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Positives: The recipes actually taste fantastic and I look forward to my prep day and all our meals now! The diet is easy to follow, author has done well to include the shopping lists, meal plans, and breaking it all down to baby steps for lasting changes in endo symptoms. This has been life changing for me. Read her website as well- informative and even more details on how the nutrition affects inflammation. I didnt even realize the grains Id been cutting out (things I loved before) because I am enjoying meals again without them. we have several special diets in our home- diabetes, fodmap, and pork & seafood allergies. I have been able to use every recipe with uncomplicated adaptations- often she includes them in the instructions!
Cons: some foods are difficult to find. I recommend using Thrive market for the dry goods (and some amazing additives), and Sizzlefish, Butcher Box, & Wellness meats for your fresh fish & truly grassfed animal products. I'm not gonna lie, the prep day is long. Takes me 2 to 3 hrs to prepare for the week each weekend though does get easier with practice. IMO all the time is WORTH it to be nearly pain free. ;) If you have a food processor that will help immensely in nearly every recipe.
After many years of struggling with undiagnosed endometriosis, I finally had an answer after undergoing surgery. However, once I was diagnosed the only treatment offered to me was birth control pills, and this barely helped the problem. I decided to do my own research and this book was the first step in my journey. I did not follow each week in order but used the recipes that I found appetizing and prepared large batches as suggested. In whole, cutting out dairy and gluten, along with buying fresh meats has been life changing. I credit this book to beginning the change that has greatly impacted my life. After 6 months I barely have any debilitating pain and swelling like I used to, my periods are lighter and I do not experience any of the extraneous "endo" pain. It takes time but I am now a believer that diet is the most powerful approach to this disease. So thankful to the author!
This book is hands down the next best thing aside from working with Katie herself - all the recipes are easy and accessible, and it is so vital to have the profound, deep nutritional research as the foundation to healing and remission. In a world with a lot of noise to sift through in the wellness industry, this book rises above the rest, and is written by a functional nutritional therapist who has Endometriosis herself. This isn’t just another fad diet or the typical “Endo Diet”, it’s a true lifestyle change that can lead to a better understanding of your health, how the disease works, and how to get better. I love this recipe book - lots of delicious and simple recipes (mostly Paleo or can be modified to be AIP) that balance blood sugar, keep you satiated, and is filled with tons of nutritional education. I have especially enjoyed the Golden Hour Fish Pie, Cocoa Ragu, and Strawberries and Cream “Oatmeal”. Looking forward to cooking, healing, and learning more!
I just purchased the book and so far it's really good. I really recommend this book, before I found this book I had no idea where to start tried Keto and did not help me. I can not wait to try it, I believe it will be very helpful.
Highly recommend!! Endometriosis is a complex condition, but the author breaks things down into simple, actionable steps and she makes dietary changes accessible with her delicious recipes, meal plans, and tips. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to manage endo naturally (or really any almost any condition!) with nutrition and lifestyle.
Really great advice that is easy to follow. I have been following for 2 weeks and my Endo belly & hormones have shifted. Her approach is not the conventional endometriosis diet that excludes meat. I have been a vegan for 10 years, vegetarian 26 years, diagnosed with stage 3 endometriosis while trying to conceive and have tried everything and I truly trust in her approach to healing endometriosis symptoms. I love cod liver oil now, miracle supplement ❤️
Reviewed in the United States on September 17, 2019
Whoo hoo! A nutritionist who knows the healthy fats and is not afraid to put canola and sunflower oil, margarine etc. on the UNHEALTHY list! (Full details on Page 17.) I was doing the happy dance as I read "Never fear good fats."
YES! YES! YES! FANTASTIC nut advice on Page 120. Read this. It is VITAL to your health how you eat nuts and most recipe books/nutritional advice omit this important information.
Endometriosis (Endo) is complex and a "condition with underlying causes that span far beyond the pelvis ....... and this is a condition that requires a holistic approach to healing of both symptoms and causes". Katie, the author, is a former endo sufferer along with being a Nutritional Therapy Consultant so she is more than qualified to have written this book. Part 1 deals with understanding endo, nutrition needed and lifestyle. Blood sugar dysregulation is endo's enemy!
Katie seeks to NOT overwhelm so the meal plan may be a little different than what you have seen in other books. It's very much a step-by-step process. On the first week you are just concentrating on cooking and feeding yourself a healthy breakfast. The rest of the day is your choice. The second week brings in most lunches and one dinner and so it progresses. She even provides your shopping list. A very uplifting book. LOVE the fact that she included GREEN BEAN FRITES. We took potatoes our of our diet a LONG time ago and love Green Bean Fries. Whilst Katie uses fresh beans in her recipe, it works well with frozen also so you don't just have to eat them when they are in season. I gave up all grains a few weeks ago. I was not a big bread eater but once in a while it "called" to me. The first recipe I tried in this book was the Sun Buns! Delicious! Now I can eat the buns smothered in butter and liver pate sometimes instead of dipping nuts into it. I am SO happy for a healthy bread alternative. They are very easy to make. The recipe calls for sweet potatoes but sorry, I don't like them so I used carrots instead. Worked great - see photo.
At the end of the book you will find Symptom Tracker, Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists, Measurement Conversion tables, resources and more. I HIGHLY recommend this book. Whilst I am not a qualified nutritionist, I have studied a lot on nutrition over the last few years. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. Thanks, Liz
This book highlights simple recipes using nutritious foods, massages, pelvic exercises and lifestyle changes to find relieve for painful symptoms from endometriosis. The weekly meal plans and shopping list are clear and easy to follow. There are not a lot of images, but the recipes actually look appetizing, using healthy, simple ingredients and requiring just 2 to 3 steps to cook.
I'd been researching this subject for several years, reading everything on the internet and forums, so I have a pretty good idea of many theories and "natural cures" regarding endometriosis. Yet, when I read this book, I found information that I haven't come across. I'm quite impressed with the author's knowledge, and her sincere efforts in putting all these information together in an easy to read format.
I would add that, avoid soy products whenever possible, such as edamame, natto beans, miso, ramen broth, soy sauce, soy milk, soy tofu. Eat tons of broccoli, carrots, beets juice or salad and you'll probably feel much better already.