This is a guest post from Donielle at Naturally Knocked Up.
I get asked a lot what I write about, and when I mention my subject matter, natural fertility, I’m usually met with blank stares. For a lot of people, the concept of doing anything for their fertility is never thought of, as most couples are able to conceive without any problems. Many others think it’s synonymous with “doing nothing”, as that is about the amount of information you get from an average OB on how to increase the odds of conception. (at least in my case it was!) In my book Naturally Knocked Up (light-hearted name, serious subject) I describe natural fertility as this:
It’s an active approach to fertility that does not involve medical intervention, but instead takes a different course of action through a commitment to dietary and lifestyle changes.
It’s about leaving the control of our fertility in the Lord’s hands yet doing all we can within our own power to create an environment within our bodies that is hospitable to new life.
I often think of a farmer preparing his soil for the summer’s crop. They must tend to it, nurture it, and give it the nutrients it needs in order for the seeds to grow. They also have to actively take care of invasive weeds, make sure there are not a lot of rocks and large stones, and plow the fields before planting. Yet, the farmer can not himself make the seeds grow. So, like the farmer, we too should be preparing our bodies and building up nutrient stores, for when it is time for life to be created within us.
I am a big believer that the foods God created can nourish and heal our bodies. I’ve seen it in my own life, and I’ve seen it in many others as well. I once struggled with poly cystic ovary syndrome, or annovulation, making it difficult to conceive. I would go six to eight months without ovulating, yet I ate what was considered a “healthy” American diet; lots of low-fat foods and high in whole grains. I even worked out at least 4 days a week.
Yes, I was thin, but my body wasn’t working. Over the course of eight months, I began to change my diet to include only whole foods, no refined sugar, and plenty of good healthy fats. (butter, coconut oil, evoo, lard) My body changed right along with my diet and I began ovulating regularly for the first time. Eating the food the He created for us was healing my reproductive system!
And of course, that’s not to say that there haven’t been bumps in the road since then. In 2011, we lost our third baby due to miscarriage and the stress and upheaval on my system seems to have cause my thyroid to slow down a bit. But I can also say that less than two months after my diagnosis, using certain foods again is causing my body to change for the better.
I often get frustrated at the conventional medical model of disease prevention, for they base their ideas and theories off of science and studies. I prefer to trust in the One who made me and created the food that I eat, for not matter how advanced science is, there are always things we don’t understand or have full knowledge of.
Eating and living well is important for every one of course, and we know that the rise in childhood disorders as well as pregnancy complications can be tracked back to nutrient deficiencies of the parents. So whether or not a couple is having a difficult time in conceiving, I think it’s pivotal that we take care of our bodies the best that we can, doing all that is within our control to make sure that when a life is created, our bodies will meet the needs of that little one.
I filled my book with as much information as I could, without going too far over my word count. It includes everything from natural living to cleansing, what to eat and how to exercise, as well as alternative therapies (from my perspective as a Christian – though I know we all hold slightly different beliefs in this area and highly agree that no ONE alternative therapy is the answer. There are many to choose from!) and a discussion on how stress can affect fertility. But there’s always more to include and couples are always looking for more ways to live a bit more naturally to help keep their bodies healthy.
And for that reason, I’m giving away over $35.00 in FREE ebooks and printouts to those who buy a paperback version of my book. TODAY is the last day for the deal. (and this also works if you’ve previously purchased my book)
Included in the package is:
Printable Recipe Pages
All the recipes you’ll find in the book, PLUS printouts of the recipes that got cut from the original manuscript because it was getting to long! These extra pages include plenty of fabulous how-to’s and incredible recipes from some of my favorite “real food” and natural living friends.
I put together a couple of sample menu plans to give you an idea of what your “fertility diet” could look like.
Fertility Foods Checklist
This basic nutritional recommendation list is a great way to start making sure you get in all the nutrients your body needs. Just put it up on the fridge and mark it off as you go through the week.
Fertility Flower is a website that helps couples grow their families, or practice natural birth control, using the sympto-thermal method. Unique features of Fertility Flower: it offers a unique way of displaying the primary fertility signs in one charting space that emphasizes the relationship between them, allows for cycle comparisons with chart overlay and is a fully mobile natural family planning website (unlike abbreviated mobile apps which offer limited capability).
Herbal Nurturing ebook by Michele Augur of www.FrugalGranola.com
As a “friend along the journey,” this 44-page book walks you through preparing basic herbal remedies for you and your family, from childbirth to arthritis, and everything in between! Naturally prepare for cold/flu season, PMS, headaches, sunburns, postpartum, tummy aches, rashes, and more with over 30 recipes, additional homeopathic suggestions, and healthy-living tips. $8.95 value! Michele is also the author of A Natural Noel and Flourishing Spring.
Week-by-Week Guide to Your Pregnancy ebook by Angela England of http://untrainedhousewife.com
What changes should a woman expect during her pregnancy? How does the baby grow each week? This pregnancy development ebook will answer all those questions, and more. Not only does A Weekly Guide to Pregnancy cover each week’s changes for both mother and baby, but the book also includes some bonus material including morning sickness, easing back pain, and other pregnancy complaints. Over 60 pages of week-by-week information at your fingertips. A value of $4.97! Angela is also the author of Backyard Farming and 30 Days to Make, Market, and Sell a Fabulous Ebook.
Beyond Grain & Dairy, and ebook by Starlene Stewart of GAPS Diet Journey
When you’ve been told you can no longer eat gluten, grains and dairy, it might seem there is nothing left to eat. Beyond Grain & Dairy is a recipe book with 113 delicious recipes made with real food which will show you that there is plenty of delicious food. There is no need to feel deprived, move Beyond Grain & Dairy and you may feel better than you have in your whole life. A value of $17.00! In addition to Beyond Grain and Dairy, Starlene is also the author of Making Baked Goods Using Coconut Flour.
The Kitchen Herbal by Jessie Hawkins (digital addition) of Vintage Remedies
Herbs and spices have been used medicinally since antiquity, but not in the capsules and preparations we use today. Traditionally, the line between food and medicine was blurred, as many functional foods served as medicine, and many medicinal herbals were taken with food. This leads to an explosion in flavor possibilities that will please the palate while boosting wellness. In this book, Jessie Hawkins explores eighteen traditional culinary herbs. You will learn how to cultivate them, harvest and store them, and how to add them to your table. She covers the nutritional and medicinal use of each herb, then provides recipes and tips on pairing flavors for maximum taste. This delightful book combines food, health and wellness in a fun and enjoyable culinary experience. A value of $4.95! Jessie Hawkins is also the author of Handbook of Vintage Remedies and Guide to Bread: Unlocking the Mysteries of Grains, Gluten and Yeast.
Sugar Detox Challenge ebook
Addicted to sugar? Or maybe you’re just looking for ways to reduce the amount you regularly eat. This ebook will walk you through 8 weeks of cutting out sugar from your diet. Whether you’re just starting on your journey to ‘real’ and natural foods, or you’ve been on this road for some time and just need a bit of encouragement, this ebook is for you!
Is Your Flour Wet? ebook
A multiple blogger project I’m involved in, put together by Katie of Kitchen Stewardship. Your guide to soaked, sprouted, and fermented baked goods with plenty of recipes. You’ll learn the reasons behind why you’d want to prepare your grains this way and also gain tutorials on how to do it properly. The recipes have been contributed by other bloggers who have worked to make sure they’re both tasty and nutritious.
What Is Thyroid Detox and Why You Need It To Feel Like Yourself Again ebook by Magdalena Wszelaki, Certified Holistic Health Coach and Josie Lincoln, UK Naturopathic Nutrition Advisor
To get access to these A.MAZE.ING freebies worth over $35.00, just email me at assistant AT naturallyknockedup.com (replace the AT with the @ symbol) with either your e-receipt forwarded from Amazon or Vintage Remedies showing you purchased this book in paperback OR a photo of the book in your possession. As an added bonus, this offer also applies to everyone who has previously ordered a paperback copy of the book!
This is a guest post from Donielle at Naturally Knocked Up. Thanks, Donielle!