Good Mood Foods for Menopause

SymptomsThere are many foods you can eat (or not eat) during menopause that will help regulate your hormone levels, thus reducing the frequency and intensity of menopause symptoms.

Learn what foods to include in your diet using the following tips from our expert contributors.

Good Mood Foods That Will Keep Your Hormones Happy

Maintaining consistent blood sugar and insulin is one of the most important steps to balancing all hormones in the body to ensure that your metabolism stays in high gear. To achieve these goals, eat frequently – three meals plus one or two snacks per day. Make sure you consume protein, fat, fiber and carbohydrates together at every meal.

A high quality diet, eating every few hours to balance blood sugar and sleeping well helps combat the war on stress and helps prevent insulin resistance. Eat the right amount of protein (about 2 – 2 ½ oz. per meal.) Consume enough fiber (beans, peas, berries, whole grain products) and enjoy phytoestrogenic foods such as soy (in moderation) pomegranate and flaxseeds.

Avoid high fat intake and too much alcohol to prevent excess estrogen. Plant sterols balance your hormones, by fueling hormone receptors; they also lower cholesterol. Plant sterols are naturally occurring substances found in plants and are present in small quantities in many fruits, vegetables, vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, cereals and legumes.

Eating enough food at each meal and frequently will also prevent the appetite-stimulating hormones from being released. Aim for a meal every four to five hours of high quality nutrients and you will help your body maintain a healthy hormonal balance.

Rosalie Moscoe, Motivational Speaker & Consultant on Stress Relief and Nutrition, RHN, RNCP., Health In Harmony

 

Eating for Menopause Mojo

The proof is in the pudding and unless it’s a raw/vegan pudding it won’t make you feel better. Within two weeks of a 99% plant based diet, all of my menopause symptoms were gone. That includes hot flashes (which really were NOT flashes but more like lumbering waves), drenching night sweats, rapid heart palpitations, dramatic emotions (from anger to tears in less than 60 seconds) and fatigue. Sugar and chocolate had to go. Wheat, dairy and all animal products swiftly followed.

I helped myself to delicious green smoothies, home made bean salad that could last a few day, fresh fruits and veggies, a good multivitamin and brisk daily walks. It worked like a miracle. What I know for sure is that many women get very stubborn in menopause. Don’t let that happen around your diet and exercise. Eat living food, drink water, walk. You’ll be fine.

Daryl Wood, Life and Leadership Change Facilitator

 

Learn even more helpful information that will guide you through menopause in Ann’s book, Dear Menopause, Bring It on!

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