Posts tagged Fertility Nutrition
Mediterranean Lifestyle Basics for Optimal Fertility

Next month is my second favorite month of the entire year (October for some inexplicable reason has always held the top spot in my heart.) I love May! For one, May is Mediterranean Diet Month. It’s also the month our attention turns to mothers and motherhood. And if you didn't know, I'm kinda obsessed with maternal health and women's health in general. Mother's Day serves as a reminder of the amazingly complex ways a mother’s body shaped her child before, during, and after her pregnancy.

At first glance, a connection between the Mediterranean lifestyle and maternal health isn’t readily apparent. But if we look at the research, we’ll find the former has the potential to positively affect the latter.

Before we dig into the impact the Mediterranean lifestyle has on fertility and maternal health, let’s define the Mediterranean lifestyle. 

What is the Mediterranean Lifestyle?

The Mediterranean lifestyle includes the delicious and healthy eating pattern, a focus on fun functional movement, and the social habits of the traditional Mediterranean way of life. There’s plenty of research which details health benefit after health benefit related to following the Mediterranean lifestyle.

The healthy eating pattern is all about eating:

  • plant based meals full of fruit, vegetables, beans, peas, lentils, herbs, and spices.
  • ample amounts of healthy fats from olive oil, seafood, nuts, and seeds.
  • limiting red meat and refined sweets

The other equally important parts of the lifestyle include:

  • weaving enjoyable movement throughout our days
  • spending time with people we like and love
  • participating in activities that light us up

It’s pretty clear why the Mediterranean lifestyle is associated with improved health. And good health is one of the cornerstones of optimal fertility.

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Food, Fertility, and Folklore: Cabbage

If I wasn't a dietitian, I would absolutely be an anthropologist. I love learning about other cultures, especially a culture's food, reproductive rituals, dance, and spirituality. So, I thought I'd bring a bit of that to the blog through a new series: Food, Fertility, and Folklore.

I'll be sharing foods that are commonly eaten or given as a gift to improve or bless fertility in different cultures. Then we'll take a look at the science behind that food and its possible effect on fertility. 

First up, cabbage!

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5 Easy Steps to Create Fertility Boosting Breakfast Bowls

Breakfast bowls are my go-to breakfast option. They're simple and can be easily tailored to my ever-changing tastes and cravings. With the right ingredients they can provide your body with the nutrients it needs to promote healthy hormonal balance and fertility.

Minimally processed food with plenty of nutrients are an important part of any preconception plan. You are what you eat. Healthy food=healthier body=best chances of conceiving. The research is clear, diet affects fertility. Each meal and snack has the potential to help you reach your goal of getting pregnant and giving birth to a happy health baby.

Breakfast is often referred to as the most important meal of the day. And for good reason. After your overnight fast your body is begging for replenishment. Give it what it's asking for, lady.

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Follow This Simple Formula To Create Fertility Smoothies

I love smoothies. They're easy to make, portable, and tasty as all get out. You can really pack in the nutrients with very little prep or time in the kitchen. They really have the potential to be a very powerful food ally in your quest to boost and protect your fertility.

After a headlong dive into fertility smoothie recipes on Pinterest and YouTube I decided I needed to write this post. One recipe in particular really inspired me. It's one of the most popular fertility smoothie pins I could find and a very popular video on YouTube. It's a great recipe. It really is, but that thing is way too complicated.

It has 13 ingredients. 13! Most of which were powders, medicinal herbs, and supplements. Now you know I'm pro herbs and pro supplements. But real food works too! And in my opinion should be the first thing you turn to. Food's easier to find and tends to be less expensive. 

The formula I'm sharing below is a real food, fool-proof way to create a smoothie that supports overall wellness and reproductive health. It focuses on simple, whole food ingredients that:

  1. Enhance circulation
  2. Deliver key fertility nutrients
  3. Support hormone harmony
  4. Protect against oxidative stress, promoting egg health
  5. Can be tailored to your personal preferences
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Fueling Fertility with Healthy Fats

Recently and fortunately, the American idea of low fat equaling healthy has been turned on it's head. Studies and practictioners have shown just how important fat, the right fats, are to our health and fertility.

Unfortunately, not everyone is on board yet. After nearly two decades of having the medical and nutrition community (not to mention the media, our neighbors, friends, and mamas, too) tell us fat is the antichrist and behind all that is evil, it's no surprise that it's taking some time for many of us to fully embrace fat. But embrace it we must.

Contrary to what we were led to believe for soooo long, fat is not our enemy. If healthy skin, a fertile body, and a happy and peaceful mind are your goals, fat is definitely your friend.

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Pulses: A Fertility and Wellness Nutritional Powerhouse!

2016 has been officially dubbed the International Year of the Pulses by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO.) And for good reason. Seriously, pulses are amazing.

But what the heck are they? Simply put: beans, peas, and lentils that are grown for their dry seed. So fresh beans and fresh peas, as well as legumes grown for their oil don't count, but canned beans, peas, and lentils do. Why do we love them? For one, they are some of the healthiest foods in the world.

They are packing so much nutritional goodness:

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Phytonutrients
  • Fiber
  • Protein
  • Slowly digesting carbs

Plus they are inexpensive, sustainable, versatile, and just down right tasty. In case you couldn't tell, I'm a fan.

If you're currently prepping for pregnancy, I strongly encourage you to load up on pulses.

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Online Info to Help You Prep Your Body for Pregnancy

If you're planning to get pregnant in the near future, you have probably googled fertility and nutrition quite a few times. It can be difficult to dig through all of the clutter online. Finding resources you can trust to give you the truth on women's health and fertility can be time-consuming and confusing. So I did some of the dirty work for you.

Below you will find links to my two favorite blogs for all things related to nutrition, women's health, and fertility. As a bonus, I have listed my top 5 favorite posts that will help you prepare for pregnancy. Happy reading!

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