- Consume mostly organic vegetables, sauteed or lightly cooked.
- Eat beef, chicken, turkey, ham.
- Eat grains like rice, quinoa, oats.
- Eat squash, yams, pumpkin and pumpkin seeds unless you have PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). While some fertility diets advocate it, massive yam consumption can actually delay or prevent ovulation if you have PCOS because the high starch and sugar content in yams impairs the glucose metabolism that occurs with this condition.
- Eat cherries, coconut, dates, figs, grapes, and mushrooms. It is helpful to eat fruits with nuts or yogurt, because it helps keep your blood sugar levels stable.
- Do not eat raw, cold foods. Don't consume ice-cold beverages, or put ice in your drinks. Avoid ice cream and popsicles. Don't eat food straight out of the refrigerator. In Chinese Medicine, your digestion is seen as a fire or oven. It has to kind of cook things in order to break them down and digest them. It takes more energy to digest raw, cold food and you receive less energy than you expend in digesting them. Soups, stews, and baked things are preferable.
- Avoid energetically cold fruits like mangos, watermelon, pears, and persimmons.
- Avoid damp creating foods like milk and milk products such as cheese or ice cream. There are options with goat, sheep, rice and almond milk that are worth trying. Goat and sheep's milk are more similar to human milk, and much easier to digest for most people.
- Do not eat refined carbohydrates like pasta or bread. Avoid any food made with white flour. Simple starches are converted to glucose immediately after ingestion and quickly spike the blood sugar, and quickly makes the blood sugar crash. In Chinese medicine it is said to damage the Spleen.
- Avoid sugar and sugar substitutes. Try a green apple, red currants, dark chocolate, or a kiwi if you want something sweet. Sometimes if you need a pick-me-up, a brisk walk outside will help you get more energy.
- Do not drink fruit juice...eat only whole fruits. Juice spikes your blood sugar because it lacks fiber. If you must have some juice every now and again, make sure to dilute it half and half with water.
- Spleen and stomach are at their strongest between 7-11am, so breakfast is important
- Spleen and stomach are at their weakest between 7-11pm, so better to have the last meal of the day before 7pm
- Chew your food thoroughly. Avoid drinking too much with your meals, instead drink more between meals. Water dilutes the stomach acid, and saliva contains enzymes that help you get more nutrition from your food, especially from grains. In Japan, some people chew up to 50 times with each bite. It may be bothersome at first, but after a while one gets accustomed to eating more slowly.
- Get adequate rest and sufficient exercise. Sleep is restorative and its healing properties cannot be underestimated. Swimming, yoga, tai chi are good options.
- Do not exercise excessively during menstruation. During menstruation, it is a good idea to rest, and take it easier. Enjoy a good book, watch an enjoyable film, write in a journal. If you need some exercise, gentle walking can be helpful.
- Perform meditative techniques to help relieve the mind of undue worry.
- Take a high quality probiotic and enzyme. Here's my favorite probiotic, and my favorite enzyme.
Here's a sample weekly meal plan:
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