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Looking for suggestions for cookbooks to help with endo diet!

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meg73

Hi All,

I am at the point where I am awaiting laproscopy! I have plenty of medication and a hormonal coil to help me out which all seem to assist with severe pain. What I cannot get a handle on is belly bloat, pain, and pressure that leaves me feeling lethargic everyday.

I was wondering if anyone has found any cookbooks that they found helpful? I don't really want to do anything fully gluten-free as I'm a runner and cyclist and find life would be quite difficult without carbs but am looking for anti-inflammatory suggestions! A book that provides recipes and some sort of meal plan would be idea as I like things that are easy to follow.

Thanks in advance and hope everyone is well :)

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You don't need gluten and wheat to get carbs :) beans are a great source of carbs apparently :)

I think there's a book on Amazon for the endometriosis diet, but I'm not 100%. I've also heard a few people mention the abolition diet. If you go to the posts search bar on here and put diet in there should be lots of old posts with loads of info :) I've been finding info that way this last week :)

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CryBaby91 in reply to CryBaby91

I found that on Google, might be worth swapping the wheat for potatoes?

Screenshot of foods that give you carbohydrates without gluten
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meg73 in reply to CryBaby91

Thanks for your reply! Sorry I should have clarified that I know there are other ways to go without gluten, but with a busy lifestyle and needing higher caloric intake, I do tend to have pasta, rice, and bread a fair bit. Although, I have read that switching to more whole grains or alternatives like quinoa can go a long way as well! I may make more drastic changes in the future but am looking more at baby steps right now.

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CryBaby91 in reply to meg73

Ah fair enough, my husband is a runner so we've been looking at ways to give him the stuff he needs but without filling up on bread and pasta :) I have heard quite a few endo ladies mention that wheat and gluten are awful for cramps and belly ache, I love my bread and despite the bloating I'm struggling to give it up! So I definitely get it haha. My mum is allergic to gluten and she still can't give up bread lol. Have you tried gluten free bread? It's actually not too bad, nowhere near as nice as regular bread but it's a good enough substitute 😊 not sure if it still contains everything you need though! Xxx

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meg73 in reply to CryBaby91

Yeah, you're right that I should consider it at some point but it's just one of those stubborn things where I don't want to sacrifice any more of the things I love (bread haha) for this bloody illness. I'll come round to trying it out eventually! More beans and stuff like that is a good idea though thanks! I'll give gluten free bread a try for a little while too to see if it helps at all!

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CryBaby91 in reply to meg73

I can understand that love, it gets to a point where you think you've given enough up and it has to end! I've been feeling the same way. Glad I could help :D xxx

Hey! I'm experimenting with going gluten- light in baby steps too. I'm a cyclist too and also have a partner with Crohn's who can't handle pulses and beans and suchlike so switching out bread and pasta etc is a right faff. I've decided to try and reduce gluten during the day (still working from home so it's much easier) and then evenings am a bit more free form. I'm not completely ruthless about it and still have my faves sometimes (pizza). Am eating A LOT OF VEG and all the eggs. I bought some gluten free bread (not the same, not gonna lie, but better than expected!), Pasta and muesli. Will report back on what they're like too! I do feel better for it tbh, though it's early days. I've also reduced caffeine (again, not totally, I can't handle no coffee!) which apparently helps and am drinking turmeric and ginger Pukka tea which is anti-inflammatory.

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meg73 in reply to BikeRiderGirl

Ah sounds like we have very similar situation regarding bread/pasta and coffee! Really reassuring to hear someone is going through the same thing! I think I need to increase my fruit intake. I have a banana and apple everyday but not much else and anti-inflammatory tea is a great idea! I may try that!

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BikeRiderGirl in reply to meg73

After I got over the concept of Ginger and Turmeric tea basically sounding like drinking a curry, it's actually kinda delicious 😂. Oh, also, a pal at my cycling club shared a website called FoodCircleSupermarket - they have loads of discounted/buy at bulk nutrition bars etc including GF ones. Makes it so much cheaper!

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BikeRiderGirl in reply to meg73

Be great to have a natter sometime too about how you're finding sport/exercise and managing goals etc with endo. I'm early days in diagnosis process!

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meg73 in reply to BikeRiderGirl

Of course! Feel free to message me at some point! It's definitely a challenge !

I’m so glad you posted this, I’ve been meaning to post for a while. My friend Natalee is a trained nutritionist and has recently sent me information about inflammation and what is good to eat.

ukhealthcoaches.com/england...

I’m sure she would be happy to provide guidance :)

Hello, a book I have is called Low Fodmap Diet Solution by Connor Thompson it's easy to read and has lots of recipes in 👍🏻 as another user said you don't think you need to go gluten free. I haven't, I still have bread but sourdough instead of normal white as it is more easily digestible (for me). Aldi do a good packet sourdough one. I do eat gluten free pasta when I have it Asdas gluten free range of them is good I find. There's plenty of other carbs that are gluten free like rice and potatoes 😃 I find beans bloat me even more than anything and broccoli and cauliflower so avoid those. Peas and carrots are my go to. Even lettuce isn't good for my belly bloat in large quantities. It's just trial and error but eat what feels good for you 😃 xxx

Book cover of Low Fodmap Diet Solution
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meg73 in reply to vizzle_01

This is really helpful! Thank you so much :)

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