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Your Diet

I’m sure as you read the words, Your Diet, you probably wanted to delete this post. But wait! Don’t do it, keep reading…

I chuckle at myself. I’m writing a post and referring a resource about our diets and infertility, and here I am drinking a glass of chocolate milk! Well, at least it has the ‘good’ fats in it. {smiles} This book, The Fertility Diet – Groundbreaking Research Reveals Natural Ways to Boost Ovulation & Improve Your Chances of Getting Pregnant has been on my bookshelf for awhile now. I hope to delve into it a little deeper soon, but thought I’d share an excerpt today.

I’ll put a disclaimer on this. I’m not an expert on diet or health, nor do I always eat the best or exercise the most, but strongly feel we should take care of our bodies and use wisdom. After all our bodies are the temple of the Lord in which His Spirit dwells, as stated in I Corinthians 3:16-17.

So I pray this post will spurn you on to a healthier lifestyle and I’ll hope you’ll purchase this great resource too!

From the book The Fertility Diet –
Jorge E. Chavarro M.D. & Walter C. Willett, M.D.

The authors state,

“We hope we have convinced you by now that a few changes in diet, weight, and activity can ignite ovulation and help you get pregnant faster and with few worries. These changes include:

  • More slow carbs, fewer highly processed ones
  • More healthful unsaturated fats, no trans fat.
  • More protein from plants, less from red meat.
  • A serving or two a day of whole milk or other full-fat diary foods, less skim milk and low-fat dairy foods.
  • A daily multivitamin that contains at least 400 mcg of folic acid and 40 to 80 mg of iron.
  • Coffee, tea, and alcohol in moderation, if at all, but no sugared sodas.
  • Moving toward the fertility zone for weight (a body mass index of 20-24) and physical activity (thirty to sixty minutes a day, and don’t be afraid of vigorous exercise).



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Thank you so much for sharing this… I love to see a moderate, sensible approach to nutrition– and even better that it is good for fertility!

Hi, as someone going through infertility, I enjoy reading your blog and find it a wonderful source of encouragement. I just wanted to address this topic about diet and fertility because I’ve learned a lot about this over the past year.

After watching “Forks Over Knives” (available on Netflix), we decided to try a plant-based diet for one month to see if it would benefit us (no dairy, meat, animal products, oils, or highly processed foods). Before the month was over, we decided to adopt this diet for life. We had so much more energy, mental clarity, no headaches, and my lifelong battle with IBS-type symptoms completely disappeared. And the benefits kept coming…my husband’s cholesterol dropped 60 points in 2.5 months, his blood pressure returned to normal, and eczema cleared up. I lost 35 pounds, acne cleared up, and my hormones started to regulate ON THEIR OWN! I no longer experience any menstrual cramps, have shorter periods, and my formerly low progesterone levels (that I used to have to supplement with progesterone cream) have returned to normal without any medication or supplements.

It may sound like a strict diet and seem daunting at first, but I will say that if it were not for our struggle with infertility, we never would have had an open mind to giving this a try. What a shame it would have been to miss out on this dramatic health improvement! We are so thankful for God using infertility to open our minds to the fact that we needed to take better care of our temples and do all we could to ready our vessels for children one day. Although we continue to wait patiently for His timing and plan to bring children into our lives, we will never return to our former way of eating/living.

If anyone reading this would like more information about adopting a plant-based diet, I’d be happy to provide assistance, or you can look into Forks Over Knives on your own. I hope you find this encouraging and helpful!

Lesli Westfall

Thanks Jessica!

Lesli Westfall

Thanks Christine! Thanks for your testimony and information regarding your change of diet. Wow! That is wonderful on all points. I’m believing for you now, that God will grant the desire of your heart. I’m sorry I’m replying to this so many months after your great, informative comment — I had a death in the family that’s been hard to get through. God bless you. – Lesli