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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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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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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Cooking Up Love at Mealtime

By Amanda Rohwedder. Adapted from the original Family Foundations article by Melissa Gorley. The most important ingredient in any recipe is love. When food is prepared with loving hands, it seems to taste better somehow. In my own life, cooking and sharing a meal with others has created friendships, nur­tured relationships, and cultivated deep conversations.…

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Nourishing Your Postpartum Body

By Amanda Rohwedder. Original version published in Family Foundations. Edith Stein said that a woman “naturally seeks…to cherish, guard, protect, nourish and advance growth…” and referred to this as a maternal yearning within every woman. The postpartum woman has a particular instinct to cherish, guard, protect, and nourish her child, but she would do well…

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Supporting Fertility Through Food

Sometimes fertility can feel very outside of our control – like something that happens to us, rather than for us. But our fertility is truly a gift and an invitation: an invitation to awareness of how our body responds to stress, to thoughts and emotions, as well as to the foods we eat. Fueling our…

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