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I read a book that was given to me and it was was advising to eat an organic, vegetarian and ultimately raw diet in order to improve fertility. Does anyone have any thoughts or opinions on this. It seems a bit extremist to me but, am curious if I am just too attached to my big macs?
If you want more info, I review the book on my blog here. There is also a copy available for giveaway but that is not the purpose of this post. I am really looking for thoughts on if you think this is something I should be doing.
---6 early losses---
Hmmmm I wouldn't go so far as to OBSESS over a diet, but I did buy a book, Eating for Pregnancy. It's just another book to add to my recipe collection! LOL! It has apparently 150 good recipes, to cover a bit of everything for everyone's lifestyles I assume. I haven't looked into to it very much yet, but you are tempting me to do so now!
We eat about 80% organic and DS eats closer to 95% organic. It's very important to us. We do not, however eat raw all that often.
We eat organically for many reasons but to improve fertility isn't one of them. I'm not so sure that organic improves fertility as much as just eating healthy does. I guess organic and eating healthy tend to go hand and hand though.
I do know that avoiding ALL trans fats (which you will find in many fast foods) helps improve fertility greatly. I read a study recently that women who consume more then 4g of trans fats a day are 70% less likely to conceive. Many places have eliminated trans fats now because it is terrible for your overall health. Also, I know avoiding high fat foods and white sugars is much better for your fertility.
I think it is most important to eat organic meats and dairy products. That is not something we are willing to compromise on.
I think that by eating a healthy diet you would improve overall health which could lead to increased fertility. If a person is overweight or dealing with health issues I could see how it would be more beneficial.
Not everyone will eat vegetarian and raw, however. Some of the most important things to me are: no HFCS, no trans fats, buy local and/or organic when possible. I agree that hormone free meat and dairy is important.