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Bad Symptoms with Poor Holiday Diet


Anyone who has read my blogs is aware I’ve discovered my HRT-Free Menopause Symptoms can be controlled, in the main, by diet.  I’ve worked out over the past few years my body doesn’t agree with bad carbs or high sugar.

So off we went on a holiday to Spain for 2 weeks.  I took my diet book with me to record everything I ate.  I bought German Porridge flakes and fruit from the supermarket with every good intention of sticking to my plan.  I did last nearly 4 days before I just tucked into the most delicious Spanish hams, cheeses and breads along with everyone else.  I have a love of calamari and tapas in general.  Seafood Paella is just so good.  Why does Europe have so many Waffle, Crepe and Ice Cream stalls everywhere you go?  My bad-carb and sugar intake went through the roof.

I didn’t have a decent night sleep in the whole 2 weeks.  I’m normally disturbed a lot at night anyway, mainly stress induced due to work, but this was night sweats (we had the aircon on all night too), frequent waking and general restlessness each night.  I knew what was causing it but decided I would have my 2 weeks off and enjoy tapas and cheese.  I love cheese.

We ate 3 meals a day, very rarely picked in between, did a lot of walking and even more swimming.  Somehow, despite coming off my Slimming World Plan, I managed to lose 4lb.   I got straight back on plan when we came home and by day 2 the migraines started, along with a bad stomach.  I think it was just my body clearing out and getting back to what it is used to.  It has all settled down now and I am sleeping better again.

What I hope this will teach me, and remind me when I read this blog back, is my diet is key to me coping without HRT.   I follow the Slimming World rules, so have my diary, fibre, lots of free fruit and veg, low fat meat and my Syns so I don’t miss out on chocolate, butter, cream and all the nice things I enjoy.  I do follow a low carb version of the diet.  I do eat rice and porridge, but I avoid bread and white pasta.  For me this works and I’ve now lost 46lbs and have managed my menopause symptoms HRT free.  I still have maybe up to another 14lb to lose. My problem is keeping weight off though. I lose it, gain more, lose it, gain even more. I’m no different to about 80%+ of all other dieters.  I am hoping this time the knowledge my diet impacts my menopause symptoms though gives me the determination I need to keep my weight off for one year and then it becomes second nature.

I can still have cheese, I just need to weigh and count it as part of my plan.

spanish Cheese

So back to Slimming World, back to no white carbs and hopefully back to sleeping again and being able to manage the symptoms.  The holiday did remind me how awful the menopause can be though.