Diet is so important. What we put into our bodies is so important. The longer I live the more I learn about how important food is for our wellbeing and the more I want to learn about what the best diet is for me.
I truly believe every body is different and there is no one size fits all diet. I feel the same about so many things from food to religion. Nothing is one size fits all. So it's not about convincing anyone that we should be doing the same thing. We are all on different journeys and it's about listening to ourselves, learning about and being open to different things and making choices that resonate with us mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally. That's how we become our best selves. I always believe it's important to put the brakes on judgement of others and focus on being our best selves.
Trying to get pregnant and realizing that something is not working right in my body has been a impetus to focusing on my diet.
For my last IVF Angela (my acupuncturist) was a guide showing me where to start and holding my hand along the way. She started me on a detox and elimination diet that made me feel miserable as I detoxed. But, clearly started to heal my body. As I mentioned in my last post, I lost belly fat that I gained from my previous cycles and my next retrieval was over 100% more successful.
I will share this diet and detox below. But, I do not recommend taking supplements like this without working with a practitioner. If you live in Manhattan, I definitely recommend working with Angela. But, I am not a practitioner and cannot recommend whether this is something anyone else should be doing.
Metagenics Advaclear - 6 a day. Two in the morning with the shake, two with lunch, two with dinner
A Shake in the morning with the following:
Thorne Mediclear Plus - 2 scoops
designs for health Paleo Fiber - 1 Tablespoon
designs for health Paleo Greens - 1 Tablespoon
The original elimination diet Angela put me on was very limiting:
Oranges and orange juice; Dairy and eggs: milk, cheese, eggs, cottage cheese, cream, yogurt, butter, ice cream, frozen yogurt, non-dairy creamers; Grains: wheat, corn, barley, spelt, kamut, rye, triticale (I stayed away from all gluten); Pork, beef/veal, sausage, cold cuts, canned meats, frankfurters, shellfish; Soybean products (soy sauce, soybean oil in processed foods; tempeh, tofu, soy milk, soy yogurt, textured vegetable protein); Peanuts and peanut butter, Corn, creamed vegetables; Butter, margarine, shortening, processed oils, salad dressings, mayonnaise, and spreads; Alcohol, coffee and other caffeinated beverages, soda, pop or soft drinks; Refined sugar, white/brown sugars, sucanat, honey, maple syrup, high fructose corn syrup, evaporated cane juice, agave nectar; Chocolate, ketchup, relish, chutney, soy sauce, barbecue sauce, teriyaki, and other condiments
I also mixed this with a blood type diet and tried to eat for my blood type, which is O
You can find information on type O chart at the linked here.
I haven't done much research on the blood diet, but a lot of people claim there is no science to it. But, I feel great on this diet.
For my second IVF, I did the detox and diet for three weeks. You cannot do the detox while you are taking fertility meds so if you start your protocol before 3 weeks just stop the detox but do as many days as you can.
You also do not want to do this detox while pregnant.
After I did the diet for the three weeks I started to introduce foods that my body tolerated well. I ultimately stayed off alcohol, caffiene, gluten, dairy and sugar (I would eat fruits and if I needed a sweetener a little honey or maple syrup; I also did eat a small amount of sugar in my Rudis gluten free bread (which was my gf bread of choice at the time) but no cane sugar, brown sugar etc) while I was trying to conceive my first. Once I was pregnant, I did add some sheeps milk cheese and yogurt back into my diet. And in my third trimester, I ate everything. Dr. Braverman actually recommends this. My understanding is that it is to expose the baby to different types of foods to hopefully prevent the baby from having any allergies.
My first child does not have any and that's impressive considering both his parents have either full blown allergies or many food intolerances. I also think the diet I feed my son has helped with this as well as other medical decisions I have made.
Interestingly, during my third trimester, I was able to eat everything and my body did not have any problem tolerating even foods like dairy that I normally cannot digest.
The last quick point I will make is regarding MTHFR. You can learn all about MTHFR from Dr. Ben here. I found him super helpful in my healing journey. And will have to talk mare about this later. The reason I bring this up is because one of Dr. Ben's main supplements that he suggests is taking methylated b vitamins. There are a lot in this detox. When I first introduced methylated b vitamins in to my health regimen, it caused me to have a lot of anxiety. I had to have niacin on hand to help with this. I was told by Dr. Ben to take 10 mg at a time but I needed a lot more than that to help with the anxiety. Now I can take the methylated b vitamins no problem.
This time around, I am doing Angela's detox again. My diet plan is a little different. But, will talk about that soon in a future post.