The first step to reduce your Endometriosis pain is to acknowledge the importance of what foods you eat. Your doctor might not even have mentioned your diet and perhaps you figured to change it can’t possibly make that much of a difference but… it is MASSIVE. Think about it this way: what you put into your body is what you will get out of it.
All your energy, everything you need to get better, comes from the energy source you have in the food you eat. If the quality of the food you eat is poor and has a low nutritional benefit, you are not helping your body get the best source of energy. It is this energy that we need to consume to feel positive and get through each and every day. If the food you eat saps your energy and gives your body more work to do, then that is counter-acting your energy levels and how you feel.
So, okay I get it – food is important but what should I eat and what should I avoid? What are the 3 dietary changes I need to make?
1. First dietary change: Increase foods that flush out toxins and help healing
The purest foods provide the best source of energy and will also clear out the excess toxins in our bodies, which contribute to Endometriosis getting worse. What are pure foods? The best ones are the ones that grow in the ground or on a tree. Nothing that comes out of a packet. In other words: fruits and vegetables. Aim to eat heaps of them from breakfast until midday.
I know it is a little strange eating vegetables for breakfast but you can get used to it. This is the time the body flushes out toxins, so it is the best time to eat them. Incorporate as many as you can into each and every day. Have a fruit, a vegetable or two every 3hrs in the day.
Fruits and vegetables are also genius! They contain every mineral, vitamin and element the body needs. They suck out all the good stuff from the soil and give them to us, in their most absorbable form. Try and get them organic but if you can’t, just get what you can and eat heaps of them.
2. Second dietary change: Get some Superfoods into your diet
Superfoods are simply foods that contain more of the ingredients fruit and vegetables we usually have access to. Many of them are organically grown but most importantly they contain heaps of everything good for our bodies. Spirulina, Aloe Vera, Maca Root Powder, quinoa and bee pollen are all fantastic superfoods which provide you with more protein, more vitamins, more of all the good stuff.
Don’t be scared of any of these. They are foods. Grown in the ground. The reason they come in capsule form is simply to make them more easy to take or they are from places around the world, which we may not be able to grow where we are. They provide you with more energy to get through the day. If you can get all of them, fantastic! If not, choose one and take that.
Also, remember it is not crucial to take these every single day – much like food. We want a variety and we don’t necessarily want to eat too much of any one thing.
3. Third dietary change: Avoid inflammatory foods and drinks in your diet
I know you are not going to like this one, as this is where I tell you the foods you should avoid. Initially, when I read this list, I simply thought, “Oh, no way! My endo isn’t that bad! I will carry on without taking these out.”
What we need to recognise is that every single one of these foods creates a reaction in the body which not only inhibits our body but they actually PRODUCE an inflammatory reaction by the body. This means they make things worse. Not even keep things as the status quo but worse!
So, without further ado… here are the ones you need to avoid:
– Gluten (found in any wheat-based products, sauces and breads – check labels)
– Over-processed and refined oils
I know this is a scary list for some of you but once you get used to them, they actually aren’t that bad. You can replace dairy with goat’s cheese or use almond or rice milk. Replace meat with fish. Replace sugar with Stevia (actually an anti-inflammatory) and replace bread with salads, vegetables, beans and pure grains (quinoa, buckwheat and chia seeds). Use coconut oil or cold-pressed Virgin Olive Oil instead of other oils which are over-processed and rancid. Coconut oil is also naturally anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.
If you are new to all of this, please don’t attempt to change all of these products in one go. You will find it very hard! Take one and change that one for the first month and then gradually change the others. It will be much easier. Also, leave the gluten one for last as that is the hardest one.
I must admit, it took me ages to cut out gluten and I only recently made the switch. It has taken me 35 years to realise the importance of cutting it out. Though I had tried before, I had never understood its value. Now, after sticking with gluten-free for over 5 months, I wouldn’t even consider going back. My stomach is flat and I have no more bloating from digestive issues. I must admit this one made the biggest difference for me. It is the hardest change to adjust to but in my opinion it is really important.
I never thought my diet made that much of a difference. I never understood why I would have completely pain-free days for ages and then suddenly, out of the blue I would have a day of hell. It was only once I recorded everything I ate that I realised the importance of what I put in my mouth.
One of the biggest symptoms I suffered from for years was nausea. Bad nausea, especially before my period. Well, I can tell you what caused nausea for me: sugar and heavy fats. I believe nausea is the way our bodies are telling us that it doesn’t want what we are feeding it. It is an instant thing of saying: get this out of me! Now, because I craved chocolate before my period, I would eat two slabs before my period – reality is…. they are loaded with sugar and fat. If you suffer from nausea, try anything green. Just eat a cucumber or some parsley and you will be amazed at how easily the nausea goes away!
Eating for your health makes sense and this change is actually really easy when you understand how important it is and how much of a difference it can make! Let me know if you have any questions on foods you are not sure about.