We all suspect weight gain is a natural thing during these perimenopause and menopause years. So how can you really get on top of it now – perhaps on the early side – and survive these years? How can you even feel better than you did when you were not in this phase?
In my recent posts about perimenopause and menopause, I’ve talked about the changes your body goes through during this time. If you’re like a lot of the women I talk to, you might even be feeling the added anxiety and pounds already.
Weight gain is often caused by lack of quality and adequate sleep, which leads to less motivation to exercise and more hunger for carbohydrates and sugar. You can read my sleep piece here for a refresher on how losing sleep has a direct impact on your weight.
To recap, during perimenopause and menopause muscle mass decreases, metabolism slows, and we sometimes eat — and live — like we are in our still in our 20s. We yo-yo diet, don’t eat enough fruits and veggies, consume too many processed foods and meats, snack constantly, and become addicted to sugar.
In my series, I’ve presented an array of approaches ranging from the natural route using supplements and herbs to a Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) prescription – and everything in between. I made the case for evaluating your current diet and exercise plan and for raising the white flag on your old ways of calorie counting/deprivation and overexerting yourself in exercise.
One thing is for sure: your estrogen production is declining and you are feeling the effects of it.
Alexandria Wellness is here to help you navigate the right choices so you can feel better – and maybe even feel your best. Imagine that! We want to help you figure out ways to help you approach these years as a gift not a burden! Don’t let these years add more unnecessary pounds on your body or frustrations to your daily life.
The changes going on in your body during perimenopause and menopause produce the biggest physiological change since puberty. As Christiane Northup says so beautifully, “The woman in menopause, who is becoming the queen of herself, finds herself at a crossroads of life, torn between the old way she has always known and a new way she has just begun to dream of.”
Alexandria Wellness Health Coach and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Megan Crozier and I want to hold your hand through this journey and share some positive and simple ways you can feel better – for good! We believe in a holistic approach that is not one-size-fits-all. Both Megan and I will lead an interactive discussion and present a handful of tools you can start using right away to help you gain control and confidence.
Join Us For Our First Official Event
All of us at Alexandria Wellness are incredibly excited to share our first official event at our new location at 215 North Payne Street on this topic: Perimenopause and Menopause and what to do to get, stay and feel fit and well.