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Meno pause has to be a cruel joke, right ladies? C’mon, how are we expected to go through this and remain normal – I mean mentally speaking? Are we talking mood swings, or mood CATAPULTS? Hot flashes, or hand-wringing SWELTERINGS? I guess it wasn’t enough that we had to deal with periods, boobs, make-up, men and hair all these years, now we have to plummet into the depths of hell!

And Mother Nature decided, for some unfathomable reason, to not just turn ‘ON’ menopause from one day to the next, no…she was kind and generous enough to throw in – simply for kicks and giggles, a ‘pre’ stage, and we’ll call it PERIMenopause. That’s right…you got it, we laughably ‘pre’ suffer, before we downright suffer. Oh good! Is it any wonder that perimenopause is unwelcome? We’re talking irregular periods — longer, shorter, heavier or lighter, sometimes more and sometimes less than 28 days apart, and if that’s not enough for you then throw in sleep problems, dry eyes and dry vagina! Can I hear an AMEN!?

And let me get this straight, this happens right around the 40’s somewhere, right? Isn’t that the age where we (wonderful women) begin to feel old anyway? The time in our life when we realize we truly are NOT young anymore? We see a young 17-year-old and have an urge to pull her hair out (did I say that?).  Yes, we begin to understand that we better engage in exercise and perhaps even a nip or tuck here or there to stay afloat. We desperately want to find our youth again, but then get knocked down by the “M” word. Oh yes, it’s all so cruel.

But don’t fear, all of us 40 an older women can congregate together and go see MENOPAUSE “The Musical,” oh how fun; surely it will change this catastrophe into a celebration! Ya think?

If you never drank before, you most likely will now. We’ll quickly trade in the WHINE (ing) for WINE (ing)!

ENTER MIDDLE AGE! Oh how sweet the sound! But it ain’t over yet! It’ ain’t over till the fat lady sings, and that’s not far off. Let’s see…allow me to recap: we have missed periods – which cause even move bloating and discomfort than we already deal with, mood swings, hot flashes, sweats, vaginal dryness, loss of libido, depression (as if hitting the 40’s is not enough to sink us into a bottomless funk anyway) must I go on? Yes, I must! Because on top of all this we fight weight gain – all over again, like we haven’t been doing that since we hit 30 – r i g h t t t! Just when we reach the age where we think we have it all figured out and we’ve come up with a plan to get back on track and recapture our youth, we get sucker punched, that’s right…you got it…with the “M” word! Well the fat lady is singing, “NO BODY KNOWS THE TROUBLE I’VE SEEN…” (by the way, click on that link to hear a great rendition of that song!) and it still ain’t over!

All I have to say is thank God I started living the ME-gan Lifestyle when I did.  There is no doubt that I would have just kept gaining weight, more and more each day! I can’t imagine the weight I’d be at now. Plus, by eliminating almost all processed foods, and definitely chemicals, hormones, preservatives, additives, pesticides, etc., and only consuming God’s natural goodness, ie. greens, herbs, fruits, legumes, so on, my hormones are naturally balancing themselves – as best they can anyway during this oh so fun time! Herbs are a woman’s natural ally at this stage of her life, and the ME-gan diet LOVES herbs. And by incorporating soy into our diet, not only are we getting protein, but it is also a well-known friend to menopause! Soy and other kinds of beans have been noted to compensate partially for lowered estrogen levels, helping to alleviate hot flashes and other symptoms. Without realizing what I was facing, the ME-gan Lifestyle came to me just in the nick of time.

I guess us women have to suck it up and press on. We’re not quitters, no…we’re survivors, we’ll kick this one too! Grab a glass of wine (or better yet, an herbal infusion) and hang on!

Here are a few tips to ease the pain, I mean … symptoms!

Mood Swings:  Work out! Exercise releases endorphins, remember? Endorphins are something only our body can produce. It cannot and has not been replicated by science. I’ve read that endorphins can cure cancer! God was great to us creating our body as he did, with everything we need. So get your blood flowing and watch those mood swings get harnessed!

 Herbs

Dryness:  Dry eyes and a dry vagina are common “M” problems. To help dry eyes drink a cup of standard infusion made with equal amounts of vervain, wood betony and Ju Hua flowers. For vaginal dryness try using vitamin E or pot marigold creams. Apply at morning and night and before intercourse. Add 10 to 20 drops of chamomile oil or 500 ml infusion to bath water. The infusion may also be used as a vaginal wash.

Sage:  is presumed to guarantee a long life and to mimic female hormones, making it a useful supplement during “M.” Drink a cup of standard infusion 1-2 times daily.

St. John’s-Wort: known as being a restorative, antidepressant, ideal for fraught nerves and “M” traumas. Take a cup of standard infusion daily.

Vervain: is a calming nervine (A nervine is a plant remedy that has  a beneficial effect upon the nervous system in some way) and liver tonic.  It is believed by some to have a spiritual action. Drink 1-2 cups of standard infusion daily.

What is a standard infusion anyway? Learn more about this and other terms used to describe herbal preparations by clicking here.

Vitamins & Minerals 

Calcium: Can help reduce the risk of osteoporosis in later life. Green vegetables, nuts, and legumes (The ME-gan Lifestyle!) are perfect sources! Don’t forget Almond, Coconut and Soy milks!

Magnesium: is important for the metabolism of calcium. Leafy green veggies are important dietary sources. Alternatively, take 400-800 mg daily.

Vitamin E: this antioxidant can be useful for reducing “M” symptoms. Excellent sources of vitamin E include: spinach, chard, and turnip greens. Other very good sources include: mustard greens, cayenne pepper, almonds, sunflowers seeds, asparagus, and bell peppers. One could also take 400 IUs daily – Caution: Avoid, except under a physician’s care, if taking blood-thinning drugs such as warfarin.

Get to know your herbal remedies ladies and feel better naturally, faster! There are remedies to get  you through ‘M,’ from everything mentioned above as well as anxiety, tension, digestive issues, cramps and so on! Exercise and diet are the 2 leading winners in overall health. When you are feeling itchy, bitchy and twitchy…just know that you’re not alone! Find a friend to share your stories with and laugh about it. Laughter keeps us sane! Natural is always best, so give God’s herbs, minerals, fruits, veggies and legumes a try first!

Here’s wishing you a painless ‘M!’ Embrace the ME-gan Lifestyle to help you through!

Love to all!

Mary

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