Are you managing your symptoms, or are they managing you?
Are you dealing with hot flashes, irritability, night sweats, weight gain, insomnia, and mood swings? Well, chances are, you’re not alone. You may be in the early stages called perimenopause experiencing irregular periods and uncomfortable PMS.
Regardless of where you are, you’re probably ready to be done with it all.
Unfortunately, when you’re going through menopause, you’re at a higher risk for other conditions such as thyroid problems, heart disease, and autoimmune disease.
Menopause does not have to be a death sentence for women. A lot of the symptoms are worsened by our Western, fast-paced lifestyle. Interestingly enough, many women from third world countries do not suffer from the same problems.
Menopause often occurs when women are raising teenagers, working on their careers, and possibly taking care of their aging parents. Needless to say, this can add even more fuel to the already roaring fire.
So, is there help? Absolutely.
One thing that you must do is clean up your diet in order to reduce problematic symptoms of menopause. Changing your diet is not easy, but it can have a huge impact that will be noticeable in time if you’re consistent.
You can help balance your hormones by choosing the right foods. This can help you maintain a healthy body weight and reduce your risk of heart disease. Many women struggle with discomfort directly related to the thyroid. The thyroid is responsible for so many functions including your metabolism, breathing, heart rate, energy level, sleep, sexual functions, and more.
Foods that support your hormones include:
Healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil, avocado, and avocado oil
Leafy greens such as kale, Swiss chard, and spinach
Organ meats like liver, heart, and kidneys
Foods loaded with fiber such as flaxseeds, avocados, coconut, berries, quinoa, peas
Grass fed beef, wild caught fish, flaxseeds, chia seeds
Nuts like Brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, and pumpkin seeds.
Just as important as increasing the amount of nutritious food you eat, you must also remove those foods that are processed with refined sugars, carbs, and fats. These foods can lead to weight gain, blood sugar spikes, and inflammation.
Too much caffeine (from coffee or pop), too many foods with empty calories, and not having a regular eating schedule can also cause problems. When you eat foods that your body does not recognize, it increases digestive stress.
Avoid foods like:
Sugary drinks including pop, fruit juices, sweet tea etc.
Fried foods, greasy hamburgers, fries, and pizza
Processed meats such as cured bacon, sausage, deli meats, hot dogs
Refined carbs like bread, pasta, bakery items, cookies, crackers, and chips
Canned and packaged foods, frozen dinners
As you can see, it’s no easy fete, however, it can be done and is so worth the effort. Do you need help navigating through the jungle of decisions? It'll make things so much simplier.
Have questions? Send me an email, and I’ll be in touch. It's time for you to gain control of your health and really start living a full, vibrant life.