Menopause – What should I eat?

Menopause III
What should I eat? That is the question…
I have researched every diet out there, and tried them all. When you are going thru menopause, the goal is to feel good about yourself. In my case, I decided it would be good enough if I could at least stabilize my weight. Well, actually let me clarify that, I just didn’t want to grow in size. That was something I had to learn to do.
My whole life I was programed to feel that it was acceptable to fall in the “suggested weight for your height” myth. When you are a women and have crossed the 35 year old mark, life changes in every sense of the word. You can be making the same exact choices regarding food, exercise, rest, and your body has a mind of its own. You just start to grow in every direction.
And here comes the rollercoaster.
You want to do it right, right? Well, research becomes part of your daily routine. Some professionals say, stay away from fat, others, fat is good for you. Who do you listen to? Research some more, some say low impact exercise, others say HITT. What will work for you? Everybody is different. Reality check, what worked for some of my friends, did not work for me. But the situation is, you wont know until you try.
I’m still searching what works for me. Every approach has good results in some aspects, but I have not found the one that works in all aspects. I don’t regret the process for I have learned that the most important thing is to love yourself, no matter what stage you are in. My goal has become my health.
At 37, I felt on top of the world. Was at the top of my career, was married, had a boy and a girl, was slim, looked good and felt good. But life hit me with my greatest challenge yet! I had a brain stroke…
That was the beginning of a very long journey to find myself. I lost it all. Was angry, depressed and didn’t know how to put the pieces of my life back together and so the journey began.
I learned that to build a new life, I had to let go of everything I knew. There is nothing like lying in a hospital bed for 21 days without a formal diagnosis, because the doctors had done all the tests, and because of my age and how I looked externally they did not want to pronounce the word, stroke. I had lost the use of the left side of my body.
Couldn’t do anything by myself (its very hard when you have and type A personality). Now, i just couldn’t do what I was used to. I had to learn to surrender. It was the hardest thing Ive ever done. But, like I’ve said before, the world will not stop to cradle you.
At this time, it was spinning faster than ever. I not only had physical difficulties, I also had bad memory problems. Was told by my doctor, I needed to live without stress. What? How do you live without stress?? Does anybody know?? I didn’t! But I had to learn. And I have.
The first process is to detox your complete life as you know it. Detox your social life, including but not limited to work, mind, body, home, time and people. Every aspect of your life must be restructured. How do you do that? Baby steps…

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