My Daily Menu
As you’ll see, it’s pretty Spartan. And I’m not gonna lie, it often sucked. It was hard to go from pizzas and potato chips to brussel sprouts and wheat grass. I often felt deprived. But I operated under the belief that some foods act as fertility medicine and some as fertility poison. I came to believe that white sugar and flour would reduce my chances of getting pregnant. One silver lining of infertility (and there aren’t many) was that it taught me how to eat more healthfully for the rest of my life and break a lifetime of bad habits. Doctors say it takes 150 days for an egg to grow from a follicle in its resting state to a mature egg ready to be released. So you have to give your diet at least five months to kick in.
- 1 or 2 eggs – fried in olive oil or soft-boiled: (Eggs yolks are rich in choline, known to reduce birth defects)
- 1 piece of sprouted-grain bread: (wheat, I was told, could produce bad cervical mucus)
- Buckwheat pancakes w/real maple syrup (or molasses, even better)
- Steel-cut oatmeal w/fruit mixed in
- 1 shot of wheatgrass mixed into a cranberry juice
- Huge fresh salad from salad bar
- Raw organic spinach or mixed greens
- Almonds, walnuts, sunflower or pumpkin seeds sprinkled in
- As many cruciferous vegetables (broccoli/cauliflower) as possible
- Kidney or white beans
- Sugar-free dressing (and I don’t mean with any artificial sweetner! Just dressing that doesn’t include sugar. Olive oil and lemon juice work well).
- I often added a scoop of organic chicken salad
- Freshly cut pineapple for dessert – everyday!
- Swiss-water decaf coffee (never the artificially decaffeinated variety) w/almond-milk
- Apple and almonds
- Or sprouted grain bread w/almond butter
- Or spelt cookie
(I had heard that it was harder for the body to break down protein at night, so I avoided eating meat at dinner. Anything to give my body a break from overworking to digest)
- Spelt pasta w/broccoli, feta and garlic
- Or Wild Salmon, quinoa and kale
- Or collard greens, black-eyed peas and brown rice
- 1 cup of raspberry leaf or nettle tea
(the latest research suggested then that cow’s milk aged women’s eggs, so I avoided it. New research advocates eating full fat dairy.)
(every morning and evening)
- Red Clover Blossom
- Raspberry Leaf
FOODS I AVOIDED
- And, in typical fertility fact form, the research is contradictory. One study suggests eating full-fat dairy enhances fertility (though they didn’t study cervical mucus). See the following link: http://bit.ly/ij5L8y
- Ultimately, I cut out cow’s milk because I’d read there was some correlation between consumption and infertility.(see this link: http://bit.ly/ij5L8y)
- I still ate goat milk and sheep milk cheeses. And yes, I cut way back on sugar and felt robbed most of the time. If only my solution had been as easy as just changing my diet…but I do believe improving it was one factor that tipped the scales in my favor.
- My acupuncturist suggested cutting out all sugar. She said it makes the bad sticky cervical mucus. Cutting it out sugar/dairy was extremely tough. I loved eating ice cream and chocolate and, well, really all sweets. It was very hard to not feel deprived, particularly when needing a mood boost
- Ditto for the mucus. I transitioned from daily bagels and pizza to sprouted-grain bagels and tortilla’s.