We sat down with Emily to find out exactly what steps are necessary in order to boost fertility through our diet.
Sometimes people are busy in their work days and they haven’t planned their food intake for the day, so they grab a quick food option that isn’t a healthy and nutritious option. Or they skip meals and snacks and end up overeating in the evenings.
Or, people trying to lose weight/ ‘get healthy’ to assist with fertility, can end up being too restrictive with their eating which isn’t sustainable in the long-term. People then become despondent and end up overeating. This restricting and then overeating cycle that people get stuck in is not a healthy one.
Rather than trying to be restrictive and having a mentality that focuses on what you can’t eat, I encourage my clients to focus on eating plenty of healthy nutritious food, regularly throughout the day.
I see ladies trying to cut carbs out of their diet, but then their bodies crave carbs and they end of over-eating on sugary carbs, which is the most unhealthy kind of carb to be eating in relation to fertility!
I encourage my clients to eat enough healthy, unprocessed carbs. This, along with eating enough protein and healthy fat, helps to keep sugar cravings away, and helps to keep your body well nourished.
My approach to nutrition is to help my clients to make changes to their diet that are going to be sustainable to follow through with in the long-term. I don’t believe in strict diets. I believe in creating lifestyle habits that become a part of who you are. Fantastic health and a great sense of all-round well-being can be achieved if you consistently follow your healthy lifestyle habits. The answer does not lie in the next ‘quick fix diet.’
I believe in treating my patients holistically…
When I work with my clients we look at the inter-relationship between what I call ‘Emily’s 3 M’s’, which are Mind (your psychological well-being, your relationship with food and your body, mindful eating, management of emotional eating, sleep, stress management’), Movement (exercise habits and movement in your daily life), and Mouth (the types of food you put in your mouth, and when you eat).
I find that working within this framework really helps clients to make lifestyle changes. It’s so much more than just ‘changing your diet’. It is about creating a healthy lifestyle for yourself.
I believe in focusing on a whole-food diet as far as possible. I encourage my clients to eat plenty of nutrient-rich, un-processed foods, with the occasional treat.
Yes! A few years ago my sister (who has PCOS) was trying to fall pregnant. I gave her some nutrition advice, which she implemented like a star. Within 2 months she was pregnant, with twins, naturally.
It was amazing to see how the desire to fall pregnant was so strong that she had this single-minded focus when it came to implementing the dietary changes. And it was so awesome to see how well it worked out for her.
From there I became even more interested in fertility-related nutrition and started to work with women to help them change their diets to optimise fertility. I find it incredibly rewarding to be able to play a role in helping women achieve their dream of becoming a mom. It really is the best.
Since having my son and becoming a mom myself in 2016, my passion for the field of women’s health and fertility-related nutrition has become even greater.
It helps you to maintain a healthy body weight:
Managing your blood sugar levels is an essential component of ensuring regular ovulation: