When New Year’s Day 2013 rolled around, my husband and I started discussing new year’s resolutions. We’ve never really made big resolutions in year’s past, but this year we resolved to start eating clean. Some minor health issues arose at the end of 2012, and my research showed that a clean diet may help fix those issues.
What exactly is clean eating? Basically it is ridding your diet of preservatives, additives and other processed/junk food. Eating clean involves eating lots of food straight from nature, like fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and choosing meats that come from grain-fed and free-range animals. It means reading labels and avoiding food with ingredients you don’t recognize or cannot pronounce and eating foods with fewer ingredients, ideally three to six ingredients.
What does clean eating have to do with fertility? As Krissy has shown us through her blog posts, what we put in our bodies can affect our fertility. Studies have shown that eating a balanced diet, which clean eating encourages, improves your chances of conceiving. According to an article from the Daily Beast, “Can Food Make You Infertile? Foods to Eat and Avoid”, many processed foods lead to lower sperm counts in men and ovulatory infertility in women.
Not only is clean eating a great way to live overall, it may improve your chances of conceiving! For more information on clean eating, check out The Gracious Pantry, The Eat Clean Diet or my personal blog, Eating Clean and Saving Green.