Those Pesky Hormones!
By Donna&Danielle on March 13, 2016
Have you looked in a mirror and wondered how your mother got in your house without you knowing? Are you experiencing hot flashes, mood swings, night sweats and bloating? Do you have a metabolism that has just stopped or gone into slow motion mode?
It is not you. You are not going crazy! It is those pesky fluctuating hormones that are wreaking havoc with your body and mind.
I used to be one of those women who said “I will never take hormones. Menopause is just a natural process and I will just ride it out…” I was so WRONG! I became a crazy person!
I never would have guessed that hot flashes would have me searching for the nearest walk in freezer, that my metabolism would come to a screeching halt, that sleeping through the night without waking up soaked would be a dream, that being so bloated I wondered if I was pregnant and that mood swings and irritability made those around me wonder if I had truly lost my mind….
I tried quite a few natural remedies – herbs, teas, creams nothing helped. After many long conversations with my doctor she convinced me to try a very lose dose hormone replacement therapy patch (HRT). I must have been a mess because she said there came a time when one has to weigh the risks with quality of life. So I reluctantly tried the patch and for me it was amazing. Constant hot flashes ended, I slept, I didn’t wake up in the middle of the night sweaty, I wasn’t as irritable and I began to feel human!
It was when I could once again recognize myself in the mirror that I took a really hard look at changes I needed to make. I still was depressed with my weight and fitness level -I needed to get healthy and lose weight! And so I did. I began eating clean, using portion control and exercising – yes, I followed the 21 Day Fix Program. It wasn’t quick but it worked. The combination of eating healthy, exercising and HRT has worked for me.
There are women who cannot take hormone replacement therapy. However there are other options both pharmaceutical and natural remedies. Women who have gone through menopause or are currently dealing with it can bring a wealth of information and possibilities to the table. It is important to remember that we are all different, we are not cookie cutters. So what works for one person may not work for someone else. It is an important discussion to have with your doctor or health care professional.
And remember you are not crazy and you are not alone! We are right there with you!
Please share with us what have you tried that has helped or not helped to calm down those pesky, wild hormones.