Menopause Symptoms and Diet

by Laura Ramirez on August 4, 2011

Menopause symptoms and diet often go hand in hand. Eating certain foods can increase weight gain, bloating, moodiness and worsen hot flashes. Of course the opposite is true: substituting certain foods for others can be quite effective at minimizing symptoms.

Obviously, eating a healthy diet does more than just relieve the symptoms of menopause. Making lifestyle changes, particularly with regard to diet, can mean more energy, improved outlook, a more efficient metabolism and increase longevity and quality of life. Despite this, some people don’t really “get” the connection between what they put in their bodies and how their bodies look and feel.

The tough part about changing your diet is that you won’t see immediate results. If you are 50 pounds overweight for instance, it probably took you years to get there. In much the same way, changing your diet is not going to cause those 50 pounds to drop off overnight. This is why it’s so hard for some people to lose weight … the results just don’t happen quickly enough.

Protein is a valuable nutrient found in certain foods that can help lessen the effects of menopausal signs, such as weight gain and bloating. Generally, consuming 46 grams of protein each day can help alleviate such symptoms. However, consuming the right foods to meet your daily protein requirements can be tricky. While you’re maximizing your consumption of protein-yielding foods, such as meat, you also want to make sure you’re not increasing your fat and cholesterol intake.…/choosing-the-best-sour…

That said, if as a mature woman, you are starting to feel your age and the impact of the dietary choices that you’ve made throughout your life, maybe you are ready for change. What you’ll need is a vision of a healthier, slimmer, stronger you. A you who doesn’t self-medicate with food to escape emotional discomfort. A you who actually thinks consciously about how she wants to nourish her body. A you that makes the connection between how her body feels and what she puts inside her mouth.

So what should you eat to alleviate the symptoms of menopause? Start with lean protein at every meal. For most women, this means eggs or a protein shake for breakfast. Lean meat or fish or nuts at lunch and another healthy lean protein choice for dinner. If you eat meat or fish, the portion should be about the size of your palm. Surround this bit of protein with about twice as many vegetables. Make those fresh, colorful vegetables whenever possible. Wash it down with fresh, clean water. Try this simple diet for two weeks and see what happens. If you’re like most women you will find that your symptoms have decreased, you’ve lost weight and you have a much more positive outlook on life.

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