I’m a Nutrition Coach with Endometriosis: Here’s What I Eat
As a nutrition coach, my first line of defense to best manage my health is food. Food is medicine. It can be incredibly healing to the body.
Often times, if given the chance, the body can heal itself. This, of course, isn’t always the case; sometimes the body does need help through traditional medicine via medicine or medical procedures. And I actually believe endometriosis is one of those situations. However, choosing to eat anti-inflammatory, nutrient-dense foods can only help increase your odds of managing symptoms, if nothing else.
When I was diagnosed with endometriosis back in 2013, I went dairy-free. It was the one food that I saw had the strongest connection in managing endometriosis. I didn’t consume a lot of dairy, but I did have cereal and milk in a regular breakfast rotation and I did enjoy an occasional ice cream. (Can you blame me?)
Since then, I’ve continually fine-tuned my diet to eliminate inflammatory foods and to replace them with lots of veggies and quality protein. I believe it’s not only helped me to keep a recurrence of endometriosis at bay, but it’s also helped to manage my overall hormonal health.
Here’s a glimpse of what I have on a typical day:
6:00 am pre-workout
Coconut rolled date: This has just enough carbs packed into a small bite to give me a morning boost in my boot camp class.
7:30 am breakfast
Shredded Brussels, riced cauli, chicken, side blueberries: Yup, I have a very untraditional breakfast and it took me time to transition to this kind of meal in the morning, but now it’s my norm. I love knowing that I’m starting my day off with veggies, protein, healthy fat, and yummy berries!
Salad mixed greens, carrots, avocado, tomatoes, chicken: Quick. Easy. Delicious. None of these foods take a lot of preparation, so this salad is easy to toss together and enjoy.
6:00 pm dinner
Salmon, sweet potato, spinach: Salmon is one of my favorite proteins, and foods in general. I’m pretty simple in how I make it. I just toss a little lemon, salt and maybe oil and call it a day! Sweet potato is a gluten-free, low glycemic starch that I happen to find delicious! I love topping it with some coconut oil and a dash of cinnamon. For the spinach, I cook this up and top with olive oil, squeeze of lemon, and salt. Simple. Delicious. Cooking spinach also makes certain nutrients such as magnesium more available.
Throat Coat with collagen protein: Throat coat has a cinnamon flavor to it, which is great for reducing sugar cravings that are common in the evening hours. A warm up of tea is also soothing and relaxing as I prep for bedtime. The collagen is just an extra boost of protein. It’s flavorless and dissolved easily in the tea, so you don’t know it’s there, but your body is getting all the benefits of it!
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