In order to give yourself the best chances of conceiving you need to provide your body with the most nourishing foods possible for optimal health. Whether or not you are hoping to boost fertility, boosting your general health baseline is one of the key factors to achieving health and staying healthy. If you are not 100% healthy your body is will not invest precious resources into various bodily functions that will deplete your health further, the reproductive cycle is one such system that your body will not invest in if circumstances are not optimal. Wholefoods can help your quest for improved fertility and overall health. You’ll need your health to sustain a pregnancy and the energy to care for a baby, so embarking on a health quest prior to conception (for at least 3 months) makes a lot of sense. With a few small changes to your daily diet you’ll begin to feel amazing, look great and enjoy having lots of energy.
But don‘t take my word for it, give it a go and you’ll experience the benefits yourself. Once you do, you won’t want to go back. In fact, you’ll be so enthusiastic about your new found health and energy that you’ll probably be inspired to continue researching and changing your lifestyle, little bit by bit.
- Have a breakfast, it sets up healthy digestion for the day. Organic porridge is great value and delicious with chopped fresh fruit.
- Eat as much organic food as possible to reduce your toxic load.
- Replace white pasta and rice with whole wheat pasta and brown rice for prolonged energy and fullness feeling.
- Replace white bread with wholegrain brown bread.
- Eat less pasta and bread – limit pasta to once a week and bread to one slice a day.
- Instead of pasta and bread eat a wider variety of other carbohydrates such as rice, potato, butternut squash and quinoa.
- Reduce the amount of highly processed food you consume. If there’s an ingredients list, the fewer the ingredients the better and ideally there should be nothing on the list other than food items you recognise. The longer the shelf life, the shorter yours.
- Eat a lot of salad. Then eat even more salad. Eat salad with every lunch and dinner. The enzymes in living raw foods assist with your digestion of all foods, especially helpful in digesting cooked foods you eat at the same sitting.
- Eat two pieces of fruit for your morning and afternoon snack.
- Cut out coffee and tea, replace it with dandelion coffee, rooibos tea or other caffeine free alternatives (but not decaffeinated tea or coffee).
- Replace fizzy and sugary drinks including sodas and fruit juices with filtered or spring water.
- Replace sugary processed sweets, chocolate and confectioneries with healthy treats such as dried fruit, banana or berries.
- Sprinkle a variety of chopped fresh herbs over each meal.
- Avoid any sugar free or low fat products.
- Cook using coconut oil.
- Use olive oil for salad dressings.
- Use coconut oil as a butter replacement or use organic butter from grass fed cows.
- Keep costs down by growing some herbs and greens at home. They do very well even in containers.
- Drink plenty of water to assist all of your bodies systems. Avoid tap water if possible, especially if it contains flouride and choride. Opt for filtered or spring water.
- Anyone trying to conceive should take a folic acid supplement … talk to your local health store for advice.
By following some or all of these guidelines your overall health will benefit and you gift yourself with the best chances of conceiving as your body balances in health and vitality.
Let me know which of the above changes you’ve implemented and how you’re getting on. Share any of your own simple wholefood changes or tips to the comments section.