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…

What I Didn’t Know About My Chronic Yeast Infections

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. My posts are based on my experiences as a patient and my subsequent research. Please consult your doctor before making any changes that may affect your health! Between five and eight percent of women get more than four yeast infections in a year, known as chronic yeast infections --…

Taking Care of “Down There:” My Favorite Vaginal Health Products

After years of struggling with chronic yeast infections, vaginal dryness due to birth control and vulvodynia, I've tried nearly every vaginal health product under the sun. From this experience, I can confidently say that not all vaginal health products are created equal. The marketing slogan "gynecologist-recommended" doesn't mean that you can trust them to be…

Health / Life Update: Moving to Rhode Island, Rescheduling Surgery + Side Effects from Progesterone

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and am not qualified to give medical advice. I am sharing my experience as a patient to help you make educated decisions about your own health, but please -- consult with your doctor before making any changes to your current treatment plan or routine! Hello, endo babes! I am…

Health Update: Must-Haves for Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy at Home

Back when my doctors thought I had IBS, I used to dread writing health updates. Something always felt "off" about my diagnosis, and writing these updates only drew attention to that fact. But now that I've been diagnosed with suspected endometriosis, I love writing these! Not to mention, I've learned so much in the past…

What to Eat When You Have Endometriosis

Disclaimer: Because of my background in eating disorder recovery, I'd like to first preface this post by saying that when I use the word "diet," I don't refer to a "diet" intended to help you lose weight or pursue "wellness." These tips are not intended to help you lose weight or change your body in…