So I've been an ovo-lacto vegetarian for 15 years, but now with this pregnancy have developed gallbladder problems that are forcing me to cut out eggs and most dairy as well. I tried switching to fat-free versions of dairy and they still cause problems. *Sigh* So now I'm trying to figure out how to eat vegan and also ensure good health to myself and the babe.
Here's my biggest trouble: since I started this new diet a couple of weeks ago, I am constantly craving fat. The gallbladder diet is severely fat-restricted, since the gallbladder is what processes fat, but I can't go completely fat-free because I know I need some good fats for the baby (any my body is clearly telling me I need it). Saturated fats seem to cause the most problems, but even plant fats like peanut butter cause trouble if I eat too much (i.e., more than 1-2 Tbsp in an afternoon).
So, here are my questions:
1) Anybody know offhand how much fat is recommended for pregnancy? (I can look this up, of course)
2) What are good plant-based sources of fats that my body might be able to handle better than animal fats? A variety is probably better than large amounts of one thing, based on my experience thus far.
3) Anyone else have any experience with a vegan gallbladder diet and have any recommendations?
4) Anybody have any ideas for good vegan menus for pregnancy? And do you know any good websites or other resources for help with this?