If you’re a woman in your mid to late forties chances are you’ve noticed a few changes recently. Not only in your body, but your mind too. Welcome to the Perimenopause!
The good news is you’re not going crazy and you’re definitely not alone. Declining oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels during the perimenopause years create hormonal imbalance with a host of unpleasant symptoms.
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During the summer months, we can all feel the heat. But if you’re a woman going through perimenopause, hot flushes and night sweats can be a nightmare!
From the age of 35 onwards, our hormones can start to fluctuate. Oestrogen and progesterone start to decline as our ovaries live out their usefulness. But during this time oestrogen can be on a roller coaster, swinging from high to low. And it’s during the low times that we can get hot flushes (or flashes) and increased sweating at night. It’s thought that 70% of women at this time will suffer!
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Most people ask me what foods they need to eat (or not eat) to lose weight. Anyone can lose a few pounds on a diet, only to put it back on as soon as the diet’s over (and more usually!).
The key to lasting weight loss, especially for women over 40 is hormone balance. If your hormones are out of whack, you will find it almost impossible to lose weight and keep it off. Nourish and look after your hormones and they will repay you with a body that will look and feel great.
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If you have a normally functioning thyroid, you may be a bit skeptical when you hear a woman with some extra weight blaming it on her thyroid.
But thyroid conditions are absolutely real and becoming much more common, especially in women over 35. And if you have low levels of thyroid hormone it is extremely difficult to lose any weight – believe me I’ve been there!
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Why is weight loss so much harder as you get older? You’ve always been able to lose weight if you set your mind to it, right? You go on holiday, put on half a stone, get back and go on that old diet that always used to work a treat.
Except that now you’re in your 40’s or 50’s, that old diet just doesn’t work any more. You literally have to STARVE to lose any weight, and you probably know that you’ve just lost fluid and muscle! The minute you look at a piece of bread, that weight’s right back on.
So what’s going on? Why is it so damned difficult to shed the pounds after 40?
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Adrenal fatigue has become the new buzz word and it’s becoming an epidemic in the Western world. It’s actually just a more technical term for ‘burnout’ – when you have been stressed for a period of time and your adrenals are struggling to cope.
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Food cravings…Are they real? Or are we just all weak when it comes to choosing healthy food options?
I’m not talking weird pregnancy cravings here (they have their own story), I’m talking about those daily cravings that you can’t ignore. That morning Starbucks, the afternoon cake/chocolate run in the office, the late night crisp munchies. The ones that rule you, day in day out, and ultimately may be ruining your health too.
Seriously, what the hell happens to our hormones as we get older?
I know we all hit ‘middle age’ at different times, but it hit me at around 41. I felt fine on my 40th birthday – in fact I had a big party. I wore my little black dress, and remember getting quite a few compliments on how I wasn’t looking my age…assuming they weren’t being sarcastic (or polite!).
It’s the same for many after the Christmas and New Year excesses. Fatigue, exhaustion, bloating and general lethargy set in and you just want to hibernate under your duvet. Welcome to the January blues!
On top of that, you’ve probably decided it’s a good time to go on a diet or start a new fitness regime to get yourself healthy, which is making you even more miserable (especially if you’re doing the no alcohol January Dryathlon!).
One of the reasons your’re feeling so run down and de-motivated is that your hormones have taken a huge battering over the festive period and are in major payback mode.