I just finished my second week of infertility treatment (reducing stress) and I have been keeping up with my workout routine from the first week, which you can read about here. This week I focused on my diet.
Having an autoimmune disease has made me very conscious of my diet and the foods that cause inflammation. I find that foods like tomatoes, dairy, sugar, wheat, soy & alcohol all contribute to my flare ups, so I try to avoid those as much as possible. Although, the temptation to eat a good donut and drink some wine is too hard to resist sometimes 😉
Recently, Benton and I watched the “What the Health” documentary and it totally opened our eyes to the impact of animal based products on our health. Particularly related to fertility, I found it interesting that hormones from animals naturally occur in their meat and milk and that we naturally receive some of those hormones by eating and drinking animal based products. In fact, a cow is milked at the last half of pregnancy when estrogen levels are at the peak.
One particular study found that, “Consumption of protein from animal sources, including chicken and red meats, was associated with an increased risk of infertility due to anovulation, while consuming protein from vegetable sources appeared to have the opposite effect.” You can find that study here.
I know this seems really obvious, but for some reason I really hadn’t thought about it before. As a result, Benton and I have switched over to a vegan fertility diet.
Here are some examples of what we eat in a day:
- Smoothie with spinach, hemp seeds, almond milk, Vega protein & pineapple
- 1 cup of gluten free oats with blueberries or strawberries
- Fresh, pesticide free salad from our community shared agriculture share (interested? Click here)
- Leftover dinner from the night before
- Vega Protein shake
- Steamed veggies
- Fruit (there are plenty of fruits in season! Whatever we buy from the store:))
- A recipe from the Anti-inflammatory Cookbook (not all recipes are meat free but there is a good portion)
- A recipe from Minimalist Baker
- A recipe from Oh She Glows
I absolutely LOVE Kombucha, so I will have some Kombucha in replacement of a glass of wine or other alcohol choice.
Every now and then I need a good treat! I will find one from Minimalist Baker or Oh She Glows (links above).
- Prenatal Multivitamin
- Green Pastures fermented Cod Liver Oil
- Golden Flower: Yuan Support Formula
- B Complex