Fertility Cleanse Program is LIVE!

When I launched my 21-Day Fertility Cleanse Program, I was thrilled to witness the transformative power of food in the fertility and lives of women couples just like you.
“Hi Elizabeth. The cleanse was great. I had more energy,  I was watching what I was eating and provided healthier food options for my family….The best part was that I felt better about me and being in control and more knowledgeable about the food I was putting in my body. I did not crave sugar after just 3 days…I lost 7 pounds, felt leaner and had way more energy then when I started.  Overall the experience was great and I would recommend this cleanse to anyone ttc.”
D., St. Catharines
It was amazing to see not only the ease with which clients lost weight, regained their energy, conquered their PMS, reclaimed control over their food and did something good for themselves, but also the community that was created in our private Facebook group. And, some special news…As I write this it’s just 6 weeks after our cleanse group completed their program and I’m especially excited to share that three of our participant couples are now pregnant! Congratulations!!
YOU can get in on all the goodies, too, as registration is now open for my 21-Day Fertility Cleanse Program!
If you’d like to jump in (even if you’re scared!) to this awesome program and learn once and for how to transform your fertility results with the simple power of food, join me on the program (it’s completely online, so you can do this from the comfort of your home from anywhere in the world!) (Read: No excuses! Let’s do this!)
Whenever we’re in an official LIVE launch of this program, I will be providing individual coaching, support and guidance through our private Facebook chat group throughout the 21-Day Program, and you can stay in the Facebook group for as long as you like. (But only Fertility Cleanse members can get in!)
Fertility Cleanse Program Screen Shot
Don’t miss the opportunity to receive my support, the cheers of others who really get what you’re going through, and the ability to boost your chances of conceiving a healthy baby – starting right now. Register here.
Elizabeth
P.S. Some of the folks who did their cleanse with me initially felt so well they want to do it again! You’ll meet them in our private Facebook chat group as your cleanse alumni mentors!
Looking forward to having you in the fertility cleanse program. 

Is Food Your Superpower? (+ Healthy Dessert Recipe)

 

Something is happening.
I’ve been so inspired to see how many of you in our cherished community are discovering the power of food in your life. I didn’t think I could appreciate food even more than I already did as a naturopath and natural food lover (for decades!)….but in the past few weeks my adoration and respect for the power of food has increased 100 fold because of YOU!
Since spring, I’ve launched cleanse workshops at the clinic, put 21 patients on our signature 3-Week Cleanse Program, and had another 15 couples complete my new 21-Day Fertility Cleanse Program. And I’ve cleansed right along with you, too!
When you make a decision to eat in the way that’s right for you, everything you thought you’d have to accept about your health changes.
You get insights. You go deeper. You feel better.
You’ve realized that although you may be literally addicted to sugar, you’ve regained control over your choices so you feel empowered…You’ve lost weight, so you feel inspired and proud of yourself as your self-care has led to a deeper sense of self-esteem….You’ve boosted your energy, started sleeping more deeply, clarified your mind and evened out your mood. You’ve had easier periods and no PMS for the first time in a very long time.  You’ve drawn closer to your partner as you work out all this food prep together and enjoyed experimenting with new healthy foods. You’ve experienced less pain and fewer headaches.
You may have even become pregnant after months or years of trying as two of my clients did the very first time I ran my 21-Day Fertility Cleanse Program.
Eating the right food for you breaks through layers of inflammation that creates the root of your symptoms…from bad moods to weight gain to skin problems to infertility.
In fact, getting a handle on eating healthy is the #1 way my clients step into their self-healing power.
Superman superpower
So WELL done!! The privilege of witnessing your results makes me feel absolutely thrilled for you.
You’ve also told me about obstacles you’re facing as you try to make healthy changes in your life. This is work that I really enjoy helping you with because the breakthroughs you experience in your lives are unique to you and move you into the next stage of you living your highest potential.
The best part of all of this is that you get to take all this wisdom with you for the rest of your life. Like I often say….
Once you see truth, you can’t un-see it!
In the spirit of living life to the fullest, and using healthy food to fuel your body to wellness, I have two questions for you:
1. Where do you want to be in 1 year?
2. What’s stopping you from going for it?
Think on this, and let me know what you come up with. It’s really important to share with someone (could be me, or could be anyone else you trust :))
Once you name your obstacle, you can start to overcome it.
As a little treat from our 3-Week Cleanse Program comes straight to you for all this hard work, here’s my Mango Sorbet recipe you can enjoy 100% guiltlessly, all weekend long.
Bon appetit (and feel free to share this totally healthy treat!)
Dr. Liz
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Dr. Liz’s Coconut Mango Sorbet
1 cup frozen mango pieces
1 cup coconut milk
½ tsp real vanilla extract
½ to 1 tsp honey (if desired)
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Enjoy immediately. Makes 2 servings.

5 Tips for Overcoming Everyday Toxin Exposure That Could be Interfering With Your Fertility

It’s become a virtually universal reality: our bodies are contaminated – without our consent – with up to hundreds of man-made industrial pollutants. Many of these chemicals act like hormones in our bodies, and disrupt our healthy hormonal balance. Dozens of chemicals are known to disrupt both female and male fertility. Babies are being born with more than 200 synthetic chemicals in their umbilical cord blood. And human breast milk contamination is now as widespread as among Inuit women in what is perceived to be Canada’s true northern wilderness.

As one of few naturopathic doctors with a degree in toxicology, I’ve been especially attuned to the dangers of toxicity to human health and fertility for well over a decade. Yet as the studies continually get published, and the reports of profound reproductive toxicity, cancers, autoimmune diseases and toxic effects that persist through multiple human generations, I never cease to feel both appalled and called to greater action in helping align one patient at a time with toxicity-unburdening strategies.

Chemicals can trigger changes in our DNA that are passed down to future generations. This makes toxin avoidance and detoxification essential to your health, and the health of your future children and grandchildren.

1. First, Find the Sources

The majority of our toxin exposure simply comes via our day-to-day lives. Does your water smell like chlorine? That’s toxic. It also contains trace amounts of dozens to hundreds of other chemicals that I can almost guarantee your municipality does not filter out – including pesticides and drugs that your neighbours have metabolized and peed out! Consider reverse osmosis, or try a water filter. At home we use this baby:

Berkey

Berkey carbon-based water fi

This kind of filter is worth its weight in gold, as it removes dozens of chemicals, doesn’t take any energy to run, and makes a perfectly clean tasting water. (P.S. filtered water was an absolute game-changer for my once-in-a-while, cherished treat of a French-pressed organic coffee).

2. Next, Bust That Dust

It has recently shocked me to learn how many toxins are found in plain old household dust! I’ve always had a little peeve about dusting…isn’t it just the most boring and annoying part of cleaning?? Well, since learning that it is tremendously toxic, containing not only the icky remains of what was once our and our pets’ skin, hair, etc. (gross) but also toxins from both indoor and outdoor air PLUS toxins from materials and renovations in your home. This gives me a new-found motivation to bust my dust and it feels sooo satisfying to know it is getting out of the house!! 

3. Anything Stinky Has Got to Go

Think heavy-duty cleaners, solvents, paint, glue, permanent markers, car detailing solvents, air fresheners, crafts and hobbies – if you can smell it, it’s probably toxic. See also see “perfumes”, below.

4. Pitch the 5 P’s

Scan through your cosmetics, personal care products, cleaners, and your kitchen. See where you can eliminate the following “P’s” and replace them with natural and non-toxic alternatives.

Petroleum byproducts: these are toxic byproducts of the tar sands industry that have made their way into our bathroom cupboards over the last two generations: petrolatum, mineral oil, Vaseline, petroleum jelly. Replace with natural – edible! – oils like coconut oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil, cacao butter etc.

Perfumes: most are made of toxic chemicals that your liver has to process: you inhale them and they enter your bloodstream via your lungs! Perfumes aren’t labeled or regulated beyond the required “parfum”, “fragrance” or “perfume”.

Pthalates: hormone-disrupting chemicals commonly found in cosmetics, lotions, etc.

Parabens: another type of hormone disrupting chemical, there are even toxic parabens in the leading personal lubricant recommended for fertility. Avoid!

Tip: the only paraben- and pthalate-free *i.e. hormonally safe* personal lubricant with evidence for fertility is called “YES!” (no affiliation…if you try it please let me know what you think!)

Plastics: this one’s the hardest because plastics are ev-er-y-where! Get a jump start in the kitchen: replace plastic food storage with glass or stainless steel, and never microwave in plastic or Styrofoam. Only purchase oils and oily foods that come in glass bottles – i.e. flax seed oil, cooking oils, coconut oil, nut butters. Oils pick up more of the toxic chemicals from plastics so it’s extra important that they be stored in glass.

5. Rock Your Detox

Naturopathic medicine is equipped to help you both assess and treat environmental toxicity, including the toxins that can interfere with your fertility and that can have adverse effects on your future child’s health. Once you’ve removed exposure, we can dive into detoxification starting with giving some Love to Your Liver.

I’ll be reviewing more on the “how” of detoxification in a future post!

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5 Signs That You’re Ready for Natural Fertility Treatment

I’ve been pleased to welcome many new patients into my office in downtown Guelph lately who’ve been asking the same question in one way or another: “How do I know if natural fertility treatment is right for me?”

“Should we try natural fertility treatment?” 

Couple talking_bicyclesWhether you’ve been struggling with infertility for years, or you’ve just started trying to conceive, there’s a broad range of natural treatment choices to help you improve your chances of having a healthy baby. If you’re ready to start a family and have wondered how, when or whether to integrate natural medicine into your plan, here are some signs you may be ready to jump in.

1. “My fertility specialist referred me.” We’ve been receiving more referrals from fertility clinics. I think more fertility specialists are sending their patients our way because they’ve read the research studies showing the clinical benefits, and they’ve seen the positive results in their own patients who have used naturopathic support or acupuncture and had more relaxed and more successful IVF or IUI cycles. Some fertility clinics are going the extra mile and having naturopathic doctors or acupuncturists on-site to perform acupuncture treatments immediately before and after IVF transfer.

2. “I need a break from the medical stuff.” As much as fertility clinics can be necessary and helpful for many couples, even one round of infertility treatment can take a lot out of you. It’s OK to rest your body, mind and pocketbook if and when you need to, and re-balance your health with some safe, gentle, non-invasive – and even relaxing – natural fertility care while you decide on your next course of action. While on “breaks” from conventional treatment cycles, we’ve helped couples conceive naturally even after several failed IUI and IVF attempts.

3. “We want to try naturally first.” The vast majority of pregnancies are achieved spontaneously without medical intervention, so why not invest a couple of months in self-care, good nutrition, your relationship and your emotional well-being, even as you try to conceive? Become as healthy as you can be, and often, fertility will follow.

4. “I’m thinking about the next generation.” As a Naturopathic Doctor with a pre-medical degree in Toxicology, I hear you when you share that you’re concerned about the impact that environmental toxins, second-hand smoke or the birth control pills your doctor once recommended to regulate your period may have on your ability to conceive as well as your future baby’s health. I’ve designed our natural fertility clinic program around building up your health and removing obstacles to your fertility, your future pregnancy and your baby’s future health. These obstacles include toxins that can be assessed and removed from the body safely and naturally before you conceive.

5. “The price is right.” With each round of IVF costing about $5000-8000, plus up to $7,000 for medications, some couples consider the addition of natural fertility clinic services as a strategy to improve the return on their investment by improving their chances of conceiving sooner, preventing miscarriage, and investing in the health of their future child – all while feeling less stressed, more supported and less affected by medication side effects. Typical consultation and treatment packages start at $750-1500 for visits, fees which are often reimbursable by employee health insurance. You may also need to set aside an additional $50-$200 per month for recommended natural medicines such as herbs, teas or supplements.

As with the overarching philosophy of naturopathic medicine, when working with your Naturopathic Doctor or Registered Acupuncturist, natural fertility care is unlikely to be harmful, and may offer you significant physical, mental and emotional benefits that enhance your chances of conceiving the healthy baby of your dreams.

Ready to learn more? Get in touch with us and find out if we’re a good fit for your fertility goals.

Reference: The cost of infertility. Financial Post 2013