PPFF Edamame & Spinach Soba Noodle Salad. What The Heck Is PPFF?

Our recipes follow PPFF guidelines for women in pre-, peri- and post-menopause. To clarify, this stands for Protein, Phytoestrogens, (Healthy) Fat and Fibre. In addition, they’re anti-inflammatory and guided by the Mediterranean Diet. Why do we follow PPFF? As a result of PPFF, your body works beautifully to keep your blood sugar balanced, your hunger …

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Recipe: Overnight Oats For A Healthy Gut, Weight & Menopause

Did you know the food you eat is key to your journey through pre-, peri-, meno- and post-menopause? It can play a role in whether you experience weight gain and digestive issues such as gas, bloating and constipation. Indeed, the ‘wrong’ foods can even trigger hot flushes, mood swings and insomnia. Why we love oats …

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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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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.


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.