Adenomyosis Journal: Dec 2016 – Apr 2017

On December 2016 I decided to start eating clean / do endo diet. My doctor told me I have to change my diet to lower the pain level. It’s not an easy road for me. There are sometimes that I slipped and eat the inflammatory food more than what my doctor allowed, which is once a week. 

I started to track my food and ibuprofen intake on December 2016. I also tracked my pain level so I can conclude what is the relationship between my food and my pain level.

Sneak peek of my journal:

Adenomyosis Journal – December 2016
Dec 2016 – 16 pain free days, 15 painful days, ibuprofen taken 25*200mg, pain level range: 1-8
Adenomyosis journal- January 2017
Jan 2017 – 10 pain free days, 21 painful days, ibuprofen taken 18*200mg, pain level range: 1-7, violations: 26
Adenomyosis Journal – January 2017
Feb 2017 – 14 pain free days, 14 painful days, ibuprofen taken 24*200mg + 18*200mg (2 cycles), pain level range: 1-6, violations: 50+19 (2 cycles)
Adenomyosis journal- March 2017
Mar 2017 – 19 pain free days, 12 painful days, ibuprofen taken 7*200mg, pain level range: 1-5, violations: 13
Adenomyosis journal: April 2017
Apr 2017 – 16 pain free days, 14 painful days, ibuprofen taken 19*200mg, pain level range: 1-5, violations: 21
 

It has been almost 5 months since I started my endo diet. The highest pain level has lowered from 8 to 5. My best performance was on March, I only took 7 ibuprofen in 1 cycle with highest pain level 5/10 and only 9 painful days.

 At the end of March I slipped, I drank dairy several times, I ate wheat bread, and I ate fishes more than I should be. On early April I did the same mistakes. The result was I had 11 painful days with 19 ibuprofen was taken. From 7 ibuprofen back to 19. We can see how significant the effect of dairy and fish to my body. 

At the fourth week of April I did another stupid things, I ate duck meat three times in a week. I also ate a bunch of sweet peanuts snack. I know I will pay for this on my end of April – May cycle πŸ˜–

As you can see, the endo diet actually works to lessen the pain. The problem was me, I’ve been unable to keep on track. 

I liked it when I didn’t have to take so many ibuprofen.  I liked it when I have less pain. But it’s so hard to be consistent😞 

I’m not giving up yet, I will try again. I will do better this month!

Adeno Belly

People who are living with Adenomyosis usually have what we call “Adeno Belly”. You will look like you’re pregnant but you are not. 

I always have a big belly since I was young although my body is skinny. I thought that is a genetic factor because my mom also has the same belly. My mom said that some people are naturally have “weteng kendil” or “pot belly”, it means these people will never have a flat belly, just like they have a small pot in their belly 😳 I grew up believing that it’s normal, and I’m one of those people, until I joined the Adenomyosis support group. 

Most of the ladies say that they look pregnant because their bellies are bigger than normal people’s belly. I noticed that the more severe the condition is the bigger the Adeno belly they have. It’s sad isn’t? 

I’m trying to understand the logic behind this Adeno belly. One of the symptoms of Adenomyosis is a boggy uterus, it means the uterus size of people with Adeno is much bigger than the normal uterus size. The normal uterus size for a person before attaining puberty is 3.5cm x 1cm (length and anteroposterior diameter), after puberty is 7.6cm x 4.5cm x 3cm (length, width, thickness). The volume keeps changing depending on the menstrual cycle from 75cc to 200cc. My uterus size as per October 2016 is 7.8cm x 6.8cmx 7.8cm, it was 7cm x 6.1cm x 6.9cm on April 2016. Yes, it’s getting bigger! And I’m not happy about it 😩

So why the uterus becomes enlarged? The endometrium tissues implants in to the uterine wall causes inflammation. Yes, our uterus are in an inflammatory state all the time, that’s why it’s bigger. 

Every time we get our menstruation, our uterus is Inflamed, that’s normal. And Every time we eat inflammatory food, we make this inflammation getting worse. And for people with Adeno, you can see the result in couple hours.

On Wednesday night, I ate sushi for dinner. 


As you can see, the only non vegetarian thing I ate was salmon. FYI, salmon is high in Omega-3 which means it’s anti inflammatory. But why the next day my belly turned into this?


I felt very bloated. I also felt tightness on my lower abdomen. I didn’t eat anything inflammatory that night, as far as I know. So why this was happening?

I tried so hard to track what I ate and drank that day. What did I do wrong? Then I see the sushi picture again. Did you see the yellow thingy on top of the avocados and grilled salmons? Yes, that was mayonnaise! 

So what’s wrong with mayonnaise? Commercial mayonnaise is made from soybean oil, corn oil, or other vegetable oil that contains omega-6. Too much omega-6 in our body can cause inflammation. It also contains sugar, which means more trigger for inflammation! Don’t forget about the artificial ingredients such as preservatives, additives, and monosodium glutamate (MSG)! 😱😱😱Don’t worry, you still can eat mayonnaise if you wanted. You just need to make homemade mayonnaise for healthier options πŸ˜‰

Back to my Adeno belly. So, mayonnaise is the only inflammatory food that I ate that night. And as you can see, the effect is real! Adenomyosis is a real deal!

 The more you listened to your body, the more you understand about it. We, people with Adenomyosis have uterus that in inflammatory state every single day. We need to help ourselves to lower our uterus’ suffering. I’m not sure how to get rid off our Adeno belly as long as we still have Adenomyosis, but at least I will try not to make it getting worse… So, let’s do it together! πŸ˜ŠπŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ’ͺ🏻

Reference:

http://m.newhealthadvisor.com/Normal-Size-of-Uterus.html

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/disadvantages-mayonnaise-2068.html

Update:

I forgot that the sushi sauce was made of soy sauce. Helloooo…. soy!!! Our biggest enemy!!! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

Pretty Banana Chips

I really like banana chips. This is one of not too many healthy snack options for me. Banana contains vitamins (vitamin C, B6, riboflavin, folate, pantothenic acid and niacin), minerals (potassium, manganese, magnesium, and copper), fiber, and protein. Pretty rich for a cheap fruit!

The problem with banana chips that I bought from supermarket are none of them are sugar free. Sugar are inflammatory, that’s a NO NO for people with Adenomyosis. Once in awhile consuming sugar is fine, but everyday consumption is a suicide. So I was thinking to make my own banana chips at home. I thought, “how difficult could it be? Just slice it and throw it in the oven, and walah… a healthy snack is ready”. 😍

A very confident me started to slice bananas that I have and put it on parchment papers. Nope, I didn’t look on recipes on google. I told you, I was very confident! 😁


I made 2 trays as a trial. And put it in the oven. 150 degrees Celcius for 30 minutes. The bananas started to look mushy. I poked it with a fork, it was really soft. I thought, “It might need more time to make it dry”. So I let it continue baking.

I had a bad feeling about it so I started to googling banana chips recipes. Most of the the recipes said I should put it on low heat, around 100 degrees Celcius for 2-3 hours. Oh, I’m screwed! But a very positive thinking of me thought, “just put the heat to low and wait for another 30 minutes. It will dry… the bananas will look good!”

So I set my timer to 30 minutes and get busy. 

30 minutes later…


Isn’t pretty? Pretty burnt! Straight to the trash can! 🀣🀣🀣

Next time, I will make it right! 😁😁😁

Eating Clean: Day 62

Day 62 ladies… now you can see that I eat the same food most of the time! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚


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PAIN CHECKER :

Feb 18 (day 26th of this month’s cycle), 2:20 pm – no period, no pain, just a little gassy… I always feel gassy before my period started, so I know it’s coming πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Eating Clean: Day 61

Keep on track so far! 😊😊😊


Did you see the salmon sushi? That was for my husband 😜😜😜

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PAIN CHECKER :

Feb 16  (Day 24 of current cycle) – no period and no pain.

Feb 17 (Day 25 of current cycle), 2:30pm – no period and no pain.

 I’m very grateful πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Š

Eating Clean: Day 60

Yes, I made it to day 60! Lots of ups and downs, but I made it 😊

I made my fave garlic spinach recipe for dinner, that was delicious!


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PAIN CHECKER 

NO pain.

I felt nauseous for hours after I drank a cup of coconut milk. Okay, no more coconut milk for me…

I should have got my period yesterday (22 days cycle like last month), so my cycle is back to 23 days if I got my period today or 24 days cycle if I got it tomorrow. Which will be good. 

I read  that Adenomyosis caused the monthly cycles getting shorter months by month. I’ve gone from 25/26 days cycle 5 years ago to 22/23 days cycle this year. It freaks me out 😭 I read that some people managed to lengthen their monthly cycle to 28-30 days and relieve the Adenomyosis symptoms by eating clean/ follow endo diet and do yoga/walk/exercise regularly. I want to be one of those women. It’s a lot of work, I know… And I’m still struggling… I haven’t done yoga in a month now, and I haven’t take a walk exercise in 7 days. Since I came back to China, I avoided to walk outside because it’s too cold for me. I’m from Indonesia, it’s always warm all year there. I often get sudden cramps in a cold temperature. It’s hard for me, really it’s hard… 😞

Eating Clean: Day 59

I don’t like to cook so many times in one day and I don’t like to eat the same food twice a day. Tough choice for a lazy person! πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜† 

I usually order food for lunch, but I feel bored after awhile. So today I pushed myself to cook a quick lunch. I had vegetable leftovers from last night so I just needed to cook the protein. I baked some mushrooms. Quick and easy 😬

For dinner I cooked Lentils with carrots and tomatoes, stir fried long beans, and butter chicken for my husband. I spent two hours cooking in the kitchen and the food was finished in less than 30 minutes πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†


PAIN CHECKER 

Today is one day before my next predicted period.

Pain level: 0/10

Symptoms: drowsy