It started with the sweating – the sudden flushes of heat that made me feel so irritable. Irritable at having to wear clothes. Angry that I had too much duvet on me. Kicking the bedding off in the night and then yanking it back on because I was irritable again, but now because I was feeling cold rather than hot.
I dragged myself, and my husband, through this hell of disrupted sleep, sweaty face, red chest and a particularly sweaty upper lip. Women are supposedly meant to ‘glow’ like some warm white fairy lights. I just sweated. Suddenly, fiercely and repeatedly for a whole year.
Make-up would slide off my face and I looked as if I was melting like an over-ripe brie. A friend suggested sage and other bits and bobs, and I joked that I was turning into a Christmas Turkey. But then the uncontrollable sweats and flushes stopped as suddenly as they’d had started. I smugly thought I’d nailed the run up to menopause. I was a goddess.
The sweats started again a year later, but this time brought other delights – thinning hair, pain in my back, vaginal dryness (why do we have such an issue saying the word vagina?). Vagina. Vagina. It’s not a dirty word. So I’m going to say it again. Vagina.
The dryness was ok to start with. I just accepted it as part of getting old. All the jokes about being dried up, needing more lube than an engine. Why have we put up with all these comments?
Dryness can bring increased UTIs, painful sex and general discomfort. When we’re suffering like this, the thought of intimacy feels threatening and frightening. Gritting our teeth through the pain should never be an option, not when it’s SO painful.
Most days my back pain would reduce me to tears. It seemed to be spreading to my joints, especially in my hands. I felt bloated and uncomfortable, my hair was thinning. Massive sugar cravings left me feeling very tired and low. I dragged myself through every day by popping painkillers like candy. I felt old, debilitated and worn out.
I looked in the mirror and wondered what had gone wrong.
I knew that I had to make changes!
I started to find answers in simple, natural solutions. Identifying that my diet and lifestyle were having a negative impact on my health was a pivotal moment.
By identifying the foods that caused my symptoms, I was able to eliminate these for a while to give my body the chance to heal. I also began to address sources of stress and developed stress coping techniques to support my recovery.
The changes I noticed were remarkable. I knew, however, that I just at the beginning of my journey to restoring my health and vitality.
Functional testing and therapeutic supplementation helped me correct imbalances and ease my menopausal symptoms. My hair feels healthy, vaginal dryness and painful sex are in the past. No more painkillers. No more sweats.
Realise the connection between food choices, lifestyle & health
I knew that I wanted to train as a nutritionist and learn more about women’s health so that I would be able help others feel so much better without the fear of ageing physically or mentally.
Getting older doesn’t mean we have to decline and accept symptoms that take away our enjoyment of life. Whether that’s pain, low sex drive, stubborn weight gain, poor sleep and low energy and motivation, decreasing bone strength, brain fog or a combination of all of them! We don’t have to accept these symptoms. We deserve to be seen and heard.
Years of studying and many hours of clinical practice have given me the confidence and knowledge to support others, like you, in your journey towards optimal health.
Living a life that’s is full of energy, vitality & joy
My hope is to encourage you to talk about your symptoms, your fears and your anxieties. All the stuff that perhaps you think it’s taboo to talk about. My wish is for you to refuse to accept it all as ‘just part of getting older’. My hope is to support your health so that you are ready to meet any challenges that life can throw at you. My hope is for you to have resilience & balance in your life.
Ditch the embarrassment. Ditch the frustration, the hot flushes, the lack of energy and motivation, reduced libido and brain fog. I want you, like I did, to step away from that overwhelming fear that you are redundant with nothing to offer. I want to empower you to feel amazing.
Although your symptoms might be invisible for the most part. I don’t want you to feel unheard or unseen. Don’t rage silently about your situation, let me give you the support and knowledge that you need to reframe what you think about life beyond the menopause and to be as healthy as you possibly can.