Since my June 30, 2014, surgery and diagnosis of Endometriosis, I went on a radical journey to find out how I can help my body fight this disease, especially while I was waiting for the insurance to approve my treatment regimen. Several books and webpages pointed out the same facts of what foods to avoid, and which to devour! So, overnight I made a decision : to do a 180 degree flip on what I did, and did not, eat.
Some say the choice and change was too rapid. I should have eased into it, rather than cold turkey’d it. I agree now, but hindsight and all of that jazz. Regardless, I feel SO much better. I don’t know if it’s the dietary change, or the Lupron Depot injections, or both, but I do feel a lot better.
I no longer eat the following foods, with a short (aka layman) explanation of why (keep in mind, these are pretty much ALL I ate prior to my diagnosis):
Wheat : contains gluten and phytic acid, which can aggravate symptoms of Endometriosis
Red Meat : causes increased inflammation and hurts digestion (also may contain crazy amounts of hormones)
Refined sugars (including juices and sodas) : causes inflammation and further aggravates symptoms of Endometriosis (I can’t cut this out ’cause it’s everywhere, but I do make a conscious effort to cut back…)
Caffeine : causes abdominal cramps and increases estrogen levels
Chocolate : contains sugars and caffeine
Dairy : causes inflammation (also may contain crazy amounts of hormones)
Alcohol : muddies up the liver (I haven’t cut this out, but I have drastically reduced. I no longer drink beer and only enjoy 1 glass of white wine when I do drink)
So what do I eat?!? Well, I severely miss my cheese and cupcakes and ice cream and frozen yogurt. But have quickly gotten used to life without red meat and caffeine! Surprisingly quickly! I do eat a lot of turkey, chicken, fish, leafy greens, beans, fresh veggies (there’s a whole new realm of cooking out there!!!), and enjoy a wide variety of gluten-free pastas and baked goods. I’ve also substituted coconut milk for regular milk, and enjoy cooking with coconut oil rather than butter. About the only drink I have now is water. I do enjoy 1 glass of white wine at night, and also 1 cup of an herbal (non-caffeinated) tea in the morning. I’ve had to budget in some extra money for the grocery budget every month, but it has been totally worth it. And Farmers Markets and supermarket sales have been a god-send.
I also enjoy a nightly tea made of lemon juice, sliced ginger, honey, and water. It not only helps with indigestion and inflammation, but is incredibly soothing and is the perfect “relaxy” drink right before bed. Recipe and more info.
I also take daily vitamins and supplements, which include Omega-3 Fish Oil, Milk Thistle Seed Extract, Folic Acid, Calcium + Vitamin D3, “Hair Skin & Nails Support,” and Norethindrone (an add-back hormone for my Lupron Depot treatments).
I’ve lost 10 pounds since my surgery, and have kept it off. I rarely have any headaches or back pain EVER. And my cramps and discomfort of Endometriosis are gone (again, this could be due to the Lupron Depot). I am looking forward to continuing this diet once my Lupron regimen is over (late January 2015) to monitor my symptoms and progress.
I have fallen in love with a resource for dietary information: http://www.endo-resolved.com/diet.html.
What have YOU found that works well for you? What foods to you love to devour? What foods did you cut out? Comment and share below!
And if you made it all of the way to the bottom on this blog, Thank You!