#32: Healing Menopause Through The Power of Nutrition, Part 2

Apr 18, 2023
Healing Menopause Through The Power of Nutrition, Part 2

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Important Note:  just because something is gluten-free does not mean it is good for you.


In part one of our conversation, we talked about how gluten can affect women's health during menopause.


You may no longer get your period, but as you and I know, menopause is so much more!


While the common understanding of menopause is that it marks the end of menstruation, it is a complex physiological process that brings about several changes in a woman's body. These changes can cause physical and emotional symptoms that can impact a woman's quality of life.


Today, we are discussing alternatives to gluten that can help manage the symptoms of menopause.


It is essential to note that just because a product is labeled gluten-free does not mean it is healthy. Some gluten-free products may contain high amounts of sugar, preservatives, and other additives that can harm the body. Therefore, it is crucial to read labels and choose gluten-free alternatives that are wholesome and nutritious.


Let's talk about a few places that gluten hides:


  • Soy sauce:  opt for gluten-free soy sauce (tamari, coconut aminos or soy aminos)
  • Envelope glue: may contain gluten as a binder - perhaps just think twice next time you stick your tongue out to seal an envelope, and just maybe grab a wet wipe.
  • Chewing gum:  some brands put flour over the little sticks of gum to keep it from sticking to the paper - try PUR Gum, a clean, gluten-free brand
  • Salad dressings:  check labels for gluten
  • Ground spices: some manufacturers use gluten as an anti-caking agent


And instant coffee, gin, corn starch…so what I’m saying is read the label, read the label, read the label.


Nobody goes hungry in my kitchen, so here are some foods and ingredients that can be used as alternatives to gluten:


  • Quinoa:  quinoa is a gluten-free seed that is a rich source of protein, fiber, and vitamins. It can be used in place of grains in salads, soups, and other dishes.


  • Brown rice:  brown rice is a whole grain that is gluten-free and a good source of fiber and minerals. It can be used in place of wheat-based grains in pilafs, stir-fries, and other dishes.


  • Tamari:  tamari is a gluten-free alternative to soy sauce that is made from fermented soybeans. It has a similar taste to soy sauce and can be used in marinades, dressings, and stir-fries.


  • Coconut aminos:  coconut aminos are a soy-free alternative to soy sauce that is made from coconut sap. It has a sweeter taste than soy sauce and can be used in marinades, dressings, and stir-fries.


  • PUR gum:  PUR gum is a clean and natural chewing gum that is free from gluten, sugar, dairy, and other additives.


  • Ground spices:  some ground spices may contain gluten as an anti-caking agent. Look for brands that specifically state that their products are gluten-free.


There's a great chance you're already eating wonderfully. I would just like to encourage you to get that gluten out. It is not serving any of us.


As your health coach and your culinary nutritionist, I would absolutely love to have you as part  of our community.


Remember with the right support and self-care practices, you can navigate menopause with grace and ease.


Highlights of this episode:

  • Managing menopausal symptoms requires a holistic approach that includes diet, exercise, stress management, and other lifestyle changes. 
  • Avoiding gluten can be one of the dietary changes that can help manage menopausal symptoms. 
  • Choose gluten-free alternatives that are nutritious and wholesome. 
  • Remember to read labels!
  • Having a community is exactly what you need for support. You are not alone.


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