Endometriosis Diet #HappyHealthyEndo

My Healthy Endometriosis Diet

Do you see the word “DIE” in “Diet”?
If so, you’re not alone! I used to be like you up until not too long ago!

We have been trained to think that a diet is just a way to eat tiny measured portions of sad, tasteless food.
In this blog, the word ‘diet’ will simply mean ‘an eating routine that helps you feel healthy and happy’.
Basically – the food you put in your mouth.

Reaching a healthy diet for my Endometriosis has been a process – it has taken me years and I’m still learning.

Below I’ll provide three lists: Foods that make me feel good, occasional foods and my no-no list. Then I’ll tell you how eating has impacted my Endometriosis.

{Foods I Adore & Make me feel Good, eaten daily} – Almost all %100 organic with no preservatives or additives:

  • Vegetables: (I discovered a number of new veggies I didn’t know before)
  • Ginger: anti-inflammatory, useful in treating mild digestive issues and painful menses
  • Brown Rice
  • Quinoa: a complete protein, high in iron and calcium, a good source of fiber, manganese, magnesium and copper
  • Pasta (but exclusively made from Brown Rice, Quinoa or a combination of both)
  • All Fruits (apart from oranges, since doing the McCombs Candida Cleanse I stopped eating them)
  • Nuts (in moderation): a plant based protein, high in omega-3, healthy fatty acids, protein and fiber. It helps to maintain a healthy digestive system
  • Legumes: a wonderful source of protein, micronutrients, minerals, fiber and good carbs
  • Seeds (i.e sunflower seeds, chia seeds): high in fiber, great sources of protein, vitamin E, zinc, monounsaturated fats and minerals
  • Oats: full of soluble fiber and healthy carbohydrates
  • Dried fruits (i.e Dates and raisins) (in moderation) – a source of vitamins and minerals, iron, calcium and phosphorus (can be hard to digest and they contain mold, resulting the overgrowth of candida)
  • Milk: No, not from cows or other friendly animals. The milk I drink (and make myself 70% of the time) comes from Almonds, Brazil Nuts or Quinoa

{Occasional Foods, eaten a few times a month or less}:

  • Soy milk
  • Tofu
  • Organic Eggs
  • Organic Mozzarella

{My No-No Foods- Most of these food promote and produce inflammation:

  • Meat & Fish: (animal fats contain dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB’s) but I hear a lot of women eating organic white grass-fed meat once in a while and are doing fine)
  • Dairy
  • White refined wheat: (i.e white bread, white flour, cakes and pasta)
  • Fried Food & Hydrogenated Fats
  • Sugar
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Processed Foods
  • 95% of Packaged, ready to eat food

How I got to making this eating-style my daily routine

While growing up, my main foods were pasta, bread, meat, fish, dairy and of course sugar. I did have vegetables and fruits but they were not my main portion in the plate.

Things started to change when I became a pescetarian back in 2009 simply because my body couldn’t handle eating meat. So I thought to myself “why insist if it’s doesn’t work for me?”. I was still eating fish until my husband became a vegetarian in November 2011. It was a smooth and natural transition.

Do I feel weak or deprived because I’m a vegetarian? Nope. I actually feel well without it. But I’m not advocating you should become a vegetarian.

It’s funny because through the years a lot of my peers couldn’t understand how I survived without eating meat. The most common questions I’ve been asked: “Should I became vegetarian? If I do, what I am going to eat? Will I get sick?” :) Does it sound familiar?

My answer was and still is: I’m not a doctor, I cannot tell you what to eat or not eat. If you wish to try, do your homework first. Don’t stop eating meat and indulge in refined carbs because you don’t know what to cook. Educate yourself on the array of solutions that can fit your needs. If it doesn’t work, at least you tried.

It’s essential that women with Endometriosis choose a healthy anti-inflammatory diet to help to reduce symptoms, boost the immune system, cut down on the amount of estrogen in the body and keep the hormones and progesterone levels balanced.

How did my healthy diet help me and my endometriosis?

To actively play a part in how your body is feeling is an amazing feeling. Over time, I realized that I was experiencing less pain, less inflammation, less/no bloating, less painful periods and more energy, just to mention a few. Just like Hippocrates said:  “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” 

Please note that this is a process. Don’t think you can eat a bowl of Quinoa and not experience symptoms ever again. Your body builds itself up with what you nourish it. And since you took a long time to get sick, you will need time to get better.

How can I choose my foods? Think & Feel!Endometriosis Diet #HappyHealthyEndo

You don’t have to become a nutritionist. But learn to analyze how food makes you feel after you eat it. Listen to your body and what it’s trying to tell you. Then add some common sense to that. Your brain will tell you deserve to eat that chocolate bar every day at 3:30pm. Research and common sense will tell you it’s not the best idea. Attempt to feel the differences when you eat something – does it give you energy or does it make you feel like you need to sleep? Does it give you bloating, gas, discomfort? Analyze and get to know yourself better.

What’s your diet like? What makes you feel better or worse? I’d love to hear your thought on this! Next time, I’ll give you a list of supplements that I take daily to support my diet.

Ciao for now,

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p.s Want some recipes ideas? Check this link here and here :)

 

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  • http://www.annalisamarie.com Annalisa

    Thank you so much for this! It’s really easy for me to talk myself out of this diet, but I really need to follow it. Phew, this is hard…

    • http://www.happyhealthyendo.com Susie

      You are most welcome Annalisa :) Don’t worry, it me a lot time and effort too. Keep on trying and experimenting. Always tell remind yourself why doing what you are doing. xxx