Yikes…the wind was wild, and I swear it was raining sideways. That wind was strong. My hemlock trees were just about bending in half.
It reminded me of what we are going through right now.
It seems our current quarantine is stressing us like the powerful wind on my trees.
And we tend to hold stress in our bodies like the trunk of my tree until we crack, or it rears its ugly little head in the form of “symptoms”.
Often, we go about life so desensitized to stress that we don’t even realize what it is doing to our body.
Then suddenly, we find ourselves craving peanut butter truffles and drenched in night sweats. Or our libido has completely disappeared, and we can’t seem to go an hour without a hot flash.
Are you experiencing any of these? If you are, I want to remind you they are just a way for your body to get your attention.
Here are a few of the most common symptoms my clients have been telling me about and a few simple solutions.
Cravings for sweets
If you are having powerful cravings for sweets, look at what you are eating for breakfast. That yogurt and fruit will send your blood sugar sky high, then quickly followed by a blood sugar crash. That’s when you want something sweet.
The simple solution is to switch out the high carbohydrate breakfast for a breakfast filled with protein, fat and fiber. You can find a great make ahead recipe here that will start your day with balanced blood sugar.
If that doesn’t satisfy you, then what you’re really craving is the sweetness of life. So, go outside, sit in the sun, or have a conversation with someone who makes you laugh. There are plenty of ways to experience the sweetness of life without reaching for something that will spike your blood sugar and make things worse.
Lack of libido
All I’ll say is…. Sisters, the female body was designed for pleasure. I’m in love with Dr. Northrup’s Amata Life Menopause Relief Products. They are amazing. Try them…then go have some fun. Sex is an amazing stress buster.
Hot flashes and night sweats
Oh, these babes are happy to mortify you and keep you awake the minute your stress increases. The best way to keep them at bay is with simple stress buster techniques and to avoid or significantly decrease trigger foods. Trigger foods are different for every woman, but the most common are alcohol, spicy foods and caffeine.
I know these are difficult times. But if you look at your “symptoms” as messages from your body and you can manage them. You are stronger than you think. Believe in your power. You can get through this.
Until next time,