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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Helpful Tips for Healthy Fasting

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

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Ditching the Pill …and Other Contraceptives

An excerpt from Marilyn M. Shannon’s book, Fertility, Cycles & Nutrition. **** Congratulations on your decision to discontinue birth control pills or other hormonal contraceptives! You have taken a giant step toward better health. As hormone specialist Diana Schwarzbein, M.D., has written, you cannot achieve optimum hormonal balance while you are on the Pill, because hormones…

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SLS18: Young Women Find Hope at CCL Booth

Countless wonderful and beautiful things happened at Focus’ 2018 Student Leadership Summit in Chicago last week, but one thing in particular stood out at the Couple to Couple League booth: Young ladies from across the country were being blown away by the beauty of their own bodies. Many women (and men) who approached our booth…

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Pregnancy and Preeclampsia

An excerpt from Marilyn M. Shannon’s book, Fertility, Cycles & Nutrition. **** You may have wondered why prenatal care includes blood pressure monitoring and urine checking more and more frequently as you approach your due date. These are done in order to detect early signs of a potentially serious problem, preeclampsia, or metabolic toxemia of late…

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Coping with Postpartum Thyroiditis

An excerpt from Marilyn M. Shannon’s book, Fertility, Cycles & Nutrition. **** At some point after giving birth, often before the baby is six months old, a small percentage of women experience thyroid problems. About one to four months after the birth, some new mothers (approximately 4 percent) develop an overactive thyroid gland. They may…

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