The Mommy Diet: Tips and Tricks for Trying To Conceive
BabyZone chatted with Alison Sweeney, author of The Mommy Diet and The Biggest Loser host, as well as a couple of her healthy-living pros, rounding up some helpful hints for women looking to be as healthy as possible while TTC.
Think Twice Before Downing that Cocktail
Sure, having a glass of wine in the evening may be a great way to relax, especially when you know it will be completely off limits during pregnancy, but it’s best to get in the habit of getting off the sauce now rather than later. Plus, you could end up drinking alcohol before you even know you’re pregnant.
When it came to changing up her diet for pregnancy, Sweeney was frank about her toughest sacrifice: “I’ll be honest—certainly drinking alcohol. I really enjoy having a glass of wine with my friends and I like to have a glass of wine when I’m making dinner with my husband at night. It does help me unwind and that’s always a tough thing to totally eliminate from your diet. Of course it’s so important [to eliminate it] but it’s definitely one of the things where you think, ‘That’s a bummer.’”
Strengthen Your … Blood?
“While you’re trying to conceive and during pregnancy, I’m a big advocate of really keeping your blood strong,” says Jesse Brune, a trained chef and personal trainer who has appeared on Bravo’s
Workout and Food Network’s Private Chefs of Beverly Hills. How does that work, exactly? “You can do that by increasing your iron. A really good trick is to incorporate dark greens into your meals. If you ordered a salad, order it with spinach or kale as opposed to just romaine. Even though the romaine has a lot of great qualities to it, the darker greens have more iron. I also tell people ‘don’t shy away from actually having red meat once a week’ because, once again, it’s higher in iron.” (See other iron-rich foods.)
Embrace Your Body (and Your Freedom!)
Sweeney knows as well as any mom that the arrival of a little one makes the days of being able to jet off on a moment’s notice to the gym or dinner with pals is a thing of the past. She suggests making sure you take that time for yourself before you’re pregnant. Whether you want to indulge in a relaxing activity with your significant other, get hardcore about your fitness routine, or even take in as many movies as possible–do it now–before leaving the house requires paying a babysitter. You’ll be glad you did.
Ditch Toxic Chemicals
In The Mommy Diet, Sweeney writes that indoor air in homes is often two to five times more polluted than the air quality outside, in large part due to the numerous chemicals you find in most households. Take a gander around your pad and remove as many of these air pollutants as you can. Research natural cleaning methods and products. Also, if your regular dry cleaner uses the chemical “perc” (perchloroethlyne), Sweeney suggests moving on to a business that avoids it.
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