Endometriosis and Seasonal Allergies

Now that it's officially spring, a-choo! is the only sound you'll be hearing from me 'til October. Like more than 50 million Americans, I have allergies -- and this time of year, allergens like grass, ragweed, and pollen are flourishing, leaving my eyes, nose, and throat red, raw, and itchy. What we call "seasonal allergies"…

The Best Bathing Suits for Bloated Tummies

Summer is a challenging time of year for me -- and for my body image. As you may remember, my eating disorder began with a bathing suit. Since then, I've continued to struggle with this time of year, and especially with all the weight loss rhetoric that tends to surround it. So, consider this your…

The Best Packaged Foods for the Endo Diet

"Packaged foods" and "endo diet" seem like complete antonyms -- after all, eating for endometriosis means focusing on plant-based whole foods and minimizing processed goods. But in the modern world, let's face it: packaged foods are just a fact of life. For endometriosis, it's important to eat whole foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains,…

Is Endometriosis an Autoimmune Disease?

I still remember how confused I felt when I first started delving into the literature of endometriosis: people with endometriosis suffer from systemic inflammation and have a high incidence of food allergies, yet endo still isn't considered an autoimmune disease in the conventional sense? What does that mean?! Studies suggest that endometriosis often coexists with…

Supplements for a Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Diet

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, medication or supplement routine! Well, fam.... after about two months' reprieve, I am officially back on the gluten-free bandwagon. When I first found out I most likely had endometriosis -- not, as previously diagnosed, IBS -- I…

Can You Lose Weight in Eating Disorder Recovery?

Trigger Warning: This post deals with weight loss, eating disorders, calorie counting and other topics that could be upsetting to someone with a history of an ED. Please proceed with caution. Remember, I am not a medical professional, so consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet or exercise routine. It's been awhile…

Product Review: Love Wellness

Disclaimer: This blog post contains affiliate links, meaning I may receive a percentage of any purchases made through my blog. Thank you for supporting Endo Strong! When it comes to managing my endometriosis, I am willing to try (almost) anything once. That's why I was psyched to try Love Wellness's line of personal care products…

What You Need to Know About George Floyd and #BlackLivesMatter

My heart is broken by the violence and hatred we are seeing in this country. And I'm not talking about broken windows and spray-painted storefronts; I'm talking about the years of systemic abuse and racism in the police force that have finally boiled over into a cry for help. Living in the middle of Cleveland,…

What I Didn’t Know About My Chronic Yeast Infections

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. My posts are based on my experiences as a patient and my subsequent research. Please consult your doctor before making any changes that may affect your health! Between five and eight percent of women get more than four yeast infections in a year, known as chronic yeast infections --…