Weekly fertility challenge list

Welcome to the Natural Fertility and Wellness Fertility Challenge where we tackle nutritional, physical, and emotional aspects that can help us better our overall health and increase fertility/balance hormones.

Fertility Challenge

There are a few ways to go about your own challenge.

  1. Start from week one and work your way week by week.
  2. Focus on one aspect at a time. Blue challenges are based on nutrition, pink challenges are physical, and orange challenges are spiritual/emotional.
  3. Pick up right where we are in the private Facebook chat group. (the challenges are not harder as you go along, so any challenge you pick up will be helpful.)
  4. And of course you can simply scroll through the list and pick the ones you need to work on. Just do me a favor and for every three or four nutritional challenges, pick a spiritual/emotional one. I specifically rotate through different challenges to make sure we are treating our whole selves and not sticking to just one part of our health.

You can also have me email them to you! Just sign up below and you’ll get a new challenge in your email every Saturday morning.

drink more water

exercise and fertility

eat more vegetables

meditation for fertility

non-toxic beauty products

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sugar and fertility

charting for fertility

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Journal for infertility

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caffeine and fertility

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skin brushing

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eat better snacks

research cleaning products

practice gratitude

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eat your greens

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got to bed by 10PM

What if Endometriosis was simple? 3 key areas to target

When I first discovered I had Endometriosis, I had no understanding of what the condition was really all about. I didn’t even know how to pronounce it, never mind trying to understand what caused it or what made it worse. My doctor’s explanation of it, didn’t seem to alleviate this feeling as I was constantly asking questions but not really getting any real endometriosis treatments that worked!

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At the time, the only solutions that were offered to me were pain-killers, surgery or hormone treatments. I wanted more choices as somehow I knew that these things were not solving anything but merely suppressing the symptoms of Endometriosis.

After having lived with Endometriosis for over 15 years now, I know it personally. It has visited me in the dark hours of the night and left me wondering where I begin and it ends. Endometriosis was a dominator for so long but eventually I had to find a better way to understand it and stop suppressing it. I have finally found an Endometriosis Treatment that actually works!

I spent 4 years researching all that I could about Endometriosis. I stretched my research into inflammatory conditions, auto-immune conditions and even dived into the digestive system and how it relates to everything within our bodies. I have even gone back to studying a degree in Natural Medicine as the whole experience of learning about my body and it actually worked really made me appreciate it so much more.

Eventually I managed to break Endometriosis down into three key areas that I target within my Eat Endo Happy Program.

My Endometriosis Treatment Protocol:

Area 1: Reduce Inflammation

I got clues that Endometriosis was an inflammatory condition since I was always swollen and bloated. I also felt the changes that occurred with my bowel movements and my bladder, during certain times of the month. So, if I managed to reduce my inflammation, I would reduce these symptoms.

The easiest way to reduce inflammation is to focus on eating a non inflammatory diet. This means avoiding foods which are high acid like meat, dairy and sugar. Also, eating foods which reduce inflammation like loads of dark leafy greens, super-foods and foods loaded with anti-oxidants.

 

Area 2: Build up the Immune System

It was hard for me to accept that Endometriosis was an auto-immune condition. I discovered countless indicators and even a researched papers which illustrated that indeed it was. I decided it certainly couldn’t hurt to approach my immune system and build it up. I focused on natural herbs and adaptogens which allowed my body to also cope better with stress.

The immune system is our “fighter” and if it’s down, then all sorts of nasties can enter the body and create imbalances. With endometriosis there have been links to Candida overgrowth, Epstein-Barr Virus and a low NK Cell count. We can boost our immune system by focusing on gut health, a diet high in adaptogens and anti-oxidants and high amounts of Vitamin C. I also found mushroom powders incredible for building the immune system.

 

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Area 3: Balancing our Hormones

Typically when my doctor approached this aspect of Endometriosis, it was all about simply reducing the effects of the Endometriosis spreading, it was all about control and reducing Oestrogen’s in the body. I wanted to understand why my hormones were out of balance in the first place. It was not as simple as just giving my body more Progesterone! I needed to know why and get to the root of what caused the imbalances. What I discovered is that our hormone health closely relates to our liver health and that ultimately, when I rebalanced and supported my liver, my hormone health improved.

 

I hope this has given you a more simple approach for Endometriosis to explore.

When we approach Endometriosis from this 3 pronged approach, it is amazing how the symptoms and pain just melts away. I would love the new endometriosis treatment protocol to always be handled this way. I couldn’t believe the difference it has made in my own journey with Endometriosis and so many other women with the condition. There is far more to this than just suppressing our hormones!

What has been your experience with Endometriosis? Have you always stuck to just suppressing hormones? Has this opened up some new areas to explore for you?

How to get your period naturally

I never thought I’d see the day where I was happy to have my period.

When I was a teen and all my friends were complaining about cramps, not being able to swim, wear white safely, etc, etc, I just kind of stayed quiet. Sometimes lamented a knowing “Mmm Hmm…” even though I had no clue.

Sometimes I even wondered if Jesus was meant to have a sibling and I was somehow divinely impregnated but the angel forget to let me know. (Hey, you know you thought that at 13/15 years old too!)

But I kind of got used to it and to be honest, didn’t care. Everyone treated menstruation like a plague and I didn’t want any part of that.

I got married young and did what most do, I went on the pill for a few years to wait until we were ready to start a family. I hated the pill for many reasons (migraines, acne, weight gain), but it was normal in the group of people I hung out with.

And a few years later I began to freak out about my lack of periods… because a lack of periods meant a lack of ovulation, and I wanted a baby yesterday!

I really wish I would have known then what I know now, but at the time I couldn’t find any solid ways to get the body to ovulate naturally when my body wasn’t doing it on its own. Yet after months of researching conventional nutrition and medical ways to assist ovulation and pregnancy, I finally found my way to what real foods can do.

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How I got my period back

I’m asked all the time what I did to start ovulating again, and for me (at the time) it was fairly simple:

Eat real food.

  • I threw away all my low-fat margarine spreads (and sprays! ick.), stopped buying skim milk and low-fat cheese, and ditched the processed foods.
  • Instead I bought real butter, didn’t drink milk for a while and then switched to farm fresh, and added healthy fats to my diet.
  • I also severely cut back on my refined sugar consumption, though still indulged from time to time.

Those three things were the biggest changes I made, and at 27 years I began to ovulate regularly for the first time in my life. First it was every 8 weeks for a couple of cycles, then every six until six months after my nutritional change, it went to a “normal” 28 day cycle.

Depending on your age, overall health, hormonal birth control history, and stress level, it may be simple dietary changes that bring back your cycle, or you might need to add in other alternative therapies to assist healing and reproductive health.

Free videos for you

I know from the emails I get that many of you have the same issue with your cycles, or lack thereof, so I wanted to let you know about this free video series called “Bring Back Your Period” that my friend Nicole Jardim put together. She’s the creator of the Fix Your Period programs and is one of my favorite woman’s hormonal health coaches. These videos are the preview to her paid program, but you don’t have to buy anything to watch them AND they are full of great info (not just teasers to get you to buy something). I’ve watched the first two today and I think you’ll really enjoy them.

She knows her stuff and the ins and outs of hormones and how to balance them naturally.

So if you go months between periods or maybe yours are just unpredictable and never have a cycle the same length, you should totally watch these videos.

how to get your period

And if you’ve found changes you made helped you to begin ovulating again naturally, let me know in the comments below!

 

Do you believe there is an emotional connection with Endometriosis?

When you have been on this healthy wagon for a while  (picture me, with a piece of straw in my mouth, being carted off to pick apples! ) you probably have come across suggestions that every disease or condition has an emotional link and that we need to work on clearing those emotional triggers and pains in our body to truly release the disease we are experiencing.

To be honest, when I first heard this it made me feel very upset. It made me feel powerless and attacked. I mean, who are these people to say that my issues are worse than theirs? Surely, we all have “stuff” from our past that influences our present life and why did my “stuff” have to supposedly present itself in the form of Endometriosis. Right? Besides, hasn’t Endometriosis been directly linked to Dioxins found in pesticides and fungicides which we have been spraying on our foods for years?

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The funny thing was that the more I got told that my Endometriosis and my struggles with it were somehow linked to my emotions, the more it seemed to get my back up and make me angry. I think the reason it made me so angry was that I felt like people didn’t understand how much I had already been through with the condition and suggesting that I had created it seemed somehow daft and unfair. I especially hated suggestions that my Endometriosis was linked to a feeling of low self-worth. This one really got to me because surely we have all felt this on some level before and yet, we don’t all have Endometriosis.

One night I got really angry with a friend of mine who suggested that perhaps there was actually some truth to these statements I kept reading about. She suggested that I should allow it to be considered as an option because she knew a way I could clear that emotional feeling from my body which wouldn’t hurt or be horrible. She simply said, I should listen to my body and thoughts that come up when those kind of statements come up.

This is what came up for me:

  • I felt powerless
  • I felt like I was a victim of my own thoughts
  • It made me feel guilty
  • It made me hate myself and my body
  • It made me feel weak and pathetic
  • I felt like I could never get rid of it
  • It felt bigger than me and out of control

Wow! Those were scary thoughts and feelings and I could see why I had resisted ever considering that my emotional pain would have anything to do with my Endometriosis being there or playing a part in it getting worse.

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Emotional connections with endometriosis

I think many of us with Endometriosis get upset and angry when others suggest that we could be making Endometriosis by our own thoughts and emotional connections – our “stuff”. We already feel like a victim for having Endometriosis and the thought or possibility that it could actually be something we are doing to ourselves, is horrible. It is so much easier to focus on changing our diet, doing Yoga and getting that sense of control you get when you get to choose what you put in your mouth. With thoughts, they feel uncontrollable and so linked to our past. It is like our emotional stuff comes up when it feels like it and dominates us, without us having a say in it.

I recognised a few key things with my personal emotional connection and Endometriosis:

  • Statements like “I am not enough” and “I am not worth it” created a feeling of pain in my body. Not specifically Endometriosis pain but when I heard those statements, I felt they were true on some level and made me feel sad.
  • When I felt really stressed and that “I can’t do this” stuff came up, my Endometriosis definitely flared up.
  • During extremely low points in my life, where I felt unsure and unhappy with myself, my Endometriosis got worse.

I also did an exercise where I looked at my past and when the Endometriosis developed and it was during one of the hardest times of my life. My father was shot and I had lost a relationship I was deeply committed to at a very young age – 19 years old.

 

The thing is, we will never really know how much Endometriosis and our emotions are linked. I believe they are and have found it interesting how much I hear stories which tie in with Endometriosis.

As much as I never wanted to admit or confront these emotions and feelings…. I eventually did and when I free’d them, it was amazing how much my Endometriosis pain and symptoms magically disappeared.

There is truth to this stuff. We just have to be willing to confront it.

Because of my experience, I have gone on to develop a program which fully supports women with Endometriosis and releasing their emotional pain from the body.

 

Do you believe there is an emotional connection with Endometriosis? Do these kinds of statements and suggestions get your back up? Feel free to share your thoughts.

5 Things you probably don’t know about Endometriosis

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I remember the first day of finding out about Endometriosis. I was sitting across from my Gynaecologist and he attempted to explain exactly what the condition was to me. Words like cysts, adhesions and things being in places where they shouldn’t be, kinda started swirling around in  my head. They were swirling because only a week ago, I had received my first Laparoscopy and I was still feeling the tenderness of the operation – combined of course with all the pain-killers I was on at the time!

Initially, all I understood about Endometriosis was that it was made worse with excess hormones in my body and by taking a synthetic hormone like the pill, Danazol or any other options my doctor presented to me, I would be able to stop it from growing. To me, stopping it from growing sounded good. Ultimately, the pain was made worse by these adhesions and cysts so I just wanted those to reduce and stop. Perhaps this is all you understand about Endometriosis at this point too…. a hormonal imbalance?

After 15years of trying all those hormonal treatments and trying to “stop the Endometriosis from growing”, I have learned a few things about Endometriosis, which I wish someone had told me about, in those first few days of finding out I had Endometriosis.

 5 things you probably don’t know about Endometriosis

1. Our hormone imbalances stem from somewhere

I just kinda accepted that hormone imbalances were just part of having Endometriosis. I never truly understood what they were or how they might influence Endometriosis. I can tell you that most of us with Endo, suffer from excess oestrogens in the body, which means…. in simple terms, we tend to encourage more growths in our bodies. These excess oestrogen reactions are often in the form of xenoestrogens which are environmental pollutants which our bodies perceive as hormones. Things like plastics, cosmetics and household cleaning products contain them.

Obviously we can avoid many of these environmental toxins but the key thing we want to do is figure out a better cleansing system within our bodies to flush them out. Which leads me onto my next point…..

 

2. The liver regulates and flushes out excess hormones

When we clean up our liver – reduce bad fats, excess sugars, eating more dark leafy greens and doing some good cleanses, our hormone imbalances substantially reduce along with it. The liver regulates our hormones and when it is stagnant (I reckon 80% of Endometriosis Women have a stagnant liver), then these hormones don’t leave the body and are simply recirculated.

 

3. It is an auto-immune condition

Endometriosis is often described as an inflammatory condition. Inflammation is a way our body protects us from danger. Tissues become inflamed to draw extra nutrients and blood to the area. With Endometriosis, the body is exaggerating this response, which is why many of us experience bloating and a heightened sense of inflammation in our abdominal area. Much the same way our bodies over react to pollen, the same can be said for an over reaction to these dispersed cells in the abdominal cavity. We can naturally reduce this response by the body by reducing inflammation and by minimising this auto-immune response.

 

4. Candida is closely related to Endometriosis

Candida is a fungus that lives in the digestive system and can live there, quite comfortably without causing any harm. In cases of Endometriosis it is believed that Candida has become systemic (has entered the blood stream and spread to other areas of the body). This is why many women with Endometriosis often experience thrush and digestive issues. You can send Candida packing with a plant rich diet, plenty of natural sunshine and herbs you can drink in a decoction or tea.

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5. Surgery as a treatment plan

I went through 7 operations with Endometriosis and believed that this was my best option for reducing it spreading. It was only after years of research that I discovered that with every surgery, the body will repair internal damage with more adhesions and scaring. Over years of having operations, this could be making pain and inflammation worse as the body is in a constant state of repair more. You can read more about this through the articles on my site: Adhesions with Endometriosis. 

 

The good news with all of this is that you now have a whole range of approaches to try for Endometriosis. There is more choice to feeling better than just hormone treatments, surgery and pain-killers! Try focusing on the liver, candida and reducing inflammation in the body.

 

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Endometriosis can seem like an incredibly complex condition but I like to approach it from different angles using nothing but holistic approaches.

It gives us an endless selection of things to try to explore – certainly taking away any of that feeling of helplessness :)

 

If you have endometriosis, what things have you done to reduce your pain and symptoms?