Real food for fertility

egg quality fertility hormones gut health lifestyle nutrition May 26, 2024

In today’s episode, my colleague Haley Smith and I interview two very important practitioners in the fertility space, Lily Nichols and Lisa Hendrickson-Jack to discuss their newly released book 'Real Food for Fertility.' Our conversation delves into the importance of understanding the menstrual cycle, the impact of emotional stress on fertility, some misconceptions about intermittent fasting, caffeine intake, folic acid vs folate and much more. We also touch on the impact of hormonal contraceptives on fertility and the importance of nutrient optimization before conception.

Episode Highlights:

  • Understanding fertility: ovulation and pregnancy in any menstrual cycle
  • The impact of emotional stress on menstrual cycles and hormonal imbalance
  • The impact of under eating on ovulation
  • Debunking myths and realities of intermittent fasting for fertility and weight loss
  • How caffeine affects appetite, health habits and fertility
  • The difference between folic acid and folate for women's health and pregnancy preparation
  • Diving into birth control and how it it influences time to conception
  • Expert tips for preparing your body for pregnancy

Guest Bio’s:

Haley Smith

Haley is a Nutritionist and Certified Fertility Awareness Practitioner specializing in helping women find their answers to sub-fertility and inspiring them to take action at the root cause level. She’s on a mission to serve women who have never been taught how their fertility works or given agency on their journey to conception. She does so by bringing a step by step process to helping women understand their menstrual cycle and restore their fertility.

Lisa Hendrickson-Jack

Lisa Hendrickson-Jack is a certified Fertility Awareness Educator and Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner who trains women’s health practitioners to use their menstrual cycle as a vital sign in their practices. She is the founder of the Fertility Awareness Mastery Mentorship™ program. She is the author of three bestselling books The Fifth Vital Sign, the Fertility Awareness Mastery Charting Workbook, and her most recent book Real Food For Fertility, which she co-authored with Lily Nichols RDN. Lisa works tirelessly to debunk the myth that regular ovulation is only important when you want children by recognizing the menstrual cycle as a vital sign. Drawing heavily from the current scientific literature, Lisa presents an evidence-based approach to help women connect to their fifth vital sign by uncovering the connection between the menstrual cycle, fertility, and overall health. With well over 4 million downloads, her podcast, Fertility Friday, is the #1 source for information about fertility awareness and menstrual cycle health.

Lily Nichols

Lily Nichols is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, researcher, and author with a passion for evidence-based prenatal nutrition. Her work is known for being research-focused, thorough, and critical of outdated dietary guidelines. She is the founder of the Institute for Prenatal Nutrition™, co-founder of the Women’s Health Nutrition Academy, and the author of three books: Real Food for Fertility (co-authored with Lisa Hendrickson-Jack), Real Food for Pregnancy and Real Food for Gestational Diabetes. Lily’s bestselling books have helped tens of thousands of mamas (and babies!), are used in university-level maternal nutrition and midwifery courses, and have even influenced prenatal nutrition policy internationally.

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Please Note: The contents of this podcast are for educational and informational purposes only. The information is not to be interpreted as, or mistaken for, clinical advice. Please consult a medical professional or healthcare provider for medical advice, diagnoses, or treatment.

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