To set a strong nutrition foundation to fuel your body, start by prioritizing whole, minimally-processed foods and opt for variety. Balance each meal with:
- Quality Protein: chicken, eggs, beef, pork, turkey, and fish.
- Fats: coconut oil, olives, olive oil, grass-fed butter, nuts and seeds.
- Colorful Veggies
- Quality Starch: sweet potatoes, plantains, yucca, rice, and oats.
There are certainly specific foods that are great to add in preconception, particularly those rich in beneficial nutrients often lacking in our diets. These include:
- Omega-3 Fats: wild and fatty fish, chia and flax seeds, and walnuts.
- Iodine: sea vegetables and grass-fed dairy.
- Glycine: bone broth, organ meats, collagen, and meats with skin and/or bone.
- Cruciferous Veggies: kale, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, and cauliflower.
There may be foods that don’t serve your body well, so avoiding or lessening these is helpful for lessening stress and inflammation. These include:
- Highly Processed Foods, especially refined sugars and grains.
- Vegetable and Seed Oils
For many women, caffeine and alcohol can also pose problems. Consider experimenting with elimination to find what helps you feel your best.