///Do you eat a balanced diet? Really?

Do you eat a balanced diet? Really?


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What you eat affects your chances to get pregnant

From the perspective of someone who has dealt with vitamins and hormones for over a decade, I am convinced that it is not a good idea to rely on the claims of the food industry that eating “a balanced diet“ will provide all the nutrients that our bodies need. What does a “balanced diet” mean, beyond being a phrase?

Who feels they know what their individual needs are?

Who is telling us what to eat, and based on which evidence?

Our lifestyle has changed radically over the past hundreds of years and our eating habits have become completely disconnected from anything practiced by humans before. We buy our food in the supermarkets as if it were the most obvious thing in the world. It seems unbelievable that the first European supermarket only opened up in England in the middle of the last century!

Although several decades seem like an awful long time, it is in fact just a blink of a moment when considered from the perspective of human existence on Earth.

Regardless, the fact whether we buy our foods in the supermarkets, thrive on processed food, or believe to eat healthy by being vegetarians, vegans, or whatever else, our collective eating habits are just a recent fashion trend, an evolutionary experiment run by a crowd without much theoretical knowledge, without proper controls, and without a person in charge.

My two cents.

What to eat and what to avoid to achieve maximal fertility:

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health               Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs,  and Sugar--Your Brains Silent Killers               The Gluten Connection: How Gluten Sensitivity May Be Sabotaging Your  Health - And What You Can Do to Take Control Now               Mayo Clinic Going Gluten Free: Essential Guide to Managing Celiac Disease and Related Conditions

The Immune System Recovery Plan: A Doctors 4-Step Program to Treat Autoimmune Disease               Celiac Disease (Revised and Updated Edition): A Hidden Epidemic               Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle               Mediterranean Paleo Cooking: Over 150 Fresh Coastal Recipes for a Relaxed, Gluten-Free Lifestyle

Nice readings:

  • Eaton SB, Konner M, Shostak M. Stone agers in the fast lane: chronic degenerative diseases in evolutionary perspective. Am J Med. 1988 Apr;84(4):739-49.
  • Juhl M, Olsen J, Andersen AM, Grønbaek M. Intake of wine, beer and spirits and waiting time to pregnancy. Hum Reprod. 2003 Sep;18(9):1967-71.
  • Konner M, Eaton SB. Paleolithic nutrition: twenty-five years later. Nutr Clin Pract. 2010 Dec;25(6):594-602.
  • Matorras R, Ruiz JI, Mendoza R, Ruiz N, Sanjurjo P, Rodriguez-Escudero FJ. Fatty acid composition of fertilization-failed human oocytes. Hum Reprod. 1998 Aug;13(8):2227-30.
  • Pontzer H, Raichlen DA, Wood BM, Mabulla AZ, Racette SB, Marlowe FW. Hunter-gatherer energetics and human obesity. PLoS One. 2012 7(7):e40503.
  • Selesniemi K, Lee HJ, Muhlhauser A, Tilly JL. Prevention of maternal aging-associated oocyte aneuploidy and meiotic spindle defects in mice by dietary and genetic strategies. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Jul 26;108(30):12319-24.
  • Sofi F, Abbate R, Gensini GF, Casini A. Accruing evidence on benefits of adherence to the Mediterranean diet on health: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Clin Nutr. 2010 Nov;92(5):1189-96.
  • Ströhle A, Hahn A, Sebastian A. Latitude, local ecology, and hunter-gatherer dietary acid load: implications from evolutionary ecology. Am J Clin Nutr. 2010 Oct;92(4):940-5.
  • Ströhle A, Hahn A. Diets of modern hunter-gatherers vary substantially in their carbohydrate content depending on ecoenvironments: results from an ethnographic analysis. Nutr Res. 2011 Jun;31(6):429-35.
  • Toledo E, Lopez-del Burgo C, Ruiz-Zambrana A, Donazar M, Navarro-Blasco I, Martínez-González MA, de Irala J. Dietary patterns and difficulty conceiving: a nested case-control study. Fertil Steril. 2011 Nov;96(5):1149-53.
  • Twigt JM, Bolhuis ME, Steegers EA, Hammiche F, van Inzen WG, Laven JS, Steegers-Theunissen RP. The preconception diet is associated with the chance of ongoing pregnancy in women undergoing IVF/ICSI treatment. Hum Reprod. 2012 Aug;27(8):2526-31.
  • Vujkovic M, de Vries JH, Lindemans J, Macklon NS, van der Spek PJ, Steegers EA, Steegers-Theunissen RP. The preconception Mediterranean dietary pattern in couples undergoing in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection treatment increases the chance of pregnancy. Fertil Steril. 2010 Nov;94(6):2096-101.
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