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Back in 2012 a couple of my “besties,” Serene and Pearl, searched for answers to sustainable weight loss for women. As they figured out the best ways to fuel with foods for fat loss, I joined their plan and together we lost weight and regained our health.
The plan (Trim Healthy Mama) they laid out for weight loss is excellent and works for women of all ages but as I’ve moved into my midlife years I’ve learned to make a few tweaks to the basic Trim Healthy plan to make weight loss easier with hormonal changes.
A key concept we often overlook in midlife is to eat plenty of protein. Protein is a key pillar of the Trim Healthy plan and continues to be of utmost importance through your...
If you're over 50 and wondering, "What's happening to my body?" don't fret! We're diving into the incredible journey of menopause body changes. It's time to embrace your best shape and feel fabulous. Buckle up for a quick tour through the seasons of womanhood.
Let's start by breaking down these terms, readers. Perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause are like the chapters of your life's novel. They come with their own set of quirks and adventures.
During perimenopause, which can start in your 40s, hormones like estrogen and progesterone start playing their own tune in your body. It's not unusual to experience irregular periods, mood swings, and, you guessed it, changes in your body shape.
If you are in midlife, perimenopause, menopause, or postmenopause, and you've said this to yourself, “I feel like I'm going crazy.”
You are not alone.
Let me tell you about a lady, just like you, I’ll call her Eleanor.
Eleanor prided herself on her ability to handle life's ups and downs with grace.
But as she entered her late forties, something inside began to shift. It started with subtle changes, forgetting where she placed her car keys, struggling to concentrate on reading a book, and things like that.
However, over time, the lapses became more frequent.
One evening while she was cooking dinner, she couldn't remember the recipe for her signature pasta dish. The dish she’d made hundreds of times. Frustration boiled within her and tears rolled up unexpectedly. She felt like she was losing control. Her best friend, Tina, noticed the changes...
Welcome to our heart-to-heart about the link between midlife, menopause, and those unexpected mood swings. Let's walk this journey together, seeking understanding and uncovering the right strategies to support our overall well-being.
When we think about menopause, the first thoughts often revolve around physical changes. However, the mood fluctuations are just as real and sometimes even more daunting.
Firstly, it's crucial to grasp the role hormones play in these changes. As we venture into midlife, declining hormones can result in heightened risks of anxiety, depression, and mood-related issues. Here's a snapshot of the hormone impact:
Estradiol: Fluctuates during menopause and perimenopause.
Midlife can bring about a host of challenges, but perhaps one of the most pervasive is the struggle with weight. With age, our metabolism slows down, and the routines we've stuck with for decades might not serve us anymore. But the journey to health isn’t just about the physical. It’s a mental challenge. If you’ve been lying to yourself about why can't lose weight or why Trim Healthy Mama won't work for you, now is the time to change your narrative. Let's dive into how you can cultivate a mindset for weight loss in midlife, one that is honest, encouraging, and transformative.
Sometimes, the biggest lies we tell are the ones we tell ourselves. These lies might include:
"I'm too old to change."
"This is just how my body is now."
"I've tried everything; nothing works for...
Are you navigating the twists and turns of menopause symptoms while trying to stay on track with your weight loss journey?
Believe me, you’re not alone.
So many women, as they approach midlife, struggle with hormonal changes, which can make weight loss seem even more challenging.
As a Trim Healthy Mama coach who focuses on helping women in menopause & perimenopause, I’m here to guide you through some tried-and-true techniques to face these challenges head-on.
Remember the time when sticking to a health plan seemed effortless? And whatever you were doing, exercise or calorie counting, got you the results you were striving to get?
The thought, "it's just too hard right now," creates feelings of defeat.
But our mindset, and our thoughts, have...
Hormones are chemical messengers in your body. They communicate and control most of the physiological things going on. They tell your body what to do and hormones work together like an orchestra. But, when they aren’t playing well together we start to see imbalance, and things get out of harmony.
These imbalances affect all other hormones. Cortisol is your main stress hormone and it gets pretty bossy when not kept in check by other hormones. Too much cortisol steals progesterone, drives up insulin and blood sugar levels and until you get it under control will cause issues with all of your other hormones.
There are 4 main hormones you need to focus on to find better balance and support in your weight loss journey.
First is cortisol, this hormone when left to run rampant is great at packing on extra belly fat, giving...
Friend, if you're navigating through the season of menopause and finding yourself struggling with unexpected weight gain and midlife hormone symptoms, let's take a comforting pause here. Remember, this journey is a shared one, and these changes are natural. They are a testament to the remarkable adaptability of your beautiful body. Take this as a warm hug from me, a reminder that during these shifts you have the power to manage menopause and see weight loss. Together, we'll explore effective tips to manage menopause while staying on the Trim Healthy Mama (THM) plan.
Menopause is not a battlefield; it's a transformative season. As estrogen levels naturally decline during this period, our bodies are predisposed to store more fat. Remember, you're not failing; you're adjusting. Embrace this season with grace and...
Do you ever feel depressed, anxious, or guilty about food before or after eating?
Do you ever wish you could just make it through the day without having to analyze every little thing you eat and when/how you have to work out?
Do you want to avoid discouragement setting you back?
Are you ready to stop the excuses?
Then it’s time for you to get a weight loss mindset working for you. You see, most of us have a pre-established mindset full of unintentional thoughts. These thoughts are messages we get from ourselves, our family, and past experiences. Although it often feels impossible to just “think differently," sometimes making subtle changes in how you think is the KEY to skyrocketing your chances of success and giving you longer-lasting results.
So I'm going to give you seven keys to practice, to overcome self-sabotage.
Key one: be a detective and a watcher of...
Menopause is an important season in a woman's life, often marked by drastic changes in the body and mind.
But, embracing a sustainable lifestyle, such as the Trim Healthy Mama (THM) plan, can turn these challenging years into a time of self-discovery, empowerment, and vibrant health.
Let’s uncover nuggets of wisdom from a recent roundtable interview, where women in the menopausal season shared their transformative journeys with the Feminine Freedom Pathway (FFP), a 6-month weight loss coaching program.
Danielle thought her struggle was not doing "enough." But over the course of her 6-month journey, she discovered the importance of self-compassion. Now she understands and uses the power of embracing...