Fat Makes Babies

There is such a trend towards low-fat dairy; I could just crack a rib thinking about it.

One of my first patients in the teaching clinic was this little old lady, Mary: 90 pounds and 5’4” who was suffering with rib soreness. She was as frail as could be.

Fat Protects

Mary and I took a look at her diet for a typical week: skim milk, low fat = zero fat. I gave her the prescription:

Now although this is catered to each person, as many people are sensitive to dairy… I told Mary to eat full-fat milkshakes daily; for two weeks, minimum – nice doctor, wouldn’t you agree? And I told her to cut all low-fat products from her menu.

Within a week Mary was feeling more energetic as was able to fight the case of shingles she had caught. Fat is good.

Fat Balances

As humans get older the fat levels are vital for protecting our bodies from illness. And when we are prepping for pregnancy those same fats are vital for creating a fertile balance of hormones in the body.

You know when you walk through the yoghurt section in an average dairy-stocked grocery store every yoghurt container is labeled low fat; yet looking at the label we find HIGH sugar. What is this refined carbohydrate going to do to you?

Not only is it sugar that’s added to compensate for the tasteless product that results from removing the fat from the yoghurt, the sugar that’s added is high fructose corn syrup.

This fructose causes swings in sugar levels: stressing your insulin levels, your thyroid and your fertility! As well those colouring and additives and preservatives…? Oh yeah, that’s healthy for you sure… NOT

Hormone-Free, Organic, Full-Fat

When you are trying to get pregnant you need good fats in your body. Healthy, hormone-free, full-fat fats!

The cholesterol found in animal fats is needed to create hormones. But the hormones used to increase the milk production in cows, is going to create havoc in your body. So find organic, hormone-free milk products to consume.

Omega Oils

Of course omega oils found in nuts, seeds and fish oil are vital too.

Our fertility will increase by consuming the fats found in purified fish oil (mercury-free), or fresh fish (pick the oily fish, remember the acronym, SMASH), including:

S salmon
M mackerel
A albacore tuna
S sardines
H halibut/herring

As well as oils found in seeds such as pumpkin, sesame, sunflower and flax will assist with balancing the hormones in the body. Adding more omega oils will create a balance towards healthier oils and inflammatory cytokines in the body. But, that is another article completely.

Less Sugar, Good Fats

So, remember, reduce your sugar intake wherever possible, but keep the fats: your body needs them, your hormones need them and your new cutie-babe will need them too.

My mom always tells me that I am such a smart kid because she took a fish oil supplement when she was preggers with me in the 70s!

Hey, the proof is in the fish oil pudding…


Forgiveness and Fertility

This is a big one for me and for many of my patients who are trying to conceive. I know it is a hard one to accept, but our minds are so intrinsically involved with our health. I know, it sounds so incredibly logically, but so many of us forget.

I am reading a book, Anita & Me, by Meera Syal http://www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/?p=auth94. In this book the main character’s mother explains that thinking negative thoughts will turn our bodies ugly:

…mama informed me, rather proudly I thought, that Mrs. Lowbridge was not even forty, and the smoking and bad luck had chiselled all those weary draggin lines around her eyes and mouth. “That’s why you must always count your blessings, beti, and never think negative thoughts. If your mind is depressed, your body will soon follow…”

So, why not? Ask for forgiveness. And forgive others. It is worth a try. Our babies and new beings to this earth need to know that they are wanted and welcomed to this earth. How much better is a party when you are invited?? [Well in my case, I’ll show up regardless!!]

We can recieve and offer forgiveness by using the Ho’oponopono Hawaiian method of forgiveness. Homeopathy often works in my patients to allow them to let go and move forward. Also, we can use Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).

This week I visited two health practitioners in Hong Kong who practice these methods of forgiveness treatment. At Holistic Central http://www.holistic-central.com/site/, my voodoo therapist, Angela Cummins http://www.angelacummins.com/about talked me through the hooponopono method from Hawaii. After an extenstive conversation and Neurolinguistic Programming techniques, Angela and I uncovered some deep issues attached to forgiveness. We used the process as described on Zara’s blog http://zarashea.com/2010/03/24/forgiveness-and-the-powerful-hawaiian-practice-of-hooponopono/:

Ready to learn the process? It’s very easy. You simply repeat the following four magical phrases with focused and positive intent. [You can use] the other person’s name as well…

The process goes like this:

I’m sorry.
Please forgive me.
Thank you.
I love you.

Often as children we are scolded for being “naughty” – yet we cannot understand the reason for the scolding. In my own memories of being in nursery school, I remember my teacher giving me a time-out and taking away the treats I had brought for my classmates because I was singing. Can you believe?

With Caroline Rhodes at Body Group http://www.thebodygroup.com/ I was able to visit my three-year old self to comfort her and tell her she is not naughty when she sings out loud. [Even when it is in the elevator of the Kailey Tower building.] My higher mind and the higher mind of my nursery school teacher were able to have a conversation. I understood that it was not me, but my teacher’s own lessons from childhood that taught her children should not sing at random opportunities. If you are reading this blog, next time we meet, sing “puzzle-book, puzzle-book” and the benefits of my EFT therapy session with Caroline will be increased multifold!

So take a chance on a new opportunity coming into your life by letting go of old patterns of hatred and regret and guilt. Let go of the past and let new life into your body!