What to eat for infertility: the fertile foods plan
Nutrition is a BIG topic for me – and one I talk about often because I believe that nutrition is such an important factor in your fertility and reproductive health.
Nutrition plays a fundamental role in your fertility journey.
How much attention you pay to your diet when trying to conceive will have a huge impact on how easily/quickly pregnancy happens for you. Food is a powerful source of healing and empowering the body.
In a comprehensive fertility plan, a nutrition assessment is necessary to determine if your food choices are affecting your fertility. For some people, a few simple tweaks to their nutrition can be a game changer when they are trying to get pregnant.
I believe that there are 3 steps you should always start with when trying to empower your fertility by improving your diet.
You’ve probably heard this one before. A lot of people know of the benefits of eating organic but still choose not to prioritize organic products when grocery shopping.
I really want you to hear it this time and take this advice to heart.
We often take for granted (because we’re so used to buying and consuming in this way) the benefits of swapping out conventional foods to organic foods. We may fail to realize the true benefits of putting this advice into action.
Our meats, fruits and vegetables can be sources of toxins and chemicals (and potentially even hormones). We DON’T NEED any of that when it comes to fertility. There is a lot of invisible, negative impact your mass-produced food purchasing can be having.
The way to avoid exposure to these harmful toxins and chemicals is by eating organic food.
Fruits and Veggies:
The main priority here is to aim to buy as many of your fruits and vegetables organic – but it doesn’t necessarily have to be all. For a list of the most important ones you can Google the ‘clean 15’ or the ‘dirty dozen’. (The dirty dozen is a list of fruits and veggies that has the highest concentration of pesticides while the clean 15 typically contain the lowest).
Additionally, if you’re not going to avoid dairy (although, here are a few reasons why you should consider avoiding dairy if you’re trying to get pregnant), then this is something that 100% SHOULD be organic.
The hormones found in dairy products can worsen the symptoms of PCOS and endometriosis. But if you can’t eliminate dairy – making sure your dairy is organic is non-negotiable.
Meat, fish, poultry should also be organic. Animal meat should ideally be grass fed, poultry should be pasture raised and fish need to be wild to avoid animal protein contaminated by chemicals, hormones and antibiotics.
To put the importance of this into perspective: there was a recent study I read about the toxicity of chemicals in tea which shows you how far spread this can be.
The tea itself can contain chemicals and the tea bag itself can contain fluoride (excess amounts of fluoride can be toxic for the body). We drink tea thinking it’s good for us and safe – but I wanted to share this so you can see how far spread the toxicity of our choices can go.
I really love getting my organic meats (along with my grass-fed butter and ghee for my healthy fat sources which we’ll go into later) from Wellness Meats. They have every kind of meat your household enjoys on their dinner plate and it’s all 100% grass fed.
Eating healthy fat is super important – especially for women. Women’s hormones thrive on healthy fats and they need more of them in their diets than men do.
You should really try to increase the amount of healthy fats in your diet.
Don’t be mistaken, I’m not telling you to go out and eat the crappy and fatty foods – you still need to avoid fried foods!
What you really should be focusing on is increasing Omegas 3, 6 and 9. One of my favorite ways to do that is through grass-fed butter, grass-fed ghee, coconut oil and olive oil (and my personal favorite: avocados).
You should try to incorporate these into your diet as much as possible. If not every meal, then every day at least.
Get away from all the processed foods. They’re super toxic to the body – our body doesn’t know what to do with them – and they’re not real food!
It’s time to stop eating out of boxes. It’s time to stop eating packaged foods. The most common food that I hear patients eat out of a box is FROZEN PIZZA!
It’s so easy to make a fresh pizza yourself from home – a healthier, tastier and all round better version too. The added on time means nothing when you compare it to the benefits it’s going to have on your health (and therefore your fertility).
Try to be conscious of what you’re buying when you’re walking around the store and really think to yourself – does it need to be in that packaging or that box? Try to opt for fresh, organic versions wherever you can.
The processed sugar should also NOT be ignored. We’ve become a society that thrives off sugar and we really need to cut back that intake.
A good place to start is a detox!
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The Fertility Meal Plan:
- A complete 5 day meal plan guide on what to eat to empower your fertility.
- An easy to follow guide on what foods to AVOID when you are trying to get pregnant.
- A printable list on the foods you should FOCUS on to be more fertile.
- An abundance of delicious (and nutritious!) recipes with The Fertility Expert favorite main dishes and desserts
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