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A case study: Menopause, hormones and gut health

I have a new client, she is 46, had a premature menopause age 37 and she is struggling with low mood, low energy and feels she has lost her ‘oomph’ for live. When her POI (premature Ovarian Insufficiency) was confirmed she went onto HRT which really helped for a while. She spent a few years finding the right HRT type and dose. Last year (October 2017) age 45 she decided to stop the HRT and see how her body reacted. At first she felt ok but over the last few months her energy has dropped and poor mental health symptoms have returned. Is there link to gut health, menopause and hormonal imbalance? At the same time she is dealing with long term pain and feels like she regularly has sore muscles and tendons.  On top of this she has had ongoing ‘gut issues’. About five years ago she had acute stomach pains and bloating and no one could give her a definitive answer what was going on. She has had digestive issues ever since. The pain has lessened but she gets extreme bloating and discomfort. This means she has to wear lycra most of the time to accommodate her expanding waistline. This and weight gain has had a negative impact on her self image and confidence. Even though this client is feeling really crap (technical term!) she is resisting going back on HRT. She feels this may mask her gut problems and she wants to heal her gut so she has a better understanding of how her gut health is affecting her mental health. She has seen a herbalist...

BBC5 Live Menopause show

Last week I was invited to go to the BBC5 Live studio in Manchester to join a discussion about menopause. Yesterday I jumped on a train excited to be given another opportunity to share my message about menopause and the positive and negative impact it can have on a women. Meg Matthews (Meg’s Menopause) was the guest editor and the show was brilliantly hosted by the lovely  Nihal Arthanayake (who is now very educated about the menopause ;-)) The First hour was a discussion with Dr Louise Newson and Diane Danzebrink (http://menopausesupport.co.uk) with Professor Helen Stokes – Lampard, (pictured left) Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners. The second hour was with Dr Newman, Meg, myself, Bridget (WI), Jayne Harrison (Menopause cafe) and Ola Fagbohun (menopause cafe). This was a more relaxed, on the sofa, setting where we discussed the menopause and how it affects women. We heard some sad (yet typical) stories about how women are suffering. One women told us how she had been suffering for 20 years, this was heart breaking and unnecessary). A few men contacted the show to say thank you for discussing it on the radio as they didn’t know how to help their wives. I had so much more I wanted to say on the show!  Dr Newman and Meg are very pro HRT but they were fairly dismissive of supplements and alternative therapies. I am also pro HRT as it saved my life but not all women can or want to use it. I felt it a little biased but then maybe i was just a bit sensitive to womans needs. There...

How to nourish ourselves through menopause

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when we think about our ‘diet’. When we are feeling awful, no energy and craving carbs sugar like its crack cocaine the last thing we want to hear is. “You just need to give up sugar, caffeine, gluten, dairy, grains, breathing….” This is the last thing we want to hear right? Yes, nutrition makes a HUGE difference to our menopause symptoms and our health and wellbeing. But most women will find big change hard and short lived. I advocate adding nutrients into the body FIRST before removing anything. This doesn’t work for everyone but it really helps many of my clients. Give the body what it craves; a rainbow of veggies, organic meat, water, healthy fats like avocado and olive oil oh and a little dark chocolate 😉 Once your body starts to get the nutrients it craves then your cravings for junk/processed/sugary for will naturally reduce without you feeling deprived. it’s much more intuitive and you stand much more chance of sticking with it. Feeling good is addictive but it feels impossible when you are feeling pants! Make small changes 🙂...

Coconut and nut butter fat bomb recipe

I don’t often post recipes as I am building up a library on my Nutritional Therapy website before I launch it. I do have one recipe book call Feel Fabulous which will be on sale in the next week or so and I am slowly putting together a recipe book aimed at women for womens health. Anyway, I do love cooking and experimenting and I made these super tasty ‘fat bombs’ at the weekend. My default comfort food is carbs and sugar but they mess with my mood, energy and gut health. Once of the ‘tools’ or ‘hacks’ I use to help those pesky cravings is to eat a fat bomb. They really help 🙂 My 15 years old daughter loves these 💚                                         Makes 12 These took me 20 minutes to make (you need a food processor) plus time for 1 hour chilling (you can chill while the bombs chill) Ingredients: 1.5 cups of dried shredded coconut 1/4 cup of virgin coconut oil 1/4 cup organic crunchy nut butter 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon (depending on your preference) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract pinch of sea salt For the chocolate ‘icing’ 1/4 cup coconut oil 1/4 cup organic butter 2 tablespoon cocoa powder 1-2 teaspoon of maple syrup You will need silicon mini muffin/fairy cake moulds or ice cube trays. Method: Preheat the oven to 180∘ Spread the coconut flakes evenly on a baking tray and lightly toast for 6-8 minutes, giving them a stir half way through. You...
International Women’s Day……lets move to Russia!

International Women’s Day……lets move to Russia!

I’ve never questioned the history of international women’s day (IWD) until I mentioned it to my (Russian) good friend. She said in Russia it’s a big thing, lots of celebrations with gifts of flowers and jewellery! It’s a public holiday in many countries though sadly not in the UK! (i’m booking 8th March off next year) Hmmmmm…….not sure my husband is going to buy into this….he annoying rolls his eyes at anything remotely related to ‘feminism”. Not that i call myself a feminist….I believe in equality. Don’t tell the men but there is an international mens day too on 19th November…. but we’ll keep that quiet ha ha. Joking aside I think it should be equal and we should celebrate each other. The theme this year is for positive role models which is a great theme 🙂 Objectives of International Men’s Day include a focus on men’s and boy’s health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. It is an occasion for men to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care while highlighting the discrimination against them. http://www.internationalmensday.com Any way….back to us ladies…… “International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe.” http://www.un.org/en/events/womensday/history.shtml This video explains the history of IWD.   1909  The first National Woman’s...
My top 10 supplements for menopause

My top 10 supplements for menopause

My Top 10 Supplements for Menopause Enter your email address to get this article as a handy PDF sent directly to your inbox Success! Now check your email to confirm your subscription and then the Top 10 supplements for menopause will be winging its way to your inbox There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address yes please 🙂 We won't send you spam. Unsubscribe at any time. Powered by ConvertKit If you google ‘supplements for menopause’ you will see there are hundreds of supplements available. There is a mind boggling number of pills, potions and powders available that seem to be able to ‘cure’ anything and everything. It’s no wonder you are confused about which ones to take. What is a supplement? “A food supplement is defined as ‘any food for the purpose of which is to supplement the normal diet and which is a concentrated source of a vitamin or mineral or other substance with a nutritional or physiological effect, alone or in combination and is sold in dose form’.” In the UK most products described as food supplements (such as vitamins, minerals or amino acids) are regulated as foods and subject to the provisions of general food law such as the Food Safety Act.  Even with the best diet in the world we cannot avoid the fact that our food has less nutrients then in past generations. Poor soil quality and modern farming methods mean our food is lacking the vitamins and minerals we require for optimum health and vitality. Do they work? Many people don’t like the idea of supplements; they...
I took my dog and left my husband and kids

I took my dog and left my husband and kids

I am in creative heaven 🙏🏻 Last week I was pretty productive but lacking creativity. I struggle to be creative at home when surrounded by mess, clutter and distractions. I told to my husband that I ‘needed a wife’ so I could hide in my office and work and someone would look after me! I guess that’s not going to happen….So I took action ✅ I asked my client if I could use her cute country cottage for 4 days and 3 nights. I told my husband and teens they’re on their own 👋🏻 I packed my bags and my dog 🐶 And here I am …. focused and distraction free. Minimal cooking, cleaning and no looking after anyone else but ME! I love my life but I need a break and that’s 👌🏻 ok. By fulfilling my needs and charging my ‘self care battery’ I will be able to serve my clients and my family. Is that selfish? Nah! It’s essential. I have my needs to and they’re as important as anyone else’s. Not only am I writing my book ‘’midlife manifesto’ I’m living it too. My life My rules One body,one mind, one menopause….I get to choose who I want to be in the next adventure.                                        ...

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Founder, Mrs Menopause
Your forties are a time of change, I’m sure I read once that’s when the fun starts. The body changes and you cannot stop it. I want to help you accept it and embrace it…..cellulite, flabby bits and all!

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