Many patients come into the clinic and ask me if they should eliminate gluten or dairy from their diet to enhance fertility. Although this might be a good idea for some, it seems that in our society when we think of good health, we automatically think about deprivation. Why is that? How healthy can it be to deprive oneself of all these things? And why isn't anyone telling you what to put back in to replace those things?
I encourage you to have a mental paradigm shift when it comes to healthy eating. Ask yourself, "What can I add into my diet?" rather than, "What can I take away?" The concept of "adding in" is one of the most important principles in my practice.
Protein and their building blocks, amino acids, are important for all cellular development. Whether you are a meat eater or hold a form of vegetarianism, you must include a variety of protein sources. I recommend having some protein and a healthy fat in every meal and snack. You can easily do this with a variety of beans, nuts, whole grains high in protein, and meat.
One great way to get extra protein in your diet is to make a big pot of beans on the weekend and stretch it out through multiple meals. For instance, you can use them in salads for lunch, tacos for dinner one night and soup the next. At my local grocery store there are 20 varieties of beans in the bulk section.
Have you ever heard of Adzuki beans? In Chinese Medicine, these easily digestible beans are great for strengthening the Qi, Yin and Blood — all necessary for boosting fertility. They are also very high in fertility-friendly minerals and vitamins such as antioxidants, potassium, B vitamins, fiber, iron and zinc! I am including a very simple recipe here so that you can see how easy it is to cook these beans!
It is so important to make long-term, sustainable changes to your diet. If you have made changes that you cannot sustain, that is a sign that you might be doing something too extreme. I hope you enjoy this recipe.
Fertility-Friendly Adzuki Bean Stew