As I posted last month in this post I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out what to do nutritionally for Endo. I have continued to read medical journals, holistic information, and as much "been there done that" info as I can.
Two weeks ago I was again laid up because of the Endo. The great thing about it though? I was only down for 1 day, that's it! I took pain killer that one day but after that nothing was needed. The pain was still there but it was much more tolerable. Even the kids mentioned how much better I was this time around.
So what have I done differently between January and February? Vegetables. TONS of them. With every single lunch and dinner I would pile on a plateful of salad, double up on carrot sticks, eat and apple and a half instead of just one (yes I know that example is a fruit), etc. I ditched all dairy except an occasional piece of dye free cheese and Greek yogurt. I stopped eating lunch meats completely and cut any meat portions in half with the exception of Salmon. I made sure that every single morning started with a protein/fiber filled breakfast. Fiber is essential, even more than normally recommended! (Even if you think you don't need more, you do!)
Now I am a vegetable lover and even at my lowest point of vegetable interest I still eat a lot more than the SAD (standard American diet). I think it is important to make vegetables the key point in all meals. Stuff an omelet with mushrooms, spinach, peppers and onions. Eat a loaded veggie sandwich for lunch with vegetable sticks and a V-8 and then dine on a veggie taco instead of a shredded beef burrito.
Next step in healing endo? I am adding chiropractic care this month and exercise. Chiropractic care? Yup. I injured my back this last week and after 2 sessions symptoms like bloating disappeared. Was it circumstantial? Could have been but if it is going to help then I am going to do it! The back injury was partly caused by poor ab muscles. This month is ab month at my house! For the next 4 weeks I am going to be working on exercising every single day, twice a day. In the morning will be a cardio workout to burn extra fat (which causes estrogen levels to rise) and night will be a Pilates stretch routine that will help keep muscles flexible and limber. Exercising releases endorphins with act as natural pain killers, the more you exercise (within reason obviously) the happier you are and theoretically the less pain you should feel. How that will equate with Endo I am not sure.
So until next month you know my plan. I will post again in about 5 weeks and share with you any changes/ideas that have happened. For those of you who have found your way to my blog because you are looking for nutritional healing please let a comment or become a follower. The more information we can share regarding Endo and healing the better off we all will be.
Here's to a pain free week and lots of veggie love! :)