Menopause and Weight Gain
Have you ever noticed that the older you get the harder it is to keep the weight off? If not, then you are a rare, lucky human.
Weight gain is just another wrench thrown into the mix of hot flashes, night sweats and insomnia. Decreased hormone levels are some of the reasons many women gain weight during menopause.
I have always considered myself to be a pretty active person. I still consider myself to be active, but my activity level has decreased a lot in the last 5-6 years. I don’t have the energy or motivation that I used to have for a hardcore workout every day. Because of that, I have gained a little weight. Is it the end of the world? No. I’m still healthy. I’m just not going to look like I did when I was in my thirties.
When I was struggling with hormone imbalance a few years ago, I had zero energy. ZERO! I didn’t have any motivation to do anything. I had gone from being a very active person to someone that had to drag myself outside to walk a few miles. I love the outdoors and I love being “in shape”. I was turning into someone with who lacked motivation. I had my hormone levels checked and sure enough, they were off the charts…way in the negative range. The words of my physician were: “You are feeling old, aren’t you.” Gee thanks.
My hormone imbalance had me depressed and very moody. I was suffering from sleepless nights and I had zero energy. My stomach area was expanding. I was gaining weight in new areas. My body was changing and aging. I became insecure in how I looked. I know we are supposed to embrace ourselves; beauty is all in the eye of the beholder, blah, blah, blah. I was struggling to recognize the person in the mirror.
How many of you have felt this same way?
Unexpectedly finding a way to naturally balance my hormones was life changing in so many ways. Not only did it eliminate the night sweats and hot flashes, balancing my hormones increased my metabolism and gave me a renewed energy that I had not had in a long time. I no longer felt tired all of the time and my depression seemed to go away. I started to embrace who I was becoming.
Attitude is everything. That is not just a cliché. It really is EVERYTHING.
If you are in menopause and experiencing weight gain you might need a little boost in your metabolism. This is actually easier than it sounds.
When it comes to using diet to help balance your hormones naturally, you should know that it isn’t a fad diet and it isn’t a quick way to lose weight. It’s about deciding to live a healthy lifestyle and learning to eat the right foods to boost hormones and metabolism.
When I started learning all there was to know about balancing hormones naturally, it became apparent that I should be aware of everything I put into and onto my body. That is a topic for another blog post, but food was a biggie.
I try as much as possible to add foods to my diet that are naturally going to boost my estrogen (flax seeds, strawberries, nuts). I stay away from carbs as much as possible and I limit my dairy intake. I eat protein and veggies every single day. And, I drink water…a lot of water. I limit my alcohol intake, but I read that red wine is a good source of phytoestrogens so I have an excuse to drink it. BUT, extra calories come along with red wine so I really do limit my intake. I’m not a dietician or physician, but I know enough of what to do and what not to do if I want to keep my weight off and my hormones balanced.
I use essential oil products to naturally balance my hormones. This also helps with metabolism, increased energy, relief from night sweats and hot flashes. I don’t “diet”. Rather, I have changed the way I eat and what I eat. And, I exercise…whether it’s a two to three mile walk, a Zumba class, or swimming a few laps in the pool, etc. I exercise two to three times each week at the least.
So, if you are in menopause and have weight gain, maybe you should look into natural ways to increase your metabolism through diet and natural hormone balance.
My journey into natural hormone balance was unexpected, but life changing. I would love to walk with you through your journey and help you balance your hormones like I have with many other women. I’m available to talk with you about your personal hormone journey and discussion options available for you. Reach out to me at email@example.com or at 817-300-7288.
You can read about the products I use in my other blog posts at http://www.livingessentiallyhealthy.com.
Live healthy, my friends, and remember that age is just a number.