What Is Menopause?

Menopause is the ceasing of menstruation related to the natural decline in women reproductive hormones, signaled by 12 months following last menstruation, and mostly experienced during ages 40s and 50s. While menopause is a natural process of aging and cannot be cured, the primary focus is treating associated symptoms and consequences of lost reproductive hormones. Common symptoms include hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and sleep disturbances with further concern related to bone loss, depression and anxiety, and weight gain. Common nutritional recommendations may prevent or combat against…

…bone loss. Most aging individuals are at risk for bone loss, senior women especially. Also medically known as osteoporosis, weakened bones raises the risk of falls and painful injuries. To lessen bone loss risk, a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D is encouraged along with regular exercise.

…mood swings. Mood swings may instigate emotional eating, increasing the risk of overeating on rich carb, sugar, or fat sources. Rather than feeding into a potential binge, try sipping on a glass of hot tea, taking a warm bath, walking in nature, reading your favorite book, or talking and laughing with a close friend.

…hot flashes. Hot flashes are caused by the imbalance of estrogen levels, largely interfering with the body’s ability to maintain body temperature. Research suggests consuming lower glycemic foods may stave off hot flashes, mostly by keeping blood sugar levels moderated. Replacing high fat and sugar with fresh fruits and veggies can also reduce hot flash symptoms.

…weight gain. The compilation of advancing age, imbalanced hormones, stress and depression has a powerful force to instigate weight gain. Although the odds are stacked high, their power can be lessened by implementing a nutritious diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep, and stress-relieving techniques.

Menopause Meal Delivery

With Balance by bistroMD, you can eat well while going through menopause without the added stress of grocery shopping and meal preparation! Utilizing the freshest ingredients, focusing on lean proteins, and reducing carbohydrates to support hormone regulation, all meals are scientifically-proven to provide your body with balanced nutrition during menopause. The Balance chefs create doctor-approved, portion-controlled meals for healthy weight loss, as the hormonal changes can even throw the best of eaters into a weight-gaining tailspin. Featured meals directed towards menopause management include beef steak and ale stew, jerk spiced chicken with mango chutney and spinach, grilled salmon with dill mustard sauce, artichoke and roasted red pepper frittata, with many more meals found here!