How to Avoid Menopausal Weight Gain

2. Eat Lean, Clean, and Green

What you eat during and after menopause is just as important as when you were a growing child. Cut out processed foods and cut back on carbohydrates. Now that you know how a reduction in estrogen affects blood sugar, it’s important to not overload your new tolerance. Sugar that isn’t used is stored as fat.

Eating lean means reducing inflammatory fats like vegetable oils. Lean meats, fish, and healthy fats (nuts, seeds, coconut and olive oils, avocado) will provide energy and brain food.

Eating clean means avoiding chemicals, including those used in the raising of conventionally-grown produce. Organic, natural, non-GM (genetically modified) foods devoid of preservatives and other additives will nourish your body without further taxing it with added toxins.

Eating green means loading up on vegetables, especially the dark leafy kind. Add herbs known to regulate hormones—you can find a list here. A broader list of foods that help to balance hormones can be found here. Make sure you get enough folic acid, calcium, vitamins B12 and D, magnesium, and iron.

3. Get Your Hormone Levels Tested

This will provide a baseline and indicators for adjustments you may have to make. A simple urine test can tell you what’s what.

Watch the video below from Dr. Axe for more ways to naturally balance hormones.

Following these tips won’t just help you lose weight, you’ll feel more energized and balanced too!

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