Thriving Through Your Menopause
Updated: 5 days ago
We are in our last week of May and ending this Women’s Health month celebration talking all about menopause. Now, you might be thinking that this is not for you because you are too young, but you are wrong. We are going to cover all things menopause and that includes things you should be doing now to have a smooth menopause experience.
TOPIC: THRIVING THROUGH YOUR MENOPAUSE
Menopause is a topic that is often not talked about enough, and when we decide to start it could be too late. It is important to know that menopause can start as early as thirty-five and the way you are behaving in your life right now will determine your menopause story. The beauty of all of this, it is never too late to change the direction of your story. The teachings of Ayurveda are not to make you feel bad about the decisions you made but to celebrate the changes you are making no matter how big or small.
MENOPAUSE THROUGH THE LENS OF AYURVEDA
There is a shift in the transition from Pitta (Fire) to Vata (Air). At the age of thirty-five, many women start to start to lose the fire in their life and start to shift into a phase that is more calming. There is not only a physical shift but there is also a mental shift as you get older. Your needs also change so what worked for you in your twenties may not work for you in your forties. If we can get really focus on that transitional phase and get comfortable with the shift, then we can really focus on what we need to start feeling great moving forward. You may be wondering what pre-menopause looks like, and those symptoms can vary for everyone. These are just some of the many symptoms that you could be experiencing are:
Hot menstrual cycles
Jane Fonda had a beautiful Ted Talk about that third chapter, the final piece, and continue to echo that sentiment of shifting into the vital phase of Vata, the wisdom years.
TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR MENOPAUSE STORY NOW
For those who when through hysterectomies you automatically went from Pitta to Vata in a traumatic way, so you really need to need to mindful of how you are treating your body. Why are we experiencing symptoms now? Misuse or overuse of the mind, body, emotions, or senses will trigger your body to send you signals to tell you something is wrong. Basically, this happens when a woman strains her mind too much, is under too much ongoing stress or pressure, or is doing work that is too "heavy" for her body or is under tremendous emotional stress. Generally, you may experience either fire or air-related symptoms. With the fire symptoms, you will want to think about the things you can do to calm the fire. If you are experiencing more air-related symptoms, you will want to find ways to be grounded.
HOW TO: Pitta (Fire) Symptoms - If you are prone to fire-based problems, such as hot temper or hot flashes, follow a Pitta-pacifying diet. Avoid foods that are excessively spicy, such as chilies, cayenne, and black mustard seed. Salty foods and foods that are sour, such as yogurt, and sour foods such as ketchup, mustard, and other salad dressings and condiments made with vinegar should also be avoided. Also, consider cutting out caffeine and alcohol as they aggravate that fire.
Cook with Pitta-reducing spices, such as cinnamon, coriander, cardamom, fennel, and small amounts of cumin seed.
Lifestyle activities such as cold showers, walking barefoot in the grass, put your feet in cool water, slow down, breathwork that helps you calm down.
HOW TO: Vata (Air) Symptoms - If you experience air-related symptoms of menopause such as memory loss or vaginal dryness, you will want to work at bringing Vata dosha back into balance.
You will want to eat foods that are cooked, warm, and unctuous (meaning that they have a small number of good fats such as ghee and olive oil). Eat foods that are sweet, sour, and salty, as this balances Vata dosha.
Ginger, black pepper, fenugreek, nutmeg, cinnamon.
Lifestyle activities such as slowing down, slow walks, meditations, self-care time.
MENOPAUSE TECHNIQUES FOR BOTH FIRE AND AIR
These two techniques apply to both fire and air prone women, breathing, and sleep. One breathing technique is alternate nostril breathing (anuloma viloma) which essentially means, expelling all of the garbage through the way your hair grows. I show how this technique is shown on many videos I have done but the most recent being, Breathing Through COVID-19. This technique has been proven to work and the best of all, it is free, simple, and can be done while watching your favorite show.
Sleep is one thing that many women struggle with. Time, kids, life, and stress usually put sleep on the backburner, but you cannot continue to deprive yourself for too long. Sleep is crucial, and you need at least six hours.
TAKE ACTION: THRIVE THROUGH YOUR MENOPAUSE
I invite you to write down some of the symptoms that we have covered today and really start to identify what side you are landing on. Is it fire? Is it air? After, identifying whether you are fire or air prone start implementing some of these techniques, diets, and journal how you are feeling. These small changes will really get you on the path of having a menopause story that thrives.
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