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!

Me VS Duck Meat


Yesterday I ordered a lunch box from the Duck restaurant, again! They have a really delicious veggies, that’s why I wanted to order from them. But the problem was they don’t have vegetable only lunchbox. So I had to buy the normal lunchbox and the plan was not to eat the duck meat πŸ– , egg, and the sausage. I wasn’t worried about the sausage and the egg, because I know I won’t eat them. The great teaser was the duck meat. Yes, it’s just salted boiled duck meat not a Peking duck dish, but dang I like the taste!


The whole time I ate my lunch I starred at this buddy, tried so hard not to eat it. It was sooooooo HARD! But I made it! Yay! One victory for me! 🎊🎊🎊

Endo Diet Crisis

I’m on crisis. This week I ate a lot of no nos food 😨

Somehow I’m craving sweet food, I ate a bunch of Shaanxi traditional peanut snacks. The whole 400 grams. FYI, I normally don’t like sweet food. It gives me headaches. 


I’m also craving salted boiled ducks, its a traditional food of Nanjing city. I ate it on Monday and Wednesday for lunches.


Now, I’m craving doughnuts πŸ˜–πŸ˜–πŸ˜– my fave matcha doughnuts 


What’s wrong with me?!

Update: 

I didn’t buy the doughnuts although I started to put them in the shopping cart πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜† one victory for me! 🎊🎊🎊

Shopping Review: Amazon China

It’s quite difficult to get English language books in China. Luckily we have Amazon China. So far I could get whatever books I wanted there. Some books are ready stocks but some of them are need to be delivered from the United States.

This time I bought 2 cookbooks to support my Endo diet. One called “The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook” by America’s Test Kitchen 


And another one called “The Anti Inflammatory Diet Cookbook” by Madeline Given, NC.


I will not review the book now, but I will review the shopping experience from Amazon China. So let’s begin…

The books are as described in the listings, One of the book (The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook) has a poor binding (as some people mentioned on Amazon’s review), the packaging was good, delivery time from the United States was 35 days (as estimated). It was a free shipping and I didn’t have to pay duty fee.

The Amazon delivery guy called me in the evening, he sound nervous when I picked up the phone and said, “Hello”. He was silent for a second, I bet he thought “Dang, this foreigner doesn’t speak Chinese!” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ And then he said “Hello” and started to talk in Chinese very slowly. Well, I know a little bit Chinese 😁😁😁 He was nice, so 5 stars for the delivery guy.

For payment method I chose cash on delivery, this is the first time I tried this payment method and no problem at all. 

Overall, I feel satisfied with Amazon’s service, 5 stars!

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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˜…

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