“If this type of diet means less heart disease, less diabetes, less cancer, it’s no surprise to me that you’re going to find it leads to less infertility,” says Susan Levin, R.D., director of nutrition education at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit organization that promotes health through nutrition (“Natural Fertility,” 2011; Tarkan, 2010).
It’s one of my favorite quotes!
I learned this first hand. When we are dealing with infertility at least for me anyway, I felt that I was divided. I was two teams just like the Patriots and the Colts or the Redskins and the Cowboys. Two teams that didn’t seem to really get along. There was the “me team” who put on make-up every day, went to work and checked of my to-do list. Then the other team, who I wasn’t crazy about. “Team reproduction” and quite frankly I was tired of dealing that team. I felt they weren’t pulling their weight. I was taking care of what I was supposed to but my eggs and fallopian tubes were not cooperating. It was like doing a project with a group of people and isn’t there always that one person who relies on everyone one else to do the majority of the work while they stay up late and watch reruns.
I thought I was doing everything I was supposed to do and I found myself putting blame on my reproductive organs for not pulling their weight, but the truth was I was the one who was letting “team reproduction” down. Once I starting consuming a whole foods plant-based diet, all bodily function began operating as they were intended to and after 3 years of struggling with infertility I became pregnant in less than three months.