Endo Diet Phase 1: Day 4

I’m in trouble. My concern about eating too much fish will cause me pain came true. I ate tilapia fish for lunch and an hour later I felt lower back discomfort and I feel dullness on my lower abdomen. The discomfort stays in the evening. It got worse after I ate salmon for dinner >_<

I drank coriander ginger decoction around 10 pm, it helped to relieve the pain but it’s not completely gone. So I decided to take diclofenac and pantoprazole at 11:30 pm to make sure I can get a good night sleep tonight.

So, from these last 4 days observations, I can conclude that I cannot eat too much fish. Once a week was normally fine for me, I might do the same intensity to avoid the pain. Now I have a real problem, how to maintain my weight without daily meat intake nor nuts and beans for the next 2 months? I guess the answer is to eat lots of allowed vegetables for phase 1. Seriously, that will be lots and lots of veggies!!!

I’m willing to try to eat organic meat as a protein source but I don’t want to do it this week. Next week I will have my period, and if I started to eat organic chicken this week and my body also sensitive to organic chicken meat. I will have a very painful period next week! I don’t want to take that chance…

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.

Endo Diet Phase 1 : Day 1

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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!

Endometriosis Books

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After I failed with my “Endo diet” last year, I decided to do better this year. I told my husband last month that I want to buy a book by Dr. Andrew S. Cook, MD, FACOG titled “The Endometriosis Diet Health & Diet Program: Get Your Life Back“. He told me that he will order it for me. The book arrived on the third week of January. And guess what? Instead of one, he ordered me three books about Endometriosis! Yay! I love my hubby! The funny thing was, at that time we didn’t even know that I have Endometriosis and that I wanted Dr. Cook’s book just because I was interested in the Endo diet he has. It was like the universe being kind to me, it gives me a heads up!

The three books he got me are:

The Endometriosis Health & Diet Program: Get Your Life Back by Dr. Andrew S. Cook MD, FACO

Stop Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain: What Every Woman and Her Doctor Need to Know by Dr. Andrew S. Cook MD, FACOG

Endometriosis: A Key to Healing and Fertility Through Nutrition by Dian Shepperson Mills, MA, and Michael Vernon Ph.D. HCLD

My husband got it from www.bookdepository.com, you can follow the link above to make a purchase from them. They do free delivery worldwide! How cool is that?!

Anyways, I haven’t read them all. I only finished the Endometriosis Health & Diet Program book. In my opinion, this book is really good! I have spent so much time researched about Adenomyosis – which most of the time I also read about Endometriosis -, and this book tells you everything about it. You don’t have to spend hours researching on the internet, you just need to read this book. It’s just like a bible for people with Endometriosis!

Just check the table of contents:

This book is very informative. Other than give you abundant information about Endometriosis, this book also gives you a detail information about how to change your lifestyle (detoxing, stress reliefs, optimizing sleep, exercises, herbal and supplemental supplements), diet plan for Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain, and recipes for Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain. It gives you a week worth example of exercise plan, a whole 10-18 weeks sample of Endo diet plan, and 100 Endo diet recipes.

For Endo diet in this book, it consists of 3 phases, I’ll quote it from the book.

Page 137:

Phase 1: The Repair Phase

Phase 1 of the diet is the strictest, but don’t worry, it only lasts for 1 to 2 months. The goal of this phase is to begin the process of rebalancing your gut microbiota, heal your gastrointestinal tract, lower inflammation, stabilize blood sugar, strengthen and rebalance your immune system, reduce toxins from your diet and encourage gentle detoxification.

Page 141:

Phase 2: The Rebalance Phase

Phase 2 of the diet lasts 1 to 2 months. This phase is designed to strengthen your army of beneficial bacteria and slowly begin the reintroduction of foods to expand your dietary choices.

Page 146:

Phase 3: The Rebuild Phase

Phase 3 of the diet is the maintenance phase. This phase is rich  in prebiotic and probiotic foods to encourage growth of your beneficial bacteria. In addition, the dietary recommendation are designed to reduce your symptoms and help ypur body continue to heal.

The 3 phase sounds good for me, I don’t know how well I will do but I’m willing to give it a try! I started the phase 1 yesterday, I will post a journal about it in a different entry. Wish me luck!