Seven Super-foods for Fertility, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
When I think Paleo, I imagine easy, healthy, raw,colorful, organic, real, grass-fed, nutritious, healthy foods. It’s known as the diet that lets us get back to the most natural time of our existence. It’s known as the healthier way you can eat because it’s the only nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong,and energetic. I started trying Paleo few years ago and found it to be the best diet for my family. Although we are from those Paleo categories that eats Dairy, we try to stay strict with all the other rules. The fun part about it is the fact that it doesn’t need you to have cooking skills in order to prepare it, and everyone in my family enjoys cooking, even the kids. And because it’s made with real foods everyone gets creative. Let me share with you first what are the; DO EAT and DON’T EAT when you go Paleo.
You can eat:
- Grass-fed meats.
- Healthy oils such as; olive, coconut, walnut, flaxseed, avocado, macadamia.
- Tubers such as sweet potatoes and yams.
- Sea Salt. This the one I buy.
- Nuts and Seeds.
You can’t eat:
- Processed foods.
- Refined vegetable oil (Hydrogenated oils)
- Grains/ cereals.
- legumes including peanuts.
- Unhealthy salt.
- Fast food.
- Pseudo grains like quinoa.
Fertility, Pregnancy and Paleo:
Following a poor diet may delay the time it takes for a women to get pregnant. I often get questions from friends asking if Paleo is safe during pregnancy and if the fetus and mommy get enough nutrients. My answer is YES and it’s not only safe but it may even help prevent pregnancy-related conditions such as: Pre-compliant foods, gestational diabetes and excessive weight gain. A pregnant woman following the Paleo diet is more likely to get the nutritional balance she and her baby need than the the one who consumes the standard North American diet. And have more chances to have a healthy pregnancy and have a beautiful healthy baby.
Seven Super-foods for Fertility, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: I tried my best to stick into these during my pregnancy and I can say that I felt wonderful for the whole nine moths. No morning sickness, no heartburn, no swollen legs, picked up just few pounds (just the baby”s weight), had the energy to work until the last week of my pregnancy and take care of my family. here is what worked wonders for me:
1. Liver: liver is the most nutrient-dense food in the planet. It contains soluble vitamins such as retinol that is difficult to obtain elsewhere in the Paleo diet. It’s high in iron which helps prevent miscarriage and anemia and also known in increasing breast milk.
2. Cod liver oil: Cod liver oil is one of the highest dietary sources of vitamin A. It’s also rich in vitamin D more than any other food. Vitamin D is crucial to fertility and pregnancy. This the one I use.
3. Cold-water fatty fish: Seafood is a primary source of omega 3 fats EPA and DHA. The doctors usually recommend prenatal vitamin with high DHA which is important for fertility and pregnancy.
4. Egg yolks: Studies shows that egg yolks are very high in CHOLINE which helps protect against neural tube defects and important for brain development.
5. Grass-fed butter: For those who tolerate dairy, grass-fed butter is a great choice for fertility and pregnancy as it”s rich in saturated fat which is especially beneficial for fertility. It’s rich in natural trans-fat and fat- soluble vitamins(A, D, K2, &E). This is the one I buy.
6. fermented Foods: Fermented foods are particularly important during pregnancy for so many reasons such as; They allow the body to absorb it”s maximum level of nutrition. It activates digestion which results is good belly movements. Or take this supplement if you don’t have time to make your own.
7. Bone broth: Bone broth is a source of of dissolved minerals that play an important role of the body including; bone health, muscle function, nerve health, just to name a few. It also helps regulates hormones which are the main direct result of getting pregnant. You can use it to cook your meals instead of water or just drink it plain. here is my recipe for it. You can get this grassed Gelatin if you don’t have time to make your own broth.
As my awareness of eating healthy and getting the super- foods I needed, my last pregnancy was way better then my previous ones. The results of eating healthy benefits me in having a healthy pregnancy, not gaining too much weight, and having a very healthy cute baby.
Pregnancy hormones may lead you to make some changes in your diet, but make sure to get some healthy supplements if it’s the case.
I would love to hear about your experience trying Paleo at a certain period of your life and what has and hasn’t worked for you. please leave your comments and share the gift of a “like” on my social media pages.
Stay tuned and healthy!