Solutions for Seven Symptoms of Perimenopause

Weight Gain/Food Cravings

Weight Gain/Food Cravings: Brain chemicals like serotonin also fluctuate close to menopause. Diminished levels of serotonin may intensify food cravings, especially for carbohydrates & high-glycemic foods+ like baked potatoes, white bread & rice, pasta, raisins, pineapple. Low-glycemic foods include black beans, lentils, green veggies, peaches, strawberries, cottage cheese, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, multi-grain breads.
Susan Lark, M.D. Ann Louise Gittleman (ALG) Christiane Northrup, M.D.
Fight sweet cravings with snacks like whole grain bread with almond or sesame butter. Snacks that contain healthy oils and protein and complex carbohydrates cause blood sugar to rise, peak and drop slowly, thereby controlling cravings. Eating mildly salty food like miso also works. Take 50-100 mg 5-HTP with 25-100 mg of B-complex to stabilize blood sugar. Cravings often can stem from magnesium-calcium imbalance. Take both minerals in ratio of 2:1 in favor of magnesium. Amino acid L-glutamine, 500 mg 2 times a day may knock out sugar cravings. ALG's The Fat Flush Cookbook is a five-point lifestyle plan for weight loss: 1. Detoxify the liver with unsweetened cranberry juice; 2. Eliminate gluten-rich grains and dairy foods that promote water retention; 3. Eat fats that speed up fat burning; 4. Combat excess insulin with rainbow colored fruits & vegetables; 5. Balance blood sugar by eating every 3 hours before you are hungry. L-glutamine, 1,000 mg daily with lunch to stop sugar cravings. Stevia is a natural sweetener. Try a small bite of a Keto Bar, high in protein and healthy fat, for something sweet besides brownie or cake. Stabilize blood sugar by eating frequent, smaller meals with balance of protein & colorful fruits & vegetable. Aim for diet of 40 percent protein, 35 percent low-glycemic carbohydrates+, 25 percent healthy fats (flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, cold-water fish).