Delectable Granola

Ok. I’ll admit it. I am a granola snob. I can’t stand store bought granola. It’s either tasteless, doesn’t have enough nuts & seeds, too dry, too sweet or is outrageously expensive. So, I started making my own, just the way I like it:-) Made ahead of time, this becomes an easy breakfast on a busy morning. I love this …

Vitex and Maca in Your Fertility Regimen

By Sierra Zuppan and Margo Bachman Vitex or Chaste tree berry is a wonderful herb that can help regulate the female reproductive system.  It acts on the pituitary gland in the brain to regulate Luteinizing Hormone (LH) and Follicle Stimulating Hormone levels (FSH).  These hormones are essential in reproduction because they act directly on the ovaries to support follicle development. …

Castor Oil Pack Instruction

Castor oil has many healing properties. It has the ability to break up stagnation and move blood in the female reproductive area, soften masses and prevent the build up of excess endometrial tissue, increase circulation, reduce inflammation, and restore normal periods. I recommend using packs for a variety of gynecological issues including: Ovarian cysts Uterine fibroids Menstrual cramps Infertility Endometriosis/Adenomyosis …

Basal Body Temperature (BBT) Charting

How and Why to do a BBT Chart by Margo Bachman and Sierra Zuppan A Basal Body Temperature (BBT) chart is a great resource to gather information about a woman’s menstrual cycle, fertility, and to track when ovulation occurs. When patients come in with fertility challenges I typically ask them to “begin charting.” Keeping track of their daily temperatures, mucus …

#1 Favorite Prenatal Yoga Pose

It’s actually really hard to come up with one favorite prenatal yoga pose. But after years of teaching prenatal yoga and going through two of my own pregnancies, Supta Baddha Konasana is it! Supta Baddha Konasana translates to Reclining Bound Angle Pose. It is a supported restorative yoga pose. A restorative practice is an opportunity to let the body deeply …

Squash, Carrot, and Ginger Soup (A Fall Flavors Bonanza!)

This beautiful orange soup is incredibly nurturing on a cold day. The squash, carrots, and sweet potatoes get their orange color from carotenoids, plant pigments that are converted to vitamin A in the body. All these veggies provide hearty doses of Vitamin C, folate, and fiber. I often enjoy this soup topped with lightly roasted pumpkin seeds for a crunchy, …

OCTOBER IS PREGNANCY & INFANT LOSS AWARENESS MONTH

My Pregnancy Loss Story OCTOBER IS PREGNANCY & INFANT LOSS AWARENESS MONTH. On October 15th (world pregnancy & infant loss remembrance day), participate in the International Wave of Light by lighting a candle at 7 pm local time to honor all babies gone too soon. Keep your candle lit for at least one hour to create a continuous “wave of light” across …

Ojas And Pregnancy

Ojas (pronounced oh-jas), or “primal vigor,” is the pure essence of the Kapha dosha and the water element. Ojas governs immunity and vitality, and helps to maintain natural resistance. The most important of the Ayurvedic vital essences to develop, especially when pregnant, is ojas, because it is the essential vitality that gives endurance and strength, and creates a buffer when …