I have a confession to make.
These last few weeks, I have failed as an herbivore. It started on Super Bowl Sunday. I mean, with a menu like rib-eye steaks, wings, and BBQ shrimp, who could stick to the regularly scheduled rabbit fare?? It was a slippery slope from there.
From carne asada quesadillas and carne asada fries, Vegas buffets, and cheeseburger cravings, I’ve been very, very bad, and I am afraid I will be paying for it soon.
I’ve been a vegetarian/pescatarian (vegetarians who eat seafood) for the last three years. Three years ago, I sat across from the third doctor who threw me a packet of pills and said, it’s either this or surgery to treat my newly diagnosed Endometriosis. After some extensive research via books and the Internet, I set out to treat my illness on my terms. No pills, no surgery, and as natural as possible.
A major thing that I had to change was to stop eating all the crap that I loved to eat. I may look skinny on the outside, but inside, I have a 300lb fat kid that struggles to get out. She likes bread and sugar and lots of it. I also had to give up meat. I basically have an 80% anti-inflammatory and gluten-free diet. If I stray from it, I feel it about 4-6 weeks later in excruciating pain. If I eat cleanly, the next month passes with minimal pain. And let me tell you, pain is definitely a motivator to change.
Unfortunately, I know my illness is getting worse, which is why I have been making strides to focus on my health…minus the recent meat gluttony, that is. Sometimes it really, really sucks to have to eat a salad while everyone is enjoying steak, but honestly, being pain-free and healthy is more important…even if I trip up from time to time.
Endometriosis affects an estimated 176 million women worldwide. The following resources really helped me make some decisions to treat Endometriosis naturally.
Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
Green Smoothies Diet: The Natural Program For Extraordinary Health by Robyn Openshaw
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan