The Fertility Plan:
I got this book when I was at the library, just perusing the infertility section, as you do, and thought it would be an interesting read, which it was!
Being a non-novice in the natural fertility world, I skipped some of the introductions and the like because I knew a lot of what they were going to say. But I read most of the book.
There were a lot of parallels between this book and The Infertility Cure, if you just imagine one is from the Traditional Chinese Medicine approach and the other from a traditional “natural” approach. So there was less talk of Kidney Yang and balancing energies, and more talk of “Tired types” and balancing hormones.
I found this book very easy to navigate and understand. As I said, I’ve done extensive research into natural fertility approaches during my time with my naturopath and acupuncturist last year, so this book was pretty much what I expected, and if anything, reaffirmed that they are on to something as my “types” were very similar between the 2 approaches, even though I’m and “unexplained infertile”.
I highly recommend this book just to give you an idea about how you can make small lifestyle changes to increase your general health and subsequently your fertility.
To get personal, I fell into the “Tired” type pretty significantly (39pts) and the “Stuck” category less, but still substantial (31pts). The main symptoms I had were:
Tired- Feeling cold all the time, particularly my hands and feet; sleeping a lot and feeling tired when I’m awake; craving carbs; bruising easily; digestive issues including (TMI) loose stools, gas and abdominal pain; frequent urination; prone to low back pain and spotting before my period
Stuck- Irritability/overly critical; being stressed out, sighing a lot; nervous stomach/frequent nausea; tender breasts before period; other PMS symptoms; painful periods
So because of that, my main points of change for the next 3 months will be:
1) Eating foods that are slightly warm and easy to digest like soups and stews. Include complex carbs, whole grains, lightly cooked vegetables like pumpkin, mushrooms, and celery and kidney beans, adzuki beans and lentils. Cook with garlic!
2) Avoid dairy, wheat and sugars (this will be in moderation—don’t want to completely eliminate)
3) Aim for regular moderate exercise. Walking, swimming, biking, aerobics. Nothing too strenuous. I’ll probably stick mostly to walking.
I’m not into completely living by a specific diet, but am all about making good choices as part of my cooking/eating plan. I will be using this as a reference when deciding what I should make and will make an extra effort to stay warm!
My final thoughts: A great book to use as part of your repertoire to boost your health and life to support growing eggs and hopefully a baby!