The holiday season often brings a rollercoaster of emotions when you are TTC. A dramatic marker of time passing as people come together with holiday cheer and celebrate with children. If you are experiencing feelings of loss, grief and longing, then this time of year can feel lonely and a bit isolating as those around you are filled with joy.
Not to mention the anticipated and often dreaded questions and comments from relatives such as “when you are going to hurry up and have a baby” or “just relax and it will happen!” Or on the other hand, if people stop asking about your fertility journey, then it can feel as though they have given up hope or interest in the process.
All of which can leave you feeling vulnerable and isolated during the holiday season.
In addition to the emotional struggles, the holiday food and festivities can be a large digression from your daily fertile lifestyle/diet regime. Whether you have started eating more whole foods, cooking at home, reducing (or eliminating) alcohol or coffee or are needing to take time out from fertility treatments due to travel, can all feel like a complete overhaul to your fertile regime.
Not having control over what you are eating, exercise, self-care practices or continuing with a specific treatment process, can leave you feeling all the more vulnerable during the holiday stretch.
Thus, it is important to focus on what you can control and feel empowered and confident about how you are continuing to support yourself during this time.
One way is to take comfort in knowing that many of the traditional holiday foods are actually wonderful in supporting your fertility!
You don’t need to wait until January to get back on track.
For healthy, delicious recipes that use the fertility boosting foods listed below, check out nutritionist, Elizabeth Rider’s Thanksgiving e-book and campaign to end child hunger. A wonderful way to support your fertility and give back during the holiday season.
Sweet Potato Yams: Rich in vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant to prevent cell damage to eggs and sperm. Full of Fiber. Regulate blood sugar which is specifically helpful for women with PCOS. Vitamin A is required for male reproduction.
Fresh Cranberries (not sweetened): High source of antioxidant, vitamin E for preventing cell damage to sperm and egg. Vitamin C to boost immunity.
Brussel sprouts: Rich in folic acid. Essential preconception and pregnancy nutrient. Contain phytonutrients called DIM that supports estrogen metabolism and body’s detoxification processes. DIM is important for women who have estrogen dominance which can lead to fibroids or endometriosis.
Pomegranate: Powerful antioxidant to improve reduce cell damage and improve sperm quality, fertility and longevity.
Kale: Rich in folic acid, B vitamins, zinc, magnesium, vitamin E and selenium. Contains phytonutrient called DIM that supports estrogen metabolism. Important for women who have estrogen dominance which can lead to fibroids or endometriosis.
Carrots: Rich in beta-carotene (precursor to vitamin A) can improve male sperm motility up to 6.5-8%
Stock: Superfood that is nutrient and mineral dense, like a liquid multivitamin. Rich in collagen which supports bone, ligament and connective tissue. Healing and supportive for gut health. Anti-inflammatory compounds of cysteine and glycine and much much more!
Pumpkin Seeds: Important for egg and sperm health because it is an antioxidant, assists with cell division and acts as repercussion agent against heavy metals and cigarette inflammatory agent. Regulates male and female hormones.
Walnut: Only nut that contains omega 3 fatty acids which play a critical role in all functions of the body but also assist with regulating hormones, increase cervical fluid, improve sperm parameters and increase blood flow to the uterus.
Pumpkin: Great source of fiber, anti-inflammatory and is plenty filling which can help regulate blood sugar (important for women with PCOS).
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