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If you’ve been following my blog, then you know that I’m a huge fan of Kimberly Snyder, author of The Beauty Detox Solution and The Beauty Detox Foods. You may have also noticed that I’ve been participating in her weekly, and now monthly, Beauty Detox Blogger assignments. She’s the reason I start most days off with the Green Glowing Smoothie, and I find that alone makes a huge difference in my energy levels, digestion and complexion.
I’m excited to share that I’ve decided to follow Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Lean 30 Day Meal Plan for the month of November. This is a new product that Kimberly just recently launched which provides recipes for 30 days of properly combined, beauty-boosting, super nutritious and simple vegan meals.
November is going to be a big month for me. Mid-month I’ll be heading into surgery to complete my breast reconstruction. Recovery from this surgery is supposed to be much easier than the recovery from the prophylactic mastectomy, which I completed in March, so I’m hoping and praying all goes smoothly.
Also, November marks the 3-month lead up to another big medical event, which I haven’t yet shared with you all. In addition to the breast cancer risk associated with the BRCA1 genetic mutation, which I took care of with the prophylactic double mastectomy, I also am at a greatly increased risk of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is especially troubling for me, since that’s what my mom died of in 2009 at age 55.
BRCA1+ women are advised to undergo prophylactic oopherectomies, the removal of the ovaries, before the age of 35 when the risk of ovarian cancer really kicks in. I’m not going to be undergoing this surgery for a few years still, but in February I’m going to be freezing my eggs for later in vitro fertilization (IVF). There are a few reason that I have decided to do this:
- BRCA1+ seems to also be associated with reduced fertility, so I might have trouble conceiving naturally;
- We will screen out BRCA1+ eggs, so that I don’t pass on this genetic mutation;
- If at anytime during all of this, I am diagnosed with ovarian cancer then I will be able to have my ovaries removed and still have children (once you have the eggs, you don’t need ovaries…just a uterus).
So, what does all of this have to do with Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Lean 30 Day Meal Plan? Well, I’m going to be following this meal plan to kick off 3 months of fertility-boosting eating. I’m doing this to give myself the best chances possible for the egg retrieval process that I will be undergoing in February. IVF is super expensive and it’s not an easy process, physically and mentally, so I don’t want to have to go through this more than once if possible. I’m aiming to have as many viable eggs as possible ready to go for retrieval in February. And of those, I want to have as many healthy, non-BRCA1+ eggs as possible. Now, we don’t know what role, if any, diet plays into the whole BRCA1 genetic mutation, but we do know that diet can have a HUGE effect on general fertility, so it definitely can’t hurt. I’m also hoping it will help speed along my recovery from my mid-November surgery.
I’ve chosen to kick things off with Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Lean 30 Day Meal Plan because it’s packed with fertility-boosting foods. Now, Kimberly hasn’t made any claims as to the effects of this meal plan on fertility, so I’ve chosen to go ahead and use it as a resource for this purpose all on my own.
By following the Glowing Lean 30 Day Meal Plan I’ll be avoiding a lot of the foods that have been associated with infertility or trouble conceiving: alcohol, caffeine, refined carbohydrates, and red meat. And I’ll be getting tons of the good stuff: iron rich leafy greens. nutrient dense plant-based meals, and healthy fats from coconut oil, avocado and nuts. Does this mean that I’m going to have lots (or any) viable and non-BRCA1+ eggs? Not necessarily, but I’m going to do what I can to increase my chances!