So Channel your inner Nona!
If you are trying to conceive, or not, you need to eat up during your menstrual and follicular phase of your cycle. If its winter or you live in a cold climate, focus on warm, slow-cooked meals in this phase (not spicy though.. in these two phases, we are primarily nourishing yin). If the climate is warm, some quick stir-fry meals are great... fresh veg, ginger and garlic and some fish, chicken or beef. If you are vegan or vegetarian, increase things like beetroot, leafy greens, mild curries with root veg. Ginger helps 'move blood', so it can help during the menstrual phase, but ease up on the ginger if you think you have conceived and are in the early stages of pregnancy. Also, its yang in nature, so eat it mostly in the morning.
So much more to come on this, stay tuned because I'll update this post this week with some general dietary guidelines.
Here's a couple of recipes to look at. Congee is good for the spleen and stomach and helps build qi and blood, which is great if you have been ill, run down, or you're recovering from childbirth.
We're also developing a preconception dietary program, with recipes and lifestyle tips. We might do this as a webinar series and actually get in the kitchen with a chef!
Dr Jacqui Stocks