April 2018 Update

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Welcome Back, Pain!

I will have my period in few days. I started to have light lower abdomen pain and rectum pain (my greatest enemy!) four days ago, it was day 20 of my cycle. The last time I felt no pain at all was on day 17 of my cycle, so I had only 3 days of pain-free days this month, LOL! Yes, I will just laugh at my ironic life!

Yesterday I had the pain all day. I made 1L of raspberry leaf tea to be drunk all day, it helps to relieve the pain but it didn’t get rid of it completely. In the evening I just remember that I bought a new “weapon” for this battle, it’s called Cramp Bark. As its name indicated, it works to relieve cramps. I read that it works well for menstrual cramps.

I mixed 17 drops of Cramp Bark with 1 cup of warm water and drank it, 30 minutes later the pain started to decrease. I also drank raspberry leaf tea to support the Cramp Bark. Around 10 PM I felt no pain at all. Yay!

This morning I felt no pain at all when I woke up, but I know I will have pain sometimes later today. So I decided to prepare for the worst. I made a liter of tea made of raspberry leaf and Yogi’s Moon Cycle tea and a cup of Cramp Bark tea.

I started to have light lower abdomen pain and rectum pain again in the afternoon, 20 drops of cramp bark seem to work better but it’s only last for 3 hours for me. I’m not sure how will it handle the medium/high pain level, I guess we will know soon! The positive thing about it is, it doesn’t irritate my stomach at all. It’s a very important point for me! My painkillers have been more irritating my stomach lately >_<

Food Sensitivity Test

According to “Endometriosis: A Key to Healing and Fertility Through Nutrition” book by Dian Shepperson Mills, MA, and Michael Vernon Ph.D. HCLD, some people are sensitive to sugar, egg, yeast, wheat/gluten, and dairy. This food might cause bloating, pain, diarrhea, indigestion, sinus and catarrh problem, and subfertility.

For the last couple weeks, I have been doing experiments on my self to test how sensitive is my body to certain food. It was quite painful experiments because every time I found out that my body sensitive to certain food, I had to feel pain >_<

So far I found out that I am sensitive to:

  • sugar: bloating, pain
  • egg (including organic egg): inflammation, pain
  • meats (except a small amount of fish, twice a week is fine): inflammation, pain
  • gluten (yes, all grains that contain gluten): bloating, pain
  • dairy (all dairy products from cows, including organic products): bloating, inflammation, pain.

I haven’t checked about non-cow dairy products and yeast products. I will experiment with goat based dairy after this menstrual cycle but for yeast, I might have just avoided it.

Current Regimens

I started a whole new regimen a month and a half ago. It consists of supplements support, stress management, exercise, diet change, and lifestyle change. It’s mostly based on Dr. Andrew S. Cook, MD, FACOG and Danielle Cook, MS, RD, CDE book, The Endometriosis Health & Diet Program: Get Your Life Back. Let’s talk about it!

Supplements
Adenomyosis & Endometriosis Supplements
Adenomyosis & Endometriosis Supplements

I follow the Sample Endo Supplement Program from Dr. Andrew Cook’s book (page 133) and I added Serrapeptase, Nattokinase, and Spirulina into the mix. The book says that we need to take one supplement at a time and adding a new one every 5 to 7 days to test tolerance. And that’s what I did!

Here’s my daily supplement regimen, the intake timing is based on the best time to take it (I googled it for hours!). When I chose the supplements, I tried to find the one that as natural as possible, with no fillers, additives, coloring, yeast, soy, dairy, gluten, and organic.

As per April 5, 2018 – I haven’t started to take probiotic, vitamin D (currently have 400IU of D-3 in my cod liver oil and 400IU in my multivitamin), and spirulina.

 

Daily schedule:

  • 30 minutes before breakfast: Serrapeptase, Nattokinase, NAC
  • After breakfast: Multivitamin, Omega-3, Pycnogenol, Curcumin, Vitamin D
  • 30 minutes before lunch: Serrapeptase, Nattokinase, Vitex/Chaste Berry
  • After lunch: Magnesium, Milk Thistle/Silymarin, CoQ10
  • 30 minutes before dinner: Serrapeptase, Nattokinase, NAC
  • After dinner: Pycnogenol, Curcumin, Magnesium
  • 2 hours before bed: DIM, Melatonin, Probiotic
Endo Diet

NO: egg, dairy, gluten, sugar, yeast

A little: fish

YES: fruits, veggies, grains (rice, millet, corn, quinoa, buckwheat), healthy fats (olive oil for salad dressing/to be taken cold, coconut oil for cooking, avocado oil for cooking, ghee for cooking but I’m avoiding it for now), beans, pulses.

No more cheats start from April!

FLuids

Aim to drink, on average, half of your body weight (in pounds) of any non-caffeinated beverage (preferably water) in ounces. ie, if you weight 110 pounds (50kg), you should drink at least 55 ounces (1.6L) of fluid daily.

  • Water
  • lemon water
  • Herbal tea: raspberry leaf tea, Yogi Women Moon Cycle
  • Juices
Exercise
  • Yoga
  • Walking
Stress management
  • Deep belly breathing
  • Guided meditation: I listen to it every night before bed, my favorite is Michael Sealey’s channel on Youtube. You can check it here
Sleep

Target: 7-9 hours daily

Pain

It will take at least 3 months for the whole regimen to work. I will give you update later! Please pray for me that all of these regimens will work,  I really don’t want to have surgery to get rid of the endometriomas _/||\_

Easy Buckwheat Masala

Today I finally cooked my buckwheat. I have some Indian spices mix in my kitchen, so I decided to use it for my buckwheat. I used a spice mix for Chana Masala (Chickpeas Masala), it has dried mangoes in it so it tastes a little bit sour. It worked perfectly for my buckwheat, my husband also loved it! I ate it with grilled shiitake mushrooms and stir-fried zucchini and red bell pepper.

Please feel free to try the recipe below!


Buckwheat Masala

Serves: 3-4 servings, Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of buckwheat, clean from any debris and then rinse with cold water
  • 2 cups of mineral water/filtered water
  • 1 teaspoon of Chana Masala spice mix
  • 1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil
  • Salt to taste
Direction:
  1. Put all of the ingredients (buckwheat, water, Chana Masala spice mix, virgin coconut oil,  salt) in the rice cooker’s pot. Stir everything until it mixed well.
  2. Cook the buckwheat with the setting to cook rice (for about 20 minutes)
  3. When the rice is ready, fluff with fork or spoon. Serve warm.

 

Baked Salmon with Carrots, Napa Cabbages, and Cherry Tomatoes

 

Today’s lazy person cooking is Baked Salmon with carrots, napa cabbages, and cherry tomatoes. It will only need about 35 minutes of cooking time, including the preparation. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
  • 100-150 grams of salmon 1 piece of small carrot, cut into bite-size
  • 1/2 piece of small napa cabbage, cut into bite-size
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped (I might use too much garlic because I really like it, you can tone it down to 1 clove)
  • 1 tsp Mrs. Dash Original Seasoning Blend
  • Half lemon 10 grams of chopped parsley
  • 6 pcs of cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
  • Salt to taste
Direction:

  1. Wash salmon under running water, set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celcius (320 Fahrenheit).
  3. Rub the salmon with half portion of the garlic, Mrs’ Dash blend, parsley and salt to taste
  4. Put some of the napa cabbage at the bottom the glass baking dish. Put the salmon on top of it.
  5. Put the carrot, napa cabbage, and the rest of the parsley surrounding the salmon. Drizzle salt, Mrs. Dash blend, and garlic on top of the carrot and napa cabbage. Squeeze the half lemon and drizzle on top of the salmon and the veggies.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes.
  7. After 25 minutes take it out from the oven, add cherry tomatoes. Serve warm.

 

 

 

 

Coconut Milk Rice Porridge for Gastritis

I’m having gastritis… again…

These last 3 days I felt nauseous because of my period pain. I only ate a little food but I took the same amount of supplements and I took painkillers for about 2-3 pills per day. It might be a bit too much for my stomach. I felt burning sensation every time I eat any food. Extra Virgin Olive Oil helped to ease the stomach irritation but I know I need to help the healing process faster by eating a soft and bland food.

I wanted to eat a different kind of porridge than what I usually make. Something that tastes more Indonesian, something that just likes “Bubur Merah Putih” or Red White Porridge (It’s practically a sweet coconut milk and white rice porridge, the sweetness is from coconut sugar).

The first step was, I need to make sure the ingredients won’t irritate my stomach furthermore.

Coconut Milk

According to gastritis.club, coconut milk has an approximate PH of 6.55, it means it is not very acidic and close to neutral. So, it should be safe for people with gastritis or acid reflux symptoms. It also contains fiber that according to livestrong.com, it might improve gastritis.

Black|White Rice

According to gastritis.club, white rice has an approximate PH of 6.35, so it’s safe! I can’t find the PH level of black rice in this site, but I assume it’s about the same 😀 Rice is a source of fiber, so we are good!

Pandan Leaves

Pandan leaves is very common to use in South Asian cooking. In Indonesia, we use it as ingredients for porridges, desserts, soups, and many other cooking recipes and also as a natural food coloring. This leave is very fragrant, that’s why we use it a lot on dessert recipes.

I can’t find information that relates pandan leaves to gastritis, but I found information about the health benefits of this leave, from lowering blood pressure, helps in controlling blood sugar, pains and cramps reliever (Whatttt??? How could I don’t know about it?!), natural mosquito&roaches repellant, rich in nourishing essential oils (glycosides, alkaloids, traces of tannin and isoprene esters), help with gout problem, anti-carcinogenic properties, used for skin and hair health, and boost our appetite (source). Well, sounds good enough for me!

Salt

Salt is included in a list of food to avoid in gastritis, so I will only use a little to taste.

All ingredients sound okay for gastritis, so I made my first trial of this porridge this morning and it turned out good. My stomach didn’t feel irritated after I ate it, yay!

Please leave a comment in the comment section below and let me know, how do you like this recipe and whether it’s irritating your stomach or not. I hope y’all like it!


Coconut Milk – Black&White Rice Porridge

Coconut Milk - Black&White Rice Porridge
Coconut Milk – Black&White Rice Porridge

Serves: 2 – Cooking time: 7.5 hours

Ingredients
1/4 cup of black rice
1/4 cup of white rice
1 cup of thick coconut milk
3 cups of mineral water
1 piece of pandan leave
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
Directions
  1. Clean the rice from possible debris/rocks. Soak the black and white rice in a good water (mineral water) for 7 hours (or overnight)
  2. After 7 hours, rinse the rice and then set aside
  3. In a medium pot. Heat 3 cups of water over a medium-high heat, when it’s boiling add the black&white rice, bring to boil for about 15 minutes.
  4. After 15 minutes, stir the water rice mixtures, add the pandan leaves, coconut milk, and sea salt. Let it boil for about 10 minutes.
  5. After 10 minutes, the mixture should appear thicker and porridge-like. Keep stirring for about 5 minutes. Make sure there is no burnt rice on the bottom of the pot.
  6. Turn of the heat, take out the pandan leaves, serve warm.