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If the old isn’t working, try something new. 


I’ve been reading and researching a lot lately. As I dive into natural remedies for reducing perimenopause and menopause symptoms, I read the following: “Doctors lead us to believe that this is just what it’s like to get older. We’re told that it’s normal to feel fatigued, anxiety ridden, unsexy, fat, and cranky. That’s not true. It’s not normal.” Sara Gottfried, M.D.

 

When I first started this peri-menopause journey in my late thirties, that’s what I was also led to believe. I was scared, felt out of control, and honestly didn’t know how to handle everything that was going on with my body and mind. 


We’re taught to believe what the doctors tell us, as they are the one’s with the medical backgrounds, and know best. But what if that’s not always true? 


Back then, when I was put on Lexipro, I just knew that wasn’t the path for me. Something in my gut told me this wasn’t right. 


As I began to question, and dig deeper, I was able to find that my anxiety was due to the changing hormone balances in my body. 


Listening to our bodies, and those gut feelings, tend to lead us in the right direction. 

Now that I’m working my way toward a more natural approach to my peri-menopause, it excites me to be in control of me and what I put into my body. 


I don’t want my symptoms to have control of me. I won’t accept that it’s normal to feel shitty most of the time, with one or two good days sprinkled in. That’s not living. 


As Sara Gottfried states, “You can feel delicious, vital and genually content….and you don’t need to settle for anything less than feeling fully alive and joyous before during and after middle age.” 


YES! That’s exactly what I want. Do you? 


Small changes can make a big difference, so I suggest you start small. When we try everything at once, it’s a surefire way to fizzle out and give up. 


One small change you can make is to start drinking more water on a daily basis. Did you know you should be drinking 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water every day? 


If you don’t love water, add some lemon or cucumber to it. It gives it some yummy flavor, and helps you to drink more of it. 


As I continue this journey, my goal is to share what I learn with you. Us women need to stick together don’t you think? 


My goal is to thrive during midlife, not merely survive. 


What topics would you like to hear more of when it comes to midlife? Simply comment below. I’d love to hear from you!


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