G Free & Tasty: Leftover Lunch

April 22, 2011

This is a continuation of my Step 1 in combating infertility with food: Goodbye Gluten!

Part Three of this G Free & Tasty series is sort of a cheater post. Going G free is supposed to be very time-consuming and challenging, and this, well it just isn’t friends. It will be our little secret. So its lunch or dinner time what to do? A huge subway sandwich? Pass. How about a loaded baked potato? Doesn’t sound filling? Let me “fill you in”.

Started with a baked spud. This takes a bit of planning. Next time your using your oven (perhaps when your making some poppers?) give a couple of spuds a good rinse, stab them with a fork and toss them in. If your only baking for, say 30 min, leave the spuds in after you’ve removed your primary dish and turned the oven off. The residual heat should be enough to finish cooking the spud. Plus you get Green Points. Your carbon footprint is smaller. Al Gore is happy. It’s a win-win-win!

So you have a baked potato.

Mmmm Carbs, the way God made them.

Ok, the spuds a little boring. Lets add some Cheese and Sour cream that we have on hand from the Chili.

Now that looks purdy tasty...

Wait! Don’t dig in just yet! Why not add some meaty protein goodness?

Oh yes I did....

Leftover Chili? Don’t mind if I do…

Mmm looks good right?

But what if we went just a little crazy?

These are the ones you had to hide from yourself/spouse/kids/dog.

Chop Chop little pepper. It will be messy.

Spicy Topping Goodness?

Well…. ok….

Looks like a mess. Tastes like a YUM.

Although you may not guess from looking at it (note my sarcasm) this is great food for if you have a man who is unconvinced about this whole G Free bit.

Lunch is served!

GFree & Smarter than Bee!

April 18, 2011

This is a continuation of my Step 1 in combating infertility with food: Goodbye Gluten!

Don’t take my word for it…take these people! Recipes and studies that is. Here are a smattering of the cool things you can find on the internet about G Free cooking and the gluten/infertility link.

Bloggers with great recipes:

The Gluten Free Homemaker: http://glutenfreehomemaker.com/

Glugle: http://glugleglutenfree.com/

Elana’s Pantry: http://www.elanaspantry.com/ I’m not sure I could love this gal more. She blogs about utterly amazing G free food from her kitchen on Boulder, CO. Growing up, I spent my summer vacation & some Christmas’ in Boulder and the surrounding area. It feels a lot like home to me. I want to go to Boulder & convince Elana to be bff. That’s not Nutty at all, right?

Articles that Reference Gluten Sensitivity and Infertility:

Gluten Free Society: Article on Gluten & Infertility: http://www.glutenfreesociety.org/gluten-free-society-blog/gluten-intolerance-causes-infertility/

Newsweek Article: Waiter Please Hold the Gluten: http://www.newsweek.com/2007/09/15/waiter-please-hold-the-wheat.html

Living Without: A discussion on a Study Linking Gluten Intolerance and Infertility: http://www.livingwithout.com/blog/inside_living_without-2407-1.html

Happy cooking/baking/reading!

My Personal 12 Step Plan

April 3, 2011

Hi my name is NuttyBee and I am infertile.

You know it.

This list is a summation of months of research before, during, and after my infertility treatments failed. It is what I wished someone would have handed me three years ago, although I may not have been ready to hear it. I plan to expound on each of these steps in later posts, but these are a jumping off point for your own research, reading and experimenting. There is nothing on this list that I would consider easy, but there’s nothing on here that compared to the pain of repeated fertility cycle failure or miscarriage (I’ve had 2). I can’t promise this list will be a magic bullet, but I think you will find you could out stronger and healthier once you have tried it.

If you are going through fertility treatments I think these steps will absolutely help you. I would only caution you to talk to your RE before you take any kind of herbal supplement.

Things to do before you go on fertility drugs:

  1. Go gluten-free. Challenging, yes, but less painful than a HSG. Or giving yourself shots.
  2. Get the High Fructose Corn syrup out of your diet. Clean your fridge and cabinets. Read ALL the labels. If its got HFCS, toss it. There are plenty of HFCS free products like ketchup or barbecue sauce if you look for them. Often they will be in the “natural” foods section of a normal grocery store, or any option at Whole Foods or Trader Joes.
  3. Say buhbye! to white/brown sugar. You have probably already done this if you’ve gotten rid of gluten and HFCS. If you are using any G-Free “substitute” products, read read read those labels. Often they are full of sugar.
  4. Read The Infertility Cure. From this book I used a very small dosage of herbs. If your going to do anything other than small amounts, go see a naturopathic practitioner or herbalist or even chiropractor. Let someone with solid knowledge guide you. Practice pressure points or give acupuncture a try.
  5. Go organic for produce and dairy. Just for right now. Theory is: your liver processes just about everything you put into your body. Even trace amounts of pesticides must be processed and flushed out. Give your liver ever support you can, so its main job will be to allow the right amount of hormones to enter your blood stream.
  6. Stop drinking all alcoholic beverages. See liver, above.
  7. Stop drinking caffeine products. You can cry about this one if you need to. I did a little….
  8. Get your vitamins naturally. This means increasing things like vitamin A and folic acid in your diet through things like egg yolks, liver (I’ll show you how), dark leafy greens, and cod liver oil (in a supplement easy peasey).
  9. Balance your blood sugar this will be easy if you’ve been doing steps 1-8, but you may need a little tweaking in the form of planned snacks or mini meals.
  10. Add some high quality, full fat dairy. I drink a local grass fed. I know many people who drink raw milk. This is the only milk WAP supports. I encourage you to research this option and explore the availability of a quality raw milk in your area.
  11. Get some fermented food in your life. Let good bacteria come to the aid of your body functions. You may first think of yogurt, see dairy above, which you can make at home. There are other great options such as Kombucha (also something you can make at home), kefir, or fermented veggies.
  12. Serenity, Now! Get out of your own head. Find a way to really relax and unwind. For me it was a run or yoga. Or both, depending on the day I was having! “Infertility” and “trying to get pregnant” can really take its toll emotionally and stress does all sorts of nasty things to your body chemistry. So go get mellow. Serenity now!!

Take Your Vitamins!

March 24, 2011

I do not own this...I just think its awesome.

The answer is yes.

There is a decent amount of debate among the natural community of the validity of pre-natal vitamins. At best they theoretically serve as safety net for when morning sickness gets the best of you and you just can’t eat right. I really do not feel well researched enough in the debate for-or-against, so I attempted a middle ground and picked what I feel to be a solid, abet pricey choice. I take New Chapter Organics Perfect Prenatal (no they don’t pay me… no one does:P). Looks like this:

Just like a real commercial!

The reason I mention this is because this vitamin gets 100% of its Vitamin A from beta-carotene, which is plant derived, unlike retinol which, when found in a vitamin, is synthetic vitamin A. Synthetic vitamin A had been linked to birth defects and causes the March of Dimes to warn pregnant and trying to conceive women away from foods high in natural vitmain A such as liver, and instead take a cheap, synthetic version in a vitamin. I feel like this is foolish, as there are no studies linking birth defects to natural vitamin A (to its credit, the March of Dimes does state this). The studies show the birth defects ARE related to synthetic vitamin A which is in MOST prenatal vitamins. So why would you even mess with it? Your babies worth reading labels.

Natural is ALWAYS better.

Real food sources like liver have been used for centuries in the aiding of conception and supporting healthy pregnancies. I have much to say about liver that I will save for another post but let me do a quick cliff note version here: Liver provides many fat soluble vitamins (including A) needed to achieve and maintain a healthy pregnancy that are missing from our low-fat, processed food obsessed diets. Why are miscarriage and infertility rates spiking? Could it have anything to do with what we DO NOT put into our bodies? Do not toss away traditional wisdom and real food in the name of cheap, synthetic, birth defect proven chemical substances.

At the end of the day… the hippies are always right:)

Infertility is a jerk; so I kicked it in the face.

March 16, 2011

My Story

Hi! I am the NuttyBee. I am a SAHM to Sweet Pea, who’s arrival we are eagerly anticipating. Sweet Pea is how I got started in this nurtrative-holistic-food thing. Or, as I like to call it- Nutty Bananas. Nutty because it seems a little (lot) crazy. Banana’s because it works so well (as in “this food is banana’s, b-a-n-a-n-a-s.” it old, I don’t care, don’t judge me).

Sweet Pea took his/her sweet time coming into our lives. I was given plenty of diagnoses: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Endometriosis, Hyperinsulema, Poor Egg quality, and finally “Unexplained Infertility”. (If I had the previous list, I don’t think its that unexplained sweet Doctor. But I digress). Couple of failed rounds of fertility, Sweet Doctor told me I need to begin seriously considering In-Vitro. Because my eggs wimpy and sad (and unexplained!).

I am very, very good at following directions. I went home and ignored everything Sweet Doctor had said. I googled every holistic, homeopathic alternative I could find. Low and behold I found a slew of people who cured their infertility with diet. And a whole host of other diseases. Always methodical and precise, I decided to try ALL the methods. AT THE SAME TIME. I gave up sugar, caffeine, high fructose corn syrup, alcohol, gluten, took some herbs, did shots of wheat grass, practiced “fertility yoga” (and  as dirty as it sounds..). And prayed. A lot.

Four weeks later my husband, PateintJay and I were staring at a positive pregnancy test. Take that Unexplained Host of Diseases! Sweet Doctor didn’t know what to do. Ultrasound Tech demanded, How are YOU better?? I was humble. HAHA, I was really smug. Then morning sickness hit.

I will try and keep up to date on all sorts of research here. By no means am I a doctor or qualified medical professions. Use good judgement when trying anything. Find a doctor or naturopath willing to listen to you and talk to them. But don’t negate what the hippies say, because my friend, the Hippies are always right.