Did you know that our nutritional needs change throughout the year? While we have basic nutritional needs, which are constant, what we need to eat to be our healthiest changes. What we need in winter is completely different from what we need in summer, for example.
Therefore, it makes sense to modify what we eat according to the time of the year. Luckily, Mother Nature has taken care of this for us. Nature has an amazing ability to give us exactly what we need, when we need it.
And when we’re trying to conceive, we want to be our healthiest. We want to feel our best. We want to give our body what she needs to be her strongest. And we can.
We just need to practice the art of seasonal eating.
What is seasonal eating?
Seasonal eating sounds like a buzzword, like some kind of new “Diet”, like Adkins, Paleo or Keto. Now you know me, and you know that I don’t advocate following strict, rigid “Diets.”
What I do advocate is eating a balanced diet that’s rooted in whole foods – whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and preferably more plants than meat.
Seasonal eating is basically following a diet like that, and including foods that are in season in the area where you live.
This means berries in the summer, squashes in the fall, root vegetables in winter and lots of leafy greens in the spring (although leafy greens are actually seasonal and recommended all year).
Seasonal eating is not new. It’s actually the way we used to eat we could get whatever food we wanted at any time.
Believe it or not, it wasn’t always possible to walk into your grocery store in February and see, for example, bright red strawberries there. Before the era of industrial farming and global transportation really taking off, what you could get at the store was what was in season in your area, and that was all you could get.
Chances are if you check those February strawberries, you’d see that they’re grown in someplace like California. If you live on the east coast, like me, that means those strawberries travelled 3,000 miles to get to you. That’s crazy!
I’m not that old, but I remember as a kid eating berries and melons and corn on the cobb in the summer, and that was the only time I would be able to have them. That’s not the case anymore.
How can eating with the seasons benefit your fertility?
When looking at fertility concerns, it’s important to note that issues with ovulation are the leading cause of female infertility. This could include irregular ovulation, painful ovulation, or even no ovulation at all.
Hello, you can’t get pregnant unless you’re ovulating! Especially if you’re trying to conceive naturally.
At the root of ovulatory issues is hormonal imbalance. And a key contributor to hormone imbalance is diet.
You’ve heard the expression, you are what you eat? It’s true!
It’s not just what we eat, though. It’s also how our food is prepared.
As I said earlier, our nutritional needs vary throughout the year. In the winter, for example, we need warm foods, grounding foods, slightly heavier foods. So winter isn’t the time to go on a raw foods diet. And if you do, you’ll feel hungry, tired and run-down most of the time. Summer, on the other hand, is a great time for a raw foods diet, when we need lighter, cooling foods.
So yes, it does matter what we eat and when.
Eating a whole-foods diet that features seasonal foods goes a long way toward restoring hormone balance, normalizing ovulation, and regulating the menstrual cycle.
It’s not just about hormone balance. Our bodies crave balance with nature, and nutrition is the foundation for this. Eating seasonal food allows us to eat with balance and give our bodies the natural balance that they crave.
So what do we need for the summer season?
Summer is a time of high energy. During the summer we want light foods so we don’t get weighed down. We also need lots of water, even more than at other times of the year, so we need foods with high water content. Summer is a time of growth and expansion, so foods that give us the energy to enjoy the energy of this season.
So during the summer we’ll eat more raw foods, or foods that are lightly cooked. Think berries, melons, raw vegetables, cucumbers, zucchini and tomatoes. Nature really comes through for us in summer. My mom always used to say that summer is the best time to eat, and she’s right.
The heart is a focal point of our body for the summer season. During the summer, we want to protect and open our heart, physically and spiritually.
Are you ready to get healthy and fertile with seasonal eating?
This summer I’m offering Renewal for Fertility, a 10-day cleanse experience that is rooted in the power of seasonal eating. During the cleanse you’ll eat scrumptious, easy to prepare fall foods to gently remove toxins from your body and give your internal organs, including your uterus and ovaries, a cleaning.
Seasonal cleansing was a big part of my fertility journey and I credit it with helping me get healthy to conceive my son. Read more here.
The best part of this quick, 7-day summer cleanse is that you can get the cleanse materials now, and cleanse whenever it suits your schedule, as long as you do it before fall hits on September 23. And I’m just a click away whenever you need a loving ear.
I’d love to cleanse with you!