How to Have a Healthy Holiday While Trying to Conceive
It’s that time of year again for parties, parties, and more parties! This also means it’s time for lots of food, food, and more food (Oh, and don’t forget the drinks!). While there’s nothing wrong with enjoying the festivities, it’s important to keep your normal, healthy lifestyle in check – especially if you and you’re your partner are trying to get pregnant. Here’s why….
Being overweight has been known to have devastating effects on fertility and can cause abnormalities in hormone levels in both men and women that can have a negative effect on eggs and sperm. Not to mention, it also puts the cardiovascular system in overdrive, promotes pre-diabetic and diabetic states, and increases cholesterol levels. While it’s certainly okay to treat yourself, just don’t completely derail your normal habits. Our fertility specialists recommend you follow these tips:
- Give that buffet table some thought, and make sure your diet includes a balance of lean proteins, healthy fats, and low glycemic index carbohydrates. Avoid foods such as white bread, white potatoes, and sugared sodas. *A low glycemic diet is important especially for women with PCOS who are prone to making high levels of insulin. This includes foods such as vegetables, most fruits, oatmeal, peas, carrots, skim milk, and beans.
- Eat more often. Really?! Yes! By eating smaller, more frequent meals each day instead of three large meals, you won’t be as hungry throughout the day and you’ll boost your metabolism.
- Eat lots of lean proteins and healthy fats. Proteins can include white meat chicken and turkey, lean cuts of red meat, nuts, beans, and tofu. Nuts, avocado, and olive are excellent healthy fat choices. Why is this important? Other than physical health benefits, protein and healthy fats make up essential hormones that influence brain chemicals to stimulate and create positive moods.
- Stop the bad habits! Don’t wait until the New Year; give up smoking (cigarettes and marijuana) and minimize alcohol intake. A healthy lifestyle can help you and your partner to conceive.
- Exercise more frequently, and make it a priority. Fitness does a body good in that it provides physical, mental, and emotional benefits. It’s also important for men to exercise as it’s been proven to help sperm production.
- If you’re heading to an event, eat a healthy meal before you go. This will help you avoid unhealthy temptations and the dessert table! You can also bring a healthy dish for everyone to share.
- Get a good night’s rest. Lack of sleep can throw off the natural cycles in a woman’s body, including ovulation. Shoot for a minimum of seven hours of sleep each night even if it means leaving the party early.
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