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The Menopause

The menopause is a natural phase in a woman's life. Menopause happens when a woman hasn't had her periods for the last 12 months and can no longer get pregnant naturally, which tends to happen between the age of 45 to 55. In the UK the average age for a woman to reach menopause is 51. However menopause can happen earlier, either with premature menopause or chirurgical menopause.

The perimenopause, or period leading up to the menopause, is the time where most women will experience menopause symptoms. This explains why it is not uncommon for women in their late 30s and early 40s to start having symptoms such as irregular periods or stubborn weight gain that doesn't want to shift.

Menopause is like pregnancy: you don't know what to expect until you're going through it. It is estimated that if 25% of women will go through menopause without a hitch, as many as 75% will encounter typical menopause symptoms.

A number of solutions are possible: from a holistic approach (dietary and lifestyle changes, supplements), to a more medical approach (HRT or Hormone Replacement Therapy, bio-HRT and specific medication). Ultimately, this is a personal decision that must be respected. 

Last but not least. HRT and bio-HRT can certainly help most women regain their old life back, but they are not a free pass or the answer to all their health issues. They cannot be a substitute to a good lifestyle.

40 Common Menopause Symptoms

The menopause experience varies from woman to woman. It has now been accepted that there are 40 common menopause symptoms. If it is highly unlikely that you experience them all, you may however experience a few, together and/or at different stages of your menopause transition.

The top 5 menopause symptoms affecting women at work:

  1. Fatigue
  2. Hot flushes
  3. Focus and concentration
  4. Anxiety & worry
  5. Insomnia

The 40 most common peri/menopause symptoms (in no particular order):

  • Weight gain
  • Hot flashes
  • Cold flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Clammy feeling
  • Heart palpitations
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Irregular periods
  • Low sex drive
  • Dry vagina
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Lack of focus
  • Poor concentration
  • Faulty memory
  • Incontinence
  • Itchy, crawly skin
  • Achy joints and muscles
  • Tense muscles
  • Sore breasts
  • Headaches
  • Digestive issues
  • Bloating
  • Worsened allergies
  • Hair loss/thinning
  • More facial hair
  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Change body odour
  • Electric shock feelings
  • Tingling extremities
  • Bleeding gums
  • Burning root of mouth
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Osteoporosis
  • Weakened fingernails
  • Ringing ears

If some symptoms are partly due to ageing, others are exclusively caused by the hormonal shift happening during menopause.

By improving your diet and lifestyle and taking specific supplements, you will be able to improve those symptoms, even perhaps make them disappear.

Are you ready?

You have a choice to make

  • Continue to do what you have been doing, and keep getting the same results
  • Go beyond a one-fits-all approach to a completely personalised solution to sustained weight loss and true wellbeing

Your Menopause Programme

Who I work with. My clients are professional women over 40 who want to lose weight by changing their current dietary and lifestyle habits. Some may also want to address specific health conditions and/or their menopause symptoms. If losing weight is very important, improving their overall health remains their ultimate goal.

What I do. I create personalised plans and coach my clients on the best way to implement it. No radical changes here, only small steps, one at the time, for the best long term results. The plan is updated at each session.

My approach. I have a functional medicine approach: I look at the source of the issue (which may require tests), and take everything into consideration (from health goals, to food preferences and lifestyle). Many routes lead to Rome, but only one is the best for you!

My methodology. By focusing on foods and nutrition only, you would only get half of the results. My D.R.E.S.S. approach takes into account other aspects of our health. By optimising them all, you will get the best results in the shortest time. DRESS stands for:

  • D: diet and hydration
  • R: rest and sleep
  • E: exercise and movement
  • S: mental stress and toxins
  • S: supplementation

Is this for you? 

The best way to find out is to book a complimentary coaching session. During this 60-minute video call, we will discuss your current situation, your health goals and the challenges for reaching them. I will provide valuable feedback and recommendations.

If I see I can help you and we both feel we are a good fit, then I will explain how we could work together to achieve your goals.

Please note that I don't do quick fixes. My clients are committed to their health goals. They commit to working with me for 3 to 6 months to reach their goals, sometimes longer. I commit to providing them with the latest evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle advice, as well as all the support and accountability they need to reach those goals.

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