pranced around and was like “oh, gallbladder surgery, I had that done outpatient, and I just took tylenol after!”  I was inpatient for the better part of a week with the initial surgery, and several ER visits after, and then was hospitalized again for another couple of days.

The standard treatment for PCS is a low fat diet.  The thought process is, the liver produces more bile if you eat too much fat, it’s probably the bile that is causing the misery, therefore cut out as much fat as possible.  Obviously, with this blog being LCHF, i’m not going to promote that.

If you suffer from PCS, you’ll notice that any time you make a drastic change to you diet (increase fiber, decrease/increase fat intake, increase vegetables), your digestive system gets angry.  “Angry” for you may mean diarrhea, may mean vomiting, or it may just mean pain.  The trick with any diet change is to be gradual.  Don’t go loading up your omelet with butter and ham if you used to eat low fat, you need to ease into it.  Some people find that eating several small meals a day versus a couple of big ones lets them have more success.  Once you’ve done LCHF for a few weeks, your body will get used to the increased fat and your stomach will be back to normal… well, as normal as it can be.   One thing that won’t change is what you’ve already noticed with whatever your current diet is: the same foods that you’ll eat no problem 19 times in a row may bring you back to Angry Digestive Land the 20th time.  Bonus: you’ll probably never understand why people complain about constipation with low carb, as the constant bile being released by the liver seems to keep things moving.

You can totally eat low carb if you suffer from post gallbladder removal issues!  Go slow with the changes, and you’ll have success.

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LCHF everywhere… including a dive bar

Last night we went to a little hole-in-the-wall bar (seriously… there isn’t even a sign outside) to celebrate Superhusband’s new job when Superhusband and I got hungry.  We didn’t want to leave the fun, as the celebration was in Superhusband’s honor.  We checked out the little food menu on the wall… yessss, bar burgers!  Bar burgers are the best… super greasy meat, salt poured on.  Okay, so the meat isn’t gonna be grass-fed, the cheese isn’t going to be organic, blah blah blah… BUT THIS STUFF IS DELICIOUS.  Thank goodness there is one place in America where you are guaranteed to not be robbed of the grease that is supposed to be in a proper burger.  Just toss aside the bun and you’re in business!

Now, I stuck to water all night because I was driving, but remember that the rule is to never set yourself up for failure.  If you’re going out for a night of drinking, research carb counts ahead of time, stay hydrated, and eat some LCHF-friendly food.

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I don’t know what y’all are finding so fascinating!

Well apparently my little bitty blog that I started just a few short months ago has been viewed over 1000 times on every continent (What up Croatia!).  What started as just a way for me to pass along recipes to 4 people apparently got a little bit bigger.  Glad everyone has liked it so far!

If you’re new to LCHF America, you can check out the About section to learn a little more about me, check out our Recipe section (link at bottom under Categories), and even check out links to the great blogs I follow at the bottom.  Hope you enjoy what you find here!

With love and bacon,

-Ellie

All healed up

Sorry for the lack of food posts!  I’m just getting over a bad cold, and had absolutely no appetite.  Found this interesting… on low carb, when you don’t eat anything, you don’t get dizzy!  I used to get so dizzy when I was sick and didn’t eat anything.  I always attributed it to the illness, but it must have been the carb withdrawal.  Now that my appetite is back, I’m looking forward to getting back in the kitchen!

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