How to improve your chances of getting pregnant by changing how you eat

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Eat small regular meals rather than 1 or 2 large ones.

Are you like many people in that you skip breakfast apart from maybe a cup of coffee, grab a sandwich at lunch and then pig out when you get home at the end of the day? And maybe you keep yourself going with snacks like biscuits, crisps or chocolate, or energy drinks.

This sort of eating pattern plays havoc with your blood sugar levels and disrupts your nutrient intake. Erratic blood sugar levels will affect your total hormonal balance including those hormones involved in reproduction.

Eating regularly will help to sustain your energy, stabilize your blood sugar levels and ensure you are receiving adequate nutrients throughout the day. All of these are vital to help maintain hormone balance and ensure a healthy conception.

You will begin to feel a difference in energy levels in no time. Over the next month you will surely notice the difference in the quality of your menstrual cycle and moods.

Always eat breakfast!

It is vitally important to your fertility and even general well being that you NEVER skip breakfast. It is definitely the most important meal of the day. Your body has been fasting overnight and needs to replenish its nutrients
A healthy breakfast with a good quality protein will  set you up for the day and keep away those mid afternoon energy slumps.
So, to ensure concentration, blood sugar levels, energy and fertility are at their best, it is vital you have a protein rich breakfast. At the same time keep away from high carbohydrate foods that deplete nutrient stores, so make sure your carbohydrate intake consists of whole grains, or whole fruits and vegetables, rather than processed carbohydrates like doughnuts, cereals, breakfast bars etc. Try and balance your carbohydrate intake with an equal amount of protein.

Have regular snacks

Try to have 1- 2 snacks each day – mid-morning and mid-afternoon, especially if you are prone to energy slumps. These do not have to include large amounts of food. A handful of nuts and seeds, a piece of fruit or a protein shake drink, for example.

If you are worried about eating too much then cut down on portion sizes at breakfast, lunch and dinner (except for the fruits and vegetable portions).

Don’t eat late in the day

Your body uses the time when you are asleep to maintain and repair itself. It is important to finish eating at least 3 hours before you go to bed. If food is still  in your gut then your body has to digest it, it can’t just leave it there until later. When you go to bed your body actually needs to do other things like produce hormones and neurotransmitters, detoxify, and assimilate nutrients; some of which can only be accomplished during sleep. If your body has to digest food it will ‘sacrifice’ these other tasks. This will impact on the health of your eggs and sperm.

Make sure to sit down and enjoy your meals – chew slowly.

This is one of the most important aspects of healthy dietary habits. Our society has a tendency to, and is often encouraged through media, to eat-on-the-go. This is stressful for the body, as it works on other tasks, yet is supposed to be digesting at the same time.

Take time to sit down, unplug from any devices you are typically on (this includes getting away from your computer desk) and truly enjoy your meal. If you feel like you don’t have time to do this, figure out a way to make time. You need to be sitting down to enjoy your meals, at minimum, 2-3 times a day.

Chew slowly. Why? Digestion begins in the mouth, with chewing and saliva. In order to absorb and utilize all the nutrition from the foods you are eating, you need to slow down and actually chew your food.

Notice the difference in your digestion and energy levels when you take the time to slow down and enjoy your meals.

 

What is your pattern of eating like? Do you recognise any of these behaviours and if so how might you go about making some changes?

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