The Importance of a Balanced Diet During the Menopause

By Lisa Schwarz, Reliv Europe German Translator & Researcher.

An undesirable visitor!

It happened overnight — one minute I was as lively and fresh as a daisy and the next, I felt like I’d been struck by a bus. Hot flushes, mood swings and middle-age spread had arrived like an unpleasant guest at my door. It wasn’t hard to figure out that the dreaded menopause had graced me with its presence. However, unlike an undesirable visitor, the menopause cannot be removed. It usually stays without a set departure date and it won’t go unless it decides to…Mother Nature can be so irritating at times!

A physical and mental rollercoaster

Despite having read a lot about the menopause, I was unprepared for the physical and mental rollercoaster that lay ahead of me. Changes in hormones, a loss of muscle mass and bone density and a slowdown of my metabolism were anything but enjoyable! Rather than dwell in self-pity, I chose to take control of the situation. I wanted to regain control over my own body. Hormone treatment was not an option for me due to personal considerations, so I chose to attempt the dietary way to freedom.

Taking control

I quit eating junk food and moved to a well-balanced diet focusing on foods that are high in nutrients yet low in calories. Throughout the day, I drink at least 6-8 glasses of water and unsweetened herbal teas. Ensuring my body is well hydrated from the moment my feet touch the ground, I drink my first glass of water as soon as I wake up. This is followed by a light breakfast of fruit, yoghurt and cereal, as well as a second glass of water with 2 LunaRich C capsules – a pure concentrated version of lunasin available exclusively from Reliv.

Shake up a Classic day with Reliv!

My regular meals are calcium-rich and high in Vitamins D and C. They contain whole grains and protein sources like dairy, lean meat and fish, as well as lots of veggies and fruit. I also like to add Reliv Classic to the mix so that I can enjoy the benefits of our original formula with only two shakes each day! It simplifies complex nutrition with a well-balanced blend of soy protein, vitamins, minerals and herbs. It’s perfect for me as it contains Vitamin A which contributes to the maintenance of skin and vision, Vitamin C which supports the normal functioning of the psychological system and Vitamin D which contributes to the maintenance of normal muscle function. It also contains Calcium which is vital in the maintenance of teeth and bones and Iron which supports the normal formation of red blood cells. Reliv Classic contains many other essential ingredients such as Vitamin B12, Folic Acid, Magnesium, Zinc, Copper and Manganese.

Growing old is a privilege

If the menopause has taught me anything, it’s that positivity is essential. Instead of seeing ageing negatively, I consider it a privilege and I now strive to embrace every moment of this wonderful life that has been given to me. So yes, life is good with the right nutrition – it`s a choice!

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