Why The Connection Between Food and Mood Matters When You Are TTC

Jun 13, 2022

Food Mood TTC Catilin Townsend

We’re digging into the connection between food and mood and why this matters when you are TTC.

We all know that we are what we eat.

But do we really know how food impacts our mood?

For years I was eating food that did not support my body or fertility.

Before I figured out the food/mood connection, I thought I was irritable, cranky and anxious.

As I began understanding exactly how what I place on my fork daily dramatically impacts my state of mind, I no longer feel like I’m on a rollercoaster of emotions.

It’s not about perfection. I’m human, so I still get triggered. Working on my mindset is a daily practice. But now, I can identify that the cane sugar in my gluten-free treat made me feel anxious. That subtle yet powerful shift can mean everything.

Caitlin Townsend is part of my team at Fab Fertile. She is an integral part of our Couples Coaching program - which uses functional lab testing, diet, and lifestyle changes to dramatically improve conception. If you are struggling with infertility, your body is desperately trying to tell you something. Focusing on your health will either help you get pregnant naturally or, if you do need to go to the fertility clinic, it will improve your chances of success.

Caitlin is a Functional Nutrition Therapist and Professional Chef.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  1. Why you may not eat enough protein and how protein consumption impacts your neurotransmitters and fertility. Plus, quick ideas to add protein to every meal.
  2. The final word on carbs and how to know which carbs are right for you.
  3. The impact of your gut on your mood and why this is so important for fertility.
  4. The importance of breakfast (and knowing which foods you should choose for breakfast – so you can stabilize your blood sugar). Deregulated blood sugar is a theme that we see with low AMH/high FSH.
  5. How to know which fats to eat. Hint: inflammatory fats can hide everywhere. Healthy fats are crucial to building hormones.
  6. How to eat enough greens and consume foods from the rainbow. And why chocolate may relieve anxiety.




  • How what you eat can impact your mood and fertility


  • Getting enough protein in the morning is critical for getting your day started on the right track.
  • Why protein is important for your neurotransmitters
  • Key steps for vegetarians or vegans to take to ensure you’re maximizing your protein intake
  • The best way to prep and cook plant-based proteins
  • Animal protein is much easier for our bodies to digest.
  • Blood sugar dysregulation can impact your sex hormones.


  • Complex carbs can be beneficial for your mood.
  • We need extra nutritional resources when we’re trying to conceive
  • How complex carbs can positively affect your happiness
  • Why restrictive diets often end up resulting in poor eating habits
  • It’s so important to listen to your body and your unique needs.
  • We advocate for well-balanced lifestyle changes instead of diets

14:03 THE GUT

  • Your gut and your mood are directly linked.
  • Most of your serotonin and melatonin are produced in the gut
  • The trends we see with low AMH/high FSH and gut infections
  • How stimulating the vagus nerve helps you get into a parasympathetic state
  • Common prebiotics and probiotics you can add to your diet


  • Breakfast is key for your fertility.
  • Caitlin’s breakfast recommendations
  • Some of the delicious recipes you can find in the Fertility Challenge

29:37 FATS

  • Don’t count calories, count chemicals.
  • Examples of good fats you can incorporate into your meals
  • The critical role of fats in brain function
  • Fat is flavour.


  • Functional versus conventional reference ranges
  • Foods that are rich in Vitamin D
  • Symptoms of low Vitamin D
  • Why sunshine is essential for your mental health


  • All the colourful fruits and vegetables offer antioxidants
  • Why we need antioxidants


  • The numerous benefits of chocolate
  • How you can make beautiful chocolate treats at home


  • If it’s got more than 5 ingredients and your grandma wouldn’t know what it is, don’t eat it.
  • How to navigate the grocery store
  • Your body will always tell you whether certain foods are good for you.


  • How you can bring joy into your food journey
  • It’s not about deprivation, it’s about eating awesome foods.
  • How the Fertility Challenge can help you with eating for your fertility



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