As an endo warrior, I don’t each a huge amount of meat. When I do, I try make sure it is organic and lovely, and not packed full of toxic hormones as, frankly, endometriosis is hormone enough in itself. Oestrogen dominance, the hormonal imbalance behind endo, can be made so much worse by intaking extra oestrogen in animal products that have bee “enhanced” with additional hormones to be fat and juicy on the BBQ.
I am moving towards a meat-free way of eating, and I suppose I am currently at a Paleo way of thinking with my food intake. I also eat a high protein diet, as my adrenally fatigued body needs a lot of protein to function and less starchy carbs, so I use a variety of ways to get protein into my system. We don’t actually need to eat protein to have protein in our system, we just need to consume the building blocks of protein – think cows chewing the green grass as opposed to chunks of meat.
Eggs are great, and I tend to poach them and use a little coconut or Udos oil for flavour; quinoa is a great source of protein too, as are my beloved almonds which i have for breakfast and a handful during the day.
I recently discovered Shelled Hemp by Linwoods – I am already a fan of their ground flaxseed and cacao mix with goji berries (superfood fibre in a bag!), and love the texture of Shelled Hemp as an addition to my recipes. It looks a little bit like mini grains of quinoa, and is quite a neutral flavour to which additional seasoning and cold pressed ils can be added for extra punch and flavour.
Hemp is a complete Protein in itself with 10.5g of Protein per 30g/1oz serving.
A daily 30g serving, or 2 heaped dessert spoonsfuls provides:
10.5g of Protein per serving
2.4g of Omega 3
8.6g of Omega 6
1.7g of Omega 9
I use the shelled hemp on my soaked oats in apple juice alongside chia seeds for a power packed breakfast bircher, in my green smoothies, or in a quinoa dish for an added texture.
Have you tried hemp? Let me know your favourite recipe!