It’s on…again!

So, after our sad post last week I thought it was time for some positive steps to be taken.

I have decided to revisit my original idea of going vegan. I had shelved this school of thought when I was pregnant however after the miscarriage my little brain got to over thinking…as it often does!

I know one should not question why we miscarried but the facts are these:

  • I have polycystic ovarian disease and have known this since I was 16 years old (I am now in my 30s)
  • This causes major hormonal imbalances (amongst other things)
  • It is quite possible that a hormonal imbalance may have caused me to miscarry 
  • I’m willing to do what ever it takes for us to become parents
  • The vegan/plant based diet involves consuming less hormones giving your own hormones a fighting chance to pull their big girl pants up and sort their lives out

So, come Monday I will be a carrot crunching, tofu eating and oat milk drinking vegan…for a while! I’m going to try it out for a month and see how I get on! 

It’s really happening this time, I have a whole week of meal plans for my first week, I’ve figured out how I can still cook for Neil so we are kind of eating the same meals and the kitchen is full of vegan friendly grub! I’m even soaking oats to make into oat milk as I type! 

It’s going to be a tough week; I am on annual leave, have a study day and visiting friends so if I can get through that lot in my first week I think I will be fine! But there is a so much information available online to help me get started and no end of recipes. 

This is my biggest worry, is knowing what to cook if I have not planned it. Because it is only myself going vegan and Neil is just going to eat what I cook with some added meat, it’s going to take a little time to get my head around what to cook other than just relying on a few tried and tested dishes we regularly eat. I am sure with time this will become easier and I will wonder what all the fuss was about. 

My ultimate goal for this is that I will be able to cope with a plant based diet and that it will aid us in the fight to become parents. I say fight, because that is what it sometimes feels like. 

It’s an uphill struggle to achieve something so precious. You never can guess how hard it may be and its not aided when those around you may never understand how hard infertility can be if they have not experienced it themselves. We know our story is still not done and so many couples have tried for longer then us and still are no closer to being parents. Some might even think we have not been trying long enough to even be worried but each couples story and fight is personal and personal to them only. We are just sharing ours because we struggled to find information when we needed it.

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3 thoughts on “It’s on…again!

  1. Sorry to hear about your sad news and good luck with your new vegan venture and your continuing journey towards parenthood. If you ever need any recipe ideas give me a shout 🙂

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      1. Have you got Isa Chandra Moskowiz’s ‘Appetite for Reduction’? She has PCOS and has been developing vegan recipes for years so even though it’s kind of USA-centric in quite a few ingredients it’s worth taking a look at that.

        For cheese subs (they don’t taste that cheesy but fill the same kind of role) I love the Vegetarian Times almond “feta” recipe that’s been around for years, and the nacho cheese recipe from the Serious Eats vegan experience series – http://m.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/02/gooey-vegan-nacho-cheese-sauce-recipe-food-lab.html

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