Good morning! Well, Saturday I asked if you all would be interested in talking about “How to stay healthy after 40.” I’m not a doctor nor do I have all the answers but I can tell you the steps I’m taking to make this season of my life better.
Before I share with you what I’m doing, I need you to know how I got here!
In 2009, I lost my Mom to gastric cancer. I was 43 years old and over the next year I cried a lot. I had mood swings, I woke up every night at 3 am and even had a change in my menstrual cycle. I assumed this was all a part of the stress I was under from losing my Mom.
The only thing my Mom had ever told me about menopause was that she had gone through it early. When I went in for my yearly physical in 2010 I asked if they would check my hormone levels.
I was completely shocked to find out that I was already beginning menopause at 43 years old! What?? I’m way too young!
At first I decided I was going to tough it out. I was not going to let menopause get the best of me. It couldn’t be that bad, right?
Within a year, I was begging the doctor to do something—anything. I was struggling! Hot flashes several times a day and night, mood swings, still struggling with sleep, and I could cry at the drop of a hat.
At that time she put me on the lowest dose of hormone replacement and it definitely helped. But I was not comfortable taking it.
Let me say here, that each of us have to do what we are comfortable with. If you’re taking a hormone replacement that’s your choice and I know lots of women who take them.
I have a lot of cancer in my family so I decided to make changes that I was comfortable with and hopefully would help me feel my best.
There are 3 things I’ve changed over the last year and for the first time I’m feeling the best I’ve felt in a long time.
1. I’ve cut out a significant amount of processed food.
2. I exercise regularly.
3. I use essential oils in place of hormone replacement therapy.
Okay, I’m going to go into detail about each of these over the next few weeks.
You all are so great about sharing in the comment section and helping each other, so please tell me if you’ve tried anything that is working for you!
Beauty For the Heart~~Lord, show me your ways. Teach me how to follow you. Guide me in your truth. Teach me. You are God my Savior. I put my hope in you all day long. Psalm 25:4-5
Have a blessed day!