A big change in my life since being diagnosed with Endometriosis has been my diet. Many foods that contain Dairy and Gluten exacerbate pain symptoms. Soy promotes estrogen growth in the body, so that is a big no-no for endo sufferers. As the disease feeds off estrogen.
- red meat
Through trial and error, I’ve found gluten/dairy free things I like:
- Almond Milk (rice and coconut milk taste chalky to me for some reason)
- Crystal Light
- Coco/fruity Pebbles
- Chex Mix
- Just Like Sugar or Splenda
- Bailey’s creamer
- Gluten free Bisquick
- Chai Green Tea
- Tea in general
- Salad wraps (in substitution of bread)
- Lots of fresh fruits and veggies
- Quinoa (instead of regular pasta)
I have yet to find a gluten free bread that doesn’t taste like cardboard though. 😦
One of the up sides is that many restaurants in Las Vegas offer gluten free menus. Making it much easier for me to stick to my diet and not cave in every time I go out to eat.
Don’t get me wrong, changing your diet is hard work and I’ve had to do it in baby steps. Years ago I was REALLY good about what I ate, but once you fall off the wagon, it’s that much harder to get back on again.
I still eat yogurt every morning. I haven’t found a dairy free alternative that actually tastes good. I LIVE for my chocolate and if I don’t get at least one cup of coffee in the morning, I start feeling stabby.
So, for the sake of my coworkers I won’t be giving up that stuff any time soon. Although, my doctor and nutritionist have assured me that its not the end of the world if I never am able to.
Although somethings were easy to give up. For me, switching from dairy to almond milk was no big thing. I love me some pasta and quinoa comes in a variety of choices, I couldn’t really taste the difference once I switched.
Soda, OMG! Soda was HARD to give up. I use to go though a 12 pack of coke a week. Over the course of 3 months I slowly cut back to one soda a day and then 3 a week. Now, finally, I feel like I don’t need it anymore. It has become a treat once every every week/2 weeks.
Progress people. It’s all about baby steps.