What I Ate Thursday

BreakfestThe continuing and riveting review of what I eat on an anti-inflammatory diet. Today I got a late start, so my first meal was a big one, and then I had a snacky lunch:

4 Egg white omelet (cooked in olive oil) w/ spinach and 1oz smoked salmon
2 Pieces Udi’s GF bread with Earth Balance GF/DF butter
Half-caff espresso with 2T half and half (complete fail here)

Cubed pineapple
That’s It Apple + Strawberry fruit bar
Guacamole and GF blue corn tortilla chips

Pan Roasted Salmon with Sweet Corn and Fava Bean w/ Fresh Dill Sauté and Braised Beluga Lentils (jury is still out as to whether I will skip the corn in this meal)

Whole Foods Cape Cod nut mix (almonds, cashews, and dried cranberries)


Newsflash: Life is Unfair.

I have debated posting this, but after some thought, I think there are some important lessons to learn here, so while this is now live to my readers, I am not posting for pity and the comments on this post have been turned off. Life is unfair, and one thing I am not, is a whiner.  There are worse things to suffer from than this, and I remind myself of that often.

Recently, we transferred a hatching, CCS normal embryo and the cycle resulted in no pregnancy.   There was a significant immune protocol in place and my lining was at 11 and it was triple-striped.   I did acupuncture and followed an anti-inflammatory diet too. The lesson:  even the most perfect of circumstances can result in a BFN.  Another lesson: Just because you have a chromosomally normal embryo doesn’t mean you are guaranteed a BFP.

I had a lot of symptoms leading up to my BFN, all of which can be contributed to the medications, especially the progesterone. That’s another good lesson:  those symptoms? They are from the medications.

My next FET is already scheduled and we will be following a more natural FET protocol vs. what we did recently, a more medicated FET. If this cycle results in another BFN, I will immediately start IVF#9 and do another retrieval.

What I Ate Today (and this week)

Blue Apron Furikake-Topped Salmon with Fresh Edamame & Miso-Sesame Black Noodles

Tonight’s Dinner

I think this is probably the best way to illustrate how I am eating on my anti-inflammatory diet. While I am by no means perfect, I’ve been doing pretty well. For dinner, we tend to rotate between meal delivery services like Blue Apron, Plated and Homechef. I’ve been altering the meals as needed, but it has not been too hard. I was happy to learn that tonights dinner has gluten free, black rice noodles. This week for the evenings that we don’t have the prepped meals, we will making dairy free avocado pesto over gluten free pasta with rock shrimp and spring peas and then chicken curry over gluten free basmati rice. Many of the rices and quinoas I have found at Whole Foods are gluten free, so I eat them in moderation. My breakfasts are generally the same (egg whites, with our without GF toast and Applegate ham, and fruit), but I am going to making some gluten/dairy free breakfast bars for next week. I snack on fruit and GF peanut butter often. I eat carrots with dairy free hummus. I enjoy a variety of Larabars. I may put a post like this up every 10 days or so.

This is what I ate today:

Egg white omelet (cooked in olive oil) with onions, spinach and mushrooms
Cubed pineapple
Half-Caff Americano with coconut milk (sigh)

That’s It Apple + Mango Fruit Bar (I am addicted to these, and they are GF and dairy-free)

Chicken salad (with cranberries, almonds, & tarragon, made at home) on gluten free crackers

Blue corn chips (GF and GMO FREE) and guacamole

Blue Apron Furikake-Topped Salmon with Fresh Edamame & Miso-Sesame Black Noodles

Pumpkin Cranbery Crave: Trail Mix with Pumpkin Seeds, Cranberries, Sunflower Seeds, Almonds, Papaya, Raisins, Brazil Nuts, and Apples (from Nature Box, and a tad too sweet for me)

edited to add: this is not a sponsored post.

Drug Interactions and Supplement Absorption Crazy

Someone in my Facebook Reproductive Immunology Support group pointed out that I was taking my calcium at the completely wrong time.   In fact, she said,  I should not be taking it with iron (i.e. my multi-vitamin), but should be taking it with my vitamin D.

This sent my crazy brain into overdrive.  Shouldn’t I be taking my medications in a way that maximizes each and minimizes the less than ideal interactions?    OF COURSE I SHOULD.  I am still trying to decide if the subsequent hours of googling/reserach are the mark of intelligence or excessivism, but maybe I will just settle on a little bit of both?  Here’s a peek into the sticky note from my desktop:

no vitamin E with fish oil
no vitamin E with aspirin
no vitamin E with prenatal
no vitamin E with metanx
no vitamin E with Lovenox
no doxy with prenatal
no doxy with calcium
no doxy with aspirin
no doxy with any vitamins
no doxy with fish oil
no metanx with aspirin
no metanx with d
no metanx with fish oil
no metanx with vitamin E

I am a night owl by nature, so that is a bit of a roadblock for me in terms of spacing medications properly/psychotically.   Also, I will be relieved when the Doxycycline is out of the lineup, so I can move things around a bit.     Either way, I now have a medicine schedule that has me injecting or swallowing a pill nonstop.  Fan-tastic.   Behold my crazy:

10AM – Lovenox, Doxycycline
12PM – Prednisone
2PM – Estrace, Vitamin D, Calcium
4PM – Vitamin E
6PM – Metanx
8PM – Calcium
9PM – EV2, Progesterone, Prenatal
10PM – Lovenox
11PM – Doxycycline
12AM – Probiotic, Baby Asprin, Fish Oil