Vegan After Gallbladder Surgery
(Ivoryton, CT, USA)
I had my gallbladder removed and afterwards my body wasn't able to tolerate meat. I was already lactose intolerant. So I did my research, talked to my nutritionist, and then went on the web and bought a whole bunch of vegan recipe books (my first one my sister got me for Christmas). I went cold turkey (that's probably not the best way to put it) and now there are no more animal products for me.
Going vegan made me feel like night and day! I felt SO much better and I was able to hold down my food. There was no turning back from there. This is how I will eat for the rest of my life now!
Of course, in my research I found out what really goes on with your meat and figured that was why I was having a hard time digesting it. I became disgusted at the treatment of farm animals, so the fact that I am helping put those horrible slaughterhouses out of business is helpful in my choice to eat a vegan diet. But I was already hooked on the new diet because I felt so much better. Plus, I love to try all these new recipes and the creativity of making or altering my own dishes.
I never get tired of hearing about people with health conditions who find that a plant-based diet makes them feel healthier, more energetic, and better in every way. Many people are forced into the vegan world by heart disease, cancer, diabetes, lactose intolerance, or other illnesses, with a hope of just feeling better. Often those same people discover along the way that the cruel conditions on factory farms and in slaughterhouses is unethical, and that sustains them long term, keeping them away from animal products forever.
It seems like you are a great example of this scenario. Many people are also lactose intolerant, but seldom do doctors tell them to stop eating dairy products. Instead they recommend milk with an enzyme called lactase added into it to try to help them digest the milk. Why wouldn't they just listen to their bodies and not put something into it that their bodies can't digest? I wish a doctor had suggested a vegan diet to you before taking out your gallbladder. It might just have helped you to avoid costly and dangerous surgery! I am really glad you are feeling so much better now, though.
We hope you will continue to share with anyone who will listen that your body is so much happier now that you don't eat animal products. The only way we can make lasting change is by spreading the word in a kind and loving way, and appealing to the inner concerns of each person.