Never mind the standard reasons for dieting and exercising typically found listed as resolutions for the new year; MENOPAUSE is reason enough. Yes, menopause is knocking at my door. I only have a little more than a year left of my 40’s and probably even less time left to enjoy my glorious estrogen.
Over the past two years, I’ve gained 20 pounds and experienced several other unpleasant symptoms of the inevitable arrival of this time of a woman’s life. Just yesterday, I had the worst headache of my life that may have been hormone related. It was the first one that has brought me to tears. It was possibly a migraine; but, since I was sleeping before it hit, I didn’t notice the aura (squiggly floaty thing in my vision) before. I just woke up with intense pressure in my head – not throbbing, just constant. I did feel a little nauseous, and after it eased up a bunch, I felt wiped out.
How exciting! (sarcasm)
So last night I picked up one of my Christmas gifts meant as humor, the book Menopause for Dummies, and skimmed over a few sections and found new reason to put an emphasis on a healthy diet and exercise.
The hardest part about maintaining healthy eating habits for me will be getting used to putting forth a little more effort when preparing meals and snacks. That chip bag is so easy to open and reach into. Washing and cutting up fruits and veggies takes more time. Must form new habits.
“The decline or absence of oestrogen can mean changes to energy levels, memory, bone health, hormones, urinary and heart health.
Good nutrition and small lifestyle changes can help to maintain a healthy menopause. Exercising and eating right can make a real difference to how you feel – and can help to maintain health during and after the menopause.” ~Diet, nutrition and the menopause
I already started taking a multi-vitamin as well as separate B12 and Folic Acid supplements about a month ago. I do like fruits and veggies of almost all types. The healthy diet part shouldn’t be hard for me. Exercise and I need to have a heart-to-heart, though. I get headaches after exercising, which is probably a bad Pavlov’s Dog response to the mere thought of it.
I do not want to be one of those frail or hobbling old ladies who take forever to get from point A to point B. I don’t want to be forever tired with no energy. I don’t want to have to find a place to sit down in the middle of a shopping trip because my back is killing me. These things are reason enough to push through headaches and just do it!