How to Start the Endo Diet on a Budget

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. As always, please consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes! *Author's Note: I usually use the term "people with periods" to talk about patients with endometriosis, in order to be as inclusive as possible. I don't plan to stop doing this. I recognize that…

MRI for Deep Infiltrating Endometriosis: What to Expect

When I first started this blog, I wrote a blog post about my upper endoscopy, which was a big hit with my readers. As a patient, it can be difficult to know what to expect from a procedure you've never had before. Many people turn to hospital websites and clinical YouTube demonstrations for answers, but…

My Favorite Endometriosis Influencers

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Intellifluence, a social platform that matches brands and influencers for paid and unpaid marketing campaigns. A huge thank you to Intellifluence for supporting Endo Strong! Endometriosis is lonely. When I was in high school, one of my best friends had endometriosis -- but I didn't know I also had…

Taking Care of Hormonal Skin

Disclaimer: This blog post contains affiliate links, meaning I may receive a small portion of any purchases made through my blog. Thank you for supporting Endo Strong! I don't need to tell you that endometriosis is more than period cramps. Months after my diagnosis of suspected endo, I'm still learning all the ways endometriosis has…

Endometriosis and Seasonal Allergies

Now that it's officially spring, a-choo! is the only sound you'll be hearing from me 'til October. Like more than 50 million Americans, I have allergies -- and this time of year, allergens like grass, ragweed, and pollen are flourishing, leaving my eyes, nose, and throat red, raw, and itchy. What we call "seasonal allergies"…

The Best Packaged Foods for the Endo Diet

"Packaged foods" and "endo diet" seem like complete antonyms -- after all, eating for endometriosis means focusing on plant-based whole foods and minimizing processed goods. But in the modern world, let's face it: packaged foods are just a fact of life. For endometriosis, it's important to eat whole foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains,…

Is Endometriosis an Autoimmune Disease?

I still remember how confused I felt when I first started delving into the literature of endometriosis: people with endometriosis suffer from systemic inflammation and have a high incidence of food allergies, yet endo still isn't considered an autoimmune disease in the conventional sense? What does that mean?! Studies suggest that endometriosis often coexists with…

Supplements for a Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Diet

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, medication or supplement routine! Well, fam.... after about two months' reprieve, I am officially back on the gluten-free bandwagon. When I first found out I most likely had endometriosis -- not, as previously diagnosed, IBS -- I…

Product Review: Love Wellness

Disclaimer: This blog post contains affiliate links, meaning I may receive a percentage of any purchases made through my blog. Thank you for supporting Endo Strong! When it comes to managing my endometriosis, I am willing to try (almost) anything once. That's why I was psyched to try Love Wellness's line of personal care products…