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Lately I have been struggling with my body imbalances again. My only health problems are these – indigestion, acne-prone skin and MENSTRUATION IRREGULARITY. I suffered from amenorrhea for 3 years after my anorexia period and during my first vegan attempts. Then I healed myself. Now it is back again and now I am finally starting to understand it.

My body constitution from ayurveda is Pitta-Kapha. But my body and also mind imbalance is VATA. And that is very much what is AMENORRHEA caused by.

I was googling through many articles about it, so I will write some of the facts here, I hope it will help someone as well. Amenorrhea (or at least in my case, I think!) is caused by low pitta dosha and too much vata. (My basic body constitution is pitta but my lifestyle and diet is very much the opposite and I suffer from cold feet/hands, thin nails…etc).

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Causes of too much vata (and blocks of menstrual channels) can be: the ones in Italics are mine

  • stress, anger, tension, travelling, emotional duress, changing of school/job
  • increase of cold temperament od body
  • excessive lethargy, sedentary lifestyle
  • vata promoting diet

Vata increasing diet: (Basically all I eat… dry grains, no oils, cruciferous vegetables, flour, yeast, dried fruit, corn, peas…)

  • cold, light, dry, airy foods (basically low-fat vegan lifestyle,lol)
  • gas forming vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, beans, lettuce, peas, cauliflower…) – I have been eating them lately a lot
  • yeast-based products – also a thing which I eat few times a week when heaving some store bough whole grain breadrolls
  • white flour, white sugar – yes yes, white sugar in teas in tearoom where I work

Some other interesting factors which can cause amenorrhea:

  • excessive exercise
  • artificial subjects for orgasm (that’s interesting one!)
  • no exercise
  • cold temperature

And here is the list of the things, which I resonate with and I believe can be helpful:

  • warm, moist meals – veggie, miso soups, stews, grains cooked with lots of water, herbal teas
  • drinking warm and hot water during the day
  • nutritious but easily digested foods
  • taking flax-seeds (or psyllium) for better digestion and fatty acids
  • ayurvedic herbal supplements – Triphala, Shatavari
  • hot and spicy foods, cooked in oil (vegetable oil or ghee – I will stay vegan, so just vegetable ones)
  • SPICES (very important one) : black pepper, cinnamon, coriander, cardamom, fennel, ginger, cumin, clove, celery and mustard seed, garlic
  • avoid eating old, cold and dry foods!!!! (that means foods from yesterday, too much bread, dried fruits…)
  • avoid using dry cooking methods – not enough water, sauteeing, baking, grilling (yes yes, my “dry” frying and sauteeing all the time, no soups, no oils)
  • don’t skip breakfast (have been doing this and then I always had heavy dinner, which is absolute opposite of what is good for my digestion)
  • not so much raw fruits, veggies, salads

So basically, to balance VATA:

  • eat warm foods, with added fat (coconut, sesame oil)
  • warm soups, stews, freshly baked bread
  • have heavier breakfast – something warm, milky and sweet (cooked oatmeal with almond milk and rice syrup and cinnamon for example)
  • sweet fruits – bananas, peaches, figs, mangos, persimmons, soaked raisins, melons
  • avocados
  • nut butters
  • cold-pressed, fresh sesame oil
  • root vegetables – beets, carrots, yams, potatoes; pumpkins, celery, turnips, mushrooms, squash, garlic, onion
  • beans in moderation (well soaked and cooked) – chickpeas, pink lentils
  • molasses, brown rice syrup
  • spices mentioned before 🙂 + basil, caraway, anise, thyme, allspice, nutmeg, horseradish
  • hot herbal teas, warm flax or rice milk
  • soaked and well cooked grains – basmati rice, brown rice, oats, wheats, couscous

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Just to mention- I am not a proffesional and this is just what I found on the Internet because I want to make changes and be happy. Menstruation is a very important thing for me, if it would mean to stop being vegan I will do it. You can judge me, but it is my health and my decisions. Anyways no need to do that, I am staying vegan, love animals and don’t want to promote animal cruelty. I believe that this can be solved with just some changes of fat intake, cooking methods, supplementing(ayurvedic tea, pills and evening primrose oil + psyllium), adding more spices and also include – OILY massages of my body, drinking tons of fluids, exercising yoga for fertivility improvement.

I will write about my healing journey soon and how has my diet and health changed. I miss that feminine part of me – menstrual flow, releasing, relaxing… ❤ I hope this gift will get back to me very very soon.

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*for some reason I can’t find a photo which I made for this recipe, so I’m going to take a new one in the future. I am including photos of a similar dishes(they include veggies,potatoes&rice milk as well but don’t look so tasty as the original recipe) without potatoes but with salad on the side;)

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It’s similar to my last recipe, but this tastes way mooore better! Especially because of the addition of roasted potatoes, little bit of rice milk and some more spices! Let’s go try it with me;)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup split peas + 1 1/2 cup water
  • 2 med. carrots
  • 1/2 big red onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 big red pepper/paprika
  • 1 tsp sea salt, 2/3 tsp turmeric, 1/3 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp marjoram, 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/2 cup rice-soy milk
  • 2 Tbsp buckwheat flakes
  • 3 big potatoes(I used the new ones so I didn’t have to peel them;))
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp dried celery
  • 1 tsp rosemary

Preparation:

Soak your peas if you wish to, but it isn’t necessary. Bring to boil with 1 1/2 cup of water and let it cook on medium high. In the meantime peel carrots, clean onions, garlic and paprika and chop everything in the smallest pieces you can. Add into boiling peas and cook together for about 15 minutes.

Preheat oven at 190°C and put olive oil into baking dish, chop your potatoes into cubes and put them into the dish. Mix them well with olive oil, add salt and herbs, mix again and put into oven. Bake until it gets golden on the top and don’t forget to stir it sometimes so it won’t get burnt on the bottom.

Add milk into your peas as well as all the herbs, spices and salt. Cook for another 10 minutes. Add buckwheat flakes and cook for next 5-10 minutes.

Serve in the bowl with roasted potatoes on the top and enjoy it’s delicious taste with love! ❤