Life Change

life change

I wrote in a previous blog about being peri-menopausal.  To be honest, all I went with was hot flashes, mood swings and being more prone to injury.  Since then, I’ve noticed an increase in fatigue and a general ache in my joints.  My right knee, which I seemed to have injured at the start of the year still feels unstable and occasionally still hurts.

So, I made the decision to seek help from a nutritionist.  Now, I have just completed the Preparation Phase, which is two days, and I can honestly say it was not easy.  However, I persevered as I want to manage this phase of my life better, and through diet, if possible. Today, I start on the Strict Adjustment Phase, which will last 14 days.  It is going to be interesting as the latter part of the phase will be during the yoga holiday I am hosting.  Where there is the will, there is a way!

To be honest though, I have not actually researched this natural phase of a woman’s life cycle at all prior to contacting the nutritionist.  I just knew that I was going through a life change and I believe that it can be managed with adjustments to my lifestyle.  So, when I went along to a seminar on nutrition and menopause yesterday, I found out more about how the imbalance in hormones and a stressed liver could exacerbate the symptoms I am experiencing.  I discovered that I am doing pretty much what I can to help the symptoms, and where the gaps are.

Do not get me wrong, as I believe my symptoms are only mild.  I have chosen to share my experiences here because I believe that too many women, especially those around my age, in the fitness industry, choose to plough on through, regardless of what their bodies are telling them. For example, I found out that over and above the usual hot flashes, irregular periods, mood swings, there are some additional symptoms, such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Sleep disorders
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory lapses
  • Weight gain, especially around the middle
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Bloating
  • Brittle nails
  • Allergies
  • Changes in odour
  • Joint pain
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Digestive problems
  • Muscle tension
  • Cracked heels

So, if you are about my age, how many of those symptoms can you relate to?

This is essentially part of being a woman and life change.  However, with some lifestyle and dietary changes, it is possible to journey through this phase with gracefully.

I have no idea how long my journey will take and how smooth or rough the road will be.  So, I have no idea if I will decide to support my journey with HRT.  Suffice to say that for now, as I embark on this phase of my life, I seek to do so naturally … and yoga!

One thought on “Life Change

  1. Aaarggghhh…..do NOT touch HRT if at all possible. I took HRT for a few years which did a fantastic job of REDUCING all the menopause symptoms. Then after a health scare about HRT my husband asked me to stop taking it. Of course – BACK came all the full blown symptoms of the menopause (with a vengeance) so I went to visit my Dr. complaining that after several years of taking HRT the menopause symptoms were back and surely I should have been through the menopause by that time (oh silly, misinformed me). The Dr. looked astonished and told me “of COURSE they are back. The HRT reduces the menopause symptoms while you are taking it but you STILL have to go through the menopause when you come OFF of the HRT and you have to come off it at some stage because you cannot stay on it forever…..it literally just ‘pauses’ the menopause”. I told her that if I had been told that when I was offered the HRT I would just as rather not have bothered taking it in the first place and I would perhaps have been through the menopause and out the other side naturally by the time of my visit to her. As it was I then had to go through the menopause properly and altogether it took me about 8 years instead of perhaps half that time had I not bothered with several years of taking HRT 😉

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