Fertility Cognitive Therapy

from Reproductive Wellness © Copyright 2008, Pages 26-27 When addressing infertility issues with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), it is important to evaluate cognitive distortions as well as negative self-talk. We are all guilty of some distorted thinking. Our distortions are unique to our experience- there may be a set of common distortions but how we


Deep Breathing and Guided Imagery

Whether you just threw away a negative pregnancy kit for the first or 20th time, this exercise will help calm you down throughout the infertility process. Sit comfortably in a chair, close your eyes and take in a full breath through your nose. Imagining that you are soaking in positive energy. Hold it in for

Artichoke Lemon

About the Recipes

In my Master’s Thesis, “Nurture Through Nature” I explored the relationship between gardening metaphors and psychological wellness. Some participants described weeding as “eliminating excess material destructive to growth”. Watering was “connecting deeply with the earth through water”. As an infertility patient, I realized that I gained great satisfaction from planting seeds and watching them grow.

Basil Tabouleh in Lettuce Cups

This is a refreshing salad that can be enjoyed with protein and amino acid-rich grilled wild salmon. Ingredients 3/4-cup fine bulgur 3/4 cup minced red onion 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp allspice Pinch cayenne pepper 1 cup finely chopped fresh basil leaves 1 cup minced fresh parsley leaves 1/3-cup fresh mint leaves 1/2 cup finely

Barbara’s Best Salmon Bake

This elegant and easy recipe was originally created by my friend Barbara Kraft. It is a no- fail recipe, and I always slightly alter it depending on my mood, what is growing in my garden or what is in my refrigerator or pantry. Her basic recipe calls for a cream cheese/ feta/herb/garlic mixture. Here have


Rose Martini

Ingredients ½ cup water 2 tablespoons sugar 1 cup soda water (or vodka for your guests) 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon rose water ice cubes Edible rose petals Directions In a small saucepan, combine the water and sugar and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Let


Plum Wine “Umeshu”

Ingredients 2 ¼ lbs unripe ume plums (from Satsuma Plum tree) 3 2lbs rock sugar 7 ½ cups shochu alcohol (35% alcohol) Directions Wash the ume plums and remove the black bits from the plums using a bamboo stick. Dry the plums with a towel. Wash a large glass jar well and allow to dry


Cherry Blossom Sweets “Sakura Mochi”

Sakura mochi is a treat to celebrate girl’s day in Japan on March 3. The dainty cakes are pretty to look at and delicious. The salty leaves are a perfect match for the sweet bean paste and chewy mochi cake. Ingredients 1/3 cup of mochiko rice flour 1 cup water 1 cup all-purpose flour ½


Pakistani Mulberry and Saturn Peach Pie

Our handsome and prolific Pakistani Mulberry is draped with giant caterpillar-like fruit in June. They are each about 4” long and start out green then turn crimson and taste like a combination of raspberries and grapes, sweetening as they ripen. When the Saturn Peach, with its sweet, white fruit are ripe, the mulberries are also

Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard Roll Ups

Swiss chard is abundant in the garden. I created this for my vegetarian friends. The combination of brandy infused cherries and Chevron cheese and roasted pecans are heavenly. The Swiss chard makes it feel like a healthy treat. Ingredients 10 large leaves of Swiss chard, ribs intact 1 12oz. Chevre log 1 cup roasted pecans

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