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Acupuncture IVF Treatment Plan

Posted on: January 23rd, 2018 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

By Anna Totzke, Registered Acupuncturist

Acupuncture has been used to optimize women’s fertility for over 2000 years. There have been several recent clinical studies showing that acupuncture for IVF can:

-Increase your chances of implantation and full-term births.

-Minimize symptoms associated with ART treatments.

-Reduce stress and help you relax before and during IVF.

Acupuncture: To Prepare for IVF

Starting acupuncture treatments 2-3 + months before your IVF cycle is ideal to help prepare your body for pregnancy, to encourage relaxation, to balance any underlying health concerns, and focus on the maturation of the egg.

One acupuncture treatment a week is recommended if acupuncture is started 2-3 months ahead but if acupuncture treatments are started 1 month or less before the IVF cycle, twice a week is recommended.

Acupuncture During the IVF Cycle: (days are approximate)

DAY 1-3 Menstrual Period – One acupuncture treatment

DAY 6-11 Follicular Development – One acupuncture treatment

Acupuncture can alleviate the side-effects of hormonal stimulation, improve blood flow to the ovaries and uterus (resulting in better ovarian response and a receptive endometrium).

DAY 11-14 Days leading into Trigger Injection and/or Day of – 1-2 treatments

Day 14- 16  After Egg Collection – One acupuncture treatment

Acupuncture can help recover from the procedure and prepare the uterus for implantation. This treatment also helps with any bloating and ease cramping after egg collection.

Day Of / Day Before Transfer – One acupuncture treatment

Research shows that this treatment significantly increases pregnancy rates.

Day after to week after Transfer – One treatment following transfer and one about a week later

These treatments promote implantation and eases any anxiety.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Anna Totzke, R.Ac. annatotzke@gmail.com.

Meal Plans to Help Make your Life Easier

Posted on: August 21st, 2017 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

Do you find it intimidating or overwhelming to prepare healthy foods for yourself or your family?  This is a common reasons why most people struggle with clean eating.  We all know the basics of eating better – lots of vegetables, added fruits, healthy proteins and clean carbohydrates work for many but it’s hard to actually do this on a consistent basis.

Diet meal with friends

Many people’s lives are full…full of many things and eating healthy foods generally falls off the priority list or is forgotten.  By the end of a busy day/week, it’s hard to make good decisions that are in alignment with how we wish to be eating.  Check out this article on Decision Fatigue by The Harvard Business Review.  Do you ever find yourself eating well and clean for the first part of your day but by the end are eating foods you wish you hadn’t?  We make dozens, some studies report hundreds of food-related decisions throughout our day and after deciding many things throughout the course of a day, we are tired and start making easier decisions which usually results in poorer choices for our health.  I know for myself, I have ideals of eating healthy foods but sometimes the inspiration falls short and I’m eating the same thing over and over or eating rice crackers and hummus at the end of a long day which although is an ok food, not a match for my constitution which does better on vegetables and a light protein.

So, we have begun a new program to help you eat clean and take away the work of deciding what to eat and when.  We are now developing Healthy Meal Plans to suit your specific dietary needs.  Weekly or Monthly recipe plans are put together for your specific needs.  Foods can be avoided specific to your needs and menus can be created specifically for your health goals (example: dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, FODMAP, Anti-inflammatory, PCOS, Thyroid, Autoimmune, etc).

What’s included:

-a detailed shopping list is given for your plan

-a to-do list for the week of prepping food

-all the recipes

-micro and macronutrient breakdown

-caloric breakdown

And…we can make it for whatever serving size you want.  If you have a family of 5 we can ensure all recipes are specific for your 5 people or for one person. Prepping your week/month is incredibly easy as we do the work for you.

We started this program a month ago as many people were sharing their desire to eat well but that more support was needed to stay interested and consistent.  We hope this is the solution to help.  Pricing is located on our Meal Plan page and ask Dr. Cressman, N.D. if you have any other questions.

Attached is a sample 3-day eating plan to let you know what a plan would potentially look like.  sample-diet

This helps make eating delicious, healthy foods easier.

 

Kale Chip Recipe

Posted on: June 22nd, 2017 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

Kale has made a serious come back from being one of the most unpopular veggies around to the most talked about.  I remember having to eat a cup of cooked kale/day when I had mono, some 25 years ago.  I had to eat this for a month straight, at the request of my dad who wanted to ensure I was eating nutrient dense foods to help heal.  Eating this kale helped boost my antioxidants, increased my immune supporting vitamins A and C, was anti-inflammatory and high in iron.

As trendy as it is now, it is an amazing food that provides numerous benefits to various health conditions.  I wasn’t impressed with eating it 25 years ago, but appreciated my father’s insight into knowing I would benefit from it.  If you are unsure of trying this popular food out, I’d recommend trying this recipe, as it’s delicious and easy to make.

Vegan “Cheesy” Kale Chips – Little Green Dot

I made mine with a dehydrator with 1/2 the seasons as recommended and they were tasty.  See what you think…a fun summer treat.

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Stop Staring, it’s starting to get weird

Posted on: April 24th, 2017 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

I recently saw this quote written by a friend and it made me laugh out loud.  I love laughing out loud…it doesn’t happen that often but when it does, I take notice.

By the way, your past called to say, stop staring, it’s starting to get weird.”

Dr. Rajesh Ragbir, N.D.

If my past could talk she’d definitely yell this out with a few other words as a reminder to move on, to stop being stuck.  It’s so easy to get stuck though, to stop and stare.  Part of the staring can be helpful – to reflect, to learn and understand how to change outcomes in the future, but so much of the staring is the opposite of helpful.  Why I love this quote so much is the friendly and humour-filled reminder points out that the staring is weird.  Just like if you caught someone staring at you for long periods of time, it’s weird.  You can’t do anything about it, so stop staring, stop ruminating, stop beating yourself up over a moment that is done.

So much about getting better on all levels of our being, whether that be the emotional, the mental or the physical is about moving on…not being stuck.  Yes, reflection is important and necessary at times, but the staring…not so much.  What a fun and playful reminder Dr. Ragbir, N.D. gave us with these words.  I hope if you catch yourself staring at the past, that you’ll gently remind yourself to stop and maybe in that moment, you’ll stare around at the now where real change can take place and where you can actually do something about it.

Dr. Amanda Cressman, N.D.

Homemade Coconut Yogurt that actually tastes Great!

Posted on: April 10th, 2017 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

I have been wanting to make yogurt for some time, as I grew up in a home where homemade yogurt was the only yogurt we consumed.  But I have a daughter with a dairy sensitivity so I wanted to make a coconut yogurt that not only tasted great but was actually thick and delicious like the greek yogurts available now.  Many of the coconut yogurts on the market are delicious but the stabilizers and gums don’t always agree with me.  So I needed to get creative and find a solution.

I was grateful to find a recipe that worked and for my Instant Pot that made it possible.  (An Instant Pot is an amazing device that is a yogurt maker, rice cooker, steamer, pressure cooker, slow cooker, warming pot and sautes all in one.  It’s amazing and has helped me make delicious foods in minutes compared to hours…and I have no affiliation with this company, just a big fan).

So, I made a great recipe from Amanda Naturally (not me…but a wonderful Holistic Nutritionist that makes delicious recipes).  I followed her recipe but instead of using a yogurt starter I used 3 probiotic capsules from my favourite probiotic and 2 tbsp of local maple syrup.  I also used a smidge more gelatin as I like my yogurt thick but may stick to the recipe next time.

It’s delicious and a great alternative for anyone wanting to make a dairy alternative yogurt that really tastes wonderful.  See what you think.

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