The trick to troubleshooting female reproductive health is to know the particularities of each woman’s life and physiology. I wouldn’t dare advise you to fast if you’re under under stress, for example, though neither would I advise you to eat frequently in many situations. It’s all very case-dependent, and thorough hormonal and physiological symptoms need to be taken into account. But there are general practices that all people should stick to. They are starting points that may not take you one hundred percent of the way, but they have the power to help you significantly.
The goal is to align your diet with the foods your body was programmed to ingest. In doing so, you’ll improve the function of your organ systems, as well as mitigate your risk of contracting diseases of civilization. These diseases include diabetes, cancer, heart disease, overweight, metabolic syndrome, acne, and all autoimmune conditions… right. Just to name a few.
The first thing to note is that most of humans throughout history did not have factories. They did not have food engineers, and they did not have laboratories. My most important recommendation therefore is to not eat anything that has gone through a factory or that comes in a box. Your food should not have a nutrition label. Instead, it should be as natural as possible. If you want to eat organic, that will definitely help. It will increase the nutrient content of your food, as well as prevent you from ingesting pesticide and packaging toxins. But the most important part is to get away from the labels, and from all of those ingredients your genes have never been exposed to.
Most nutritionists would agree. What I’m saying isn’t new. Natural foods are the best. The important question remains, however, of which foods are the most natural. Some foods that nutritionists think are just fine I believe are toxic to the human body. These include wheat (unsprouted and unfermented especially), omega-6 vegetable oils (canola oil, corn oil, soy oil, vegetable oil), sugar, and soy products. For many individuals I would throw dairy, particularly pasteurized dairy, into the mix.
This isn’t to say that everyone who eats these foods will immediately run into problems. But over and over again in the literature I see confirmed the fact that most people optimize their health by eliminating toxic foods. Eating them once in a great while is certainly okay. But that is just like drinking alcohol once in a while is okay, or skipping sleep once in a while is okay. It’s not optimal, but it can be tolerated, at least by many individuals.
If you’re suffering from any particular ailments, I recommend that you cut all of the aforementioned products out of your diet in order to eliminate as many of the possible sources of toxicity as possible. What remains?
Organic, grass-fed animal products, especially organ meats, which are extraordinarily nutrient dense.
Vegetables of all sorts.
Fruits in moderation.
Ghee and/or butter.
Coconut and coconut oil.
There are very specific benefits (and drawbacks) to all of these foods, and you may ask me all about them. Moreover, you can find a lot of information about their relative micro and macronutrient qualities at the wide variety of paleo health blogs out there.
And what about macronutrient ratios? In general, I believe lower protein (.5 g / 1 lb of lean body mass, unless you’re an athlete), somewhat higher fat and a little bit lower carbohydrate intake is optimal, though honestly this recommendation varies far and wide based on individual needs and preferences. Animal products are important. Quality is important. Being adapted to burning fat is important.
All that said, there are three things more important than eating the proper foods. They are:
1) Sleep. 8 hours each night, at minimum.
2) Reduce stress.
3) Love yourself.
Health is achieved holistically. Your mind cannot heal without your body, and your body cannot heal without your mind. Nuture yourself above all things.