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What Happens To Your Body During Menopause?

When we published 3 Symptoms That Point To You Being In Menopause, so many people read it we realised you’re starved of information.

We get it. We totally do, and I definitely do, because that’s where I was. These days, since working with Meno-Me®, my knowledge of the meno years has grown exponentially 😀. I’m a researcher so when a subject interests me I’m in there boots and all.

So let’s look at what exactly happens to the body we’ve lived in, and many have battled with, for decades during the meno years, shall we? Continue reading What Happens To Your Body During Menopause?

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How To Have Great Skin After 40 🌻

As we enter the meno years, along with the mood swings and weight gain can come massive changes in our skin.

The drop in estrogen that is a hallmark of the perimenopause, menopause and postmenopause can lead to a dryer, thinner skin with wrinkles emerging on a complexion that was once smooth and plump. Other changes that may occur are the onset of adult acne and the odd whisker or three. ☹️

Diminishing estrogen can also reduce the levels of the skin’s natural hydrators like hyaluronic acid. Continue reading How To Have Great Skin After 40 🌻

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3 Symptoms That Point To You Being In Perimenopause

Perimenopause and Menopause aka The Meno Years.

It’s a bit of a quandary for women.

We’re woefully uneducated about the third part of our menstrual cycle – I’m referring to 1. Puberty 2. Fertility and 3. Meno years.

Most women aren’t even aware that menopause only occurs when one year has passed since our last period, and that the lead-up to menopause is usually years – 6-13 – of perimenopause, which often begins when in our minds we’re still ‘young’. Continue reading 3 Symptoms That Point To You Being In Perimenopause

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Hormone Friendly Raw Chocolate-Almond Cups

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I heard recently that chocolate is one of the top cravings for Meno-She’s. Would you agree? Are you a chocolate fiend?

While that’s OK sometimes, so much chocolate these days is filled with not-so-good things as well as lots of refined sugar which do not love our insulin, our waistlines or our hormones. This makes grabbing the nearest, most inexpensive bar (or block) you can find a pretty bad idea.

I’ve been through periods of doing just that and it didn’t do me any favours. In fact, I’ve found that since I’ve chosen to ditch refined sugar I feel better, my energy levels are peppier(!) and, if I don’t go off my good behaviour, my fibromyalgia (or whatever it is) doesn’t flare. Continue reading Hormone Friendly Raw Chocolate-Almond Cups

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Mental Health, Mood Swings & Depression

Did you know that thousands of women suffer from mental health issues during the meno years?

The percentages are high, well over the 50 percent mark for things like anxiety and depression. The Daily Mail recently reported a percentage of 61 percent (that’s for the UK but you can pretty much put Australasia in a similar camp).

That 61 percent figure is scary isn’t it? I should add in here that menopause-related anxiety and depression is often misdiagnosed as a clinical case when actually it’s your hormones doing an unhappy dance. It’s important to be very aware of this because it can impact your health insurance. Continue reading Mental Health, Mood Swings & Depression

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Your Weight Could Affect The Age You Hit The Meno Years

Menopause. The Meno Years. Midlife Hormone Dance.

Whatever you want to call it, it seems there are more studies being conducted on the subject lately (especially with all the media attention it gets in the UK – yay!). The more aware we are the better off we are because knowledge is power.

One recent study conducted by the University of Queensland found that being over- or underweight could affect the age the meno years start rearing their head for you.

I thought that was really interesting as this is a subject I’m constantly researching (surprise!) and I’d never heard that before. Continue reading Your Weight Could Affect The Age You Hit The Meno Years

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5 Filling Foods That Love Your Waistline

One of the biggest challenges of midlife for Meno-She’s is weight gain. This is due to a number of reasons including less activity and our waistlines storing estrogen as fat in a bid to make up for the depleted estrogen in our ovaries. You can read more about the reasons why here and here.

It’s why we created the Ultimate Weight Loss & Wellbeing Programme to help you manage weight gain because we personally know it’s not much fun to pack on the pounds (yes I do know it’s technically kilograms down under 😀). The programme is based on real foods packed with nutrients complemented by Shake It Off® a nutritional/protein powder that takes the edge off your hunger but also delivers up nice doses of recommended vitamins and minerals. Read more about what it contains here.

If you’re still finding cravings getting to you here are five delicious, nutritionally good for you, treats that’ll take your not-so-good desires and kick them to the curb. Continue reading 5 Filling Foods That Love Your Waistline

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Important Question: Are You Getting Enough Magnesium?

Magnesium is one of my favourite nutrients – even more so now I’m in midlife. It’s essential for those us in the meno years.

Why? Well, as you know our hormones start fluctuating from about our 40s (on average) on our journey to and through menopause – once we’re on the other side our risk of bone fractures and heart disease increases. Not fun I know. 😥

I don’t love being the bearer of bad news, but I’ll always temper it with good stuff! And that is magnesium can help.

One last stat for you. According to the UK Government’s National Diet and Nutrition Survey (I couldn’t find stats for Australasia), as many as 11% of menopausal women don’t have enough magnesium in their bodies.

This may be because Meno-She’s like you and me are often restricting our diets in order to control midlife weight gain. The good news is we can eat lots and lots of green leafies and nuts and seeds and other goodies (see below) to ensure we’re getting enough.

Continue reading Important Question: Are You Getting Enough Magnesium?

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Strawberry & Vanilla Mojito Mocktail

A long, cool mojito is just the thing when the heat is on, and boy hasn’t it been on?

Just because we should be avoiding alcohol (it tends to muck with our hormones during the meno years) doesn’t mean we should miss out.

This was the long-awaited, non-alcoholic mojito recipe I’d yet to try and let me tell you it didn’t disappoint. Nothing beats strawberries right? Add all the sparkle and zest of lemon and mint and this wee cocktail was so darned good I drank two of them in the test kitchen! The good news is it fits right in with watching waistlines. Continue reading Strawberry & Vanilla Mojito Mocktail

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Got The Blues? Here’s Some Sage Advice For Happiness

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Happiness. Stop and think about it for a moment. Are you happy?

It seems like a fairly inane question, doesn’t it?

But have you thought about it lately?

The reason I bring it up is that the lowering of estrogen levels during the meno years doesn’t just have an impact on us physically it can also have quite a significant effect on our moods and/or emotions, and therefore our happiness.

This is the reason why you’ll often hear anxiety, depression or irritability listed as common symptoms of perimenopause (the lead up to menopause) and menopause. Continue reading Got The Blues? Here’s Some Sage Advice For Happiness