Whole Grains Fiesta

I have stopped consuming white rice for about 3 weeks now. It’s hard at the beginning, I have been eating white rice all of my life. I love the taste, I love to eat warm white rice with fried fish, sambal, raw veggies and basil leaves. It reminds me of my home country 😭 But I gotta do what I gotta do 😑

I tried to buy organic food as much as I can when I can find it and I have money for it, then I’ll buy it. I found a good supplier of organic grains on Taobao.com, the price is not crazy expensive, so it’s a very good deal for me!

For organic food in China, you can tell from the special label that being attached to the packaging.

I replaced my white rice stock with some varieties of grains. I prefer brown rice, black rice, millets, and buckwheat for now.

Organic Brown Rice: RMB22.90(USD3.61)/1.5kg
Organic Black Rice: RMB29.90(USD4.71)/1.5kg
Organic Millets: RMB21.90(USD3.45)/1.5kg
Buckwheat: RMB12.90(USD2.03)/450grams

For brown and black rice, you have to soak it at least 7 hours. Usually, I will soak it in the morning and cook it for dinner.

Cooking brown rice can be challenging for a person who has never cooked it before. The first couple times cooking it was disastrous, I put too much water, it was mushy like a porridge 😆

Tonight, I got it right. I mixed a half cup of brown rice and a half cup of black rice with 2 cups of water. I also add 3 tablespoons of thick coconut milk and a half teaspoon of salt to make it tastier, and tadaaaa… it was perfect!

I had a better luck with cooking millets 😆

For millets, you don’t have to soak it. For 1 cup of millets, you have to add 2 cups of water.

I haven’t try to cook buckwheat yet, I will let you all know when I do 😬

So far, I love my new varieties of grains!😍

Endo Diet Phase 1: Day 2&3

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Day 2

  • Weight: still the same
  • Fluid: water, lemon water
  • Breakfast: banana, carrot+ginger juice
  • Lunch: baked carrot, zucchini, chicken liver and fish — I felt lower abdomen discomfort not long after that. I think it’s the chicken liver (halal, not organic) and fish (leftovers from last night – I ordered from Indian restaurant, I didn’t know what kind of fish it was)
  • Snack: carrot+ginger juice
  • Dinner: baked salmon, carrot, zucchini — no discomfort or pain all night
  • Exercise: yoga

Day 2 was pretty easy, no cravings whatsoever.

Day 3

  • Weight: still the same
  • Fluid: water, lemon water, chamomile+osmanthus tea
  • Fruits: banana
  • Breakfast: — I missed my breakfast >_<
  • Lunch: Grilled zucchini, squash, and arugula
  • Dinner: garlicky spinach and baked cod
  • Snack: lemon filled olives, banana
  • Exercise: yoga, walking

I craved brownies and green tea latte all day. It’s hard when you see your husband eat brownies and you can’t have it >_<

I took a bite of beef patty from my husband’s plate at lunch to see how’s my body react, well… one bite was too little, no reaction! LOL

Thoughts

~ I still feel worried that I eat too much fish (it’s 4 days in a row now!) and causes me more pain on my next period (about a week for now). I usually eat non-plant based food (salmon sushi) once a week only. Again, I have no proper protein source other than meats for now. I guess I can eat bok choy or broccoli, but I will need to eat a bunch of it to keep my current weight!

~ It’s difficult to get organic chicken at a local groceries store. I can order it online from Taobao, but the price is quite expensive and so far I can only buy the whole chicken. I need to search harder…

~ The book‘s diet plan sample mentioned having bone marrow broth as a snack. I went to the biggest groceries store in Nanjing to buy cow’s bone marrow, it has it but in the packaging didn’t say that it’s from an organic farm or a grass-fed cow. So, I didn’t buy it. I’m still thinking what snack options I can get.

Adeno/Endo Diet: One Year Assessment

It has been a year since I decided to eat clean as part of my efforts healing from Adenomyosis. I keep records of my food intakes but never really make assessments whether I follow Endo Diet properly.

Couple days ago I had a chat with my doctor regarding my current condition. My pain has been lessened (which is great!), but she seemed concerned about my diet. She keeps telling me “Please take care of your diet”. She said that because she knows how awful my diet these last few months. So I decided to check whether I was that bad 🙄

I tracked back my diet from Dec 2016 to Dec 2017. The assessment based on these criteria:

NO” Food: food that I shouldn’t eat, such as non-organic meats and eggs, dairy, soy products, sugary food, fried food, food that contains gluten (wheat, barley, bulgur, mir, rye, seitan), processed food, bad oils, spicy food, and coffee.

” ” Food: non-plants food that gives me no harms, such as organic eggs and salmons.

The last one year, I always thought that consuming whole-wheat products won’t give my body any bad effects because my doctor told me I can eat whole-wheat product in moderation. But finally, in my last period,  I noticed how bloated I was after I ate a whole-wheat bread. I decided to try to eliminate wheat from my diet completely.

In this assessment, I included wheat as part of my NO food. And to be honest, I feel disappointed with my assessment results😞 You will understand why after you see these pictures…

Dec 2016 As you can see, lots of NO-NOs there which relate to lots of pains 😓 What I’ve done? Why did I torture my self? 😭

I’m trying to do better this month…

Every day is a battle for me… but as I said, I might be crawling, but I will keep going!

Ellie ~ Adeno Warrior

 

First Update in 2018

Yes, it’s January 16, 2018. It’s a very late new year greetings! 😆

I haven’t posted anything here for more than a month. I was busy failing on my Endo diet and trying to get back on track over and over again! 😅

2018 gives me a new kind of stress in my head. My husband and I are planning to move to his home country this year. We are busy preparing my immigrant visa application and making some scenarios of what ifs. What if I couldn’t get my visa this summer while my husband already told his boss he would not continue his work contract? What if after we moved back to his home country we couldn’t get a job? In my head was, what if after I migrated there my condition not getting better and I couldn’t work? The living cost there is much higher than China’s and if my husband is the only one who works, our life will be more difficult than in China. I wouldn’t have health insurance and the gynecologist cost would be ridiculously expensive. God, I need to take a deep long breath…

Okay, enough with an unnecessary stress that I have just created. New update, my Ayurvedic doctor prescribed me with a new Ayurvedic medicine at the end of December. She also told me to take Serratiopeptidase enzymes – it’s supposed to help to relief my pain naturally because it’s coming from silkworms enzyme (We will talk about it later in a different post) and she told me to take diclofenac to replace ibuprofen (It works much better than ibuprofen for me, but I have to take it with pantoprazole so it won’t irritate my stomach lining). So far my pain is lessened but the duration of the bleeding is lengthened although the bleeding volume is less. This is my second-month taking Serratiopeptidase, I think my body is still adapting. I read that we can see the result of taking Serratiopeptidase after 3 months so we will see!

That’s all for now, I will try to post another update this week.

Ciao!