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Menopause--Reset Your Diet


Thursday, April 19, 2012

I'm reading a fantastic book right now called, "Menopause Reset" by Mickey Harpaz, PhD. I've mentioned it before in this blog www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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and how much his "first step to menopause reset" encouraged me.

Now his second step: "Resetting your diet" has revolutionized my thoughts about menopause and weight loss. I'm sure I'm NOT going to be able to explain it in the depth that the book outlines, but I'm going to try and give you the highlights.

His basic premise for peri-menopausal/menopausal women is that they need to keep their blood sugars in a constant wave, with no lows [hypoglycemic] or spikes in the blood sugars.

"Normal blood sugar levels for the adult population fall between 65 and 99 mg/dl--the target zone, an ideal range for burning fatů"

"An ideal blood sugar curve throughout the day is a wavy line that has only small peaks and valleys, and that's what we are aiming for you to maintain with Menopause Reset."

He says that when a person gets too hungry, and allow themselves to go into hypoglycemia, that the blood sugars will spike, and this is a no-no for trying to lose any weight during peri-menopause/menopause.

These are his basic tips in this step:

1. Never skip eating breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and evening snack.

2. Always eat something within 1 hour of waking up. It can be just a small piece of fruit for breakfast.

3. Your morning snack must include a fruit or vegetable. Your lunch and afternoon and evening snacks can come from grains, but at least one of those p.m. snacks must include a fruit or vegetable.

4. Eat every 2 hours.

5. Snacks should be 120 calories or under and have less than 10 grams of sugar.

6. Yogurt can be an afternoon snack and can include more than 10 grams of sugar if there is fruit in the yogurt.

7. Other good snack choices are pretzels, crackers, breadsticks, and popcorn.

Okay, since I started this, I've lost 2.1 #'s. I NEVER, EVER feel deprived or hungry, or for that matter, sluggish or fatigued! And I'm normally eating about 1280 calories. There is MUCH more I need to understand, but I really feel that I've happened upon a goldmine of information that is going to have life-changing effects on my life!

Only 2.9#'s before I'm back to my normal BMI's and 6.9#'s until I'm back at goal weight! I'm THRILLED! I feel empowered and energized! Thanks for letting me share some nuggets that are helping me.

Blessings to all, Susan
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BEACHSANDPIPER 5/23/2012 5:35PM

    Thanks, Susan! I am way past peri, guess I'm peri-peri at least, but struggle with getting weight off those hormone-driven spots like waist, stomach, thighs, need to reach my immediate goal weight, almost there but in limbo just short. I pray this will help me and I will look for the book for my new Kindle Fire tablet (loving it, lots of good free Christian books, fiction, classics, and Bible apps, etc.) emoticon

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BEAGLEMAMA2 4/23/2012 7:21PM

    Thank you for sharing...I'm gonna have to go to the library and check this book out!

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PAMAPPLE 4/22/2012 11:46PM

    Sounds wonderful! So glad you are so close to a healthy BMI!!

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BETHJRN 4/22/2012 11:54AM

    Great advice for menopause... and for keeping my diabetes under control. I think I'll look for this book.

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DUXGRL1 4/21/2012 9:27AM

    Sounds like good advice! Thanks!

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KADULAC 4/21/2012 2:54AM

    That's great. It makes perfect sense that not letting ourselves get hungry would help with weight loss.

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ERIECANALGAL 4/21/2012 12:20AM

    That sounds very interesting, Susan. Thanks for sharing. That is similar to a diabetic diet.

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SAL1512 4/20/2012 11:41PM

    I have always felt that people who advise you to skip snacks are really off base. I feel ill if I do not eat every 2 hours. If I go too long without eating, I over eat. There is a lot of truth to this book that you are reading.
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JUDIGIRL52 4/20/2012 10:20PM

    Wow. I'm eating pretty closely to these guidelines without trying to. And I feel great! Thanks for penning this. Good tips! So glad that you are having success. Blessings! Judi

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ELISADENK 4/20/2012 8:04PM

    Looking for the book at my library. THANK YOU!

So, what do you eat for breakfast?
Are you a breakfast eater?

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BESTSUSIEYET 4/20/2012 9:44AM

    So exciting! I'm guessing this is a little different for those of us "post-menopausal" ? (can't believe I'm in that category ... But my hysterectomy was in 2002).

I do think the eating small, frequen meals is the way to go! Happiness is eating your way back to health! Susie2Susie HUGS

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VISUALLYRICS 4/20/2012 9:34AM

    Valuable tips!! emoticon

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GOURMETLOSER 4/20/2012 2:28AM

    That's wonderful. I look forward to hearing about the 10 pounds disappearing just as effortlessly.

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EJOY-EVELYN 4/19/2012 10:20PM

    WooHoo! Glad to hear your goal is back in reach again, both mentally and physically . . . and just as we begin to experience signs of spring (and summer). Our battle with proper health habits will be one that hopefully gets easier with each new habit we work into our outline with a true sense of joy and happiness. Practice, practice, practice. I find these 5% challenges a good way to keep good habits and this challenge, with the addition of a new team goal each week, adds an interesting new dimension to building good habits.

Unfortunately I must not pray for the powers of constraint or simply not get another package of those delicious dates at Sam's Club . . . they nearly became a trigger food for me -- a person who never really thought she had a much of a sweet tooth. Then I read the nutrition label and nearly fell over with disbelief on what little value they play in satisfying my nutritional needs.

Hope you're also enjoying your freggies this week . . . I've gone totally bananas for them!

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BABY_GIRL69 4/19/2012 8:12PM

    It seems like what we already know but with better guidelines with the sugar. I think I might have to pick it up. I'm not quite there yet but I would like to be prepared.

God bless & enjoy everyday!

Dee

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JMCADE 4/19/2012 6:02PM

    Great info, will get the book. But will print off your info for now so I can check it out. Thanks

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DOROTHYBERO 4/19/2012 4:42PM

    Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 4/19/2012 4:37PM

    emoticon That makes me happy because I know it makes you happy. emoticon You are really staying on top of it. You should be so proud of yourself.

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RUNNINGOMA 4/19/2012 4:20PM

    Sounds like a lot of valuable information! Thanks for the tips!

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SCTRACKER 4/19/2012 4:06PM

    interesting emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 4/19/2012 2:56PM

    interesting but pretzels, crackers, breadsticks, and popcorn would all shoot my numbers thur the roof. We all different some can handle just not me. But best wishes menopause is not a lady sometimes.
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IAMWINNING 4/19/2012 11:48AM

    Very informative, Susan. Thanks for posting.

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EXQUISITEDEE 4/19/2012 11:42AM

    Thanks for a great blog. Very helpful information.
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BAMAJAM 4/19/2012 11:41AM

  And blessings to you, Susan-- and appreciation to you for sharing this helpful, important information with others! The word, 'menopause" is a dreaded word to many women, however, there can be definite benefits. I suffered frequent severe headaches, and then the hormonal change brought me relief from these killer headaches! My doctor said that the same wonderful relief from headaches was experienced by his mother.... I have no adverse problems from this new chapter in my life. --- Warm wishes to all in our endeavor towards health and wellness!

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