I’m not a complete stranger to healthy eating. I think generally I do pretty well, and I always put in extra effort for my daughter to make sure she is eating healthy. However, I was just diagnosed with Endometriosis, and while everybody thinks Canada has the most amazing health care ever, the truth is, unless you’re on your deathbed, you have to wait…and wait…and wait. So I am in limbo right now waiting to see a specialist. In the meantime, I wanted to have some control over my circumstances and through research have found out that diet can play a huge role in this particular illness. A lot of research and testimony from people who have it has shown that eliminating certain foods can really really help.
The problem is you have to purify your diet. So, everything has to be organic, made from scratch, no preservatives, hormones,or toxins. You also have to cut out foods like: wheat, dairy, soy, sugar, caffeine and alcohol. I think I am someone who can actually do this. Generally I’ve been a healthy eater and had already begun to be conscious of the importance of organic and preservative-free foods, I don’t really drink caffeine, I am however attached to things like cheese, chocolate, wine and pasta. I don’t consider myself a very good cook either. There are meals I can make that are good, but I’m not someone who can whip anything up and I don’t usually make stuff completely from scratch. I can learn though. I can learn anything with the right motivation and enough practice.
Luckily we have a very large Farmer’s Market close to us, so I picked up some fresh organic veggies and fruits. I found this amazing recipe for a vegan soup that uses coconut milk instead of cream or milk. It actually turned out delicious and awesome! I also made my own pasta sauce from Roma tomatoes, garlic and onions from the Market and added some red red wine (the alcohol burns off, but I can still get the flavour!) You can buy brown rice pasta too, which is actually tasty.
More and more I’ve been reading about the foods we eat that are causing us such harm, and I think being forced on this diet is a good thing. There is absolutely no history of endo in my family, and a lot of the research I’ve done has shown a link to foods with preservatives and hormones. There is a huge link between wheat sensitivity and endo as well. It may be the plant estrogens in wheat germ (in soy as well) or hormones used in growing and treating process or preservatives in the bread. The plant estrogens (phytoestrogens) can mimic estrogen in the body (endo thrives on too much estrogen) and are linked to female cancers as well, such as breast cancer.
At the Farmer’s Market on Saturday I asked the Portuguese baker if he had gluten-free bread. This question sent him on a huge rant about preservatives in bread and how the bread in Europe only lasts a few days, but the bread here lasts for a week. He said gluten problems are a North American problem and most of this is caused by all the preservatives in our breads and not actually gluten. I realize everything on the internet and from ranting bakers has to be taken with a grain of salt. We have to gather lots of info and proper research studies have to be conducted, and we can’t oversimplify or take things out of context (soy is bad!! wheat is bad!!), but doesn’t this tell us something? How very important it is to consider what we are actually putting in our bodies? This has given me a really good reason to clean up my diet and be more aware of the foods my family and I are eating. I am also incredibly grateful that I haven’t been diagnosed with something more serious or life threatening. Once I become a better cook and better at making things from scratch, I hope we will all be eating healthier, aware of what’s in our food, and still enjoying what we eat!!
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