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Apr 29, 2019 Diet & Nutrition Samantha Mainland 539 views

Your food choices are powerful. All foods affect chemical processes within the body, producing either a positive or a negative result. Hormonally, certain foods can do this by reducing excessive productions of oestrogen, stimulating hormone detoxification and clearance, and competitively and beneficially binding to oestrogen receptors blocking the need for a higher production.

The foods listed below have been shown to benefit women through their menopausal journey. Try to include these in your diet.

Herbs and Spices:

                Ginger, rosemary, turmeric, coriander, dill, fennel, parsley

Nuts and Seeds:

                Pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews, brazil nuts

Grains and Legumes:

                Soy, chickpeas, quinoa, millet, bulgur, buckwheat, brown rice

Fruits:

                Blueberries, strawberries, oranges, grapes, avocado, figs, blackberries

Meat, Poultry, Fish and Dairy:

                Milk, cheese, yoghurt, deep-sea fish

Vegetables:
                Broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale, spinach, cabbage, mushrooms, celery, onion, alfalfa sprouts

Beverages:

                Water, green tea, dandelion tea, chamomile tea, spearmint tea

Further to this, we often get asked how someone should be eating when they are going through the menopause journey. As a general picture, use the below tips as your foundational diet. Veer from it if you want, but always come back to this style of eating.

General dietary tips:

Avoid refined sugars – Treat ‘treats’ as a treat, and not a regular thing.

Avoid refined carbohydrates and many packaged items.

Eat protein (meat, tofu, eggs etc.) with each meal. A portion would be considered 100g of meat or 200g of tofu.

Be conscious of your daily calcium intake; food or supplement.

Eat good fats regularly. Cook with olive oil or coconut oil.

Eat a rainbow of vegetables, and lots of them.

Eat a maximum of 2 pieces of fruit daily.

Be wary of your carbohydrate intake; this commonly encourages weight gain during menopause.

Samantha Mainland

About The Author - Samantha Mainland

Samantha is a highly educated Naturopath having graduated from both Southern Cross University with a Bachelor of Naturopathy, and University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Medicine Management with Professional Honours in Complementary Medicine.

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