Nutrition and Menopause
Proper Nutrition and Menopause
Nutrition and menopause will play dual roles in how you feel during this period of your life. It’s time to rethink nutrition if you are sitting down reading this and chocolate, potato chips or cookies are within reach. Not that you can’t have an occasional treat, yet the majority of what you eat should be good for you. With a slower metabolism than before, it’s as important as ever to watch the amount of food you are consuming because of weight gain during menopause.
The drive-thru might seem convenient when it feels as if there isn’t a moment to spare, let alone prepare dinner. Taking care of children, husbands and even aging parents puts many demands on your time. Extra planning has to be taken in planning nutritious meals. The benefits are well worth it.
Taking some small steps when preparing meals, might help to get you on track to healthier eating. Fresh fruits and vegetables are ideal and getting them in your diet is what’s important. Replace white flour with whole grains, eat less sugar, and drink more water. Another simple idea in reducing calories is to take smaller portions. It’s best to stop eating when we find ourselves to be full. Consult your doctor before making any drastic changes to your diet.
Some women find that by introducing certain foods into their diet, their perimenopause symptoms lessen. Green tea is an excellent source of antioxidants. There are also a variety of soy products that seem to help some women with hot flashes. Avoiding spicy foods, alcohol, and caffeine can often help hot flashes from getting out of control.
Proper nutrition and menopause can help with many of the symptoms.