What does preventing weight gain during menopause has to do with gardening you may ask? This topic is probably not for men, but for us, ladies, it’s somewhat of a big deal. Depending who you asked.
I’m pretty sure men goes through their tough time as well. You might call it midlife crisis. Like I said depends on who you asked.
All in all it boil down to, let’s face it, old age. If you don’t want to face it now, you will, in due time you’ll be forced to do it today or tomorrow, whenever you realized that places that didn’t hurt, hurts, and things that you never thought could sweat, sweats.
You’ll make more noise then you’ll realized and those farts that just, can’t hold on to it anymore like you USED to do!
Symptoms Of Being Old
One day you wake up and you just don’t want to. It’s because you didn’t have enough sleep. Fine. You had been waking up all year at such early hours that it’s a Monday. Whatever.
Niece or nephew was over and they went home late. Maybe the grandkids wanted to stay with their grandparent’s that are still working.
- Night sweats
- Mood swings
- Menstrual cramps
- Irregular periods
- No more periods
- Weight gain
- Hard time sleeping
- Heart palpitations
- Urgency of needing to go.
- Brain fog
- Body Odor
- more pungent
- dry skin
- Itchy skin
- Hair loss
- Brittle nails
- Aches and joint pain
These are all signs of, going through or at the last stage of perimenopause then menopause for life.
Now that we got all the symptoms of growing old. We tend to do or buy anything to make us feel and look young.
Gardening Heals All
Not really, but I love gardening weather it’s in my backyard or when I volunteer at the Robert J. Moody Demonstration Garden. The reasons why I do it, it’s because I love it.
I get to meet new people, make friends, and most importantly maintain my weight. (Oh yeah, don’t forget your mask and gloves. Wearing it protects them from you, vice versa.) Weight gain in women are always going to happen regardless of what you do.
For the average women. I’m not talking about the fitness guru out there. Even they go through menopause too. It’s just a matter of when. A wise man once told me that age is just a number.
And I believe that. Even family history doesn’t play a part. Babies are born with issues, young people have issues, middle age have issues, and the elderly have issues. When it’s your time it’s your time.
We can only prolong it on borrowed time. We are living on borrow time. Let’s make the best of it. YOLO.
Here I met a wonderful friend from the UK and she recommended me to reading up on this website on the systems of menopause.
For me it’s gardening. When I volunteer, it’s not only sitting and plant seeds into the earth. It’s a three acres of earth and there’s a lot of work to be done. Regular exercise for others could be different.
Muscle toning with light weights, yoga, palates, or walking. What ever it is just find something you like to do. Go for a morning walk with some friends. Don’t over do it.
Make sure you rest in between your exercise. If not your body will be rebelling. Mix up the flavor of your exercise. Speed walk one day, toning one day, yoga/palates some other day, and garden.
There’s raking, squatting, picking, pulling, and back breaking lifting during my volunteer hours. It’s also cardio for me too. And yet I’m having a hard time keeping weight off. Guess shaking it off this time won’t help. What am I talking about didn’t work before either?
The video on top is me.
So you guys err ladies. Do whatever you need to do to get regular exercise. Take up gardening or volunteer at your local garden.
Let’s Talk About Food
Food also play a big part of us gaining weight during menopause because our metabolism is, shot. well, mine is anyway. I look at food and I just blow up. Not you guys? Must be me.
Yep, sometimes we have to eat rabbit food. Nothing but vegetables. I call rabbit food because it’s salad and only rabbits will eat them. Eat lost of ’em.
Lot’s of fish, omega-3’s, nuts, and green leafy vegetables. If you all been following my gardening. I plant a lot of mustard greens because it grows really well here the the dessert southwest.
Even in 120 degree weather. They do fine. Amazing. So are the lemongrasses in direct sun and heat and it just thriving. They were having a party with my moringa trees this summer.
I have moringa dry up for tea, lemongrass for anxiety, and mustard greens cooked anyway you like. Lots of chicken soup and yet I still go through the difficult time of perimenopause.
If you don’t feel good try making my chicken soup. It’s full of flavors and aroma. You’ll love it.
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