Infertility is undeniably one of life’s rollercoasters. It can be both physically and emotionally draining. One of the best ways to help make yourself feel more grounded during this uneasy time is finding practices that make you feel more grounded.
Enter: a morning routine.
There is something so gratifying about creating a morning routine and sticking to it. A morning routine sets the tone and creates a forward momentum that will propel you through your day.
While this simple morning routine incorporates practices that can help with infertility, anyone can benefit from the stress relieving, hormone stabilizing self-care rituals.
MORNING ROUTINE FOR INFERTILITY
- Belly breathing. Try to spend five minutes doing this simple exercise. This is a time to meditate and relax. This practice will help improve circulation and reduce the stress that fertility issues can spark. How to do it? Find a comfy spot and breathe in watching your abdomen fill with air and exhale watching it fall. This is how we are naturally born to breathe. Just watch a newborn breathe and you will see for yourself.
- Drink water. Reach for a glass of at lease 8 ounces of water in the morning. This flushes out the metabolic waste that accumulated during sleep. Add a lemon or raw apple cider vinegar for an extra detoxifying boost.
- Take your vitamins and/or probiotics. If there is one of these that are a must, it is the probiotic. A healthy gut microbiome helps crowd out unwanted bacteria that may be creating a hostile reproductive environment.
- Drink some tea. Steeping a mixture of raspberry leaf and nettle leaf tea is one of the best things a woman can do for her reproductive health. Both considered adaptogens, nettle leaf and raspberry leaf support the endocrine system. This means healthy adrenals and hormone balance.
- Eat breakfast. Make sure breakfast is part of your day. Ideally, a complex carbohydrate, a healthy fat and some protein is a winning combination. A perfect example is the sweet potato bowl recipe below!
Morning Sweet Potato Bowl with Maple Coconut Cream
Prep Time: 15 minutes // Cook Time: 35 minutes // Total Time: 50 minutes // Servings: 9 slices
Sweet potatoes are a source of complex carbohydrates and loaded with nutrients that are hormone regulating and stress reducing. This bowl contains the superfood maca, which nourishes the endocrine system thereby helping to maintain hormone balance.
Using a food processor blend the sweet potatoes, coconut milk, maca powder and cinnamon until smooth. Add more coconut milk if needed to reach desired consistency. Set aside.
FOR THE BOWL:
- 2 large sweet potatoes, roasted, skins removed
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk, or almond milk
- 1 tsp. maca powder
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
Turn the can of coconut milk upside down and open from the bottom. (The solid cream will be at the top of the can and the coconut water will be at the bottom.) Pour off the water that has separated into the bottom of the can into a glass jar. (You can store this in the refrigerator for up to a week to use in smoothies.) Spoon the solid cream into a bowl. Add the maple syrup. With a hand mixer, blend the mixture until a whipped cream-like consistency forms.
FOR THE MAPLE COCONUT CREAM
- 1 can full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated at least 4 hours or overnight
- 1 tsp. maple syrup
Divide the sweet potato mixture between two bowls. Top with the maple coconut cream, almond butter, blueberries and granola (if using). Enjoy!
- Maple coconut cream
- Almond butter
- Granola (optional)
JAIME SHELBERT | WHOLLYNOURISHED.COM
Jaime is an Ohio-based registered dietitian nutritionist who believes in the healing power of whole foods. Her desire is to help individuals realize their wellness potential simply by getting in tune with what their bodies need based on their own unique makeup. When she isn’t chasing after her three boys Jaime is dreaming up new recipes, hitting the gym or the trails and having a serious case of wanderlust whilst eating dark chocolate. Read more >
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