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Eat this to improve your chances of getting pregnant. This food group is a must when you are TTC (trying to conceive) not just for your fertility but for hormone balance as well. Do you know what it is?

Make sure you watch to find out… In this live Instagram / Facebook video, I am going to share with you: a food group that is vital for you to be eating when you are trying to conceive, why it’s important and what foods they are. I’m so thrilled to share this with you. 

The food group is…Protein. Protein is made up of amino acids. Our body breaks protein into amino acis. Think of protein like the lego set and amino acids are like the lego blocks that make up the set.

    So what is all the hoo ha about protein and why is it so important for getting pregnant and your fertility? Protein is important for:

     

    • Structural building blocks for eggs & sperm > egg and sperm quality > sperm & egg quality improved > ↑ chance of fertilisation taking place

    • Amino acids are needed for growth, maturation & development of eggs

    • Amino acids are needed for sperm production & development

    • Used to produce hormones: oestrogen, thyroid hormones, testosterone in the lads

    • Regulates our blood sugar levels (glucose & insulin), if you have ↑ glucose & insulin > inflammation > hormone imbalance

    • Required for digestion: if low it can > malabsorption (selenium, zinc, iron, iodine, vitamin D)

    So let’s talk about foods that contain protein: 

    It is important to note that there are complete proteins and incomplete proteins. 

     

    COMPLETE PROTEINS – CONTAIN ALL AMINO ACIDS

    • Fish: barramundi, garfish, trout, cod, herring, ling, whiting, snapper, salmon (wild not farmed), sardines, anchovies. Avoid tuna, swordfish, shark

    • Poultry: chicken, duck, goose, quail, turkey

    • Red meat: eat in moderation 1-2 serves per week org if possible

    • Eggs

    • Dairy products: Goats or sheep’s cheese / yoghurt / fetta if you are ok with lactose

    NOT COMPLETE PROTEINS – NEED TO COMBINE AT LEAST TWO OF THESE

    • Pulses / Legumes

    Lentils, chickpeas borlotti beans, split peas, kidney beans etc.

     

    • Seeds / Grains

    Seeds: sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, linseeds, sesame seeds

    Grains: amaranth, buckwheat, quinoa, brown rice

     

    • Nuts

    All nuts good except for peanuts as they naturally grow a mould which is an aflatoxin. To maintain the overgrowth of the toxin, toxic sprays as used.

     

    Other ways to incorporate protein in your diet:

    Protein powder as a snack or a morning smoothie. Choose a dairy free protein powder that has a combination of sources e.g pea and rice not just a solo source like just rice or pea because they don’t contain the full spectrum of amino acids. Good brands to try: Rapid vegan, Sunwarrior, Amazonia, Macromike. With a preference for the first 3. 

     

     Try to aim for 1.2g protein per 1kg of body weight. Usually YOUR palm size is ideal. Not Bob’s or Rachel’s palm, YOURS. Everyone has a different unique palm size. 

     

    If you are vegetarian or vegan make sure that you add protein to your meal. All too often I look at a patient’s diet diary and there is a vegetable soup for instance and no protein. So make sure that you add legumes to it (e.g. borlotti beans, lentils, chickpeas etc.). Either soak them overnight to make it easy for your body to digest or use tinned beans in a BPA free can. 

     

    Eating snacks with protein can also stabilise your blood sugar levels, which maintains hormone balance. Nuts and seeds, protein balls, nut butter (cashew or almond) on a brown rice cake, an apple with nut butter on it. If you just have the fruit alone it can cause a peak in blood sugar levels followed by a crash. The protein will curb the crash.

     

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