IVF Meal Plan: Maximize Your Chance of IVF Success Through Diet by Dr. Elizabeth Cherevaty ND RAC
I think I expected too much from this book. I've been struggling with infertility for more years then I care to mention. Only recently did I finally find out I have Endometriosis. While diet does help increase ones chances of conception, it sometimes isn't going to be enough. In my case, I need surgery. There is also very little mention of Endo in this book (one paragraph actually). PCOS gets a similar mention. PCOS, Endo, they are all big players in infertility. And of course there is the man, we can't forget him. I don't know about you ladies, but trying to get my man to eat healthy isn't easy.
Okay, so onto the diet and recipes. First, I avoid nightshades. These are foods like tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, goji berries, etc. If I can substitute or omit, I do. I noticed that when I eat nightshades my Endo makes living utterly unbearable. Be sure to pay attention to your body and your reactions. We are all different. Just because a food is healthy, doesn't mean it's healthy for you.
So far I've only made two recipes from this book:
Cream of Mushroom Soup
This wasn't as creamy as the canned stuff, but it did have good flavor. I couldn't use the mushrooms listed (they aren't available in my grocer) but I did manage to use three different varieties. It turned out very good. Overall, I am happy with the results.
Caesar Salad Dressing
This is delicious. I haven't had a good Caesar dressing I could use/eat for years. Boy have I missed it! The down side to this recipe is it makes an insane amount of dressing. This wouldn't be a bad thing, but she says to only store it in the refrigerator for 4 days. There is no way I can eat that much dressing that fast. Otherwise, this recipe is another winner.
What I absolutely, passionately hate about this book is the physical book itself. It is a rather small book. It wont lay flat. It. Just. Wont. I have actually broken the spine (repeatedly). It still wont lay flat. It's too flippn' small. Trying to put stuff on the pages to hold it open is another royal pain in the behind. You don't want to block your view of the recipe, but in order to get enough weight on the book to keep it open, you have to block your view. It is a major flaw to design a recipe book so poorly.
The author provides four weekly meal plans and shopping lists along with recipes. Be sure to check closely so that your list and your actual recipes match up. Thankfully nutritional information is included for each recipe. Towards the back of the book their are twelve weeks worth of planning pages. These are done as Day 1, Day 2, etc. with a space to write Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Nothing fancy, not a lot of room to write much.
Overall, this is a common sense book. Eat lots of vegetables, eat quality protein (I personally try to eat as much fish as possible), next is limited carbs and even more limited fats. I do question the last two a little. I have to wonder if the carbs and fat should switch, albeit I'm not one who feels we should be loading up on healthy fats either, I do know that reducing starchy carbs is a big plus to our health. Basically just keep the focus on your veggies and healthy sources of protein and somehow, by some magical way, get off the sweet sweet sugar.
I've been sharing some of the following books lately as I really feel they have been useful to me. You may wish to check them out (or not). I feel that the better we can educate ourselves, the better choices we are able to make.
If you are curious I highly recommend the following books:
Wherever you are in your IVF journey, I hope you find success.
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