What does vegetarianism have to do with menopause? As a vegetarian before, during, and after menopause, I tend to be biased. But here is my take on the subject:
Changing to a vegetarian diet raised my awareness concerning the importance of the diet/health connection. I became a vegetarian before my last pregnancy, and while I did not have my third child until I was 41, I felt healthier and stronger, both during and after the pregnancy, than I had with my earlier pregnancies in my late twenties. I attribute that to a healthier, vegetarian diet.
When menopause reared its multiple heads, I found I had fewer hot flashes than my older sister, who was very thin, smoked, and drank coffee. (These are supposedly three contributors to menopausal miseries.) I did not sail through menopause like some women in third world countries supposedly do (lack of stress?), but I believe, in reflection, that my meatless diet and moderate exercise program were positive contributors to managing my own menopause.
If you are already post-menopausal, you may want to add more plant-based foods to your diet to see if this change brings you more energy, less fatigue, and perhaps some weight loss (if menopause came with weight gain, as it often does.) Improving your diet by eating less saturated fat, fewer foods stripped of their nutrients because of excessive processing, and by increasing fresh plant-based foods is not difficult to do, since almost all stores now carry healthy alternatives.
Feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions about changing your diet. If you click on Products and Services, you will see that I do nutritional counseling over the phone or by email. I will not make you become a vegetarian, but I will suggest more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. You can count on that!
13 thoughts on “This ‘n That: Vegetarianism & Menopause”
Just got through with the symptons of menopause and am now noticing a weight gain trend which I would like to control immediately, if I could.
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I believe avoiding highly processed foods would be the first step for you to lose weight. They could taste excellent, but prepared foods have got very little nutritional value, making you take in more just to have enough vigor to get over the day. Should you be constantly having these foods, moving over to whole grain products and other complex carbohydrates will make you to have more strength while ingesting less. Thanks alot : ) for your blog post.
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Keep it up & you will! YOur body will demand better foods as it enjoys your veg. diet. ellensue
There is a lot of this info on the ‘net. Just keep in mind that fat holds estrogen, so a little extra weight might be protective against hot flashes & night sweats during and after menopause. Eating more whole foods and less processed foods, avoiding sugar and white flour, and eating lower on the food chain might help with controlling weight. Maybe you can see a nutritionist in your area to help you.
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