Two Thanksgiving Dinners Later + Some Health Updates

Good Morning!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’m currently sitting on the couch with a warm cup of coffee and relaxing for a moment before getting up and ready for the day. We fly home later tonight, which makes me so sad. I never want to leave after visiting Florida. I didn’t get the chance to write a recap post last week, but I’ll explain a bit why further into this blog. I’d like to pretend things will go back to normal once I get home, but there’s nothing normal about Christmas time! I’ll be spending my week putting up the Christmas tree, organizing the house, gift shopping, baking, and participating in Vlogmas this year after so many requests. OH, and my new couch comes tomorrow morning! So before Christmas takes over, I’m going to try to enjoy what’s left of November. Let’s get started with this recap!

I spent the first part of the week doing a lot of sitting on my couch while catching up on writing. I woke up out of a dead sleep two Wednesday nights because of the intensity of my period cramps. Hot baths, pain medication, and heating pads couldn’t even help. The pain was so bad that I threw up several times throughout the night (this is NOT normal.) When I was diagnosed with endometriosis six years ago, it was because of an episode like this. I finally fell back asleep around six am, but immediately called a new doctor early in the morning. I felt like my current gynecologist wasn’t doing anything for me other than telling me to go on blood thinners during my cycles and eat a gluten-free vegan diet. I don’t know how but he fit me in later in the afternoon before my deep tissue massage. I was expecting to have to wait several months, but he wanted to make sure everything was OK with the severity of Wednesday night’s episode. We talked about a new birth control plan to help, and potentially going in for a second laporscopy in the Spring.

I know I don’t’ talk about endometriosis as much as I should on this platform and that’s mainly because I hate the reminder of what I have to deal with. I hate it so much. I hate feeling like I’m six months pregnant with “endo belly” some days and I hate that three days out of the month, I can’t leave the couch. I’m so bitter about it. If I can get some kind of relief, then maybe I’d love to talk about it. I just feel hopeless some days and it’s a scary thing to go through. The sad part is that it’s a disease that so many women have but are left undiagnosed. Last week was a really bad week for me, but I’m doing fine now, and just feeling more proactive about getting some sort of relief soon. I know this sounds extreme, but I kind of understand why Lena Dunham got a hysterectomy so young.

I don’t want to make this blog post all negative, but I felt like I needed to fill you in on what’s going on. Not all weeks are good, but they always get better. I do want to say that I’m going to try to be better about opening up about endometriosis and I hope that you guys feel comfortable talking to me if you’re struggling with it as well, or think you are!

I know I usually take photos of things all week long for my recap posts, but I just needed to check out and focus on my health. I wasn’t feeling up for anything and it felt good to finally feel like myself again on Saturday. Becca and I headed to Lincoln’s Haberdashery for coffee and to pick up lunch later in the morning. I ordered an almond milk cappuccino and a salad to-go. 
I had my salad for lunch while I caught up on some work on Saturday afternoon. The salad had arugula, onion, tomatoes, and an almond cranberry mango quinoa. I also added blueberries and strawberries on top.  
I had to use up all the produce in the house so this was Monday’s dinner! I had a bowl of sauteed kale and bok choy with roasted squash, carrots, brussels sprouts, broccoli, and topped with avocado, tahini, and coconut aminos.

This is probably one of the most unorganized recap posts, but I’ll eventually get back on track. With all the traveling, I’m all over the place. But, I couldn’t catch a break. On Tuesday, I had Panera for dinner and then headed to the gym with Kyle. I ended up getting pretty sick that night. We had to make a late-night trip to CVS so I could buy all the Pepto-Bismol they had. I don’t ever get sick unless I’m on my period, so it was a rare occurrence. I was getting worried when they announced the recall on romaine because I had eaten at Panera! Luckily, I’m fine and it was just some sort of bug.
I’m so happy that I woke up feeling so much better on Wednesday morning. I was afraid I either had ecoli from the romaine or I was getting the flu. After spending the day packing and getting everything ready for our trip, I whipped up some of my favorite oatmeal cream pies! But this time I made them completely dairy and gluten free. THEY WERE SOOOOOO GOOOOOD!!!!! I used Earth Balance butter sticks, gluten-free oats, and gluten-free flour as substitutes. 
Kyle and I headed to my parent’s house to have a pre-Thanksgiving dinner before we headed to Florida. I brought over the oatmeal cream pies and a pumpkin pie from Whole Foods. You can watch the Thanksgiving dinner round one video on my YouTube channel!

We had the best dinner. We had grilled vegetables, gluten-free stuffing, dinner rolls, shrimp salad, green bean salad, cranberry sauce, and delicious turkey! My dad’s grilled veggies were my favorite part.

We left around 8:30 pm and it’s always sad to leave the dogs behind, but they love hanging out at my parent’s house.
Kyle and I left the house at 5 AM and headed to the airport for our flight! This is the third Thanksgiving visiting his mom down in Florida and it’s so much fun! Every time we are down here, I never want to leave. 
We made it to Florida at 9 am. We had coffee and some food while watching the Macy’s Day Parade and catching up. While we were sitting at the breakfast table, Kyle’s grandma surprised us with a visit. We were so happy to spend Thanksgiving with her!
I have a Thanksgiving trip video coming soon as well 😊

Dinner was incredible, like always!

We spent the evening playing Heads Up and it was hilarious! That game never gets old.

I know this recap was all over the place, but so am I. I’ll get my life in order soon. I promise! 😊 We’ve been doing so much, which I can’t wait to share with you all soon! ❤️

Questions for you!

  1. How did you spend your Thanksgiving?
  2. What was your favorite dish?
  3. Are you getting anything good for Cyber Monday?

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Comments

  • Taylor

    So sorry to hear what you are going through. I don’t have endo but I do have some other issues and I use CBD oil for this – specifically Rosebud brand. You put a dropper under your tongue for 30 seconds and then swallow it. Read up on it, it may be worth a try!

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  • Holly

    Hi Taralynn!

    First off, I’ve never commented before, but I’ve enjoyed reading your blog so much for the past few years! Yours is the only blog I like to read. I always love seeing all your pictures!

    I’m so terribly sorry you’re dealing with endometriosis, and I’m hoping you’re able to find a solution! I just wanted to throw in my two cents on it since this is something I have spent a lot of time learning about myself. I know everyone has their own opinions they feel strongly about, but I can’t help but mention that hormonal birth control will only mask the real root cause of endometriosis. While it may help relieve the pain temporarily, it’s not a long-term solution, and can harm your body’s natural ability to synthesize hormones properly. I’ve found a ton of useful info on Dr. Jolene Briden’s website– I believe it’s http://www.drbrighten.com. I just wanted to throw that out there since I have recently decided to come off of hormonal birth control. I’m sure you’ve heard so much advice from other people already! I really do hope you’re able to find a solution soon!

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  • Karolina

    I have adenomyosis (a rare form of endometriosis where you cannot do surgery) and I am not on the pill – actually there are no studies showing that taking the pill actuallly slows down the progression of endometriosis- I think the only reason why doctor’s keep prescribing it, is because there is nothing else out there and for some women it helps with the pain. I have been taking the pill for years but I was never feeling like myself, my whole life was foggy, I was super depressed, and I also gained weight and I never want to live like this again – it took me forever to find out that this was due to the hormones I was daily taking. So I take this blood bath and unbearable cramps that I experience 2, 3 days a month over feeling not like myself anyday. What helps me tremendously during my period is CBD tea. And, unfortunatly, at least the super heavy bleeding got better for me when I was following a very strict diet – however I cannot stick to it.

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  • Rachel S.

    I have Endo too – though I haven’t been formally diagnosed. Ultrasound showed two endometriosis (one on each ovary). Besides the unbearable pain during my period, the endometriomas were causing me pain every day and keeping me up at night. I was at the point of almost begging my doctor to remove the cysts but she advised me that in my case it could damage my bowels in the process. So I was prescribed Lo-Seasoniq to manage my symptoms and thankfully that was the miracle I needed. That said, I do feel strongly that birth control should not be viewed as the only go-to treatment for women with our condition. There are so many risks with hormonal birth control that I’m personally not comfortable with and would much rather have excision surgery if that would help. I hear it’s the gold standard in treatment but insurance won’t cover it. Not to mention my husband and I are trying to have a baby so birth control isn’t for me right now. I hope you find relief…you are definitely not alone. Even if no one else really understands it – lots of us do all too well.

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  • Samantha Bunker

    Ugh that’s such an awful thing to go through! I’m so sorry you have to deal with all of that. I don’t have any experience with endo so take my advice with a grain of salt haha, BUT I have heard that Red Raspberry Leaf tea can help with uterine cramps. (Although not sure tea would even come close to touching some of the symptoms you’re experiencing). Just figured I’d share!

    Also, before I went off them and got pregnant I was on oral contraceptives for about 10 years. I never had any issues or side effects. In fact when I went on birth control around 16-17 it helped to clear up some of my teenager acne and I really didn’t notice any significant weight gain. I was just on the generic pill too–nothing fancy. Might be worth a shot?

    I hope you’re able to get some answers and figure out what works best for you soon!!

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  • Jessica Nuttall

    1) We spent Thanksgiving with my dad’s side of the family this year! Delicious food and only about 10 people so it was fun, but low-key 🙂

    2) I love mashed potatoes and dinner rolls. I don’t really like meat, but I eat just a little bit of turkey!

    3) I didn’t buy anything on Cyber Monday! Only Black Friday and Small Business Saturday deals for me!

    I’ve done my own research on Endo before, but not spoken to a doctor/had anything verified. My ‘symptoms’ are not as bad as what you have described, but I am on a hormonal birth control (wonder if that makes a difference?). I get random pain throughout the month that takes my breath away, but I think I’m still in denial. I did have a 3 day episode of very bad pain, but again, I’m just not a huge fan of doctors and they make me a little nervous, so I haven’t gotten anything checked out. Reading about what you deal with though, is making me think more about this – it’s not normal and I should probably get it checked out! I’m sorry you have to deal with this and I hope that you find a solution/relief soon!

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  • Sara-Jayne

    Ugh, I feel your pain – I too suffer from endo and in the past it’s been horrendous. The thing that really made the biggest difference was switching from an IUD to birth control pills; I was also worried about the hormonal thing but actually it’s a godsend – it’s done amazing things for reducing the pain and the heavy flow, and actually regulating my mood and energy levels. I’d definitely recommend trying it for a few months at least; you can always stop. I found dietary changes only had a tiny impact, and actually the things I thought I wasn’t tolerating well became fine when I switched my BC method, as the IUD was what was messing up my digestion – although cutting out caffeine at certain times does help (I believe you already do that, right?). A really high quality probiotic can help too.

    Good luck – I really hope you find something that works for you – there is hope!

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  • Hannah R

    I have to say:

    1.) I am thinking about you and praying for your endo pain to go away TOTALLY — but even for it to lessen as much as possible ♥
    and
    2.) I just read Lena’s story of her hysterectomy and I almost balled like a baby… seriously… she is such a strong woman for going through that with (what appears to be) all the grace in the world for herself! (Maybe I wouldn’t have cried if it wasn’t my time of the month as well right now… and this one in particular has been CRAMPY and EMOTIONAL. Ugh. I’m sure all the ladies here feel me.)

    I’m so happy you had a great holiday! You’ll get back into a comfortable normal before too long. Hang in there!

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  • Brooklyn Murtaugh

    I also have endometriosis so I understand completely. A few years back I was at the point of considering a hysterectomy, but then I found out that even if you get one, it doesn’t guarantee that the pain will stop. It only works sometimes, so it was too big of a risk I felt, especially because I hope that one day I can have children naturally. Fingers crossed that you find something to help you with pain management soon!
    For me I was also told the vegan diet. I eventually switched to a vegetarian diet which has helped loads, but it’s not for everyone. It sucks that there isn’t one special cure that will help everyone.

    Sounds like you had some amazing Thanksgiving dinners!

    http://www.justbeingbrooklyn.com

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  • Megan

    Did you ever have the surgery to confirm endometriosis? My sister had to have that done for an official diagnosis. I’d recommend not self treating and interviewing doctors to find one you really connect with. Hormonal birth control is a great option. Are you scared it will make you gain weight? Only asking because I know a lot of women are worried about that, but it never happens.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Megan! Yes, a little over five years ago I had a laparoscopy done. I’ve been working with a new doctor to come up with a new game plan and most likely going in for a second laparoscopy in January. I think the whole hormonal birth control things me for so many reasons, and yes. I think a lot of women are concerned with the whole “weight gain” thing from the pill, especially since I already have a hard time keeping weight off. But at this point weight gain is worth it if it helps with pain, but we’ve been talking about making the switch.

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      • Courtney

        I second the birth control. I was on it years ago for endo, and I couldn’t take the hormonal swings.I lived with the calling out of work sick, pain so bad I couldn’t even stand up straight. But, I finally found a new doctor, and it took about three different types to finally find one that didn’t make me have crazy mood swings, and actually helped with my endo. I still get slight cramping randomly throughout the month, but I can actually go to work now and not stay in bed and puke all day! It was seriously life changing.

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  • Rachel Blair

    Hey Tara,
    Goodness it has been so long since I’ve seen you in person but I’ve finally gotten around to reading some of your blog. I’m going to have to following you more regularly for yummy recipes! I hope you find a doctor who can give you reassurance and information on how to get rid of your pain, I’ve dealt with bad cramps and such and just got off birth control three months ago and keeping track of my period on an app called Flo really seems to help plus it keeps me aware of I become irregular and stuff like that. So glad you had a good Thanksgiving. Mine was as my grandparents at Rathbun lake in Iowa. My favorite part was the candied yams. They are just so good they are like dessert! Miss your sunshine! It’s so great to see an old friend doing so well.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hey, Rachel!

      Holy moly…it’s been so many years! I hope you’re doing well. I’ll have to look into that app for sure.

      So happy to hear you had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well. Lake Rathbun is a great place to spend it 😊 Next time I’m in Iowa, we will have to get together and catch up!!

      xo xo xo xo

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  • Rosanne

    So sorry about your endo, I was diagnosed in my thirties, dr, said it was the worst he had ever seen. I have since cut out all soy products as well as gluten, I had an iud and developed fibroids from that, but my endo has slowed down…but it sounds like you need more probiotics in your system, it really helps. With the exception of too much sugar, I drank kefir every single day. Hope your new dr can help you out

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  • Anna

    My sister has endo so I know how scary it can be. Sending you good vibes!

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  • Arthen

    Thank you for opening up. I have endo as well 🙁

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  • Susie

    Hi Taralynn, so sorry to hear about your health struggles. 🙁 It seems so wrong and unfair that you are afflicted with this when you are so health-conscious, but we know that’s not how this stuff works out. I was just diagnosed with something icky myself and some days the pain is so bad and that really affects my mood. Not trying to get all gloomy and negative on you, I guess I just want to say that although I don’t suffer from endo I can relate to your struggles. I’ll say a prayer for you tonight 🙂

    Also, how nice to have two Thanksgiving dinners – yum! My fave Thanksgiving dish is the sweet potato casserole with marshmallows on top! Have a great week.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Susie!

      Sorry, you’re also going through some struggles. No need to apologize, sometimes it feels good to vent and let it all out.

      Sounds like the sweet potato casseroles were a hit this year !

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  • illy

    It was the same for me , I saw so many doctors including a gynecologist, and a naturopath is what saved me! It definitely something to consider. Birth control pills only masked the problem, instead of treating the root cause of the endo. I finally get a period every month without much pain( I can function normally rather than passing out in pain at home), which is huge for me! Going on a gluten free, dairy free and sugar free diet helped as well! Figuring out where your hormones are at will help.

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  • Anonymous

    Hey Taralynn , I would suggest you try some essential oils for hormone balance during your cycle and prior. I’ve an extremely long history of hormone imbalance, endo and painful periods. Daily evening primrose oil, omega 3 and using endoflex essential oil on reflexology spots have really helped. I gave up eating red meat, chicken and turkey to elniminate any additional hormones that may impact my hormones. This stopped a lot of my cramps. Good luck and I hope things get better,

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  • Courtney

    I suffer from endo as well (throwing up with every period, cramps so bad I couldn’t get off the bathroom floor). The ONLY thing that ever worked for me was oral birth control. Honestly, it gave me my life back. I don’t know if that’s something that you have looked at, but it has worked wonders for me. Wishing you the best!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Courtney!
      That is something we have been discussing, I’m just so worried about the whole hormonal changes or other negative effects. Have you experienced any of those?

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      • Lauren

        Do you use any kind of birth control? I don’t have endometriosis (that I know of), but I always had severe cramps and super heavy periods when I was younger. I started taking the pill in college and I’ve literally never had a bad period since. I never had any negative side effects at all!

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        • Taralynn McNitt

          I have a non-hormonal IUD but have been talking with my doctor about the pill. I’m a bit worried about some of the side effects but leaning towards it. Thanks for sharing your experience with it.

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  • Emilee

    Hi Taralynn!

    Your Thanksgiving dinners looked so yummy! I’m sorry to hear about your endometriosis struggles. I was never tested for endometriosis, but had many of the same terrible symptoms you are experiencing. All of my symptoms went away when I started the Depo Provera birth control shot. My doctor actually prescribed it to me specifically for the pain I was experiencing. After the first two shots, my period went away and I have had no pain or any other symptoms for the past five years and it was truly a life changing experience! I have heard that some women experience negative side effects with the Depo, but for me they went away after two shots as my body adjusted to the hormonal change. This may not be your solution, but I wanted to share mine. I’m attaching some links about Depo Provera as a possible treatment for endometriosis so you can take a closer look if you’re interested. I really hope you find your solution!

    http://endometriosis.org/treatments/progestins/
    https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/depo-provera/about/pac-20392204
    https://www.verywellhealth.com/can-depo-provera-treat-endometriosis-906705

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  • Kelsey W.

    Hi Taralynn! I’m so sorry to hear about the pain you’ve been going through. I hope this new doctor is helpful in finding you some relief <3 I spent my Thanksgiving all over the place! I visited my grandma in the morning, had first dinner at my parents house, then second dinner with my boyfriend’s family! My favorite dish was roasted bacon-wrapped maple carrots! Holy moly, what a delicious creation! What about you? I don’t usually do any cyber Monday shopping, but my boyfriend bought a new 65 inch TV so I’m excited for that! I hope you feel better and have a great week 🙂 xoxo Kelsey

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  • Anonymous

    I am so sorry you are struggling so much with that! That has to be super frustrating when you are doing all you can and nothing is working. Do you think you’ll go back to a less restrictive diet (gluten and dairy free) if it isn’t helping your endo?

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I don’t think so. Gluten and Dairy make my skin rash and my stomach bloat with sharp pains. I’ve been feeling so much better without them in my diet, but they havent done anything to change the pain of endo.

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  • Brittany

    That sounds awful 🙁 Hope your doctor helps improve your symptoms. I’m so sorry your week started off rough, but I am glad that your Thanksgiving ended up being a lot of fun! As always, loved all of your bright and colorful photos 🙂

    As for my favorite dish – I would have to say the candied sweet potatoes that my boyfriend’s mom made. Oh my gosh, they were amazing. She candied pecans and sprinkled them on top. I was in absolute heaven.

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  • Kam

    I’m excited to hear about your Thanksgiving trip. Are you engaged yet?

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  • Jennifer

    Thanksgiving was spent at my mom and dad’s house! We have the same traditions every year and don’t break from it. It’s been 25 years, they’ve never moved or anything, so if they were to change something it would feel like the world is ending LOL And my favorite dish is always green bean casserole (the bad-for-you kind) and cranberry sauce in a can!

    I’ve been trying so hard not to spend money this weekend. I did get some Christmas presents knocked out which is good, but the only thing I’ve really bought for myself was some Mary Kay face wash/face mask/cologne for the BF! My Mary Kay lady was having a sale. I’m tempted to become a Mary Kay seller so I can get the discount! lol

    and I hope you someday find a solution to the Endometriosis. I don’t have it, but I can only imagine how bad it is. I’m glad you were able to take most of last week for yourself! No one blames you for it, and if they do, then they don’t matter anyway and don’t listen to them 😉

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  • Annie

    Hi! Thanks for sharing your oatmeal cream pie recipe again. My boyfriend is gluten free and dairy free so I struggle with easy treats to whip up for him. Definitely making these ASAP!

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  • Chandler

    Hi Taralynn!

    So sorry to hear about your struggles with endo. I’ll pray you find a quick solution and healing!

    How did you spend your Thanksgiving?
    I spent the day with my husband’s family. Every Thanksgiving morning there’s a “turkey bowl” football game my husband plays in. My father-in-law started the game with his friends 50 years ago! We were on the news on Thanksgiving because it was the 50 year anniversary of the turkey bowl. It was pretty special! I sang the national anthem 🙂 We then went to my husband’s aunt and uncle’s house for dinner.

    What was your favorite dish?
    My favorite Thanksgiving dish was the stuffing! Uncle Paul made homemade stuffing with sourdough bread and sausage and amazing spices.

    Are you getting anything good for Cyber Monday?
    I got 10 new pairs of underwear on aerie.com for $35! That makes each pair $3.50!

    Hope you have a lovely week <3

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Chandler!

      Thank you so much. That means a lot to me!

      That sounds like an awesome Thanksgiving tradition & how cool!!! I bet you sang the National Anthem beautifully!

      What a great idea for stuffing!! Sounds like you have a pretty creative family.

      NICE STEAL!!

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  • Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    I’m so sorry that you are struggling with that pain and sickness…I hope that you find some relief soon! <3 take all the time you need, we'll be here when you come back.
    Those two dinners both look delish! I forgot about Heads Up…that ones' so fun! Hope you have a pain-free and productive week! I made a sweet potato casserole using coconut cream this year that turned out great…it's a great dairy free alternative!

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  • Jess

    Just out of curiosity, why did your doctor recommend a gluten-free, vegan diet? Did they say how that would help your endo? Hope you’re feeling better. xoxo

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Jess. She said that it would help with inflammation and the pain associated with endometriosis as well as “endo-belly.” I haven’t noticed a bit of relief by switching to that type of diet, so I’m not sure if it’s different for others.

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      • Anonymous

        Oh okay, thanks. I was curious because fish for example is supposed to be anti-inflammatory. Have you considered just doing an anti-inflammatory diet?

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        • Taralynn McNitt

          I try my best to eat all the anti-inflammatory foods and supplements, but not fully. Maybe something I’ll look into. I think the pain is so bad that it’s all going to come down to just going with a surgery to get some sort of relief.

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  • Jessie

    I’ve noticed some disconnect from you as of lately. I hope you find some relief in your struggles. I am a 37-year old who has suffered through endometriosis for about twelve years and I understand your pain and frustrations. Don’t give up and please keep us posted on your journey.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you, Jessie. I’m sorry you’re struggling and I hope you’re doing better 😔 I am going to try to do a better job at opening up about it for sure.

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  • Kristin

    So sorry you had to deal with all that sickness! I had a bad cold for about 1.5 weeks before Thanksgiving that just wouldn’t go away!

    We hosted Thanksgiving at our house for the first time, it was hectic and stressful but turned out good! My favorite dish was my mom’s brownie pecan pie, sooo good!!

    I haven’t done any shopping today yet but did some online Friday for some good deals on organic clothes and bath/body items!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Kristin!

      Thank you 😊 I’m so glad your Thanksgiving turned out and I bet your family loved everything! And brownie pecan pie? yes please!

      Great finds. I just bought some of my coffee! lol

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  • Amanda

    I’m Canadian so I spent the day drooling over all the Instagram posts of mashed taters and gravy and turkey and stuffing oh my lol. My favorite dish is my mama’s turkey stuffing and this year she finally let me make it while she gave me instructions. At Christmas, she’s going to teach me how to make her Christmas dinner buns AND her tourtiere (french Canadian meat pie). SO EXCITED.

    I hope you start to feel better! I know it’s not the same thing but I suffer from tension headaches and bad migraines and I know how frustrating an “invisible” illness can be, it takes over your life sometimes and you start to feel hopeless. I hope and pray you start to find some relief soon. Good vibes coming your way from up north!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Haha I always wondered what it would be like to see Thanksgiving from another country’s perspective. You guys have a good menu at Thanksgiving too! 😉

      I love that your mom is teaching you how to make all of the family favorites. That’s so special and a great way to carry out the tradition with your family!

      Even if it’s not the same, it’s still something painful and uncomfortable that you have to deal with and it’s never fun. We can definitely relate. I couldn’t imagine having tension headaches all the time. 😞 Sending good vibes to you as well.

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  • Amber O.

    Thank you for taking the time to share with us even if life feels scattered!! I have PCOS, which is also a difficult thing to talk about and comes with nasty side effects. But I think it’s a beautiful thing when we can share our struggles, so thank you for speaking out! I hope you’re able to find treatment that works for you, especially with a new doctor.

    Thanksgiving was great, holidays are so fun because there are my family’s traditions, but also my husband’s, he’s Mexican so it’s fun to experience both! Now we’re creating our own! Hope you have a wonderful week 🙂

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Amber!

      I know how awful PCOS is as well. I’ve read so much about it because I thought I had it and endo, PCOS was never confirmed. SO SORRY you’re dealing with that.

      Thank you for sharing your story with me and I’m really happy your Thanksgiving was fun! I think it’s cool you get to experience a whole new tradition with your husband. xo

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  • Alissa @ PositiviTEA

    So glad you were able to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday and following weekend after such a horrific episode. I had a friend who would have to take off of work multiple times a month for the extreme pain and everything she endured. I can’t even imagine!
    Lovely photos as usual 🙂 Food looks amazing!

    Happy Monday, xo
    Alissa @ PositiviTEA

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  • Cindy

    Your Thanksgiving dinners were so healthy! Not the case when I cook holidays meals lol. Thanksgiving is in October here (Canada) and it’s usually turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, beetniks or perogies, some sort of veggie, cranberry sauce and dinner rolls. Give me all of the carbs- haha!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Cindy! My family and Kyle’s family really love healthy options. It was ALLLLLL delicious. But the potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and all that is just as tasty!!

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  • Stacey

    I’ve never commented before, but since I know you go up to DC sometimes you may want to check out the Center for Innovative Gyn Care (CIGC). They specialize in minimally invasive surgical procedures, and I’ve had amazing treatment there for fibroids. Good luck!

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  • CDK

    I feel ya girl- endo is the worst. I had a fantastic doctor who diagnosed me and did my lap, but then moved out of state. So sad! I’ve been searching for a new dr who will function at the level she did, and ITS SO HARD. I’m 25 and I want kids, and I still think about a hysterectomy when the pain is bad. My only advice would be to 1) keep trying new doctors, you owe nothing to doctors who don’t treat you and ignore your symptoms. 2) really research hysterectomies and endo before you decide one way or another. I have read quite a bit about women who have endo and had hysterectomies and the pain didn’t go away. Eek!

    Good luck!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I think it’s extremely hard to find a doctor that you can connect and work with! It really is. I’m in your boat! I also want kids, don’t even know if I can have them, but some days that hysterectomy sounds pretty freaking great. Thank you very much for your advice and I agree with all of it. I actually was reading something about that last night!! My aunt has endo and has said something similar. Thanks again!

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  • Nicole

    I just recently found some interesting info on Copaiba essential oil for endometriosis. I use Young Living oils and they have been a game changer for me in lots of areas. Copaiba may be something to look into! https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/22030810/

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  • Emily H.

    Glad you had great thanksgivings after all the sickness you had to go through. I’m curious though, lately after I eat a ton of veggies for dinner I wake up super bloated and uncomfortable. It would happen and I’d have no idea why until I determined the culprit was veggies. Have you noticed anything like this? Because I know you sat a lot of veggies haha

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Emily!

      It could be the veggies and it may be one particular thing. I usually feel bloated from all the water/fiber content in veggies after eating them, but never when I wake up. It may be one kind of vegetables you are sensitive to, the seasoning, or the type of oil. I’d start a process of elimination to see what’s affecting you. Also, some people have that reaction with high fiber foods and it can take some time for your body to adjust.

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Glad to see you enjoyed your Thanksgiving, Taralynn! I must say, your roasted veggies always look so good. I’m so hungry now! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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