It has been over a year since I made all the dramatic changes to my diet. The first one, cutting out sugar, was probably the hardest. I then gradually cut out every other food suggested on the Endometriosis diet. I must admit, when I look back on it, I can’t believe it was that long. It feels like it has only been a few months. The thing is, my health and how I feel are dramatically better. Which is kinda obvious as everything in this blog directs you to do these things.
It got me thinking though… was it just that I had cut out all these “bad” foods or was there more to this?
I went shopping the other day, clothes shopping. It hasn’t been this much fun in years! I tried on a smaller size than I have been able to wear in years! Yip! I have lost a whole dress size in a year! This was the one connection I had not realized with Endometriosis, hormones and our weight. I know I hated my weight and it was always an issue. I blame it on all those nasty fake hormone treatments but I think it was also largely the poorly created diet I lived on. I always felt chubby. My arms were fatty and I always felt like I was an adult in a baby body, you know all poofy and cuddly!
Here’s the thing you don’t want to hear… your excess weight is affecting your Endometriosis and naturally your health. Why?
1. It is a storage area
The toxins we accumulate in our diets and within our environment accumulate in our body’s fat cells. It is like a massive big space for it to reside and make itself comfortable. The more of these fat cells we have, the more space the toxins have. The more toxins we have, the more it will affect our hormone imbalance.
2. Our livers become over-worked
The liver is very closely related to our hormone levels and ultimately our Endometriosis developing further. When our livers become overworked, it is less able to flush out excess hormones and regulate what is already there. Being overweight will impact on your liver and your gallbladder. The liver flushes out excess fat cells but when we are overweight, we have so much fat for the liver to process and guess what? It puts your hormone-flushing on the backburner.
3. Your body is simply not running at its optimum
Excess weight is placing strain on all your organs. They all have to work extra hard to do their work. This is naturally going to affect every organ that directly and indirectly relates to Endometriosis. The funny thing is, we seldom associate Endometriosis with our digestion, our kidneys, our lymphatic system and our heart. It is all related and every strain you place on your body will affect it overall.
To heal your body you need to get it working properly. All of it and not just the Endometriosis part. That means giving it the very best chance of healing itself.
I know weight loss is hard and so much of it is tied to our emotional bond we hold with food. I used to replace my feelings of inadequacy and not feeling valued with lots and lots of chocolate, ice cream and alcohol! Food is so related to our emotions and Endo, being such an emotional condition, makes us want more food… it all makes us literally go around in circles. Feel crap because of endo, eat some food, feel better, get fatter, feel worse with Endo pain, eat more food, feel better, get fatter, feel worse… you get the picture.
Thing is, you need to get off the merry-go-round! It doesn’t stop calling you until you make the decision that you need to do something for your health, each and every day. Make the right decision with what you put in your mouth, each time you do it. That power is within you. You can take steps and do something positive and constructive towards improving your Endometriosis through that choice, every day, with every meal. Realizing how powerful that is makes you feel more in control and that you are on your personal road to recovery! Giving in to sugar, meat or whatever your personal temptations may be actually makes you feel worse, not just physically but mentally. You lose focus, lose control of your goal to get better. I don’t want you to take this as a thing to make you feel guilty, not at all. Guilt will just make you eat more bad foods. I know because I did that too! What I want you to see is the power that you hold in the decisions you make to heal yourself with what you eat! It is the one thing you can have control over. There is no control over when Endo may strike or how it reacts. This is often out of our control but what you eat is! Grab it and feel it and you will feel so much better, just knowing that there is something you can do, easily and every day!
So, I guess your next question is going to be, well okay Mel, so where do I start? What should I do to lose weight?
Here are 4 steps to easy weight loss that hopefully you haven’t heard of:
1. Replace the oils. Throw out all the vegetable oils and refined, overprocessed stuff in your cupboard. Get onto organic coconut oil. It works wonders and is also a natural anti-inflammatory. You can get deodorized coconut oil, so if you are cooking something where you don’t want the coconut flavor, there is another option. Extra virgin olive oil is also good but coconut oil is better to help you lose weight.
2. Consume more water. Water flushes out excess weight and toxins. The highest volume is in raw fruits and vegetables. Eat heaps of them, first thing in the morning until midday and you will flush out everything! You can eat as many raw fruits and vegetables as you like, no restrictions. Naturally, drinking heaps of water is a given!
3. Cut out gluten. I could list all the things here that we should ideally cut out with Endo but for rapid weight loss, I would have to say that gluten was my biggest one! It reduced my bloating, my water retention and my digestion!
4. Eat all day, often but little. We are used to our three meals a day. Try eating every 90 minutes instead. Eat often and never feel hungry. This will level out your metabolism and your glycemic index.
I am not going to go through all the usual weight loss stuff here because I am sure you can find it on plenty of other sites. You know the drill: cut out sugar, fats and do some exercise!
It is a delicate topic—our weight. Thing is, it is not a personal external thing anymore. It is so much bigger than just how you look. It is after all your one and only body, so give yourself the best chance.