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What are the 10 Key Things to Avoid in My Fertility Diet?

Laurie and Andy want to start their family, and are frustrated that she has not gotten pregnant yet.  She has often heard the phrase “you are what you eat”, and has decided it is time for both of them to focus on their fertility diet.

She has been charting her menstrual cycles diligently, but no amount of making love during her most fertile days has helped them.  Maybe this will be the answer.  But what are they going to have to give up?

What are the 10 Key Things to Avoid in My Fertility Diet?

What you eat is very important.  See the article: “What Are The 10 Most Important Foods For My Fertility Diet?“.  But what you do not eat is equally important.  These foods displace more nutritious choices, and can even cause outright harm.  Many ingredients in commonly consumed products are toxic to you, and to your developing baby.

Avoid these:

  1. Sugar and artificial sweeteners
  2. White flour
  3. Soy foods
  4. Genetically engineered foods
  5. Trans fats
  6. Beverages
  7. Caffeine
  8. Alcohol
  9. Cigarettes
  10. Junk foods

Sugar (from cane or beets) is a highly refined substance, very addictive, and bad for you.  It contains calories, but no nutrients.  However, many nutrients are required to metabolize it, thus depleting your body.  Sugar is a carbohydrate, and if not used up as energy, it is stored as fat in your body.  Research shows that refined sugar paralyzes white blood cells, weakening the immune system, and much more.

High fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners are even worse than sugar.  Aspartame (NutraSweet) is toxic to your nervous system, and associated with increased risk of Alzheimer’s and worsening of seizures.  It also interferes with your hormones (endocrine disruptor).

When you improve your diet you will crave sweets less, especially when you learn to enjoy high quality animal fats and the superior nutrition they supply.  If you want to sweeten foods, use a small amount of maple syrup (no formaldehyde) or raw honey.

White flour is missing the two most nutritious parts of the seed: the outside bran layer and the germ.  It is a source of calories, but very little nutrition.  Avoid it, and eat more nutrient dense foods instead.

Soy products should be avoided.  They interfere with hormone balance for both men and women, and suppress the thyroid gland.  Fermented miso is the exception and is a healthy food.

Genetically engineered foods are also known as genetically modified organisms (gmo).  These foods have NEVER been tested for safety in human consumption.  Animal studies show severe organ damage, spontaneous abortions, and sterility when consumed.

What foods are genetically engineered? Corn, soy, cottonseed oil, and canola oil.  If you are going to eat corn, it must be organic.  Soy, cottonseed oil and canola oil have no place in your diet at all, so avoid them completely.

Trans fats are also know as partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.  Hydrogen is added to liquid oils to make them more solid.  These fats are associated with heart disease and cancer, and they should be avoided.  Read labels, especially those of cookies, crackers, cakes, fried foods and margarine.

Beverages such as sodas, power drinks, commercial fruit juices, sweetened teas and sports drinks should be avoided.  They do not provide nutrition, and do contain many ingredients that should be avoided.

Instead drink pure water, unsweetened mineral water, herbal tea or green tea, fresh made fruit or vegetable juices.  Many cultures around the world have enjoyed traditional lacto-fermented beverages such as kombucha and kvass.

Caffeine, alcohol and cigarettes are all known to interfere with fertility for both men and women, and to be toxic to the developing fetus.  Why take such an incredible risk with these commonly used but very dangerous substances.  Once you decide to even begin trying to conceive, avoid these completely.

Junk food is just that, junk.  These foods have little or no nutritional value, and often contain ingredients proven to be unhealthy.  Common junk foods include salted snack foods like chips, cookies, cold cereals, candy, gum, most sweet desserts, fried fast food, and most beverages.

These foods may also contain preservatives, dyes, chemical flavor enhancers, monosodium glutamate (msg), and many other toxic substances.  Beware, as msg is often hidden in foods as hydrolyzed protein or “natural flavors”.

What should I do? Eat whole, real foods.  Avoid processed foods, anything with ingredients that are not food, and anything you cannot pronounce or identify.

If your goal is to have vibrant health and excellent fertility, the foods you eat and those you avoid are critically important.  Your food provides nutrients that your body must have to function normally.  You would not put water in the gas tank of your car.

Read the article “10 Keys to Vibrant Health“.  It is a great reminder of the big picture.  From there you can download a pdf called “Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts of Nutrition“.  This is a simple one page reminder of the principles of good nutrition.  Put it somewhere prominent, such as on your refrigerator, so you can review it often.

To Your Vibrant Health!

Veronica Tilden, DO

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