When I first read about the Endometriosis Diet, I honestly thought someone was mad! There was no way I could ever stick to that kind of thing! No bread! No cheese! No ice-cream! No chocolate! What was the point of living? If I couldn’t have all of these things, then my life was really becoming depressing and besides… endo is bad enough, I should be able to treat myself with these things! Not fair (whiny baby voice)
It is now almost one year of being on the Endo Diet. I have had moments of weakening to certain foods but overall I have done it—have followed the Endo Diet! As much as I hated not being able to gorge on pizza or chocolate cake, I have to admit there are some positives, which perhaps we don’t realize we get with sticking to it:
1. We feel better!
I know this is kinda obvious but isn’t life all about feeling good? I know when I ate all those foods, I just felt lousy. This meant, I just didn’t feel like doing anything. I was always tired and moody and really… not much fun to be around! When we have energy, everything in life becomes so much easier. We have more energy to be creative, to try new things, to pick ourselves up when bad stuff happens… we just cope better with life.
2. We can actually do more!
I know sometimes we think our lives are being restricted with the Endo Diet but the truth is, we are being freed! We are free to run and play and not get tired! We can go cycling or take up kickboxing or anything we like… our bodies no longer restrict us! This is massive! Is sitting on the couch watching movies really that much fun? Wouldn’t you like to try more adventurous things? With an energized body you can do so much more!
3. Our outlook on life changes
For me, the most amazing stuff happens now! I have a much better outlook on life in general. Things are possible and doable. They certainly weren’t when I was wondering how my pain levels were going to be, or how making a certain decision might affect my endo.
4. There are better choices out there!
It is funny but often when women start on the Endo Diet, they think of all the foods they now have to cut out! Why not focus on all the new foods you can explore and try instead? There is a world of amazing foods that have incredible healing qualities. Explore them, taste them and experiment with ideas! There are so many new recipe blog popping up every week. Find them, follow them and try something different.
I know it is hard to start. I found it hard too… but if you do, all these amazing things will happen to you too!
Let me know what you are struggling with and perhaps I can help.