If you know me personally, or work in a food chain near my house, you’ll know how much I love fast food. Anything I can grab my hands on fast, is good enough for me. Or is it? Now like I said in previous posts, I am not actually diagnosed with Endometriosis yet. I am having my diagnostic surgery on Friday 26th May, in hope to find out some answers. I’ve heard about the Endometriosis diet around many different forums and websites, and I thought ‘hey, even if I don’t have endometriosis, I still might be able to ease some of my symptoms with this’, and I mean, this diet isn’t EXTREME, and its mainly cutting the bad stuff out, and replacing it with the goods, so what harm could it do to try?!
The diet claims that it helps a lot of people suffering from endometriosis symptoms, and claims that it will:
- Reduce cramps and symptoms of pain
- Reduce bloating
- Balance your hormones
- Reduce weight
- Reduce toxins
- Increase energy levels
- Boost your immune system
Erm… Yes please.
Now for me, diet hasn’t been something I’ve always been that interested in. I’ve always eating a lot of shit, and still found it difficult to put on weight. My lovely friend Tasmin, who works for Herbalife, let me try out her tanita scales, and she told me that I had quite a high metabolism rate. At times when I was trying to put on weight, the word diet scared me.
The diet includes removing/reducing things from your diet like:
- Processed foods – Things like fried food, pre-pared meals and snacks, fizzy drinks, processed meats etc… basically, everything I love in life.
- Gluten – I’ve been testing for a gluten allergy before, and it all came back clear. My mum is gluten intolerant, so this one shouldn’t be that hard to change
- Dairy – I don’t drink milk already due to many reasons, and don’t actually like that many dairy filled things, expect chocolate and ice-cream, but I know theres many different alternatives to them. Also, be carful as they seem to add dairy in A LOT of foods.
- Alcohol – I haven’t actually had a drink since March, so this shouldn’t be that difficult at the moment. It will only be when I go back to work that I may find myself having a few cheeky pints after my shift. I do work in a pub after all…
- Caffeine – I actually stopped drinking coffee as hard as it was. I found myself having cup after cup, and within an hour, I felt like I needed to throw up and my stomach was having none of it.
- Red meat – This one I know I’m going to find difficult, as I can’t say no to a steak or a spagbol. I have found my symptoms do increase slightly after eating red meat, so we’ll have to see if theres any changes after trying to avoid it completely.
- Sugar – Again, this ones going to be a tough one for me. As much as I would say I prefer savoury over sweet, I do tend to head for a family sized bag of Malteasters once a week. Also, food brand companies are forever hiding sugar in bread and sauces, which is actually pretty shocking how much they add if you read the labels.
What I do like about this diet though is that there isn’t a strict diet plan, in which it tells you what you HAVE to eat during breakfast, lunch and dinner. My appetite does go up and down all the time, and I always found that when I was told I had to have something for a meal, I usually wouldn’t want it and my stomach would flip at the thought.
The diet suggests that you include more of these in your diet:
- Fiber – Found in lots of fruit, quinoa, nuts and whole grain foods
- Iron – Found in dark leafy greens, meat, fish, and brown rice
- Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) – Flax seeds, Oily fish, and walnuts
Different websites have also suggest taking different vitamins to help you get some extra goodness in you. I had a blood test last year to find out about Vitamin D levels. The ‘healthy’ vitamin D level was anywhere between 50 ng/ml and 100 ng/ml, and mine turned out to be 17 ng/ml. He also told me how theres been a lot of research going on with vitamin D and gut problems, which may be contributing to my pain also…
I’m sure there are many recipes to try out online if you’re having a mental block about what you’re going to eat, but I’m hoping this won’t be too difficult!
Upwards and onwards!
Have you tried the Endometriosis diet?