Support Your Partner By Meal Prepping for Endometriosis
In supporting a loved one with endometriosis, there are only some symptoms you can really help with. Unfortunately, we can’t do much for the pain, we can’t clear away the brain fog, we can’t help with infertility. But one area that I’m always able to help my partner is with her fatigue.
Fatigue is a common symptom people with endometriosis experience and, combined with general lack of sleep from painful nights, can really have an impact on how your loved one lives their day to day life.
I tend to prep our lunches and dinners for the week on a Monday. It takes a bit of time and it means Monday is always a bit of a rush, but the time saved during the week makes up for it. It also means that my partner has access to healthy, endo-friendly meals that we’ve planned, throughout the week, and with very little effort.
I tend to cook 3-4 portions of vegetables like carrots, squash, broccoli or asparagus, per meal. So that’s a meal each for 5 days. Each day, we’ll add leafy greens and protein from legumes, but the bulk of the cooking is already done. We then make sure to always include fat from a dressing, such as olive oil or tahini. This adds up to a balanced plate of carbohydrates, protein and fat, full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory foods.
We typically eat some variation on a soup. They include 2-3 portions of vegetables per meal, with a base of stock, onions and cashews to thicken and add fat. It freezes really well so it can be stored for as long as needed. We then add protein by roasting chickpeas to have as a kind of crouton, and top with fresh herbs. Some of the soups we eat include butternut squash, spiced parsnip, and carrot and coriander.
Meal prepping can seem daunting, but...
Once you’ve got a few go-to recipes that you know don’t trigger your partner’s endometriosis, it’s a great way to save time and energy, and to help your partner focus on resting and getting well.
Has intimacy with your partner been affected because of endometriosis symptoms?