One of the hardest things to get a handle on through my menopause journey has been my diet. Throughout my life, diet has played a key role in helping me to keep well and have energy.
Through Menopause Awareness Month I have been posting about various natural menopause supports that are not hard to follow. This week I would like to talk a little more about my experience of diet and certain daily habits that help me cope.
During the menopause, when we women are very stressed, we struggle greatly with keeping good daily eating habits.
Diet And Stress
I have to put my hand up and say diet is one of the hardest things for me to follow, especially when stressed. In order to look at diet, you first need to understand its place in the stressed energy system.
Stress And The Body
Stress prevents the adrenals from helping you cope better with the menopause. When you are in the stress response, you cannot digest food properly. This leaves food partially digested in your body. You don’t know this, but because you are stressed, you eat more and more.
Your body needs to do something with all this undigested food, so it pushes it on through your system. This partially digested food will just cause more stress to your energy system.
Excess Foods To Fats
Sometimes your body will convert the food to fat and store it, causing higher levels of cholesterol and of course because you are stressed higher cholesterol levels.
Your body will also convert excess fructose to fat. You have been told that fruit is good for you. Of course it is. But during menopause you have this urge to eat more, so you over indulge on fruits because they are sweet and you are craving sugar. But you can’t cope even with all the natural fructose so again the liver converts it to fat and stores it, normally around the liver (fatty liver).
These are not to be confused with the good fats that you actually do need for your natural wellness and menopause journey. I will talk more about this later.
Stress Prevents Easier Menopause
Remember stress is what prevents your whole energy system from having an easier menopause. When stressed your adrenals cannot do the job of giving you more oestrogen and progesterone. It is this lack of oestrogen and progesterone that means all other sources of oestrogen and progesterone in your body will get robbed. This is why you can have foggy brain, low mood, weight gain, etc…
SUGAR & Menopause
Sugar – the refines processed kind – is one of the key stressors on your energy system. I don’t hold back when it comes to talking about sugar and what it can do to the energy system and especially during the menopause journey.
I remember my early days training in Kinesiology and one trainer saying ‘sugar is a poison to the system’. I totally agreed with them. Why is it that we crave the things that cause us distress? I have to confess to having a sugar craving.
99% of the time I can manage that craving very well, using my Tapping system, water drinking, and some really good self-talk. I also do not buy the sugary foods or processed foods. That way they are not in my house when I have that craving.
But then there is that 1% where I literally go to town on sugar. Take yesterday. I was shopping and saw vagan ice creams and really wanted that treat. Problem was, there were three in the pack. Yes, you guessed it, I ate all three! Before the car had left the shop! It wasn’t long before I had some very familiar over-sugared symptoms!
I know First Hand
I know first hand about how sugar can cause major upset to the digestive system. Such upset increases inflammation and lowers immunity. This affects mood and ability to cope. Not to mention the aches and pains in the joints. Sugar is acidic in its makeup. An over acidic energy system will prevent your cells from getting enough oxygen. This makes your cells acidic and can lead to them becoming food for cancer.
Make Sugar Your First-Step
Here’s a challenge that I set myself every day, and now I am challenging you on – cut out processed and refined sugar products from your daily diet.
When it comes to dietary habits and finding one to change for better wellness through the menopause stages, sugar has to be high on the list. Even watch your fruit intake as you can overload on fructose which ends up giving you a fatty liver.
10 Foods I Avoid Through Menopause
I am going to give you a list of the 10 things that I tend to avoid, to help me cope better. There are some foods that you might think – that is healthy, why are you not eating that one. Being a kinesiologist, I also attend kinesiology sessions and these are some of the foods that have come up for me:
Food And Drink I Avoid During Menopause
- Chocolate and sweets
- Sugary and fizzy drinks
- Red meat
- Biscuits / cakes / buns
- Dairy produce
- Foods that have been sprayed with pesticides
- Coffee / caffeine
I could go on! But I said I would give you my top 10 foods. You might also have your own list of foods and beverages that really aggravate your menopause symptoms.
We All Have Our Own Menopause Experience
The list of what aggravates you as you try to manage your menopause could be different. It really all depends on your digestion and your energy system, your metabolic rate and indeed your stress levels. The secret and the challenge is to listen to your body and note what works for you and what does not.
When you have a difficult symptom look back over the last day or two and write out what you did, what you took, even what you wore, the water you drank, the exercise you took, the thoughts you had… because all of these will have am impact on your stress levels, your sleep pattern, your immune system, your menopause symptoms and your ability to digest your food.
Supplements That Help My Menopause
Because I like using natural ways of retuning stress in my energy system I take nutritional supplements.
I take supplements because I have have found that my healthy diet still doesn’t have enough good natural nutrition to meet my personal energy needs. I know this from attending my Kinesiology sessions over the years. I tend to have better energy and manage stresses better when I take nutritional supplements that my body tests for during my Kinesiology sessions.
Here Are Some Supplements That Help Me Through Menopause
I take high potency magnesium, vitamin d3/k2/a oil, vitamin c, b-complex, b6, zinc, as well as some herbs and lots of water too. I can find that when I take too much nutrition or too little, I can overload my system or underlay it. This can cause me to have a hot flush, and that is why a kinesiology session can help me to find balance.
Vitamin D and Magnesium are very important for most bodily systems and functions. I get my vitamin d oil from Epigenetics-International. At the moment I am also taking a Triple Magnesium also from Epigenetics, though sometimes when I run out I can go to the local health shop and get a high potency magnesium made by Viridian.
There are many forms of good nutrition out there. There are also quite poor forms. I tend to opt for capsules with vegan friendly shells and liquid nutrition before solid tablets (how do they make them and how do you break them down?).
Kinesiology Keeps You Listening To Your Body
You might already know some foods that seem to put your body under stress during menopause and others that make you feel better. It is all a balancing game. Stress knocks me out of balance – at every level. Regular Kinesiology balancing helps me to retune that stress and be my best self.
I offer both face to face and online Kinesiology consultations, you can book your sessions here.
Like me, you have been conditioned to believe that other people and other things outside your body can fix your problems fast. Some even go so far as to say you don’t need to make lifestyle changes. Just pop this pill or pay this bill for your visit to the consultant and you will be fine.
Living in this fast fix lane will lead to a life of medications and hospital appointments. You attend because you have these palpitations and the doctor wants to put you one medication just in case. This medication causes you to need another medication to cope with the symptoms you are now experiencing from the first medication, and so the story goes.
Positive Ways = Positive Menopause
Retune Your Energy For Wellness using the many natural therapies and supplements as well as making some dietary changes and you can retune your menopause symptoms. I have heard the story of it’s in your genes. Latest research into Epigenetics by cell biologists like Bruce Lipton have proven that your your genes are indeed your blue print, but it is the environment that you place these genes in with diet, exercise, water, thoughts, sleep, etc, that will trigger you for a life time of wellness or a life time of disease.
Change begins with one small step at a time. You determine your wellness outcome during the menopause by the lifestyle choices you make. Start Today! What’s the first sugar food or drink, or other processed food that you can begin to delete from your diet.
I have used Two Meridian Tapping to help me overcome my sugar cravings. This has enabled me to get to 99% positive diet through the menopause. What can help you make positive changes – one step at a time.
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