Eliminate Menopause Symptoms Using Your Diet

SymptomsManaging your menopause symptoms can be as simple as eliminating certain foods from your diet.  If you would like to avoid hot flashes, night sweats, and joint pain, try making a few slight changes to your diet.

Learn what foods you should reduce or eliminate from your daily meal plan to help manage your menopause symptoms.

Decrease Simple Sugars

Decrease the amount of simple sugars in your diet and replace with fiberous foods.  Notice if you are still eating meals and snacks that gave you comfort and joy as a child, instead seek out books and recipes that cater to healthy aging and eating.

Celia Westberry, CEO, www.EatYounger.com

Avoid Nightshade Veggies

Eliminating any processed sugar and even natural sugars, except fruit, as well as nightshade vegetables, have helped alleviate my hot flashes. Nightshade vegetables have belladonna, a substance that builds up in the system over time and can cause not only more hot flashes, but joint pain as well. Avoiding them, except on rare occasion, has helped deter these. They are: peppers of any kind, including black pepper and cayenne, jalapenos and red or green peppers; potatoes; eggplant; and unfortunately for us Italian food-lovers, tomatoes. Even avoiding gluten has helped me with hormones.

Debbie Johnson, Author of Fun with GF/LG Food

Debbie Johnson, author of Fun with Gluten Free Food, has provided us with the following sweet, low-sugar, gluten free recipe to enjoy. Debbie explains, “a mostly raw-food dessert, this is a favorite among my friends!”

Sweet and Safe Golden Chalice CAROB – COCONUT TRUFFLES

Serves: 3 -5 people

Soak organic Almonds in purified Water overnight to bring out the full nutritional value in this desert. Rinse well and grind in blender. For organic Raisin Sauce, soak organic Raisins overnight in just enough Water to cover them by about 1/2 inch. The next day, blend until it becomes a Sauce. For organic Coconut, grind 4 oz. dried organic Coconut finely in a clean coffee grinder or other food processor. A blender may work as well. Set aside 2 ounces for coating.

Ingredients:

1 cup organic Unsweetened Coconut, dry, shredded kind
2 Tbsps. organic Carob Powder –either raw or roasted
2 tsps. organic Roasted Chicory root, finely ground (optional – gives more of a chocolatey flavor) -use blender or coffee grinder if necessary
1/8 tsp. Himalayan or Celtic Sea Salt
½ cup soaked, chopped organic Almonds (soak 16 hours, rinse every 8 hours)
1 tablespoon hand-pressed virgin Coconut Oil, melted
¼ cup organic Raisin Sauce (see recipe in paragraph above or p. 38)
1 tablespoon organic Unsalted Almond Butter
¼ tsp. organic Almond Extract or Flavor (Celiacs may not tolerate extract)
I tsp. organic Vanilla Extract or Flavor (Celiacs may not tolerate extract)
¼ tsp. Sweet Leaf Stevia (or more to taste)

Directions:

1. Even though Coconut is shredded, grind finely in dedicated coffee grinder (not used for coffee).

2. Blend all dry ingredients except ¼ cup ground Coconut together in small bowl. Add remaining ingredients and blend well.

3. Roll into balls, sizing as you wish (we used golf-ball size at the restaurant) then roll in last 2 oz. of finely ground organic Coconut. It looks and feels almost like powdered sugar, but it is much better for you!

 

To learn more helpful tips that will guide you through your menopause and perimenopause years, check out Ann’s book, Dear Menopause, Bring It On!

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