Fertility journey is an opportunity for transformation

Fertility journey is an opportunity for transformation

Today I wanted to share with you a video interview with an amazing woman Avanti Singh, who has helped me on my own personal journey and has become a dear friend.

In this interview Avanti and I share:


* Our personal fertility journeys of transformation

*  What emotional states often accompany women on their  fertility journey

* 4 important life questions

* How to feel calmer and more connected to your body

* The power of mindfulness, meditation and simple breath

* Plus you will meet my attention seeking furry baby Kittah, who clearly wants to be famous:)
 

I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I loved recording it for you. You can find out more about Avanti here.

All my love,

Erika xx


 

 

Holistic kinesiology changed the way I felt about my fertility journey

Holistic kinesiology changed the way I felt about my fertility journey

Do you struggle to stay optimistic that you will have a baby of your dreams?
I did for a very long time...

I think you are going to love today's topic. Have you ever heard of holistic kinesiology? 

I'd like to introduce you to holistic kinesiologist Stacey Bout.


Stacey is one of the practitioners that helped me on my own fertility journey. I had some amazing insights and experienced profound healing after our sessions together. 

So what is holistic kinesiology?

In the following video interview Stacey shares:


+ Her interesting story of how she discovered kinesiology..
+ What kinesiology is..
+ What types of concerns she helps people with..
+ How kinesiology may help couples on their fertility journey..
+ 3 brilliant, easy to implement tips on how to stay positive on your fertility journey..

+ Plus I share my own personal experience..

Pour yourself a cup of tea and enjoy...

Erika xx

Are you eating the right fats for fertility?

Are you eating the right fats for fertility?

There so many myths surrounding fats out there, especially when it comes to fertility.

We have been led to believe that fats are down right evil for decades now. But thankfully the truth is starting to come out now and more and more people are realising the obvious.

Fats are necessary for our survival as species and super important for a healthy fertility for both men and women.

More specifically, saturated fats are essential for optimal day to day functioning.

Let me explain.


Saturated fats from animal (grass-fed,free range) or vegetable sources (coconut) provide the building blocks for our cell membranes, are necessary for normal production of sex hormones (oestrogen, progesterone, testosterone) and have many more functions including:

  • modulate genetic regulation
  • carry fat-soluble Vitamins A, D, E, K; essential for fertility
  • have antimicrobial and antiviral properties
  • help to actually lower cholesterol
  • slow down absorption of food, which keeps you satiated for longer
  • provide highly concentrated source of energy

Most of us include plenty of polyunsaturated fats (from plants, nuts and seeds) in our diets and know we should include plenty of Omega 3 fats (from cold water oily fish, nuts and seeds).

But don't be afraid to introduce more saturated fats into your diet as well if you're trying to conceive.

I remember eating thick layer of duck or goose fat with fresh organic onions on a home-made sourdough as a child at my granma's, potatoes roasted in duck fat and plenty of home made butter pretty much on everything. Those were some very happy days!

Since I've re-introduced more saturated fat from healthy animals into my diet plus some coconut oil I have noticed a dramatic improvement in my mood, energy levels and general wellbeing. Not to mention much better tasting food on my table!

If you are ready to add more saturated fat back into your diet, start slowly as your digestion may not be used to it.
I made that mistake initially and ended up with severe bowel cramps. Not fun.

Here is a list of foods rich in saturated fat essential for optimal fertility for both men and women.

Animal & vegetable fats: ideal for hot use (cooking) from pasture-raised/grass-fed & organic sources 

  • cultured or pastured butter (up to 4 tablespoons daily, if not dairy intolerant)
  • ghee
  • lard
  • tallow
  • chicken fat
  • lamb fat
  • duck fat
  • eggs (2 to 3 daily, especially yolks)
  • meat (including organ meats such as liver-once or twice a week) 
  • cold pressed, extra virgin coconut oil

And just in case you haven't heard yet here is a list of fats that are dangerous for our health and should not be consumed at all, especially if you are trying to conceive.

  • Margarine/butter like spreads
  • Canola oil (also known as rapeseed oil)
  • Corn oil
  • Vegetable oil
  • Soybean oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Rice bran oil
  • Shortening made from one or more of the above-listed oils

Hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated above mentioned oils, as well as man-made trans-fats are not healthy! These oils are highly processed and oxidise easily by exposure to light, air, or heat. 

I highly recommend the book by Sally Fallon Morrel "Nourishing Fats" for some real nutritional advice about fats.

All my love,

Erika xx

 

Interview with Naturopath Lyle Paul, the founder of Aletheia Essence Range

Interview with Naturopath Lyle Paul, the founder of Aletheia Essence Range

Have you ever used energetic essences? 

They have changed my life and I use them daily as part of my own fertility journey.

So what are energetic essences?
Today I'd like to introduce you to my new favourite energetic essence range the Aletheia essences.


I have had the pleasure to interview the founder of the Aletheia essence range and a dear friend of mine Lyle Paul. 

Lyle is a also a Naturopath with a special interest in the connection between the emotions, psyche and how they affect person's health and wellbeing.

In this interview Lyle and I discuss:

+ The birth of Aletheia essence range
+ How the essences work
+ How the Aletheia essences differ from others
+ Specific essences that may benefit couples on their fertility journey
+ My own personal experience using this essence range
+ Lyle's future vision for the Aletheia essence range

+ Plus much more...

Preconception care matters

Preconception care matters

When you make the decision to have a child you almost never expect the road to parenthood to be difficult.

However, 1 in 6 couples in Australia are experiencing fertility issues due to various factors, many of which are medically unexplained.

Whether you decide to conceive naturally or go ahead with assisted reproduction technologies (ART) you have an opportunity to improve your own health prior to conception.

Preconception care is vital to help improve your overall health and assure the best possible health of your future child. And this applies to both males and females.

Since implementing changes to my own life (We are trying to conceive this year & I’m 40) I feel so much more optimistic, healthier and stronger as a result. And this alone is a success for me.

Let me ask you this?

Do you understand what preconception care truly means?

Standard medical recommendation looks something like this; take some folic acid, don’t smoke, don’t drink or take drugs, don’t have too much caffeine and hope for the best.

The reality is that most couples, especially those over the age of 35 need to do much more in order to conceive and sustain a healthy pregnancy. And if you truly care about the health of your future baby, take charge of your own health prior to conception and beyond.

From my experience coupled with over a decade of work in the field of natural therapies, I know that optimising emotional, spiritual & mental health, optimising nutritional status and exercise, in many cases incorporating optimal supplementation, minimising toxic exposure and addressing the adverse effects of stress can significantly enhance the chances of a healthy pregnancy.

Although I can never guarantee pregnancy as an outcome (in fact no medical profession can either), I can guarantee that if you do implement positive changes in all of the above areas of your life, you become much healthier and a more positive person as a result. 

Most healthy pregnancies occur, on average, 6-8 months after implementing healthy changes to diet and lifestyle. Recent study by Stanford University says that follicles that are producing the eggs harvested for IVF can take up to 8 menstrual cycles to develop, with the last 3 months being governed by the reproductive system. So it makes perfect sense to take time to prepare and enhance your overall health, whether you choose natural conception or ART. 

This conscious preparation can truly increase the possibility of a healthy pregnancy

It’s generally recommended to start preparing your body at least 3-4 months prior to conception, however from a holistic perspective it’s best if you can start 6-12 months before conception, especially if you or your partner have been diagnosed with any medical condition.

I love nothing more than empowering couples to make the best possible choices for themselves, so they never have to live with regret that they haven’t done enough. 

Amy and her partner have been trying to conceive for around 2 years

Amy & her partner decided to implement my dietary and lifestyle recommendations and 8 months later they conceived. Amy has a healthy pregnancy and she is due to deliver in few weeks' time. I can’t wait to welcome their little angel to this world.

Whether you’ve just made the decision to have babies or you have been on this journey for a while, addressing all areas of your life can make a real difference.

Don’t wait any longer; take daily action towards achieving your baby dreams and if you need to reach out for help!

And here is my last recommendation and one of the most important ones I share in my preconception care program; be kind and gentle to yourself and incorporate plenty of regular self care, fun and play into your life.

All my love,

Erika xx