Hello July!

It’s been 2 months since my last post and these last 2 months have been a crazy month! Let’s catch up a little bit, shall we?

US Visa

I traveled to Shanghai and Guangzhou several times to deal with my US immigrant visa. It was exhausting and very stressful! But the good news is, I got the visa, yay! We will move to the states by the end of this month ^_^

Cats

I rescued a 3 months old kitten at the end of May. He has ringworms all over his body and also ear mites in his ears. I treated his ear mites for 3 weeks, the vet told me he was cleared, but guess what? The mites came back as soon as I stop the medication, LOL. Now I have to do the whole process again… plus he still has ringworms. I have another cat that I rescued 5 years ago. I tried my best to separate those two. I even quarantine the new cat in a separate room, but guess what? My older cat got ear mites from him! Oh God, it’s so frustrating coz my older cat is very cranky and difficult to handle -_-”

Pain

In May-June, I had 32 days cycle, this is a new record. I’m not sure it’s a good or a bad thing. Out of the 32 days, I have 15 pain-free days and 6 days of discomfort. I think it’s the best pain-free record for the last 2 years.

In June-July, I had 27 days cycle. Out of 27 days, I have 12 pain-free days and 3 days of discomfort. The cycle was shortened, I guess it’s because of the moving stress and also I ate eggs and duck a couple times. I also ate goat cheese to check whether I was sensitive to it. The result was I’m a little sensitive to it but not as bad as cow cheese. So I think a little amount of goat cheese, once in awhile will do no harm for me.

I have less rectum pain and sciatic pain. Last month I had no sciatic pain at all, yay! I’m on day 6 of my period right now, so we will see what’s going to happen this month :p

I had stomach irritation these last 3 days because of the painkillers. I always take Diclofenac with Domperidone to help to ease any possible stomach irritation, but apparently, 3-4x50mg diclofenac+domperidone a day for two days was too much for my stomach. I had to take 1 tablespoon of olive oil before I eat and also I only eat rice porridge and soup to help my stomach to heal.

Adeno/Endo Diet

I think this month I didn’t do the Adeno/Endo diet as well as the previous month. I had constipation for about 2 weeks, I’m pretty sure I drank lots of fluids, so I’m not sure what caused it.

Exercise

I barely do yoga but I did lots of walking.

Energy

There are some days that I felt exhausted. The travels really drained my energy, but in general, I think I have pretty good energy level.

Supplements

I’m still taking the same supplements as the previous months.

For Spirulina I take 9x500mg per day, sometimes I take more If I feel discomfort. It’s a good alternative for a painkiller for me but only work for light pain or discomfort. I also take red raspberry leaf tea for any uterus discomfort or light pain.


So far, the diet and supplements really help with the pain. Stress management is still hard for me. I will try my best to do better this month.

Thanks for reading. I wish you all a good health and pain-free days!

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.

 

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!😍