Mindset for Fertility in Meal Planning

Small Changes for Better Fertility By Melissa Gorley, FSI Coach and Staff Writer. Lean Proteins and Healthy Fats First One of the simplest changes we can make in our meal planning is to start with the harder but more important pieces. When we are hungry, we are naturally drawn to carbohydrates because of their easily…

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Blood Sugar and Fertility Wellness

Small Changes for Better Fertility By Melissa Gorley, FSI Coach and Staff Writer. Eat Sugar the Healthy Way: Blood Sugar, Insulin Resistance, and Fertility Wellness  Right in the middle of Marilyn Shannon’s “12 Rules for Better Nutrition” is number six: Sharply Limit Your Sugar Intake. Why is this so important for health, especially fertility health? …

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Small Changes for Better Fertility

By Melissa Gorley, FSI Coach and Staff Writer. Keep Drinking Water to Prevent “False Dry Days” With the cooler temperatures of fall, it can be a struggle to keep drinking lots of water. In the sweltering heat, drinking water feels good as it quenches thirst and cools down the body but in the cooler weather,…

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The Sufferings of a Miscarriage

By Melissa Gorley, FSI Coach and Staff Writer. Miscarriage is a hard topic. The loss of an unborn child is experienced by many couples and yet, each loss remains entirely unique. It can feel hard to know what to say or do to support a mother and father who’ve miscarried. It can feel hard to…

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Healthy Food Habits Start at Home

By Amanda Rohwedder. Adapted from the original Family Foundations article. Food makes up such a large part of a family’s routine, lifestyle, and culture. Key developmental milestones happen at mealtime, as well as an opportunity for family bonding. It is when a husband and wife can look each other in the eye, a toddler discovers…

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Nutrition, Thyroid and Fertility

Adapted by Melissa Gorley. Originally from Fertility, Cycles and Nutrition by Marilyn Shannon A number of factors may cause thyroid function to be abnormally low, resulting in either subclinical or full-blown hypothyroidism. Nutritional deficiencies can prevent the thyroid gland from doing its job. Iodine is well known to be essential for the production of thyroid…

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Stress, Energy, and Fertility

Small Changes Make a Big Difference By Melissa Gorley, FSI Coach and Staff Writer. Stress. It saps energy and interferes with sleep, causing even more fatigue. Both stress and fatigue affect our fertility cycles because sexual hormone production decreases under stress and the influence of its hormone, cortisol. Without healthy hormones, ovulation can be delayed,…

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What to Know about Male Fertility and Vasectomies

By Fr Christopher Kubat Fr. Christopher Kubat is a priest of the diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska. He is pastor of St. Andrew Parish and St. Mary Parish. He received a BS in 1979 and a MD in 1983 at Creighton University. He later graduated from Mount Saint Mary Seminary in 1999 where he received a…

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Worrisome Trend: What to Know about Female Sterilization

By Dr Les Ruppersberger, M.D It is always good, when writing on a topic to define terms.  One such definition from a medical website is “Female sterilization is an operation to permanently prevent pregnancy. The fallopian tubes are blocked or sealed to prevent the eggs reaching the sperm and becoming fertilized.” (1) Note the words ‘permanently…

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Reducing Sugar for Better Energy and Less Painful Periods

Small Changes Make a Big Difference An occasional series on small but helpful changes for a healthier fertility awareness lifestyle.   By Melissa Gorley, FSI Coach and Staff Writer. Small changes made consistently make a real difference. Why is this?   One small change is doable. And sustainable. One small change often leads to another. Together, multiple…

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