Sick of bloated belly, hips, and thighs in perimenopause? Here’s 10 ways to get back to yourself!

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Here’s 10 ways to get back to yourself!

Perimenopause and menopause can be such a frustrating time in our lives. Our bodies are shifting even though we’ve, seemingly, changed little about how we’re doing life.

 

So let’s talk about some areas where you do have control so you can start feeling like yourself again!

1. Hormone testing – we often start to see issues with widening stomachs, hips, and thighs in perimenopause and menopause.

One of the most important things you can do is to get your hormones checked by someone who is trained in hormones. Your OB/GYN does not have extensive hormone training that they got with their traditional education, nor does your GP.

 

This is why you hear “functional hormone practitioner” thrown around so much these days…because they have extensive training in not only hormones, but also optimization of what will make you feel your best. 

 

This is something you get in the FFAB VIP transformation. With a comprehensive Dutch test, you will find out exactly why you are feeling the way you are and will be given steps to help you start feeling your best. 

 

No matter where you get tested, just please be sure they have extensive hormone training so you aren’t wasting time or money. 

2. Drink teas – Because our digestion can slow down in perimenopause and menopause, it can be helpful to drink teas that aid in digestion and have anti-bloating properties like peppermint, ginger, and chamomile.

3. Avoid chewing gum and carbonated beverages which can fill the stomach with air, adding to that tight and bloated feeling.

4. Stay hydrated – this is one of the simplest things we can do to move food along through the digestive system. ½ your bodyweight in ounces is a good rule of thumb but don’t forget to add more if you drink caffeinated beverages, sweat, or live in a humid environment.

5. Regular exercise – not only does exercise help keep your metabolism high and your insulin in check, but it can also help keep your digestion regular. But it’s not just about “getting in your workout.” We’re talking moving throughout the day! This can help keep your joints healthy, your metabolism high, and, of course, help reduce bloating because lymphatic fluid is moving, and likely, so are your bowels!

6. Castor oil packs – the ricinoleic acid found in castor oil has anti-inflammatory properties shown to help reduce bloating and aid in digestion. You can find my favorite here  (use code: LISALOU for a discount)

7. Limit alcohol and caffeine intake – alcohol can add unnecessary calories, disrupt the gut microbiome, and disturb sleep which can make your body hold onto unwanted weight and bloating. Too much caffeine can also disrupt the gut microbiome so limit your daily intake to no more than 2 cups.

8. Increase fiber and probiotics from fermented foods – Fruits and veggies are a great way to get fiber that can help stave off bloating, but if your body is unaccustomed, you may need to start very slowly allowing your gut to adjust. Consider starting with one serving per day, then moving up slowly each week to tolerance. Ultimately if you’re able to get in 7-9 servings a day (mostly from veggies with some fruit), you’re going to love the benefits you’ll see!

 

Fermented foods like miso, kimchi, and sauerkraut can be an incredible addition and you only need a small amount. Start with ½ -1 tsp making sure your body adjusts well.

9. Take a probiotic supplement – as we age we may just need a little more help with probiotics, especially if we aren’t nailing our fermented veggies or other sources each and every day. Here’s my favorite that I love and trust.

10. Ditch processed foods – with shifting hormones, we can find our craving skyrocketing as our metabolism down grades and our insulin sensitivity gets disrupted. Junk foods often sneak into areas of our lives and days in ways we never would have allowed before. Instead, focus on whole foods, keep highly processed foods out of your house.

 

**Pro Tip: Think of your home as a “green zone”…a place where you are safe from the onslaught of unhealthy choices that bombard you the moment you leave your house. Put anything that tempts you that the family refuses to give up in a place where you aren’t facing it daily…ideally, it won’t be there at all, but sometimes we have to make concessions when other grownups share our space. 

 

By implementing these principles you’ll find yourself slowly returning to the girl you once knew, while watching your waistline recalibrate. 

 

Don’t forget to join my free fb community for support for women in perimenopause and menopause: lisaloufitness.com/community

 

Let’s choose to rebel by aging well, challenge the status quo on aging, and make our next years, our best years!

 

Love you,

Lisa

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About Lisa…

I’m passionate about helping you achieve energy, joy, and fun over 40 so you can live your most confident years, yet.
 
My heart and mission is to help women of all ages start living a bold, intentional life right where they are!
 
My heart for your health stemmed from years of figuring out how to help my own. 
 
With a combination of a poor family health history, combined with autoimmune conditions, chronic fatigue, and congenital heart defects, I was motivated to make significant shifts to give myself the best chance of a life lived vivaciously, boldly, confidently, and energetically!
 
And because I want all of that for you, I’m passionately walking in my purpose of helping you create all of that and more for yourself! 

More about Lisa…

  • 30+ years in the health & fitness industry 
  • Mom and wife living in Louisiana 
  • Alternate for NBC’s Dancing With Myself
  • Bachelors degree in Health
  • Master’s in Exercise Science
  • Certified NASM personal trainer
  • Nutrition Coach
  • IWHI Integrative Women’s Health Coach
  • 2 time former gym owner
  • Former e-How.com fitness presenter

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