Diet is so important. The longer I live the more I learn about how significant food is for our well being 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. So I'm not concerned with 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 conscious choices that resonate with us mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally. I try to put the brakes on judgement of others and focus on being my best self.
Trying to get pregnant and realizing that something is not working right in my body has been an 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. I am, however, 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.
None of the following were allowed:
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 see a type O blood type diet chart linked here.
I haven't done much research on the blood type diet, but a lot of people claim there is no science to it. Yet, I feel great on this diet.
Here is a book on the blood type diet, if you'd like to learn more:
For my second IVF, I did the detox and diet for three weeks. You cannot do the detox while you are taking fertility medications 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 as it may be harmful to a growing fetus for various reasons. I was told that the fetus may absorb what your body is getting rid of and that some of the vitamins in the supplements are in such a high dose they may be harmful to a growing fetus.
After I did the diet for the three weeks, I started to introduce foods that my body tolerated well. I ultimately stayed off alcohol, caffeine, gluten, dairy and sugar (I would eat fruits and if I needed a sweetener I would use 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 packaged foods like this are on the way out of my diet altogether) but no cane sugar, brown sugar, etc). Once I was pregnant, I did add some sheep's milk cheese and yogurt back into my diet. And in my third trimester, I ate everything. Dr. Braverman actually recommended 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 anything I ate, 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/fertility journey. I will have to talk more about this later. The reason I bring this up is because Dr. Ben often suggests taking methylated b vitamins and he is the pro on this topic. There are a lot of methylated b vitamins 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. I would take a 500 mg pill and feel much better. Now, however, I can take the methylated b vitamins no problem.
This time around, I am doing Angela's detox again. But, my diet plan is a little different. I talk about this here in my next post.