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9
Jun

Virtual Support: Creating and Maintaining a Healthy Diet

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BEST (2)We love being able to provide care for our busy and traveling clients, but sometimes distance and packed schedules can make attending a support group session challenging, or even impossible.  In order to keep you sharing and connected, we have created three support opportunities for you this month designed for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home, wherever that may be.
Thursday, June 18th, Lisa will offer a webinar on the Paleo Diet for your Fertility.  This is an interactive experience where you will be able to ask questions and also suggest topics to cover.   Lisa will cover resources for starting and maintaining a healthy diet for your fertility. To register please visit the following link:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/4644240725373777154
Thursday, June 25th Lisa will offer a Relaxation Webinar focusing on Meditation for a Healthy Diet.  This webinar will guide you through a mindfulness exercise to help you come to a more healthy relationship with foods that support your fertility.  To register please visit the following link:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6052122483787433218
We are also hosting our regular Circle of Hope Support Group session in Syracuse tomorrow, Thursday, June 10th from 7:30p-8:30p.
 
For all of our fertility support offerings, please check our CNY Fertility and CNY Healing Arts calendars.  Please let us know if you have any questions, and we look forward to hearing from you during these sessions!
One last note, did you know that we started  new Private Facebook Fertility and Pregnancy Groups for current clients?  Here, you can find a safe and secure space to share with other women and men facing similar challenges.  You can get immediate support and feedback!  If you are interested in joining, please message Lisa Stack within the Patient Portal.
If you are interested in a more private one-on-one support situation, Lisa Stack is our CNY Fertility Center Support Coordinator, she offers her services as a lay support person and can be contacted by email at lstack@cnyfertility.com if you are not yet a client or via the Patient Portal if you are a current client.
 

27
Oct

Does organic eating impact sperm quality? When it comes to fruits and vegetables, it does!

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Fresh assorted vegetables in boxes on farmer's marketAccording to interesting data presented at the 2014 ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine) Meeting, choosing organic options for high pesticide fruits and vegetables improved sperm motility and morphology.  In the study, men who ate the greatest amount of high pesticide fruits and vegetables showed a 70% lower motile sperm count and 64% lower number of normally shaped sperm.  For those men who generally ate low pesticide fruits and vegetables, there were no detected changes in motility and morphology.
So, we know that it is important to eat a well balanced diet including plenty of fruits and vegetables, but which ones should be organic?  The Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit research organization dedicated to providing the public with easily accessible information on the health and safety of products commonly used.  Every year, they publish a list of the highest to lowest pesticide level fruits and vegetables.   To go even further, they have a separate website devoted to the health and safety of home and beauty products.  You are able to search their database for any of the products you use, and receive a score of the perceived safety of the product.
Moving back to choosing organic fruits and vegetables for high pesticide residue produce, here is the Environmental Working Group’s annual “Dirty Dozen” list of produce with highest levels of pesticides detected.  The list begins with the highest level and works down:
1.  Apples
2.  Strawberries
3.  Grapes
4.  Celery
5.  Peaches
6.  Spinach
7.  Sweet Bell Peppers
8.  Nectarines – Imported
9.  Cucumbers
10.  Cherry Tomatoes
11.  Snap Peas – Imported
12.  Potatoes
The next time that you’re out shopping, we hope that you take this list along with you and consider swapping out a few of these items for their lower pesticide counterparts.  If you have any questions about diet, nutrition, or improving sperm count and quality, please don’t hesitate to contact our nursing staff.
For all of our fertility support offerings this month, please check our CNY Fertility and CNY Healing Arts calendars.  Please let us know if you have any questions, and we look forward to hearing from you during these sessions!
One last note, did you know that we started  new Private Facebook Fertility and Pregnancy Groups for current clients?  We also have groups for Secondary Infertility and Pregnancy Loss. Here, you can find a safe and secure space to share with other women and men facing similar challenges.  You can get immediate support and feedback!  If you are interested in joining, please message Lisa Stack within the Patient Portal.
 
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If you are interested in a more private one-on-one support situation, Lisa Stack is our CNY Fertility Center Support Coordiator, she offers her services as a lay support person and can be contacted by email at lstack@cnyfertility.com if you are not yet a client or via the Patient Portal if you are a current client.
Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, in-office or over the phone, please visit this link and fill out our New Appointment Form or call us toll free at 800-539-9870.
 
 

27
Jun

Fertile Nutrition: Salad Greens

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Salads are a perfect starter to any meal or are great by themselves. Not all salads are the same, however. Crispy iceberg lettuce is delicious, although it is not the most nutritious choice. So if you’re going to eat salads, remember this rule—the darker the color of your salad greens, the healthier.
Iceberg lettuce has a high water content, and does contain some vitamins, minerals, and fiber. So for many, it can be filling while being low in calories, making it a nice choice for a salad base. However, when it comes to eating for nutrition, especially during the fertility process, it doesn’t offer as much of the substantial vitamins and nutrients that other greens do.
Some great choices for salad greens are spinach, romaine, arugula, green leaf lettuce, Bibb lettuce, watercress, and kale. The dark leafy greens have a higher content of Vitamin A which is excellent for follicular development and cervical fluid. The darker varieties also rank higher in Vitamin K which is helpful for cell growth. Spinach and Romaine lettuce are high in Folic Acid which is beneficial for conception and overall general health in women, and improved sperm production in men. The higher fiber content in these darker salad greens help to remove toxins from the body. Kale and Bibb lettuce are good sources of calcium. Leafy greens contain a healthy dose of Vitamin C which helps to increase the hormone progesterone which regulates menstrual cycles and improves the uterus lining for implantation.
Even if you find it difficult to switch to any of these darker leaf greens as an entire base, try adding them to your diet by mixing them with a little iceberg lettuce. Having them in your fridge also makes it easy to add a few pieces on a sandwich, or roll up with slice of turkey as a snack!
 
 

6
Jan

Fertility Tips for the Holiday Season: Returning to Your Routine

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winter-sunrise-in-alaskaAs we complete our Fertility Tips for the Holiday Season series, we are focusing on getting back on track and returning to our normal routines.  The holidays, while a wonderful time to celebrate and enjoy friends and family, often throw us out of our regular day-to-day schedules.  We spend more time shopping, preparing for holiday gatherings, and catching up with those we love.  In turn, there is less time for a steady diet, exercise, and meditation practice.  Whether you were cycling through the holidays, or you took the past month off, now is the time to take a step back and return to the basics of wellness.
Transitioning back into your normal routine can be challenging, but if you are able to slowly reintroduce the components of wellness that felt most beneficial to you, you will likely find peace and serenity in returning to the familiar.  As you return to your regular diet choices, set aside time for yoga or other peaceful movement, and make the effort to quiet your mind, you will find comfort in your well known pace.  With this comfort and peace, will come renewed hope for your journey to fertility.  Gathering yourself together for a fresh start after a holiday break will take time, but the transition will open your heart to new possibilities for your fertility.
This month, we have many support events designed to support your entire being: mind, body, and heart.  We have Circle of Support group sessions at all three locations, Free Yoga for Fertility, Free Fertile Secret: Nutrition for Fertility workshops, and many other events available to you.  You can find the next session close to you, on our CNY Fertility and CNY Healing Arts calendars.
As you ease back into the support we have available to you, know that we are happy to have you back.  We are available for anything that you need, on your journey to your most fertile self.
To review our Fertilty Tips for the Holiday Season, be sure to check our first articles in the series; Yoga and Peaceful Movement , Acupuncture, Massage, and Self-Care, Nourishing Foods, and Mindful Meditation.
We also welcome you to revisit our Holiday Support Guide for many tools for coping with the holidays while facing infertility.
Finally, did you know that we started  new Private Facebook Fertility and Pregnancy Groups for current clients?  Here, you can find a safe and secure space to share with other women and men facing similar challenges.  You can get immediate support and feedback!  If you are interested in joining, please message Lisa Stack within the Patient Portal
 
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If you are interested in a more private one-on-one support situation, Lisa Stack is our CNY Fertility Center Support Coordiator, she offers her services as a lay support person and can be contacted by email at lstack@cnyfertility.com if you are not yet a client or via the Patient Portal if you are a current client.
Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, in-office or over the phone, please visit this link and fill out our New Appointment Form or call us toll free at 800-539-9870.

23
Dec

Fertility Tips for the Holiday Season: Nourishing Foods

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Fresh assorted vegetables in boxes on farmer's marketGood morning!  This week, as many gather to celebrate the holidays, it is a great time to remember the importance of nourishing foods to feed both your body and spirit.  As you are celebrating over the next two weeks, keep in mind the importance of balance.  While there isn’t one perfect diet for fertility, there is a balance between allowing yourself to enjoy the special holiday meals, and providing your body with the most healthy and nourishing foods possible.  With the awareness of a few simple tips, you can enjoy your holiday meals while nurturing your fertility.
Nutrition for your fertility can be broken down into a few easy to remember guidelines, derived from Dr. Kiltz’s Fertile Secret:

  • Clean:  Try to reach for the most pure items with the fewest ingredients.  Minimize processed foods, to maximize the nutrients available to your body.
  • Fresh:  Include something fresh in every meal.  While enjoying your holiday meals, add an extra side of fruits or vegetables.
  • Clear:  Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water!

We want you to enjoy the holidays, while also feeling in control of your journey to your most fetile self.  If you are going to indulge this holiday, remembering to balance with one of the guidelines above will help you to stay on course.
For more Fertilty Tips for the Holiday Season, be sure to check our first two articles in the series; Yoga and Peaceful Movement and Acupuncture, Massage, and Self-Care.
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with our CNY Healing Arts practitioners, please feel free to contact us.
We also welcome you to revisit our Holiday Support Guide for many tools for coping with the holidays while facing infertility.
Finally, did you know that we started  new Private Facebook Fertility and Pregnancy Groups for current clients?  Here, you can find a safe and secure space to share with other women and men facing similar challenges.  You can get immediate support and feedback!  If you are interested in joining, please message Lisa Stack within the Patient Portal
 
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If you are interested in a more private one-on-one support situation, Lisa Stack is our CNY Fertility Center Support Coordiator, she offers her services as a lay support person and can be contacted by email at lstack@cnyfertility.com if you are not yet a client or via the Patient Portal if you are a current client.
Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, in-office or over the phone, please visit this link and fill out our New Appointment Form or call us toll free at 800-539-9870.

29
Jan

The Fertile Secret: Nutrition for Fertility – Spices

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spices and fertilityWhen following a fertility diet, something you might consider is to spice it up!  Using certain, ordinary kitchen spices may be helpful on the journey toward conception.
Variety is the spice of life and adding a variety of spices to your diet helps to shake it up.  Try adding different spices to your food as a substitute for salt or sugar.  It’s beneficial for most people to cut down on their salt and sugar intake. By cutting down salt and sugar, we can help reduce our blood pressure and stabilize blood sugar.  Spices also offer a great opportunity to add antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients to our diets without adding extra calories!  There are other benefits as well.
For women who are challenged with endometriosis, adding Curcumin which can be found in the spice turmeric (and gives the spice its beautiful, bright, yellow color) can decrease inflammation.  It is a member of the ginger family.  Adding Tumeric to recipes can stimulate the blood flow and helps to regulate menstrual flow.  Poor blood flow throughout the reproductive organs can result in endometriosis and cysts.
Eating foods flavored with the spice Cinnamon can bring relief for women with PCOS because its properties help to regulate insulin levels and blood sugar.  Once the blood sugar is stabilized, PCOS symptoms often start to improve.  Just a half a teaspoon per day can be beneficial.  Eastern belief has it that adding cinnamon and other “warming” foods to the diet can help the body prepare for childbirth.  This concept uses the idea that cold foods make the body work harder, which in turn makes the energy go into warming the body, instead of healing the body.
Garlic powder is another excellent anti-inflammatory spice that can help with ovarian cysts and endometrial tissue, as well as adding a great deal of flavor to dishes!
Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, click here to request a phone or in-office visit, or call us toll free with your questions at 800-539-9870.
If you would like to learn more about nutrition for fertility our acupuncturists at CNY Healing Arts Wellness Center would be happy to schedule a consult and conversation with you. Visit our website for more information.

21
Nov

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving: Turkey and Your Fertility!

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Our Staff at CNY Fertility Center in Syracuse, Rochester and Albany would like to wish you all a happy, healthy and blessed Thanksgiving!
Here’s a great reason to dive into that Thanksgiving turkey this year—it actually lifts your spirits among other things! There are a number of changes that occur inside of our bodies during this time of year: the late fall/early winter months. First off, we tend to crave starchy foods and sweets during this season and the holiday advertisements seem to be all about cookies, desserts, etc. which can make it even more challenging to avoid them. Secondly, we’ve changed our clocks, and have lost an hour of daylight.  Since we’re not out in the sun as much, we don’t have as much Vitamin D in our system.  Vitamin D deficiencies lower our serotonin levels in our brains.  Serotonin is a neurotransmitter which is responsible for that calm, happy feeling.
Turkey contains L-tryptophan, which is an essential amino acid that converts to serotonin in the body.  Eating simple carbohydrates like potatoes, pies, and cookies increase insulin and provide us with an initial energy rush followed by a “crash and burn” feeling.  These highs and lows can lead to insulin resistance.  So, don’t hold back on the turkey this Thanksgiving. Snacking on a few pieces before indulging in the entire holiday meal may help to create a feeling of fullness, and cut back on the craving for starches and sweets.
Turkey also contains the Vitamin B.  B6, in particular, is very important in a diet for fertility because it helps regulate your hormones.  A diet that includes Vitamin B6 can regulate menstrual cycles, achieve proper progesterone balances, as well as facilitates egg and sperm development.
Another terrific way of boosting serotonin levels is through exercise.  Take a relaxing, meditative walk to work off that holiday meal during daylight hours, will boost your mood and your spirits.  In addition, CNY Healing Arts Centers offer free Yoga for Fertility at all three of our locations; click here to see schedule!  Have a happy Thanksgiving!
 
Syracuse:
195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse, NY 13205
315.671.5755
Albany:
38A Old Sparrowbush Road, Latham, NY 12110
518.724.5750
Rochester:
2244 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610
585.244.1280 ext. 2

14
Nov

Thanksgiving Mashed Cauliflower

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Mmmmm…Thanksgiving is right around the corner! The shelves at the store are stocked with every holiday food imaginable, and there are extra aisles devoted to the “feast”. It can be challenging to stick to a healthy diet for fertility, especially with all those delicious carbs calling your name. Here is one great substitution that you can make for those starchy, mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving—mashed cauliflower.
Potatoes have a very high glycemic level which negatively impact insulin levels. Women with PCOS can improve their symptoms by decreasing the amount of these starchy carbs in their diets. Substituting cauliflower is a delicious vegetable to do just that. It is low in fat, cholesterol, and in carbs. It also offers many other nutrients such as Vitamins C, K, B6, and Folate, and contains numerous minerals including potassium, phosphorus, manganese, iron, and calcium.
Mashed cauliflower is easy to prepare. Take a medium head of cauliflower (this will serve four people) and steam until very tender. Transfer cauliflower to a food processor. Next, add about a tablespoon of olive oil. If necessary, add a small amount of hot water (about 1 tsp.) at a time to achieve the desired consistency. Add salt and/or pepper to taste and pulse at short bursts. If you prefer a creamier taste, you substitute the water with small amount of milk, as you don’t need much due to the water content that will be in the cauliflower. You will be saving yourself approximately 20 grams of carbohydrates per serving, and will be increasing your nutritional intake greatly!
There are so many variations that can be made to the simple, basic recipe above—try chicken stock vs. milk, or combine cauliflower with some sautéed garlic, onions, or chives to make them a little zestier. Every little, positive dietary change can help, and swapping cauliflower for potatoes is just another step in the right direction!
Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, click here to request a phone or in-office visit, or call us toll free with your questions at 800-539-9870.

29
Oct

Kale – A Fertility Champ

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Kale is a member of the cruciferous family and is one of the leaders when it comes to nutritious veggies. It is packed with antioxidants and a mega-load of vitamins and nutrients. Kale is a phytonutrient which is known to promote health by enhancing the immune system, repairing damage to and protecting cells, and removing harmful products from the body, and reducing inflammation. This makes kale a real champ when providing a healthy diet for fertility, especially for those with PCOS or endometriosis.
It is best when purchased organically. Look for bunches that have dark, small to medium leaves on them. Peel the leaves from the spine/stalk. Soak and rinse thoroughly before preparing.
Kale is chocked full of Vitamin A, and is also one of the best plant-based sources of calcium, which is terrific if you’re lactose intolerant because calcium plays a role in egg maturation and follicular development.
How to eat it? It is delicious just sautéed in a fry pan with a drizzle of olive oil and a little garlic, or add some thinly sliced red peppers, or any other vegetable(s) to the mix.
Here’s a great recipe for Kale-Stuffed Chicken which combines the Vitamin B power in the chicken (which is good for hormonal balance) with the awesomeness of the kale!
Ingredients:
Whole roasting chicken (inside contents removed)
Salt
Pepper
Garlic powder
Paprika
Red Cayenne Pepper, if desired
1 bunch of kale
1/2-2 tsp. of peach preserve (regular or sugar-free)
Olive oil
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
Directions:
Place the roasting chicken in a large, shallow roasting pan. Take your peeled and rinsed kale, place in bowl, and drizzle olive oil over (enough to slightly coat). Add red onions and dash of salt & pepper, peach preserve and mix well; stuff into chicken (leftover mix can be added around the outside of the chicken). Sprinkle the top of the chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and if desired red cayenne pepper. Bake in a 350 oven for 1 ½ hours or until golden brown.
Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, click here to request a phone or in-office visit, or call us toll free with your questions at 800-539-9870.

1
Oct

October Support Highlights 2012

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Autumn is here, and we are welcoming the new season with an open heart.  At our CNY Fertility and CNY  Healing Arts centers, we have created many opportunities for you to nurture your entire being.  In addition to our regular Free Yoga for Fertility, Fertile Friends Peer Support Sessions, and Circle of Hope Support Groups, we have many workshops and yoga sessions for you to enjoy.
Additionally, Dr. Kiltz is holding a wonderful Men’s Retreat, and I will offer a Free Coping with the Emotional Challenges of PCOS Webinar.  For now, I’d like to point out a few great sessions from each center, and I encourage you to browse our CNY Fertility and CNY Healing Arts calendars for many more events!
Dr. Kiltz’s Men’s Retreat
Conversations with the Universe
Virtual
Dr. Rob’s Teleworkshop with Kristen Magnacca
Interactive Fertility Support Webinar:  Coping with the Emotional Challenges of PCOS
Evening Meditation and Relaxation Webinar 
Syracuse
Circle of Hope Support Group
Journey to Center: Mandala as Meditation
Fertile Foods Workshop
Mind @ Rest Workshop
Albany
PCOS Support Group
Circle of Hope Support Group
Sun Salutations Yoga Workshop
Fertile Foods Nutrition Workshop
Rochester
Meditation & Movement
Fertile Foods & Supplements

Circle of Hope Support Group
 
I hope that you are able to join us for a few of these great events.  Have a great month!
Lisa
Lstack@cnyfertility.com
315-744-8073