I’m closing in on the end of my 4th day avoiding solids. Like I said in a previous post, I don’t have a set number of days that I’m trying to reach for avoiding solid foods and drinking only juices. I’m just going day by day and not making any declarations about doing a juice fast. My goal is to try to regain my lost sense of balance and get back into focus. I’m already feeling more balanced physically. My emotions remain a bit low, but I feel mentally stronger even while not necessarily emotionally energized. I am able to get up and do the things I need to do.
So what’s the deal with the Is peanut butter okay to eat when you have fibroids question you might be wondering. Well, I have been putting a serving of peanut butter into my morning drinks to try to add some protein; but today I came across some material in which it was claimed peanut butter is one of the worst foods to eat. Peanut butter and popcorn apparently which is interesting because I was eating lot of popcorn just last week (the kind you have to pop in a pot on a stove) and I came to the conclusion that popcorn does not agree with my fibroid riddled system. Every time I ate the popcorn I felt extra uncomfortable not necessarily right after eating it. I felt like there was some toxic chemical reaction taking place inside my stomach and it left me feeling ill throughout the night. I’ve actually come to this conclusion about popcorn before and had stopped eating it. I don’t know if it really is bad for you in general; but I think based on how I have been left feeling after several days of eating popcorn every day, it’s not a good choice of food for me to consume, certainly not in excess.
As for the peanut butter, after reading that it’s considered one of the worst foods a human can consume, I started to wonder if it might be a bad idea to be putting peanut butter in my drinks, not because of reading someone’s article stating that it’s a food that should be avoided; but because reading the article made me realize that I did not know what impact if any peanut butter has on fibroids.
So I’ve done a little research, nothing intensive, to try to find out if peanut butter is okay to eat when you have fibroids. Here are summaries of some of the articles I found in case you might be interested in researching the answer to the question yourself.
This excerpt is from an article titled “Before removing uterine Fibroids and Endometriosis read this story”. It is by a writer named Dana Tate. I could find nothing about her professional expertise or personal experience with fibroids. This could just be an article that was written based on information in other articles. It’s just basically listing peanut butter as a safe food for fibroid sufferers to eat when needing to recover from low blood count.
It’s common for women suffering from tumors to possess a strong craving for ice, dirt, even powdered starch, these are signs of a low Hemoglobin. A low Hemoglobin ( the substance in blood that contains the oxygen) or ( low blood count) occur’s from massive blood loss due to heavy cycles. A low Hemoglobin left untreated can lead to blood transfusions, heart attacks or a stroke, It ‘s important for women who experience heavy cycles to take iron daily, exercise regularly, and eat foods that are rich in iron for blood building .
Leafy green vegetables such as: Greens, broccoli, spinach, okra, peas, romaine lettuce, avocados, cabbage, Brussels sprouts even peanut butter are rich in iron. Eating whole grains, seeds, nuts, fish and berries are healthy for the immune system. (Source)
Also found an article via livestrong.com titled “Foods That Help Shrink Fibroids”. In that article it is suggested peanut butter could aid in relieving and reducing fibroid symptoms, perhaps not alone but in conjunction with other fibroids friendly foods. This article was written by Jill Andrews who is said to hold a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry/nutrition.
Consuming a diet rich in healthy oils and nuts may help you relieve and reduce your fibroid symptoms. These foods are rich in vitamin E. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, vitamin E-rich foods can help reduce cramping and menstrual pain symptoms that are associated with fibroids. Good sources of vitamin E include vegetable oils such as olive oil, soybean oil and canola oil. Nuts and nut butters are also good sources and include almonds, pecans and peanut butter. (source)
Of course there’s no way to conclude from two articles that it’s okay or not okay to consume peanut butter when you have fibroids. Like I said I have been using it to add protein and a little flavor to my drinks in the morning but I could always try to get some protein powder if peanut butter might be doing more harm than good in the long run. At least with the protein powder I won’t get the extra fat that comes with the peanut butter. The problem of course is that protein powder can be a bit on the costly side for someone on my nonexistent budget. I bought one a few months ago. It cost $25 and it tasted horrible. Hopefully I can find a better tasting protein powder that does not cost the earth.
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