While I sat in the doctor’s office I was overweight and depressed about not being able to get pregnant and totally fatigued. I felt like I had done everything I could do and I was not losing weight or getting pregnant and I felt horrible. My previous doctor had run some tests and everything had come back normal. I was at an all-time low. The doctor walked in and started asking me what I eat. I proudly told her I ate oatmeal for breakfast and subway for lunch and usually some sort of casserole or crockpot meal for dinner. I felt like that was the text book answers and what I should be eating. RIGHT? Well she said I was wrong and that my diet was a big part of my problem. Then she decided to run some tests to find out more. She did some fasting blood work and a $250.00 hormone test, where you collect your saliva 3 times a day. When I came back she had the results and we came up with a plan.
1st I was estrogen denominate (is common in people with endo)
2nd I was in phase 2 adrenal gland dysfunction (stress is a huge factor in adrenal gland function)
The blood test showed that I was insulin resistant (common in PCOS)
So she found something Wrong YAY! That was good and bad. I was glad to know I’m not crazy and I really have a reason to feel like crap, but now what do I do about it?
Cut the GRAIN! WHAT??? That is what she said. Cut the grain, Sugar, dairy and processed food. Only eat Fruit, Vegetables and Meat. She also gave me a list of books to read and a list of supplements.
That solution felt like a death sentence to me. How can I live without grain, dairy or sugar? Then it hit me just like I am now.
So I started to slowly change my diet. It is still a work in progress. It has been a year and I just do the best I can. I know I will feel better and look better when I eat better it’s just really hard for me to do it.
Here is what I have learned…
Weight started just falling off, when I was eating perfect and taking all the supplements and prescriptions. My cramping was drastically less I actually think it only hurt when I was on my period. I felt way better and had a lot more energy. I liked the way I was looking and feeling. So if you want to try something new to heal your body and feel better I would say try this.
Here are some things I have found very interesting….
Gluten-free diet: a new strategy for management of painful endometriosis related symptoms?
Pelvic pain affects 4% to 39% of women and accounts for 10-40% of all outpatient gynecologic visits. The etiology of painful endometriosis has not been fully delineated. No studies have been published concerning gluten-free diet administered to achieve relief of painful symptoms endometriosis-related. The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate the effectiveness for the outcomes of endometriosis-related pain and quality of life of gluten-free diet in a follow-up of 12 months in patients with chronic pelvic pain endometriosis-related.
Two hundred seven patients with severe painful endometriosis-related symptoms entered the study. At enrollment, the baseline values of painful symptoms were assessed by Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) for dysmenorrhea [painful menses], non-menstrual pelvic pain, and dyspareunia [painful sexual intercourse]. According to VAS, pain severity was scored from 0-10; 0 indicating the absence of pain, and 1-4, 5-7 and 8-10 mild, moderate and severe, respectively. A gluten-free diet was submitted to all patients and a new evaluation was performed after 12 months of diet. Student’s t-test was used for statistical analysis.
At 12 month follow-up, 156 patients (75%) reported statistically significant change in painful symptoms (P<0.005), 51 patients (25%) reported no improvement of symptoms. No patients reported worsening of pain. A considerable increase of scores for all domains of physical functioning, general health perception, vitality, social functioning, and mental health was observed in all patients.
In our experience, painful symptoms of endometriosis decrease after 12 months of gluten free diet.
75% of women responded favorably: I found that astounding. Anyone who has experienced endometriosis or witnessed the suffering of someone with the condition appreciates how profoundly it can affect health, including chronic and often incapacitating pain.
Should we wait several years for the science to catch up and tell women suffering with the pain and disability of endometriosis to continue to eat wheat, take their drugs, and continue to submit to laparoscopic and other surgeries to remove the abnormal tissue? Given the benign nature of wheat
Elimination, given the many other and often unexpected health benefits of wheat elimination, given that it is without side-effects nor expense, I say there is NO reason to delay: Lose the wheat.
TO find the quick version of the wheat belly diet click here.
THIS IS HARD! I read somewhere that, you are 4 times more likely to have a wheat intolerance if you have Endometriosis. I think that that is me. 🙁 I know this is not what anyone wants to hear. I get that, I have cried over this many times. But please don’t brush it off because it is hard, it could really help you.
Here are some of the books for recommended reading:
If you click on the book title it will pop up more information.