Eating should still be a pleasure!

Food is a vast subject that groups and intertwines many notions: experiences, beliefs, tastes, education and many other aspects. Eating is a pleasant social act that, in certain situations, can become a central therapeutic action for management. This is the case of an adapted diet for women with endometriosis, for example, but also of those who suffer from chronic cystitis (bacterial and abacterial).

If it is true that, in these circumstances, the diet becomes more “technical” and “medical”, it is essential to stay the course so that an “allied” approach to the disease does not become a daily restriction, a source of new frustrations, desocialization and loss of pleasure.

On this topic, here is the point of view of a patient suffering from endometriosis and a dietitian.

Laila’s testimony:

When you are diagnosed with endometriosis, the world literally falls on you. In my case especially because this diagnosis came after a long pilgrimage between doctors and tests, anxieties and paranoia where I never felt seen or believed. So, I was physically and mentally destroyed before starting.

You find yourself dealing with medical and scientific disinformation and poor support, managing work, private life, sexuality, etc. but above all facing a daily problem: food.

I have been a vegetarian for many years and therefore quite used to what, for many, sounds like renouncements (for example, when I do not find the right alternative to my needs at the restaurant). I am therefore very determined and disciplined.

I believe that discipline is the key word in the fight against this pathology. You have to be very calm and lucid when you move through the labyrinth of web information: surgery yes or no, food supplements yes or no, hormones yes or no, anti-inflammatory diet yes or no , etc.

I will not go into the details of the different subjects listed above because I am not a doctor and everyone has their own story. Each case should be evaluated in relation to the benefit/price to pay (sacrifice to be made). I am not even a person who believes in miracles or curative care at all costs, but I like to take care of my body and try to make it work well with the tools I have and that nature offers me.

Fortunately, living in a country based on a healthy and varied Mediterranean diet, I have all the pieces to compose my well-being puzzle.

I have little knowledge in the nutritional field and so I had to turn to a dietitian who described me the best approach taking into account my most delicate needs:

– a feasible diet at a reasonable cost

– as vegetarian as possible (are meat and fish so bad?)

– a diet that doesn’t always remind me that I’m sick

-a diet that is not made only of sacrifices

– a nutrition associated with reasonable and suitable food supplements

– know how to combine prohibited and non-prohibited foods so as not to overload

– a calibrated diet on my physical activity

Here the opinion of Mary, dietician (video available in french and italian):

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