Stick To Your Diet Plan

Are you struggling to stick to your diet plan, any diet plan in fact, despite the best intentions when you begin?

Never fear – you are not alone. Millions of people worldwide fall off their diet programs before completion.

Often, it’s due to a few key mistakes they’re making along the way. Let’s take a closer look at 3 powerful secrets for sticking to your diet plan. Put these into action and you will see the results you’re looking for.

Get A Diet Buddy

One word of advice: don’t go at it alone. Those who get a diet buddy will experience the high’s and low’s together. They stand a much better chance of success in the long run.

If you can’t convince someone to diet with you, at least find someone who will support you and keep you accountable as you need it.

You will hit hard times, and it will really help to have someone by your side.

Use Hunger-Busting Strategies

Hunger is another reason why many people can’t stick with a fat loss diet plan. That’s only natural, but still avoidable. Either they cut their calories too much, or they lack foods that promote satiety.

So focus your diet around foods that break down and digest slowly. Lean proteins coupled with fibrous carbohydrates are the best choices, followed closely by small doses of dietary fat.

While fat calories can add up quickly, small amounts can work wonders for hunger control.

Set Short Term Goals

Think about what you want to accomplish in two weeks. It can be beneficial to dream about your transformed body in a year’s time, but only in tandem with achievable short term goals. Otherwise you will lose sight of the light at the end of the tunnel.

Remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and you won’t lose all the weight in a week. Focus on the here and now. Find a program, such as The 2 Week Diet, that focuses on the coming weeks. Use that time to build good habits, and you will be prepared for the future months.

Want to make the 2 week concept work for you? Check out The 2 Week Diet plan, which teaches you how to build proper habits over the course of two weeks. And then you will be able to stick to your diet plan at last.

Equip yourself today, easily, for a future of weight loss and a healthy and enjoyable life.  Check it out today, you have nothing to lose as there is a guarantee, apart from that unwanted weight of course!

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Hormone Infertility Explained

What exactly do we mean by hormone infertility?

Well, hormones are important for many reasons, and if hormones fall out of balance in our bodies they can be responsible for all kinds of medical problems  from irritability, bad skin, tiredness – and infertility.

So what is the real role of our hormones?  In the context of fertility, hormones do play a critical role.  Hormones act as the body’s very own integrated ‘thermostat’ – they keep the concentrations of the various chemicals in your system in check, to make sure that your different systems operate most effectively.

Timing is really important when it comes to hormones. Women with hormone infertility often fail to produce a fertilizable egg during their menstrual cycle. and will generally experience irregular menstruation.

An irregular period should always be a cause for concern anyway, and any woman experiencing this should seek edical advice as soon as possible.

Hormone infertility is one of the very common reasons that couples fail to conceive. Rather than being curable by a surgical intervention, this cause of infertility may take time and longer-term treatments to overcome, but the outcomes are generally good for most couples.

Common Hormone Issues

Conditions like hyperandrogenism (too many male hormones), hypothyroidism (thyroid gland doesn’t operate effectively), or luteal phase defect (LPD – low progesterone concentrations) are all risk factors leading to potential hormone infertility.

Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) –  this hormone is made by the hypothalamus in the brain, (in both men and women) and its purpose is to tell the pituitary gland to make Luteinizing hormone (LH) and Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH).

LH stimulates the production of further hormones, estrogen and progesterone, by the ovaries. It instructs the ovary to release a mature egg, and instructs the remaining cells to form a bunch of yellow cells called a Corpus Luteum, which makes progesterone.

FSH prepares the eggs to begin their journey. It also tells the ovaries to make additional estrogen, which will then result in extra LH. These two work together to regulate sperm production and testosterone in the male.

Estrogen is a hormone that works in partnership with Progesterone to prepare the uterine lining to receive a fertilized egg, for impregnation. Estrogen also makes the cervical mucus clearer and more watery just prior to ovulation, so the sperm can travel more easily.

Another hormone – Prolactin – tells the female body to make milk, and not eggs. This is useful when you actually have a child who is breastfeeding, but not so handy if you want to have a baby! This can be caused by a number of conditions like hypothyroidism, where the thyroid gland doesn’t work effectively.

PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) – where the ovaries produce excessive amounts of male hormones, such as testosterone, and your LH levels stay high, while FSH levels stay low. The hormones are prompting your ovaries to release the egg, despite the fact that it isn’t mature yet. Evidently, this not good.  PCOS might be a result of the body making extra insulin (another hormone) – which in turn impacts how the ovaries operate. I talk more about this in my book.

In Summary

Sorry about all the acronyms and technical stuff, there is obviously a lot more I could explain about  hormones, but you can appreciate that if one gland isn’t operating properly, or if there is an excess or a lack of a hormone, infertility can be a result.

To finish on a positive note, it is relatively easy to get a medical check for hormone imbalances. The doctor will take a blood and/or a urine sample to check hormone levels.

And if you are diagnosed with hormone infertility it is not a complete disaster as it can generally be easily treated naturally in the first instance.




Acupuncture for Infertility

Acupuncture for Infertility

Acupuncture is a practice that originated in the East, and has been used for over 3000 years. The Chinese have practised acupuncture as a normal everyday remedy for all types of illness. There are many advocates that claim that acupuncture is a valid method to treating infertility.

However in the West there is no hard evidence showing that acupuncture actually is a successful factor when treating infertility because in most situations a person will try several things at the same time. Success stories that indicate a patient has become fertile after acupuncture are usually combined with other treatments such as herbs, counselling, and maybe also drug prescriptions. Therefore one must question which critical treatment actually reversed the infertility.

Ancient myths point to a gradient flow of energy being restored in a person’s body as the answer to a question of why would acupuncture work.

Acupuncture typically regulates the blood pressure by stimulating the central nervous system. It releases endorphins which inhibit pain and gives the body the feeling of wellness. It also releases neurotransmitters and neurohormones, which help the body to heal itself.

However, many in the western culture attribute stress relief to be a more appropriate answer to infertility. Removing stress from your life as much as possible will not only assist in combating infertility but it will also lead to am healthier life. Removing stress may include taking time to rest daily, joining a support group, reading more, or adding leisure activities to your daily routine.

Acupuncture is an invasive procedure so there is some risk. One danger is the chance that a nerve is struck during the procedure and causing nerve damage. Any deep needling can be dangerous and cause temporary or permanent damage.

Needles that are not sanitized properly can cause diseases to be transmitted. Obviously never try acupuncture by yourself and research the matter fully before deciding to try it.

There are many natural options for infertility besides acupuncture. There are various herbs available that have a much greater documented success rate than acupuncture. Check out the article on Infertility and Herbs on this website for more information.

Acupuncture can be used in combination with infertility treatments in order to treat issues like hormonal imbalances. Since it helps regulate the body’s system, blood flow is increased to the vital organs and hormone levels are effectively regulated. It also improves ovarian and follicular function. It can increase blood flow to the endometrium, helping to facilitate a thick, rich lining.

Plus, acupuncture for infertility may improve the success rate of in vitro fertilization (IVF). With acupuncture, the embryo transfer process in IVF is shown to significantly improve resulting more often in a pregnancy.

Acupuncture can also be used to treat fertility problems like spasmed tubes. Although blocked tubes will not respond to acupuncture, spasmed tubes are often de-spasmed with acupuncture.

Like physical therapy, acupuncture is a process that helps the body to heal itself over time. It is better to do more than less. Women can be treated for three to four months before an insemination, in vitro fertilization (IVF), or donor-egg transfer. Women are also encouraged to receive acupuncture treatments pre- and post- embryo transfer. Continuing with acupuncture for this amount of time before a fertility treatment will also have a therapeutic effect.

Going through any fertility treatments can be extremely stressful for the couple and for the woman in particular. Acupuncture is a great way to reduce stress, anxiety and depression. With so many ways that acupuncture has a positive effect on infertility treatments, it makes sense for a couple struggling with infertility to try every option that is out there.

There are really very few risks when using acupuncture with infertility treatments. The biggest risk is that a miscarriage may develop if incorrect acupuncture points are used when a woman is pregnant. That is why using an acupuncturist who specializes in treating fertility disorders is extremely important for those who wish to include acupuncture in their treatment regimen.

Research suggests that the most effective fertility treatments involve a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicines, and traditional medical interventions, and healthy lifestyle.


Menstrual Cycle App

Menstrual Cycle App

Did you know about this? – I just discovered that you can now download an app that tracks your menstrual cycle app.

My period comes fairly regularly, then it goes away again, and while I’m not trying to actually get pregnant.. (click here if you are)

..the whole thing does actually take me by complete surprise every month, maybe because my head and the clouds have always been in quite close contact in recent years – but still., I don’t really feel the need to inform my cellphone when I’ve got the painters in.

The app I am referring to is called the Hormone Horoscope Pro, and is available for the cost of a few dollars..

Having purchased this myself a few months ago, I can happily reveal that my hormones (and yours) are indeed a revelation.

Firstly, this app, and others like it – is more to do with biology than astrology. It helps to make you realise that, if you menstruate, then you are always experiencing some part of that menstrual cycle, any time of the day.

This hormonal journey doesn’t just affect fertility/infertility – it affects your courage, your self-worth, your attractiveness to others and your energy levels, and the idea is that you can use the knowledge to plan your life accordingly.

The first day of your cycle is the first day of your period, and now you can track everything with this handy app.

My personality swings make sense after all.

I’ve just been going through the various stages of my cycle, and feeling the lovely rush of oestrogen, (which drops twice every cycle), or the onslaught of progesterone, without realising I could work with them rather than against them.

Ovulation then, close to my heart of course.  I have learned so much about how ovulation affects your social life, and this is the time for me to be more sociable. My desire to be around other people is at its zenith. My social nerves disappear.

As someone who likes writing, I see now that the boundless ideas and juicy flow of words all come in the first half of my cycle (seriously). The quieter time for reflection, and maybe research, comes in the second half of my cycle. That’s not actually depression but progesterone.

Here is the interesting bit – it is not just women who experience this effect.

I spoke to a male colleague recently who admits he spent years confounded by a low sex drive, bouts of depression and weight gain, before finally discovering that a teenage head injury, long forgotten about, had damaged his pituitary gland.

So his body could go through the motions but the instructions to perform were missing. When he finally got himself tested, it turned out he had the testosterone levels of a 90-year-old man. So now he injects a variety of hormone treatments into his body every morning – extremely similar to what he would be taking if he were transitioning from female to male in gender reassignment – and his life has changed immeasurably.

Be careful who you share your findings with of course – the very mention of hormones puts you straight into the murky underworld of black-market drugs.

For me, the most exciting thing has been learning to listen to what my hormones have been whispering at me all this time. And this was the cost of a coffee well spent for the great insights I now have about my behaviour patterns!

How it Works

All you need to do is input two pieces of information:

  1. The typical length of your menstrual cycle (input 28 days if you don’t know)
  2. The day you’re on in your cycle right now (Day 1 is the first day of your most recent period and you just count from there).
  • The app will provide a brief Hormone Horoscope that summarizes how your hormones impact your moods, energy, romantic life, shopping habits and more every day of your cycle.
  • Tracks your current menstrual cycle only.
  • Allows you to record notes for each day of your cycle.
  • Offers a daily alert that reminds you to read your Hormone Horoscope.

Download The App Now For FREE.  And let me know what you think.