I was delighted to be asked to contribute to an article in the Irish Independent Health Supplement in August on the menopause and how nutrition can help.
Here is my contribution…
“Reduced energy, changes to our moods and increased cravings are just a few of the symptoms we have to look forward to with the menopause, so it’s no wonder women turn to food and find it difficult to feel motivated to exercise,” she says.
Montague says changing what you eat during menopause can have a huge impact on your health and well-being.
“The importance of balancing your blood sugars is often only considered a necessity for those suffering with diabetes. However, something as simple as balancing your blood sugars and [so, your] hormones during the menopause is one simple, yet effective way, to help reduce these symptoms.”
The Dublin-based nutritionist offers five dietary tips to help with menopause:
1. Eat every three hours, combining complex carbs such as wholegrain bread, pasta, brown rice, quinoa or oats, with a small amount of protein with every meal.
2. Ensure you are getting enough good fats found in oily fish, nuts and seeds.
3. Avoid sugar and watch for hidden sugars found in processed foods.
4. Eat phytoestrogens such as chickpeas, lentils, seeds, soya products and lentils.
5. Drink plenty of water or herbal teas while reducing your tea, coffee and alcohol intake as these dehydrate you.
The full article can be read here
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