In this episode of the Harmony with Food Radio Show, Meg O'Rourke delves into the complexities of menopause and its impact on the body, mainly focusing on weight gain, hormonal changes, and associated symptoms. Menopause triggers shifts in hormone levels, notably estrogen and progesterone, which can lead to increased belly fat storage and difficulties in weight management. With declining estrogen levels, the body stores more fat to regulate estrogen levels, contributing to rapid weight gain and losing control over one's weight. Additionally, decreased progesterone levels can disrupt sleep patterns and metabolism, while alterations in testosterone and thyroid hormone levels further influence energy levels and appetite.
The podcast also emphasizes the importance of dietary adjustments and lifestyle changes to mitigate the effects of menopause. Shifting macronutrient balance towards higher protein intake and lower carbohydrate consumption is recommended to stabilize blood sugar levels and reduce cravings. Moreover, improving sleep hygiene and addressing gut health through probiotic supplementation are crucial strategies for managing fatigue, weight loss resistance, and overall well-being during menopause. The episode extends its relevance beyond menopause, advocating for nutritional awareness in teenagers and its significant impact on mental health, inviting participation in the Teen Mental Health Awareness Fair to explore the connection between diet, mood, and overall wellness.
Meg has been working as a Registered Dietitian for 15 + years. She has a diverse nutrition background in a variety of areas including: Eating Disorders, Weight Loss, Cardiac Disease, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Food Intolerances/Allergies and Diabetes. Meg earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at Saint Joseph University in West Hartford, CT. Harmony With Food™ Radio Show on News Radio 920AM WHJJ and 104.7FM on the radio or stream it live every Saturday from 11am-12pm ESTWork with Meg
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