By the time most women reach the age of perimenopause, they are already aware of the subtle (and sometimes less subtle) changes that are taking place in their bodies.
One of the changes that occurs is weight gain, especially around the middle. This is partly due to the decrease in hormones at that time, but perhaps also to the diet.
Are you stressed, in a hurry, snacking on the go? Don't look now, but it could be related to that extra free time around your waist. They say you are what you eat, so if you eat packaged food, drink diet sodas, and then stress out all day, your diet is probably worse than typical teenagers.
When was the last time you sat down to a healthy and balanced meal? If you don't remember, then it is time for you to start taking stock of what you are eating.
For many women, that means writing down every bite of food that passes your lips, at least for a while until you can get back to healthier habits. You will see that many women at this stage in their lives are very busy, either with a full-time career or a busy job and family life, sometimes a little of both.
Eating doesn't seem like a priority, especially when you're feeling irritable or stressed, perhaps losing sleep due to night sweats, and having headaches that can be crippling. Yes, menopausal symptoms can negatively affect many women, even if you are the type who feels like you can handle anything.
Not only is your diet being neglected, but your exercise routine is probably suffering as well. You have an exercise route, right? If not, that's another thing that will really help alleviate some of the stress of menopause.
Eating a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, and some low-fat meats like fish and chicken (you still need protein), along with a moderate amount of starchy foods like bread and grains, can seem difficult to achieve. to follow.
However, once you've made a list of the foods you love, making sure that only the healthy ones are left, it can help you remind yourself every day that eating the right foods can be enjoyable.
Make it a habit and soon you won't need to track your meals, they will become second nature.
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