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One of the ancient secrets to optimal health and longevity in the classical Chinese medicine texts is mindful eating. Scientists are now discovering what the ancient sages have known for thousands of years: if we slow down, we are able to be present with food and our relationship to food and we begin to know the true meaning of healthful eating.
As the holiday season approaches, we all think of merry cheer, cozy gatherings, and celebrating with family. It’s a happy time, but for some, it can also be very stressful and anxiety-ridden. I’m not talking about the last minute shopping; I’m talking about the endless reminders that people who are struggling to start their families have to face.
Once in awhile, a couple of months into treatment, a patient will say “remind me why I’m not eating bread?” As part of the fertility diet, we generally recommend minimizing inflammatory foods, one of which is gluten.
I read recently how science is looking at the behavior of rats and how their response to stress can shed some light on human reproduction. When I first mentioned this connection between stress and infertility in a public forum in 2002, I was raked over the coals by a local RE. It was nonsense, I was told, and lacking any evidence.