When I first started on the Endometriosis Diet, I was convinced it was like going on the diet from hell! I mean… really? You want me to cut out every food group that I currently eat and that includes sugar! Are you mad? What is the point of living if I can’t have bread and cheese and sugar?
However, my pain got worse and worse and the only answer I could find that would make a difference was my diet. And so, 3 Years ago, I changed it. I admit, I wasn’t as fierce about it as many of the Endo ladies I have met. They take all their perfectionist qualities and stream it, straight into their diet. Which is fantastic! I took ages to just change one food group. Dairy was my first and trust me, this was hard! My partner had bought me an ice-cream machine for Christmas the year before and we were living in a rainforest with humidity of over 90%. Ice-cream was the best thing! But my digestion was bad and my permanently congested nose told me to cut it out. So I did.
I gradually cut out sugar, although it is my biggest weakness and have had a number of relapses on that one! I then cut out meat—for a while at least, until my body could successfully digest it again. And finally, I cut out gluten. That was the one I never wanted to face but eventually I had little choice.
My regular, out-of-the-blue pain went away. It didn’t happen overnight but it did happen and now, I hardly experience pain at all.
Now, what is interesting about this journey is that I have had to change what I eat or I would’ve eaten nothing at all! I was eating a diet made up of these common foods: toast, peanut butter, jam, sandwiches, muffins, banana bread, maybe an apple or two, pancakes, pasta, potatoes, meat, ice-cream and cheese. Hey, it is what most people eat every day!
Eventually, I realized what was working. It wasn’t replacing my current foods with gluten-free versions or finding something that was imitating something I was eating in the past. No! It was replacing my foods with nutrient-dense alternatives. I mean foods that actually contain REAL nutrition!
I sought it out. I hunted it down. I found out the difference between what I was eating and why I was feeling lousy and figured out what would fill me up and provide my body with real nutrition. I found foods that lift me up. Foods that provide energy and most importantly REAL HEALING. I found foods that provide me with more of what I need and what my body is really craving.
We are brought up in a society which has directed us to think of our diets as “normal”. Most of the population of the world don’t consume dairy products. Most of the population don’t consume huge amounts of packaged foods. We are actually quite “strange” compared to most cultures. The reality is, our foods are not good for our bodies. It is obvious to see that when we look at the increased number of cancer patients, heart disease patients and fertility issues in women. As the saying goes, “You are what you eat.” It all comes down to what we eat and the nutrition we provide for our bodies.
So, I know it is hard in the beginning. I know it means standing out and being different from those around you but consider this as an amazing journey to discover what foods really provide nourishment for your body. Count yourself lucky to have Endometriosis, a condition which gives you an instant pain monitor on what is working and what is not! Consider yourself a leader, a revolutionary who is making changes before the rest of your friends and family cotton onto it all.
See, once you start this journey and you focus on real nourishment, you will feel better. It is just inevitable. Your body wants real nutrition! You will crave the good foods and you simply won’t desire those “normal” foods again. They just won’t appeal to you anymore as you will know that there are much better options for your body and your health.
So, perhaps your body will become stronger and you will be able to digest wheat and other foods—I know meat is one I can now successfully digest and absorb, which I couldn’t in the past. The question will come though: do you really want to go back, when you now feel so good?