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Could the Endometriosis “Diet” Actually Be Bad for Us?

When I first heard about the endometriosis Diet, I felt really restricted. It made me feel deprived and like I was missing out on the most delicious foods in the world. It was hard for me and it took some real convincing to stick to it.

Now, after being on the diet for over 2 years, I don’t even question its effectiveness in alleviating endometriosis. Thing is, I could’ve saved myself a whole heap of struggles with the endometriosis Diet. I could have made it much easier on myself.

Check out the video for my thoughts on how this diet could be bad for us:

Do you find the endometriosis diet too restrictive? Are you struggling to feel better? Maybe it should start with the simple things you tell yourself each and every day about your health, your body and your endometriosis? Ever thought about what you think about each and every day?

Would love to hear your thoughts on this and any personal experiences you feel like sharing.

Hugs, Melissa x
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This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Melissa

    Thank you for sharing Jules and love your insights πŸ™‚ It is amazing how powerful our mind can be πŸ™‚

  2. Jules

    Hi Melissa,
    I definitely believe our emotional mental well being plays a big part in our healing journey. This was the side that I was dreading to tackle. A few months ago, I started seeing a therapist who specializes in chronic illness because the emotional side to having endo hit me all at one time and became very overwhelming. My therapist is absolutely amazing and was the best decision I have ever made for myself. The techniques she has taught me such as meditation, guided imagery, and practicing affirmations everyday has given me my life back. I have to say since practicing these techniques and working through all the emotional baggage that I have carried around for years…I feel fabulous!:)And, when the pain hits it’s not as bad and it’s not the end of the world to me anymore.:) I believe the mind has a lot of control over the way we feel.

    The endo diet is hard to stick too. But, for me it actually works and when I stray too much from it…everything goes haywire in my body especially the digestion side. So,I believe the rewards it has to offer with sticking with it outweigh the cons. It is one of the things that has given me a better quality of life.

    Hugs,
    Jules

  3. Melissa

    Hi Sadhana and welcome πŸ™‚
    It is awesome to have another kiwi on the blog! Well done on going on the candida diet – not an easy one to stick to!
    Nice idea of spoiling yourself in other ways πŸ™‚
    Glad you found me too!

  4. Sadhana

    Hey Melissa

    What a wonderfully supportive site you have here. I’m a kiwi living in the uae who has been touched by endo for the last 20 or so years. I have had two children naturally and have experienced many highs and lows but constantly on a journey to tackle this condition naturally.

    I’ve just come back from a six week holiday and put myself on a candida diet due to abdominal pain. I find I’m able to deal with so called restrictions better by doing just what you said – focusing on the nourishing and healing of my body. I also look at non food related treats for myself daily – like having a massage, being creative – writing, painting, meeting a supportive friend, buying myself something, luxurious baths, watching a movie…you get the picture. The candida diet has been amazing and I never really considered the strong connection between the two. Noticed that you had mentioned it.

    Keep up your amazing angelic work.

    Sadhana

  5. Melissa

    Glad it came at the right time for you Amber πŸ™‚ I love that I could help you sweets.

  6. Amber

    Wow! I think you spoke about the most important aspect of our healing journey with this video. To quote Wayne Dyer, when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. What a great reminder to replace our negative thoughts with positive affirmations. So glad I watched this today πŸ™‚ When I decided I was going to choose healing over suffering, I found your blog, and the information you have shared has helped me tremendously!

  7. Melissa

    Pleasure Neda and glad I could instigate you going back on track πŸ™‚

  8. Neda

    Melissa thanks for your ongoing support. I had a baby Dec 11 and for 6 months I was pain free. I thought I am never going to need your newsletters again but last month, the endo hit back as strong as ever. I started looking back at the crap I had been eating during my maternity leave, taking my pain free cycles for granted. I realise now for me, the consequences of a bad diet is not only weight gain and risk of diabetes but also crippling pain for a week each month! I have had enough and I am ready to heal now. I want to be a healthy, energetic mummy and I want to be able to show up at work and do my job properly. I have nothing to loose so I am 100% with you there Melissa. Keep that advice coming! πŸ™‚

  9. Melissa

    Thank you Aubree and thank you for your wonderful description of food for our bodies πŸ™‚ Listening is often the key to so many things in life!

  10. Melissa

    Thank you Hannah and I am so happy that I was there to hold your hand along your healing journey πŸ™‚ It is amazing to look back and see how far we have come…. together!

  11. Kara

    I agree. There can not be one rule for all Endo girls. You must listen to your body and you must figure out what YOUR no-no foods and good foods are. And do not obsess, moderation and variety is important with ALL things… thank you Mel for always sharing and caring!!

  12. Hannah

    Hi Mel, Thanks for the wonderful video! I think I started off feeling pretty intimidated by the ‘restrictiveness’, but without realising I have turned that fear into joy when it comes to food – nourishment is exciting! It has been over a year for me now since I found your blog last July, and after launching myself into the recommendations (staying away from dairy, gluten, sugar, soy etc) it has definitely become a way of life. It is not a case of mourning what I have cut out but celebrating all the wonderful foods I have put in. Foods like chia seeds, quinoa, green smoothies, maca, and whole foods in general are all part of a big bounty that I never even really knew about before! Wow, writing this comment has given me the space to see how transformative this seemingly negative encounter with endo has been. You have a lot to be proud of, Melissa!

  13. Aubree

    Hi Mel,
    The biggest thing that resonates with me in your video is that as you’ve made changes, you’re body knew what foods were good for you. I think it is so important to listen to your body and understand what affects it in both positive and negative ways. It also relates to our relationships and associations with food – stopping to consider how the food we put into our bodies is going to react. Is it going to truly nourish or just “lift me up” for a short time? As many of the no-no foods do.
    You’ve been such an inspiration to me to eat better and truly heal. Thank you again for all that you do πŸ™‚
    Aubree.

  14. Kendra

    Hi Mel.
    You have such a big heart. Thank you for your continuous research and time consuming work. I wanted to mention I read about five “I ams” aloud before I lay down to sleep and first thing in the morning. When I feel lazy I try think of it as another one of my daily supplements since I always remember and find the time and take those so no excuses not to do the same for my “I ams” because positive thinking is good medicine. Staying positive and then believing what you are saying is extremely important in the healing process. How can I view the movie you are referring to?
    Big Hugs! Kendra πŸ™‚

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