By Sarah Clark, Infertility Coach
Contributor for Healing foods for Infertility
For years I ate soup out of a can. I know, not the healthiest diet. Funny enough, growing up my mum always had a pot of soup on the stove. Vegetarian split pea was her staple. At the time I definitely didn’t appreciate her cooking. When I left home I consumed the standard western diet, packed full of processed foods. Surprisingly enough (to me anyway), my health began to suffer in my early 20’s. I struggled with chronic yeast infections, bladder infections, acne and then my periods began to disappear.
When I was ready to start planning for a family I visited my doctor to figure out what was happening in my body. At the age of 28 I was diagnosed with premature ovarian failure. I remember leaving the doctor’s office with the IVF package in my hand and wondering what just happened. I would never be able to conceive my own children. Never be able to do what comes easily to so many. I didn’t even think of complementary therapies or that my other health issues may be connected to my infertility. My intuition was buried deep inside me and I didn’t yet know how to access that inner knowing.
After nearly 3 years of waiting and hoping, I was able to have both my children with donor eggs. I know I am one of the fortunate ones and I am very thankful that science allowed me to conceive both my children. However, after years of research and study what I know now is that with diet, lifestyle and nutritional therapies I would have been able to conceive naturally.
Fast-forward many years, now I’m the one with a hot pot of soup boiling on the stove. It takes me back to my childhood, where I was lucky enough to be given real food that nourished my body and soul.
When we are struggling with infertility, it may seem too easy (or in some cases way too hard) to consider the link between diet and fertility. However, it is very empowering when we realize what we place on our fork everyday has the ability to heal. Start healing your body with this chef prepared recipe from my upcoming Baby Maker Cleanse.
Cauliflower Coconut Bisque
During the follicular phase of your menstrual cycle the body is working hard to develop follicles and estrogen levels are on the rise. Women struggling with endometriosis or fibroids often have too much estrogen. A diet that is high in cruciferous veggies such as cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and kale contains a phytonutrient called DIM (di-indolylmethane). DIM helps to metabolize estrogen better. This soup will help to balance your estrogen levels and the creamy texture will keep you satisfied longer.
yield: 4 servings
prep: 10 minutes
cook: 20 minutes
2 Tbsp coconut oil
2 small shallots
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 medium head cauliflower, cut into florets
1 ½ tsp curry powder
½ tsp chili powder
1 14-oz can organic coconut milk
4 cups gluten-free vegetable broth (low sodium)
1 lime, juiced
1 small bunch cilantro, leaves chopped (optional)
sea salt, to taste
- Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.
- Sauté shallot (with a pinch of sea salt) in oil until translucent, mixing occasionally.
- Add the garlic and cauliflower and cook for another 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. The cauliflower should look “sweaty.”
- Add the curry and chili powder and mix until the vegetables are coated.
- Pour coconut milk and broth into the pot and bring mixture to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to a simmer and cook covered for 15 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender.
- Remove soup from heat and ladle portions into a high-speed blender, filling only three-quarters at a time. Blend portions until creamy and add extra water/stock if needed. Alternatively, use an immersion blender to cream the soup inside the cooking vessel.
- Add lime and stir thoroughly. Season to taste and top with cilantro.
Sarah Clark empowers couples to discover how lifestyle and diet can dramatically impact their chances of conceiving. Not until years later did she discover that the root cause of her infertility was a food intolerance. She is a Fertility Coach, author of best selling book Fabulously Fertile and the upcoming Baby Maker Cleanse. www.fabfertile.com