Path To Fertility Blogger Lisa Rosenthal  

Lisa Rosenthal has over twenty-five years of experience in the fertility field, including her current roles as Coordinator of Professional and Patient Communications for RMACT and teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a class designed to support, comfort and enhance men and women's sense of self. Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association, where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director

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Infertility, Comfort Foods and the Things You DON'T Have to Give Up


I'm writing this blog in anticipation of being home soon. I am sure that I have had a wonderful vacation. I am equally sure that I will be thrilled to come home. Vacations are a wonderful break from life, but if we enjoy our lives, it's always good to come home as well.

That's what I missed most about the time that I was being treated for infertility. I never felt at home. There was always a list of things that I felt that I couldn't do. Some of my Fertile Yoga students and I were talking about that in the peer support group last week. We even discussed whether decaff coffee was ok to drink. Not enough to give up caffeine, we also need to wonder about decaff? Then there's no drinking, no intense exercise, less processed foods. These may be good things to give up, certainly good to moderate. But for some of us, they indicate making a change to our lives, giving something up.

Comfort foods, for instance. Different for all of us. Mashed potatoes, grilled cheese, macaroni and cheese, miso soup, ice cream sundays, martini straight up, french fries, huge steak, maybe even lime green jello from childhood. Comfort foods, by definition, are eaten for comfort. They remind us of a earlier, usually happier time in our lives.

Ok, so no heroin. Got it. No painkillers. Got it. No marijuana. Got it.

What if feeling at home is all tangled up in some of the things that we need to give up?

Here's what I was always so relieved at not having to give up:

  1. cotton sheets
  2. good books
  3. leisurely walks
  4. fresh fruit
  5. egg white omlettes
  6. sappy movies
  7. crossword puzzles
  8. yoga classes
  9. friends who didn't ask questions but listened well
  10. sleeping late on the weekends
  11. gardening in the shade
  12. waterfalls
  13. fireworks
  14. clean floors
  15. grilled cheese sandwiches
  16. college Lacrosse games
  17. well vacumned rugs
  18. hammocks
  19. picking blueberries

Doing or enjoying any one of those things listed always made me feel at home. And comfortable.

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