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Unread 10-22-2003, 09:24 AM
Well-meaning dietary advice

A friend and I were talking last night, and she knows about my problems, and my upcoming hysterectomy. She keeps giving me what I will call, um, interesting advice about how to "cure" my fibroids et al. It mostly consists of giving up various things, most of which I have tried over the last five years anyway, and none of which worked for me. She is a vegan, and I have no problem with that, having been a vegetarian for several years a while back myself, but she seems to think that not eating meat will cure anything. Well, funny enough, I find that as I bleed more and hurt more, and the fibroids grow, I am absolutely CRAVING meat. I think my body wants the protein, and vegetable sources just don't meet the bill as far as it is concerned.

Her latest suggestion was that giving up caffeine would help. Yep, I tried that a couple of years ago, and no, no difference at all. Same for dairy, eggs, sugar, blah blah blah

I'm curious to hear if any of you have had weird (or not so weird!) dietary advice about managing your symptoms. I appreciate that my friend is only trying to be helpful, but I do have to rein in my temper sometimes when she makes these suggestions. She is a mother of five, and I think is having a hard time understanding that the hysterectomy is really what I want, and that keeping my uterus is not a big thing to me, my identity as a woman is not tied up with that.

I guess this could be one of those "people are WEIRD" threads


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Unread 10-22-2003, 09:41 AM
Well-meaning dietary advice

I get similar advice from the yoga teacher who lives across the street. Her latest is the no dairy diet. I actually read Marylou Henners book on that and have to admit she looks (and feels) great. But the thought of no cheese? I don't know if I could handle it. Might be worth a try. I am trying to prolong a hyst so will try many ideas. Have a prolapsed uterus and my neighbor also suggested lying on slant board once in a while. Worth a try I guess. Good luck! Trish
Unread 10-22-2003, 09:45 AM
Well-meaning dietary advice

If you are bleeding a lot, what your body is probably craving is iron - which meat has more of then a lot of things. You might check with your doctor about adding some iron to your diet either through dietary means or supplements. You could be anemic or heading in that direction.

Sounds as though your friend is having a harder time with your hysterctomy than you are - you sound like you have a great attitude about it all.

So, take all advice with a grain of salt (literally), and do what you and your doctor think is best for you.

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Unread 10-22-2003, 11:42 AM
Well-meaning dietary advice

Oh, I've been faithfully taking my iron supplements for months Still, I feel like I've only just been holding my ground. DH figures protein helps heal things like wounds, and goodness knows, my insides feel like one big wound right now (Auntie Flo began today, at least as far as I can tell with the constant spotting...how the heck DOES one tell with that going on all the time, anyway?). He thinks it is also a good idea to have lots of high-quality protein (which generally means animal protein) before major surgery, for the same reason.

I don't think I could give up my cheese, either. I don't eat vast amounts of it, and my dairy is mainly yogurt as I am lactose intolerant, but I still like to have it!

If I followed the advice of some people I know, I'd spend more on bottles of vitamin pills each month than I currently do on groceries!

Thanks for the encouragement. I try to find the humour in all of this. It's either laugh at the reactions, or go , I guess!



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