So I will admit I am one of the many who have made the New Year's resolution to get healthy for 2013. But I will say that my version of "getting healthy" may differ from many people. I have been diagnosed with endometriosis in November 2012. In short, endometriosis is a female health disorder that occurs when cells from the lining of the uterus grow in other areas of the body. This can lead to serious pains, bloating, irregular periods, & problems getting pregnant. I did tons of my own research after getting tired of hearing my doctor say "So we'll put you on these pills & see." Since endometriosis isn't something that can be "fixed" I have decided to take this new found knowledge from my schooling & see how I can help myself.. the natural way.
I found an amazing & inspiring website called Endometriosis Resolved that has opened my eyes into healing myself.
My version of being healthy consist of eating a certain way that will reduce the pains & symptoms caused by endometriosis. Certain foods can increase negative chemical reactions to the body. Endometriosis gets misdiagnosed often for IBS or stomach issues because of these negative chemical reactions.
The "Endo Therapy Diet" is a controlled nutritional lifestyle change that eliminates the problem food groups that increases these chemical reactions. Some food groups to avoid: wheat, dairy, red meats, all soy, eggs, sugar or caffeine.
Reasons why you should avoid these food groups:
-WHEAT contains physic acid which can aggravate symptoms of endometriosis. Also, wheat contains gluten which women with endometriosis are often found to be sensitive too
-DAIRY causes inflammatory reactions to the body
-RED MEATS promotes negative prostaglandin which causes inflammation
-SOY contains high levels of phytoestrogens which is a chemical that can act like estrogen and phytic acid (read more here http://www.endo-resolved.com/soy.html it's extremely eye opening!)
-EGGS increase digestive issues and constipation especially for people who have IBS (eggs are used as a binder in cooking!)
-SUGAR causes inflammation and produces a more acidic environment for the body (organic honey is ok to use)
-CAFFEINE increases abdominal cramps and increases estrogen levels
After having a laparoscopy (a surgery done to diagnose endometriosis) I was not able to work out for a month. Not being able to workout or run was a huge hurdle in itself since I was training for 12 weeks for a half-marathon right before the surgery! But that's when I found the "Endo Therapy Diet".
I have been really strict on my eating for a month now & I can happily say it's working!! I have physically seen such a difference! It's truly amazing how much food can effect everything - your mind, body & soul.
So now that I am a true believer & plan on making this a lifestyle change, my food intake has become challenging. I am working out again & I would rely on carbs to fuel me during long runs or grueling cardio workouts.
As life goes on, it is easy to find "wheat-free" and "dairy-free" products but they all seem to contain soy!
I will document my journey through food & my new life to hopefully show & helps others that may need to change some things in their diets.
Please comment & leave your suggestions if you have any! I am new to this & my restrictions will be challenging.
Cheers to a great 2013!!