Similar to my How to Nourish your Qi &Blood for Vegans article, this one is focused on Vegetarians. This is an important strategy for women trying to conceive regardless of their eating preferences. Let’s look at some exciting recipes that display the best of Qi and Blood nourishment for Vegetarians.
Being Vegan and trying to conceive isn’t impossible. However, from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective relying on a diet solely of raw food and smoothies is a big NO-NO and not helpful to conception.
Instead foods that nourish Qi and Blood become paramount for Vegans. Here I share some recipes that have great ideas when it comes to nourishing Qi and Blood when you’re Vegan.
The Oral Contraceptive Pill (OCP) is by far the most preferred method of contraception in Australia, the UK & US. A convenient and painless form of contraception, The Pill receives more use than Long Term Contraceptive Methods such as an IUD (Intra Uterine Device). The issues around OCP Prescription can be related to its ‘off label prescribing’ for young girls with heavy and painful periods and for women later on in their lives when they want to conceive and need to come off The Pill. Let’s discuss these issues.
Trying to conceive can be really hard. Not for everyone, but for many it can be one of the most trying, upsetting, frustrating points in your life. Its easy to look back in hindsight about how you’d do things differently. Here’s what I would tell myself if I could go back in time and lend a friendly ear and some tips.
Chicken Bone Broth for a stockpot
1 Organic Chicken
2cm knob ginger chopped, 2 cloves garlic
2 carrots, 4 celery sticks chopped
1 red onion (optional)
6 cups water
Parsley, Chilli (optional)
Pepper & salt to season
Brown the onion, carrots, and celery in a pan until onion is soft.
Place Organic chicken whole into a stockpot. Cover with the Water & throw in ginger, garlic, celery, carrots & onion.
Bring to the boil and low the heat to a simmer for 1hr.
It’s ready when you pick up a leg that the meat pulls away from the bone. Please make sure the meat is cooked properly.
De-bone & de-skin the chicken. Put the meat back into the soup.
Season with Salt, pepper, a small handful of parsley and Chilli if desired, for more of a punch.
Just before serving squeeze fresh lemon juice into the pot. Serve with sourdough bread.
If there’s one things that walks out the door with the Fertility Acupuncture clients I’m seeing, its this link to a recipe for Bone Broth. Bone Broth is a golden oldie that has come back into fashion with all this talk about the Paleo Diet, but over the ages, many cultures around the world agree about the benefits of bone broth for health. Here we take a look at Traditional Chinese Medicine’s view on Bone Broth and benefits for fertility.
For those who want a checklist to scan through for ideas they might not have considered or tried to improve their fertility, this blogpost is for you. Its not an exhaustive list, nor in any particular order. Look at this a good beginning for some fertility basics that look at managing your stress & lifestyle as well as nutrition and balancing your hormones.
Chinese Medicine has a whole medical text on the importance of the Spleen called the Pi Wei Lun dating back to early history. In all of us, the Spleen is important for Qi & Blood Production (aka energy levels), digestion and mental clarity.
For women in particular, blood & energy production can be one of our weak points. How many times has a GP asked what your Iron, Thyroid or Vitamin B levels are like?
This is for the new mums. The exhausted parents. The time-poor with children. If you haven’t heard of Mamabake, it’s something you should know about – whether you’ve recently had your first child or are parents to a tribe of kids of various ages, Are a bit tired of your own cooking repertoire, need some inspiration or the excitement of something new for dinner.