Nutrition and Food in Perimenopause and Menopause
I know it can be frustrating figuring out what to eat as our body starts shifting hormonally. Although what works for each person varies, there are some basic guidelines that can be a helpful place to start!
Focus on nutrient-dense REAL foods! Lots of non-starchy vegetables (think eating a RAINBOW!), some whole grains or beans/legumes or fruits, the right amount of lean proteins, and healthy fats.
Prioritize lean protein sources at every meal/snack like poultry, fish, eggs, legumes, and tofu.
Protein supports muscle maintenance and helps manage appetite, crucial for weight loss.
Fiber for Satiety, Digestive Health and Hormonal Balance
Increase fiber intake through vegetables, seeds, legumes, whole grains, and fruits.
Fiber promotes satiety, aiding in appetite control and digestive health.
Eat slowly, savor each bite, and pay attention to hunger and fullness cues.
Create a beautiful, inviting space when you eat.
Sounds silly but put your fork down in between bites and really chew your food (I’m still working on this one!)
Healthy Fats for Hormonal Health
Incorporate sources of healthy fats, such as avocados, nuts, seeds, and olive oil.
These fats are essential for hormone production and absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.
Include sources of omega-3 fatty acids like fatty fish (wild-caught salmon, mackerel), flaxseeds, and walnuts.
Limit Sugar and Processed Foods
Minimize added sugars and processed foods, which can disrupt blood sugar levels and contribute to weight gain.
Regulating your blood sugar is probably one of THE MOST IMPORTANT things you can do to support healthy weight in perimenopause and menopause
Meal Planning and Portions
Plan balanced meals so that it is EASY and enjoyable to eat well
Aim for about half or more of your plate as vegetables, palm-size of protein, small amount of starches and 1-2 T. of healthy fats per meal
As always, each body is different so it’s important to listen to what YOUR body is telling you!
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