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I decided to follow Endometriosis diet and lifestyle changes that mentioned on Dr. Andrew S. Cook’s book, The Endometriosis Health and Diet Program: Get Your Life Back. I wrote a short review about it here.
The first phase of this endo diet called The Repair Phase. The main goal of this phase is to begin the process of rebalancing gut microbiota, heal our gastrointestinal tract, lower inflammation, stabilize blood sugar, strengthen and rebalance our immune system, reduce toxins from our diet and encourage gentle detoxification. Sounds a good plan right? The catch is… this phase is the strictest phase! NO legumes, grains, and dairy (except for ghee) and LIMIT fruit to 1-2 servings per day. We can only eat several types of fruits, vegetables, organic meats (wild caught fish), certain fats/oils, one kind of sweeteners and flavorings, and several kinds of fluids. For herbs and spices, we can eat all except onion, onion powder, and garlic powder. The list of allowable foods for this phase you can check on page 138.
Before I started the Endo Diet, I did 3 days detox diet. It was not mentioned in the book, I initiated it myself.
Day 1: I only consume 2.5L of carrot+lemon+orange+ginger+celery juice and spincah+apple+ginger+orange juice. It was plenty of juices, I didn’t feel fatigue at all.
Day 2: I consumed 1.5L of pineapple+orange+ginger juice and stir-fried garlic spinach (160gr) for dinner. I walked a lot that day, I felt hungry after that.
Day 3: I consumed 2L of carrot+lemon+orange+ginger+celery juice and baked cod fish with zucchini and carrot (I use ghee in the baking process). I felt a slight discomfort an hour later, I’m not sure whether my body sensitive to the ghee (dairy) or the codfish.
Endo Diet Phase 1: Day 1
This Endo Diet should include about 14 kinds of supplements. I had to order most of it from iHerb USA (iHerb gives the cheapest price I could find so far!), it will be here two weeks from now. So, for now, I only take supplements that I have:
Cod Liver Oil (Omega-3 fatty acids: EPA&DHA, stress support): modulate the effects of stress on the body, pain reduction.
5% off for your first order: https://www.iherb.com/pr/Now-Foods-Cod-Liver-Oil-1-000-mg-180-Softgels/53978?rcode=ZAC6777
Turmeric Ginger Capsule by Organic India (anti-inflammatory, inflammation support): antioxidant, improves liver detoxification, anti-inflammatory.
5% off for your first order on iHerb: https://www.iherb.com/pr/Organic-India-Turmeric-Formula-Joint-Mobility-Support-90-Veggie-Caps/33645?rcode=ZAC6777
Multivitamin (methylation support): Methylation is a biochemical process that turns genes on and off, repairs DNA, plays an integral role in detoxification, recycles important molecules in detoxification, balances neurotransmitters (mood stabilization), strengthens the immune system, modulates inflammation.
5% off for your first order on iHerb: https://www.iherb.com/pr/Now-Foods-Special-Two-Multi-Vitamin-180-Tablets/789?rcode=ZAC6777
These 2 supplements below are not mentioned in the book, I’ve been taking Serrapeptase for 3 months (1×3 daily) and Nattokinase (1×3 daily) for about 1 month. I can feel that these enzymes help to relieve the menstrual pain. Before I take these two enzymes, my highest level of pain was 7/10 (Oct 2017) and 8/10 (Nov 2017), last month (Jan 2018) it’s down to 4/10. These combos also reduced the volume of my bleeding. For me, it’s an amazing progress!
Serrapeptase / Serratiopeptidase (dissolving non-living tissue, blood clots, cysts, arterial plaque, and inflammation). Check these links for more information: link1, link2
Serrapeptase is proteolytic (protein digesting), it is not recommended that they are taken with food, as they can digest the food and become weakened before they reach the bloodstream. Therefore, if you experience any stomach discomfort try adding the enzymes to applesauce or another low protein medium to coat the stomach. – Serrapeptase.org
I’m one of those people who have sensitive stomach, after realized I can’t take Serrapeptase on empty stomach, I take it with fresh fruit juice or apple.
5% off of your first order on iHerb: https://www.iherb.com/pr/Doctor-s-Best-Serrapeptase-270-Veggie-Caps/12714?rcode=ZAC6777
Nattokinase (decreases the ability of blood to clot, pain relief): for more information check this link
5% off for your first order on iHerb: https://www.iherb.com/pr/Healthy-Origins-Nattokinase-2-000-FU-s-100-mg-60-Vcaps/40589?rcode=ZAC6777
Back to Endo Diet Day 1 Review:
- I lost about 2 kilos in 4 days (3 days detox + 1 day Endo diet), it’s hard not to lose weight when you stop eating carbs >_< I need to be careful, I’m underweight, I can’t lose too much weight.
- Blueberry banana smoothies for breakfast
- Garlic spinach and Indonesian style chicken liver for lunch. I felt a little discomfort after I ate it, I think my body doesn’t like chicken liver too much.
- Indian style Fish Tikka and carrot + cucumber salad for dinner. After about an hour, I felt bloating and slight right lower abdomen discomfort.
- Yogi Roasted Dandelion Spice Detox herbal tea – one of my favorite teas! You can get it here
- I think I didn’t drink enough water
- I didn’t do yoga or walking yesterday, I should do it every day as a part of lifestyle changes >_<
- Short time deep breathing exercise in the morning
- Listened to sleep hypnosis by Michael Sealey to fall asleep faster – it always works!
This diet allowed me to eat organic meat (no hormones, free-range, humanely treated animals) but my concern is I haven’t eaten chicken for a quite long time, I’m afraid that my body not used to it or my body is sensitive to it and it will cause more pain on my next period >_<
If I decided not to eat any meat, I will lose too much weight because I can’t eat carbs or plant-based proteins (beans, nuts) for the next 2 months. It’s such a difficult situation!