2015 is well underway. Only this morning I heard on the radio the latest statistic that today is the day when most people give up on their New Year diet. This is the problem with diets, as more and more people are beginning to realise – they don’t work. Diets revolving around deprivation and guilt are not healthy for our bodies, our minds or our wellbeing. As I wrote about in my January newsletter, it is much more beneficial for everyone if we focus on nurturing and nourishing our bodies and minds.
How does this relate to fertility? As I mentioned, most diets involve deprivation of some kind, whether it be your favourite foods or perhaps an entire food group and we are bombarded by the latest food fads that claim to help you lose weight. Rather than obsessing over the scales, counting calories or hunting the aisles for low-fat options, it may be more beneficial to focus on what you are choosing to put into your body. What nutrition is that piece of food giving your body and your cells (including your eggs)?
The most vital piece of advice when it comes to eating for fertility is to eat pure, whole and clean foods. Such as those given to us by nature – think vegetables full of vitamins, fresh fruits free of pesticides and bursting with goodness, organic meat full of the protein required for cell replication (for making a healthy baby) and plenty of healthy fats from olive oil, coconut oil, fish, nuts and seeds for hormone production and balance.
If the majority of your diet is whole and unprocessed, you will be providing your body with the nutrients it needs to keep you healthy and in turn produce the healthy eggs necessary for a healthy baby.
Importantly, enjoy your food! And your life in general. I see so many women who are trying so hard in every area in preparation for conception, that they are miserable – it becomes a vicious circle when they are trying to conceive. While of course I believe it to be very important to prepare for conception for the health of you and your baby, it is also beneficial to spend the majority of your time focussing on things you enjoy and time with your parter, friends and family.
Next week, I am going to be sharing free advice with one top fertility food each day on my facebook page.