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Why Menopause Is The Right Time To Eat More Fresh Natural Foods And Take Supplements

March 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 141

During your menopause years you may find yourself surprised and upset to notice that you've started to put on weight - especially around your belly.

You could notice discomfort after eating even though nothing has changed except you're over 40. In fact, for many reasons, the foods and beverages you enjoyed in your 20s and 30s may not be appropriate, or enough, for the older version of you.

As you age, your digestion slows and your body becomes not as efficient at producing essential nutrients such as Co-Enzyme Q10, or extracting nutrients from the food you eat. It needs your help to make different food choices and take supplements that supply nutrients, such as essential minerals, that are missing from your food because of modern farming methods.

Now that you're in your 40s or 50s you need 200 fewer calories each day to maintain your weight. If you continue to eat the same number of calories as you did in your 20s and 30s, you'll gain weight.

Stress and the toxins you've taken into your body for a lifetime start to impede the optimal function of your organs, hormones and body systems.

A glass of wine with dinner every night may have become a welcome respite from a stressful day dealing with the multiple demands of others. It's also a recipe for weight gain.

Eating frozen prepared food, reheating bottled sauces for white pasta or rice or ordering fast food because you've left no time to cook does not contribute towards your well-being. In fact, long work days or jamming too many activities into every waking hour is stealing time from preparing fresh foods that nourish your body and keep it strong and vital.

It really is no surprise to learn what wise men of ancient civilizations knew - you are what you eat. If you eat the packaged prepared food imposters that are sold from the interior aisles of most grocery stores, you're setting yourself up - and your family - for disaster.

Food is meant to be a joy - but it can be your sorrow when it's based only on taste and convenience, not nutrition. The wrong food contributes towards chronic illness; poor mental focus and memory; painful, poor digestion; mood swings; premature aging; poor muscle tone; excess body fat; gray, lifeless skin; low energy; poor motivation and the scourge of old age - high blood pressure and high cholesterol - symptoms which are indicators of circulation and heart challenges! They are the very symptoms for which medical doctors love to prescribe medications that will keep you drug-addicted, and dealing with side-effects for the rest of your life.

It's a funny thing to notice that pet food stores emphasize that they are the suppliers of proper nutrition for your companion animal, while grocery stores don't dare to make such claims for their human customers. This seems to imply that we take better care of our pets than we do of our own bodies.

However, with a little more care and attention to what you put in your mouth at mealtime you can supercharge your body with greater nutrition and fewer calories, which will set you up for many years of vitality and good health!

How?

Eat more of the following:

  • Organically-grown raw foods,
  • Fresh green vegetables that include broccoli, asparagus, avocado, celery, green pepper, parsley, peas, spinach, beet greens;
  • Superfoods' - such as beets, fennel, fresh sprouts, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, goji berries, acai berries, oats, maca root, raw lignan-rich flax & sesame seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, quinoa, dried sea vegetables, and medicinal mushrooms such as Reishi.
  • High quality supplements as insurance that you're getting enough of the 90 minerals, vitamins, healthy fat, and other nutrients your body needs every day.

These foods and supplements will keep you satisfied and energized while helping to protect you from developing lifestyle diseases and conditions that are becoming epidemic such as obesity, cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

It's never too late to begin nourishing your body for health, wellness - and taste! So start now! Why wait a day longer to start feeling the vitality you were born to enjoy.

Wendy Vineyard is a holistic health practitioner, lifestyle coach and wellness journalist. She specializes in inspiring and empowering women to thrive during menopause naturally - without drugs or added hormones. Are natural remedies the best way to handle your menopause transition? You decide. http://www.NaturalMenopauseNow.com http://www.facebook.com/NaturalMenopauseNow

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