If you answer yes to any/all of the following, then these three top tips are for you if you are experiencing perimenopause. They are also good tips to consider at any time of your life!
Are you over 40? Have you become clumsier? Walked into a room and wondered why you are in there? Are you crying and don’t know why? Is your weight increasing but you’ve not changed the food you’re eating? Has your sleep become disturbed? Or are you feeling ok but want to feel better than you are now?
- You have the power within you to support your body.
How you eat, how you think, how you move, and sleep all affect how your amazing body works. Symptoms are messages from the body that something is out of balance. Stop and take stock of your symptoms, acknowledge them, and make them real so that you can take the next step.
- Stress steals estrogen and puts the hormones out of balance.
What can you do to feel joy, contentment, rest, and love? How much time do you spend in a day feeling like this? It is important to find times in the day when you are in flow and can get lost in an activity, music, dance, art, or even work.
Being under a huge amount of pressure for most of the day requires our wonderful bodies to try and bring us back into balance. Supporting your body with the right nutrients, stopping and being curious about your thinking, finding time for self-care, and being ok with taking time out for yourself are key to living life with vitality.
- Balancing your blood sugar can support your brain health.
Raised blood sugars from our standard British diet causes havoc with how our brain works. In general, we tend to see a diet consisting of, cereal for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, and meat with potatoes and veg at night. This is often accompanied by snacks of crisps and chocolate throughout the day. This puts a strain on the body. In recent years we have become more aware of the effect raised blood sugar has on the brain and this is also affected by the changes in hormones that happen in menopause.
So, what can you do? For 3 days write down what you eat and become more aware of the kinds of foods you are consuming. Then ask yourself how you feel?
If the answer is not at its optimal, then let’s talk about what your body needs to feel vital.
At the practice we are always talking about balancing your plate which included ½ plate of vegetables. A palm-size portion of protein, ¼ plate of whole grains, and good fats.
Dealing with perimenopausal and menopausal systems is never simple therefore if you would like to learn more about a functional medicine approach, please join us at our free webinar on 28th April, at 7pm.