Or HOW TO SHOP, COOK AND STORE FOOD…
I’m always banging on about eating a varied diet of nourishing foods to protect and fire up fertility. I know I do.
But did you know, that what you buy, how you cook it and how you store it is important too?
Well grab a brew, pull up a chair and read on missus. I’m about to share my top tips for a fertility friendly kitchen.
Fertility Friendly Shopping
So what are my best secrets for being a savvy shopper when it comes to protecting and boosting fertility?
- Start with replacing the packets, tins, jars and cartons with real food. Proper foods. Fresh foods. Buy food that is ingredients, not has ingredients.
- Buy organic as much as you can – certainly meat and poultry to avoid the growth hormones and drugs. AND any dairy you choose to eat for the same reasons. PLUS the “dirty dozen” most polluted veggies and fruits. Also read my blog on how to deal with the hormone harmers lurking in your fridge if you can’t buy all organic stuff.
- Buy fresh. It’s better to do a couple of shops a week and have fresh stuff than one big old shop and be snarfing limp, sad, tired veggies by Friday.
- Become an avid reader of labels – avoid additives, preservatives, colourings, GMOs, sugar (including all the words with “ose” that are actually sugars) and other nasties that harm hormones and health.
Fertility Friendly Cooking
Did you know the materials you cook with have an impact on your food?
And your food impacts on your health and fertility.
The three safest options are:-
- cast iron
- enamel coated cast iron
- stainless steel.
Non-stick pans are convenient, but can cause problems if you scrape the coating and it gets into your food. Teflon has been linked with reduced fertility, thyroid issues and cancers.
Copper can leach from copper pans. Its allergenic, toxic and high copper can affect women’s hormones and fertility.
Aluminium has been linked with oestrogen-driven cancers and Alzheimers. Maybe time for a change?
And do you use a microwave to cook?
Microwaving alters the structure of food. Some studies suggest it’s harmful, others pooh pooh that. When stuff isn’t clear, I’m personally very cautious. I don’t eat microwave food, knowingly.
Fertility Friendly Food Storage
Again natural materials are best for food storage. Think fertility friendly wood, ceramics, glass, stainless steel, cast iron.
Avoid copper, aluminium and non stick.
PLUS plastics. Many plastic storage containers contain BPA which is a known hormone harmer. It’s in plastic drinks bottle too. Look out for BPA free containers – I bought mine on the high street, so they’re easy to get.
And what of food wrap?
Avoid using aluminium foil right next to the food, if you can.
Ditto PVC plastic food wrap. Especially fatty food like cheese and meat.
Cover the containers rather than wrap the actual food.
I like paper bags, greaseproof and non PVC wrap myself.
There’s a lot to take on board here. But start with ONE change.
Once that’s mastered, take another step…and another.
Soon you’ll be shopping, cooking and storing food like a fertility friendly Ninja. Any questions, just ask over on Footsteps to Fertility
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