Okay, so I haven’t had any more really interesting stories to come out of my meal preparations for my endo diet, which is why I have been silent for some time. But I have been eating at least one meal from the book on a daily basis and am now proudly incorporating some of the ingredients into my own concoctions. I am now understanding how some of the ingredients work to reduce the amount of inflammation that occurs in my body as a result of the endometriosis that has plagued me for so long. Last month was a huge milestone in terms of the pain that usually keeps me bedridden. Besides the slight discomfort that I continually experience, I was fine! The bloating that was a regular nuisance was not even an issue; I was able to stand up straight when I walked; and I wasn’t bedridden! I was so excited!! There was finally hope!! But it wasn’t just the food that I changed that aided in this milestone. It was also my relationship with food as well as all the other things I feed my mouth.
FOOD: As mentioned earlier, I continue to incorporate at least one endo meal in my daily diet and add some key ingredients in my other meals. But I have to admit that I have been slacking. There are some meals that Dan is not so fond of so I try not to make them as often. Sometimes I feel like I don’t want to burden him with my endo mission, especially if the food does not agree with him. My sister has suggested that perhaps he and I cook our own meals for a month so that I can focus completely on the endo diet book that I am following. That’s not a bad idea–why have I not approached him with this idea yet? 🤪
DRINK: I’m not a heavy drinker but I do enjoy an occasional shot of Café Patron or Goldschlager (or Anisette or Amaretto or Blackberry Brandy 🤩) while I prepare my dinner. But all of these liqueurs are very sweet and therefore work against what I’m trying to do for myself. According to endometriosisnews.com, “[s]ugar causes the body to release more of an inflammatory chemical called prostaglandin 2 and actually blocks the anti-inflammatory ones! Inflammation, especially chronic inflammation, causes heightened pain, which is, of course, something we want to reduce.” So while I’ve been eating more foods with anti-inflammatory ingredients, the sugar that I have been inhaling from my drinks and snacks and candy have been cancelling it out! In the last few weeks, I have cut down on my alcohol intake, so, as an experiment, I have decided to make April my dry month! I guess I should cut down on my snacking too… 😕
SNACKS. Though I know my snacks should involve food with natural sugar like fruits, there’s something inside of me that refuses to come to terms with that! I buy fruit only to have it spoil in the fridge. And it’s not like I have anything against fruit. I love apples and pears. Why not consume those as snacks? I only have bananas if they are in my morning shake; and I’ll only include blueberries if there are no more bananas. But if someone offered me a blueberry pie or banana flavored pudding or strawberry candy, I’d have it in a second! I can’t get enough of sugar! However, I am glad to report that for the last few weeks, I have consumed less sugar than I do on any given occasion. I am very aware of my addiction and I’m trying ever so slowly to keep my desires at bay when I am faced with the candy section at the pharmacy or supermarket. 😶
VITAMINS and MINERALS: I did a quick search for what kinds of vitamins and minerals I should be taking as someone who suffers with endometriosis. In my research, I found that primrose oil and magnesium should help block inflammation and endometriosis pain respectively. I have been taking those daily for about a month now. Turmeric should also help with inflammation; while I have it in powdered form in my cabinet, I will also be purchasing it in pill form. If I am not getting enough of the anti-inflammatory ingredients from my food, then it is up to me to invest in supplements that will help with my condition.
EXERCISE: Many years ago, I came to understand how important daily exercise is for the body. It’s the reason why I was able to survive so many months with an undetected collapsed lung. While I continue to exercise daily, these days I’ve added something extra to my morning routine. I have the privilege of spending quality time every morning for about 20 to 25 minutes with my puppy Roxie. These are short walks but yes, I do consider that time every morning to be a part of my daily exercise routine. And when Dan can’t, I walk her at various times during the day and evening. But is my routine really enough? Perhaps I should start looking into exercises that are targeted specifically to women who are suffering with endometriosis. Is there such a thing? I’ll let you know in about a month…
So there you have it. My first milestone has lead me to rethink everything that I need to do to continue to feel better. I’ve never had to think so much about my food intake before and for that, I suppose I have been privileged. But this new approach to my health is a little daunting but also rewarding. I’ll definitely keep you posted with how I am doing in the coming weeks. Stay tuned! More milestones to come! 🙃