Eating a “healthy diet” will certainly help you feel a little better with your Endometriosis. The thing is that “a little better” is often not good enough to really allow us to stick to any “diet”. Endometriosis is unique in the requirements it has to make you feel better. What is often marketed as a “healthy diet” is just not enough for us endo ladies.
Here are the key things you will find in the Endometriosis diet that make it distinctive and so much better than the basic healthy diet!
1. No Dairy
Often we are told that we need to consume more dairy. We are told we need to get calcium and the best source is milk. It is funny because milk actually contains quite a low quantity of calcium and it is difficult for our bodies to absorb!
The problem with milk is that it is inflammatory in our bodies. Milk is often over-processed and all that homogenizing destroys so much of its goodness. Dairy is also acidic to the body.
When trying to heal any disease within the body, we really want to reduce acidity as much as possible. An alkaline body is a healthy body!
2. No dietary products
Those low sugar diet products are often loaded with flavorants and ingredients which are toxic to our bodies. As endo ladies, we struggle to process toxins and many have been directly linked to Endometriosis.
Unfortunately, these type of products are far from healthy and will certainly not help your healing with Endometriosis.
3. No processed oils
When we think “healthy diet”, we think of salads and this means salad dressing! Unfortunately, many of the salad dressings contain highly processed oils. These oils are just so bad for us Endo ladies. Our bodies break them down and they land up as a toxin for our liver to process. They also change the cell structures in our bodies, which is never good when we are trying to heal the body!
4. No soy products
Soy has been marketed as this “wonder healthy milk”, a “better alternative to milk”. Unfortunately, there is continuous evidence of the negative effects of soy products. Not only does it alter our hormone balance but the beans used to create the soy milk are often from genetically modified sources. Read more about Soy here.
5. Cutting out gluten and grains
Gluten is in heaps of foods and can cause inflammation, headaches, digestive issues, poor nutritional absorption and heaps more! Both gluten and grains (even those without gluten in them) are acidic for our bodies. Check out my video about Endometriosis and Gluten.
Gluten has been directly linked to infertility and many of the symptoms experienced with Endometriosis.
I know it seems that “eating healthy” should be simple and easy but it seems that what we have been “sold” is not always the best for our bodies. The best thing to do is to stick to a more raw food diet, from organic sources. This way, you are getting easy-to-digest, highly nutritious foods, which will give your body great healing properties.
If you are stuck with how to start eating the Endometriosis diet, why not check out my book: Eat Endo Happy and see how delicious and easy it can be.