When many of us were young girls and we first learnt about periods, we were mortified at the thought of bleeding from “down there” every month. The only light at the end of tunnel seemed to be the knowledge that periods wouldn’t last forever, and that one day they would end with menopause. Oh how naive were we to think that menopause would be the end of all our worries.
The experience of menstruation is so different for every woman, some breeze through their periods and some suffer terribly. Many suffer their whole reproductive lives to then trade in their PMS and pads for hot flushes and night sweats. Hardly seems fair does it?
Just as each woman’s experience of menstruation is different, so too are woman’s experiences of menopause. Some of us experience terrible hot flushes, night sweats, weight gain, vaginal dryness, loss of libido, anxiety, sadness, depression, anger or mood swings. Some of us experience mild symptoms whilst others appear to get off Scott Free.
It is not understood why some suffer more than others; from a Chinese perspective it depends on how severely the fluids have been depleted. Some women suffer more from blood deficiency, some more from yin deficiency. Often the severity of the symptoms is related to the degree of the deficiency of either of these fluids.
In this way you want to eat foods and drinks that can nourish the blood and the yin of the body, whilst staying away from substances that create heat or deplete the yin or blood further. Nourishing both the yin and the blood of the body will help you feel cooler, calmer and look fresher.
Blood deficiency Type: Pale tongue or pale pink, cold feet during the day, hot feet at night, dry skin, sluggish bowels and dry skin.
|Carrot, Spinach, Red dates, Beetroot, Wolf berry, mulberry, green beans, green leafy veg, kelp, wheatgrass, cabbage, celery, mushroom, pumpkin, sweet potato, avocado, apple, rice, yam, yellow veggies, chicken, Liver, Mutton, bone marrow, bone broth.
More room temperature juices.
Sups: Algae, Dang gui and Pollen.
|Raw, cold foods, excess salt, fatty foods, margarine,|
Yin deficiency type: Bright red tongue, dry bowels and skin.
|Oyster, egg yolk, mulberry, pear, wolfberry, milk, abalone, fish, duck, rabbit, sesame seeds, bone marrow, bone broth, sea weed, green leafy veg, cucumber, steamed veggies, melon, asparagus, pea, watercress, zucchini, banana, apricot, mango, pomegranate, water melon, black beans, coconut milk, cheese, honey and malt.
Sups: Ginseng and royal jelly.
|Roasted or deep fried foods, salty and fatty foods, spicy foods, Caffine, alcohol and sugar.|
From a Chinese Perspective, the Tian Gui, Blood, qi and yin which collectively provides essence, moisture, nourishment, warmth and movement begins to decline and dry up. What is known as our ren and chong mai channels begin to dry up and the monthly menses along with our fertility potential ceases. This can be quite a sad time for some women, whist others feel liberated.
Menopause Nourishing Chocolate Cookies – gluten free
1 cup teff flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1/2 cup high quality cacao powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup organic unsalted butter
2 organic eggs
1 cup coconut palm sugar (or organic sugar)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp ground chia seeds + 3 tbsp hot water (combine hot water and chia, whisk and let sit for a few minutes)
1/2 cup organic icing sugar
Preheat Oven 350 degrees
Mixing Bowl: Combine teff flour, tapioca flour, cacao powder, baking powder, and sea salt together.
Mixing Bowl 2: Beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in one egg at a time and mix until combined. Pour in the vanilla and ground chia mixture.
Slowly pour the dry mixture into the wet mixture and stir until combined.
Small Bowl: Pour icing sugar into a small bowl. Roll the cookie dough into balls, slightly larger than golf ball sized. If the dough is too sticky to handle, chill it in the fridge for 20 minutes.
Toss the cookie dough balls into the bowl of icing sugar and coat with a light dusting of sugar.
Place the cookie dough balls onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet and gently press the ball down into the shape of a puck.
Bake in the oven for 12-14 minutes. This recipe will yield 2 dozen.
Samsara’ s Signature Juice
1 Wedge of watermelon
1 Stick of Celery (with leaves)
1 stick of silver beat (with leaves and stalk)
½ Lenanese cucumber
1 cube or wedge of fresh beetroot
1 Lemon wedge
1 Sliver of Ginger
1 Sliver of fresh Tumeric (can get fresh from Kings on Brown rd)
This mix tastes better when juiced rather than put in a nutra bullet. The ingredients should be room temperature. Food and drink warmed or at room temperature proves easier on our digestion.
The digestive system is like a slow cooker, you can imagine that throwing ice cubes into it would slow down the cooking and break down procees of food. The Chinese state that one should not eat raw or chilled foods, as this can lead to cold in the gut and lead to poor digestion.
If you would like any further information, please feel free to discuss any questions you may have with your Samsara Women’s Health Practitioner.
Written by: Britt-Amber Robertson
BHSc (Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs)
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