Endometriosis is a condition where the lining of the womb starts to grow in other places, such as the ovaries or fallopian tubes. This can result in heavy and painful periods, pelvic pain, pain during or after intercourse, pain pooing or urinating during your period, nausea, vomiting and bowel irregularities again, during your period, and problems conceiving.
Both of these conditions can severely affect your day to day health, along with your mental and emotional wellbeing. This can lead to emotional eating, and craving foods that can aggravate your health even more (think of the need to have a packet of crisps or a chocolate snack).
If you are aware of what is happening in your body, it is quite empowering. It means you know the game the unhealthy part of your body is playing, and it means you can work hard to have strategies in place to avoid the trap, and grab something that will lift you up and make your days (and monthly cycle) brighter.
So here is my quick guide to altering your diet to make it easier to eat to feel healthier, and start to turn your monthly cycle round. To minimise the bloating, and make your periods more comfortable, and your mood brighter.
When you make these adjustments, it can be hard, there may be a die off period, this is where you may feel a little worse and feel a chocolate bar (for example) will make you feel better. You are right, short term it will make you feel better, but you are looking long term, you are wanting to be the change and to break the habit and the effects the wrong diet has on your personal circumstances.
Next month we will explore a simple suggested diet plan that may help you bring about the change you want, in the mean time, please start tweaking your diet, and bring in some changes, however small, as a step in the direction you want to start traveling.
General Dietary Advice for Polycystic Ovaries and Endometriosis
Please Avoid (or at least heavily reduce so it is minimal in your diet):
Sugar /sugary foods (this includes artificial sweeteners and high fructose corn syrup)
Coffee (it inhibits the absorption of minerals to the body)
Refined, processed carbohydrates
Mercury Fish (shark, tuna, swordfish)
Trans fats and processed oils
Please Eat Plenty of:
Lean Protein - Key ingredient to your diet
Fresh Non Starchy Vegetables - Key ingredient to your diet
Whole foods (sprouted pulses , brown rice, quinoa, millet, fruits, pulses, vegetables, seaweed, seeds, nuts)
Beta-carotene rich foods (pumpkin, squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, apricots)
Oily fish - such as salmon. Or if you are vegetarian how about raw shelled hemp seeds, sprouted and milled flaxseed and nuts
Foods that help to build the liver (such as cherries, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, apples.
Pineapple (as it is an anti-inflammatory)
Lots of berries for the vitamin C
Lots of zinc rich foods. Fish, kelp, pumpkin seeds, peas, chicken. Using ginger in your cooking helps the uptake of the zincs.
Magnesium rich foods - these are really important. Dark leafy greens, parsley, prunes, figs, dates, , lemons, watercress, seeds, apples, alfalfa, wheat germ, seaweed, dandelion greens, brazil nuts, millet, cashews, avocado, celery, oatmeal, lentils, brown rice and spinach
It is really good if you can have a high raw food diet. Take a look at www.dawnwaterhouse.co.uk if you would like some help finding your way with this.
Other things to consider
The chemicals used in dry cleaning your clothes can aggravate your condition - try to purchase clothes that can be washed.
Give yourself regular abdominal massage to stimulate the lymphatic system. Lavender oil is useful for this (use up to 5 drops in grape seed or another light base oil.
Have plenty of good bacteria!
Herbs and Supplements
Homeopathy along with a range of herbs and supplement help with this condition. Please contact Dawn for a consultation to discuss your individual needs.
In simple terms, try to switch to a natural whole food diet, eating plenty of fresh raw fruits and vegetables and including plenty of seeds. Make sure you take enough water during the day.
If you would like some support with meal planning, please take a look at this blog post, which has suggested meal plans.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.