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Why did you decide to hold off on IVF?
Some friends mentioned a treatment that I really should try and it sounded so intriguing that I couldn't pass it up. Mostly, my gut said to go for it. It's called BodyTalk. The person I am seeing is Maria Petrova in Manhattan. She is one of the most wonderful, beautiful women I've ever met, and I couldn't be happier about the sessions I've had with her. I cannot recommend her enough. Even if you are not looking to get pregnant, a few sessions with her just might help you heal in whatever way you need and change your life for the better. She calls me "Bright Star" :) and I am just grateful to know her.
AND, while in Utah, I met up with Mark Johnson, a homeopathic practitioner in Orem. Hundreds of women have gotten pregnant because of his treatments. His record is a woman that had tried for 25 years. He gives you some drops to take. For $50, I'm game to try it.
Why don't you guys adopt?
We'd love to adopt soon if I don't get pregnant. And even if I do get pregnant, we would still likely adopt in the future so that we can grow our family. The agency we want to use requires that you have been married for 2 years. This spring we'll be qualified. In the meantime, if any of you know of someone who would like a very happy, loving couple to adopt their baby, keep us in mind, would you? :)
Why are you on a Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free/Soy-Free diet?
I have been diagnosed with allergies to these foods. Separate from that, I have received advice from multiple practitioners that these foods can help reduce inflammation in my body, which could help with getting pregnant. I tell ya, when you can't get pregnant, you're game to try anything. The good news is, it makes me feel AWESOME. It makes such a huge difference in the way I feel & look that I kinda can't imagine going back. The bad news (for conceiving) is that it makes you lose a ton of weight and it makes me feel further away from getting pregnant.
So what DO you eat?
For meals: fish, filet mignon, sauteed/stir-fried or roasted vegetables, quinoa, beans, lentils, rice, soups, salads, pot roast, chili, lots of Thai food (with rice noodles), Mexican food, Ethiopian food, Chinese food, Vietnemese, Middle Eastern, Indian food, & GF sushi. Instead of pasta, I eat my husband's zucchini ribbon pasta (zucchini julienned in a mandoline, then sautéed with olive oil, garlic, salt & pepper. It's actually waaaay better than traditional pasta!!)
For breakfast: eggs, turkey, ham, spinach/vegetable omelets, fruit, nuts & dried fruit, spinach & berry smoothies, GF granola, GF oats. (I need to try almond milk once & for all!) Once in a while I do eat GF whole grain bread from my favorite GF company ever, Udi's. That bread is ridiculously good for being gluten-free. My foodie husband LOVES it, too.
For snacks/treats: dark chocolate, nuts, dried fruit, GF/Allergen Free Snickerdoodles from Trader Joe's (seriously amazing), corn chips & salsa, guacamole, lentil chips from Trader Joe's (really good), jerky, rice crackers & hummus, GF granola, popcorn, coconut milk ice-cream, Udi's GF muffins.
Are you eating enough fat?
I have never been one to turn away anything fattening. I intentionally eat high fat foods such as avocados, olives, coconut, salmon, nuts, eggs, olive oil, coconut oil, flax seed, almond butter/peanut butter, and bacon & eggs. It's actually trickier than you would think to work in these foods more than you would otherwise. How many of you let your husbands cook your eggs in bacon grease? I do.
Where do you guys shop?
I really don't shop much, actually. Danny loves that about me :) Mainly I wear HARVEY FAIRCLOTH clothes from my Harvey days. I also love APC, Uniqlo and J.Crew. I love purchasing vintage from Beacon's Closet, E-bay, or Etsy. I also love cheap finds from just about anywhere: H&M, Target, Old Navy, etc. And many of my clothes were free from my former boss's wife (sweet hook-up, I know.)
Shoes? I need shoes, I'll tell you that. Last couple of pairs I got were some boots from Frye (which I wear pretty much everyday) & actually a pair last season from Payless (yep!) If I was more of a shopper, I'd go to Siegerson Morrison, Loeffler Randall, J.Crew, Barney's.
Danny LOVES Uniqlo and J.Crew. He has the best eye for clothes. Since we met, he has picked out several outfits and items for me.....which makes me m-e-l-t.
So what else do you do besides blog?
Danny works with schools to implement software for Special Ed children and ESL children in New York. He loves it. And he cooks like a chef around here every night.
For me, writing posts takes up a lot of my time, but I also try to help out friends when they need it, clean this apt. periodically, try my best to keep up with emails, stay very involved in activities/events/service endeavors through church, get 8 hours of sleep like a spoiled brat, and run & walk daily at the park. :) I'd love to keep blogging forever. It has been a wonderful experience.
Why haven't you responded to my email?
I am dying to!!!! :) I thank each and everyone of you for writing!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! I want so much to respond to all of you and I'll keep working at it as best I can. Your words & stories mean so much & I don't want to discourage anyone from writing. You all inspire me so much and even guide me in writing posts that may be helpful to you. And your words keep me going & inspire me to continue putting my heart & soul into this (you have no idea!). Thank you.
Do you guys want sponsors?
Yes, please! Please write us at mara@ablogaboutlove dot com.