Naturally Balanced Challenge Updates

We’re now one week into the Naturally Balanced Challenge! (Haven’t signed up yet? No worries, join us at any time) We currently have over 350 women signed up and many who are actively participating in the forum. There has been quite a bit of talk about charting and lunaception, it’s been a great place to ask questions (lots of knowledgable ladies around), and I’ve updated my own challenge experience everyday with others joining in with their own updates. It’s been a good time!

Some holes in my nutrition need filling.We’ve talked a lot about nutritional guidelines and how to personalize them a bit. I’ve made a downloadable “Basic Nutrition Guideline” weekly checklist based off of the Weston A Price Foundation’s recommendations for pregnancy as well as the Brewer recommendations for pregnancy. It’s made it a lot easier for me to see my food intake this way. I can see what food groups I need to focus on when I start skipping them for days in a row!

The way I use my chart is to mark off each food group I eat each day, striving to get most of them in. But at the end of the week what I’m looking for is to have a majority of the boxes checked off. They won’t all be checked off for each day, but on average I want most of the boxes checked for most of the categories, and to have no category show up blank the entire week.

I think it’s an important thing to look at our food intake over the course of a few days too, instead of each day at a time. It allows me to relax a little bit, knowing that I’m on the right track without making sure I get X amounts of veggies and Y amounts of protein, etc each day or even for each meal. This way I can keep it all in perspective.

My own goals for this next week are:

  • get in more veggies and lacto-fermented or cultured foods each day
  • exercise for at least 30 minutes each day
  • take my basal body temp every morning
  • wake up earlier so that I can do devotions before I start my day.

I also met with a naturopath last week and we have a plan for combating some of the fatigue issues I’ve had since the miscarriage. It was so nice to be able to talk with someone who is well versed in natural healing! She’s got me on a couple of things for boosting thyroid, one of which is iodine painting on my skin. (the skin absorbs iodine) If your body has enough it should last for about 24 hours. Mine lasted for only 3….. a week later we’re up to about 6 hours, so I’m getting there! She’s also hopeful that in boosting the thyroid, my basal body temps will start to rise. Pre-ovulation average has been 96.6 and post-ovulation was 97.6 (I love my Fertility Flower membership for this! I didn’t know offhand and was able to just pull it up on my iphone) I haven’t seen an increase in temps yet, but I’ve also had a little one with croup that has prevented me from 1)sleeping in the dark (ala lunaception) 2)taking my temp in the morning or 3)sleeping at all. I’m hopeful I’ll see some changes in my temps over the next few weeks.

So what are you doing to better your health and balance your hormones right now?

If you’d like to join us – feel free to sign up for the challenge! I have a short ebook along with a couple worksheets that you can download from the forum.

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About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.


  1. You wrote: Pre-ovulation average has been 96.6 and post-ovulation was 97.6 as though this is not good. We’ve been trying to conceive and my temps are the same as yours. Should I be trying to “fix” that?

    donielle Reply:

    @Heather B, At my visit with a naturopath, she suggested that they were still a bit low, albeit I had already gotten them a whole degree higher. (they used to be in the 95’s!) While I know they were lower when I had both of my other children, low temps are often a sign that the thryoid is a bit slow, meaning that it can cause problems with the hormone production. So we’re currently working on making sure my thyroid is strong and hope to see the temps come up as a result. She said she doesn’t want to see them below 97.4 preovulation, and at least a 1/2 degree higher post ovulation.

    Heather B Reply:

    Thanks for answering so quickly! My thyroid has always come back “normal” when I have a physical. I wonder if it’s always been at the low end and we don’t talk about it since it’s technically inside the bell curve. My pre-ovulation temps are never above 97.0….and that’s when it’s probably inaccurate (not enough sleep/awakened with a shot of adrenaline due to crying toddler/being a sweat factory due to 4 year old sleeping practically on my head…you get the idea). I’ll be perusing your blog for ideas to remedy this. Thanks!!