Thursday, July 19, 2012

Cleaning up our act

I have been reading quite a bit over the last few months about Ea.ting. It seems to be all the rage these days. When I first read about it I thought the people were crazy! They said things like, "sugar affects the pleasure centers in your brain like cocaine." I said, "I'm ok with that. Sugar is my drug of choice." They also posted their meal plans, gag is all I have to say. Then a pin on Pinter.est caught my eye. I followed it and there was a video all about what food does and why we eat certain things, and most importantly, what it is doing to our body. (And fertility!) So I mulled it over for a few days. I had DH watch it and told him I wanted to buy the materials and I wanted to change what WE ate. He agreed. 

We literally threw out, or donated, every piece of food that was no longer part of "the plan". Our pantry was empty for the first time since we purchased our house. It was a bit extreme but I found myself longing for gram crackers and cereal and didn't need the temptation. 

So what do we eat. Basically fruit, veggies, and meat. And all of it is Organi.c. I know, I know there is a bunch of hoopla about how organic things may be lies and no better for our health, but I am a firm believer that things that are pesticide free, free range, and not treat with antibiotics or hormones have to be better for my body. We can also have sprouted whole grain breads. Which are not so delicious, but the english muffins are tolerable.  We can have dairy, like organic raw milk and greek yogurt. For sweeteners our choices are honey and 100% pure maple syrup. So really it isn't all that bad. Oh and we drink 1/2 our body weight in oz of water each day. Luckily I love water so I haven't had any issues with that. Yes, our grocery bill is higher than ever, but our overall food bill is lower since we don't eat out... EVER.

 We are one month in and I feel amazing. DH feels pretty great too, although I know he longs for a good old fashioned hamburger from a certain fast food chain or just some normal BBQ sauce. He has lost 8 lbs and I am down 3. I wish it was more, but I am not doing it for the weight loss, I am doing it to see if it will improve our chances at having a baby. Now I don't believe this will get us pregnant the old fashioned way, I have given up all hope on that end, but maybe it will help raise his counts and help my body deal with the IVF meds better. Wouldn't that be a miracle?!?!

My hope is to meet with the RE we want to see in 3-6 months. That will be the true test. I know they will do a SA and I am interested to see if it makes any difference at all. I have a feeling it will and in a big way. DH's count hasn't even been listed, they simply say "very few sperm" so them saying even 100,000 would be a vast improvement. I'm hopeful but not crazy. We shall see what happens... 


  1. Go you! We switched to organic last year. What I am realizing is that the food tastes so much better- try organic ice cream if you are still unsure.

    We also do the 1/2 plate fruits and non-starchy veggies, 1/4 protein (no bigger than a deck of cards), and 1/4 plate whole-grain carbs. That has helped beat the carb sluggishness that I had been feeling.

  2. That's awesome you guys are being healthy!! I hope it helps with the hubby's numbers! I've hears stories about how changing your diet can really make a difference with the numbers. Good luck and keep us posted!!

  3. Yeeeeehaw! That is awesome. I think all these processed carbs and sugar have a HUGE deal to do with declining fertility.

  4. That's awesome! I wish I had the will power to make a change like that. I think it's great that you are feeling so good too. Fingers crossed for a terrific visit with that new RE. :)