A Preconception Diet

One of the most important steps in cost-effective cooking (especially when eating real foods!) is deciding logically and intelligently what your meals are going to be for the week. I can definitely tell that in our season of busyness and lack of time to plan has definitely taken a toll on our grocery budget.

Not only does planning out our weeks menu make grocery shopping and meal preparation easier, we’re also able to look ahead to make sure it has plenty of nutrients.


Monday:

Breakfast – two egg omelet w/ cheese and veggies, sausage,
snack – whole milk plain yogurt and berries, small amount of raw honey only if needed
Lunch – salmon sandwich (canned wild caught Alaskan salmon with homemade mayo) on sourdough bread, steamed broccoli, cheese
snack – cut veggies and avocado aioli
Dinner – roast chicken with gravy made from chicken broth, couple types of steamed veggies with butter

Tuesday:
Breakfast – whole milk yogurt with berries and a touch of raw honey
snack – cut veggies and homemade dip
Lunch – salad w/ red and green lettuce, baby spinach and lots of colorful veggies, chopped nuts, and cubed cheese, organic ranch dressing, steamed vegetables with butter
snack – apple, and crispy almonds
Dinner – tacos with homemade seasoning and shells. Serve with cheese, dark green lettuce, homemade guacamole, creme fraice(like sour cream) and fresh salsa.

Wednesday:
Breakfast – 16 oz. yogurt or kefir smoothie (1/2 cup yogurt or kefir, 1/2 cup raw milk, 1 raw egg yolk, 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil, 1/2 cup frozen berries)
snack – deviled eggs
Lunch – homemade chicken noodle soup made with bone broth
snack – cut veggies and organic dip, cubed cheese
Dinner – grilled or baked salmon, steamed vegetables, baked potato w/ real butter

Thursday:
Breakfast – fried eggs (optional – on whole wheat sourdough toast), smoothie
snack – yogurt and berries
Lunch – chicken sandwich (from leftover grilled chicken) w/ lettuce, homemade mayo, cut veggies
snack – apple, cubed cheese
Dinner – Meatloaf or seasoned hamburger patties, sweet potato fries, salad with homemade dressing

Friday:
Breakfastsoaked oatmeal w/ butter, raw cream, walnuts, and maple syrup
snack – cut veggies
Lunch – taco salad (leftover taco meat, red and green leaf lettuce, some iceberg lettuce, cut avocado, fresh salsa, seasoned brown rice, and sharp cheddar cheese.
snack – orange
Dinner – grilled steaks, lots of steamed vegetables with butter

Saturday:
Breakfast scrambled eggs w/ chopped spinach and cheese
snack – apple
Lunchbutternut squash soup
snack – yogurt
Dinnergluten free homemade pizza topped with lots of colorful veggies and healthy meats like sausage
snack – homemade popcorn on the stove w/ real butter and coconut oil

Sunday:
Breakfastsourdough pancakes,  smoothie
snack – hardboiled eggs
Lunch – salad w/ baby spinach, leftover roast chicken and lots of colorful veggies
snack – apple, crispy nuts
DinnerItalian Cream Cheese Casserole with steamed veggies and salad

The menu above is one of my own personal menus, and I share it to give you an idea of the foods to incorporate into your diet. Most importantly in this menu though is the lack of refined sugars and processed foods which deplete your body of vital nutrients. The only sweeteners I use are honey, maple syrup,and very sparingly whole cane sugar. I make all of my bread products, mainly through the process of sourdough to make nutrients more available. Water kefirkombucha, and fresh milk
should be the drinks of choice during meals.

Not only does this menu nourish my entire family, it’s a great source of very Fertility Friendly foods.

*many recipes linked to offer allergy and fertility/nutrient boosting options.

This post is linked to: Menu Plan Monday and Mindful Menus

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About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.

Comments

  1. Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home says:

    That’s a nicely balanced diet, Donielle. Thanks for sharing it! You’re better than I am about being purposeful with fish. I definitely get it in once a week, occasionally twice, but I’d like to aim for more!

    I also do lots of yogurt and kefir, because I’m not a huge milk drinker and our raw milk is sadly too expensive.

  2. Hey thanks! I tend to forget about fish myself, so I’ve written it down in my list of ‘normal meals’ that I refer to when planning out a weeks worth.

  3. So what is a person to do who can’t eat a lot of those things? I try to get my protein in other meats and in nuts, but dairy is pretty much out, fish I test for some allergies to (but not shell fish, go figure), and no gluten for me. With next to no enticing veggies around this time of year, what’s a girl to do?

    Anonymous Reply:

    @zebe912,

    Try Paleo!

    Alexandra Reply:

    @Anonymous, I second a Paleo/Primal diet! I can’t have any dairy or gluten and found some great whole food recipes :)

  4. zebe – That does get difficult when you have certain allergies and food sensitivities. I know dairy is out for you, but can you do eggs? They are a good source of protein and good fats. Nut butters are too.

    For fish, you could always supplement with a good fish oil and try to add in additional flax seed to meals. (flax doesn’t have gluten does it?)

    And I do know folks who make all of their bread products gluten free, so it is possible to eat ‘almost normal’.

    And I here ya on the veggies! I’m stuck buying at the supermarket until the seasonal food comes around again. Not my favorite thing to do, but I have to to get veggies I like this time of year!

    And one final word – gluten free/casien (milk)free diets are talked about on the web quite often as they are associated w/ treating autism, so you should be able to search for some different recipes and meal options. There are many books out there about it now too.

  5. I have trouble finding new things to eat for breakfast… I detest eggs. They make me sick. :( The only eggs I can seem to tolerate is powder, which I cannot seem to find anywhere. No fish or seafood for me either….

    Anonymous Reply:

    @Crystal,

    Try raw cold pressed flax oil on your salads to help with omega 3 intake since you can’t eat fish. Walnuts are probably the best nut to help with that also. Eggs are an easy and inexpensive source of high quality protein. Try making a quiche with lots of veggies that you can save for the week (crustless of course) and take slices with you on the go.

    Try to ease into food you may not like and you may find yourself eventually enjoying them. Think of it as the easiest and cleanest way to heal your body.

  6. I forgot to ask… what kind of butter do you use?

  7. For butter, I buy organic unsalted or I make my own. That said, if I have to bake something for a church get together or something, I go out and buy cheap butter – cause it’s not like anyone there cares. (they really don’t) I’ll save the good expensive stuff for my family!

  8. Your menu plan sounds delicious!

  9. This sounds really fairly close to my gestational diabetes diet! Semi grain-free and wonderful for blood sugar (which is very important for those with PCOS).

  10. Chereesa McDonald says:

    I am also one of those people who detest eggs. I can’t even stand the smell! Any suggestions for alternative for healthy breakfast? Thanks.

  11. Michelle Brumgard says:

    Thank you for sharing this menu plan. I love that you include snacks in your planning, too. We totally, completely, horribly, blew our grocery budget last month. I must get back to menu plan, all the way down to snacks, too. This was another reminder. Thank you!

  12. Great looking menu plan. I find that having meals planned out reduces my stress level a lot and frees up my evenings a little more.

    I like that you’re sharing healthier alternatives for common foods. Like the gluten free pizza dough and sour dough bread… easier than cutting out toast and pizza altogether :)

  13. Not only is this a healthy menu, but it sounds absolutely yummy! Thank you for sharing. I also find that pre-planning meals, or having components for quick meals readily available saves a lot of time and stress when it comes to cooking!

  14. Hi Donielle,

    I have been thoroughly enjoying your blog, it’s very inspiring!

    I have a question about roast chicken – how do you prepare yours? The recipe I always use calls for slathering the bird in olive oil and herbs and baking at 400 for an hour, which makes a nice crispy skin. I wonder if you have a recipe that uses butter or coconut oil instead? Or your thoughts on olive oil in general.

    Thanks,
    Danielle

    donielle Reply:

    @Danielle W., Thanks Danielle! You can easily slather the bird in any oil or fat with good results – though I like olive oil too. I actually tend to do mine in a crockpot (the skin won’t crisp this way) for ease in making. Kind of an easy cop-out. Put it in in the morning and it’s ready by dinner – super moist!

  15. I’ve noticed that almost none of your breakfasts include grains. Any specific reason? Ever since I’ve tried to eat healthy (motivated by having high blood pressure during my pregnancy and enjoying the Brewer’s diet, and now as my first DD is beginning solids) I’ve done oatmeal or a different porridge (cornmeal or brown rice) plus two eggs, usually boiled, and a piece of fresh fruit. Weekends we usually do buckwheat pancakes (buckwheat flour, egg, milk, honey, banana). But I’m new to all of this whole/natural foods stuff so I know I have a lot to learn!

  16. @Lori Ann, The reason I don’t include a lot of grains in our diet, and more specifically a fertility diet, is two fold.

    The first being that grains need to be properly prepared to remove something called phytic acid, which can bind to nutrients in the body and pull them out. So essentially you’re eating nourishing foods, only to lose them. They are also harder on your body to digest.

    The other reason is that even when consumed as a whole grain, they affect the blood sugar levels and therefore the insulin levels. Especially in the morning we want to ‘break our fast’ with something that won’t cause our blood sugar to rise since it sets the stage for the entire day.

    We try to limit our grain consumption to just a few times per week, which is what I feel is more appropriate than the FDA food pyramid. Grains also take up space in our tummys when we could be eating something that would benefit us more. lately I’ve been trying to consume mostly veggies instead of fruits in the AM as well as something like eggs or yogurt – doing something like pancakes just once a week for our Saturday breakfast.

  17. Absolutely love your blog. I’m hoping my daughter will start reading it. She and her husband have been trying for a couple of years to get pregnant. I’m convinced it is mostly nutritional, but I’m not sure she is. She is adopted and had a horrible nutritional deficiency when she came into our home at 11 months old. Our diet was better but I’m afraid not all that she needed. Trusting the Lord in His wisdom. Sure would love a few more grandchildren.

  18. I just stumbled upon your site and it peaked my interest when you mentioned PECOS. I was diagnosed with it a few years ago and I felt like I just had to accept that I may never have kids, plus I just turned 40 last month. Is there still hope for me with this diet?
    Roxanne

    donielle Reply:

    @Roxanne, There’s always hope. :-) I’ve also heard that sometimes once you figure out the right diet for your body and overcome PCOS symptoms, age isn’t as big a factor since you haven’t gone through as many eggs. Don’t know how true that is, but it also makes a bit of sense. :-) And I happen to know many women over 40 that go on to have children. Sometimes it takes a bit more work in cleansing and healing the body, bit it is definitely possible as long as you have eggs left. I’d recommend reading “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause” as well. I just finished reading it and it’s a very informational book on the hormone changes that a woman goes through after 30 and how to balance hormones, and keep them balanced. otherwise, check out the table of contents (www.naturallyknockedup.com/table-of-contents) for more articles here based on nutrition for both cleansing and building nutrient stores.

    For PCOS the biggest things are usually getting in lots of good fats while cutting out sugars and grains, which this sample diet does.

  19. I’m highly allergic to eggs (my husband doesn’t like them either), I noticed eggs on here a lot, what would you recommend instead?

    donielle Reply:

    @Ashlee Disman, Eggs are great, but you can eat other nutrient dense foods to fullfill the same needs. Check out these posts: http://www.naturallyknockedup.com/start-here on diet, especially the ones on super foods. They’ll give you a good idea on what foods will nourish your body the most!

  20. I am struggling with severe adrenal fatigue and have been sick for about 5 years (during which I didn’t know what it was and got pregnant 2 times – full term- and miscarried once) My body is worn out but I am so sad on the days I can barely take care of the two that I have that I might not be able to carry another. I get pregnant right away and have no issues but in the end I am totally drained. will this diet be a good start for healing and then looking to maybe get pregnant again someday?

    donielle Reply:

    @Jackie, Yes – this diet will be a perfect start for you! I would also recommend looking in to and researching supplementing with some vitamin C and a vitamin B complex to help with the adrenal fatigue. I also took a dessicated adrenal supplement for a few months (along with LOTS of extra rest) to help me in supporting my adrenals. I would also recommend trying to find a holistic practitioner to work with if you can.

  21. ok i am new to this and i am looking to start a new way of life and a healthier way. do you have any tips for a girl like me?

    donielle Reply:

    @Kristine, Check out the table of Contents here: http://www.naturallyknockedup.com/table-of-contents for some ideas of how to incorporate new foods and different ways of living. I also did a 31 days to cleaner living series: http://www.naturallyknockedup.com/30-days-to-cleaner-living/
    My biggest advice is just to take it one step at a time, either finding new products one at a time or changing just one meal at a time.