Difficulties Diagnosing Hypothyroidism

The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the neck, just below the Adam’s apple. The thyroid gland makes two main hormones: thyroxine (T-4) and triiodothyronine (T-3). Hypothyroidism happens when the thyroid gland doesn’t make enough hormones.   In Marilyn Shannon’s book Fertility, Cycles and Nutrition, she lists signs of low thyroid…

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Tips for Energizing Your Busy Lifestyle

Feeling sluggish? Need an energy boost? The foods you consume have a huge impact on how alert you feel, how much focus you have, and how energetic you are throughout the day.  One of the biggest factors in how foods affect your body is their glycemic index. The higher the glycemic index (GI) of a…

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Morning Sickness: Common Sense Self-Care

Author Marilyn Shannon offers pregnant women common sense self-care strategies that can help reduce morning sickness. In her booklet, Managing Morning Sickness, Marilyn, along with her daughter, Rosemary Shannon Imrick, who ‘field-tested’ of some of the suggestions, draws from medical research, her counseling experience, and her understanding of human physiology and shows that taking vitamins…

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The Lowdown on Caffeine and Fertility

Taken from Fertility Cycles and Nutrition by Marilyn Shannon Caffeine is a good slave but a bad master. When you use it only occasionally or in moderation, it provides a lift that many people enjoy. However, it affects the nervous system, and can cause anxiety and irritability. It can deprive you of a good night’s…

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Spring Foods to Fuel Your Cycle

By Amanda Rohwedder. Adapted from the original Family Foundations article. The weather is getting warmer, flowers are starting to bloom, seeds are being planted, and farmer’s markets are opening – spring is here and summer is on the way! What grows seasonally in spring that we can take advantage of to fuel our bodies? Each…

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12 Tips for Better Nutrition & Healthier Cycles

Small Changes for Better Fertility By Melissa Gorley, FSI Coach and Staff Writer with excerpts from Marilyn Shannon and Recipe from Amanda Rohwedder of Temple and Table. 1.Make protein the foundation of your meals. A diet rich in protein foods, vegetables, fruits, and grains, without sugary junk food, will naturally tend to stabilize blood sugar.…

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Protein and the Impact on Fertility

Small Changes for Better Fertility By Melissa Gorley, FSI Coach and Staff Writer with excerpts from Marilyn Shannon. What kinds of food choices contribute to regular cycles, better fertility, as well as postmenopausal health and even men’s health? The answer is very positive: The same choices that support high energy, a feeling of well-being, mental…

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Savor the Seasons for Fertility

By Amanda Rohwedder. Adapted from the original Family Foundations article. …yet, in bestowing his goodness, he did not leave himself without witness, for he gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, and filled you with nourishment and gladness for your hearts. Acts 14:17 I recently finished reading The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry and it…

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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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