Monday, March 24, 2008

Vacation and Baby Diet

Six weeks from this Thursday - this will be our view from our room for nine glorious mornings. (If we don't sell everything we own and stay there. A very likely possibility) :-)

This is giving me something to look forward to and something to be excited about. I absolutely can't wait to spend all that time alone with my husband in our favorite place on earth!!!!!

BUT that means I have six weeks to get bathing suit ready. The fertility drugs I have been on have made me gain 15 pounds in the last couple of months and that was on top of another 5-10 pounds I had gained in the last year or so. I probably won't lose 20 pounds in the next 6 weeks but I am sure going to try. Scott and I have even been going to the gym at 5 every morning!

My mother in law also sent me this article on a fertility diet. I've seen it before and it basically was what I had planned to follow - eating healthy, mostly chicken and vegetables, no carbs, and lots of nuts and dairy (read - ICE CREAM!). Why not give it a shot? So while we are on our break - I'm going to eat as healthy as possible. Hopefully I'll get a thinner body for Hawaii and a baby as a souvenier!

This is the fertility diet info in case anyone out there is interested:

Foods help regulate ovulation and fertility.

Peanuts NOT potatoes: The type of carbs you consume makes a big difference. "Slow carbs" (low-glycemic index foods such as peanuts, nuts, dried beans, whole grains) promote ovulation. "Fast carbs" that spike blood sugar (like cold cereal, white rice, white potatoes and sugary drinks) decrease fertility.
(Got some mixed nuts at my desk as we speak!)

Beans NOT beef: Participants in a study who ate the most animal protein were 39% more apt to have ovulatory infertility than women who ate the least. Even adding one daily serving of red meat or poultry could raise infertility risk by a third. Replacing 25 grams of animal protein with 25 grams of plant protein, such as dried beans, could cut risk of ovulatory infertility by half.
(No steaks at Does for the next few months)

Avocados NOT doughnuts: Trans fats are huge villains in infertility; the more eaten, the higher the chances of ovulatory infertility. Even the 4 grams of trans fat in a daily doughnut, compared with the monounsaturated fat in a serving of avocado, can more than double the infertility risk. Substitute unsaturated fats for trans fats, for a pregnancy boost.
(Guess I'm trading Krispy Kreme and all other fast foods for quacamole. OLE!)

Whole milk not fat-free yogurt: Heretical as it sounds, women troubled by infertility are advised to eat high-fat, rather than low-fat, dairy foods. Recommended to improve fertility: a glass of whole milk daily. Threats to fertility: frozen yogurt, sherbet and low-fat yogurt.
(Got some little single serving Blue Bells!!!)

Coffee not soda: Surprisingly, research finds that caffeine in moderation -- several cups of coffee or tea -- does not seem to interfere with becoming pregnant. But sugary soda (caffeinated and decaf) can seriously diminish fertility. Best beverage: lots of water. New studies suggest no caffeine after conception.
(So sorry Sonic - hope you don't go out of business while I quit cokes for a while)

P.S. We are going to Kauai. We went there two years ago when we first started trying for a baby. It was supposed to be our "last trip before a baby". Two years later we still don't have a baby. So hopefully this really will be a babymoon. I don't mean to make anyone jealous (even though it IS the most beautiful place on earth)...........as excited as I am to go - I would much rather be pregnant right now. I kind of consider this my consolation prize for infertility. ha!

43 comments:

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

Is your suitcase big enough for me?! You won't even know I'm there. Promise!!!

Candy said...

How exciting! The picture is beautiful! I can't wait to see lots of pictures when you get back. :) I read about that diet in the paper on Sunday and thought about you. :)

Megan L Hutchings said...

This is just what the doctor ordered!!! I am so happy that you & Scott are getting away for awhile. Good luck on the diet and sorry about the Hogs!

Deidre said...

What a wonderful view to look forward to! I need something to look forward to like that.

That diet sounds healthy for all of us. I started something similar today (well, no carbs and no sodas). I'm a little grouchy today without my diet coke.

Staci said...

Wow! You will love Hawaii! I've been once on a cruise and it truly is breathtaking!

I'll be praying for the "Hawaiian Souvenir"!!

Hillary said...

I want to go with you! I know I'm going in Sept but I want to go now! However my body is no where near ready!
I hope you get a souvenir too!!

Jenna said...

Is that a picture of Heaven??

Personally, it looks an awful lot like what I think of when I picture it. :)

I hear you on the bathing suit issue. I sadly am going to a bachelorette weekend in Panama City the first weekend in April. I shed a tear each day thinking about being in a bathing suit this early.

And YOU GO GIRL on the 5am workouts. You are my hero. :)

CAMoore46 said...

Note about that fertility diet...I really think that the whole milk thing is soo true! I drank one glass of Braums Vitamin D milk a night the month we concieved. I also quit drinking caffiene altogether while we were TTC (7 months).

I really think a lot of those "Red meats" now a days are filtered with so many chemicals that are bad for us...so I am a firm believer in that diet. Now, I didn't go and change everything I ate to live by that diet, but it had a lot of great points.

Kimberly said...

Kelly, I have had a lot of fun following your blog for a couple weeks now. You seem to be a very sweet person who loves the lord. I am praying th Lord blesses you with a baby soon! We are going to Kauai in 10 weeks! I hope you have a wonderfully restful time.

Kim

Marlee Belle said...

Sounds like a great plan! I did weight watchers for the first time last year and lost 25 pounds in 2 and 1/2 months. I did not have to deprive myself. All I had to do was rearrange my eating as well proportion it out and exercise if I wanted a DQ blizzard or ice cream! I am going at it again and lost 4 pounds my first week! I did that last time too. You usually lose 4-6 the first week and then 1-3 every week after. I was at the 2-3 side of that last time! Anyway, I am interested in this fertility diet and am going to send it on to my friend Hannah. Brandon and I are also heading to Hawaii at the end of this year to celebrate him graduating and to do so before baby!! Since you've been (a couple of times it looks like??), we might get some suggestions!

Jessica said...

Where are you going, is it to Hawaii again? The picture looks beautiful. Sounds like a strict diet, good luck. You can do it! (And I should try to do it to, I could stand to eat a little heathier!)

Leigh Ann said...

I am soooo jealous. That just looks like Heaven on Earth! Lucky you!

Katie said...

Wow...SO excited for you two!!! That will be so nice and relaxing.

mer said...

I know you are counting the days until you leave!!! So beautiful!

Hey...I'm going to email you one of my favorite recipes. Chicken and Black Bean enchiladas. YUM!

Carrie said...

Beautiful I am so jealous! J/K

Robyn Beele said...

Thanks for the fertility diet! I might just have to try it out. I wish I was going to Hawaii!

Rebecca & Sam said...

i LOVE Hawaii. We went to Kauai on our honeymoon. My hubby tells me we can go back on anniversary...I am trying to talk him into our 5 year! I want to be on a beach so bad right now! Hope it is a restful and relaxing time for you!

The Garners said...

I'm looking at this beautiful beach scene and trying really really hard not to be envious!!!! That is going to be WONDERFUL! Which island are you going to? You can't move there though...that would be too far to travel home with twins! :)

Lauren said...

I hope you and your husband have fun! The location looks beautiful!

annalee said...

your trip looks wonderful and the diet sounds full of possibilities. here's to a great week!

Cheryl said...

I am so jealous! Hope you have a fabulous time.

Guy & Julie said...

I'm so glad you guys get to take this trip--hopefully it will be just what you need to feel refreshed! The baby diet doesn't sound too bad--very do-able!

Faith said...

Wow! I can see why that is your favorite place on earth! That is going to be fabulous! I hope that you and Scott soak up every minute you have together.
P.S. I want a souvenier too!!!!

Lindsey said...

i wanna go! i wanna go!

Y'all are going to have so much fun and are so deserving of this trip! I'm so excited for you.

Rebecca & Sam said...

i was going to try and e-mail you, but can't find the address. anyways we stayed at resortquest on the east side of the island...we liked it b/c we could get to north and south sides easily by car, but weren't stuck with only eating at very expensive places like the hotel...which was 50$ each for breakfast...we just couldn't do that everyday and there was starbucks on the way whichever direction we went. where did you stay? we didn't get to go on our boat tour b/c of the hurricane that turned into a tropical storm. we drove everywhere we could on that island...we hit almost every beach! i could go on and on!!!! i love it!!! want to know more you can e-mail me at beccaz79@hotmail.com

RachelM said...

Kauai looks absolutely gorgeous!! Yall will have so much fun!
I'm hoping you'll come back with a special souvenir too!!
The baby diet looks doable, especially if ice cream is involved!

JenB said...

I LOVE Kauai! Of course that's the only place I've been in Hawaii, but it's SO beautiful! Where is that picture? We stayed in some condos in Kapaa.
Have SO much fun!

Jennifer

Big Mama said...

That just sounds like heaven. Well, not the part about giving up Cokes, but the Hawaii trip will be fabulous!

Amy said...

Can't wait to see all the pictures and the prayers are definetly continuing for you and Scott!

Julia said...

I am so jealous that you are going to Kauai! It looks beautiful.

I read the article in Newsweek on the Infertility diet...everything in the article is listed here, plus a daily prenatal vitamin and the daily exercise. Also, the article said to limit the high-fat dairy to 2-half cup servings per week. So I guess you can enjoy your vanilla ice cream twice a week, that's great news right?!?!

I've been praying for you and hope this works!

Heather said...

Wow! That is so beautiful. It should be the perfect place for you to relax! You're going six weeks from now--that's right around my birthday! You'll have to have a water with an umbrella in it for me ;) I'll keep praying that you have a fruitful trip!

Caroline said...

ok so my top priority this morning was to email you the link my mom found in the sunday paper about the diet. ahahhahah She said " caroline tell kelly about this!!!!" so I said ok i will. then i get to school and you already know...God is so funny sometimes. OK SO KAUAI!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU...I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO I WILL JUST LIVE THE TRIP THROUGH YA'LL!!!! FUN FUN....WORKOUT AT 5 AM YOU ARE CRAZY...THAT ABOUT THE TIME i AM GETTING READY FOR SCHOOL!!!! i will email you about the bach in a sec!!!!

Jessica said...

Where do you stay in Kaui? Kyle has been wanting to go there, so I was just wondering...

Megan said...

I heart Hawaii! Maybe I should start paying attention to what I eat..guess it's never too soon.

Nicole M Wood said...

I want to get in your suit case. Please make sure that you take lots of pictures. I think that I might start a the fertility diet. I gave up soda, then Sunday after church I hit up sonic... I think that it might help if you have other people doing it and then you can lean on them for help when you need a happy hour from sonic...

LOVE YOU A GOOGLE... said...

That sounds like a wonderful plan! I know you would much rather be pregnant.. but at least Hawaii is a wonderful vacation spot and a great way to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. I am praying for you daily! I can only imagine the desire of wanting and waiting! In God's perfect time! Enjoy your vacation! Scott and you deserve the R&R!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Lucky you! Hope you have a great trip. I love to look forward to the beach. We are going to the beach in May & I can't wait either. Enjoy and eat all those fun foods!

Rhoda

Mandy said...

You guys will have a blast!! I wish I was going!! I hope you come back with a souvenir or two!!

Laurie said...

I am so glad you are going on this trip! Good for ya'll!

pinkmommy said...

It looks gorgeous! Both of you deserve a fabulous getaway!

Still praying!

Heather said...

I hope you have so much fun in Kauai. Bryan and I went to Maui for our 5yr anniv trip and loved it. We wanted to make it to Kauai before we left Seattle, but didn't. Relaxation and the beach sound like just what you guys need!!

ACC-mom said...

Enjoy this wonderful vacation.

mica said...

nuts and avocados and ice cream?! bless your mother-in-law, this sounds fabulous... do you have a link to this, or did you copy and paste all here? I found this other site with less-fun sounding, but still good info for this type of diet. Thanks for the forwarded advice

have a great holiday,
m