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The Skinny on Perimenopause and Nutrition

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This week I did a presentation to a group of fitness professionals on Perimenopausal Nutrition.  As I’ll be 40 next month, the topic was particularly interesting to research, prepare and present.  No hot-flashes over here yet, but I’m prepared.

Perimenopause (AKA Pre-Menopause) is when a woman transitions from having regular menstrual periods to ending menstruation.  It can last from 2-10 years, Average age of menopause 51.   Menopause is no visits from “Aunt Flo” for 12 months when your ovaries stop functioning all together.

How do you know you are going through Perimenopause? Symptoms can include:

•irregular periods
•hot flashes
•sleep problems
•mood swings
•changes in your skin
During this time, women are at an increased Risk of

•Osteoporosis
•Heart Disease
•Memory Loss
•Weight Gain
If you are going through peri-menopause or know somebody who it, be sure to
CLICK HERE FOR THE PRESENTATION I put together and get some Nutrition advice on managing your symptoms.  If you have any questions at all- please leave a comment and I’ll answer your questions.
Here are a couple questions I was during my presentation.
1) Does Seltzer Water have the same effect on your bones as soda?
The answer is: No- “Seltzer water is a major component of soft drinks and may be mistakenly grouped together. While there are concerns that soft drinks have a negative impact on bone health, it is not due to the carbonation but to the phosphoric acid in the soft drinks, specifically in colas, according to a 2006 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In addition, poor bone health may also result if soft drinks replace calcium-rich foods like milk.”
flax seed picture 1 The Skinny on Perimenopause and Nutrition2) Do chia seeds have the same health benefits as Flax?
Here are two links to see the differences:
The main difference is Flax Seeds are higher in Omega-3 and has B vitamins. They also have to be ground to get the full nutritional benefit.  Chia are lower in calories, slighty higher in protein.  You can eat them whole.
If you are eating either one of these superfoods- BRAVO.  Personally, Flax is stil my favorite.  I think it is something about chia seeds having the ability to grow like hair in small terra cotta pots.  I played with them as a kid.  Then again, I’ve never tried to plant flax seeds. So as you phase out the TAMPAX- Phase in FLAX. (Yes, those words really came out of my mouth during my talk!)
Also, be sure to watch the YouTube video by Elizabeth Somers (RD and Author) to learn more about perimenopausal nutrition.
 The Skinny on Perimenopause and Nutrition

Diva Dietitian

Kristie Finnan is a Registered Dietitian/Licensed Nutritionist, Freelance Writer and Published Children's Author. She is the Mom of 3 and Food Snob with a passion for Nutrition Education, Healthy Kids Foods, Marketing and Social Media. Kristie is the Creative Director/Editor for www.DivaDietitian.com and www.KidsLoveFood.com & Founder of www.DoylestownNutrition.com. Diva Dietitian blogs in Full Disclosure. Please see: http://kristiefinnan.com/about/disclosure.

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