5 Foods That Are Making You Fat & Hurting Your Fertility
Recently, I gained some weight after jumping on the raw foods bandwagon, and I was inspired to go back to the basics and see what happened. As a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioner, I always revisit my teachings whenever I feel off.
In TCM, digestion is viewed as a process that requires warm energy. So how does that relate to what we eat? Well, according to TCM, all foods have properties according to how they behave energetically in the body. Some are warming (think meat and chili, for example) and others are cooling (like melons and berries).
For people with a cold constitution, (you know, the folks who literally sit on the heater), adding more cold can be disastrous. For those who are hot, adding heat isn’t ideal, either. It can lead to all kinds of issues such as period pain or headaches. The point is: What works for your cousin's-uncle's-babysitter won’t necessarily work for you. And just because Miranda Kerr thrives on juice, doesn’t mean you or I will. You need to work out what works for your constitution. But at its best, the digestive system doesn't differ from person to person. It has a way it likes to run. And so you might be surprised to see the following on a list of fattening foods. Not only are they helping you pack on the weight, they could be interfering with your fertility, too.)
Given the TCM view of digestion, you might imagine that raw foods are hard to digest, due to the strain they place on your system. For those with sluggish digestive systems, these foods may contribute to infertility, weight gain, bloating, sluggish bowels, you name it... the list is huge!
The load they put on the digestive system is so big that it tends to give up. Or it can only complete half the job, meaning you're not adequately absorbing all the nutrients from these foods.
Centuries ago, foods were often cooked to remove poisons and make them safe to eat. These foods assisted in digestion because they were simple to break down.
Fast forward a little: we're now eating so much more raw food. These fruits and vegetables are usually very cold from the fridge, so they keep for a long time—longer than nature intended—and many have been genetically modified. (That comes with another swag of issues.) My advice? Switch raw salads for blanched veggies drizzled in oil and vinegar, or add a touch of honey and some sesame seeds for a punch of digestive power.