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#181 of 1054 Old 11-16-2007, 04:34 PM
 
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LOL oceane, sorry, I should have been more specific. She says to avoid it for about 4 days before O.

Have you tried grapefruit juice to get you to O earlier? I've tried it 2 cycles and it worked both times by about 2-3 days. Be careful though if you are on any meds, it can lessen their effectiveness so I only drink 1/2 cup a day AF-O.

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Hello vegan ladies! I just made some sweet potato and butternut squash soup for the first time, and I have to admit that it was pretty damn good. I realize that this is probably not the most complicated recipe in the world. But I am sooooo not a chef, and usually when cooking any recipe for the first time my kitchen looks like an episode of I Love Lucy. This time I only cut myself once and it was a just a tiny nick, I didn't spill that much, and I didn't burn anything. YAY:
I did make WAY too much though, so if anyone is hungry...

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veganmama, thank god! I'll try that next cycle, why not, I'm in charge of cooking at least 3 days a week anyway so I can do that.
I have not tried grapefruit juice. so far I have not even had one consistent lp and this cycle it looked like I geared up for o earlier, so maybe it's STILL post bcp cycle adjustments going on. but grapefruit juice seems also a pretty easy thing to try. wow, you're full of good info!

a veg 123 (people, get easy usernames ): yummy. but it's weekend, and that's my dh's cooking time, so I'm set! I'm very lucky that he loves to cook, he is way better than I am. but I'm getting closer...

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Hi vegan ttc-ers
I've been vegan for 10 years and am ttc my second vegan baby I'm in my 2ww waiting right now. Glad to have found you!
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welcome! would you mind to share your routine for conceiving your first baby? nutrition wise, that is

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Hmmm, nutrition-wise for ttc#1 I think was just my regular vegan diet. Plus a prenatal vitamin. No alcohol or caffeine. During pregnancy, I did make sure to eat more cooked greens (like collared greens). That would be the same for ttc this time, too! Also, and this isn't really nutrition and may, in addition, sound loopy, when feeling stressed I try to make a conscious effort to keep the uterus area stress-free and to direct the stress elsewhere. :
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thanks.

I just started a new cycle. so no july ddc for me, veganf! :
taking baby baby mommys advice here and letting go of the stress....

veganmama, I'll be buying grapefruit juice tomorrow. I want a shorter cycle (but a longer lp)

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Wow - gone for a few days and this thread has taken off

Thanks for the positive thoughts on DD - her MRI was clear (no new cancer), but we have to use general anesthesia during the scans, and she aspirated into her right lung (first time that has ever happened, and she's had general anesthesia about 50 times). So, we had to get xrays, spend the night in the hospital on oxygen, and start on an oral antibiotic to prevent pneumonia. We're back home now, and she will be on the antibiotic for 14 days. She is sitting right here and doing just fine

A-Veg-123 and baby_baby_mommy! Glad to see our group is growing!
I do consume soy milk every day, and soy yogurt every few days. I do eat edamame sometimes and the occasional Boca vegan Chick'n patty as well : I actually don't like tofu, so I get most of my protein from beans and nuts (in addition to the soymilk and yogurt). I've seen pro and neg soy research, so my plan is to continue on as normal unless we have trouble ttc.
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Good morning everyone, so nice to see new people!!

baby_baby-momma, many of us were omnis during previous conceptions so you are probably gonna get a ton of questions,

I had a crazy weekend and didn't get to check in, wow!

I started Chinese herbs on Saturday. Oh.My.Goodness. Soooooooo disgusting, LOL! I add as little water as possible and choke it down fast! I take this (once) a day and then on CD 13,14 and 15 (next week) I get acupuncture. He says it "make good egg".

And I go to the super high intervention , very medical model fertility clinic today for my first follow up appointment since all my tests. Should be interesting.

So I've been planning all my meals to avoid soy starting tomorrow (CD 7)through O. So we are cramming in lots of tofu now, LOL! last night stewed tofu (from Vegan With A Vengeance) over mashed sweet potatoes. Tonight Hot Tofu over Cool Greens (Becoming Vegetarian, Davis & Santos). Then no tofu or soymilk (using rice and almond instead) for a week.

DH gets sick of lentils and beans so I will have to think of some other things. Maybe something with portobello mushrooms...........

Have a great fertile day everyone and good luck to everyone in the 2 WW.

Oceane, I am a crazy obsessive research girl. My doctor laughs at me (in a nice way) and the fertility specialist said I know more than most of her med students. I have a problem clearly!

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Then no tofu or soymilk (using rice and almond instead) for a week.

You can also try hemp milk. Living Harvest brand Original flavor is our favorite :-)
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Good morning everyone, so nice to see new people!!

baby_baby-momma, many of us were omnis during previous conceptions so you are probably gonna get a ton of questions,

I had a crazy weekend and didn't get to check in, wow!

I started Chinese herbs on Saturday. Oh.My.Goodness. Soooooooo disgusting, LOL! I add as little water as possible and choke it down fast! I take this (once) a day and then on CD 13,14 and 15 (next week) I get acupuncture. He says it "make good egg".

And I go to the super high intervention , very medical model fertility clinic today for my first follow up appointment since all my tests. Should be interesting.

So I've been planning all my meals to avoid soy starting tomorrow (CD 7)through O. So we are cramming in lots of tofu now, LOL! last night stewed tofu (from Vegan With A Vengeance) over mashed sweet potatoes. Tonight Hot Tofu over Cool Greens (Becoming Vegetarian, Davis & Santos). Then no tofu or soymilk (using rice and almond instead) for a week.

DH gets sick of lentils and beans so I will have to think of some other things. Maybe something with portobello mushrooms...........

Have a great fertile day everyone and good luck to everyone in the 2 WW.

Oceane, I am a crazy obsessive research girl. My doctor laughs at me (in a nice way) and the fertility specialist said I know more than most of her med students. I have a problem clearly!
gotta love your reasearch! I'm with you completely. only I get to learn so many things that are bad for me, that is annoying!!

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baby-I saw hemp milk at the grocery store yesterday but it was 4.99 and the soy, rice and almond milks are only $2.49

oceane-I never would have got PG with my 2 kidlets if I had listened to my original GP (At student health services at the university) who told me my thryoid was in "normal ranges". I later found out my TSH at that point as way to high for conception.

Now I'm always paranoid about everything and research it myself before I go to the doc!
It maks me sad though, I always imagine how many women are struggling to conceive with something that is easily fixable, like thyroid or progsterone.....

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Yes, I've found hemp to be the most expensive of the "milks." I do enjoy the Living Harvest Chocolate as a treat, though.
Tested at 10 DPO today - BFN. Still early, though. I bought a 3-pack of the FRERs. I'll test again at 12dpo (Wednesday) and 14dpo (Friday).
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I just got a two pack of the FRER on sale at Walgreens Not sure if it's just my store or all stores, tho... And re the Living Harvest hemp milk, we stock up when it's on sale.
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baby-I saw hemp milk at the grocery store yesterday but it was 4.99 and the soy, rice and almond milks are only $2.49

oceane-I never would have got PG with my 2 kidlets if I had listened to my original GP (At student health services at the university) who told me my thryoid was in "normal ranges". I later found out my TSH at that point as way to high for conception.

Now I'm always paranoid about everything and research it myself before I go to the doc!
It maks me sad though, I always imagine how many women are struggling to conceive with something that is easily fixable, like thyroid or progsterone.....
how does one know if a possible progesterone prob exists?


I have never seen hemp milk anywhere. ever. we only have seeds.

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A short luteal phase is an indicator of low progesterone, as is low temps (hugging the coverline) after O. You can also get your progesterone checked (a simple blood test) at 7 DPO (or therabouts).

OK, here is my novel, we just got back from the fertility workup:

DHs swimmers are fine. Very good in fact and yet they still said DTD every other day is best. WTF?

My estradoil was high (302, it should be under 212) which might be making my FSH level (10.78) seem lower than it actually is. So, maybe it is really more like 12. That was not good news. But my antral follicle count was pretty good (13). So she suggested I have the CD 3 bloodwork done again. I freakin' called there on Thursday (CD 2) to ask if I should have it redone and the secretary said it wasn't necessary. %^$&* So now I have to wait another 3.5 weeks.

So, the junior doctor we saw first said "the best bang for your buck is IVF". Oh yeah, but it is $7K a cycle PLUS meds and a 25% success rate.

According to my numbers I am exactly my age, meaning I have about a 5% chance per cycle on my own. If I do superovualtion (injectibles) and IUI, it is about 8% per cycle. The gonadatropins are $400 annual fee plus $750 a month for drugs ($75 a day for 10 days) plus the IUI (which I kind of think is unneccessary if DHs swimmers are supposedly so great. But DHs insurance might cover some of the drugs.

SA results:
Volume 4.5 (should be over 2)
Count 181 million (should be over 20 million)
Motility 53% (should be over 50% but given his high count, even 53% is still a LOT of good swimmers)

I'm kind of thinking about the gonadtropins plus going to the US and getting some DHEA.

I have a follow up appointment after Christmas. I told the secretary I will be calling for my results then because I am no way waiting until after Christmas to find out.

So, I'm kind of depressed. I thought my chances might be better than average since I had 2 other kids pretty easily "late", KWIM?

I have a prescription for Antibiotics (which I hate) as apparently there is some kind of bacteria that 30% of women have that is linked with pregnancy loss (maybe my chemical????)

And on Saturday I started chinese herbs and will do acupunture on CD 13, 14, 15. I told him I o'd on CD 11 last month but he didn't seem to think I needed to have the acupincture earlier. He said the herbs and the acupuncture will "make good egg".

Is there anything else I could possibly be doing???? LOL?

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Veganmama, that's kind of a mixed bag of news.

On the bright side, wow, your DH has some fabulous numbers--much, much higher than the average! What's his secret? Is he vegan, too? Maybe that has something to do with it--all those vitamins in the veggies, plus none of the toxins from animal foods.

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Veganmama, that is a lot to digest :
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a LOT of money! on the other hand, you have only 1 negative result, the rest was fine, right? which route do you want to go?

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It is a lot of money, and only a 25% success rate per cycle.

If I didn't have 2 kids I'm pretty sure I'd be going into my line of credit for it. But I don't know if I can justify that amount right now.

I think we'll just keep trying on our own for a couple more months and then look into the superovulation. It does look like most of the drug costs would be covered by DHs insurance.

DH is not vegan alas, although he does eat a lot more vegan food than most men for sure. He's quite happy with his little self right now, let me tell ya, it's kind of funny. He is also quite upbeat about my results. He's convinced that my eggs are better than the numbers are showing.

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Hi ladies, I'm not vegan, but vegetarian. I'm not sure if there's a vegetarian TTC thread, but if there is it doesn't seem to be very active, so can I post here? :

I don't really need to post what's going on with me right now TTC-wise because I have no idea & some of you have read in other threads about my situation. But I have a question: what do you guys normally eat for lunch, *if* you work outside the home? I have trouble bringing things for lunch that are quick to make, easy to take with me, healthy, low-fat, and will still fill me up enough (I eat lunch at NOON and don't get to have dinner until around 5:30-6pm usually, with a light snack in between).

Currently I tend to have as my main dish: either Morningstar Farms chick patties on whole wheat, PB&J sandwiches on whole wheat, or microwave low-fat pastas or enchilladas & the like, or leftovers from dinner. I tried awhile ago bringing tomato & avocado sandwiches, but those can get messy & I get tired of them. Any ideas?

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Hi Luna! Great to see you over here : I am a SAHM, but I try to pack a vegan lunch for my hubby a few days a week, so I do have some ideas. Also, I like to have a quick, filling, nutritious lunch myself, even though I'm home (I ain't interested in whipping up an elaborate meal midday!).
The easiest thing in the world is a can of Progresso Lentil Soup - healthy and filling! Also, Boca Chili is vegan (find it in the freezer case), and is good and filling. Yves makes an awesome vegan lasagna - lowfat and filling - you'll find it near the tofu in the refrigerated produce section.
As far as leftovers, I like to make big batches of veggie soup, veggie curry w/ rice, and veggie burritos, then refrigerate or freeze leftovers. Feel free to PM me if you need some recipes!
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Hi Luna! Great to see you over here : I am a SAHM, but I try to pack a vegan lunch for my hubby a few days a week, so I do have some ideas. Also, I like to have a quick, filling, nutritious lunch myself, even though I'm home (I ain't interested in whipping up an elaborate meal midday!).
The easiest thing in the world is a can of Progresso Lentil Soup - healthy and filling! Also, Boca Chili is vegan (find it in the freezer case), and is good and filling. Yves makes an awesome vegan lasagna - lowfat and filling - you'll find it near the tofu in the refrigerated produce section.
As far as leftovers, I like to make big batches of veggie soup, veggie curry w/ rice, and veggie burritos, then refrigerate or freeze leftovers. Feel free to PM me if you need some recipes!
Hmm, I've never tried lentil soup. Is it tasty? I've made my own vegan chili with Boca crumbles before - it also has black beans (mmm!), buffalo sauce for that tangy-spice, onion, tomato, spices, and so on. I've never tried Boca's chili though. My problem with a lot of the specifically vegan/veggie microwave meals (as opposed to those that *are* meat-free but are in the regular frozen section) is that they are soooo expensive. I can splurge once in awhile though. Now, do you make your own burritos? I've never thought to do that, but it's a great idea! Most of the frozen burritos are mediocre at best, even Amy's aren't *that* great.

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Hmm, I've never tried lentil soup. Is it tasty? I've made my own vegan chili with Boca crumbles before - it also has black beans (mmm!), buffalo sauce for that tangy-spice, onion, tomato, spices, and so on. I've never tried Boca's chili though. My problem with a lot of the specifically vegan/veggie microwave meals (as opposed to those that *are* meat-free but are in the regular frozen section) is that they are soooo expensive. I can splurge once in awhile though. Now, do you make your own burritos? I've never thought to do that, but it's a great idea! Most of the frozen burritos are mediocre at best, even Amy's aren't *that* great.
Lentil soup is awesome - so rich in flavor! All my omnivore friends and family love lentil soup. Yeah, the frozen vegan stuff is expensive - we get them when there's a sale to use them when we have a time crunch. I make my own chili, too with the veggie crumbles - sometimes I use black beans and sometimes kidney beans. I like to add a can of corn as well.
I do make my own burritos because I agree that the frozen ones are no good.
I love burritos b/c you can make them so many ways. I typically mix together two kinds of beans (refried, black, or pinto) and cooked brown rice. Sometimes I add salsa or a can of diced tomatoes w/ chiles, sometimes I add corn, or sauteed red/green peppers if I have more time on my hands. Then I spoon the mix into a wrap, roll it up, and put a pan of these in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes to help the flavors meld. Then I wrap each individual burrito in foil and pop them in the freezer. They reheat very well - presto - easy lunch!
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Lentil soup is awesome - so rich in flavor! All my omnivore friends and family love lentil soup. Yeah, the frozen vegan stuff is expensive - we get them when there's a sale to use them when we have a time crunch. I make my own chili, too with the veggie crumbles - sometimes I use black beans and sometimes kidney beans. I like to add a can of corn as well.
I do make my own burritos because I agree that the frozen ones are no good.
I love burritos b/c you can make them so many ways. I typically mix together two kinds of beans (refried, black, or pinto) and cooked brown rice. Sometimes I add salsa or a can of diced tomatoes w/ chiles, sometimes I add corn, or sauteed red/green peppers if I have more time on my hands. Then I spoon the mix into a wrap, roll it up, and put a pan of these in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes to help the flavors meld. Then I wrap each individual burrito in foil and pop them in the freezer. They reheat very well - presto - easy lunch!
Ooo! Good ideas! Thanks. :

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Luna, I used to bring instant soups (usually lentil) to work with me as you just added boiling water. So simple.
But recently I've decided to cut back on my sodium intake (I don't have any health problems but I know too much salt isnot good for me, DH, or the kidlets).

So now I bring leftovers. I especially love to bring (you guessed it) lentil soup that I've made from scratch. So easy, so good for you, and you can freeze it in indivudual containers. Split pea soup is high in protein too.

I also bring burritos, I make them with balck beans and mashed sweet potaotoes and spices (recipe from La Dolce Vegan by Sarah kramer).

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Luna, I used to bring instant soups (usually lentil) to work with me as you just added boiling water. So simple.
But recently I've decided to cut back on my sodium intake (I don't have any health problems but I know too much salt isnot good for me, DH, or the kidlets).

So now I bring leftovers. I especially love to bring (you guessed it) lentil soup that I've made from scratch. So easy, so good for you, and you can freeze it in indivudual containers. Split pea soup is high in protein too.

I also bring burritos, I make them with balck beans and mashed sweet potaotoes and spices (recipe from La Dolce Vegan by Sarah kramer).
Thank you for the ideas! Oh I used to eat split pea soup as a kid & I sometimes liked it, sometimes didn't. Not sure if I still like it, but I'll give it a try.

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I don't really need to post what's going on with me right now TTC-wise because I have no idea & some of you have read in other threads about my situation. But I have a question: what do you guys normally eat for lunch, *if* you work outside the home? I have trouble bringing things for lunch that are quick to make, easy to take with me, healthy, low-fat, and will still fill me up enough (I eat lunch at NOON and don't get to have dinner until around 5:30-6pm usually, with a light snack in between).

Currently I tend to have as my main dish: either Morningstar Farms chick patties on whole wheat, PB&J sandwiches on whole wheat, or microwave low-fat pastas or enchilladas & the like, or leftovers from dinner. I tried awhile ago bringing tomato & avocado sandwiches, but those can get messy & I get tired of them. Any ideas?
Hey Luna, good to see you here.

Have you checked out VeganLunchbox.com? It's a blog that's not being updated anymore, but it has a couple of years of really great lunch ideas. I also bought the cookbook and *love* it more than any other cookbook. Lots of quick, easy ideas for packed lunches. My DH is omni, but I pack him lots of lunches from the book/blog.

Anyway, for myself, I do a lot of leftovers. Today, if I had had the presence of mind to pack a lunch, I would have packed leftover mushroom stroganoff (from the Vegetarian Mother's Cookbook).

Some of my other favorites:
  • leftover homemade pizza (heavy on veggies, ww crust, no cheese)
  • refried beans, salsa, and peanut butter rolled up in a ww tortilla
  • noodles, brocolli, and a bit of olive oil
  • butternut squash soup
  • a big salad
  • oatmeal (either previously cooked, or uncooked, ready to go in the microwave) with fixins (berries, almond butter, etc.)

Catherine, mama to Preschooler Girl 9/08, and Toddler Boy 3/11

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Ooo, Vegancupcake, the noodles w/ broccoli and olive oil would hit the spot right now! I am also a major fan of cheese-less pizza
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Tested today at 12dpo with a FRER and got a BFN
I have one more test left, so I will test again on Friday, 14dpo. AF is due Friday or Saturday, I have sore boobs, but no cramps. Not giving up hope for this cycle just yet.
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