Optimizing Your Fertility Through Nutrition w/ Cindy Bailey

Guest: Cindy Bailey
Dr. Lane sits down with Cindy Bailey, author of the Fertile Kitchen Cookbook. Cindy took control of her fertility after she was told AMH levels were unfavorable and that her age was a hindering factor in her fertility. Determined to be a mother, Cindy took a nutritious approach to optimizing her fertility and now she is the mother of two beautiful children! Many couples are trying to conceive and are unaware that diet plays a critical role in fertility. Today Cindy and Dr. Lane will discussing the secrets of changing your diet and potentially increasing your chances of success in conception.

Dinner For Two

By : Jabir Ponce

LIME CELANTRO SKIRT STEAK

SHOPPING LIST

1.5 Lbs of Skirt Steak
2 Bunches of cilantro chopped
½ C Lime Juice
1 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Pepper

  • Cut meat into 2 inch pieces with the grain. Place in bowl with cilantro lime juice and salt and pepper. Mix together. Let marinade for 30 minutes. Turn the steak over and let marinade for another 30 Minutes.
  • It can be grilled for 3 minutes on each side for a medium rare; or cook in a sauté pan on medium heat for 4 minutes on each side. Let meat rest for 5 minutes then slice, with grain, into ¼ inch pieces.

SAFFRON RICE

SHOPPING LIST

1 C Jasmine Rice
2 C Chicken broths
1 liberal pinch of Saffron

  • Place in sauce pan, bring to a boil, cover pan then turn heat to low and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from burner let sit for 2 minutes and serve.

GREEN BEANS

SHOPPING LIST

1 Lb Green beans
1 Steamer

  • Bring water to a boil in pot place green beans in steamer, wait 3 minutes.
  • Turn off burner and let beans sit in steamer for another 3 minutes. Remove and serve

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jabir Ponce, Private Chef. Jabir Ponce’s first passion is food and its preparation. While working in the pastry line and bake shop at the Ritz Carlton Manalapan, Mr. Ponce received his culinary degree in 1993 from the Florida Culinary Institute. After returning to San Francisco Mr. Ponce helped to open several small restaurants while running his own catering company. He served as the Lead Concierge for the Archbishop’s Mansion until its closing. Since July 2009, he has worked in San Francisco as a private chef. His email is jabirponce@sbcglobal.net

How To Keep Love Alive

In the Midst of Infertility Treatment

By: Qin Fan, PSY.D

When sex goes from being fun to being work, it can play havoc with your relationship. Infertility treatment is often experienced as an emotional rollercoaster, typically becoming an ordeal that either makes or breaks a couple. How can you support and deepen your love for one another in the face of emotional and relational adversity?

1. Understand that the fertility challenge affects every aspect of life. No one can entirely escape from challenges affecting their self-image, intimacy with partner, and sexual lives.

2. Remember that you are in this together. Inform yourselves and learn about what you’re up against so that you can face it together. The more you practice this together, the stronger you’ll become as a couple. Be considerate and tender toward your partner.

3. Recognize that you and your partner may keep a different pace on the fertility journey, and be understanding about it. Keep up the communication and give each other the chance to say what is on his/her mind. Remind yourself that the main thing is your common goal of making a family together.

4. Talk openly with your partner: Sounds easy, right? Yet, so often couples are cocooned in their own emotional anguish, or uncertain about what to say to each other when encountering infertility, that they literally become “speechless,” or shut down. Moreover, infertility can stir up a host of other personal or psychological reactions, including depression and anxiety. It is critical to discuss common reactions such as disappointment, shock, fear, envy, guilty, and rage.

5. Balance the need for privacy & support: What to say to family and friends, if anything at all? It is indeed a delicate dance. Research shows that isolation can be detrimental for couple relationship in the middle of infertility treatment. What is the right amount of disclosure so that the couple may benefit from support from family and friends? Each couple will have to negotiate and determine what is acceptable to them. No matter what you decide to say to others, the main thing is that you two are on the same page. The ability to open up to family and friends can not only ease some of the pressure and isolation but also boost the couple’s morale and overall wellbeing.

6. Redefine intimacy to include conversation at the dinner table, cuddling under a blanket, watching a favorite movie, and a hearty hug. Tell your partner when you need that hug and when you are feeling a little deprived. Go out to dinner at your favorite spot and do not talk about fertility for even one second. Reminisce about how you met and why you made a commitment to be life partners.

7. Plan to have sex, and then anticipate it, just like in the early days of your relationship.

8. Take care of yourself and each other: A healthy mind resides in a healthy body. Infertility treatment can be stressful and strain the relationship. Research suggests that setting time aside regularly, say once a week, to take walks, bike, treat yourselves with a couples massage, take yoga or dancing classes together, can help reduce stress and rejuvenate. Physical activities will not only help you boost your overall energy, but also facilitate a better outcome for your infertility treatment.

9. Seek additional emotional support: Infertility is a shared experience. Individual psychotherapy, couples counseling, and support groups can serve as a safe space for you to explore topics that might be otherwise difficult to discuss.

Qin Fan, Psy.D. 870 Market St., Ste. 659, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415.545.8606 www.drqinfan.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Qin Fan, PSY.D. A licensed clinical psychologist and a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, I support the family building efforts of all clients, including single women and men and same sex couples. Starting a family can be an exhilarating time for many, yet for some it can be an emotional roller coaster. To help you navigating through the fertility treatment maze, I offer psychological psychotherapy for individuals and couples dealing with infertility or fertility preservation; consultation for intended parents and recipients of egg, sperm, and embryo donation; psychological evaluation for your donor or gestational carrier. For more information or schedule a consult, please visit us at www.drqinfan.com

Dinner For Two

By : Jabir Ponce

MANGO CHICKEN
with Chicken & Cauliflower Hash

SHOPPING LIST

2 Boneless, skinless organic Chicken Breasts
3 C Low sodium organic Chicken Broth
16oz Diced Frozen Mangos

  • Add to one large sauce pan, 2 cups diced mango and the three cups chicken broth; bring to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove pan from stove and pour mango and broth into a Vitamix or a Cuisinart, (a soup wand may be used in pot on stove) puree until it is a smooth consistency.
  • Return the puree to sauce pan and place the two chicken breasts in pan. Bring sauce to a light simmer and place lid on top. Cook for 15 minutes; stir sauce every few minutes to make sure it does not burn.
  • Remove chicken breasts from poaching liquid and let rest for 3 minutes before slicing.
  • Reduce sauce to desired thickness and spoon over sliced chicken breast.

CAULIFLOWER HASH

Shopping List

2 C Medium diced cauliflower
1 C small diced sweet potato
1 C medium diced carrots
1 C medium diced yellow pepper
1 C medium diced red onion
1 C medium diced Celery
1 Tbls chopped ginger
½ C rough chopped Basil
2 cloves chopped garlic
1 Tbls Cold pressed organic Olive Oil
Salt and pepper

  • In a large sauté pan add olive oil and turn heat to high. Once oil is hot add; cauliflower, sweet potato, carrots, yellow pepper, onion, celery, ginger and garlic. Sauté and stir the pan until the onion starts to become translucent. Turn off heat and mix in basil. Salt and pepper to taste. and broth into a Vitamix or a Cuisinart, (a soup wand may be used in pot on stove) puree until it is a smooth consistency.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jabir Ponce, Private Chef. Jabir Ponce’s first passion is food and its preparation. While working in the pastry line and bake shop at the Ritz Carlton Manalapan, Mr. Ponce received his culinary degree in 1993 from the Florida Culinary Institute. After returning to San Francisco Mr. Ponce helped to open several small restaurants while running his own catering company. He served as the Lead Concierge for the Archbishop’s Mansion until its closing. Since July 2009, he has worked in San Francisco as a private chef. His email is jabirponce@sbcglobal.net

Dinner For Two

Poached Tarragon Chicken

By: Jabir Ponce

Tools Needed

• 2qty. 9×8 roasting pans
• Cutting board
• 8 or 10 inch chef knife
• Medium pot with lid
• Measuring cup
• Tablespoon

Shopping List

• Double breast of chicken (or two single breasts)
• Bunch of fresh Tarragon
• Salt
• Pepper
• Chicken broth
• Brown rice
•  White balsamic vinegar
• Carrots

Get Started

  1. Preheat oven to 450° on broil.
    1 9×8 roasting pan
    1 Double breast of chicken or two single breasts
    2 tbsp. chopped fresh Tarragon
    Pinch of salt
    Pinch of pepper
    Chicken broth
  2. Sprinkle fresh chopped Tarragon in the roasting dish, on an area the size of the breasts.
  3. On the underside of the breasts you will find the tenderloins; flip them outward so that they are away from their resting place, and place the breast on top of the Tarragon.
  4. Pour in chicken broth gently into the pan, until the breast is covered ¾ of the way up the breast.
  5. Sprinkle salt, pepper and dried Tarragon over the breast.
  6. Place in oven on second rack from the top (between 8 and 10 inches from the top) for 30 minutes.

Braised Carrots

in Balsamic Vinegar

Brown Rice

Cooked in Chicken Broth

Preheat oven to 450° on broil.

 

1 medium pot with

 

1 9×8 roasting pan

 

1 Cup Brown rice

 

4 tbsp. White Balsamic Vinegar

 

2 ¾ C Chicken Broth

 

2 Cups Water

 

Place rice and chicken broth in pot and bring to a boil.

 

6 Carrots

 

Turn heat down to low and cover.

 

Wash carrots and remove tops.

 

Cook for about 40 to 45 minutes.

 

Place carrots in pan, pour in water and add 4 tbsp. vinegar.

 

Let sit for a minute before serving.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jabir Ponce, Private Chef. Jabir Ponce’s first passion is food and its preparation. While working in the pastry line and bake shop at the Ritz Carlton Manalapan, Mr. Ponce received his culinary degree in 1993 from the Florida Culinary Institute. After returning to San Francisco Mr. Ponce helped to open several small restaurants while running his own catering company. He served as the Lead Concierge for the Archbishop’s Mansion until its closing. Since July 2009, he has worked in San Francisco as a private chef. His email is jabirponce@sbcglobal.net