Ho Ho Ho, who would think that we would be here after all this crazy COVID stuff! I don’t know about you, but it did seem a little doom and gloom. But now that summer is nearly upon us along with the festive season of Christmas and New Year, you can finish with a bang and some joy for the soul. Celebrating new experiences, new beginnings, and, learning how to cope with a major worldwide crisis.

So I thought that it would be a good idea to give you some survival tips and points to consider, in order to help minimise any perimenopausal symptoms. As the festive month of December is just around the corner, full of parties and lovely food! And, let’s face it, this is also the time when you go a little crazy with the eating and drinking which can lead to the rise of some of those lovely menopausal symptoms 

Eat for the Festive Season

You might be thinking, what does this mean? I am referring to eating the good stuff to support your body and health. That is eating mainly fruits and vegetables from all the colours of the rainbow, with some good sources of meat, chicken and, fish; with as little processed and packed foods as possible.

This will help you to feel energised, while reducing toxin overload on you liver and hormones, which will help to reduce the chances of you experiencing:

  • bad hot flushes
  • night sweats
  • anxiety
  • mood swings
  • fatigue

So, knowing that your calendar will start to get full with work Christmas parties and family/friends get-togethers, plan out how you will eat in between those gatherings. This way you won’t feel like you’ve overindulged, and you can enjoy your time during the festive celebrations.

This might look like having more of a vegetarian diet, which will allow you to have better management of your blood sugar/insulin function – preventing those sugar cravings and feeling hangry. Then when you have your party, you get to loosen up a little and eat all those yummy foods like fruit tarts! IN MODERATION, while still trying to have more of the ‘healthier’ options, just till you feel ‘happy’ and satisfied; not bursting at the seams and feeling ‘unhappy’.

As I say, food is meant to be enjoyed and shared with others, not be a curse!

Festive Season Drinking

Means drinking more water and, green tea to support hydration and clearance of toxins from your body.

You might remember that a few months ago I spoke about alcohol and how it affects menopause. So in order for you to keep on being calm and happy, make a big effort to be well hydrated during Christmas and New Year. This should support your liver and removal of toxins, from eating those extra special foods and having a glass or two of your favourite tipple.

You can also support this by eating lots of dark green leafy vegetables and bitter herbs, to help your liver to break down the alcohol and fats.

Siesta for the Celebrations

To really be able to survive the festive season, it will be particularly important to make sure that you get enough sleep. As you know on any given day having had a bad night’s sleep does not put you in a good mood or give you clarity of mind the following day.

Now, if you have too many of these during the week or, several weekends of late nights it will flow on and could send you into a spiral of worsening menopausal symptoms. So, where possible have a ‘siesta’ to recharge the batteries and allow yourself to really enjoy your festivities.

I hope that these easy reminders of how to eat and drink better, making educated choices on how to eat and rest, will give you the ‘muscle’ to fight through this wonderful time. (And hopefully without having the surprise present of a few extra kilos at the end!)

Take care and please remember that I am here to support you in any way and at any time. Just book in and I’ll help you.

Have a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends, as well as a fantastic New Year! I see you back here in January, ready to kick off a better 2021.

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