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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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Menopause And Why You Need To Exercise For Your Health & Your Weight

If you want to do everything you can to deter menopausal weight gain and combat an expanding waistline you need to exercise. Let’s talk about exercise and why it’s one of the best things you can do at menopause. For both your health and your weight. Did you read “Menopausal weight gain – it’s real, …

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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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21 Day Hormone Detox

Get Your Mojo Back, Lose Weight and Belly Fat With The 21-Day Hormone Detox

If you’ve landed here I’m guessing you might be aware of weight gain and mood swings. And other common ways a woman’s body begins to change around the age of 40. Or, from about our late 30s. Perimenopause / menopause can creep up Unquestionably, the first signs of perimenopause creep up for too many women. …

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Recipe: 3 Infused Water Thirst Quenchers

Infused water? Yes indeed. We’re serving these up because hydration is one of the keys to happy, healthy hormones and happy, healthy weight. Water is essential to practically every bodily process. It also helps with constipation, bloating, headaches, migraines, brain fog and concentration. One thing’s for sure, a good dose of H20 will definitely kick …

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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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The Health Benefits Of Soy Protein For Women During Menopause

Soy is a staple food in many vegetarian diets, particularly in Asia. It has many healthy nutritional properties and is the preferred protein source for women. Soy Is A Complete Protein Soy protein is a complete plant protein therefore it contains all of the essential amino acids our body can’t make. In addition, being plant-based …

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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.