Changing Bodies Benefit from Mindfulness

by Cathy Clements, Nutritionist & Life Coach, NASM CNC, CPT, FNS, WFS

Let’s face it. Between men and women, our bodies are very different. I don’t mean the physical but hormonal, too! And women — it seems as if we are forever changing. Am I right? From the time we reach puberty our hormones take a journey that doesn’t change, until it does! 

For many of us these changes start in our 40s. This is when I started having to re-evaluate what I ate, when I ate, how I exercised and what was working and what was going haywire hormonally in my body. 

It can take a little while to get these changes under control. I will tell you, though, that the most important thing we can do for ourselves is to have a positive attitude. Thinking positively about these new stages in life can make them easier to journey through. 

Once we begin to get our thinking in a more positive mindful place, we should talk to a few experts. 

First, when I was challenged with these changes and didn’t know what to do first, I spoke to my holistic health practitioner. She was able to evaluate what was happening inside me, and get me on a good path to feeling better. After speaking with her and following her recommendations, I was more positive and had more energy. 

Then I began working on the way I ate and how I worked out. Some ladies don’t have issues with weight gain during this change but still find that they may not be sleeping as well or are still feeling sluggish. Changing our diets helps with both better sleep and more energy. And if weight gain is an issue, changing some small things in our diets can aid in taking that weight off. 

Working out, or moving, is just as important. I say working out because I like to. But for those who don’t, just getting up from your desk or off your couch and walking your neighborhood is beneficial. 

Moving is important for maintaining the strength in our legs. And having good posture is the result of a strong core. 

Remember mindful self- talk, moving within your capabilities and mindful munching all lead to a healthier you as you mature!