Anyone trying to eat organic?

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Registered: 11-30-2003
Anyone trying to eat organic?
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Tue, 05-18-2004 - 5:57pm
I have been doing a lot of reading on the positive impact of organic foods & eliminating meat & dairy from your diet on your fertility. I have just recently started to eat organic, meatless & dairy-free as much as possible.

I posted this information on another site and someone mentioned that soy products can have a negative effect on fertility. aaarrrgghhh!! If I don't have soy, how will I get my proteins? I don't eat a ton of soy...I try to keep things in balance...but I do have some soy (milk or tofu) each day.

Anyone else trying something similar? I've read several books, but if anyone has any recommendations, I'd love to hear about them. Thanks...

Margie

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Registered: 09-27-2003
Wed, 05-19-2004 - 9:33am
Hi Margie,

I also have read about the importance of avoiding chemical additives, pesticides and hormones (all present in industrially produced food in this country) in one's diet.

As for soy, I think it is only a problem in large amounts. However, I decided to cut it out entirely, since I don't know how much of it is okay to consume.

There are supposedly some other foods that are counter-indicated, like peas, potatoes, and fish that could contain mercury (like tuna or swordfish). Also, as you probably know, caffeine is out and alcohol should be avoided or severely curtailed.

I would be very interested to read what others might post on this subject. In the meantime, all the best to you (and baby dust!)

Lisa

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Registered: 12-26-2003
Wed, 05-19-2004 - 11:45pm
Hi margie,

Yes I have been doing the organic diet along with acupuncture. I have added this to my IVF cycle which we had to do because of MF. I have seen a great deal of women in our age group become successful with this approach. I made a post about a month ago with some info on this. if you need help finding it just give me a post. If you haven't already you should read The Infertility Cure by Randine Lewis. Lots of great info there.

**************Baby dust coming to you!!!!***************

Lisa
Lilypie Baby Days
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Registered: 11-30-2003
Fri, 05-21-2004 - 9:21pm
Lisa & Lisa: Thanks for the posts. I made an appointment with a nutritionist for next weekend and I am going to get a better sense of how to remove meat and most soy...but what I can add and still be healthy.

Lisa, I did get on this track from your previous post and the R. Lewis book on The Infertility Cure (note to any lurkers: this is a great book & I highly recommend)

Take care....and thanks again.

Margie

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Registered: 05-06-2004
Thu, 05-27-2004 - 1:13am
Hi,

I eat completely vegan and organic and have for years. It is OK to eat tofu, but I only eat it about 3 times a week. Protein is found in brown rice, all beans, peanut butter and plenty of other sources. You want to center your diet around brown rice and potatoes and add lots of vegetables and salads and fruits. I try to eat bread about 2 times a week. If I were to get pregnant, I would add a lot more of the tofu and peanut butter because they are also high fat and calories.

I would go to drmcdougall.com and learn about this way of eating and also vegsource.com. They both have message boards and are very supportive. I just turned 40 and am trying to conceive. My children have all been raised vegan since birth and eat an organic diet. They rarely have been sick. Feel free to contact me anytime at unschoolingmommy@aol.com.

Mary