Understand nutrition and how it relates to the changes that occur in menopause.

Course description:

Are menopausal ups and downs playing havoc with your life?  Hormonal imbalances at this time can be upsetting and irritating.  However, many common symptoms may be easily and naturally reduced and balance restored with simple changes to lifestyle and diet. Understanding nutrition and how it relates to the changes that occur in menopause are the keys to balancing hormones naturally. We will discuss healthy eating strategies, nutrients, and foods which have been shown to assist, and how to plan for the prevention of long-term concerns of menopause  – osteoporosis, heart disease, and diabetes.

Course outline:

This course will cover a brief outline of menopause and its symptoms and potential health problems:

  • hormonal changes
  • weight gain
  • hot flushes
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • dry skin
  • osteoporosis,
  • diabetes
  • and heart disease;

We we also discuss the essential nutrients and foods required to maintain good health, mood, and energy at this time of life – including antioxidants, B vitamins, calcium and magnesium, essential fatty acids, phyto-oestrogens, fish and seafood, and calcium containing foods; how to deal with caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes, sugar, and saturated fats; and how to construct a healthy free-from- menopause-problems eating plan to suit your lifestyle.

Learning outcomes:

On completion of the course learners will be able to:

  • construct  a healthy eating plan helpful for the life stage of menopause
  • identify the essential micronutrients required for good health and the foods they are rich in
  • identify foods that are rich in phyto-oestrogens, antioxidants, B vitamins, calcium,  monounsaturated fats, essential fatty acids, and fiber
  • identify foods, drinks and lifestyle habits that are detrimental to good health
  • describe generally the physiological processes that cause menopause symptoms and health issues – osteoporosis, heart disease, and diabetes
  • demonstrate an understanding of the main macronutrient  food groups and their function in the body .

Who should attend?

This course is designed for women of any age who wish to prevent future or current problems with menopause symptoms.