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Eating Healthy versus Junk Food when you have Endo or period problems

I recently looked at an Instagram post from @_endometriosis Support and found that the comments were very mixed regarding the topic of Eating Healthy versus eating Junk Food.  It discusses Dr. Mark Hyman, M.D and his belief that “Food is the most powerful medicine available to heal chronic disease”.  Given that he does not have anything in his website regarding Endometriosis, I found this to be a very interesting topic to discuss.

I would agree with his philosophy, however Endometriosis sufferers may be dubious. Their pain may continue even if a change in diet does alleviate some of their pain.

Women and girls suffering from Endo may often feel that anything they put in their stomach causes bloating and pain.  Many comments on the Instagram Page (and many more discussion pages)  included changing their diets for 4 months and feeling good, but the Endo would come back with a force that would cause them further pain, to the point they would give up on believing eating healthy would do anything.  Many felt that healthy foods would often make the pain worse.

I believe and understand every single one of these comments, as I have had the same experiences. But something changed for me in 2016.  I had heard of the Clean Program . More of this story can be read here.

What is it that makes eating healthy versus junk food such a hot topic for women with Endo? It boils down to every woman is different.  Every woman will go through her own personal pains and what works for one woman may not work for the other. Personally, if I eat corn chips, I feel pretty good.  If I eat fruit, I will not see the toilet in days and be in extreme amounts of pain.

We all experience it differently

Each individual experiences pain differently.  You should always seek medical advice before undertaking any major changes in diet.  

Studies show that the stages of Endometriosis don’t define the pain.

So where does this fit in with Eating Healthy versus Junk Food? I know personally, it has taken a while to evolve.  I test foods by an elimination diet.  Please note that this is not a fad diet or crazy way to lose weight.  It is a safe and practical way of seeing if you can tolerate foods.

I’m a nightmare to go out with.  Gluten free, egg free, no garlic or onion or fruit.  I would hate to go out with me!  But when you find what works, your body reacts in such a positive way that you soon learn that you don’t care what people may think, because you feel so good.

Starting to change the way you think about food is daunting.  You don’t want to give up the foods that taste so good! But when they are eliminated, the fogginess lifts and the inflammation reduces. The thought of going back to how you ate will conjure up memories of pain and suffering more than what the food actually tasted like.

On the time around my period, my End will flare up.  I am constipated, bloat and don’t feel 100%.  What I know now has helped in accepting that there are times of the month where this will occur and what foods to stay away from and what foods to introduce.  I personally feel that women should follow their cycle, understand what phase they are in and eating foods that align with their cycle.

I’m going to let you in on some great books that have helped me discover and create great food without the trigger foods that have caused so much pain in the past.  Or you can check out some of my own recipes in the recipe blog. It may not cure Endo, but it has created a lifestyle change that has reduced my pain and educated me on the foods that cause my issues.

Alisa Vitti – Woman Code

Alejandro Junger, M.D – Clean Eats

Sarah Wilson – I quit sugar Simplicious


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