Diet and exercise are incredibly important during the menopause transition. Jane tells us how she changed her lifestyle and shares her top tips.
When I started experiencing signs of the menopause one of the first things that changed was my dietary tastes.
Going from being a vegetarian for more than 25 years, I started craving fish, before eventually meat, including rare steaks and black pudding.
As your body changes, as part of the menopause process, it is important to adapt your diet and lifestyle. This will help keep you healthy and potentially even help relieve some of the symptoms. Here are my top tips on diet and exercise for menopausal women.
Listen to your body
Going from being a vegetarian to a meat eater wasn’t easy for me, but ultimately you have to listen to what your body needs. When I was pregnant I also started craving certain foods, while not being able to tolerate others, and it is because I needed the vitamins and minerals contained within these products. The menopause is no different.
If you find yourself suddenly craving certain foods then google what this could mean. This could tell you what your body could be lacking, so you can start to incorporate the appropriate vitamins and minerals into your diet.
Chocolate to help you sleep
It sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? But high-quality, dark chocolate is high in magnesium which is proven to help you sleep. But don’t go overboard, try having just a couple of squares before bedtime if you’re suffering from menopausal insomnia.
The menopause can cause muscle or joint pain, so the initial response to this is often to stop exercising completely. However, exercise releases feel good endorphins which can help improve your mood and can even help with your immune system.
If high-intensity work outs are proving too painful for joints then why not try different types of exercise – go for a long walk, or aqua aerobics. If you aren’t suffering from muscle and joint pain then high intensity interval training (HIIT) is recommended as this helps maintain muscle tone, helps with fatigue and increases bone density.
Strength from the inside
It’s time to think about maintaining healthy bones. It is essential for women going through the menopause to increase their intake of calcium, magnesium and Vitamins D and K. The menopause can cause bones to become brittle, so it’s essential that women use their diet and exercise to try and combat this where possible.
Cut down on alcohol
Sorry. But reaching for a glass of wine may no longer be the right way to unwind after a hard day. Alcohol is high in sugar and can therefore cause you to gain weight. It can also increase the frequency and intensity of hot flushes and night sweats.
Exercise such as Pilates and yoga put an emphasis on controlling your breathing and movements, which can help you relax and unwind. But they can also help benefit you when bouts of anxiety and irritability strike.
Mood swings are a common symptom of the menopause. These breathing techniques can be used to help you stay calm whenever you’re in challenging situations.
Keep an eye out for more menopause tips from Esteem’s Jane Hallam.
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