Posts by Zycia

The Fertility Diet – Melbourne Launch

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in News/Articles | 0 comments

1 in 6 couples struggle with infertility 1 in 3 women over 35 struggle to conceive Even healthy couples in their twenties, have only a 25% chance of conceiving each month I know.  I’ve been there.  As a healthy 30 year old I assumed, like many others, that pregnancy would come easily.  Unfortunately it wasn’t that simple.   Drawing from my years of professional experience as a Naturopath and Nutritionist and expanding my knowledge of the latest natural and medical treatments, I succeeded in my quest to start the family I had dreamed of.  Keen to share my knowledge to help others, the Fertility Diet was conceived. The Fertility Diet provides simple, practical advice about the latest treatments combined with effective, easy to implement diet and lifestyle strategies to optimise fertility fitness in both women and men.  The Fertility Diet will help optimise egg quality, improve uterine and sperm health and set you on the path towards conceiving and carrying a healthy, thriving baby. On Thursday 30th of July at Fertile Ground Health Group, East Melbourne,  I will be giving a launch presentation, talking exclusively about my book as well as personal tips and advice to help you achieve the same success.  With an introduction from Naturopath and fertility expert Gina Fox it promises to be a wonderfully informative event. Whether you have diagnosed fertility issues, going through IVF, struggled with miscarriage or simply want to ensure a healthy conception, this is an event not to be missed!  Call or email the lovely ladies at Fertile Ground Health Group on ph. 03 9419 9988, email: I look forward to seeing you there for a chat and healthy snacks as well as your personal signed copy! Tasha x Click here to purchase your signed copy of the Fertility...

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Ovulation test kits

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 in Conception, News/Articles | 0 comments

Ovulation test kits are another way to help pin point your fertile window. These come in the form of Urine based test kits Salivary based test kits   Urine based test kits These kits work by measuring the level of luteinising hormone (LH) in urine. There is always a small amount of LH present in blood and urine, however the volume of LH increases 2 to 5-fold 1 to 2 days prior to ovulation to stimulate release of the egg. Measuring when this surge is occurring provides an indication that ovulation is about to occur. The 3 days immediately after commencement of the LH surge is the window during which you are most likely to conceive. When using urine-based kits it is best to follow the directions outlined on the packed as these can vary slightly between brands. However, in general it’s best, although not essential, to test your urine at around the same time each day and ideally not first thing in the morning as this may miss the first day of your LH surge. Around 2 – 2:30pm appears to be ideal timing. Also avoid drinking too much liquid prior to the test as this may dilute urine. Read the results within 10 minutes of performing the test. Positive tests won’t disappear however a false positive may register after 10 minutes. Therefore once the results have been read, the test should be thrown out. Urine based ovulation kits are around 99% accurate, making them one of the most reliable measures of ovulation, however they are not fool proof. It is possible for LH to surge without ovulation occurring. You may also experience false LH surges prior to the actual surge. However their strong reliability still makes them one of the best methods for predicting ovulation at home.   Salivary-based test kits Using a tiny microscope, these kits enable you to visualise the changes in saliva patterns, stimulated by a change in hormone levels. Estrogen increases the salt content of your saliva. When this salt dries, if forms a fern-like pattern which can be seen through the microscope.   This fern-like pattern indicates the presence of a high level of estrogen, which is most likely to occur in the few days leading up to ovulation. So when you see this pattern, the 3 – 4 days following this will be your most fertile. Saliva based test kits aren’t quite as accurate as urine based test kits. This is due to the fact that the fern-like patter may be present at other times during your cycle depending on your hormone levels. For some people, it may also be hard to accurately identify the fern-like pattern through the microscope. However, this type of kit can be a more popular option due to the convenience of testing as well as the ability to use the same test over and over for around 2 years.   Fertility medications can impact the accuracy of both kits, so best to speak with your specialist if you are taking any prescribed hormonal medication.   You can also track your fertile days by charting your temperature each morning.  Find out more details here....

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Superfood protein balls

Posted by on Feb 1, 2015 in Recipes | 0 comments

Super easy, super tasty and super nutritious! What more could you want! High in protein and low GI, these tasty snack balls are perfect to curb those sugar cravings and keep you feeling fuller for longer.  Excellent for pregnant and breastfeeding Mum’s to keep up with the extra nutrient demand. Ingredients 40 dates ½ cup sunflower seeds ½ cup pumpkin seeks 1 tbsp chia seeds 1 cup dessicated coconut 5 tbsp pea based protein powder 1 tbsp coconut oil 2 tbsp ABC butter Method Soak dates in hot water for 5 minutes or until soft. Place sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeks and ½ cup of the dessicated coconut into a food processor and blend until well combined.  Remove mixture into a bowl and set aside. Place the dates (drained), coconut oil and ABC butter into the food processor and blend until smooth.  Pour the seed mixture back into the food processor along with the protein powder and blend until well combined. Roll into small balls then roll balls through remaining coconut to coat.  Store in the fridge in an air tight container for up to 1...

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Being the best Mum starts well before birth

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Conception, News/Articles | 0 comments

Providing the best start possible for your precious baby is one of the most important things you will ever do.  New research shows that what you eat and the nutrients you consume even prior to conception, all impact the short and long term health of your child.  Check out my article on the Mouth of Mum’s website to find out more.

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Superfood breakfast smoothie

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Recipes | 0 comments

This nutrient packed smoothie is the perfect way to kick start your day.  Quick and easy to prepare and packed with essential nutrients and nutritional antioxidants perfect for a healthy Mum and bub. Ingredients ½ cup organic rolled oats ½ cup blueberries (or your choice of berries) 2 ripe bananas, peeled 1 cup your choice of milk 1 cup natural Greek style yoghurt 2 tsp LSA 2 tsp chia seeds 2 tsp honey Method Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.  Serve...

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