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Endometriosis Diet Grocery List: The Best Foods to Buy

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Endometriosis Diet Grocery List: The Best Foods to Buy

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Key Takeaways

  • An endometriosis diet focuses on eating whole and fresh foods that help support overall health and reduce inflammation to decrease endometriosis symptoms.
  • Foods high in sugar, highly processed foods, and red meat may exacerbate endometriosis symptoms.
  • A dietitian can help you make a meal plan for your endometriosis based on your personal health needs and preferences.

While there is no specific medically recognized endometriosis diet, several studies have found that increasing fruit and vegetable intake and reducing foods that cause inflammation, such as sugar, processed foods, and red meat, may help reduce endometriosis symptoms. 

This article explores why certain foods affect endometriosis symptoms, what the benefits are of following an endometriosis diet, and gives a helpful grocery list. 

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Why Certain Foods Affect Endometriosis Symptoms 

Endometriosis is an inflammatory condition that occurs when endometrial cells form outside the uterus.

The cause is not fully understood, and treatments are often unsatisfactory. 

Foods can significantly impact your inflammation level, which can impact your endometriosis symptoms.

Certain foods, such as processed foods, refined sugars, and saturated fats, may exacerbate inflammation and contribute to increased endometriosis pain and discomfort. 

On the other hand, eating a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods, such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains may help reduce your overall inflammation and alleviate symptoms. 

Benefits of a Budget-Friendly Endometriosis Diet 

Adopting a budget-friendly endometriosis diet is not only a practical and economical approach, it offers many health benefits as well.

By focusing on affordable and nutrient-dense foods, you can create a way of eating that is sustainable.

This approach supports your long-term overall health goals as well as minimizes your inflammation, which is an important factor in managing endometriosis.

Budget-Friendly Endometriosis Diet Grocery List 

Enjoy this budget-friendly endometriosis diet grocery list to help you better manage your endometriosis symptoms and feel better overall.

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Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins and antioxidants that can help decrease inflammation. One study found that the consumption of fruits, especially citrus fruits, decreased the risk of endometriosis. 

FruitsVegetables
  • Apples.

  • Apricots.

  • Avocados.

  • Bananas.

  • Berries.

  • Cherries.

  • Clementine oranges.

  • Dates.

  • Figs.

  • Grapes.

  • Grapefruit.

  • Lemons.

  • Limes.

  • Melons.

  • Oranges.

  • Peaches.

  • Pears.

  • Pineapples.

  • Plums.

  • Pomegranates.

  • Tangerines.

  • Asparagus.

  • Artichokes.

  • Beets.

  • Bell peppers.

  • Cabbage.

  • Carrots.

  • Celery.

  • Cucumbers.

  • Eggplant.

  • Garlic.

  • Green beans.

  • Hominy.

  • Jicama.

  • Leafy greens.

  • Mushroom.

  • Olives.

  • Onions.

  • Peas.

  • Okra.

  • Radishes.

  • Rhubarb.

  • Squash.

  • Tomatoes.

Protein Sources

When it comes to your protein sources, it’s best to limit or avoid red meat as it has been associated with an increased risk of endometriosis symptoms.

Focus on lean meats, fish, and plant-based protein sources.

Not only will these help decrease your inflammation, but they are more budget-friendly as well. 

  • Beans.
  • Chicken.
  • Chickpeas.
  • Lentils.
  • Mackerel.
  • Nut butters.
  • Nuts and seeds.
  • Pork.
  • Salmon.
  • Sardines.
  • Turkey.
  • Tofu, tempeh.
  • Fish/tuna fish.
  • Shellfish.
  • Eggs.

Whole Grains 

A study from 2012 showed that avoiding gluten is beneficial for decreasing endometriosis symptoms.

However, other studies show no connection and do not recommend a gluten-free diet for people with endometriosis. 

Because the evidence is unclear at this time, you may want to talk with a dietitian about if you should include gluten in your diet. 

Here are some healthy grain options:

  • Arrowroot.
  • Barley.
  • Bulgar.
  • Couscous.
  • Flax.
  • Oatmeal.
  • Pasta.
  • Polenta.
  • Quinoa.
  • Rice.
  • Rye.
  • Whole wheat bread.

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Dairy and Dairy Alternatives 

Some studies suggest that dairy may increase inflammation and cause hormonal imbalances that may exacerbate endometriosis.

However, other studies suggest that dairy products may help decrease the risk of endometriosis. 

Because more research is needed, talk to a dietitian about whether dairy products would benefit you.

If you know you’re sensitive to dairy, it’s best to avoid dairy products and consume alternatives instead.

Dairy products containing lactose

  • Butter.
  • Buttermilk.
  • Cottage cheese.
  • Evaporated milk.
  • Ice cream.
  • Milk.
  • Ricotta.
  • Sweetened, condensed milk.
  • Yogurt.

Low lactose dairy and dairy alternatives

  • Almond milk.
  • Brie (low).
  • Cashew milk.
  • Cheddar cheese (low).
  • Coconut milk.
  • Feta (low).
  • Mozzarella (low).
  • Oat milk.
  • Parmesan cheese (low).
  • Rice milk.
  • Soy milk.
  • Swiss cheese (low).

Snacks and Condiments 

When it comes to snacking and your condiments, try to select foods that are fresh or only lightly processed. 

Snack ideas:

  • Fresh fruit and berries.
  • Nuts and seeds.
  • Vegetables with hummus.
  • Greek yogurt with berries.
  • Oatmeal with cinnamon and fruit.
  • Avocado toast.
  • Whole grain crackers with nut butter.

Condiments:

  • Apple cider vinegar.
  • Avocado oil.
  • Guacamole.
  • Honey.
  • Hot sauce.
  • Low-sodium soy sauce or Tamari.
  • Mustard.
  • Olive oil.
  • Pesto.
  • Salsa.
  • Tahini.

Herbs and Spices

Many herbs and spices contain phytochemicals and antioxidants that help reduce inflammation while enhancing the flavor of your food.

Here is a list of herbs and spices to cook with to help your endometriosis symptoms.

  • Basil.
  • Bay leaf.
  • Black pepper.
  • Cardamom.
  • Cilantro.
  • Cinnamon.
  • Clove.
  • Cumin.
  • Fennel.
  • Garlic.
  • Ginger.
  • Mint.
  • Parsley.
  • Oregano.
  • Rosemary.
  • Sage.
  • Thyme.
  • Turmeric.

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Beverages

Many beverages are full of added sugar and preservatives that may cause inflammation.

Water is the best beverage of choice for reducing inflammation.

For more flavor, try adding vegetables or fruit to your water, such as cucumbers, berries, lemon, or mint.

Here are several other beverages that are tasty while not causing inflammation.

  • Black tea.
  • Green tea.
  • Keifer.
  • Kombucha.
  • White tea.

Tips for Saving Money at the Grocery Store on an Endometriosis Diet

Here are several tips to help you save money while prioritizing nutritious choices that benefit your health. 

  • Plan your meals: Take time each week to make a weekly meal plan based on affordable and nutritious recipes. This can help you buy only what you need and reduce food waste.
  • Buy in bulk: Purchase non-perishable items such as nuts, legumes, and grains in bulk to take advantage of lower prices. 
  • Shop produce seasonally: Select fruits and vegetables that are in season as they are often more fresh and affordable.
  • Choose generic brands: Consider buying store or generic brands for staple foods like rice, grains, condiments, and seasonings.
  • Utilize sales and discounts: Plan your meals around weekly sales, discounts, and promotions.
  • Limit convenience foods: Pre-cut and pre-packaged foods tend to be more expensive than whole foods.

Takeaway

Following an endometriosis-friendly diet on a budget is achievable and sustainable.

Choose whole foods like fresh vegetables and fruits, lean proteins like chicken, and fish, or plant-protein options like legumes, beans, and nuts to help reduce inflammation.

Experiment with cooking with herbs and condiments that may help reduce endometriosis symptoms by decreasing your inflammation. 

By being mindful of your food choices and planning your meals ahead, you can improve your overall health and possibly ease endometriosis symptoms. 

How a Dietitian Can Help

An endometriosis dietitian can play an important role in helping you manage your endometriosis symptoms through your diet.

They can give personalized guidance and expert advice on nutrition and help you plan balanced meals that help reduce inflammation. 

Find a dietitian specializing in women’s health  to plan your endometriosis diet.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which diet is best for endometriosis?

If you have endometriosis, it’s best to focus on eating foods that help decrease inflammation.

This includes eating a diet with high amounts of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.

Try and avoid eating convenience and processed foods, as these may contain inflammatory compounds.

Can you eat eggs on the endometriosis diet?

Eggs are a great source of lean protein if you have endometriosis.

Try having an egg with a fruit and whole grain for breakfast to start your day with a meal that helps reduce inflammation.

What aggravates endometriosis?

Foods that cause inflammation may aggravate endometriosis.

Processed foods, red meat, and those that contain sugar may increase endometriosis symptoms.

Studies are mixed on whether dairy and gluten may enhance endometriosis symptoms.

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