Who’s Messin’ With My Taste Buds?

How long does it take to eat a raisin?

We found out one night at a mindfulness workshop. Our yoga instructor friend was the presenter. She started by giving us one raisin each.

“Don’t put it in your mouth yet. Contemplate its shape and texture.”

We noticed its wrinkly contours. Even the tiny sensation of its weight in the palm of our hands.

Then we finally got to put it in our mouths. Our goal was to be sure to take three minutes to chew it one hundred times. It was an exercise of painful enlightenment. The taste of that raisin was mind-blowing! It was like eating a raisin for the very first time.

No, you don’t need to eat this way!

We’re reminding you to stay in touch with the simple pleasures of natural foods. Your body has a feedback loop regulating your nutritional intake. It starts with a sensation of flavor, and ends with a feeling of “satisfaction”. This works best when you stay in the realm of natural foods.

Beware the trappings of “convenience” foods. They come from the multi-billion dollar research budget of the food industry. Their intention is to design food that overrides your tongue’s innate wisdom. They want to lead you astray from the simple foods of nature. They turn your “nutrient density” detector into an addiction trigger. Your tongue starts to work for the enemy as a double agent. Their goal is to keep coming back for more “hits” of empty nutrition. Every food additive sends false signals to your tongue.

We could imagine a whole book called “Who’s Been Messing with my Tastebuds?” Or its sequel – “90% of The Modern Grocery Store is a Vast Wasteland of Empty Calories.” The sophistication of this food science is quite a sight to behold.

These clever scientists are always finding new ways to artificially trigger your “yum!” response. Yet without the nutrient density to go with it. Nutrient density only eats into their profit margins. Natural eating habits  do not lend themselves to high profits.

Think of your local grocery store as the testing laboratory. Most of the “food” in the grocery store is part of a grand experiment in addiction and profit. Your tongue  and wallet are the targeted guinea pigs.

Your food addictions and compulsions are their success. The food industry needs loyal, repeat customers. Hormone disruption is an unfortunate casualty along the way. True nutrition is not the name of this game.

What happens when your tongue becomes dependent on artificial stimulation? Its ability to detect nutrient density weakens. You lose sight of what you’re putting in your mouth. Are you consuming any GMOs, additives, fillers, or flavor enhancers? Worse, have any of these ingredients become habitual? It’s very easy for addiction to trump intuition.

Stay true to your fertility plan. Choose natural foods originating as far as possible from food engineers and marketers. Let your tongue do what it does best – detect nutrient density. Keep it away from addictive sensations. Real food enhances your health. It should never provoke side effects. It is meant to make you healthy, and fertile.

 

This topic is further expanded in Step 2 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About. You can download your free copy here.

The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About

Nutrient Density Shopping Tips For The Modern Grocery Store

“If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.”

~Stephen Hunt

You may have seen this statement used somewhere before as a motivational quote. The idea being something like living with courage and individuality. It means something quite different to us. We’re offering it to you as instructions for how to grocery shop for your optimal fertility diet.

What’s your first thought when you go to the grocery store? Remind yourself of the following from now on. They put all the fresh food around the outer perimeter of the store. This is where there’s electricity to power coolers and freezers to keep food fresh.

There’s very little “food” in the inner aisles. Think of them as science experiments you’d rather not be the guinea pig for. The average “expiry date” for these foods is somewhere in the next century.

When my kids were little, I used to say to them, “Always eat as close to God as possible, the way nature intended.” Imagine how your great-grandparents would have eaten. What was their relationship to food? For starters, they had no access to processed, chemically-laden foods. The only preservatives were the traditional methods of fermenting or pickling. Their generation did not suffer from our epidemic level of chronic health issues. Eczema, allergies, and asthma were rare. Food was still food. There were no labels to read and their grocery stores were MUCH smaller. They ate to live, they didn’t live to eat!

The outer perimeter of your grocery store is a good source of healthy food. But there’s an even better option. That is, getting your produce and meats at your local farmers’ market. There, you have the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with your farmer. You can learn about their approach to farming, and know where your food comes from. You may even get the chance to visit their farm, and see its operation for yourself. The life energy contained in local food begins with the human care that goes into producing it. It hasn’t travelled on the back of a truck for many days on end. It’s about as direct a relationship you can get from farm to plate. Freshness and nutrient density are still at their peak.

We live in the age of food labels, so it’s critical to learn how to read them. A walk through your grocery store feels like an advanced chemistry class. Research the different names for common additives, preservatives, and flavor enhancers. MSG, for example, is an unhealthy additive that hides behind a bunch of different names.

Also, beware of sweeteners of all kinds – they’re in everything! HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) has many alternative names to watch out for. ‘Crystalline fructose’, or ‘glucose-fructose’ are two examples. Most packaged food has some kind of modified or artificial sweetener. Find out the names of the most common ones, and their derivatives. Start with the big ones, like ‘sucralose’, ‘maltitol’, and ‘maltodextrin’. You’ll soon become like a seasoned bouncer rejecting teenagers with fake ID.

The more conscious food consumers are, the more clever marketers have had to become. They are always trying to outsmart you. They’ll change the names of bad ingredients to be healthier sounding. Bring a running list of your ingredient research notes to the grocery store, to know what to avoid buying. Try to make this a fun task for yourself. Pretend you’re playing a hilarious new board game called “Sneaky Synonyms”. The grand prize is your own health.

 

This topic is further expanded in Step 2 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About. You can download your free copy here.

The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About

Resolving My Food Cravings – A Personal Reflection

I used to suffer food cravings, too. After a day full of serving patients and my family, I used to finally sit down (well after the sun had gone down) and enjoy a morsel of dark chocolate. Often times, it was well beyond a morsel!

It was like a negative spiral as then I’d have trouble sleeping or be up a time or two to urinate in the night which did not help my feeling of being rested the next day. I was stuck in a loop of need without emotional fulfillment.

The bottom line was that the more I needed the chocolate, the less I felt rested. I was living to eat, not eating to live.

The Cancer state of mind actually craves chocolate. In fact, stay out of their way when they’re en route to their fix, as they’ll slay dragons bare handed to get it. Sound familiar?

The Cancer state of mind is one where you rescue others to the exclusion of self, are living the unlived life, and are feeling resigned that this is your fate from here on in. That was my story too. The chocolate gave me a tiny illusion, just for the moment that this wasn’t true.

It seemed like much more energy to resolve my plight outright than I had. I knew more fats would help, I also knew more tender acts of self-love and fulfillment were also key. But where to start?

That is when I took a dose of Carcinosin and Chocolatum and made a list of what I needed more of in my life. I went after “the feeling.”  If I was going to do this thing called life, long-term, how would I imagine a better state of grace for myself?  

Well the answer to this has spanned many blogs, a couple of books, and a  decade. Give us a call as we’re happy to share the answers we found with you, verbally, based on your own struggles. It’s what we do for our patients, but not to the exclusion of having solved it for ourselves first. Are you ready?

How Mineral Deficiency Causes Infertility

If you’re deficient in minerals, your body will start to turn off its fertility functions. Why would it do this? It’s because your body operates more like a kingdom than a democracy. I know this idea feels offensive to our modern ears. We don’t condone political systems which play “favorites.” We wish our body would treat each organ as an equal.

Our physiology is quite primitive, in this sense. It plays favorites when in “survival” mode. You will sacrifice one organ or function to save a more noble one. The “king” and “queen” (brain and heart) are the most important players. Their protection comes at the expense of the “lesser” organs. When there isn’t enough nutrition to go around, the peasants go hungry long before the king or queen have to. There’s no “one person, one vote” philosophy here.

Let’s take a practical example of this concept. Calcium is an essential mineral for fertility. A systemic calcium deficiency will plague some organs and cells more than others. Your body will “sacrifice” its calcium levels in one place to pump them up elsewhere. Calcium fuels the sperm’s whip-cracking snap of its tail to thrust it towards the egg. Calcium in your reproductive tract is one of the first sources that gets raided. The meeting of the sperm and egg is thus postponed.

Here’s nature’s bottom line : it’s not prudent to give a baby to a couple with nutritional deficiencies. If it’s already a stretch to feed two mouths, then don’t add a third. Your body treats such deficiencies as a temporary “state of emergency”. Reproduction gets put on hold for the time being. Pure survival overtakes the “luxury” of reproduction. The body must choose between the lesser of two evils. When it comes to survival, “fear” wins out over “love”. It tries to conserve what it has instead over creating something new. Fertility is one of the first things to go, in such a state. With the deficiencies in our modern food chain, can you see why fertility is becoming epidemic?

You want to keep your fertility physiology focused on the love/expansion side. This is the opposite of survival. Love and expansion begin with proper nutrition. It activates your entire reproductive system. In this sense, you can think of your pH strips as “love meters”. Self-love and self-care are the foundation of proper fertility nutrition.

In the grand scheme of healthcare, fertility issues represent a minor challenge. They’re an early warning sign to what could become more serious health challenges down the road. Consider fertility difficulties as a ‘blessing’ in this sense. It’s actually alerting you to an early stage of nutritional deficiency. The good news, is that it’s still easy to correct at this point. You correct your fertility state WHILE prevent long-term health issues. It’s a true win-win for you and the baby you’re seeking to conceive.

Daily pH readings of your urine or saliva are perfect for managing this. They’re a window into your current nutritional state. You can expect to create improvements over days or weeks. Mineral nutrition is the primary tool here. Keep nursing your pH levels back into a healthy range. Consistent daily alkaline readings is what you’re aiming for. It tells you when your mineral intake is fully aligned with your fertility goals. Your body will switch its expansive “love” functions back on at the cellular level. Fertility will follow… naturally.

 

This topic is further expanded in Step 2 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About. You can download your free copy here.

The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About

Greens, Raw Milk, And Other Fertility Superfoods

We recommend “superfoods” as the primary foundation to your healthy fertility nutrition. They’re a special category of foods in nature with a very high nutrient density. And no, you don’t have to put on tights or a cape in a phone booth to consume them.

Think about the way your Mom fed you as a baby. She usually made nutrition count. You were so little then, with a teeny tummy and she would have wanted to make the best of what you took in.

Today, we’ve learned a lot more about baby’s best nutrition. Breast milk leads the way to pureed avocados, liver, egg yolks, and salmon. A baby grows on the cornerstone of healthy fats. This is no different for you as a grown-up!

Have you heard of the Ketogenic diet? This high fat, low carb approach is usually tried for weight loss. It also has a common surprise side effect of unexpected pregnancies! These weight loss folk don’t know they’re improving natural fertility with this diet.

Is this as exciting to you as it is to me? It gives extra confirmation in a place we weren’t even looking for it.

Nutrition is your first order of business for natural fertility. Synthetic multivitamins don’t come close to these powerhouses of nutrition. Besides, synthetic vitamins are expensive, with unreliable efficacy and absorption.

Also add the following to the so-called “baby foods” listed above:

    • Organic Dark leafy Greens (kale and spinach) are great for balancing your pH. They also provide much needed folate which is essential for the early growth stages of a fetus.
    • Green superfoods (spirulina, chlorella) are amazing. They have a high nutrient density. They help balance your pH. They even promote detox and cleansing in your liver. Nothing like spring cleaning your home before company arrives.
    • Raw, unpasteurized dairy is one of nature’s most perfect foods. It digests very well, even for people who have sensitivities. It provides healthy proteins and minerals to your body. Avoid pasteurized milk. It is hard to break down and assimilate due to the enzyme-destroying heat it undergoes.
    • Natural, free-range, organic eggs are a great source of fats and sulfur needed for sperm and egg health.
    • Seaweed is a great superfood given that it contains iodine. This helps the thyroid orchestrate all fertility-related hormones.

Superfoods are the poster children for “whole foods”. They contain the full nutritional complexity of nature. Our bodies know how to relate to these. Isolated, single nutritional factors are confusing to your body. This is why vitamin supplements often have unreliable absorption rates. The artificial complexity of a multivitamin doesn’t fool your body. It knows the difference. This is why Superfoods work so well in your fertility plan.

 

This topic is further expanded in Step 2 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About. You can download your free copy here.

The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About