Managing the symptoms of menopause is a daily concern for women in midlife who may be experiencing any number of symptoms common to ‘the change in life.’ Many woman opt for changes in lifestyle or homeopathic remedies in order to avoid taking hormones for relief. One of the more popular diets touted for helping combat the woes of menopause is the Paleo Diet.
What is Paleo Diet?
The idea behind this diet is to eat like our human ancestors did because they had fewer diseases, were leaner, and healthier (despite having a much shorter lifespan than people do today.) On Paleo you eat lots of lean meats, fresh fish and fruits and vegetables. The diet forbids any processed foods and you may not eat dairy, salty foods, and most vegetable oils. Fats come from eating nuts, avocados, olive oil, and seeds, and from grass-fed beef.
Exercising isn’t a requirement, but it is strongly recommended to boost weight loss. Because this diet has recommends eating fish and meat, being a vegetarian or vegan while on this diet isn’t possible.
The Paleo diet makes a lot of bold claims about how it can improve your overall health, but what diet doesn’t? More important is will it help reduce those hot flashes and stem the tide of weight gain? The short answer is for someone women, yes, it just might.
Does it help with menopause symptoms?
For some women, changes in diet can be very beneficial in treating some of the symptoms of menopause — especially those which tend to exacerbate other medical issues. For example, Paleo diet may help you lose weight if you are one of the many women who begin packing on pounds the minute they become even the slightest estrogen-compromised. Weight gain can increase the risk of developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, as well as many other serious medical conditions involving the cardiovascular system. Additional weight can also lead to depression and a reduction in physical activity levels. Therefore, any diet that can help you manage your weight better (without driving you crazy) is a health plus.
Paleo For Women is a website devoted to helping women apply the Paleo lifestyle to manage hormonal disorders including menopause and polycystic ovarian syndrome disease. The site’s creator offers tips and advice and her own thoughts on the benefits of ditching hormones and favor of trying Paleo.
Huffington Post ran an article in 2014 called “8 Eating Habits That Will Ease Menopause Symptoms,” in which Paleo is specifically mentioned as a good second choice to following her first-choice: a Mediterranean diet. “Think of food as medicine,” says Dr. Nina Ali, gynecologist and menopause specialist, “because the food and ingredients you take in are what your body uses for functioning and your health.”
The article offers some encouraging data on following a Mediterranean diet to reduce annoying symptoms of menopause:
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed a 20 percent decrease in hot flashes and night sweats in women who followed a Mediterranean diet. High in olive oil, unprocessed grains and cereals, legumes, fruit and vegetables, the diet is also low in meat and meat products and high in fish and dairy.
Whether or not the Paleo diet can help you depends upon two things: if you enjoy it enough to stay on it long enough to reap its benefits, and how your own body responds.
The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat
By Loren Cordain
Healthy, delicious, and simple, the Paleo Diet is the diet we were designed to eat. If you want to lose weight-up to 75 pounds in six months-or if you want to attain optimal health, The Paleo Diet will work wonders. Dr. Loren Cordain demonstrates how, by eating your fill of satisfying and delicious lean meats and fish, fresh fruits, snacks, and non-starchy vegetables, you can lose weight and prevent and treat heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome, and many other illnesses.