Although the doctor has not confirmed that I have endometriosis or endometrioma, I know I do have a cyst on my right ovary that looks like endometrioma. I researched quite a bit online and found that you should eat foods that decrease estrogen as estrogen makes cysts and fibroids grow. So here are a list of foods that I have been eating since January 4th:
Whole Grains – I cook these like oatmeal or porridge or eat them as a substitute for white rice. See my post on multigrain rice.
Fish – omega 3 – Good to decrease inflammation
Dark Greens – Spinach, Kale, Broccoli, Dandelion
Herbs – Parsley, Cilantro, Garlic, Jujube
Other greens: Bean Sprouts, Long Beans, Edamame, Bok Choy, Cabbage, Celery
Nagaimo and Gobou- total heatlh food found in asian supermarkets. These help balance hormones and does 10 other good things to the body. Nagaimo – mineral ingredients (zinc, potassium, iron, etc.) and vitamins C and B group. Furthermore, they contain many digestive enzymes, such as diastase. They also contain a nutrient called Mucin which gives it its distinctive mucilaginous texture. Mucin is a glycoprotein and a fibrous biopolymer, and works to activate cells in the body It increases metabolism, prevents aging, heals dry rough skin, helps with recovery from fatigue, relieves constipation, and has beneficial dietary effects. It is known to be effective for preventing and treating geriatric diseases such as diabetes and hyperlipemia.
Potatoes – no, not fried! Cut into pieces and stir fried in wok with vinegar, salt and sesame seeds.
Organic Chicken – Only for home made chicken soup. I don’t buy store bought because too much sodium and too much msg and preservatives.
NO PRESERVATIVES! Very important to not eat any preservatives for this kind of diet. It’s probably the preservatives that started it in the first place.
Fish oil supplement and a multi-vitamin.
Omega 3 oils – vege oils should have labels to see which one has omega 3. These are good for you as we need some oils in the body.
So far these are easy to implement into my diet and my everyday life. I know there are more foods that satisfy these requirements but these are easy for me to make and maintain. I usually have a piece of fish at night with whole grain rice and some organic chicken soup cooked with ginseng, jujube, and ginger. This soup already has some taste without any salt seasoning so I only need minimal salt. Then I add in Nagaimo (which tastes like potatoes) and kale and voila, there’s my dinner. I’m Asian so I don’t like thick soups anyway so I cook broth a lot.
For vegetables, it’s best to lightly stir fry in a pan or wok with some garlic and a little bit of salt. Lightly stir frying until the vegetables are cooked but no overcooked. How do you know this? The vegetables retain their bright green color, you bit into it and it’s still a little crisp but you know it’s already cooked. That’s the best.
I don’t drink or eat anything cold. Why? Cold foods shock the body’s system especially our reproductive organs! Your body is naturally warm so imagine if you keep inserting cold items in, it sometimes make certain areas of your body coagulate (this is the Eastern medicine kicking in). Eastern medicine for overall homeopathic help, you keep everything warm to provide a smooth flow in your body. Have you ever noticed that whenever you get your period and you eat cold items your cramping gets worse? Guess why? The woman’s body likes to have a heat flow to normalize our periods. That’s why we put hot water bottles on our bellies to sooth cramps.
One last thing, no caffeine.
22 Days on this diet now. Went to do an ultrasound today and found that my left cyst went down about 1 cm, right one went down 0.5 cm. Not bad for 22 days? What’s better is the way I feel. I have more energy and my skin (which had acne before) cleared up and I never feel that food coma. Great for the health. Anyone should try it! Oh, I also lost about 3 pounds in weight I gained from holiday eating. Yay!