"It is important to follow a healthy eating pattern and to participate in regular exercise"
Ideally when you are trying to conceive you should be between BMI 20-25. This applies to both male and female. Being overweight and underweight reduces your pregnancy rate.
It is important to hence follow a healthy eating pattern and to participate in regular exercise.
Try and cut down on simple carbohydrates (see list below). Also eat fresh organic food if possible. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks and orange juice. Avoid foods containing lots of sugars and refined carbohydrates and cut down on wheat containing foods such as bread, pastry, cakes and biscuits. If consuming dairy products try and consume nonfat products and avoid ice-cream. Avoid foods containing artificial sweeteners and carbonated sodas.
CAFFEINATED and CARBONATED DRINKS - if you cant live without coffee no more than 2 cups a day
ALCOHOL – no more than 5 standard drinks a week
SMOKING AND ILLICIT DRUGS
HIGH GI FOODS - French fries, white rice, sugar, honey chocolate, sugared cereals, rice cakes, white bread, rice, pasta, baked potatoes, carrots, parsnip and sweet potatoes.
OILY FISH - mackerel, salmon, herrings and sardines. These foods provide the good saturated fats.
ESSENTIAL PROTEIN - avocado, chicken, fish, low-fat yogurt and milk, cottage cheese, tofu, eggs, baked beans, kidney beans.
LOW GI FOODS - apples, plums, pears, peaches, cherries, apricot, grapefruits, all pulses such as lentils and chick peas, green leafy vegetables such as broccoli, mushrooms, onions, garlic, asparagus and wholegrain or rye bread, nuts, and oat biscuits.
Try drinking lemon and ginger first thing in morning. To make this, cut up lemon and ginger into teapot, leave for 2 minutes strain and pour - it’s delicious.
Drink 2 litres of water during day. You can also drink herbal teas, dandelion coffee and fresh vegetable juices.
• porridge with low fat milk or non-toasted museli
• rye bread toast with butter ( avoid margarine)
• raw carrots / celery sticks
• salad and salmon / advocado
• apple / nonfat organic yoghurt
• pear/ almonds/pumpkin seeds/ sesame seed/walnuts/cucumber
• organic chicken fillet / vegetables - brocoli/spinach/raw carrot/asparagus/ mushrooms
• have a relaxing herbal tea such as peppermint or camomile.