Sleepless Night, Thank You Pain!

My period started earlier this month, I think it’s because of too much fish in my diet. It’s down from 27 days cycle on Nov-Dec 2017 and 28 days on Dec 2017- Jan 2018 to 24 days on Jan-Feb 2018. Darn fish! 😡

Pain wise, it’s  about the same as my last period. Until yesterday (Day 10). Well, it’s my own mistake, I ate sambal (Indonesian traditional spicy salsa-like sauce) with my dinner because I barely feel pain all day (cocky!). I had to learn the hard way, again! 😰

I stayed up late to make a big batch of fruits and veggies juice. Around 11:30 PM I felt cramps on my right lower abdomen, I took 1x500mg valerian root capsule (It works as muscle relaxer) I thought it will help to relieve the pain, but I was wrong. When I finished my juice around 00:50 AM, my pain escalated so fast. I had rectum pain (3-4/10), right lower abdomen pain (2-3/10), and lower back pain (2-3/10). Around 1 AM I took Serrapeptase+Nattokinase, it usually helps to relieve the pain that was not that severe, but the thing was it continues for hours, I couldn’t sleep at all. I cried because I felt frustrated, none of my medicine worked. At 3:50 AM I made a coriander+ginger decoction, I felt slightly better around 5 AM. I took diclofenac+pantoprazole around 6 AM. I feel much better one hour later. It’s official, I didn’t sleep at all last night! It’s the first time in my life it happens. 😭

I need to stop doing stupid things that hurt me >_<

Endo Diet Phase 1: Day 5

Happy Valentines Day!

My husband and I  went to Walmart this evening. We found these Chocolate truffles on sale, we grab a box.

I normally don’t crave for chocolate so much, but today I really want to eat it. But if I eat it I will ruin my Phase 1 Endo Diet 😣 Well, it’s kinda ruined since I eat too much fish (which legally allowed in the list but my body sensitive to it!). It gives me lower back and lower abdomen pain until now. I was like, f**k it! I’m already in pain, why can’t I eat the chocolate then?

I just took Diclofenac and Pantoprazole to relieve the pain. I don’t want to feel anything, I need to make cat food for my lovely cat tonight, I don’t need the pain to ruin it!

Anyways, for today’s review: I only eat veggies today. I felt fatigued all day, maybe because I don’t have enough calories for my body. I couldn’t even finish my morning yoga because I felt so weak. I started to feel pain when I walk from my apartment to Walmart, the fish effect from yesterday stays. That sucks…

Maybe I shouldn’t do Phase 1 for a month, considering I can’t eat meat every day and I can’t eat legumes or grains on Phase 1. Where can I get my calories and protein from? I’m thinking to go to Phase 2 immediately to get my non-meat protein source. I will make the decision tomorrow.


Update:

I ate 9 pcs of the chocolate truffles, I made sure that I wouldn’t  have inflammation by taking 2 turmeric+ginger capsules! LOL… Thank God it works!

I decided to go on Endo Diet Phase 2 so I can eat some legumes, grains, nuts, and seeds. I will eat meat (fish and/or eggs) only once a week (max), just like before. I hope it works!

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!