In January 2013 I decided to start a preconception diet, since I was getting married in February and knew we would start trying to conceive within the year. I already followed a fairly healthy diet but I implemented some changes based on the WAPF pregnancy diet. The biggest change was drinking raw milk (16oz/day on average). I also increased my egg and butter consumption, began eating organ meats (I cheated: there was an awesome local restaurant that had chicken liver mousse on the menu), making bone broth, and drinking kombucha and milk kefir.
At the time of starting the diet I had been suffering from endometriosis for 3 years. The main symptom was excessive bleeding, both in amount and frequency; at this time my very heavy periods were lasting around 20 days/month.
After just a few months of this new diet, my period was only 10 days long and for the first time in at least 4 years, I was allergy-free that season! April, May, and June continued to show improvements in my cycle, getting down to around a week in duration in mid-June. Around this time, my husband and I decided we would start trying to conceive in July. But when my period didn’t come at all that month we realized there was no need to try because I was already pregnant!
In retrospect I realize that infertility was likely a symptom of endometriosis, I feel very fortunate to have healed myself with food, and not have to suffer through infertility, as many families do. I had been under the care of an OBGYN for management of endometriosis, including having a laparoscopy and D&C to remove the scar tissue that was building up and causing excruciating pain. Unfortunately the only treatment option my Dr offered was to have this surgery every few years, as needed, and use hormonal therapy to control symptoms, something I wasn’t willing to do.
My daughter is now 21 months old and my period has yet to return due to continued breast feeding (yay – this is a much welcomed break). She has been so healthy and is thriving on a WAPF based diet.
Also, I’ve been seasonal allergy free for the past 3 years, both fall and spring. Once, I started to have the scratchy throat that was the familiar start to weeks of allergy symptoms, but after increasing my consumption of raw milk to 16oz/day again, the symptoms went away.
I’m not sure what exactly was lacking or damaged prior to beginning the WAPF diet, but I do believe that drinking raw milk changed my life.