Do you sometimes feel like the evil queen has cast a spell on you after you eat or drink something? Maybe you feel like Snow White might have felt after she ate the poisonous apple? Belly rumbling, nauseous, lethargic!
Newsflash: not all foods make us feel good, even "healthy" ones! Eating mindfully and paying attention are critical during the Menopause Transition.
One thing I've noticed is that food is effecting me differently on this journey. Maybe you have noticed it too. More bloating, headaches, hot flashes or night sweats after consuming certain things. Indigestion from foods that never bothered you before (like my favorite, pizza!) Brain fog and lethargy when you don't eat enough protein for breakfast or night sweats after your wine with dinner. Ugh!!
I mean, how do you feel after you eat doughnuts? or beans? onions or cucumbers? have a glass of wine or slice of pizza? or eggs for breakfast? Food can literally be medicine or poison. So, what's a girl to do?
1. Pay close attention to how you feel after eating. I suggest keeping a list of what you eat for 3-5 days. Jot down the time, place and how you are feeling while eating( stressed or rushed or peaceful). Then make a note how you feel about 20 minutes later.
2. Shift your thinking. Instead of thinking "Oh, damn! I can't have a glass of wine at night" (elimination mindset), think "Yum, I get to have a delicious cuppa hot tea" (addition mindset).
3. Treat yourself like a special guest. Get out the napkins, set the table, go outside for a quick picnic. Don't rush, enjoy! Sometimes, it's not what we eat, but how we eat. I mean would you demand your guests stand up and eat while yelling at the cat and making the grocery list!! (true scene at my house this week!)
Small changes will go a long way during your menopause transition. Eating mindfully is the key!
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Registered Yoga Teacher, Menopause Doula, health and wellness explorer, self care expert focused on empowering women over forty with tools for loving the midlife journey