Big changes coming to Naturally Knocked Up (take note!)

It’s been almost exactly five years ago since I began a little ol’ blog called Naturally Knocked Up and in that time it’s grown leaps and bounds. I’ve learned so much about myself as  I’ve gotten to know many of you and I’m so thankful for all of the information I’ve come across over the years.

My family life and my health have also drastically changed throughout the years and I’m making the decision to change and grow, both as a business and in my personal life.

Now. Before anybody gets their panties all in a bunch ……. know that I still enjoy the name “Naturally Knocked Up”. It came from a time in my life when I was 27 and tired of dealing with reproductive issues. I was tired of being serious all the time and really just wanted something funny and quirky. Over the years I’ve gotten comments from a wide range of people, some absolutely LOVE the name and other absolutely HATE the name. I had no idea it would be so controversial!

But it’s also MY name and doesn’t quite fit with what I have in store for you.

Next week, and over the next month or so, the blog will be changing names to Natural Fertility and Wellness. You won’t have to change a thing – only remember that it’s me under a new name. For those of you concerned about me changing the name:

  1. It’s still the name of my book!
  2. I still own the domain.
  3. I can change it back any time, if/when I want.

I’ll be rolling out some great new things for you, the first of the changes will be the addition of contributing writers next week. (See how MY name doesn’t quite fit?) I’ve published guest posts on the blog every once in awhile over the last few years and for the longest time I put this off. I really always wanted this blog to be all me, but the problem is, I’ve kind of lost myself along the way.

Busyness has taken over with all of the research and writing, keeping up with my inbox and simply maintaining the blog. I live my life in front of the computer screen now instead of in my kitchen, outside in the garden, or with my family I love so dearly. When we started a family almost seven years ago, I quit my job to be a stay at home mom so that I would be home and do all of the homemaking and teaching and raising. Not to sit in front of a computer screen while my children lived life around me. I also finally feel like I’m in the upswing of healing from adrenal fatigue and I need to do whatever I can to keep from going back to that low place.

But I love what I do here and would miss you all to much to leave my online space.

Having like-minded contributors to share with you will allow me to live my life so that I have something to share with you! Many of them are bloggers and health professionals that you already know (or should know!) and are experts in their niche. And smarter than me in sooo many areas.

I am beyond excited for this change as it means that I can still share great content with you while keeping my passion for natural health and wellness alive. I’ll still be writing, and it just may happen that while living my life I’ll be able to share more with you! You know, like recipes since I did start this as a food blog and all…….

Thank you so much for all of your support over the years. Here’s to the next five! I’m planning on it being better than ever!

 

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Loaded “Baked Potato” Salad {recipe}

I’ve always tried to be a big fan of potato salad, but I just couldn’t do it. It didn’t matter if it was someone’s award winning, or handed down through the generations recipe or purchased from a store. I just wasn’t’ a fan, even though people seemed to rave about it constantly.

I’d put some on my plate when at at potlucks or other such functions, but it was usually because I was hungry and there wasn’t much else on the table that I could eat. Sometimes it ended up not being eaten.

But last year I began a love affair with, literally, the best potato salad I’ve ever had.

You can serve this warm (my favorite), room temp, or cold the bacon won’t be as crunchy if it’s cold) and it’s sure to please every time.

homemade potato salad

Most of the time a good portion of this is eaten before the meal is even served.

It’s so good that even those who may think eating “real” food is silly, and normally pass by your dishes, will devour it and ask for the recipe. It’s quickly become my go-to dish to bring to potlucks and I often make it for showers and open houses. It’s perfect for summer functions, like the Fourth of July next week!

This potato salad is rich and creamy, flavorful, and it includes bacon. What’s not to love?

loaded baked potato salad

The only downfall to this fantastic dish is the marriage of starchy goodness with fatty goodness, it’s not so kind to the waist line! So halve the recipe when making it for a small family, or invite others over to help you enjoy it.

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Loaded Potato Salad {recipe}
Author: 
Recipe type: Side Dishes
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 4 large russet potatoes, peeled and chopped into ½ inch pieces
  • ½ cup mayonnaise (The real stuff!)
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup shredded, extra sharp cheddar
  • ¼ cup chopped, fresh chives
  • 8-12 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
Method of Preparation
  1. Boil potatoes until cooked through, but still slightly firm. You don't want them turning to mush as you stir everything together, but you don't want them crunchy.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the mayo, sour cream, and most of the chives (you can also use onion if you don't have chives) until well mixed.
  3. Add ½ tsp salt (to start) and ¼ tsp pepper.
  4. Chill for 20-30 minutes. This lets the flavor of the chives come out more, but if you forget or don't have time, don't worry about it.
  5. Cook or fry the bacon and let cool slightly, chop when cool enough to handle.
  6. Once the potatoes are "fork tender", drain and let cool to almost room temp.
  7. Gently fold the potatoes and most of the bacon into the dressing mix. Taste to see if it needs more salt.
  8. Garnish with the rest of the chives and bacon.

loaded potato salad recipe

Recipe source – Veronica’s Cornucopia

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Herbal Pregnancy Prep {giveaway}

You all know by now that I’m a big fan of natural and herbal products for both health and healing. So when our sponsor this month, Natural Fertility Shop asked if they could giveaway one of their supplements, saying yes was easy!

Pregnancy Prep is a great herbal blend for women who want to support their general fertility and reproductive health in preparation for conception. Featuring time honored botanicals and scientifically researched herbs specifically supportive of the reproductive system in preparation for pregnancy. Pregnancy Prep is a great herbal blend for women who want to support their general fertility and reproductive health in preparation for conception.

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The herbs Pregnancy Prep have been traditionally used to help:

  • Support normal ovulation*
  • Maintain normal uterine function*
  • Promote circulation to the reproductive system*
  • Encourage uterine health*
  • Help maintain normal progesterone levels*

This supplement contains: Tribulus terrestris (tribulus terrestris extract, 40% saponins), Rhodiola (3% rosavin, 1% salidroside), Vitex (.6% aucubin), Vitex, Rubus idaeus (raspberry leaf), Medicago sativa (alfalfa), Angelica sinensis (dong quai), Leonurus cardiaca (motherwort), Maca, Amylase, Protease, Lipase, Cellulose, Lactase (vegetarian capsules)

Many women find that herbal support, along with a healthy, whole foods diet, helps to increase fertility and this supplement contains many of the herbs that women find effective for various reproductive issues.

Natural Fertility Shop is giving away a 60ct bottle of Pregnancy Prep to TWO of our readers here at NKU. To enter, fill out the giveaway form ——->

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The giveaway will be open until next Wednesday!

*information is not medical advice.

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Five things you need to know about preconception

One of my favorite natural fertility experts is Bridgit Danner, acupuncturist, online fertility coach, and author of Making Super Sperm.

TOMORROW, Thursday June 20th, (I know….I’m late getting this message out to you!) she’s holding a free webinar at 7PM EST. I’ve listened in on some of her webinars before and I know you’ll walk away with a lot of helpful information.

In particular she’ll be covering the Five Things Every Woman Wants to Know About Her Fertility

  • The four most important hormonal markers.
  • How to get your hormones in sync to create a fertile cycle.
  • Which diet will get you pregnant and which won’t.
  • How to improve your egg quality all by yourself (yes, it’s possible.)
  • The five supplements every woman should be taking.

You’ll also find out how you can get really into action and finally get results with an all natural plan, rather than bouncing around the internet and from practitioner to practitioner, hoping someday it will happen.

It’s totally free too.

I hope you’ll be able to make time for this – sign up here!

 

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Fertility after 40 and miscarriage prevention, a podcast with Iva Keene

Recently I had a chance to interview Iva Keene from Natural Fertility Prescription and she shared a lot of her wisdom with us!

We discussed:

1. The basics of a fertility diet and simple ways to add nutrients to the way you currently eat.

2. Fertility after 40, a few of the factors that come into play

The reproductive system is not crucial to your survival, so as such, the body will not give a lot of energy and a lot of nutrients to it unless it has a lot to spare. The heart, the lungs, the brain, these are all the key organs that get the nutrients first.”

3. Tests that are important, things like –

  • heavy metals
  • hair mineral analysis

4. How to decrease the negative affects associated with artificial reproductive technologies, including the nutrients that are really important to sustaining the health of the egg and sperm.

5. We discuss a couple ways to reduce the possibility of a miscarriage as well as what you can do after a miscarriage to facilitate balanced hormones and fertility.

Iva is also doing a fertility retreat at Sanoviv Medical Institute in Baja, California from September 19-25, 2013. It’s a five star health resort that serves all organic foods and some of the latest testing, where medical doctors and naturopaths work together. As a bonus, it’s also very much a resort and offers many spa services. Couples will be able to work with Iva and the staff to be able to get to the bottom of their fertility issues.

Listen in HERE: Iva Keene, part one

Iva Keene, part two

(click on the link above to listen in or right click and save to your computer)

 

 

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How to have a more natural IVF cycle

how to have a natural ivf cycle

a guest post by Dr. Fiona McCulloch BSc ND

Although I am a naturopathic doctor, around 30% of my practice involves working with patients who are going through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). You might ask how I became interested in this, as it seems like such an unusual combination.

I began to treat infertility early in my practice 12 years ago with natural medicine, and over time I saw many challenging cases of patients who had gone through traditional fertility treatments before deciding to try the natural route. In many of these patients, natural medicine would be the key to success. And in others, the combination of natural and traditional fertility treatment was the answer.

As such, I became interested in the whole process of what I like to call “integrative fertility”, meaning traditional fertility treatments that are supported by natural methods. I became a physician advisor to IVF.Ca, one of the world’s largest IVF related fertility communities, and I began to notice that patients, when supported well with natural medicine, began to have greater success with their IVF cycles, with more follicles of better quality and greater implantation rates. The patients’ doctors began to notice too, and slowly, over time, I’ve seen more traditional fertility clinics open their minds to natural and nutritional methods to increase IVF success, and science is following suit.

It’s an exciting timemany studies have been released on the beneficial effects of natural methods that help with IVF outcomes, and there are many more to come

Firstly, I’d like to differentiate what I’m going to talk about in this article from what is known as “natural IVF” in conventional fertility medicine.

A natural IVF traditionally involves a medication-free or low-medication IVF cycle: The woman will first go through monitoring, and then egg retrieval without heavy drug stimulation. This results in one egg that is retrieved, which is is then fertilized and allowed to develop. Then, after either 3 or 5 days, the embryo is transferred into the uterus. One benefit of natural IVF is that the lower amounts of medications reduce the impact on egg quality for older women or women with diminished ovarian reserve. The downside is that only one egg is retrieved, meaning that the cycle can result in only one embryo.

On the other hand, I get a lot of patients asking me how to make their IVF cycles more “natural”. These patients are often natural-medicine-oriented, and for various reasons are planning to do a regular stimulated IVF cycle. They want to improve their egg quality, minimize the negative side effects of IVF, and go through their cycle with optimal nutritional status.

Women who are more “natural” in their preferenceswho don’t like taking medication even for a headache, and who have always veered towards using natural medicine for their ailmentsmay feel that IVF is a quantum leap outside of their comfort zone, but there are many good reasons why a woman who would normally prefer natural medicine would need to do IVF.

In some cases, such as severely blocked fallopian tubes, IVF may be the only answer. In other cases, like very serious male factor, it also may be necessary, and there are a variety of other reasons why IVF might be needed. Infertility is a real disease: If you were at risk for a heart attack and required a medical procedure to unblock a crucial artery, would you not do it? Modern medicine does allow us to achieve many outcomes which were not possible in past years. Sometimes, IVF is the path to ending the suffering of infertility. And it’s important to remember, that even if you need IVF, you can still use natural medicine to protect your body, reduce side effects, and most importantly, improve your outcome during a medicated IVF cycle. The combination of IVF and natural medicine is indeed a powerful one.

One of the biggest points I want to make, is that the BEST way to have as natural of an IVF as possible, is to have as few IVFs as possible. Meaning, anything you can do improve your chances of success with IVF will result in less cycles, therefore minimizing the risks, stresses and side effects. So much of what I will focus on involves increasing the natural success rate of IVF, but also on making IVF a more friendly process to all of the natural mamas-to-be out there. The other thing I’d like to mention is that preparation for IVF is of the utmost importance.

Start 3 months ahead of time, if possible, preparing your body with high quality nutrition, supplements and stress reduction techniques. Your eggs go through a development process that lasts more than 6 months before ovulation time, so preparation really makes a difference.

Nine ways you can make your IVF more natural:

1. Get acupuncture treatments

It improves circulation, reduces stress and has been shown in multiple studies1 to increase the success rate of IVF.

I often do weekly acupuncture on my patients for 2 months before the cycle, if possible. During the cycle itself, I’ll typically do 4 acupuncture treatments up until and including the day of embryo transfer. Be sure to see someone highly skilled in acupuncture for fertility as the wrong protocols have actually been shown to decrease IVF success rates. http://www.thefertilesoulcefp.org is a great resource to find a skilled fertility acupuncturist in your area, as is http://www.aborm.org.

2. Take natural antioxidants to protect your follicles2.

A well-known supplement in this category is Coenzyme Q10: It has been found that women with high levels of oxidative stress have lower quality follicles3. Coenzyme Q10 is a major antioxidant that can reduce oxidative stress and improve the function of the mitochondriathe major energy producer of the follicle as it goes through its development during stimulation.

Other supplements that may improve IVF success include myo-inositol and melatonin. There are a variety of others that might be prescribed for you if you visit a naturopathic doctor who specializes in fertility.

3. Take a high quality omega 3 fatty acid

To be as natural as possible, choose one that is ethically fished, and third-party-tested for heavy metals and pesticides. Omega 3 fatty acids improve embryo morphology4 and lower inflammation.

4. Eat a clean and natural diet

A diet that’s full of whole foods, and avoid gluten, dairy and sugar. Eat organic foods whenever possible, especially those from the Dirty Dozen list .

5. Meditate or do yoga

The effects of yoga and meditation can be quite profound on stress, and being in as relaxed of a state as possible may actually improve the outcome of your cycle 5.

6. Avoid environmental estrogens in beauty products, plastics and other harmful chemicals

Check out the EDF’s Toxic Ten http://environmentaldefence.ca/reports/just-beautiful-personal-care-products-pocket-shopping-guide to learn about which beauty products have hormonal effects.

7. Try to keep your life in as normal a state as possible

Continue doing the activities you enjoy, and try not to spend excessive amounts of time Googling during the “two week wait”. Although your life is on hold in a way during your cycle, don’t let it get a hold of YOU. Socialize with supportive friends, laugh, and have fun.

8. Minimize estrogenic risks

High levels of estrogen are produced by the ovary during an IVF cycle, which can disrupt the natural hormonal balance of your body. Although the long-term risks of IVF still need more research and study results on cancer risk in IVF patients are conflicting, many patients are interested in preventing breast and ovarian cancer. Other risks of high estrogen may include increased growth of fibroids, endometriosis, or cysts. Genetic testing is now available for breast cancer genes, such as Estrogenomics by Genova Diagnostics.

Some foods may help to protect you from these risks post-IVF as well: EGCG, found in green tea, may inhibit the proliferation of breast cancer cells, Calcium D-Glucarate is a supplement that helps eliminate excess estrogen6, and Sulphoraphane, found in broccoli, can help inhibit the expression of estrogen receptors in breast cancer cells7.

**Be aware that taking these supplements is not recommended during the actual IVF cycle as they may interfere with hormonal stimulation. The exception to this is green tea; if you are supervised by a doctor who can ensure that you are taking sufficient amounts of the correct form of folic acid.

9. Protect yourself from ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, one of the most well-known risks of IVF

Around 30 percent of patients experience at least a mild case of OHSS. If you are a younger women, or a women with PCOS, be aware that you are at higher risk for OHSS and keep an eye out for the key symptoms of bloating and abdominal pain or nausea, and contact your fertility clinic immediately. A natural method you can use to prevent the dehydration associated with OHSS is to begin drinking coconut water around the time of retrieval, and have moderate amounts of homemade vegetable or organic chicken broth made with natural sea salt.

 

With the combination of great nutrition, and the relaxation techniques mentioned above, your IVF treatment can be an exciting and empowering time for you. You’ll be confident in the knowledge that you’re taking positive, proactive steps to improve your fertility, allowing natural and pharmaceutical medicine to work in harmony for the best possible results.

 

FionaBio: Dr. Fiona McCulloch BSc ND is a board-certified Naturopathic Doctor and the owner of White Lotus Integrative Medicine  in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Fiona is an affiliate of The Fertile Soul, and is involved in writing and research in the world of natural fertility treatments. Her research-based blog includes articles she has published in leading naturopathic journals. Fiona struggled with PCOS herself, and is passionate about natural approaches to reversing reproductive disorders.

 

 

 

 

 

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The ovarian – adrenal – thyroid axis (until 5/25 at 12pm EST ONLY!)

Today is the day.

The day I’ve been waiting for on the SexyBack Summit! I’m currently about 15 minutes in to Chris Kresser’s talk about the the connection with the ovaries, adrenal glands, and thyroid and their impact on hormone balance and libido. Chris is like super smart and I wish I had just a fraction of his knowledge on how the body works. He and his wife also had fertility concerns, so he’s also very knowledgeable about natural fertility.

In his SexyBack presentation, you’ll learn:

* The little-known glands that could be quietly killing your sex life…

* Why treating the thyroid without addressing the adrenals can lead to nowhere

* The best way to restore your body’s key systems and get your “mojo” back, in as little as 30 days!

If you haven’t signed up yet for the Summit – make sure you do so today so you don’t miss it! SIGN UP HERE.

And if you have signed up, please make sure you don’t miss this one.

Since finding out how poor my adrenal function was back in March, I’m learning all I can in order to heal this part of my body and get my hormones back in balance. I’m also working on lowering my stress, which is why I haven’t posted since my bundle sale finished last week; I’m letting my body recuperate!

My girl Bridgit Danner is also on the Summit today speaking about Making Super Sperm.

* Why the health of the man is just as important as the woman for making healthy babies

* How men lower the vitality of their sperm (and offspring) without realizing it!

* Health and nutrition secrets that give your sperm the “edge”…

Dr. Carrie Jones, ND is talking about

* The REAL causes of infertility…

* How to set the stage for the healthiest possible pregnancy…

* How to eat, drink, and detoxify to make smart, cute babies!

And Will Revak is talking about how poor oral health influences your sexual organs. Huh? I totally want to hear this one!

All of these talks are free to view/listen to until Saturday May 25 at noon eastern time.

If you can’t catch them, or you’d like to be able to listen to all of the talks that you missed, PLUS get a ton of free stuff. Until Sunday, Sean is selling the summit package at 47% off, just $79.00. I think I might actually do this as I haven’t had much of a chance this week to listen in.

Let’s first talk about the elephant in the room.

I know. This summit is about s@x. And sometimes that topic makes us blush, right? Or am I the only one that wouldn’t think to even chat about it with friends until I have a glass of wine in me?!

So this Summit is kind of a good way to learn more about the factors that inhibit libido and cause hormones to go all crazy-like without having to actually ask your health practitioner some ultra personal questions. (though you should totally ask them too, because that’s what they are there for!)

And there might just be a talk or two that isn’t for you – and that’s ok. We all have different comfort levels for this sort of topic!

When you buy the Summit package you get all of the video slideshow presentations, audio versions so you can listen to wherever (I love giving Todd audio to listen to as he doesn’t pick up the health related books like I do!), transcripts of each talk if you’d rather read them, as well as action sheets for each talk.

You also get free bonuses like:

  • Proven Protocols by Dr. Jade Teta of Metabolic Effect – Here, you’ll get specific, tried-and-true protocols for having healthier, easier, more pleasant experiences during menstruation… reversing menopause naturally… even overcoming PCOS. These protocols are exclusive to Dr. Jade Teta, and extremely effective.
  • Your Guide to Healthy Hormones book by Dr. Daniel Kalish – You’ll get all 136 pages of this powerhouse exposé on all things hormones and why this is the worst time in history for your hormonal health…IF you don’t understand what’s happening. Best of all, Dr Kalish gives you a detailed, step-by-step blueprint for restoring your hormonal health… even if you currently feel low energy, no sex drive, or depression.

I hope you have a chance to listen in on some of these important topics today! I’ve got at least two I want to make sure I get in before the day is over.

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Hormone balance, libido, and the adrenals (free video!)

Life happens.

None of us are immune to the curveballs life hurls our way — traffic jams, deadlines, bills, conflicts, relationships, bosses, in-laws, e-mails, politics…

I’ve been pretty open about my issues with stress and adrenal fatigue, it affects everything from my daily energy level to hormone balance to just trying to think clearly.

Well, the truth is that it wasn’t supposed to be this way. Our bodies — more specifically, our hormonal systems — were never meant to endure the chronic, non-stop stressors of modern times.

If I listed every single disease and health condition associated with chronic stress, this email would end up being way too long. (And that would probably stress you out!)

So today we’ll just focus on one thing —> your sex drive. Libido.

I’m sure you’ve noticed that whenever you’re under a lot of stress, which often happens when dealing infertility, the last thing you’re thinking about is making whoopee. (And that’s probably stressing your partner out!)

There’s a reason for that.

In a nutshell, your hormonal system has these two tiny glands, called the adrenals, that play a major role in the production of stress hormones (i.e. cortisol) and sex hormones (i.e. testosterone, progesterone, estrogen, etc).

When stress gets high, your adrenals likes to crank out lots and lots of stress hormones… BUT at the expense of your sex hormones.

In other words, stress hormones go up while sex hormones go down – and this affects your fertility just as it affects your libido.

The good news is that you can get your libido back and reignite your sex life…naturally.

My friend, and favorite podcaster, Sean Croxton of Underground Wellness is less than a week away from opening the doors to his FREE online SexyBack Summit  with 7 days of presentations from 24 medical doctors, naturopaths, trainers, and nutritionists.

But you don’t have to wait until Sunday to get started. Sean put together a series of free videos called SexyBack Sessions to get you primed for the summit.

In today’s episode, The 2 Tiny Glands that Can Ruin Your Sex Life BIG Time (and ruin your hormone balance), clinical holistic nutritionist Christa Orecchio teaches you…

* Why feeling exhausted all day but having a “second wind” of energy at night is a telltale sign of spent adrenals.

* How refined sugar sends your blood sugar north and your sex hormones south.

* What your digestive health can tell you about your sexual energy. Who knew!?

I just signed up and am waiting for the download to finish. In my quest to heal my adrenals, I need all the help I can get!

When you register to attend The SexyBack Summit, you’ll get instant access to Christa’s video — plus, you’ll receive an email from Sean with links to download your SexyBack Sessions video series as well as info on how the summit works.

Click the link below to get your sexy back and get FREE info on how to help balance your hormones naturally!

SexyBack Summit

The Summit starts next week, and you can be sure I’ll be listening in to the sessions each day – some of my favorite holistic practitioners will be interviewed on the many different ways to help balance hormones and bring your “SexyBack”. After the business of the Natural Fertility ebook Bundle sale this last week or two, I’m ready to just kick back, let me adrenals rest, and listen in on some great content! There are sessions on low testosterone, balancing the woman’s cycle, and more. And it’s all free to listen to the day the video is posted – can’t get better than that.

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Only one day left to purchase the natural fertility ebook bundle! (FAQs)

This sale is now over!

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Over the last few days I’ve had a few questions about the Natural Fertility ebook Bundle; people want to make sure they’re getting something helpful and useful for them. As we’re now in the last 13 hours of the sale, I thought I’d quick share all of my answers with you in case you have the same questions!

If you’ve been on the fence, get it before it’s gone – over 900 people have currently purchased the bundle!

Is this helpful for PCOS/Endometriosis/over 40/etc?

This bundle is full of practical information about balancing your hormones, regardless of diagnosis or age. Many times we all have the same basic cause, but because of genetic weaknesses, it shows up as different symptoms.

The ebooks in this bundle are written by some of the best fertility authors, including a naturopath and acupuncturist, and the topics span across several medical issues. And beyond the benefit of learning how to balance your hormones naturally, we’ve included meal plans to help you figure out what to eat AND we have 12 different ebooks that will teach you how to prepare your foods and are loaded with recipes. So the benefit of this bundle goes past fertility! Because as most of us know, fertility is not something we can control, yet we can take charge of our overall health and put healing and nourishing foods into our bodies to help facilitate healing.

What people are saying about the bundle

The feedback is by far better than I could have imagined! I’ve been getting emails all weekend about how much people are loving the information in all of these ebooks. We’ve had only one or two negative emails, but those were quickly taken care of as they were just having problems downloading the items (or not realizing the download links were sent to their email address on file with Paypal)!

This is definitely not “to good to be true”, it’s a legit sale, and I’m so thrilled to be able to offer it to you!

Just wanted to send a quick note to say that I purchased the natural fertility ebook bundle two days ago and WOW, it’s fantastic! Information overload!!! – but that’s not a bad thing! Thank you for offering it at such a great price.  I’m going to be one busy lady in the coming few weeks! So much to read and learn! – Margot-

My husband is most excited about the Fertility Smoothies book! I have a hard time getting fruits and veggies into him, so this will be perfect. AND he wants to read some with me! -Amy

I read zero in on ovulation last night and at the end you can send some info to the author… so I did… And she already sent a reply and answered my questions! I couldn’t believe it!! So happy! I also read “6tips to enhance fertility in women with PCOS” and I skimmed through the smoothie book I went to the grocery store today and I plan on trying a smoothie today. I am about to go read Cleansing for Conception book now. I am so thankful for these books thank you so much for doing this!!! – Jessica

With the internet full of quick fix fertility scams, be sure that the information you’re receiving is solid and will be helpful to your overall health, regardless of your fertility status.

Do I have to pay with Paypal?

No – I recently added Google Checkout for those who would prefer not to use Paypal.

Downloading questions

Do I have to have some sort of eReader device?

No! The fabulous thing about this bundle is that all of the ebooks are in PDF format, so you download them directly to your computer, no kindle, nook, or tablet device required. But if you do have an eReader, you can easily send them to your device as well!

How do I download my ebooks?

Using the links above, click on each line where it says “click here”. A pop up should appear and ask you if you’d like to open with Adobe Reader or save file. If you open with Adobe Reader, please make sure you save it to your computer by clicking “file” and “save as” in your menu. If you save the file directly from the pop-up it will most likely be found in your computer’s download folder.

How do I download the audio files?

The audio files are in MP3 format, so you can download them onto your computer. You cannot directly download them onto your phone, but will need to use either iTunes or the program for droid phones to then upload the files to your phone. You can also burn them to a cd and listen to them in the car. (If you happen to not have a smart phone ready radio like I do….)

Can I download them on to my Kindle?

Yes, after the files are on your computer, you can use the send to kindle app from your Kindle account. Please be aware though that since these are PDF files that the formatting for an ereader will not be perfect.

For other readers, follow their instructions, but first download them to your computer as the files are to large to be directly downloaded on the ereader device.

Can I share these ebooks with family and friends?

Each of the books and files in this bundle sale are copyrighted by the author. And even though these are digital products, your purchase does not entitle you to share or upload the files where others can access them. If you have family or friends who would be interested in a specific book, make sure to send them the author’s website and information so that they can purchase it.

 

If you’re still deciding, you can read through all of the books and bonus content again, or you can simply BUY NOW.  Whatever you do, don’t take to long to decide – this sale ends tonight at midnight and there will be no late sales!

 

Check out this month\'s sponsor, Natural Fertility Shop. They are 100% focused on helping you during your journey towards parenthood and have expert staff and knowledgeable customer service here to help you every step of the way.

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Links in the post above may be affiliate or referral links - meaning that through a sale I may be given monetary benefit. I blog with integrity and only endorse companies and products I love.

I am not a doctor and don\'t pretend to be one. Use everything you read only to inspire you to do your own research and be an advocate for your own health. Please read my disclaimer in full.

Gluten-free, grain-free chocolate chip cookies {recipe}

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I do pretty well staying away from sweets, but there is just something about a chocolate chip cookie that makes me feel like home. And man, oh man does it make my house smell fantastic.

They also have a nice little secret ingredient – a healthy one at that!

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The base of this cookie is the simple chickpea, also known as the garbanzo bean. And to be completely honest with you, I had purchased these to make hummus, but the cookies looked better.

Making these is as simple as whipping up a smoothie since all you need is a blender.

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And you’ll have the household flocking to the kitchen as they bake, so keep a spatula handy to smack them away until they are cool enough to eat.

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5.0 from 9 reviews
Gluten-free, grain-free chocolate chip cookies
Author: 
Recipe type: Desserts and Sweet Things
 
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cup cooked chick peas (if you're using canned it's just less than one can and you'll need to rinse them)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • rounded ½ cup of peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt if using salt free PB
  • ½ cup chocolate chips (the darker the better I think!)
Method of Preparation
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Blend all but the chocolate chips in a food processor or blender until smooth.
  3. Stir or pulse in chocolate chips until well mixed.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until slightly browned.
  5. Let cool and enjoy.
Notes
If you don't have honey, you can also substitute a whole cane sugar, though I needed 2-3 Tbsp of milk/coconut milk to get it to blend well.
You can also use crunchy peanut butter if you want a bit more texture to these.
This recipe makes about 12-16 cookies, so double it up if you're bringing to potlucks and get togethers!

 

Check out this month\'s sponsor, Natural Fertility Shop. They are 100% focused on helping you during your journey towards parenthood and have expert staff and knowledgeable customer service here to help you every step of the way.

All images and content are protected under US copyright laws, please do not copy and paste.

Links in the post above may be affiliate or referral links - meaning that through a sale I may be given monetary benefit. I blog with integrity and only endorse companies and products I love.

I am not a doctor and don\'t pretend to be one. Use everything you read only to inspire you to do your own research and be an advocate for your own health. Please read my disclaimer in full.