I think food advertisers and pharmaceutical companies have done a really good job separating us from our bodies and our food supply. They have put a seed in our brains that we do not have control over our bodies and that sickness just happens to us, and this seed is so effective and deep. I have times where I question what my body is telling me as well as certain foods being able to help me. It is a deep lie that has been implanted in us, and sometimes when you think it is gone, it shows up.
My point is not to shake my finger at anyone. I just want to let it be known that there are alternatives out there and it is possible to question what our healthcare providers are telling us if it doesn’t feel right.
After all that, where am I going with this post? I want you to know that there are things you can do to increase your fertility that don’t require drugs, needles, or even a doctor. That’s not saying these things are terrible and unnecessary, because that is not the case, but if you have been trying to conceive and your diet is not the greatest, or if you know you can use a little help getting your periods on track, this is a great place to start.
Preconception is the time to prepare your body to create the most healthy, beautiful baby you can imagine. If your periods are all over the place, if your luteal phase is short, if you are irritable throughout the day/month, if you lack energy throughout the day/month, all of these and more can be helped by getting the right nutrients.
Now is the time for you to listen to what your body is telling you and to feed it what it is asking for. There are no side effects and no additional cost. Sweet!
On the inactivated estrogen’s path out of the body, they can be reabsorbed into the bloodstream and recirculated. This is not good news because the liver did all that work with no benefit. The body would now have the same amount of estrogen, but it used up valuable energy and time converting it.
To make the journey out of the body, the estrogen needs to have something attached to it so it cannot be reabsorbed. This is one of the great miracles of our bodies and its relationship to food.
Without enough fiber, we will be constipated as well as have too much circulating estrogen (if that is an issue to begin with.) Luckily, when you eat a plant-based, whole foods diet, everything has fiber.
If you are not currently eating a fiber-rich diet, start off slowly. Start eating a little more as your body gets used to it. When you eat too much and your body is not used to it, you will know by the frequent trips to the bathroom. It’s not comfortable!
Under the bad fat category are trans fats which are inflammatory and actually interfere with the function of essential fatty acids. They are a source of free radicals in the body and can damage cells in this way. There is nothing good or natural about them, and should be eliminated from the diet entirely. Any product with the words hydrogenated, partially hydrogenated, shortening, margarine, or mono- or diglycerides on the label should go back on the store shelf as well as deep fried foods like donuts and fries. Your body will thank you.
Good fats are anti-inflammatory, are the base for many hormones including sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone, etc.), and are needed for proper nerve function for you and your soon to be little bean.
Sources of good fats include nuts, seeds, oils like coconut, avocado, and flaxseed, as well as whole avocado and olives. Mmmm. It all sounds so delicious!
Putting It All Together
I always find the hardest part of getting information like this is how to put it all together and create yummy meals without wasting all my time thinking about it. Below I have listed some meal ideas you can add into your routine that will add good amounts of the nutrients listed above. I have intentionally not put recipes because I like to be open to add or remove things from meals, and I just want to give ideas for how to put foods together.