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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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Meet Us Monday: Matthew Wiltshire

Matthew Wiltshire is a highly educated and skilled reproductive scientist, with multi-clinic experience. After completing his B.Sc. in Medical Science & Applied Biotechnology, Matthew started his training in the field of IVF in 2005, in a modest 300 cycle clinic in Albury, Australia. Whilst there, Matthew completed his Masters in Reproductive Medicine (with Distinction) in 2007 from the University of New South Wales and was head-hunted to join a well-established 2000+ cycle clinic in Adelaide, South Australia. During his time with this clinic, Matthew progressed from Embryologist to Clinical Team Leader, then to Satellite Clinic Manager. By way of ability, knowledge and ambition Matthew was offered the role of Business Improvement Project Officer and Laboratory Manager for a 300 cycle clinic in Darwin, Australia. He accomplished all this in just over 2 years.

Matthew took a sabbatical from the world of IVF to try his hand as a professional fire fighter in the tropical climates of Darwin, Australia. After three years of envious dry season weather, tormenting wet seasons and amazing life experiences, Matthew and his wife decided to travel the world. They have been traveling through 15 different countries, most recently Australia, New Zealand, U.S.A and Canada, finally landing in Vancouver, with the perfect timing to be invited to join the highly skilled and talented team that is Genesis Fertility Centre, as the Laboratory Supervisor.

Fertility Food Friday: Spring Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

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

I don’t usually eat a lot of salads during the cold winter months, but come springtime when the sun is out, I cannot get enough! Raw veggies are cooling and cleansing, which is exactly what the body is asking for at this time of year. This is a very simple tossed green salad and you can pretty much use whatever vegetables you fancy, but it’s nice to include radishes and lettuces that are available locally right now. The dressing is creamy, slightly sweet, and tangy and can easily double as a dip with veggie sticks or as a coleslaw dressing. In my opinion, the humble poppy seed is not featured often enough. With surprisingly high amounts of calcium, manganese, iron, and other trace minerals, I challenge you to find ways to include poppy seeds in your diet more often, starting with this salad.

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