7 ways to calm down peri-menopause symptomsDec 01, 2022
When all of a sudden most women in my age group are posting publicly online on their socials about how much peri-menopause sucks, you know something is up that needs to be addressed. The big question is:
Is it normal to have a really tough transition at this stage of life, or is there some other reason why so many women suffer, while so many others breeze right through?
Perimenopause symptoms like extreme versions of:
- hot flashes,
- brain fog
- joint pain
ARE NOT INEVITABLE. THEY ARE NOT A NORMAL PART OF AGING.
Ladies, let’s get it together.
The troubling, nearly debilitating nature of peri-menopause for so many women in my generation is b/c you and we as a society and generation, have not done the work over the years to:
- have healthy liver function
- improve digestion
- work for a balanced blood sugar response
- manage stress
- eat a super clean, nourishing, diverse, whole foods diet
- reduce toxic exposure (including plastic, pesticides, bath and body, food additives...)
- stabilize autoimmune flares
The symptoms our culture, and even our medical professionals, tell us are normal are actually signs of imbalances that we can address and stabilize. I'm not talking about symptom free peri-menopause necessarily, but we can be far more stable than most of us think. These things we think are inevitable, simply a super weird part of getting older, are symptoms of deeper dysfunction.
The good news is, ladies, we can still do this work. We can still stabilize our responses to this cataclysmic change happening in our bodies, and make this life transition waaaaaay easier.
People want to jump straight to taking hormones, which I am not opposed to at all.
BUT - bio-identical replacement hormones that calm the symptoms of peri-menopause, also mask a deeper problem that will continue to get worse and cause worse health problems over time. The short term relief should be used just for that, short term relief. It should not be mistaken for a body in balance.
- If your liver isn't working right, you need to fix it.
- If your digestion isn't working right, you need to fix it.
- if your blood sugar systems aren't working right, you need to fix it.
- If you are exposed to toxic substances, you need to remove them from your life.
- If your diet is all over the place, binging, sugar, etc, you need to deal with that too and get your beautiful, resilient, delicate body deeply nourished!
Change is hard. I get that. But now is the time in our 40s and 50s to decide if health is a priority for the rest of our lives or not. It's your choice. Absolutely 100%. We each get to make that choice, or not.
It takes a significant amount of rebellion in this incredibly unhealthy culture to claim our own right to health. It takes cultivating a food culture and a health culture in your life, family, home, and community to make it h happen.
And it's worth it.
Living comfortably in these bodies is worth it. Trusting our brains and our energy is worth it.
It's not your fault. It's the culture.
It's the culture we live in that perpetuates these myths that women's lives are supposed to be about suffering. That we are weak, feeble, and incapable. Please don't let that become your identity simply based off of peri-menopause myths.
It's the culture we live in that perpetuates the idea that toxic, malnourishing, tortured, fake, chemically ridden foods are normal and acceptable and this dramatically controls our peri-menopause experience.
It's the culture that is broken, and as we become the increasingly wise women elders of the world, it's our job to right the cultural brokenness around food and health.
If you want to work on these underlying drivers of peri-menopause symptoms while healing the food culture and busting the myths, so that your transition and the rest of your entire beautiful, precious life can be better, I would love to support you and your friends to create community around health, wellness, amazingly good food, and finding ways to trust your body and brain for many decades to come, while passing on a different way to our daughters and future generations.