(Closed) full fat dairy and ovulation?

posted 7 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

That’s interesting, but I would be cautious to trust any advice that told you to eat full fat dairy as it’s totally horrible for you… And if you end up gaining weight you’ll only have more trouble conceiving in the long run.

If it’s a matter of getting more healthy fats in your diet, there are vegan alternatives to that which are great for any healthy diet regardless of whether you’re TTC or not.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’ve been eating full fat but I make sure its organic full fat products.  Its been a decade since I changed my diet and I haven’t had any issues.  Since I hate milk, I eat full fat cheese, yogurt, and butter.  Its all about moderation.  

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I increased the full fat dairy in my diet for TTC. At first, I was drinking alot of fuller fat milk like whole milk. I didn’t like it and I probably gained weight from it. Since then, I’m drinking 2% milk from my skim and enjoying ice cream. That’s the extent that I’ve gone to full fat dairy. I also got rid of our margarine in favor of Earth Balance and whipped butter. I wasn’t comfortable with the amount of chemicals in margarine and TTC.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Moja Milosc: Why is full fat milk “totally horrible” for you?

 

@skipper2010: I have also been told this by other people that full fat dairy has been linked to boosts in fertilty. I have always use full fat milk in my cereal and never gained any weight. I still drink full fat milk now and even though I’m pregnant I’m barely gaining weight.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

It’s definitely credible info.  I read a different article a while ago…I think it was from latimes.  The key is that being at a healthy weight is the most important.  Then…full fat dairy can be good.  Since I’ve been TTC so long I go back and forth between low fat, full-fat.  But I have definitely enjoyed my ice cream over the last year and a half!  I also switched to all organic dairy except my ice cream.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I don’t drink milk, but about 2 years ago, when I started my real foods conversion, I switched to full fat dairy (cheese, yogurt, butter, heavy cream in my coffee). I have lost 20 pounds in the process, so I would argue that the fat in dairy causing weight gain is a fallacy (weight loss due to lower carb intake and no longer eating processed foods and sugars).

If you’re more interested in the topic, I’d recommend looking into the work of Mary Enig, her information is very interesting!

Since Vitamin B12 is believed to increase fertility, and since cholesterol is directly linked with sex hormones, I would not recommend a vegan approach when TTC, but that’ just my personal opinion. Do your own research and see what conclusion you come to ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Moja Milosc: Yeah, why is it “totally horrrible” for you? I don’t really drink milk and I’m definitely not TTC (stumbled across this randomly haha) but I eat full-fat cheese, etc often so I’m interested ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I understand that I am here with the unpopular opinion. But isn’t it sort of counter intuitive to eat cheese and ice cream to enhance your body’s natural function? If it’s the good fats that help you conceive, there are safer alternatives to full fat dairy.

To quote the article “Young women who have very low fat in their diets and very little body fat frequently lose their menstrual periods and suffer bone loss due to lack of estrogens.  This of course leads to fertility problems.” <this is rare and occurs in very underweight and malnourished women, not average sized women with healthy diets low in dairy.

Milk is not a health food and can be connected to reproductive cancers, type 1 diabetes and osteoporosis (countries that consume the most dairy have the most hip fractures) among many other diseases.

The reason I say full fat dairy is bad for you is the high content of saturated fat and lack of any real nutrition per calorie. (Calcium and protein are much more available in whole foods like spinach, nuts, tofu, bok choy etc.) High levels of saturated fat lead to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, cancer… Even if you don’t gain weight your arteries are paying the price for high animal fat consumption.

This statement is also just ridiculous “And I see women all the time who are thin, cold and infertile who have very little fat in their bodies or in their diets, usually of non-animal origin.”

Articles that encourage the consumption of animal fats, sugars, and other tasty foods are widely accepted because who doesn’t want a reason to eat more tasty indulgent food? However, eating more cheese and ice cream will ultimately harm your health and increase your risk for many chronic illnesses.

I am a vegetarian, I consume dairy in strict moderation and I got pregnant without any trouble at all. I do not mean to offend any dairy advocates, but I would be skeptical of an article that uses the importance of being a healthy weight when trying to conceive as a means to encourage women to eat more milk, cheese and butter. I know no one can eat 100% perfect, I know I don’t, but these foods should be eaten minimally if at all.

If anyone wants to know the books, sites, articles, docs etc. that I’ve derived this information from feel free to PM me ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I just bumped an old thread I started, but here’s the link to the article I mentioned.  It’s from Newsweek.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2007/12/01/fat-carbs-and-the-science-of-conception.html

Full fat dairy can contribute to weight loss because you feel fuller and therefore eat less.  Eating a lot of course is bad.

I realize that there are other issues connected to animal fats…but there is also science behind dairy and fertility.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Yeah, like Mrs. Green Grass said, when I consume full fat items I typically feel fuller and lose more weight than if I’m jamming up on carbs, plus it helps with sore muscles after exercise. Not that you’re wrong, Moja Milosc, it obviously work for you! just I’m not a vegetarian and I think our diets are really really different but maybe ones not better than the other ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

P.S. I know this is controversial, but I steer clear of vegan alternatives that contain processed soy as some research has shown it to be detrimental to fertility when consumed in large doses. Regular fermented soy as eaten in a traditional Asian diet doesn’t have these same effects.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Here’s one of the blogs I follow that discusses the diet factor. http://www.naturallyknockedup.com Since I happen to have hormonal issues and have been dealing w/ them for over a decade, I’ve tried a little bit of everything.  I’ve discovered that my body handled a natural real food diet that includes meat.  My advice is to begin deleting as much processed foods as possible and go from there.  Just make sure its the highest quality food that you can find for your budget.  There’s soo many great foods available to us so why limit yourself:) 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@bunny: Me too. I’m lucky that I can’t handle tofu and other fake foods. I tried to eat them for awhile, but I always felt worse afterwards. I’ll chose lean ground turkey over any fake soy food. This was long before we started TTC. Now, I just avoid them altogether.

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