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Is butternut squash okay to eat if you have fibroids?

Baby Spinach Butternut Squash salad

I have to admit. The whole is this okay to eat and is that okay to eat when you have fibroids thing is getting annoying. What’s most annoying is the fact that there’s so much conflicting information out there, and everything is based on speculation. No one knows anything for a fact. They don’t even seem to know if in fact what you eat has any impact on fibroid growth or not.

Based on my own experience experimenting with this and that fibroid shrinking remedy over the last few years I can see why there’s so much conflict. It’s really hard to know what works and what doesn’t work. I’ve seen my stomach go down significantly while making no conscious adjustments in terms of what types of food I was eating.  And I’ve seen my stomach swell while consciously avoiding eating things I’ve read are better to avoid eating when you have fibroids.

I know that I keep contradicting myself in my posts about what has worked and what has not worked; but that’s just the thing. Every time I think I’ve figured it out something nulls and voids my conclusion. My situation keeps changing and the contradictions reflect that fact. Something might seem to work the first time I try it, but when I try it again the result is different. I think body chemistry plays a huge role in determining what’s going to work and what’s not going to work and whether it will work at the specific time you try it or not; and obviously every woman is unique in that way. And aside from being unique from each other, our body chemistry is not consistent from month to month, especially after a certain age. Again I am really speaking for myself because I obviously have no qualification to speak generally on the subject. But from my experience it seems as if there are things going on on a biological or chemical level that are going to take place regardless of what I’m eating or not eating.

So, Is butternut squash okay to eat if you have fibroids?

picture of butternut squash

From what I can tell butternut squash is on the list of fibroid friendly foods. But again, I think these questions are necessary to answer on a case by case basis. It might not necessarily be the case that what makes my fibroids grow will make your fibroids grow. I use a lot of butternut squash. At one point I was making the same meal for dinner every day–butternut squash baked in the oven then mashed, broccoli baked in the oven, yellow squash and zucchini, cabbage and salmon. I no longer make this for dinner every day but I do still make it for dinner often. I don’t think I’ve noticed any negative impact on my fibroid condition.

I made a butternut squash and spinach salad for dinner on Sunday. It didn’t blow anybody’s mind or anything; but it was decent enough. I threw in a handful of cashews, dried cranberries, tangerines and dates. Not an excessive amount of any of these things. Just a handful to be divided among 3 people. I served the boys their salad with salmon. I also tried to make zucchini chips; but that didn’t turn out too well. It looked more interesting before I put it in the oven. Yes, I did go a little overboard with the olive oil for most of the dishes I made. I wanted this to come out of the oven tasting crisp and flavorful. It wasn’t crisp and it didn’t taste all that good.

zucchini chips easter sunday dinner

For the butternut squash I cut up half of a medium squash into cubes, seasoned it and prepared it in a skillet on the stovetop.


butternut squash being prepared in a skilletThen I mixed it with baby spinach, tangerine, cashews, dried cranberries and dates. My dressing was a simple concoction of apple cider vinegar and (more) olive oil.

I usually prepare the salmon in the oven because I don’t like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I’m trying to change that–more for myself than anything. I think cooking be can potentially therapeutic. I think this process is helping me to reconnect my various selves into one whole and healthy unit. It’s a work in progress. I have a long way to go and the way things are going in my life it’s not going to be easy to stay on course.

But back to the salmon–I decided to try something different. I prepared it on the stove top in a skillet instead of doing what I normally do which is to season it, wrap it in foil paper and put it in the oven. You can barely see it in the picture because it is covered in onions.

salmon and onions

All in all my dinner turned out okay. It was nothing special. The husband didn’t comment afterward that it was “most delicious” the way he does when he enjoys something I make. I was glad that I found the spirit to make something at least. The day had started out so badly I had decided not to bother making anything for dinner; but I changed my mind. Unfortunately by that time the sun was already going down so I had no good light to work with for my photos.



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My name is Monica. I have fibroids. My fibroids are large enough that they have transformed my figure into something I am still trying to learn how to live with. In the meantime while I try to learn how to live with my fibroids I am also trying every possible method I can find to try to shrink them naturally because I am afraid of the idea of a hysterectomy. I lived with fibroids from 2007 - 2016. I started documenting my experiences on this blog in 2012. On March 7th 2016 I had a hysterectomy out of concern that I might have ovarian cancer. It did not turn out that I had ovarian cancer. The cancer scare forced the hysterectomy I was trying to avoid, and so, I became fibroid free as of March 7th 2016. I will try to keep this blog up and running in the hope that it will be of some use to others going through what I went through.