This summer I have decided turn eating simply into an art. I’ve decided to eat for myself, shop locally at the farmer’s market, and try to listen to my bodies cravings. “Why?” you may ask. Because I wasn’t feeling good, appeared swollen (in all the wrong places) and I had low energy. I found myself eating from a place of social obligation, but still felt hungry. I knew my body must not be getting what it needs. This means that all the fancy cookbooks on my shelf are on a vacation. This summer I’m eating what looks, smells and tastes good to me intuitively.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”-Hippocrates
Our body needs basic raw materials to provide proper cellular activity for survival. Everyday I watch animals instinctively selecting the fresh buds from trees to eat. Imagine how much cellular energy the are getting from that little sprig or leaf! The deer, rabbits, and squirrels, do not seem to suffer from lethargy, fatigue, brain fog, inflammation, infertility, or emotional eating. They seem (from my unprofessional observation) to feel pretty good.
“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics”.-Albert Einstein
Lately it seems like the subject of words and how we use them has shown up repeatedly in my life. Throughout the past several years I read many books related to the subject. For example; books about water molecules and words, Books like “The Secret” or “You’re a Badass” or anything by Tolle. Recently, I watch Ted Talks on the power of words. My own mentor continues to advise me to be mindful of spelling and my choice of words, and a good friend asked me if I would “talk to a stranger the way I talked my own self inside of my head?” Hmmm. The chatter inside my own brain isn’t always so positive. Interesting, right?
I love my job and feel very fortunate to work with infertility. I talk about fertility all the time. I talk about it with my friends. I talk about it with my family. I even talk about it on dates and recall drawing drawing the internal reproductive system on a bar napkin once. What really amazes me, is that everyone seems to have an opinion on it. Yesterday, two retired gentleman at a restaurant even had questions and insights about infertility. Maybe it touches everyone’s live now. (It’s even a hot topic on Hulu with the Handmaid’s Tale). Regardless of where I am, it does seem to come up in conversation. So, if you ever get stuck next to me at the dinner table, and decided to ask about fertility here is some basic questions and advice I might share:
When trying to achieve pregnancy you’re the top things to ask yourself:
Do you ovulate? When?
Females only actually ovulate one day a month a normal cycle. If you’re having sex on the wrong days conception will not happen. This can be done by tracking your body temperature, using an ovulation predictor kit, or even a new ovulation tracking bracelet, called, Ava. I want to try it next.
We are asking if you have a fertility plan. We speak about birth plans. We speak of back up plans. Plans for after college…plans for summer…but how often do women have a plan once they have been told to have infertility? Probably never.
“You have less than 1% of conceiving. You have poor egg quality. You don’t have any eggs to freeze.”
Have you ever heard these words? I have. It’s always a shock, and I do this for a living. We spend most of our young lives try not to get pregnant, and then one day we think it’s going to happen like the snap of a finger. But what happens when it doesn’t happen? Chances are you’ve been told the worst-case scenario by friends and physicians; that the odds are stacked against you; that you need a certain type of doctor.
Detox, it’s like a dirty word that makes you cringe. However, (as many of you know) if you see me in the office (for most any complaint) this is a word that is going to show up. A good detox, followed later by nutrition, possible supplements, stress levels, etc. Detox will probably be mentioned.
If you suffer from infertility you should detox.
If you have cancer you should detox.
If you have cellulite you should detox (this is the one that got me on board).
If you have any unidentified chronic symptoms, fatigue, brain fog, you should detox.