I’ll be starting my first IVF cycle in 11 days! I’m super excited and nervous. I feel like all my TTC years have come to this cumulation and now is the time where I really have an ACTUAL SIGNIFICANT CHANCE to get pregnant. I want to do everything perfectly! I am aware that even if I do everything perfectly, I still have about 50% chance of success. I believe every little bit helps and focusing on doing positive things helps me to feel peaceful and in control.
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Drink Plenty of water through out the day (not from plastic water bottles!) invest in a double walled stainless steel water bottle, it keeps your water cool for 12-24 hours!
Breakfast: Decaf green tea with juice from 1/2 lemon, Vitamins.
1 hard-boiled free range organic egg
Mason Jar Salad with homemade dressing: Mason jar salads are layered to prevent the dressing from getting things soggy. Dressing goes in first then more solid veggies, then more delicate veggies/toppings. Then greens.
1.5 tsp Organic Extra virgin olive oil & 1 tsp Apple cider vinegar, dash of each Himalayan sea salt, fresh ground pepper, garlic powder, oregano. mix thoroughly with a spoon. this goes in the jar first.
Next add veggies of choice, I use chopped cabbage, red onion, walnuts, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), then my romaine & spinach. Put the lid on and keep refrigerated. I make enough to last 5 days during the week so I can take them to work for my lunches.
I use a separate mason jar for my salmon. I used canned salmon from aldi’s because it is wild caught and BPA free, and A LOT less expensive than the fancy smaller cans you find in the organic section of typical grocery stores. You could also use salmon filets if desired. I mix my salmon with a little homemade mayo.
1 minute Mason Jar Mayo (need immersion blender):
Pour 1 cup of olive oil in a wide mouth mason jar, I use regular olive oil, not extra virgin to get a more neutral flavor. Crack and add in 1 farm fresh egg (don’t use conventional eggs because of salmonella concerns). Add in a generous pinch of himalayan salt and fresh ground pepper. Put immersion blender to the bottom of the jar, turn it on and let it blend for 15-30 seconds, then slowly bring the blender upwards to continue emulsifying the egg & oil. store mayo in fridge for up to 7 days.
My Daily Fertility Drink (Pro-biotic)
4 oz pure pomegranate juice (aldis!)
1 tbs Chia seeds, 1 TBS ground flax seeds, 1 tsp spirulina
4-6 oz grass-fed Keifer (lifeway is a great brand). Stir together and let stand for minimum 5 minutes to let the chia seeds soak a bit. The drink is a little crunchy, but the flavor is pretty good!
I usually have this with dinner but would be good for breakfast or lunch or somewhere in between!
Diet is the most important factor we can control during our IVF cycle. It has a lot of significance. The standard american diet (SAD) causes many health problems and infertility is one of them. It’s hard for many people to change their diet because sugar/carbs are very addictive (in my opinion). If you are someone who has a poor or “average” diet and really don’t know where to start I highly suggest meal delivery services during IVF. Sunbasket and Green chef are amazing (the link gives you a discount!) They are the only services offering ORGANIC! Don’t get me wrong its pricey, but it’s well worth it in my opinion. I used them both for months. It’s so nice having all the ingredients delivered and knowing you’ll have a healthy delicious meal! But I’m off to try something new. I recently ordered from Butcherbox. (link gives you free 2 filet mignon, bacon and $10 off) I ordered the big custom box you can choose grass-fed beef, organic chicken, heritage breed pork delivered right to your door. There really isn’t an affordable local option for me to get all of these things for a good price, maybe your area is different.
I have steamed broccoli & asparagus almost daily with dinner, also cauliflower “rice”, cremini mushrooms, red bell peppers, garlic and onion.