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Can we talk about menopause? Just for a little while? It is something all women go through, and some suffer greatly. But it is strangely quiet about it. The health professionals offer advice such as “sleep with your window open” or offer hormone replacement therapy, none of which really address what is going on in your body. I truly thought my life as I knew it was over and I am actually quite surprised that there is so little interest in this. Why isn’t this a prioritized area to study and to come up with facts and relief?

By chance, I found out that when I eat a certain way all my symptoms disappeared almost overnight. And after a few month even my foggy, forgetful brain had healed. Why was that? Was it something in the food or something I didn’t eat? And why do ketones matter? Because it turns out they do, a lot.

Menopause is a Brain thing

I spent months gathering information, and even though there is frightfully little scientific research done on menopause, I did find some and I connected the dots. It turns out that menopausal symptoms have to do with the brain’s ability to get energy. And when you know that, you can also do something about it without pills or medication.

All of my findings during my journey from tired, overheated, middle aged frump back to being a sharp, witty woman with loads of energy ended up in “Sailing through Menopause” which you can now download for free on Tuesday and Wednesday (15 / 16 August, US time) of this week. Perhaps it can help transform your life as well? Or someone dear to you – please spread the word!

There is no reason lower estrogen levels has to affect us in a negative way.

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Very excited to participate in new scientific study

Glass of water

One of the negative aspects of a carnivore diet is that there are very few scientific studies made. I and others have found we thrive on that way of eating but when people are questioning our choice we can’t point them in the direction of a scientific study to back up our finding. There are a lot of anecdotal evidence but not really a lot of scientific data. Now that is about to change.

Study about to start

The people behind the site nequalsmany have taken it upon themselves to conduct an all meat and water study in accordance with all rules and regulations of scientific studies. I have enrolled as I find it so important that we get some hard facts on that way of eating. Maybe the three month the study will run for is a little on the short side but at least there will be some numbers put to what previously has been mainly anecdotes. I am really excited about participating and will record my own progress here on the blog. We start on August 15.

There have been other dietary studies of course but they often consist of people eating many different ingredients, like if people eat a hamburger – it is very difficult to know what impacts what, the bun, the meat or the slice of cucumber or tomato, the dressing, or the fries that come with the burger. Perhaps it is the combination of the ingredients that gives an effect. This study is unique in that the participants agree to only eat meat for the duration.

Another example; many people that eat a balanced diet claim they find meat to be difficult to digest. Many people who only eat meat find it to be very easy to digest. How can that be? Perhaps, in the first situation, it is the combination of other foods that make it hard to digest? When studying diets consisting of different foods it is difficult to know what is what and perhaps this study will shed some more light on the topic?

Only water to drink

It seems like my menopausal symptoms are gone, at least for now. Even if I eat carbs they don’t reappear so that is all comforting and good. I have been in really hot weather for the last month and I haven’t been uncomfortable at all. So nice to have a cooperative body again.

However, as I do find myself feeling so much better without carbs even when I don’t suffer from menopausal symptoms I will continue to fuel my body without them, at least the majority of the time. It is easier for me to keep my weight and build muscle on this way of eating and above all, my brain absolutely thrives on it, and my sweet tooth is kept at bay.

However, love dairy and easily overeat it so it will be nice to have an additional reason to stay away from that for the duration of the study. I don’t, however, look forward to not be able to drink coffee or the occasional glass of wine but I will be a good participant and follow protocol. If they ask us to only drink water, that is what I will do.

meat study

Brain health and food

The other day I met a lovely lady who is a little bit older than I am. We started chatting and she mentioned that she was starting to get worried about her brain health. She had noticed some deterioration in her cognitive functions. Her own research had led her to cut out most grains and sugars. We had a very productive and interesting talk. It was nice to meet someone who was also convinced that diet had a direct impact on her brain’s functions.

The air is hot, the water is hot, I think it is a little bit chilly

Hot hot hot

It will be a short blog post today as I am on holiday and life is pretty slow. I am in Spain by the sea and the weather is humid and hot about 35 C (95 F). And the house I   am staying in doesnHot lovely weather‘t have air condition so very warm indoors at night. But I am absolutely fine. I don’t feel overheated and I don’t suffer the slightest. I even think it is a little chilly early in the mornings out on the terrace before the sun has properly risen. It is such a change from last year. I remember it as being hell trying to have a holiday in hot weather and I longed for winter.Enjoying the sun

This year it is very different and I am seriously mulling over the cleverness in living in such a cold country as I do (Sweden). Anyway, it is so much easier to put another sweater on when I’m cold than suffer when I am too hot. So, all is good here in the sun.

Different courses of action in menopause, suffering doesn’t have to be one of them

Beans in menopause

As menopause happens estrogen levels fall, and the body reacts to that in different ways. Hot flashes, night sweats, and brain fog are so common it is almost like we just accept the symptoms without wondering why they occur. We suffer and think it’s normal. But why is it that lower estrogen levels necessarily provoke hot flashes and night sweats? And why do we become forgetful all of a sudden?

Well, the very short version is, from what I can gather, brain fog and overheating comes from energy shortage of the brain. With lower estrogen levels, less glucose (energy) enters the brain, and we react as a way to protect our precious headquarter. We are all different, so we react to the lower estrogen levels differently from each other and also over time.  As other situations can also impact the brain’s ability to function, we can sometimes get completely overwhelmed by the strength of the symptoms.

No need to suffer in silence

So, what can we do? Hormone Replacement Therapy is one thing.  It works because it mimics the body’s own estrogen and as such help with the transport of glucose and once again the brain is fueled properly. Another way is to try and up the levels of estrogen by eating foods that are naturally rich in substances that are similar to estrogen, phytoestrogen (mimics estrogen when processed in the body). Such foods are for example products made out of soy beans, flax seed, beans, sesame seeds, dried fruits, nuts, bran, alfalfa sprouts, chick peas and olive and olive oils.

That makes sense then that many testify to the notion that they feel a lot better and experience fewer symptoms of menopause when they eat a plant based diet.

Nature taking its course

If, however, we don’t wish to raise the estrogen levels but wish nature to take its course, or we just don’t like vegetables all that much we can by pass the problem with falling estrogen level and brain fuel altogether by going keto. On a ketogenic diet (very low carb) the brain is fueled by ketones, and just a minor part comes from glucose. In that case, it doesn’t matter that the estrogen level is low, the brain gets what it needs anyway. Not only does it get what it needs; it thrives.

In my book “Sailing through Menopause” I give an introduction to the ketogenic way of dealing with menopause. I present research and examples on how it works and why brain health is so important as we go through menopause and get older (the same goes for men).  At least for me, it is a digital process. If my brain is properly fueled by enough ketones I have no symptoms at all of menopause, my brain is sharp, my memory is good, I have lots of energy, I sleep well, my mood is level, etc., I am like I have pretty much always been. But if I stray and don’t eat for ketones my hot flashes, anxiety attacks, and night sweats return almost immediately.

Lots more research is needed

An extra bonus is that if the brain experiences an energy shortage which isn’t estrogen related, the ketones might help with that as well. Research shows for example that the aging brain in general, both in men and women, have a harder time processing glucose for energy.

I find it fascinating that there might be a real reason behind the symptoms, the body’s self-defense system kicks off to protect the brain. Not a lot of resources are being spent on menopause research, so there isn’t a lot of evidence yet but what little there is, is very interesting. And personally,  I don’t have time to wait until there is compelling evidence.

I am not a medically trained professional. If you suffer from any medical conditions consult with your physician before making any changes to your lifestyle.