Menopause and it’s precursor perimenopause can hit you like a truck and leave you feeling confused, dazed and slightly deranged.
Did that confident, super organized, high performing business woman ever really exist or is that you memory playing tricks on you.
Perimenopause is best described as the hormonal havoc leading up to your final period. It can start anytime from around the age of 35 as your progesterone levels start to drop and your oestrogen levels follow suit.
Seemingly arriving overnight you’re suddenly flung into mood swings, forgetfulness and blasts of heat. Nothing else has changed – you’re eating the same as before and exercising as much (or as little) as you’ve always done.
Do any of these sound familiar:
- You’re emotionally less robust than used to be and you’re close to tears at work because the photocopier jammed.
- You have to move that top trouser button (again) to make room for those extra inches around your middle.
- Your usual exercise routine no longer works as a weight management tool.
- You don’t sleep as well as you used to and experience night sweats. Sometimes so bad you need to get up and change your nightwear or the bed sheets.
- Your periods arrive when least expected and range from being really heavy to occasional spotting.
- You open the cupboard door only to realize you have no idea what you’re looking for.
- You prefer wine, chocolate, Strictly Come Dancing or frankly anything over sex.
So what’s the answer? Well, if you feel like your body’s turning against you it’s time to make a few changes to address your hormone imbalance. Here’s what you need to do:
- If your memory’s not what it used to be you’re probably not getting enough omegas in your diet. Eat plenty of salmon, tuna and avocado.
- If you’re struggling to shift that muffin top despite all the exercise you do, it’s time to exercise in a different way. Avoid long slow cardio workouts of 20 minutes or more. They put a stress on the system that means your body won’t burn fat. Instead it will use glycogen from your muscles that will lead to an increase in your appetite.
- If you can’t sleep but you’re still drinking coffee cut back. If you still can’t sleep cut it out completely. There’s a whole range of herbal infusions available – eventually you’ll find one you like.
If you’re looking for some more hands on advice you can get access to my expert knowledge at 7.30pm on Tuesday 24 November by joining my online seminar.
- How to immediately reduce your hot flushes
- The one thing you should never do when you wake in the middle of the night
- How to boost your energy levels through the day so you can work smarter not harder
- The three reasons why HRT isn’t the answer
With the right knowledge and the right attitude you can negotiate this period of your life with grace and ease. It’s all about having access to expert information so you can then make an informed choice about what to eat, the way in which you should exercise and how to manage the internal stresses your body is going through. See you on Tuesday and if you can’t make it live sign up here and I’ll send you a recording.