This is the time of our life when as women over 45 we may start to feel a bit overwhelmed. Our hormones are changing, our energy levels are dropping, and there’s so much to think about when it comes to making sure we’re taking care of ourselves and our health. One important factor in managing menopause is food – what you eat can have a dramatic effect on our symptoms and overall well-being. So let’s talk about what food trends are out there that can help us stay healthy and happy during this beautiful transition!

Go Organic Whenever Possible

Organic fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins are becoming more widely available as people become increasingly aware of the benefits of eating organic foods. Eating organic foods ensures that you are avoiding pesticides, chemicals, and other potentially harmful additives found in many non-organic products. In addition to being good for your health, organic foods also tend to be more nutrient-dense than their non-organic counterparts. Organic eating can get expensive though so make sure you do your research before diving into an all-organic diet.  Not everything we consume necessarily needs to be organic.  Check out the “dirty dozen” list of things to choose as organic.

Focus on Healthy Fats

Healthy fats such as avocados, olive oil, nuts, and seeds are essential for keeping your body healthy during menopause. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish like salmon or sardines have been linked to improved cognitive function; while monounsaturated fats like those found in avocados can help regulate hormones like estrogen which is important for managing menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats. Healthy fats should make up 20-30% of our daily calorie intake so make sure you include them in your meals!  If you’re like me, and don’t get that much fish into your diet, make sure to bridge your Omega needs with a quality supplement.  The one I love and have used for quite some time is this one from Juice Plus+.

Food Swaps Are Your Friend! 

Changing our diets does not need to be difficult or overwhelming. We can still enjoy the foods we love by making small changes like swapping out white flour for whole wheat flour or replacing regular dairy with almond milk when baking or cooking. These small changes can lead to big differences in our overall health without sacrificing taste or satisfaction! Moreover, these swaps will help us maintain a balanced diet that helps keep us feeling energized throughout the day!

Menopause is a difficult transition, but it doesn’t have to be one that overwhelms us with negative feelings or poor health outcomes. Staying mindful of what we eat is essential for maintaining our well-being during this time—focus on incorporating organic produce whenever possible, add healthy fats into your meals each day, and don’t forget those simple food swaps that can make all the difference! Take charge of your health today by making smart choices about what goes into your body—your future self will thank you for it!


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