LET’S TALK GIRL TALK!

by Melissa Hinshaw, LMT

Why is so hard for us to say it like it is? Why do we apologize for everything and feel like we need to dampen bad news, sad news, and even celebratory and exciting news? We are each other’s sisters and sisters share it all without fear of judgment or jealousy. I’m writing about this today because next week I turn fifty years old and it has taken me almost the full fifty to realize that saying like it is, being REAL with my sisters is freeing, contagious, and often worth a gut busting laugh…

I had been thinking about this one for some time when a colleague at work who is always upbeat and gorgeous, was talking about what was going on in her incredibly busy life and she apologized for being negative. What? What are you apologizing for? Share with me. Tell me what is happening and maybe, just maybe it will lighten your load. You are still the fabulous, strong woman you were yesterday but needing to vent doesn’t change the way I see you. Actually, I see you as being more human today than than yesterday. On another day I was having a conference with a nurse who helps families with kids with disabilities. I have a disabled son. She knows me well and often I can make her laugh and cry in the same conversation. She knows my story and we were discussing how I use humor and laughter to cope. On her way out of my house she shared with me that her eighteen year old son had just overcome cancer and she said that laughing and actually making jokes about the cancer is what got her family through. I was shocked about her kiddo. She had never mentioned his illness during any of our monthly meetings. Well, five minutes had not passed when I heard a, “ping,” and she had texted me and APOLOGIZED for sharing with me about her son and hoped that she hadn’t overstepped. I called her immediately. “You MUST share with me! I want to know your story. I want to hear you my friend, and I am HERE for you.” Let’s face it ladies. We need each other so let’s start getting used to that.

On the flip side of the above, tell me when I am gorgeous because I am going to tell you! If you hang around me you are going to know you when you look fabulous, when I think you are outrageously funny, when your style catches my eye, when I covet your earrings and I promise to make you laugh with perhaps a not so proper joke. We can talk about sex and life and kids and giggle and maybe even learn a few things. Being real is like being the kid in the classroom who raises her hand with the question that everyone has, but no one wants to ask…it liberates everyone and the entire class starts to chime in on the conversation. Words cannot describe how wonderful an unexpected compliment or goodie or whatever, can make you feel. I call it a “love-tap” and I give them out all the time, and often to people I do not even know. Are we getting the idea my sisters? Let’s be real and honest with one another and the vibe will pass itself along exponentially. Our feminine power and goodness will grow and in my mind, that is exactly what the planet could use a good dose of.

Rice Protein Shakes and Phytonutrient Powder

By Shawna Schwalb, MS, Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist

For the month of May, we wanted to give you a little more insight on two high quality supplements that might be helpful additions to your fertility treatment plan. Our Phytonutrient Powder and Rice Protein Shake are free or artificial colorings, flavorings, and preservatives and are triple certified for Good Manufacturing Practices. These supplements have all been through Independent testing of each batch of raw materials for contaminants, PCBs, dioxins, and heavy metals.

Our Phytonutrient Powder is a 100% certified organic fruit and vegetable powder rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, which may help reduce inflammation and prevent free radical damage to eggs and sperm. It’s a great option if you have trouble getting in your daily fruit and vegetables or to provide extra antioxidant support. We recommend taking 1-2 teaspoons daily. The Phytonutrient Powder is gluten free and vegetarian. It is delicious in water or in any liquid you prefer. You could even add it to your morning smoothie.

Why not get that nutritional boost in the morning after the body has been fasting and repairing during your sleep. The Pulling Down the Moon Rice Protein Shake is a great way to get that much-needed nutrient boost of protein, vitamin and minerals, while also being gentle on the belly. The sweetness and electrolyte balance will replenish your system to help carry you through the day. Add some of those veggies and fruits lying around and press a button to blend!

Our Pulling Down the Moon nutritionists have created some smoothie recipes that are not only nutritious, but they are filled with specific nutrients that support fertility. The recipes below experiment with almond milk and coconut water as the smoothie base. To add extra nutrient punch to these shakes, we suggest add-ins like Probiotic Powder and PhytoNutrient Powder. Please note, too, that these smoothies do not use crushed ice. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, a fertility diet does not emphasize cold foods.

Recipes with Pulling Down the Moon ‘s Rice Protein Shake :

Basic Shake
2 scoops vanilla or chocolate Rice Shake
1 cup water, almond milk, or coconut milk

Almond Fruit Smoothie
2 scoops vanilla Rice Shake
1 cup almond milk
¾ cup mixed berries or peaches
optional: ½ banana

Coconut Fruit Smoothie
2 scoops vanilla Rice Shake
1 cup coconut milk OR ½ cup coconut milk and ½ cup water
¾ cup mixed berries or peaches
optional: ½ banana

Yogurt Fruit Smoothie
2 scoops vanilla Rice Shake
½ cup full-fat plain yogurt
¾ cup mixed berries or peaches
optional: ½ banana

Mango Kale Smoothie
2 scoops vanilla Rice Shake
1 cup coconut water
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 leaf of kale
¾ to 1 cup mango
Dash of cinnamon

Weight Gain Shake
2 scoops vanilla or chocolate Rice Shake
1 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons natural peanut butter or almond butter
optional: ½ banana or berries

Other healthy additions: Probiotic Powder, nuts (walnuts, almonds, Brazilnuts), oranges, organic spinach or Swiss chard for greens you won’t even taste.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

POSTPARTUM CARE

by Meg Gibson, LAc.

Phew! Congratulations Mama, you’ve made it to the other side. From trying to conceive to becoming a new mom there are so many changes you’re facing both physically and mentally. Here are some common postpartum experiences that many new moms experience, and how we can help!

Hormone Regulation

During pregnancy your estrogen and progesterone hormone levels are very high and decrease abruptly after delivery. To facilitate breastfeeding your body’s prolactin and oxytocin hormone levels rise. These postpartum hormonal fluctuations can make you feel out of balance, and often result in sadness and fatigue. Acupuncture and massage therapy are both helpful in restoring postpartum hormone balance. Certain essential oils may also bring hormone and mood balance.

Stress

Caring for your new baby is a wonderful and amazing time, but can also bring big identity shifts as well as stress for new moms. Acupuncture and massage have both been shown to reduce the stress hormone cortisol. They also support healthy levels of dopamine and serotonin, neurotransmitters associated with depression.

Swelling

Did you know your body increases fluid volume by 50% when you’re pregnant? Some women experience prenatal swelling and fluid retention throughout their body. Postpartum, many women find their bodies working to eliminate this fluid by having night sweats. A great way to aid your body in reducing fluid is massage and acupuncture. We can facilitate the elimination of excess fluids with massage by promoting circulation and lymphatic drainage. Massage also helps your body shift water to the “right” places by promoting tissue stimulation. Meanwhile, acupuncture helps to promote fluid drainage and increase circulation by using specific acupuncture points and moxa to help drain dampness.

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding can be a challenge for some moms. Massage can relax and open the neck, chest and shoulder muscles and can improve lactation. Researchers have found acupuncture may support lactation by increasing prolactin secretion, the hormone associated with milk production. Did you know there is a specific Acupuncture point whose main function is to improve insufficient lactation? One of our patients recently shared how acupuncture helped her with her milk supply…

“I never struggled with my milk supply until I got a severe stomach flu. I really couldn’t get any food down for three days. For the first two this didn’t seem to affect my supply at all, but by the third day I noticed my supply starting to dwindle to almost nothing. My four month old boy was getting hungrier and hungrier, and I was getting more and more nervous…I’ve heard so many stories of women’s supply drying up never to come back. I was taking every herb available at Whole Foods but nothing seemed to be working. Finally I went to PDtM for acupuncture and couldn’t believe the results – my supply started to return within SEVERAL HOURS of my session! My baby boy is now 7 months old and has a huge appetite – thankfully, I’m still able to provide for him!”

Healthy Weight and Proper Calorie Intake for Nursing

Now that baby has arrived, you may have the desire to have your pre-baby body back. This is a great time to meet with one of our nutritionists to discuss how to safely return to your pre-baby weight while still maintaining enough calories for breastfeeding (if you’re nursing).

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