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Blackberry Smoothie

Recipe: Delicious Icy Cold Blueberry Smoothie

Icy cold smoothie? It sounds good right now, doesn’t it? And it is. Like all of our recipes, this smoothie is delicious as well as hormone loving and waistline pleasing. Indeed, these things are prerequisites in our recipe library. Plus it’s ridiculously easy! And sometimes you simply need a touch of inspiration to change your …

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Discover 9 Amazing Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

As we all know one of the bugbears of the ‘meno’ years is weight gain. To be clear, in this context, the ‘meno‘ years means perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause. Indeed, it’s something to be aware of as early as premenopause so you can take control early. Debra Waterhouse explains it in her book Menopause Without …

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Osteoporosis: Why Strong Bones Are So Important At Post-Menopause

Today we’re going to talk about bones. And more specifically osteoporosis, because it’s something that we all need to know about. Especially if we’re in pre-, peri- or post-menopause. If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that many of us are woefully uneducated when it comes to menopause and health. Particularly when it comes to …

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5 Foods To Kick To The Kerb During The Menopausal Years

When it comes to the menopausal years, regular readers know we’re all about natural solutions here at MenoMe. And one of the most powerful ways of handling menopause symptoms is by removing food that can exacerbate the signs. Yes, it’s true. Some ladies can get away with the odd splurge but for the comfort of …

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Recipe: Green Goddess Nectar

A long, cool and icy drink is on our wishlist – something that doesn’t cause hormonal chaos and is waistline-friendly. Enter our Green Goddess Nectar Smoothie. It ticks all of those boxes, and it’s easy-peasy to make. Simple is one of our non-negotiables. You’re welcome. 🙂 Enjoy! Green Goddess Nectar Smoothie Green Smoothie Ingredients: 1 …

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5 Ways Your Diet Should Change Entering Perimenopause

5 Ways Your Diet Should Change As You Enter Perimenopause

Fact. Food is pivotal to your menopausal journey. Regular readers will know perimenopause (peri) – or the several years leading up to menopause – is all-important to our entire menopause experience. Perimenopause usually occurs during our 40s. It’s a time when making dietary adjustments can be crucial to how turbulent those hot flushes can be …

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Meno loving Rich Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Recipe: Hormone-Happy Rich Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

One of the common – we won’t call it a sign – side effects of peri- and post-menopause is a craving for chocolate for many women. It’s a bit like that chocolate craving some of us used to get prior to our period! While traditional chocolate is often sugar-laden, if you’re a regular here, you’ll …

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6 Foods That May Boost Your Serotonin (The Happy Chemical)

Serotonin. It’s the equivalent to your happy pill from nature!  What Is Serotonin? I’ve mentioned it before – but to reiterate – the decline of estrogen in our ovaries during peri/menopause can affect the production of serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter (a chemical messenger that helps the brain function) aka our happy chemical. This can …

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Banana Smoothie

This Delicious, Nutrient-Packed Cinnamon & Banana Smoothie Is Addictive

Cinnamon and banana smoothie?  Yummo.  It ticks the nutrition dense, simple and delicious boxes with ease. As a result, it fits the bill when you need a protein hit to keep your appetite sated, boost your daily nutrition quota and help your hormones stay balanced.  What’s more, it’s packed with protein, fibre and good fats. …

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Recipe: Oh-So-Nutritious and Delicious Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Pizza. I don’t know about you, but I’m totally addicted.  In fact, when I was in Italy, I had it for dinner just about every night! However, now that I’m back to ‘real life’ my body functions better when I don’t eat too many refined carbohydrates. Have you heard me mention before that the body …

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Hormone-Loving & Waistline-Friendly Kumara (Sweet Potato) Chips You’ll Love

Don’t miss these kumara (aka sweet potato) chips. Now, we know you love a good recipe – so do we and this one for kumara chips ticks all the boxes! As the title says this is a hormone-balancing recipe that won’t budge the scales so long as you don’t eat them by the truckload! What’s …

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Why calorie restricted diets make you fat

Following on from my previous blog; where I explained why not to diet because of the Diet Cycle… Today you will gain some educated understanding on why calorie restricted diets actually make you fat! That’s right your diet could be working in reverse. Restricted calorie diets, where you count calories, watch everything you eat, and …

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Menopausal Weight Gain. It’s Real, It’s Necessary And It’s Stubborn

Menopausal weight gain? Of all the menopause signs, the weight gain is the one I find the most distressing and the most pervasive. And it’s all about my expanding waistline. I hate that it’s now almost as hard to bend over and paint my toenails as it was when I was pregnant. Additionally, I hate …

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Post-menopause


This is the time when menstruation is well and truly over, the ovaries have stopped producing high levels of sex hormones and for many ladies, perimenopause symptoms subside.

Estrogen has protective qualities and the diminished levels mean organs such as your brain, heart and bones become more vulnerable. It’s also a key lubricant so your lips may become drier, your joints less supple and your vagina might be drier. In addition, your thyroid, digestion, insulin, cortisol and weight may alter.

At this juncture, a woman might experience an increase in the signs of reduced estrogen but she should have a decrease of perimenopause symptoms. That said, some women will experience symptoms like hot flushes for years or even the rest of their lives.

Perimenopause

Peri = ‘near’

Most females begin to experience the symptoms of perimenopause in their mid-forties. Your progesterone levels decline from your mid-30s but it’s generally from around 40 that the rest of your sex hormones begin to follow suit. 

Perimenopause is a different experience for every woman and some women may barely notice it. The first indicators are usually changes to the monthly cycle. This means that for some ladies, this can be accompanied by things like sore breasts, mood swings, weight gain around the belly, and fatigue as time goes on.

For those with symptoms it can be a challenging time physically, mentally and emotionally.

Importantly, perimenopause lasts – on average – four to 10 years. The transition is usually a gradual process and many women enter perimenopause without realising.