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My peri-menopause update

Hi chicks, It’s time for an update on my menopause journey. Let’s start with the symptoms that I’ve been experiencing lately…well, if I could remember, that would be a good start!

Wearing Zara capeWhat’s happened to my memory? It’s shocking, I’m finding it really annoying and embarrassing that I’m unable to recall even the simplest of words…argh! And I’m having the most trouble with the names of people and places. Is anyone else experiencing this?

If so, take a deep breath and don’t worry. I’ve been reading all about this (and have written it down so I don’t forget it!). Short term memory loss in peri-menopause is normal. Phew! Love the short term part – apparently one of the main causes of our becoming a tad forgetful is our low-functioning thyroid, putting our hormones out of balance.

So the answer, it seems, is to find a way to naturally rebalance our hormones. There’s no quick fix for this, but I think there are some things we can do that will make a bit of a difference.

I’m going to start looking after our matey thyroid by upping my intake of foods with iodine, zinc, omega 3, and selenium.  There are loads of foods that contain these goodies, but my favourites include broccoli, spinach, eggs, chia seeds, cod, baked potatoes, salmon and brazil nuts. Delicious!

Will keep you posted!

Carol

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PSSST…HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT PHYTOESTROGENS?

Chicks, we’re in love……..With phytoestrogens. Never heard of them? Then read on…

 

Blackberries in a Ceramic BowlPhytoestrogens are causing a lot of excitement among us menopause enthusiasts (if you can call us that!). Phytoestrogens are a plant-based nutrient that behave like the hormone oestrogen. Because our declining level of oestrogen is responsible for many of the symptoms we experience during our journey towards (and through) menopause, finding something that can mimic it might really help.

Ok, we know phytoestrogens aren’t a miracle cure. But we believe they’re definitely worth trying. And we’re not the only ones.

As you know, we chicks at HC HQ love doing a spot of research. One of favourite experts on women and the menopause, Marilyn Glenville, writes that 85% of women in the western world experience menopause symptoms compared to only 14% in Asian countries. Why might that be?

Diet, it seems, is key. Asian diets are usually high in soya bean products. And soya is a high source of phytoestrogen. See the connection..?

OK, so what do we need to stock up on?

  • soya products – eat them in their traditional form including tofu, miso, and organic soya milk
  • chickpeas, lentils, peas, kidney beans
  • nuts and seeds, especially walnuts and flaxseeds
  • wholegrain, oats, lentils, rice, rye
  • vegetables
  • fruits
  • herbs and spices, including red clover, black cohosh, panax ginseng, cinnamon and parsley.

So we know what we’ll be stocking up on this weekend: all aboard the phytoestrogen train, choo choo!

Let us know how you get on as we love to hear from you.

Carol & Tina

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We absolutely love stripes!

 I am not sure what it is about stripes, but I can’t get enough of them!

shirt from Zara and jeans Top ShopStripey tee Zara

 

 

 

 

 

 

For me they are the simplest way to instantly look chic, is it the navy and white combo, not sure. But whatever it is, I guarantee if you give these stripy babes a try you will love!

Try wearing a stripy-tee or knit with navy or white jeans for casual glam or wear under a black or navy suit for office cool!

I recently read an article in The Daily Mail, that said ” a Dr Peter Thompson, a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of York, announced last year that horizontal stripes actually make you look thinner”. Well blown me down with a feather, for years we have been told not to wear horizontal stripes as they do the female figure no favours and that vertical stripes are the way to go. So now chicks, we can wear our stripes however the fancy takes us!!

How do you wear your stripes? We would love to hear from you.

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Run, run, run

It’s finally happened! I’ve achieved something that I’ve always struggled with…I’ve started to enjoy exercise!hot pink trainers and bright blue leggings

Exercise and me have always been fair-weather friends – I give her my all for the briefest of moments and then give her up with barely a backwards glance.

That was until the luggage of my perimenopausal journey reared it’s ugly face – and by that, I mean the roll of something extra around my middle. I no likey!

I decided my only option was exercise. I started running about 6 weeks ago and to be very honest (please don’t hate me) I’m absolutely LOVE it! Blow me down with a feather, I really do enjoy it.

Tina and me may be very alike in some respects, but in relation to exercise, we’ve always been worlds apart. Tina loves it with a passion while until now I’ve never found a form of exercise that I really enjoy.

I only run twice a week – both days of the weekend as, with a full-time job, this is the only time I can really squeeze it in. I started off covering short distances and have gradually built up how long and how far I run for. It’s great – my body feels stronger, less wobbly, and my mummy tummy is decreasing, yay!

I didn’t realise that as we get older, our metabolism changes. It slows down, and starts to store more fat. Marilyn Glebville explains it beautifully:

“Your ovaries produce less oestrogen as you go through the menopause, so your body tries to compensate by making you fatter. Fat around the middle of your body manufactures oestrogen, which can offset the lower levels of oestrogen produced by the ovaries”.

So getting your wiggle on will really help to get rid of any extra fat you might find yourself with,

It’s important to find something you love, or at least like, that really gets your heart rate up.

Now, this is soooo me, but I just can’t run in any old thing, I want to look nice too. So I took myself off to H&M and got some really fabulous gym clothes that didn’t break the bank but look good and feel good too. My husband even bought me some hot-pink trainers, woo hoo!

I’ll keep you posted on how I get on. Fingers crossed that this newfound friendship will last forever!

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SPARKLE FROM WITHIN

girl holding a sparklergirl holding a sparklerThis week’s blog is all about maintaining a healthy lifestyle long-term.

Here at HC-HQ, we firmly believe that what you put into your body shows on the outside, hence our term “sparkle from within”.

We just love the idea of everyone walking around sparkling “How?” we hear you ask. Never fear, we’re on hand with our top tips for helping you to maintain your inner and outer loveliness. Health is wealth, right chicks!

ANTIOXIDANTS

You’ve probably heard this word bandied about a lot in any discussions about healthy foods, but you may not know what antioxidants actually are. Well, they’re mainly found in vegetables and fruit – particularly the ones that are brightly coloured – and contain anti-ageing properties that fight ‘free radicals’ (the nasty substances produced by environmental pollutants like car fumes and preservatives that can make you susceptible to cancer, heart disease and premature ageing). The more antioxidants you consume, the slower you’ll age, inside and out. Yikes, pass me the rainbow salad!

Here’s a list of foods that are high in antioxidants to help fight those naughty free radicals and make you sparkle from within (and the good news is that these foods are all pretty yummy so it’s easy to increase your intake of them):

  • Vitamin A – apricots, sweet potatoes, watermelon, chilli pepper, lettuce, carrots, and tomatoes
  • Vitamin C – dark leafy vegetables (kale, broccoli), citrus fruit (fat juicy oranges, lemons and lines), peppers, tomatoes and berries, (think juicy strawberries, blackberries and blueberries)
  • Vitamin E – brown rice, lentils, nuts and seeds
  • Beta Carotene – red and yellow peppers, carrots, mango and broccoli

Selenium – fish, shellfish, red meat, chicken, brazil nuts, onions, brown rice

So stock up chicks, and before long you’ll be sparkling from within. Why not try for 28 days and see how you feel.

Let us know, we love to hear from you.

Love Carol and Tina

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