High Protein Banana Bread

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High Protein Banana Bread

✓ Gluten-Free
✓ Dairy-Free option
✓ Nut-Free option

We are always looking for ways to sneak eggs, nuts, seeds and other lovely protein sources into our sweet treats, to make sure they wont wreak havoc on blood sugars – That’s why we were so excited when we came across this ‘Paleo Banana Bread’ recipe, which has four eggs and almond butter for protein, along with no added sugar! This recipe has proved a hit among our naturopaths and admin team, and we’ve also had some great feedback on it from patients with whom we have shared the link. It also freezes well in individual slices, making it an easy one to pop in a lunchbox or to take to work. 

A high protein, gluten free, healthy and delicious banana bread for you and your family to enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 4 medium very ripe bananas, peeled about 525-575g once peeled
  • 4 eggs ideally room temperature
  • 1/2 cup almond butter (or 140g raw almonds, blended to form almond butter)
  • 4 tbsp butter melted (note: according to some of our patients, coconut oil works well for a dairy-free option)
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour (~75g) Note: You cannot substitute desiccated coconut, as it won’t work unfortunately
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 175 degrees Celsius, fan-forced. Grease and line a regular loaf tin with baking paper.
  • Combine your bananas, eggs, almond butter, melted butter and vanilla in a food processor, Thermomix or high-powered blender, and blend until combined (if using a regular mixing bowl, simply mash the banana and stir well to combine with the other wet ingredients).
  • Sift in the coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt, and stir to combine.
  • Pour into your prepared loaf pan, smooth flat and place in the oven to cook for 55-60 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven, allow to stand for 5 minutes, then turn onto a cooling rack to cool.
  • Serve warm, toasted or as is. Enjoy!

Notes

  • To make the recipe dairy-free, some patients have reported success in replacing the butter with melted coconut oil. 
  • To make the recipe nut-free, the original author suggests using a seed butter instead of the almond butter.
  • To freeze, simply allow the banana bread to cool entirely, then slice into pieces and freeze in a glass or stainless steel storage container. You might find it helpful to separate the individual slices with baking to prevent them sticking, if desired. 

The correct diet to counteract insulin resistance

Studies suggest around 60-85% of PCOS sufferers have IR (insulin resistance). Insulin resistance is a key contributor to metabolic disturbance and is a driver in the pathogenesis of PCOS.

The resultant high insulin levels play a key role in causing symptoms, such as irregular periods, difficulty with ovulation, acne and unwanted hair growth, which make PCOS such a difficult condition to manage. 

Having the correct diet to counteract insulin resistance by not allowing insulin levels to rise too high is what you should be aiming for. Less insulin being produced by the body will lead to reduced androgens (male hormones) in the bloodstream, resulting in good hormone balance. 

Breakfast Recommendations for PCOS

What should I eat?

  • Eggs with lentils, spinach and avocado 
  • Fruits that are high in fibre like apples, berries and grapes 
  • whole oats or oatmeal

What should I avoid?

  • Fruit juices and dried fruit 
  • Cereal bars with high sugar content
  • White toast

Lunch & Dinner Recommendations for PCOS

What should I eat?

  • Fish with brown rice and green vegetables
  • Stir fry with peppers, onions, carrots, and other vegetables 
  • Burrito bowl with brown rice 

What should I avoid?

  • Processed meats such as bacon, sausage and canned meat 
  • Refined carbs including flour tortillas, white bread, pasta, white rice etc.
  • Fried foods including donuts, chips, crisps etc.

Will I get pregnant if I quit smoking?

✅Quitting at least 3️⃣ months before trying for a baby is important to make sure the sperm is healthy when the baby is conceived.

Men and women who smoke take longer to get pregnant than non-smokers. Second-hand smoke is almost as damaging as smoking and women who are exposed to second-hand smoke take longer to conceive than women who are not. The chemicals in cigarettes can cause damage to eggs and sperm which affects a future child’s health.

❓Why❓ Because smoking affects every stage of the reproduction process – in both men and women.

Smoking affects:

🛑the DNA (genetic material) in eggs and sperm
men’s and women’s hormone production
🛑the fertilised egg’s ability to reach the uterus
🛑the environment inside the uterus, where the baby grows.
Research shows that smokers are more likely to experience infertility than non-smokers.

A story by Dr. Gary Levy

Our hearts melt when our patients text us: “We did it! I can’t believe it.”

We want to share a story of one our patient who underwent IVF and other procedures and lost her hope. However this story does have a happy end❤️

🌸Alice tried everything and her hope was lost🌸
By Dr. Gary Levy:

“I would like to introduce to you the story of Alice (name changed for the purposes of this blog post). Alice is a patient that came to us with the diagnosis of unexplained (undiagnosed) infertility. Alice had an evaluation that demonstrated normal ovarian reserve, her AMH was 3.58 ng/mL (the lab norm is from 1 to 7.6 ng/mL), her fallopian tubes were open as documented by a hysterosalpingogram test and her spouse’s sperm evaluation was completely normal. In addition, her male partner had two prior children from a previous relationship. Alice had been trying to conceive for over fourteen months prior to seeking care with us. She underwent a few cycles of letrozole and then underwent IVF and did not get pregnant with a frozen embryo transfer. After seeing her through our, always accessible, telehealth platform, we realized that Alice likely suffers from LPD. We discussed additional testing for PDG monitoring and confirmed our suspicions. We discussed her treatment options, and she underwent ovarian stimulation and progesterone support and got pregnant on her second treatment cycle. She was ecstatic, as her experience at FC allowed her to be successful and receive an answer to the question that has been unanswered for a long time providing much needed closure in a much more affordable manner.”

Chapter 1/5. “All it takes is one time”

This is a story by Melania V, one of our readers. We receive many stories from our readers and patients, but this one struck us the most. It is a story of her fighting like a lioness for her family and happiness. We wish Melania to keep up the spirit and do what’s right. The story is published as an original text by Melania in 5 chapters with minor alterations. The full story is published on our website.

“Your body just isn’t responding properly, we may have to consider an egg donor.”

There I was. Sitting there in front of this doctor that I had put all my faith and money into for an entire year. My husband waited for me in the car during the height of the second wave of Covid-19. He wasn’t allowed to come in so I had to hear these results alone. I had just finished my 2nd IVF cycle which resulted in one embryo making it to genetic testing but coming back abnormal.

As soon as I was old enough to understand how to get pregnant, I had it drilled into my head it MUST be prevented. I started birth control when I was 13 years old. I was on and off of it for 11 years after that. When I was married and we were financially ready for a baby, I finally threw away my pills and imagined I’d be pregnant within a month. Because that’s what we’re raised to believe. “All it takes is one time” my doctor would tell me. Well here I am, over a thousand times, and nothing yet.

Tired of Having Sex for Conception?

Scheduled sex, when actively trying to get pregnant, can make it feel like a chore. As a result, it is natural for sexual spontaneity to all but disappears, and for one or both partners to end up feeling unsatisfied and/or struggling with sexual anxiety. It’s important for the sake of the relationship, as well as getting pregnant, that you continue to have sex but also that you continue to enjoy it. It’s a way that we can bond with our partner, show intimacy and a way that we can feel good about each other. If you are struggling with the routine of timed-intercourse and looking for ideas to maintain sexual intimacy, the following suggestions may help:

💝Define what good sex means to both of you and explore how you achieve that. For some people that means longer, harder, faster, for others, it might be having a giggle and enjoying the moment. Remember good sex doesn’t have to mean penetration, while it’s important when you are trying to conceive if your aim is also to have pleasure, intimacy, and connect with your partner, explore other acts that will help you achieve this.

💝It’s really important to communicate. If you are feeling sexually dissatisfied, discuss it with your partner but also give them a solution to the issue. Suggest a move, a product or getting help from a counsellor or therapist.

💝When we are having sex with somebody for a long period of time, we tend to get into a usual behavior pattern. If you are looking to spice things up in a relationship just choose one small thing to implement into your everyday behaviors that are different.

💝Make sure you celebrate what is working in your relationship. We can often get influenced by all the pressures around us that flaunt what other couples are doing or what we feel we are expected to be doing. Instead of focusing on what’s not going on in the relationship, celebrate what is, and make sure your mind is shifting from the negative to the positive.

💝Your mental state is also important. Women especially, if they are under stress, pressure and anxiety can pull away from their partner sexually. It can also stop them from experiencing sexual pleasure. It’s important to address any issues going on in the relationship but also to do a little bit of work to make sure each other feels desired, confident and comfortable in the relationship. It’s important that you not only feel desired but that you want to have sex and that you enjoy having it.