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It’s Fertility Tip Friday! Who will and who won’t benefit from working with a fertility focused health coach?


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Happy Friday! I hope your week has been fabulous so far!

This week I thought I would address the question I often get from people because health coaching is a newer concept; who would benefit from working with a fertility focused health & wellness coach and who won’t?  So, I’ve spelled it out below starting with who it will benefit :)

Reach out with questions or to sign-up for a free consultant! 

  1. Someone looking to find an alternative way to improve their fertility prior to medical interventions or along side;
  2. Someone currently working with a medical team who wants additional one-on-one support to manage stress or with recommendation from their physician; 
  3. Someone who wants to find ways to feel more in control of their body while going through medical interventions;
  4. Someone who wants a custom health program designed specific to their needs/wants; 
  5. Someone who wants to learn how their lifestyle may be preventing them from being their most fertile self;
  6. Someone who wants to be confident in choosing healthy foods that will nourish them and their future baby;
  7. Someone who wants to be confident their doing the correct exercise routine;
  8. Someone who wants learn how yoga can help their fertility; and
  9. Someone who wants an objective, relatable support and mentoring system.
Not for:

  1. Someone who is not serious about making lifestyle changes;
  2. Not comfortable with discussing their fertility health;
  3. Not comfortable with trying anything new (i.e. foods, beverage, meditation, yoga); 
  4. Not open to alternative medicine.

To decide if health coaching is right for you, I invite you to schedule a free initial consultation with me. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Be well.
Diana

It’s Fertility Tip Friday! Yoga talk this week.

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Happy Friday! It’s a beautifully warm day in Chicago, so I hope those reading this in Chicago are outside reading it :)

Today I wanted to share one of my favorite yoga poses: Viparita Karani (Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose). This posture is a great pose for MANY reasons during this challenging time of your life.

  1. It’s a safe pose to do while going through the assisted reproductive treatment.  In fact, it can be a useful tool during ovulation to help encourage blood flow to the pelvic organs, help with bloating and cramping from medications and help with elimination.
  2. Helps promote sleep. Anytime my mind and/or body are restless I spend 10 minutes in this pose and I am ready to get some shut eye.
  3. This is a multi-purpose pose.  If you only have time for one pose a day I would recommend this one because it stretches your legs, spine, chest, arms, neck and can relieve low back pain. Basically, it refreshes the entire body.
  4. You can do it anywhere there’s a wall (or a chair if the wall isn’t appropriate). No need for a mat or any props, but if you have them great!
Try it out today!  

Reach out here for a complementary consultation to learn more about how yoga can help you during your fertility journey! Maybe a health coach and yoga are the missing pieces in your fertility puzzle?

Be well,
Diana

P.S. There’s still space to attend my Farmer’s Market Tour - Lincoln Park tomorrow, Saturday 10/21st @ 9 a.m., sign up ends at 5 p.m. today. Sign-up here now!


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Happy Friday Everyone, I hope you've had a great week so far.

I've been thinking a lot this week about how male fertility factors play a very important roll in the path to parenthood and how it's mostly pushed to the side; at least in my experience.  In fact according to the Mayo Clinic, 35-75% of couples having trouble conceiving has a male imbalance involved. As women we spend so much time getting ourselves prepared for pregnancy, so I thought I'd re-share my blog which has suggestions for men to implement while trying to prepare the healthiest sperm.

*Remember it takes several months to produce, mature and deliver sperm.

I'd love to hear from you about any tips that worked for you and your partner!

Reach out for support on your journey here!

Be well,
Diana

It's Fertility Tip Friday!

Happy Friday! I hope you had a fabulous week so far.

Today I'll share some facts about one of my favorite fertility smoothies.

Blueberry-Chocolate Smoothie: 

This smoothie is loaded with protein (20 grams). Studies have shown that a protein rich diet is necessary for good quality embryos and better egg quality. Blueberries are a great source of fiber, vitamins, antioxidants and said to protect and support uterine tissue. Antioxidants help to get rid of free radical damage in the body. It is said in Chinese medicine that cinnamon and ginger warm up the body (which is a good thing because we like to keep our bodies warm while trying to conceive) and are known for their anti-inflammatory properties. Cinnamon also has been shown to balance out blood sugar. Raw cocoa powder is also known for it's high level of antioxidants and magnesium.

Reach out here for the recipe and/or sign-up for a complementary consultant today! Maybe a health coach is the missing piece in your fertility puzzle :)

Be well,
Diana


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To Drink or Not To Drink While Trying to Conceive: That is the Question.



Since I was legal age to drink (actually several years before legally being able to drink) I would drink for what seemed like any occasion. If something was going well, I’d drink; if something wasn’t going well, I’d drink; the weekend, I’d drink; if I was anxious, I’d drink. You get the picture. I grew up in the Southwest suburbs of Chicago and it was the norm to go out and drink for all occasions. I recall one time being sick and going out anyway and someone recommending a hot toddy to drink to cure my sickness. Ha! So, needless to say, when I moved to the city I took it with me and surrounded myself with people who enjoyed it as well. Most nights after work I would go to happy hour with colleagues, have wine with dinner when I got home, and more wine after dinner on most days of the week.

So, before I go any further I just want to state that I’m not knocking drinking in moderation, but I started wondering why I felt it was necessary for EVERY occasion and was it helping my fertility? The answer for me was no. It was too much sugar inflaming my gut and throwing my whole system off (i.e., digestion,  hormones and robing me of minerals). My theory is it becomes a way of coping with uncomfortable situations at times as well as a habitual thing, just doing it because that’s what I’ve always done. Also, there’s a bit of worry that things will change in certain relationships and I wasn’t ready to deal with it. Then, the worry of being labeled as a teetotaler, strange or boring because I’m not drinking. By the way, none of these things were reality! Just silly fears of change.

Over the past year or so I’ve been cleaning up my lifestyle which includes drinking less and paying closer attention to everything I put into my mouth because, believe it or not, what you consume affects your hormones which affects your fertility health. Now I realize that most of us were conceived after a drunken night out for our parents (I was one of them apparently) or maybe several of your friends have that story. But for some it may not be that easy and drinking may possibly be hindering your fertility by messing with your hormones if you’re consistently doing it.

If you want to know why letting the wine glass go more often while trying to conceive and find out how to become more fully fertile, reach out to schedule a free consultation.

If you think you have an alcohol addiction, please call your doctor or the local AA for support.

Upcoming Events!

Prenatal Workshop at P.S. Yoga - October 7th 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
Free Yoga for Fertility Class with Vios Fertility Institute - October 9th 5-6 p.m.
Free Farmer's Market Tour - Green City Market Lincoln Park - October 21st 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Contact me here for more information and sign-up instructions.

Be well,
Diana :0)

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You're doing everything right...but still not pregnant?! Could you missing some thing(s)?

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Do you feel like you're doing everything right, but you and your partner are not pregnant yet? You're following the doctor’s, acupuncturist’s, physical therapist’s and every other healers’ recommendations, following a healthy diet, the right amount of exercise, stress is managed, but still not getting the "positive" read on the pregnancy stick.

Read below for a few secrets that can help to enhance your fertility that you may be missing. Reach out here for one-on-one support.

1. Sleep. Studies have shown that sleep helps to balance your fertility hormones (follicle-stimulating, luteinizing, estrogen and progesterone). Commit to 7-8 hours of sleep each night. I find setting the mood for sleep by dimming the lights in the room, reading a lighthearted book or coloring, getting some aromatherapy going, gentle yoga poses or a massage from your partner helps :)

2. Meditation. Making time to sift through your thoughts daily can help keep you from drowning in a sea of negative thoughts. Studies have shown that individuals having a difficult time conceiving have stress equivalent to cancer patients. Think of it as dental floss for mind; getting rid of the nasty bits, stagnant thinking and patterns. Our minds love to repeat the same stories over and over again!

3. Letting go. Using your letting go muscle is extremely important during this period of your life. Holding on to fear, anger, and sorrow only impacts our body's ability to create a new life. Remember what you tell yourself becomes your truth!

Take advantage of my complimentary consultation to help you moving towards your most fertile self!

Be well, 
Diana 

You can learn more about me at www.dianazic.com




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Summertime is here. AND so are the healthful fruits and veggies you should be eating now to help improve your fertility.



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I hope everyone is enjoying nature as much as I am while everything is in full bloom and beauty. I've found myself three times this week walking over to my neighborhood park which has a community garden that I admire. I find it helps me re-group and center myself when the day of “doing” has me feeling like I am a hamster in a hamster wheel. Try it out sometime and report back ;)

Currently, I am getting a CSA box (what you see in the picture above), but patiently waiting for our rooftop garden to be finished. I'll share pictures once progress is made. (If you're interested in learning more about the CSA box program reach out to me here, and I’ll recommend a couple farmers I like based on your needs www.dianazic.com)

Here are my top 5 summer categories of fruits and veggies (*fyi I'm in Chicago) that will help your fertility:

1. Dark leafy greens (spinach, kale, chard, beet greens, collards, micro greens);
2. English and sweet peas;
3. Berries (raspberries, blueberries);
4. Root veggies (carrots, beets); and
5. Summer Squashes (zucchini, yellow squash)

* Remember to buy local, pesticide-free, organic, non-GMO. See the Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen below to decide which organic produce to spend your money on. A good rule of thumb, be sure to buy organic produce for anything that doesn't have a tough skin or exterior.

2017 Dirty Dozen from the Environmental Working Group (they’re a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment):

Strawberries
Spinach
Nectarines
Apples
Peaches
Pears
Cherries
Grapes
Celery
Tomatoes
Sweet bell peppers
Potatoes

I'll be hosting a FREE Farmer's Market Tour - next Saturday, July 22nd 9-11 a.m. Contact me at zicyasa@gmail.com by Friday at 10 a.m. Sign-up is requested.

ALSO, I'm currently offering a complementary health history if you want one-on-one support in your fertility journey. Book here

Look forward to connecting!

Be well,
Diana

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