Fertility Workshops launching!

Some of you may know that I’ve been thinking quite a bit about fertility recently, what with my recent addition to the Mums-to-Be club. From a personal perspective, I’d (perhaps naively) believed that my age would militate against me getting pregnant, as a relatively elderly (!) primigravida. But I’ve realised that much of the fear-mongering about women’s fertility after 35 is misplaced, as much can be done to improve one’s chances of rewinding time if you give your body the building blocks to nurture a healthy egg.

With that in mind, I’m launching a series of fertility workshops in the Chorlton area for small groups of women who are seeking to improve their chances of a healthy conception. In the course of the 2-hour session, attendees will learn about the importance and benefits of nutrient-dense foods and fats (those that we’ve been taught to avoid!), things such as:

- grass-fed meats, broths, offal, eggs, seafood, butter.

- why you might need to supplement with cod liver oil and Vitamin D.

Participants will get to sample some tasty recipes and try their hand at making fermented foods, which can restore healthy gut flora and immune function.

That’s not all….

Nutrition is a good part of the battle, but it’s not the only part. We’ll also cover:

- Why it’s essential to improve basal body temperature as a marker of  healthy ovulation, and how to do this.

- The role that stress plays in infertility; how to interrupt the stress response using the wonderfully simple techniques of Emotional Transformation and return the body to a state of relaxation (and thereby a normal cycle).

All this, including handouts and food is included for the price, a bargain at £35. Dates will be booked around your availability, and are likely to include Saturdays. Book now, and get a discount for multiple bookings :-)

Dangers of dieting in conception and early pregnancy

In recent years government dietary advice has increasingly focused on low-fat diets and calorie-control as the key to health, longevity and avoiding obesity. For me and a growing wave of like-minded researchers, this is a fundamental misreading of the available science, and the very denigration of nutrient-dense fats, with their immune-supporting fat-soluble vitamins, cholesterol, choline, etc, is doing its part to increase obesity, heart disease, cancers, type 2 diabetes, learning/behavioural conditions, lowered IQ and nameless other diseases. But in this study evidence shows the devastating effects of restricting calories in conception and early pregnancy, leading to the increased likelihood of obesity and type 2 diabetes in the parent’s offspring.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120401105501.htm

Currently the Food Standards Agency still promotes a low-fat diet even in pregnancy, focussing on lean meats and low-fat dairy. This is a crucial time for a baby in which its requirements for saturated fats, cholesterol and vitamins A, D and K in particular must be met to protect it against birth defects. These nutrients simply aren’t available from plant fats and seed oils (the ones we’re supposed to be eating). Furthermore there is some suggestion that low-fat dairy consumption is actually correlated with poor ovulation and therefore infertility:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/6400171.stm

So the best recommendation I can give if you want to get pregnant? Eat the fat on meat (as well as oily fish), eat free range eggs, full-fat cream, milk and yoghurt, grass-fed butter, and take some good quality cod liver oil.