When I got diagnosed with Endometriosis in March 2021 I was looking for any natural or holistic ways to try and help my symptoms with Endometriosis! I’ve been following Juli Bauer Roth also known as @paleomg who actually did this protocol herself and saw great results with her acne. So I looked deeper into this since I also was having issues with acne due to hormone imbalance from having Endometriosis. When I dug deeper into this protocol I found that this protocol has naturally helped women with Endometriosis as well! So I knew this was a calling from the Universe that I had to do this!
With Endometriosis there is no cure so trying to find anything to help reduce inflammation and pain from Endometriosis is a rare find. So I googled Karen Hurd and found that she had her own website which I will link below. I found a bunch of podcasts and listened to ALL of them! I also found Unique Hammond who shares her story and experience with Crohn’s disease and over came her Crohn’s disease with the Bean Protocol. So hearing about her inspiring story gave me hope that this could help with Endometriosis!
If you haven’t heard about the Bean Protocol this is a protocol where you eat a bunch of beans!!! With the Bean Protocol, you’re simply adding beans into your daily routine because the beans contain soluble (and insoluble) fiber, which clings to toxins in the body so you can excrete them and get rid of them. When you have toxins/excess hormones in your body, but you aren’t getting enough soluble fiber, the body simply recycles those toxins instead of excreting them. Example – I have excess stress hormones in my body, but before the Bean Protocol I wasn’t eating enough soluble fiber so my body continued to recycle them and the body would purge those toxins through the skin – aka acne.
When you’re following the Bean Protocol, you’ll want to consume lots of legumes, leafy greens, onions, garlic, cabbage, and more – these foods help your body detox the toxins out. And you’ll obviously still eat lots of your normal veggies, animal based protein, and healthy fats. But you’ll also want to remove the foods/drinks in your life that cause a hormonal or histamine response. That means removing –
- Sugar & sugar substitutes
- Processed foods
- Factory farmed meats
When I started the Bean Protocol, I went hard core and cut out everything for the first month. I stopped drinking coffee, I removed all sugar and alcohol which was so hard for me since I love drinking and eating sweets! I also stopped eating any processed meats like prosciutto or pepperoni, etc., and cut out all dairy. It was also hard to cut out gluten since I love bread and pasta so much! Trust me this protocol was so hard cause I LOVE FOOD and eating and it felt like I was cutting happiness from my life. But I knew I was on a mission and I wanted to do anything possible that would help with my over all health!
So after doing the Bean Protocol for a month I could see a slight change in my acne. I knew it will take a long time to see any affects with PMS and Endometriosis since there were so many backed up hormones that would take time to get rid of.
Here are pictures of my face before starting the Bean Protocol! I have so many pimples due to hormone imbalance. I never had any issues with acne until I got off of birth control since I was trying to conceive.
Here are pictures of my face two months after being on the Bean Protocol! I Started seeing my acne clear up!! So I knew that whatever I was doing was working!!
Being super strict on the Bean Protocol was too hard so I actually lightened my eating up after a month of being strict! I for sure would eat beans 1/4 cup of beans 6 times a day and then I would at least eat veggies and get proper protein at every meal so breakfast lunch and dinner I would always have some type of beans, vegetable and beans.
Here’s a little breakdown of what my days look like on the Bean Protocol –
- Breakfast with spinach, protein powder, and 1/4 cup of beans
- Snack 1 – 1/4 cup beans
- Lunch with some type of green veggies, animal based proteins, and 1/4 cup of beans
- Snack 2 – 1/4 cup beans
- Dinner with some type of green veggies, animal based proteins, and 1/4 cup of beans
- Snack 3 – 1/4 cup beans
Below is what my lunch and dinner often looks like – aka what every meal looks like throughout my days. I don’t cook so I like making things that are super easy! So the protein I usually have the hubby make over the weekend and then I just heat it up in the microwave!
Here are bean snacks that I would eat if I got sick of eating straight up black beans!
So now being on the Bean Protocol my face has cleared up tremendously! Here is my acne now a days! I know I still have blemishes here and there according to how I have been eating! Since I am not strict on this protocol I can’t expect perfect skin! But I am so much happier after being on this protocol and has really helped me balance my hormones so much better!
Also this protocol helps with infertility and I really believe that the Bean Protocol will eventually help prep my body for a baby and will help with Endometriosis! Would I recommend this to people?!! YES!!! Seriously what is there to lose! You are just giving up some type of foods but if you want to be the healthiest version of you and your goal is to have a baby I really believe that this protocol would help!
If you want to learn more about the Bean Protocol, here are the resources I used:
- Episode 83 of the Expanded Podcast with Unique Hammond
- Episode 75 of the Expanded Podcast with Karen Hurd
- Unique Hammond Bean Protocol Ecourse
- I’ve booked an appointment on the phone with Unique once and it’s so nice to have someone to answer your questions about how to make the Bean Protocol fit your lifestyle. She suggested psyllium husk instead of snacking on beans in between meals cause I was always super full and couldn’t consume so much since I am a petite person.
- I bought Karen’s Ecourse on Endometriosis and found it super helpful! She had premade videos you get to watch at your own pace and can re watch at any time. She was super detailed about how the whole protocol works and why it would work! I thought that it was worth the $250.00
But just FYI – the Bean Protocol doesn’t just help with Endometriosis and Infertility, it helps with SO FREAKING MUCH!! Acne, eczema, arthritis, fibromyalgia, lyme disease, menopause, anxiety, asthma, hashimotos, toxic mold, diabetes, depression, and more. It’s all about getting toxins out of the body so your body can thrive. Just literally by eating beans can help your health in so much positive ways is amazing!! I hope this post helps you and let me know if you have any questions I might be able to answer or lead you in the right direction!