In my experience far too many women are over 40 & feeling frumpy and they’ve thrown in the proverbial towel on losing weight and getting their mojo back as the hormonal chaos of menopause approaches.
Amanda pulled herself up the stairs to my office huffing and puffing as she went. She’d tipped the 100kg mark on the scales as her 46th birthday approached and was filled with shame. “How did I get here?” she said, “it’s the heaviest I’ve ever been”. I’ve tried eating healthier like I’ve done before but nothing’s happening . My body’s not dropping anything and I’m getting scared, I can’t stay here. I look like my mum and I swore I’d never do that to myself. Things have got to change. I need your help Julie, I can’t do this alone. I’ve had a few hot surges, especially at night and my period’s all over the place and heavy.
I’m here to say not on my watch ladies! It’s all so fixable.
Here are 3 quick things to give you an instant pick me up and lose the feeling frumpy.
Hack #1 Real wholesome colourful foods.
It’s super simple ladies mainly plant based foods with a small amount of protein (beans, tofu, fish, chicken, lamb, beef, eggs…) and leave out all the fillers, numbers, artificial things, sugar and excess salt.
Stop listening to the hype and noise in the media that’s confusing the hell out of everyone. In real terms it’s a palm size piece of meat and three handfuls of a colourful array of vegetables, steamed or raw. Now, repeat often.
Remember the learning is in the doing. Start simple and improve over time. Model to your children to pass down great habits.
Real energy will soar with consistency, so no need for endless coffees, teas – one per day should be plenty.
Blood sugar levels will plummet and so will your waist line, fluid retention and feeling frumpy.
Hack #2 Move daily
This is Be Fit Foods co-founder Kate Save’s hot tip.
“Get out of bed and move every day and you’ll feel better and have more energy. Your energy is locked in your cells and moving releases that energy and sets you up for a better day with better decision making.” I’d have to agree 110% with this one.
Schedule a minimum of 20 minutes a day to oxygenate your cells and clear out the waste. Walk, jog, cycle, swim, kayak, pilates, yoga, weights, dance….the possibilities are endless.
Set yourself up for a great day, don’t just hope for one.
It’s hard to be feeling frumpy when you’re bouncing with energy and kissing goodbye to the kilos.
Hack #3 Technology detox
Schedule in tech free time each day. To make sure you’re using technology it’s not using you. It wears you out all the swiping, liking and over comparing. Get in and get out.
I’m a big advocate for putting on an alarm one hour before bed (ideally 9pm), heralding fill myself up time – having a bath, reading a book, meditating, stretching, journaling or watching the stars.
Practice the art of being present – warm water caressing your body, cold air dancing on your face. It benefits you and everybody around you. You’ll have a great night sleep and dial down your stress barometer, which blocks weight loss, messes with your mood and gets you feeling frumpy.
Did you know being present hones your listening and empathy skills, vital for building and maintaining trust in relationships? And we all know better relationships equal a better life.
Do I hear you say, god that’s so simple. Is that all you have to do? Yes it is, the hard thing is being consistent. But the results are enormous and they’re long lasting because you’ve changed what you do everyday. Change your patterns, change your life.
Hope that’s got you started on your journey from feeling frumpy to fabulous! It’s never too late.
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Menopause Naturopathic Treatment – Where Are You On The Menopausal Spectrum? Where To From Here?
Just saying the word menopause, stirs up bad associations for many women – aging, endings, mood swings, hot flashes. Menopause is different for each woman, not unlike pregnancy, menstruation, and labor. For some it can be filled with intense pain, disruption, inner turmoil and isolation, and others can sail through it unhindered.
What is menopause?
Menopause is technically when you run out of your finite number of eggs, you were born with. After puberty, ovaries release mature eggs each month, during ovulation, which orchestrate your monthly hormonal cycle. If an egg isn’t fertilized, it’s expelled from your body. At menopause, this all stops.
Did you know our eggs and ovaries are extremely sensitive to chemicals and toxins in the environment? Women who smoke or exposed to many chemicals often have an earlier menopause than they would’ve normally.
Peri-menopause is transition proceeding menopause. Starting 8-10 years prior to menopause and it’s different for every woman. Some can start as early as the late thirties. Majority at 45 to 51 years and is filled with a wide variety of symptoms associated with a change of life – heavy periods, irregular periods, mood swings, PMS symptoms, poor memory, forgetfulness, feeling down, sad.
Post menopause occurs roughly 51 years plus, but is different for everyone. It’s defined by having no period for at least a year. There’s often a “post menopausal zest”, a burst of energy and disappearance of most menopausal symptoms.
During the menopausal phase, you’re naturally producing less oestrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. During peri-menopause and time of menstrual cessation, some unwanted and unpleasant physical symptoms can happen. Knowing what to expect can make it easier.
Natural Remedies for Insulin Resistance – Tired, Hungry, Gaining Weight? Want To Learn How To Make It All Stop?
Natural Remedies for Insulin Resistance – Have you been feeling tired, hungry and gaining weight? Hitting a wall in the afternoons and feeling “blahhh” more often than not? Maybe waking at night to go to toilet or feeling thirstier than normal?
These can be common signs of insulin resistance.
Did you know it is estimated 500,000 people in Australia suffer from undiagnosed insulin resistance? Most of them are unaware they have it and it just creeps up on them. I over hear them saying things like, “I think I’m just getting old” and leave it at that, like there is nothing you can do about it.
Well, that’s so not true! And it makes me even more determined to teach you otherwise. In truth, it’s a sign, your blood sugar levels are not as good as they should be. You don’t necessarily have diabetes, but you’re well on the way towards it.
Getting your blood sugar sorted, will mean you have less chance of getting diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, gaining weight or not being able to lose it, polycystic ovarian syndrome, breast cancer, and much more.
Eating in a way that balances your blood sugar, reduces inflammation and oxidative stress, and improves your liver detoxification is the key to preventing and reversing insulin resistance and diabetes. – Huffpost
Good news is, it’s not that hard to manage and heal. Let’s take a look at insulin resistance more closely and some Natural Remedies for Insulin Resistance.
Female Hormones Weight Loss – Diets and exercise not working? Don’t give up!
“Calories in, calories out” has traditionally been the mantra of doctors counseling women on weight loss. While your best friend can eat hot fudge sundaes without gaining a pound, you look at a bagel and it seems to go straight to your thighs. Your doctor may tell you you’re clearly consuming more calories than you realize. But if you feel that you are starving and the scale doesn’t budge, consider another part of the weight-loss equation–your hormones. – Livestrong
Female Hormones Weight Loss – Statistics show hormones cause Weight Gain in 75% of Women
Here are 7 signs your hormones are out of balance:
- Gaining weight around the middle and can’t shift the weight no matter what you do.
- Feeling tired, irritable more often than not.
- Feeling bloated often these days.
- Everything is starting to stress you, even the little things.
- Rely on coffee, tea to give you a pep up often during the day.
- Can’t think properly, your brain feels like it is full of cotton wool.
- Your sex drive has taken a nose dive.