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

The Soil Health-Fertility Health Connection

How nutrient-dense is your diet? That depends on how your food was grown in the first place. Conventional agriculture and food production follows a fast downward spiral into empty calories. Farmers in the U.S. and Canada grow a lot of corn and soybeans. These are the fillers for most processed foods. Such “monoculture” creates extreme mineral deficiencies in the soil. Traditional methods of crop rotation did not do this.

Monoculture farming creates a vicious cycle of less and less healthy food. Every given crop has a certain mineral “fingerprint.” It draws on certain minerals from the soil out of proportion to the others. In effect, it strips the soil of what it needs most. This starves future generations of this crop of what they most need. The crop becomes weaker and less healthy over time. Weeds and pests start winning the war.

What’s conventional farming’s answer? Spray more pesticides and herbicides. The problem is that the crop is still weak. And now we, the end consumer, ingest all these toxins. We get less nutrition with  more toxicity. Alarm bells should start to ring when you see the large health price you’re paying for “cheap” food. We’ve failed to let nature’s pests do their job. That is, to alert us to weak, low-nutrition food.

How does this play out in practical terms? It takes a lot more food now to get the same nutritional value. You’d need 200 loaves of bread to match the nutrition of a single loaf at the turn of the last century. Likewise, you’d need 45 bowls of today’s spinach to be on par with one single bowl from yesteryear.

This same vicious cycle repeats itself in our inner ecology. Less nutrition means a weaker immune system. We use supplements and “fortified” foods to prop up our nutritional deficiencies. Like the weak crops, you may become susceptible to every bug going around the office. This is one of the reasons we find more and more people on regular rounds of antibiotics.

Traditional, organic methods of growing and crop rotation do the opposite. They actually “rejuvenate” the soil. The crops are in robust health as they draw on mineral-rich soil. Start with organic, nutrient-dense foods. This is how to build up your health from the inside out.

Build up your immune system to do what it does best. Drop synthetic supplements and ‘fortified’ food’. “Let food be thy medicine” is timeless advice. A foundation of solid nutrition cuts the need for antibiotics. Also note that you’ll find antibiotics in regular, non-organic milk.

As always in health, deal with the root issue rather than the symptoms. Supplements and ‘fortified’ foods are not dealing with the root. Don’t let “more expensive” organic food be a deterrent – it takes you a much greater nutritional distance. See the truth about “inexpensive” food, and keep it out of 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

Are Your Hormones Marching To A Toxic Beat?

Hormones govern every natural function in your body. Natural fertility is no exception. I’m speaking equally to men and women, here. So that includes you, no matter which parts you have!  

The ill-effects of endocrine disrupters plague us all these days. We generally don’t realize the extent that our hormones are being messed with.

Think about what our modern world and diet includes. Current/past prescriptions (ie birth control pill); plastic bottles; metal food cans; detergents; flame retardants; soy-based foods; cosmetics; and pesticides. We usually don’t even give a second thought on the effects of all of this.

Studies show how much these elements are interfering with our natural fertility. Long-term, they are the cause of some cancers. Not to mention how they affect organ and neural systems in prenatal development.

There’s even much evidence showing that hormone disruptors leave genetic imprints. We’ve often seen drug traces in a patient for things their parents had exposure to. They respond to our detox protocol exactly as if they had taken the drug themselves. This includes all prescription drugs, as well as environmental toxins.

We had many “mystery” cases in our clinic before we understood this phenomenon. You’d be quite amazed at what crosses over the generational divide. Drugs, toxins, hormones, and even intense emotional states can pass down to you.

All this to say that there’s more to pH balance than diet and lifestyle. It’s not only your own prescription history that counts, but your parents’ as well. Your hormonal system is like the intricate workings of a grandfather clock. In fact, your hormones may still be keeping time based on the drugs your grandfather took!

 

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

Solé Brine – Nature’s Perfect Mineral Supplement For Fertility

Mineral deficiency is rampant. Filling your plate with lots of fruits and vegetables isn’t enough these days. It takes a concerted effort to make sure you’re getting all your necessary minerals. Think of your bones as the superstructure of a building. Picture your tissues, organs, and skin all draped over it. Your job is to make sure that this building can stand for a good 100 years or so.

Most modern drinking water is depleted of minerals. We no longer gather our water from brooks or streams that have picked up minerals on the way to the glass.

Modern agriculture isn’t doing a good job with minerals, either. That’s because crops aren’t rotated, and farmland is under a chemical assault.

Ross Bishop states, “A 1999 study … found that three decades of the overuse of nitrogen in farming has destroyed the soil’s fertility, causing it to age the equivalent of 5,000 years in 30 … For the amount of manganese you used to get in 10 green beans you would have to eat 300. You have to eat 11 bowls of spinach to receive the same amount of copper that you used to get in one bowl. To receive the same amount of iron in one tomato prior to 1945, you would have to eat 1,938 tomatoes today.

Carrots used to have 10,000 IU of beta-carotene, now they have less that 70. Wheat used to be 40% protein, whereas now it is less than 10%. It goes on. . .”  

Even our bread is no longer stone-ground. We used to get minerals baked right into the whole grain goodness.

What does all this have to do with fertility?

Your fertility functions are “turned on” by vitamin and mineral signals. They’re the “green light” that tells nature there’s enough nutrition to support a new mouth to feed.

Synthetic mineral supplements are typically very poorly assimilated. We have a much better suggestion for you.

Use solé brine every morning. It contains 84 minerals and trace elements. It’s a whole superfood derived from a pristine, unpolluted place on earth.

solé (“So-lay”) is a supersaturated solution in water of Himalayan crystal salt. It’s liquid sunlight captured in a Mason Jar! “Sol” is the Latin word for “sun”.

solé brine will help to balance your pH.

A minerally-satisfied body doesn’t have food cravings.

It helps to cleanse tissues, muscles, organs and skin congestion. This leaves more resources available for procreation.

solé brine is easy to make at home. We make ours in a small to medium Mason jar. We use a plastic lid because a metal one would rust over time. Place 3-4 rock chunks in the jar, and cover with pure spring water or  filtered well water. Request them from your local health food store, if they don’t already stock them. Tap water with chlorine or fluoride is not recommended here, or at any time.

The goal is to create a supersaturated solution. You’ll know it is, if some amount of the salt chunk is still visible after 24 hours. This means that the water molecules are completely full of minerals. Your brine is now ready.

Take a dose of your brine every morning. Start on the low end, and work up. Your first dose can be one single drop dissolved in a glass of water. Drink this at least 15 minutes before breakfast. Increase your dose until you’re taking a full tablespoon in your water.

You can continue to top up the Mason jar with water as the level goes down. Keep an eye on the saturation – add more rocks as the visible salt chunks start to disappear over time. You’re literally “drinking” these rocks in slow motion.

 

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

Why Acidic pH May Not Be Due To Diet

“Why is my pH still acidic? I’ve cleaned up my diet, and I’m drinking plenty of water.”  What’s going on?

It’s frustrating when you “follow the rules,” but don’t get the intended result. We’ve been there!

At this point, some folks will simply “try harder,” while others “give up.” But neither approach solves the real problem. Sometimes, faulty regimen isn’t the problem.

We want to emphasize the importance of healthy pH habits. Don’t give them up out of frustration! They’re essential for fertility, and for lifelong health. Every bite counts! You can’t fool your biochemistry. What would throw your pH off, if not regimen?

Your pH isn’t affected by physical factors alone. Your state of mind and emotions play an equal role. The effect is sometimes quite powerful and dramatic. Not only does every bite count, but also every thought and emotion as well.

This is why holistic healthcare doesn’t consider the needs of your ‘mind’ and ‘body’ as two separate things. It’s nature’s original “two for one” deal. Both sides create your cellular pH. Even with a perfect diet, your pH can still be off due to mental/emotional factors.

What’s the current “state of mind” behind your conception attempts? Is hope starting to cloud over with feelings of “failure,” “frustration,” or even “grief?”? Your pH readings will follow suit. Your mind and body are very intimate and responsive dance partners.

Is there a deeper belief coloring your experience? Do you hold a definition of “success” for your life based on having certain achievements by a certain age? Beliefs frame how you experience and feel the events of your life. They remove us from direct “lived” experience into emotional “interpretations.” By definition, such a separation from life is stress. At the cellular level, you respond with shots of acidity.

Here’s the kicker – your cells have no sense of time. They don’t know the difference between current and past stressors. Your “cellular memory” keeps shocks and traumas from the past alive in your body. It may not be immediately obvious what’s causing your pH to read acidic.

Let’s take a dramatic example of this. Imagine a war vet suffering PTSD. Their nightmares, anxiety, and physical symptoms may be overwhelming. They are operating on cellular memories of wartime. Even after they are back “safe” at home. Their unresolved shocks and traumas are still living. This always continues at the cellular level, even if the mind has “forgotten.”

Are we suggesting you slap a big goofy grin on your face, only thinking happy thoughts? This doesn’t work, unless you’re a Disney character. Emotional health means living your emotions, not eliminating them. “Better out than in” is our motto for health at all levels.

The key is not to give up on your healthy pH diet. That will always be the foundation to your fertility health and beyond. Keep it up while you source out this other type of pH disruption. You need to address the needs of both your physical and emotional bodies.

Writing your “timeline” is a good first step to releasing your past. Write down a list of every emotional shock or life trauma you can remember. Patients have told us that even this exercise alone can provoke a healing response. In your emotional body, “feel” which ones continue to have a “charge” for you. You’ll start to get a sense of the “map” of healing you need to follow.

 

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

Spring Cleanse for Mind and Body

What baggage are you holding onto? No, really–I’m speaking to you.

If you aim your gaze down into your belly, what is it that you’re feeling? Are you harbouring grief and sadness down there? What about loss or disappointment? Are you feeling pissed that you thought you’d be in such a better place in your life by now? Perhaps you’re afraid that you’re never going to get to your goals.

What if there was a way to dump all this physical and emotional content overboard without having to hash it out verbally. What if we could give you homeopathic remedies to lighten your load while also helping you detox from all that digestive, bloating, gassy stuff going on in your belly at the same time.

Perhaps you’ve been having more congestion and headaches than usual and you’re wondering if it has to do with the toxicity you’ve been carrying. Are you ready to let that go too?

Spring is a wonderful time to purge both physically and emotionally. Herbs come back at your local market, bitter herbs are growing like weeds and we’ve got homeopathic remedies to help you achieve your goals and obtain better health within a week of taking them.

Read our articles in this month’s Newsletter to find out more or simply book a FREE, no obligation, Fact Finding Session to find out how we can tailor a Springtime cleanse just for you.

 

 

 

The Emotional Meaning of Food Cravings

What’s the difference between “desire” and “craving” for food? When it comes to fertility health, there’s a world of difference. Are you aware of what drives your food choices? Is any given food feeding your physical, or your emotional body?

Cravings override your body’s desire for healthy sustenance. They generally have an emotional root. Grief will seek carbs as well as salty snacks. Anger goes for sweets, fear wants coffee and guilt will eat almost anything to stuff down their shame. Have you heard of “retail therapy”? Well, this is ‘over the lips, past the gums’ therapy.

Nutritional deficiencies or imbalances will also lead to cravings. This is your body crying out for what’s missing in your diet. Such imbalances join forces with anything still unresolved in your emotional body. Your innate desire for healthy eating gets hijacked by these factors. Emotional cravings overshadow your instinct for healthy sustenance.

Unresolved content in your emotional body will create a specific “disease state”. This is a state of mind which overtakes your natural physiology. It also starts to take over your cellular function. The cravings overshadow your healthy desires. Your cells’ mineral needs get pushed aside in craving’s pursuit of emotional fulfilment.

A miscarriage, for example, will create the emotion of grief. This is a natural response, of course. It only becomes an issue if there’s a blockage to the complete “letting go” of natural grieving. In this case, residues of grief still remain in the cellular memory. It will also start to generate the emotions of fear or anxiety for possible future miscarriages.

This may turn into the personality trait of a “walled off” feeling. It stands as an emotional defense against any future hurt. The inability to cry, or even an aversion to intimacy may result from such a state. “I don’t want your sympathy” becomes the unconscious trait of this defense. No one is allowed “in”, in the emotional sense. Physiology follows suit, making sure that no sperm can make it all the way in, either.

Your cellular physiology is quick to respond to your state of mind. The natural mineral balance begins to reverse. The alkalizing potassium leaches out from the cells. They get filled instead with encrustations of sodium. Such a sodium-dominance is acid-forming. It creates a downward spiral. This emotional state reinforces the cellular physiology, and vice versa. The resulting salt or carb cravings can only offer temporary relief.

What if you recognize this pattern in yourself? For starters, “don’t panic”. The myth of “willpower” as a solution isn’t helpful. It’s a misunderstanding of the real issue, and an unnecessary source of shame. To begin to notice these patterns in yourself is an amazing first step. The more consciousness you can raise, the more you remove power from the true source.

 

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

Feeling ‘Full’ Versus ‘Satisfied’ – What’s The Difference?

Habitual overeating is an assault on your state of fertility. Digestion taxes your system, and diverts needed resources away from reproductive functions. Your cellular pH levels suffer. Your “fertility hormone orchestra” gets thrown out of tune. It brings your immunity to its knees. You get turned into a digesting, detoxing machine. It leaves little to no room for your baby-making function.

How can you tell the difference between eating ‘enough’ and ‘too much’?

Eating so much that you feel “stuffed” sits on the “too much” end of the spectrum. You know your health would be in trouble if you ate every day the way you do at Thanksgiving dinner.

Where’s the “sweet spot” closer to the middle of this spectrum?

Can you recognize the difference between feeling ‘full’ versus ‘satisfied’?

‘Fullness’ is a mechanical sensation, where ‘satisfaction’ is qualitative. I’m sure that you’ve experienced this difference for yourself. Think of any meal you’ve grabbed ‘on the run’ to make sure your stomach wasn’t empty. Now compare this to the deep pleasure you’ve had with meals shared with close friends or family. So much talking and laughter filled you up while the food on your plate lingered.

This is the main reason you should banish ’empty calorie’ foods. The only thing they can do is to make you feel ‘full’. In fact, empty calories can only drive you to “fill ‘er up”. That’s because they provide no ‘satisfaction’ at all. Only nutrient-dense food can trigger your ‘satisfaction’ response.

The more you base your nutrition on ‘satisfaction’, the better your health will be. It’s the zone where your body’s intuitive wisdom shines. Satisfaction guides you to true nourishment. Satisfaction will guide you even better than any nutrition book is able.

Noticing the flavor of your food will connect you to the quality of satisfaction. The first bite delivers a burst of flavor. Then it starts to diminish with every bite. This is actually your body’s way of showing you when your nutritional needs are satisfied. Stay alert at this point. You’ll soon be crossing the threshold from satisfaction to fullness. The key is to teach yourself to notice this subtle feedback mechanism.

To get started, follow these healthy rules of thumb:

  • Begin by drinking a glass of water 10-15 minutes before eating. This is the first step of a healthy digestive function. It sets your body up for ease of digestion and optimal assimilation. It also removes your body’s craving to “fill up” on food when it actually needs hydration.
  • Set the stage for deep engagement with your food. Light a candle; put on some music; set out a beautiful placement, napkin, and cutlery. Even place an elegant wine glass on the table (but forgo the wine for now).
  • Prepare your food as if you are your own celebrated guest.
  • Focus on the sensory aspect of eating. Engage all your senses. Stay in touch with the quality of the flavor in each bite. Follow the sensation from your taste buds spreading throughout your body. Stay attuned to when you cross the threshold from ‘satisfied’ to the beginning of ‘fullness’.
  • Taper the speed at which you eat, remembering that your stomach is only as big as your fist.
  • ‘Wake up’ your senses within this eating experience. Enjoy your surroundings, including conversation or music. Turn OFF the TV, which has the opposite effect of our goal here.
  • Put down your fork between bites, and notice your breathing. Notice how you’re feeling. Are you taking that next bite out of genuine hunger, or mere habit? Are you relating to  your food out of love, or lust? Are you eating what should be tomorrow’s leftovers?

What do you notice as you cultivate this relationship to ‘satisfaction’?

Were you trained as a child to “finish your plate” (mechanical fullness)? Then this will overshadow your sensation of satisfaction at first. Know that you are undoing a deep habit ingrained at the cellular level. Keep watch for any tendencies to “emotional eating”. Those impulses go in the opposite direction of satisfaction-based eating.

Consider this goal of satisfaction-based eating as part of your fertility plan. It is the cornerstone to activating your body’s ability to self-regulatey. Your body’s innate wisdom is superior to anything that your intellect can create. The less you need to ‘micromanage’ your hormones, the better. Leave that to the expert (i.e. your body).

 

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