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Fertility Road Magazine 46 - September/October 2018

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The latest issue of Fertility Road Magzine brings you our latest Fertility Journeys update, a closer look at stress and infertility, natural approaches to endometriosis and a how your weight can affect your chances of getting pregnant plus lots, lots more.

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BODY It doesn’t include “diet” or lite products. They can be packed with health and hormone harming chemicals, sugar or artificial sweeteners. In fact, the basics of a fertility friendly diet will help you lose weight. 1-2lbs a week is a steady, healthy and brilliant weight loss. The aim is to lose weight to become a healthy weight for fertility, not skinny-down as much as you possibly can. Even losing a small amount of weight can make a big difference to general health and fertility. The basics of a fertility friendly diet 1. Balance blood sugar by having good quality protein with every meal and snack. Good protein sources include nuts, seeds, legumes, eggs, fish, poultry, meat, dairy. For other fertility-protecting reasons, go easy on the red meat and cow’s dairy. Eat breakfast and another two good meals. Only snack if you’re really hungry or feeling whoozy/hangry. 2. Choose organic food as far as possible - certainly for any meat or poultry, dairy and the “dirty dozen” veggies and fruits. See the EWG’s list of the worst pesticide residue covered veggies and fruits. dirty_dozen_list.php 3. Eat a rainbow and plenty of vegetables and fruits - much more veggies than fruits and include leafy greens. Have at least seven portions of veggies and fruits daily. Yes, SEVEN. 4. Eat good fats - nuts, seeds, avocados, oily fish, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, grass-fed butter and ghee and grass-fed red meat. Reduce saturated fats from factory farmed meats and trans fats from processed, packaged and takeaway foods. 5. Choose unrefined carbs for fibre and nutrition - brown rice, quinoa, chia seed, oats, rye, spelt, buckwheat, legumes, starchy veggies and if you have wheat eat sparingly and have wholegrain. You need LOTS of fibre for digestive and hormonal health. 6. Avoid - or vastly reduce - caffeine, alcohol, sugar and artificial sweeteners, processed and refined foods. Don't start binge eating sugary or junk food to gain any weight. Please don’t start binge eating pasties, shovelling in chocolate and crisps or troughing takeaways! They are simply NOT fertility-fuelling foods. Eat more nutritious, calorie-dense foods - nuts and seeds, avocado, eggs, brown rice, oily fish and healthy fats and oils. Increase your number of healthy snacks as well. CROWD IN healthy foods to lose weight. I know that losing or gaining weight is not always straightforward and habits can be tough to break. In my clinic, some people have seemed daunted. I start with the simple practice of crowding in what you do want and to crowd out what you don’t want. Slimming diets - especially very restrictive ones - can cause periods to become irregular and ovulation to stop, because hormone levels drop. As an example, if you’re trying to cut down on sugar, crowd in more protein and soon you’ll be eating more protein, feel fuller for longer and less likely to be eating a doughnut at elevenses. Give it a go and see how it works for you. If you have a male partner, check his weight too Men’s weight matters too. Being overweight can affect male fertility. It’s been linked to poor sperm quantity and quality. One of my mantras is it takes two to tango and two to make a baby. Both women and men should tackle weight issues as part of their preconception care plan. Weight and BMI can affect chances of getting pregnant - that’s women and men. I work with women and couples who want babies. Sometimes those people are struggling to conceive. I suggest food and lifestyle changes tailored for them and I practice natural therapies to support them And I know that sometimes people feel a little daunted and wonder how they’ll stick with my new suggestions. Of course, it’s easier when you’re working with someone to support and encourage you, but for everyone I’d say it’s a matter of giving yourself the best chance you can of natural conception or IVF success. And maximising your chances of a healthy pregnancy and happy, bouncing baby, through your diet and lifestyle choices. It’s about taking control of all the fertility factors that you can control and that includes weight and BMI. Love, Kathy x Kathy Payne is a Booster of Fertility, Balancer of Hormones and Soother of Modern Life Madness, naturally. She is a women’s health coach online and in Norwich UK, offering bespoke programmes for women and couples, as well as online classes and courses. If you’d like to protect, nurture and boost your fertility naturally, sign up for her weekly newsletter and occasional offers with this link. As a FREE GIFT you will receive the popular, online course 7 Steps to Boost Fertility 20 | | fertilityroadmag | follow us @fertilityroad

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