It can be overwhelming all the fertility information you are given. I believe the main thing is to keep it simple...EATING NUTRIENT DENSE FOODS WILL ENHANCE YOUR NATURAL FERTILITY!
Treat your body like you are already pregnant.
Each meal should contain a balance of protein, good fats and something fresh (ideally veggies).
Eat plenty of seasonal fruit and vegetables.
Have one large green salad a day (add yummy protiens and dressings).
Ideally nothing from a packet or foods which contain ingredients you don't recognise.
Ideally eat organic- meat is the most important to choose organic as they pump so many hormones into the animals.
Avoid caffeine, dairy, soy (tofu and soy milk), refined sugar and processed foods (you should lose weight and feel so much better, ready for your pregnancy and precious baby).
There are plenty of great alternatives- try Nutty Bruce Almond and coconut milk in the fridge section of most supermarkets. Craving sugar? Eat a handful of fresh berries and a few nuts, or half a red capsicum. Once you've cut out refined sugar you will start to notice how sweet whole foods taste.
IMPORTANT FERTILITY FOODS:
Nuts and seeds- walnuts, almonds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds (white and black) and sunflower seeds
Lentils and other beans
Fish- mostly cold water fish (Alaskan salad and cod) avoid deep water fish like tuna and swordfish and they contain high levels of mercury
Gluten free grains- buckwheat, brown rice, quinoa etc
Leafy greens - including spinach, rocket, lettuce, cabbage, watercress, kale, Asian greens, broccoli and fresh herbs
Colourful foods which are in season - eat a wide variety
All alcohol (sorry -it's not forever and it gets easier the longer you do it as you will feel so much better!)
Caffeine- even one cup a day can cause hormone imbalance
Soy products- they can also cause hormone imbalances
'Fat free foods' they are usually highly processed and high in sugar
Genetically modified foods and highly processed foods
Refined carbs- white bread, pasta and white rice
The two key factors to support your natural fertility is getting good amount of sleep each night (preferably asleep by 10pm as this helps to regulate hormones) and reducing your stress levels. Turning your phone on flight mode 90 mins before bed will help you relax and unwind. Regular meditation and exercise will improve sleep and reduce your stress levels (which are often high living in the busy city). There are plenty of meditation / mindfulness apps out there theses days- even ten minutes a day makes a huge difference. I personally love the Headspace app. In the clinic we also have Be Fertile guided relaxations for sale for each phase of your cycle while you are trying to conceive either naturally and with assisted reproduction.
I am a nationally registered acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist and Fertile Life Method practitioner, with over a decade of experience in this field. My clinic is based in Sydney's inner west and I'm here to help you on your unique journey to achieve your optimum health, fertility and family goals.