Real Life Case Study: How diet can improve your menopausal symptoms

Meet Shona*. Shona is a 42-year-old, married, mum of two. She works in a professional role that demands a lot of her energy and patience. Her home life is busy, and she feels as though her life is spiralling out of control. She constantly feels stressed and cannot remember the last time she slept well as she is woken with night sweats so bad, she soaks her clothes. Shona feels unable to get through the day without coffee and has headaches if she doesn’t drink it. She is also training for a race which will be the longest distance she has ever covered. Shona approached me as she was recommended by a friend. She knows she needs to change her diet but felt she needed support and guidance to get it right.

How we worked together

Shona committed to 3 consultations and during these appointments I learned about her lifestyle, her eating habits and food preferences. We also discovered that she had many other perimenopausal symptoms, but this wasn’t even on her radar yet being just 42.

At each appointment we set small easy to achieve changes to her diet based on her end goal and her symptoms. But more importantly these targets were ultimately decided by Shona, putting her in control and enabling her to FEEL SUCCESSFUL.

The results

On Shona’s second appointment, just 3 weeks later she was delighted to tell me that

“I cannot remember the last time I slept that well”

and her night sweats had completely stopped. She was also seeing a difference in her training, reporting that running just felt “easier”. Some targets hadn’t gone so well, eating breakfast was difficult, but discussion enabled us to identify WHY and set plans in place around this. She was now FEELING THE IMPACT AND SEEING RESULTS which spurred her on to continue with her changes.

By the end of our work together Shona felt much less stressed and anxious, feeling more able to cope with what the day had to throw at her. She had been trying new foods and gained a few new recipes that all her family enjoyed, which in turn gave her the confidence to continue trying new things. This meant benefits for them all, as they were eating a greater variety of foods. She had a much more balanced diet based around three meals a day, rather than constant snacking on sugary foods to keep her going and was able to identify hunger cues which she had never been able to do in the past. Increasing her water intake had been a challenge but she was now drinking enough that her headaches had stopped. Shona feels more energised but more importantly, she feels like herself again.

*name changed to protect identity.

If this is ringing bells for you, I warmly invite you to get on touch so we can explore the ways in which we can work together. Simply fill out my contact form below and I will be in touch.

Julie x

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