Eating with Endo: chicken and broccoli pasta with sun-dried tomato cream sauce4:27 PM
I'm going to start off this blog post with a disclaimer. Upon skimming through a post I made a few days ago, one reader thought that I was advocating substituting an anti-inflammatory diet in place of treatment and medication. In response to that, I said, "Wow, noooo way am I doing that." I was actually sort of baffled that anyone would think that, but after re-reading that post, I could see how someone may interpret what I said that way. So I apologize for any confusion, and I've updated the post accordingly.
Absolutely do not use this diet in place of medication. I personally am taking continuous birth control as a way to slow/stop endometriosis production. This diet won't stop endo. What I believe it will do is help manage the symptoms you might feel as a result of endo (upset stomach, indigestion, general pain and discomfort, etc.)
So again, sorry for any confusion. I'm not advocating for foregoing treatment and medication. If there's one thing I firmly believe in, it's the power of modern medicine and science. So please don't stop taking your medication, and please don't use a blog written by a 24-year-old with a BA in political science in place of real-life doctor advice.
Anyway, on with the food! (Note: I don't consider this recipe anti-inflammatory, due to how I felt afterward, but it is delicious.)
So Andrew's anxiety over having me in "his" kitchen has slowly been building, and I think he was about to have a panic attack while I was making this dish. I was cooking chicken (on my own and unsupervised), chopping vegetables with his fancy knives and cutting board, and making a lot of noise. (That last thing apparently runs in my family. My mom can't seem to cook without banging pots and pans around... Also, hi Mom!)
But despite my husband's apparent lack of confidence in my cooking abilities, I persevered, and gosh darnit, this recipe was good! However, as I noted above, it's probably not anti-inflammatory. But it's not too harsh, and it's quite delicious.
|I used flash this time. Ooooh... ahhhh...|
From Julia's Album
3 large garlic cloves, minced
Afterward, I felt okay, but honestly, not the best. I had some pain in my stomach, and it could have been from a couple of different sources. Following my ER visit, I had a lot of trouble eating tomatoes and anything acidic, so it might have been that. I've also heard a lot about how gluten-free foods might help women with endo, so I could have gone for gluten-free pasta. Then again, it could have been the spices. I like when my food has a little bit of a kick to it, so I may have gone overboard on the red pepper flakes.
But overall, I didn't feel terrible. Andrew liked it, too, even though he confessed that he'd rather do most of our cooking... In our home, whoever doesn't cook has to wash dishes, and he didn't seem to enjoy that part as much as I do. So while I may not cook every night, I will definitely still be working in the kitchen. I actually, for once in my life, enjoy making food, and I feel a sort of purpose behind what I'm doing.
If you have any recipe suggestions, send them my way! I'd love to hear from you.