Perimenopause munchies – Is snacking a good idea?

What is the Perimenopause?

Many of my female clients are in their early 40s and are starting to experience changes in their bodies. For some, it will be a change in their cycle, for others it may be a change in mood or a reduced tolerance to stress. Many also describe themselves as always feeling hungry and wanting to snack on a daily basis.

The perimenopause is a natural phase in a woman’s life and describes the years before a woman becomes menopausal (when her cycles actually stop). The perimenopause can last 3 to 10 years so it is important to be aware of it and to tackle the symptoms as soon as possible to maintain a good quality of life. The symptoms will be unique to each individual. One of these symptoms is changes in appetite or increased hunger.

Hormones, perimenopause and hunger

During the perimenopause and the menopause, a series of hormones fluctuate in the body. When it comes to hunger and appetite, the drop in oestrogen can cause a change in appetite and an increase in food cravings.

With age, a woman’s metabolism has a tendency to slow down which can be associated with a risk of weight gain if the food intake is not adjusted.

Hormonal changes can also affect how the body responds to insulin, which may lead to blood sugar fluctuations and cravings for sweet or carbohydrate-rich foods.

Let’s not forget that we all eat with our emotions. Some perimenopausal symptoms may cause some level of stress or even mood changes. That in itself can result in regular snacking, overeating and weight gain.

Snacking and perimenopause – how to tackle the cravings?

So what is the deal with snacking during the perimenopause? Well, it depends. If you are experiencing specific cravings, there are many things to consider including the following:

  1. Hormonal shift: Are your hormones off balance resulting in food cravings?
  2. Nutrient status: Is your body trying to tell you that you are missing vitamins and minerals?
  3. Emotions: Do you get cravings because you are trying to cope with a stressful situation?

Once you understand what your body needs, you can then adjust your diet accordingly. Clever snacking is key when you are going through the perimenopause. You are looking at maintaining good energy levels, and regulating your blood sugar levels without affecting your sex hormones. A combination of healthy fat, protein and fibre is essential to achieve these goals.

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