Experiencing a window on my clients’ lives has made me think menopause should be called menoforward or menosurge instead. This is a time when women reawaken to themselves.
We no longer care so much what others think, and seem to get a powerful urge to express…be…do…whatever our heart desires. It is only when we try to squash this drive to live authentically that we run into trouble.
I tried to keep plugging away at a job that I no longer felt passionate about and I was getting chronic symptoms like backaches, migraines, a pinched nerve and IBS (let alone the hot flashes and weight gain of menopause) until I took action.
When I pursued my passion for nutrition, commuting to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC, the four-hour train ride on weekends and extra studying during the week should have exhausted me, but instead I felt revived and refreshed by the people I met and the information I learned. I felt even better when I began losing weight and balancing my hormones with whole, fresh food.
I learned that steadying my blood sugar with beans and whole grains helped me to reduce my cravings for sweets. Without all that sugar, my hot flashes weren’t so frequent or intense. I also supplemented with Evening Primrose Oil to balance out my hormones.
So many women have spent most of their lives caring for others, that when they finally do have the time to care for themselves, they have forgotten how. That’s where the quick fix comes in. When you are last on your list, popping something sweet, rich, and decadent into your mouth becomes an easy reward or pacifier. The problem is that the need for expression, nuturing, friendship, support or relaxation still isn’t met. It is just stuffed down and waiting for the next piece of candy or some wine with cheese and crackers.
My yearning to help women feel stronger and healthier developed into a business, through which I could guide those who want to lose weight, eliminate cravings and live a life that supports and excites them. Someone recently wrote on FB that the best thing we can do for the world is to “be ourselves.” That is what we were created to be and, actually, who are we NOT to be. So, if you are connecting with this at all, the time is now! It may take a temporary “pause” until you know just how you want to surge forward. But don’t let anything stop you. Your whole being is ready to soar once you start listening–and the world needs you!