If you have been diagnosed with Endometriosis, you have surely heard people speak about starting an Endometriosis Diet. After a quick search on the internet, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed about what you should and should not eat. In the past, I would try to follow these diets and eventually would become frustrated and go back to my usual eating habits. It was a cycle that kept going on, leaving me feeling defeated each time. Now as a Nutrition Coach, I have learned more about what an Endometriosis Diet truly is.
Well, a quick look on the internet and you will find a lot of different opinions on what type of foods you should eat and what you should avoid. The main goal of the endometriosis diet is reducing inflammation in the body.
Should everyone with Endometriosis eat the same? Nope!! We are all individuals, which makes us unique. This means that what might work for you may not work for me. Just as with endometriosis, we all don’t have exactly the same symptoms, pain, or flare-ups. So if we are all different, then why would we need to eat exactly the same.
An Endometriosis Diet should be based on you and your body. So the first step is to find out what foods are a trigger for you. The gold standard for this is an elimination diet, which helps us figure out what foods are triggers and what symptoms they cause. The most common ones are gluten, dairy, processed foods, red meat, and sugar. Foods that are triggers can cause inflammation, over time this can become chronic inflammation.
Choosing whole foods that are nutrient-dense can help fuel your body as well as reduce inflammation. When available opt for organic foods that don’t have added hormones or antibiotics. Some studies have found that added hormones in meat and dairy may be linked to hormonal imbalances. Not sure what organic foods to choose, check out EWG Dirty Dozen.
Gut-healing foods are essential for a happy, healthy digestive tract. Making sure to add fermented, gut-healthy foods is another step in your wellness journey.
Limiting or avoiding excessive amounts of sugar, caffeine or processed foods can also help reduce inflammation.
Being an Endometriosis Nutrition Coach, I understand how important it is for you to find a personalized endometriosis diet plan, that suits your body and your needs.
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Wishing you health & happiness!