The Colors of a Nutrient-Packed Diet

Colors equal nutrients, or more specifically, plant-based phytonutrients. The recommended intake of fruits and vegetables for adults is generally 1 1/2 to 2 cups of fruit and 2 1/2 to 3 cups of vegetables per day. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of adults actually reach this recommended amount. That’s why it’s more common for dietitians…

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Healthy Fasting Tips for Lent

NFPers are no strangers to the idea of abstinence, healthy fasting and self-control. Lent is a beautiful liturgical season. The entire Church joins together in self-denial in a focused way. We, seasoned NFP veterans, can be something of an example for those to whom such practices are less familiar. Just as NFP worth doing is…

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A Plan for Meal Planning

At Temple+Table, I frequently hear from newlywed – and not so newlywed – couples that they struggle to know what to make for dinner and want ideas that are both healthy and easy. Enter: meal planning! Cooking certain ingredients in bulk at the start of the week to use in multiple meals not only saves…

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New Booklets for Better Fertility Health

Marilyn Shannon has been saying in Fertility, Cycles & Nutrition since 1990, “Many cycle problems can be alleviated — or even solved — simply through better nutrition or body balance.” Couple to Couple League has recommended her book to countless women and men over the past 30-plus years. Significantly, our NFP Teaching Couples and Fertility…

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Celebrating Food And Connection

Think back to the last meal that you ate…did you say grace prior to eating? Did you choose food that would nourish your body? Were you able to actually taste and savor your bites? Did you interact, connect and converse with the person with whom you were sharing the meal? Food Is A Connector Food…

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Morning Sickness and Self-Care

Author Marilyn Shannon offers pregnant women common sense self-care strategies that can help reduce morning sickness. In her booklet, Managing Morning Sickness, Marilyn, along with her daughter, Rosemary Shannon Imrick, who ‘field-tested’ of some of the suggestions, draws from medical research, her counseling experience, and her understanding of human physiology and shows that taking vitamins…

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Lent and Avoiding the Spiritual Diet

Written by Amanda Rohwedder. Originally published in Family Foundations in 2023. I always ask my clients to remove “diet” from their vocabulary and instead replace it with “lifestyle,” focusing on small, consistent changes over time. For what good is it to eat healthful for a small period of time in the course of a lifetime?…

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Surprising Opportunity to Witness

Written by Amanda Rohwedder. Originally published in Family Foundations in 2021. Food is a connector. God could have chosen anything to provide us nourishment and He chose food and the meal. After the experience of solitude during the pandemic, many of us longed to simply share a meal with family and friends . Now, with…

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How Female Athletes Embrace their Cycles

In fact, fighting menstrual cycles — especially with hormonal contraceptives — can hurt athletic performance. Inadequate nutrition, sleep, and body fat negatively impact hormone levels, which in turn can create symptoms that disrupt training such as sluggishness, bloating, intolerable cramping or bleeding, and more. Medicating cycles away with artificial hormones can create further troubles, including poor bone density and increased risks of blood clots in otherwise healthy athletes.

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A Self-help Guide for PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects roughly 5 million people worldwide, making it one of the most common causes of infertility in women. September is dedicated to PCOS awareness, but we’re willing to bet there’s some stuff even you armchair experts didn’t know about its detection and treatment. Check out this helpful infographic, compiled from the newest edition of Marilyn Shannon’s Fertility, Cycles and Nutrition, available digitally and in print next month!

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