The Endo Diet: Low-Gluten Vegan, Here I Come

 By Jarosław Kubicki, via Ffffound

Earlier this month, I realised that I had been putting too much hope in doctors & specialists*, and not enough faith in myself & my intuition. After a whole bunch of research, I’ve decided to adopt a version of the Endo diet.

DELETING: dairy & eggs, deep fried food, alcohol, refined carbs, additives/preservatives 

(and red meat, but I’m already eleven years ahead on that one 🙂 apparently chicken, pork and fish are okay meats for an Endo diet – I just choose not to partake)

CUTTING BACK: wheat/gluten, refined sugar, caffeine, soy products

COPYING & PASTING: fresh fruit & veges, nuts, grains/pulses/legumes

Transitioning my diet is going great.

I was one of those vegetarians who, after doin’ all that research that people who suspect the Generic Western Diet is not the way to go tend to do – and taking on board the accompanying discovery that most of the assumptions/received wisdom I had grown up with about food weren’t based in fact and health, but in ideology and tradition – intermittently flirted with eating vegan, but always found it “too hard” because, at that time in my life, I wasn’t willing and able to learn to cook outside my square.

It’s all about building momentum in the kitchen; wanting to buy new ingredients, learn new recipes, being inspired by the power you have to affect your wellbeing via the food you eat. This time around, I am being helped along by How It All Vegan!, La Dolce Vegan and Vegan With A Vengeance. Arming myself with a few masterpiece vegan cookbooks may be an essential ingredient of success! I fear the inevitable library fines I will receive for being unable to part with the first two in a timely fashion. Luckily, I already own VWAV; score one for subconscious foresight 🙂

Nixing dairy required a little self-discipline – I fucking love cheese, the Kirkaldie’s fromagerie was one of my favourite things about Wellington; I miss probiotic yoghurt too, it is so great in smoothies – but my body is saying thank you already. No deep fried food sucks whenever I get a craving for hot chips, ditto no refined carbs/sugar/additives whenever a candy craving kicks in, but the fact that staying away from junk food will be awesome for my body & mind is a great motivator. Besides, it’s not as though I can’t chow down on some oven-baked chips, or bake an amazing vegan confection when the mood strikes.

I guess convenience is the kicker. 90% of my in-town snack food options just got struck off the list. Goddamn. Fuck I love snack food. The new snacks on the block at home are spicy tomato flavoured roasted chickpeas, almonds and dried apricots; they are all awesome, and make me feel way better than the other snack-stuff I used to eat, but sometimes all I want to do is chug back a pack of Nerds.

I’m sloooowly cutting back on wheat and gluten. Diving right in and going wheat/gluten-free AND vegan was a little too much to get my head around, kitchen-wise. I’m keeping it low pressure; I’m less likely to cave and start baking with eggs again this way :-p I’m still having a cup of coffee (rice milk ftw!) in the morning, but nothing else with caffeine in it aside from a little green tea. Cutting back on soy is a bastard; tofu rules. I’m still putting soy sauce in stir fries, but am trying to avoid it otherwise.

How do I feel after only two weeks of eating a low-junk, low-soy vegan diet?

More clear-headed, more energised. Still in pain, but feeling less incapacitated by it, which is already more than my doctors could do.

It quickly became obvious that I need to hone my cooking skills, and be more adventurous about trying new recipes;  my spare time this week – when not gleefully obsessing over the Murdoch Empire chaos – is going to be all about diving into cookbooks. Last night was a total dinner/dessert triumph. Creamy curried veges over brown rice/apricot-apple-berry cobbler.


Nutrition is key. This is my new mantra; it is resonating deeply.

♥ ♥

* because advice that boils down to “you’re probably just going to have to live with it” is wildly unhelpful. I walked out of that particular specialist consultation having realised that this needed to be the end of the road for me, as far as seeking mainstream treatment for endo goes


Filed under endo, vegan

3 responses to “The Endo Diet: Low-Gluten Vegan, Here I Come

  1. Izzy

    I’m looking forward to hearing more about this.

    Soy is definitely a difficult one for me. I try to limit it, but man oh man do I love Tofurkey.

    • Amen; soy is just so versatile! I’m miss the soy “meats” at the local veg*n restaurant already; it’s such amazing comfort food, ya know?

      Though, on the flip-side, having the option of soy milk taken away from me has been a total blessing; turns out I much prefer rice milk, I’d just never tried it before :-p hah

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