McDaniel Nutrition is honored to have our very first GUEST blog post!

April 24-30th is National Infertility Awareness Week and Registered Dietitians Sara Haas and Elizabeth Shaw shed light on the role of nutrition in infertility. For more beyond this blog, be sure to check out all of their wonderful resources mentioned below plus 4 mouth-watering recipes!

The Power of Nutrition in Infertility

By: Sara Haas and Elizabeth Shaw

One in 8 couples struggle with infertility. That number is astounding and means that you or someone you know is likely trying hard to conceive without success. It’s a mind-blowing punch to your self-esteem when you realize you are the 1 in 8. You wonder where you went wrong, what you could have done differently and how in the world this could happen to you. Once you’ve been diagnosed, you can leave the doctor’s office feeling totally lost and completely alone.

But, you’re not! Nope! In fact, far from it. We are everywhere. Most of us struggling is silence, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Support groups exist everywhere. In fact Resolve, a non-for-profit organization, helps make our community smaller. We encourage you to find local support through them.

Then, come and hang out with us! We are two registered dietitian nutritionists going through exactly what you’re going through. In other words, “we get it!” We know how crazy your life feels right now and we know you need all of the support you can get. Besides lending our moral support, we’re also sharing awesome information in our Fertility Friday and Fertility Features on our websites. This information has a strong nutritional component because from what we know as dietitians, nutrition matters! In fact, research supports it! And how can you argue with the simple fact that when you are nourished, you feel amazing, powerful and more in control!?

Now, let’s talk food! What you eat matters, because like we said, being nourished helps prime your body for conception. Also, research points to certain foods that actually may help boost male and female fertility.

Want to learn more? We thought so! Follow the links below to read how mushrooms and full-fat dairy may help boost fertility. And don’t forget to follow our Fertility Friday Series and Fertility Feature Series. Both designed to give you confirmation that you are not alone!

Sauteed Mushrooms with Thyme and Bulgur

Sauteed Serrano Mushrooms

Sharp Cheddar Grilled Cheese with Broiled Tomatoes

Tomato Toast

Open-Faced Italian Grilled Cheese with Cauliflower Toast

Learn more about Sara Haas, RDN, LDN, Culinary Dietitian – Sara Haas RDN

Learn more about Elizabeth Shaw, MS, RDN, CLT – Shaw’s Simple Swaps

Jennifer McDaniel

Jennifer McDaniel is a Registered Dietitian, Media Spokesperson, and co-author of Prevention's Mediterranean Table Cookbook. She and her team of Registered Dietitians aim to help their clients go further, make change last, and unlock their potential. She lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband, and three young sons. If you are interested in working with Jennifer, please visit our contact page.