Sarah Clark’s struggle with infertility is all too familiar. She was diagnosed with premature ovarian failure at 28. Fortunately Sarah was able to build her family using donor eggs. Several years later, Sarah discovered that a food intolerance was the cause of her infertility. Now as a Health Coach, she’s on a mission to share her findings with other couples trying to conceive. WTF sat down with Sarah to learn more about Fabulously Fertile – Supercharge Your Fertility Naturally. Keep reading to find out how you can win a free of the book!
WTF: How did you discover food was the root of your infertility?
SC: Not until years later – when I was 40 – when I suffered from other health issues such as sinus, bladder and yeast infections did I realize that I had an intolerance to dairy and gluten which stirred up candida in my system which lead to my infertility.
WTF: How can women struggling with infertility use food to help them conceive?
SC: Many women and men are eating the standard western diet (which is filled with processed food), we can approach it two ways either we eliminate the top food allergens such as dairy, gluten, refined sugar or we can crowd them out with healthy foods – such as drinking water before a soda or coffee, having a salad before a meal, or a big one for most people reducing the amount of cheese they eat.
WTF: What are the top 3 foods you suggest women with infertility add to their diets?
SC: Drink more water, eat more greens (salads, steamed greens such as kale, spinach), don’t eat anything from a box (yes it takes longer to prepare but food made from scratch is the best) and no it doesn’t have to take a long time – I show my clients how to eat healthy food that is easy to prepare.
WTF: What’s the number 1 food women with infertility should give up?
SC: It depends because everyone is different – suggestion is usually gluten or dairy as they are some of the top allergens- my 10 day meal plan gets you started.
WTF: What inspired you to share your knowledge with other women?
SC: When I was diagnosed with POF not one person suggested to change my diet and incorporate daily practices to manage my stress, this stuff was not even on my radar, even though a lot has changed since I was diagnosed this is still the case today for many couples. They head straight to the infertility clinic, don’t get me wrong without science (my kids are from donor eggs) I would not be blessed with my children, but if I had of looked at what I was putting on my fork everyday my health and fertility would have been restored. I am on a mission to share this with couples. It seems almost too simple – change what you eat – but it can be quite difficult to changes habits. That’s where I come in as a certified life and health coach.
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Happy New Year! I don’t usually make resolutions, but I felt like I just had to this year. I thought it’d be a great way to get my mind and body on track to have a successful 2015. Please check out my 5 Fertility Resolutions HERE via Fertility Authority.