Ok so you are getting older, your kids (if you have them) are grown and doing their own thing and now to top it off your body is different to what it was "back in the day".
Sound familiar? Is this you?
You are not alone.
Millions of women, just like you are here, they too think and have been told that this is "your lot".
You are approaching "that age".
What is "that age"?
Some Doctors will tell you its anytime from 35+. How is that fair right?
I mean you now are at your peak and now some might say this is as good as it gets.
I for one don't accept that for a minute!
I'm here to tell you that no this isn't just your lot, you don't have to just accept it and there IS something you can do about it.
What can you do?
Start to listen to your body.
Really tune in.
After you had those two wines last night did you wake with the sweats in the night?
After you ate that pizza did you feel bloated and gassy?
These are just some of the scenarios you may notice when you start to follow and tune into your body and how it reacts after eating, drinking, exercising and even after a day at work.
As we age yes digestion will slow down, there will be hormonal changes but you can manage these AND reduce that belly problem.
It starts with doing the right forms of exercise, eating the right foods and putting yourself first, to the top of the list and now there is no better time to do it.
Personally for me, I was this person.
I had a second surgery two years ago for endometriosis, this time my ovaries removed so and now like Angelina Jolie on hormone patches (another blog post right there!) and noticed I too was starting to get a bit larger than I wanted round m mid section.
So I did something about it. I'm not the sort of person to fall into just accepting things.
So what did I do?
I went to a nutritionist, had a hair strand test done and when the results came back some weren't surprising but some were.
Turns out all those eggs I had been eating, all that protein powder I had been having post workout and all that peanut butter I'd been having on apples were now no longer right for me.
What followed was a regime of reducing inflammation, supporting my gut bacteria and removing gluten, legumes, dairy, eggs, yeast, cruciferous veges, apples and berries from my diet.
Now this may sound like a lot, and at first it was challenging however with the amazing real food meal plans I had the results were pretty much instant.
Within 3 days I had way more energy than I'd had in years. I can easily now last til 10pm at night, not be hanging out for bed at 8pm.
My bloated belly started to go down and my digestion improved.
And along the way I noticed my body responded better and quicker to a different form of exercise than I was currently doing.
It works better on more high intensity and focused movements rather than really high weights.
I still do weights of course, it's something I love. But now I keep it really interesting by doing high intensity and TRX type workouts along with nature walks and a short meditation each day.
Overall in the last 6 months I have lost nearly 5kgs and also centimetres around my mid section mainly and have never felt better.
So what can you do?
1. Eat more real food. Reduce or eliminate white processed foods from your diet. Include plenty of seasonal vegetables and lean meats and/or fish.
2. Reduce or eliminate your alcohol consumption. These are just empty calories. I still have a drink or two each week, but its now vodka & soda not beer (cos no yeast!)
3. Increase your water intake - aim for at least 2 litres per day. Buy a fancy bottle to remind you to have your daily quota.
4. Move more. Aim to get in some form of exercise for at least 30 minutes five times per week. Studies have shown as we age we need a minimum of 150 minutes of exercise per week.
5. Get at least 7 hours of good quality sleep per night. Sleep.Is>Key. It is when your body does its repairs and maintenance.
Give some of these tips a try, and really deep dive into how you feel after eating and/or drinking.
I promise once you start noticing more you will then naturally know so much more and can reduce or eliminate foods or drinks accordingly.
The most important thing to remember and what I want no women to do is to just blindly give up and accept that this is "your lot".
It doesn't have to be.
You CAN do something about it.