Lifestyle Changes for Wellness during Menopause
Lifestyle changes may help in prolonging the effect of treatment you receive for menopausal symptoms and also for long-term benefit. Not only will they help with reducing symptoms of the change you are experiencing, they will also improve your quality of life and sense of well being.
In a previous article we discussed prenatal and post natal essence. Our essence is precious and ideally we are wanting to preserve and store it to help us age gracefully. Stress has a negative impact on our essence. As Essence is stored in the kidneys, when the adrenals are depleted by too much work or sex, poor food, or lack of sleep, then essence is lost. In this way, women need to find time for renewal, balancing work with play. Good quality and quantity of sleep, a nutritious diet, and eliminating excesses are all beneficial for balance during the menopausal years.
The key is balance. If balance exists, then illness has more of a chance to disappear. Although menopause and the decline of Precious Essence is a natural process, many menopausal symptoms are caused by imbalance in the body.
- Try meditation and breathing exercises
These can restore Pre-Heaven Essence and are wonderful for menopause. Exercises such as Qi Gong or Restorative Yoga are fantastic. They are rejuvenating, and can strengthen the body. They nourish the qi through breathing exercises, and they strengthen the body through the movement of energy. These are exercises that stimulate the endocrine system and lungs. Yoga and qi Kung improve longevity while increasing the sense of harmony within one’s self in relation to the world.
- Take a retreat for one or two hours each week . This can help with stress relief, general enjoyment and quality of life.
- Tolerance and forgiveness towards yourself and others restores the peace and wellbeing.As you keep practicing you will develop a sensation of wellbeing and peace of mind.
Nourish your body
Eat plenty of:
- vegetables, especially leafy greens, prepared according to season
- whole grains including rice, spelt, oats
- include seaweed in the diet
- Choose foods that are high in vitamin and mineral content.
Eat in moderation
- fruit and fruit juices
- Eat organic meat and fish
- Dairy products
Try to avoid
- caffeine, alcohol, and cigarettes.
- Most animal foods are full of hormones, find an organic source of meats and dairy products.
- processed foods, additives, sugar, bread or flour.
Food for thought
- Prepare food according to season: raw in the summer and cooked during the cooler months.
- Eat locally grown fruits and vegetables that are in season. This is eating in harmony with nature
- Be mindful that the amount of protein we need varies. Someone who is very active — for example, a gardener who is moving plants and rocks all day — will need more protein than an office worker.
In another article we discussed treatment options during menopause and how life style choices may affect the outcome of treatment. Skype consultations are available for women not in the local area. Please email any questions and enquiries.