Hi everyone, hope you all had a lovely weekend. Thanks for all the comments and stories. Please continue to help generate more awareness about endometriosis among African women.
I would like to focus on endometriosis diet today. If you are like me and you have a sweet tooth, it’s time to have a rethink about what that cake or ice cream is costing you. Changing what you eat can help reduce endo symptoms i.e pain, inflammation, cramps, bloating, estrogen levels, toxins etc. Overall, it can help reduce weight-estrogen is stored in fat and endometriosis is fed by estrogen. The symptoms of endo respond very well to diet changes based on chemical reactions in the body.
Foods to avoid
Refined carbs- this includes white bread( agege bread for my Naija sisters!), cakes and all types of pastries, white rice, pasta, muffins, bagels etc. These foods have been processed with the addition of artificial chemicals and sugars and are known to cause weight gain and aggravate the symptoms of endo.
Caffeine and alcohol- Caffeine is found in tea, coffee and soft drinks and it increases estrogen levels. Excessive consumption of alcohol places massive strain on the liver which is the organ responsible for flushing out toxins eg estrogen.
Wheat- this includes all of the foods in refined carbs mentioned above and it makes endo symptoms worse.
Chocolate and refined sugar- sugar causes an inflammatory reaction and creates a more acidic environment in the body which causes the inflammation of endo.
Other foods include all fried foods, dairy produce, soy products, all types of red meat ( cow/ goat/ lamb meat, bacon, pork, sausages) ,packaged products which can contain additives and preservatives etc. This list is by no means exhaustive so please do more research. Added to all these are your typical Naija food like garri, black and white amala, pounded yam, fufu, jollof rice/ fried rice ( l dare anyone to cook jollof or fried rice with brown rice!), agege bread and ewa agoyin, egusi stew, efo stew( with 10 lives!) asaro and designer stew etc. Hmm, my mouth is watering now so l better stop! It’s pretty depressing, l know. I don’t know about you but these are the types of food l grew up with. My mother was a typical African woman and she trained me well in that department . I grew up to know that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and l must say my husband loves me very well; the look on his face when he’s eating says it all! The hardest part of this is l still have to cook all these for him without eating it myself. He’s as fit as a fiddle by the way according to the latest hospital check up he had . I’ve even tried these foods in moderation after my weight loss but my body just couldn’t deal with it. Hence, l had to adapt to the endo diet ( well, most of the time anyway).
So what types of food can we actually eat? More on the diet later. Thanks for reading and please do tell if you are on any kind of endo diet and how it has worked for you.