If you started your holiday with the best intentions of eating healthily but have found things haven’t exactly panned out that way, don’t despair. Holidays are about having a break from your normal routine and enjoying yourself, so please don’t beat yourself up about it.
You may have come home feeling tired, sluggish and bloated. Even a few days of indulgence can make us feel like this. If you can relate to this, here are my top tips to help you get back on track, start feeling energised, and get those nutritious fertility foods back on your plate:
Remember how and what you were eating before your holiday. If you’ve fallen off the healthy eating wagon don’t use that as an excuse to keep going. Make a fresh start, aiming to eat more fertility friendly foods one meal at a time.
There maybe be more social occasions and events on the horizon. You can still enjoy them but plan ahead and decide when you're going to indulge and when you’re going to be more mindful about what you’re eating.
Don't deny yourself. Restricting yourself of all the foods you love after your holiday can be really tough. In fact if we tell ourselves not to have a certain food that can often be the very food we can't stop thinking about. Plus life can be very boring if we can't enjoy the foods we love.
Prioritise the veg. Load up your plate with vegetables rather than adding it as a garnish, and go for a variety to benefit from all the different plant chemicals and fibres.
Give your body a break by resting your digestive system. Try to leave 4-5 hours in between meals and aim for a 12 hour overnight fast. If you eat a meal late in the evening have breakfast the following day at a later time.
Drink plenty of water. Hot weather, overindulgence, and alcohol can leave us dehydrated. Water has many important benefits including helping the body to detoxify, supporting cervical mucus and sperm production, ovulation and embryo implantation, so have water available at all times. As a reminder try to drink a glass each time you’ve been to the toilet.
And finally, it's important to know that stress puts your body in fat storage mode so try to rekindle some of that holiday R&R!
If you would like some help to prepare for fertility treatment, contact me to find out about my 12 week Boost Your Fertility programme. Book your free discovery call to find out how I can help you.
Disclaimer: Nutritional Therapy is not a replacement for medical advice, practitioners always refer any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional. The information provided here is general and is not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure any diseases or conditions.