Keto for Fertility
Many clients come to me with fertility issues and want help getting pregnant. When women are eating a low fat diet, this causes their hormones to not produce enough progesterone. Estrogen, progesterone, cortisol, DHEA, and testosterone are made from cholesterol; if we don’t eat enough, our bodies take cholesterol from our endocrine system to use for brain function and repair. When that happens, it’s almost impossible for our bodies to maintain hormonal balance. When following a low-fat diet, what are women eating? Carbs! I was guilty of this and dealt with estrogen dominance at a young age. But I now have found balance with my hormones. But since both Craig and I have a passion for adoption and have seen the millions of children who need homes in the orphanages, we feel that we are destined to adopt.
Carbohydrates are metabolized into sugars which cause weight gain and insulin resistance which in turn disturbs normal ovulation because it converts healthy estrogen into androgens (testosterone). This is a classic sign of PCOS that I see quite often. Starch, sugar and caffeine increase androgen production and women often complain about dark hairs on their face and inability to lose weight. Saturated fats and cholesterol make healthy hormones, including thyroid hormones, which also help with fertility. We cannot have proper hormonal balance and conceive a child without adequate amounts of saturated fats.
I often start my clients out with eating a “fat bomb” three times a day. Click HERE to find a recipe. A fat bomb is basically a tasty treat made with coconut oil, cocoa powder and stevia (basically this keto-fudge recipe).
But if that is too rich for you, I also suggest stir frying with coconut oil, using it in spreads like my “nut butters” and I always use it in my baked goods. Coconut oil is high in Lauric Acid (LA). LA is found in two sources: coconut and breast milk! It has been proven that breast feeding women who eat coconut products have higher levels of LA in their milk. This is important because it boosts the immune system. Other awesome properties of LA is that it increases the baby’s brain and bone development. Our bodies can store LA so start consuming coconut early on in pregnancy helps with milk production.
Cholesterol so important during fertility and pregnancy, it is the foundation of normal cell function and it helps us digest fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K which are essential in formation of healthy fetuses. Full fat dairy is also filled with healthy cholesterol, but I do find some clients to be dairy sensitive and for those clients we need to use other sources of saturated fats such as the coconut oil and quality animal fats, seafood and egg yolks.
I do not recommend losing weight while pregnant or breastfeeding. You store toxins in your fat cells. When eat a keto-adapted diet, you lose weight by burning body fat rather than lean mass, like you do with low-fat diets. For example, if you are losing 1 pound of body fat every four days, that is 3500 calories worth of toxins in your blood. Your blood stream becomes very high in toxins because they are getting released from your fat cells. Passing them to your fetus or baby is undesired.
A Fertility Testimony
Hi Maria! So, I came to you just what, 8 weeks ago? I asked for help with 2 matters. Weight loss and infertility. I know from my measurements that weight loss is occurring and we found out this week that I am expecting!! How’s that for fantastic news?! In just 2 monthly cycles, my body was able to do what it hasn’t been able to do in 3 years ( I started your eating plan on day 1 of the first cycle). – Erin
“HEALTHIFIED” CHOCOLATE PUDDING
6 TBS cocoa powder
½ cup chocolate unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk
¼ cup of Swerve confectioners (or equivalent)
2 teaspoons vanilla
Pinch of fine grain sea salt
Place all ingredients in a blender and purée until very smooth. Enjoy!
Makes 6 servings.