Avneet Panesar, Genesis Fertility

Meet Us Monday: Avneet Panesar

Hey!

I’m Avneet, one of the medical office assistants’ that works here with the Genesis family.

Since joining the Genesis family, I have only felt love and sincerity from every individual that I have worked with. Everyone from our welcoming receptionists to our amazing doctors who ensure that everything that they do provides a warm, caring, and compassionate atmosphere for our patients. From the moment we meet our patients and begin their treatment plans, we start to build relationships that don’t just last until the end of their appointments, but rather for a lifetime.

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cauliflower salsa, genesis fertility

Fertility Food Friday: Cauliflower Salsa

By Krista A. Parr, R.H.N.

So fresh, so simple, and so full of fertility-loving goodies! Support your body’s inherent detoxification activities, protect your fertility organs from oxidative stress, and combat inflammation with this yummy end-of-summer salsa. Cauliflower is not a vegetable I would normally enjoy eating raw. Along with it’s cousins, broccoli and cabbage, raw cauliflower would normally cause my belly expand into a hot air balloon. In this recipe, however, the cauliflower really mellows out as it marinates and almost ‘cooks’ in the citrus juice. This makes it easier to digest as well as more palatable; a fantastic way to get this nutritional powerhouse into your diet. Enjoy on tortilla chips, crackers, tacos, or salad.

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Fertility Food Friday: Pumpkin Soup

By Karen Weggler of the Movement Studio

Autumn is my favourite season hands down! We have been blessed with a gorgeous summer here in Vancouver, British Columbia, however, I am craving a cool breeze and those multi-coloured leaves.

Pumpkins are PACKED with Vitamins A, C (antioxidants!), fibre (promotes healthy digestion!), is low calorie, satiating, and absolutely delicious. WIN.

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office manager, Genesis fertility Centre

Meet Us Monday: Ruth Cheung

Hello!

I’m Ruth, the Office Manager at Genesis Fertility Centre.

I am one of the first people you will get to connect with over the phone whether it be answering any questions you might have or assisting you with your appointments. Prior to arriving at Genesis, I spent most of my professional life working for the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, while moonlighting as an event planner.

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beet dip

Fertility Food Friday: Beet Dip

By Krista A. Parr, R.H.N.

If the thought of dipping carrot sticks into a bowl of bright pink paste seems peculiar, I urge you to give beets a chance and try this dip! It is smooth, creamy, and surprisingly not overly ‘beety’ in the taste department.  Of course, it is also ridiculously nutritious, bursting with too many health benefits to name in this blog post. Iron is just one of the many nutrients that this recipe has going for it, with both the beets and sunflower seeds rich in the important mineral. While trying to conceive, it is a good idea to load up on iron-rich foods in order to prevent iron-deficiency anemia, which is very common during pregnancy.

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kale

Fertility Food Friday: Going Head To Head with Morning Sickness

Nikki Hurst RHN, The Movement Studio 

Being pregnant is an amazing adventure, with an amazing ending. However, for those of you who are or might be experiencing morning sickness during those first three months, here are a few tips to help get your through this uncomfortable time.

Please note, while the term is coined “morning” sickness, it should really be described as “any part of the day or night” sickness. But have no fear! There are things that can alleviate or at least ease the symptoms.

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potato salad

Fertility Food Friday: Potato Salad with Lemon-Hemp Dressing

By Krista A. Parr, R.H.N.

Potato salad may not seem like a fertility-boosting dish, and the thick stuff you’ll find at your supermarket’s deli counter certainly is not. This healthy, dairy-free, vegan potato salad uses hemp seeds to achieve a creamy dressing instead of mayo. Best of all, you can probably find most of the fresh ingredients at your local farmer’s market at this time of year. It tastes like summer in a bowl! Full of vitamin C, healthy fats, minerals, protein, and liver-cleansing veggies, enjoy this potato salad guilt-free as part of your healthy fertility diet. Or, bring it to share at a potluck or BBQ and watch it disappear.

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blueberry smoothie

Fertility Food Friday: Blueberry-Mint Smoothie

By Krista A. Parr, R.H.N.

Fruit smoothies with greens are perfect for light summer snacks; they make use of all the garden-fresh ingredients available, are cooling to the body, and provide extra hydration. Adding lettuce greens to your fruit smoothies is a great way of including more green foods in your diet, and the fruit usually masks the taste of the greens so you won’t feel like you’re drinking a salad.

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Gay marriage

When Love Wins

On June 20, 2005, officially a decade ago, Canada enacted legislation that made same-sex marriage legal across the country. As a progressive nation that believes consenting adults have the right to love each other no matter their sexual orientation, and that their love deserves to be recognized in the eyes of the government, watching the U.S. officially declare same-sex marriage legal in all states last Friday, June 26, was a proud moment.

We’re not only proud of the brave people who fought to see this ruling come to be, but proud of our own country’s journey to improving LGBTQ rights.

Working in fertility medicine we at Genesis Fertility have seen numerous LGBTQ couples come to our clinic hoping to expand their family. These people are looking to take some of the love they have for each other and share it with another human being, the same reason why many heterosexual couples come to us.

We have also witnessed LGBTQ patients go on to become amazing, loving parents, just like our heterosexual patients.

Today there are a wide array of families in the world: man and woman with a child conceived naturally; man and women with a child conceived through IVF; or maybe man and man with a child conceived with an egg donor and surrogate; or simply a woman with a child conceived with a sperm donor.

At the end of the day, love is love, and the creation of family is a beautiful thing and should be celebrated.

Strawberry-Lavender Chia Jam

Fertility Food Friday: Strawberry-Lavender Chia Jam

 

Strawberry-Lavender Chia Jam

By Krista A. Parr, R.H.N.

Hooray for strawberry season! If you’re like me and you bought a large basket at the farmer’s market and now find yourself in a race against time to use up all those beautiful berries before they go overripe and mushy, then this is a recipe for you. Spoon this stuff on toast, pancakes, oatmeal, or plain yogurt for a sweet fruity treat without the refined sugar that traditional jam is known for.

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