Fertility Food Friday: Hot Cacao “Coffee”

Hot Cacao “Coffee”


By Krista A. Parr, R.H.N

While it isn’t necessary to completely cut out coffee while trying to conceive, it is generally recommended that women limit themselves to a cup a day. Many women choose to ‘quit’ coffee while preparing for pregnancy for a variety of reasons, including: the stress that coffee can place on the liver, adrenal glands, blood pressure, and nutrient absorption. For those who are weaning off coffee, this rich, satisfying, chocolatey hot drink provides a bit of a kick without nearly as much caffeine. As an added bonus, high quality raw cacao is considered a ‘superfood’ because of its extremely high antioxidant content. This means it’s very good at protecting cells and tissues from free radical damage. Just remember that raw cacao powder is not the same as cocoa powder, which is highly processed and devoid of any nutrients. The cinnamon in this recipe helps to regulate blood sugar levels, so even if you don’t intend to give up your morning cuppa joe, try adding a dash of good quality cinnamon to your regular coffee.

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Meet Us Monday: Rachel Li


Hello everyone,

The Chinese New Year is coming, and I wish you a Happy New Year and good health on behalf of the Genesis team.

I have noticed an increasing number of Chinese couples have visited our centre. During the interactions with them, I have deeply felt that the language barriers make their fertility journey even more difficult. I, as an accountant, do not have any medical background; however, I have gained more knowledge on fertility after being an interpreter for a few of these couples. I am so proud that we get to help people’s dream come true. It is a privilege to be a part of the Genesis team, who assist people in building families.

At Genesis we are committed to providing you with latest technology and independently verified success rates while at the same time creating an environment that is caring and sensitive. We aim to provide you with an experience this is incomparable and respects cultural values to make it as smooth a process as possible. We are grateful for all of the support from you.

Thank you.

Simplified Chinese


春节就要到了,我在这里代表Genesis的全体员工祝大家新年快乐, 身体健康。

我发现越来越多的中国朋友来到了我们的中心, 通过跟他们的接触和交谈,我深深地体会到语言上的障碍让他们的不孕不育的道路更加难行。 作为一个没有专业医疗知识的会计, 通过当客户的翻译, 自己对不孕不育也有了更深的认识和了解, 也深深地感受到我们工作的意义。我非常荣幸能成为Genesis大家庭的一员,在帮助他人组建家庭的过程中贡献一份力量。



Traditional Chinese



我發現越來越多的中國朋友來到我們中心, 通過跟他們的接觸和交談,我深深地體會到語言上的障礙讓他們不孕不育的路更加難行。作為一名沒有專業醫療知識的會計,通過當客戶的翻譯, 自己對不孕不育也有了更深的認識和了解, 也深深地感受到我們工作的意義。我非常榮幸成我Genesis大家庭的一員, 在幫助他人組建家庭的過程中貢獻一份力量。



Happy Chinese New Year from Genesis Fertility Centre in Vancouver

Wellness Wednesday – Success With Egg Freezing

At Genesis, supporting our patients through successful treatment is our top priority. This applies to all the procedures we perform at our centre, including egg freezing.

Egg freezing is a delicate process and its success rates are highly dependent on method and experience. Thanks to our talented and seasoned team we have managed to achieve high success rates (Table 1).

Genesis Fertility Egg Freezing Success Rates

Most women do not return for their frozen eggs for many years, so the number of women who have attempted to become pregnant from these eggs is limited. For this reason, quality assurance in the egg survival process is paramount, and has helped us achieve a thawed egg survival rate of 95%.

Delayed Childbearing

An increasing number of women are interested in having children later in life for a variety of reasons:

  • Meeting the right life partner
  • Focusing on education and career development
  • Seeking financial stability prior t o having a child

When a woman is in her late 30s or older, there is a decreased chance of pregnancy and an increased chance of pregnancy loss and chromosomal abnormalities. Women can now choose to freeze their eggs through vitrification at Genesis.

Patients with Cancer

Advances in cancer treatment have increased survival rates over the past decades. However, many cancer treatments can permanently affect fertility for both men and women. In women, cancer treatment may deplete the number of eggs in the ovaries and trigger early menopause. If you will be receiving chemotherapy imminently, your doctor may refer you and you will be seen within 24 to 48 hours to discuss your fertility options.

Fertility can be preserved through the freezing of sperm, eggs and embryos. Our team works closely with oncology teams to ensure any fertility treatment is safe.

Genesis Fertility Centre helped Anna freeze her embryos to use after her cancer treatment


Steps to Egg Freezing

Women who elect to freeze their eggs undergo the same initial steps as an IVF treatment cycle. Vitrified eggs are then banked and can be stored for many years. Women are encouraged to access this treatment prior to age 38 to increase the chance of pregnancy when their eggs are thawed, fertilized and transferred at a time in their life when pregnancy is desired. We have observed success of frozen eggs up to age 38 but consider patients on a case by case basis up to 42.

Our medical director Dr. Sonya Kashyap recently penned a detailed article for the Huffington Post entitled “Egg Freezing Deserves Serious Consideration.” The article provides detailed background information on the fertility procedure and how it applies to Canadians.

Fertility Food Friday: Spiced Oatmeal with Whipped Egg

Fertility boosting recipe by Genesis Fertility Centre in Vancouver


Recipe by Krista A. Parr

Whether it’s back to school, back to work, or adjusting from the lazy days of summer, September is an ideal time to establish a routine of positive, healthy eating habits. Committing to breakfast each day is a great place to start. If you get up really early and have no appetite in the morning, try to have at least a piece of fruit and a couple nuts or spoonful of yogurt. But in order to jumpstart metabolism and provide efficient energy for the day ahead, I encourage a proper meal to “break the fast” that occurs while you sleep. When trying to establish any kind of habit or routine, planning ahead sets you up for success. Because this spiced oatmeal requires that you soak the oats in water the night before, you are more likely to actually eat it in the morning – it’s already almost ready! In order to save even more time in the morning, I would also suggest measuring out the dry spices in a small dish the night before, and maybe even leaving the bottle of vanilla extract and cooking pot out on the counter with the cooking water already in it. Packed with fiber, protein, B vitamins, iron, calcium, magnesium and healthy fats, this warm, comforting, easy-to-digest breakfast is a superstar for anyone needing clean-burning fuel for a busy day.


1/3 cup whole rolled oats

1/3 cup filtered water (to soak oats overnight in)

1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1 free-run egg, whipped with a fork or whisk

1/3 – 1/2 cup filtered water (to cook the oatmeal in)

1 Tablespoon pure, dark maple syrup

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Pinch nutmeg

Pinch sea salt

Optional toppings: yogurt, milk, berries or other fruit, nuts, seeds, raisins, etc.


Place oats in a bowl with the water and apple cider vinegar. This starts to break down the oats, making them soothing to your digestive system. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave on the counter overnight.

In the morning, place oats, water, whipped egg, maple syrup, vanilla, and spices in a small pot. Bring to a simmer over high heat and then quickly lower heat to medium or medium-low, stirring constantly. Continue stirring and simmering until all of the water is absorbed and your oatmeal is thick and creamy (takes less than 5 minutes).

Enjoy as-is, or top with a dollop of plain yogurt, a handful of berries or other fruit, and a sprinkle of sunflower seeds, pecans, or pumpkin seeds.

Krista A. Parr is a Vancouver Registered Holistic Nutritionist and founder of Root to Fruit Nutrition, specializing in fertility and women’s health. www.RootToFruitNutrition.ca

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