Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Lean 30 Day Meal Plan (and IVF!)

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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:

  1. BRCA1+ seems to also be associated with reduced fertility, so I might have trouble conceiving naturally;
  2. We will screen out BRCA1+ eggs, so that I don’t pass on this genetic mutation;
  3. 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!

New to Kimberly Snyder? Find her books here: The Beauty Detox Solution and The Beauty Detox Foods (affiliate links)

14 Comments

  1. Sending you prayers & hugs for your upcoming procedures! Wishing you the best of luck for all of it!! Your strength is admirable!

  2. Thank you for sharing, I pray that all goes well hun, and that your determination provides a successful result with the meal plans. It would serve as a wonderful testimony when everything works out for you! Keep us updated! God bless.

  3. What a brave story, wishing you all the best dear Jill!! I’m sure the 30 Day meal plan will help you be as happy and healthy as possible. Take care xoxox

    • Thanks Eva! At the very least it will keep me focused on something positive rather than worrying/stressing, so that’s a good thing, too!

  4. I know this post was a while ago but I clicked on the ‘IVF’ link from your most recent blog post. Wow girl you deserve warrior status! It sounds like you’ve really been going through the ringer. I hope the surgery went well as well as the egg freezing (if you’ve already done it). I think it’s great you’re doing PGD genetic testing on your embryos so you don’t pass the gene on, so incredibly responsible and will give you huge piece of mind. It’s one of the best gifts you will ever be able to give your children. PGD testing is close to my heart as one day I will have to use it, so I wish you all the luck with that. (Sorry I don’t know how far you already are into the process so I’m not sure if you’ve made the embryos yet or are still at the egg stage or what so I’m sorry if I’m sounding ignorant of your current situation) I hope you managed to get lots of lovely eggs to freeze.
    I’m so incredibly sorry to hear about your Mum, it breaks my heart to hear you lost her at such a young age. At least we now have the technology to stop it going to another generation.
    I’m sending you so many cuddles I really am. You’re a strong person and a real fighter, I know you may not feel it at times but don’t ever forget how far you’ve come. I’m sure your Mum would be/is so incredibly proud of you. I’m sorry if by commenting on an old post I’ve bought all this into the front of your mind again (but I’m sure it’s always on your mind and in your heart), I just didn’t want to read without commenting and not tell you how amazing you are!XxxX

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