“Menopause is not an ending. It is a new beginning.” — Lorraine Miano
IN THIS EPISODE:
- Level-setting definitions: what is peri-menopause (and how long it can last); what and when is menopause; and what and when is post-menopause
- Strategies for making the peri-menopause and post-menopause years easier on ourselves & our bodies
- The truth about common perceptions and truths about menopause
- Why Lorraine believes our post-menopausal years can be a magical time of our life and how we can make it so!
ABOUT MY GUEST:
As a certified health and hormone coach as well as a post-menopausal woman herself, Lorraine Miano discovered her passion for offering menopause advocacy, support, and resources to women in all phases of menopause through health coaching, proper nutrition, and preventive lifestyle choices. She received her certifications as a Health Coach and hormone health expert from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Lorraine is the author of “The Magic of Menopause: A Holistic Guide to Get Your Happy Back!” The book helps guide women through the struggles they face as they begin menopause and helps tackle the daily changes such as balancing hormones holistically, getting a better night’s sleep, and reducing or eliminating hot flashes, to name a few. It has been named one of the Top Ten Books on Menopause by The London Evening Standard and has reached #1 on Amazon’s Best Seller’s List.
In this episode, we are pulling back the curtains on menopause, level-setting definitions, reality-checking common perceptions about menopause, and talking strategies for making this phase of our lives not only easier for ourselves but magical, even!
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A FEW HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE CONVERSATION:
Peri-menopause are the years right before you reach menopause. Menopause is actually just one day. It is the 12-month anniversary of when your menses cease. And then, the very next day you’re post-menopausal and you will be for the rest of your life. So those years leading up to menopause are the perimenopausal years. And they can start anywhere from your late thirties, which is considered premature, through your fifties. So the average age to start peri-menopause is about 46.
Unfortunately, many doctors are not educated in menopause. Right off the bat, a woman comes in and she’s feeling anxious and depressed and she’s given an anti-anxiety drug rather than getting to the root of what’s really going on, which is often a hormone imbalance.
I call it the second talk with our daughters because quite frequently, women are going through their perimenopause years at about the same time that their daughters may be going through puberty. So that is the perfect time to have that discussion. […] While they’re talking about puberty, they can just take it one step further and actually add, okay, this is what happens later in life. It’s another natural process of life.
Western culture does a great job of conditioning us to think this is going to be awful. And you know how they always say, if you think something’s going to be awful, it will be. If you think it’ll be great, it will be.
The first thing is changing your perception and being positive about menopause. Looking at it as a new beginning rather than an ending. There are so many positive things about this part of our life. I’m 63 years old. I’m living my best life right now.
Reduce stress and learn to say “No”. Use those techniques such as meditation and deep breathing, journaling, being mindful and using self-care, and putting YOU on your calendar. Just really pay attention to your health.
Eliminate all of the crap from your life — processed foods and sugars toxins that we enjoy. Over-the-counter meds that you might not necessarily need on a daily basis. Alcohol, caffeine, or things that you put on your body. There are a lot of skin things and beauty care items that are so full of toxins that actually lead to hormone imbalances.