Pick and choose: Why this image makes me cringe

Image property of iquitsugar.com

Image property of iquitsugar.com

QUITTING sugar changed my life and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in trying, but I have no idea if it will help you and your partner get pregnant.

Heck, I don’t even know if it helped us.

My wife and I followed the I Quit Sugar eight-week program to help us detox and reset our bodies, before we left the program and went down our own no-sugar path.

The results were indeed phenomenal, as I told IQS in this original testimonial, which was reused here.

I used to have insomnia; that’s gone and I fall asleep in five minutes. I lost 10kg in three weeks, then a further five over the next month or so.

My mood and behaviour improved, elements of depression eased and my wife noticed changes, too.

And, yes, my wife fell pregnant.

However, I have no idea whether that was due to quitting sugar or not.

Indeed, as I told IQS, we had been trying to have a baby for a year with no success, then three months after quitting sugar, we found out my wife was pregnant.

So, it’s interesting timing and results, but we never formally tested anything.

And 12 months of initial trying is really not that long when you’re talking about falling pregnant.

Look, I don’t blame IQS for homing in on that aspect of the testimonial, simply because I’m a journalist. I get it: pregnancy is an emotional issue and an easy sell.

The part of that picture and the pick-and-choose testimonial used by IQS that irks me is the way that it was presented, with a veiled suggestion that quitting sugar will solve fertility issues.

There was no disclaimer suggesting otherwise, or a reference to a doctor or research, or that it was just one person’s story.

It is important to acknowledge that pregnancy is an emotional issue and it’s emotional because it can affect people deeply and for their whole lives, not just 12 months.

In fact, it affects one in six Australian couples of reproductive age. That was why it was such an easy sell for IQS: it was going to tug at the emotional strings of more than 15 per cent of the population in that category.

And the definition of infertility refers to couples who pass that 12-month barrier, so my wife and I, by definition, were not even having issues.

I have no idea whether or not quitting sugar will help you get pregnant. Pregnancy is such a complex issue that is unique in every situation.

I have no doubt a healthy diet would contribute to a healthy body, but I’m not even qualified to say what a healthy diet is, let alone whether a body is healthy or not. Or whether a healthy body impacts fertility.

Neither is IQS. It’s a blog site and a business started by a savvy journalist.

I have no ill-feelings towards IQS: I highly recommend its program, because of the changes it made to our lives.

However, your best port of call for any health issues is your GP.

For all those affected by fertility, please do not take any hope from the story of my wife and I.

Instead, I wish you all the best for what can be a gut-wrenching rollercoaster ride that can span a lifetime.



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