I have been reading about the work of Dr. Sara Gottfried- A specialist in hormone health for women in menopause. I have learnt about the importance of counting macros of protein vs fats vs carbs, to condition the body to ketosis that in turn establishes an efficient, fat burning metabolism. 

I have changed the way I eat. Based on Sara Gottfried’s work I have:

  • increased greens, 
  • eating more cruciferous vegetable, 
  • decreased animal proteins and 
  • increased plant-based proteins, 
  • raw salads daily, 
  • improved gut health and 
  • decreased high glycaemic foods that trip the insulin resistance reaction and establishes the extra tyre around the middle. 
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There is a scientific art in Gottfried’s methodology. It is about eating for the health of the metabolism, mind and our hormone health. She says that many diets have been designed by men, such as the KETO diet which in turn wreaks havoc with women’s hormones for the complete absence of carbs. In Gottfried’s research she encourages specific percentage of macro counting, measuring and tracking progress with tools, techniques and suggestions that will have you monitoring your body weight management in an efficient and purposeful way that will bring stability of hormones to a sense of calm.

In this way how we eat is also linked to mindfulness, to the way in which we care for the planet. We in turn consume less.

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As members of the ecosystem our internal biodiversity reflects that of the external biodiversity. We can reject introduced species that degrade the soil, we can consider crops that nourish soil health, and in turn nourish us. We can consider the impact of processed foods, made from such products, returning to the raw essence of wholistic foods, that need less preparation and less complicated ways of living. Simplify our lives by aiming for less- stripping back, not adding on, just like we become lighter when we manage our weight.

As a kid, I remember when visiting relatives Mum would bring veggies from her garden as an offering. 

This exchange of pure earthly gifts. Love from hands that tilled the soil magically bring a seed to harvest. There’s so much love in this inspiring act. 

To bring a gift in an urban environment is to swing past the supermarket, grab a box of chocolates, a panettone, and a bottle of red wine. I have decided to make something and bring it instead. I’ve been making pickles to give as gifts.

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In May this year I was given a large bag of black olives from my neighbour, and I contemplated how to preserve them.  I decided to put them in my pickling pot with salt and water- I should know how to preserve olives. It’s one thing someone telling you, showing you and then you doing it for yourself. I admit- I get lazy sometimes and that comes from having an industrious mother who makes food for us. 

Over 6 months I watched and tended to the olives. I removed the water and salt and added vinegar and salt. I found that the vinegar stopped them from going mouldy.  It’s best to keep them in salt water for about 6 months before turning them into jars with condiments.  Any mouldy scum to be scooped off the top, is considered a good thing for olive preservation. 

I put the olives into small jars with olive oil, vinegar, garlic and oregano and I am now waiting for the final curing and readiness to eat. I may not get to taste the final product, for 8 of the 10 jars have already been gifted.

I feel grateful in knowing that I can prepare good, healthy food and share them with friends.

In Sara Gottfried’s dietary recommendations, olives are low carbs and highly recommended for metabolic and hormone health. 

For women in menopause, we need to transform the way we eat.  When we eat more green food and take control of our health, we celebrate, vitality, energy and fitness. 

Health becomes our wealth because we consume wholistic foods. In this act we relinquish the need for gratification from the comfort of muffins, chocolate a false sense of security from a glass of wine or a G & T. Many will scoff at this suggestion and quaff instead considering it a culinary requirement of what it means to be cultured. For menopausal women the sugar levels of wine contributes to insulin resistance, and impacts the liver, which in turn affects the metabolism. We want to find other ways to get lost in joy. Mindfulness, walking, meditation, singing and dancing, can bring the same feelings, to name a few.

I suggest sitting in the dirt. Grow a garden laden with vegetables. Munching on sticks of celery, a carrot, cucumber, tomato and – find joy this act of gratitude for the simplest things. Revel in the act of sustainability of the soul.  

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When we eat high glycemic foods, we experience rifts of emotional upheaval, overloading the body with too much sugar. The threat of insulin resistance and the thickening of the middle, which also contributes to pre-diabetes and high cholesterol. Not to mention the body also then craves more of the same chasing the happy feeling, and eating more of the same, becomes cyclic, pandering fodder, softness that settles in places that cause discomfort.

It may seem unappealing – though when reframed you will not seek food for fulfilment. Instead a you will seek nourishment of your spirit and your soul in the connections that you have with the people in your life. It’s not about filling a gaping hole by stuffing your face with carb dense foods- it’s about finding the nutrients that will nourish your metabolism, bringing mental clarity, meditating on what is truly important. With this focus specifically on the wonder of what the earth brings us.  Mindfully sit with this sense of internal growth. 

When we provide catering, the need for more is reinforced in the dietary choices we make for others, the quick, easy to prepare and easy to consume in the interests of time. Danish pastries for morning tea and wraps for lunch. 

I would prefer a platter of raw vegetables with vegan dips, a selection of nuts and dates bring a satiation for the sweet treat. Lunch a cup of broth, or greens with omelette. 

We need to eat less.

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We need to rethink our consumption. To move more, speak kindlier, connect more deeply in our conversations, and appreciate our diversity, accepting each other as unique sprouts of imperfection- without offence- let it fall off you like morning dew on the leaf of the tomato plant coming to harvest- pick the ripeness and enjoy it as it is directly from the plant. 

The way we live, eat and play is connected in so many ways to how we show up.

To pine for less and be content in knowing that there is enough and plenty. Strip it all back to the raw bone and see the self-more simply. 

In the face of pandemics, climate change and disease we need to reconsider our lifestyles, how we spend our time caring for ourselves and each other in minimising disease and maximising able bodied beings to live sustainable, purposeful lives that serve us and bring us a sense of stability.  

How we consume, grow, harvest and prepare food that nourishes us to health and longevity of a life lived well.

Life feels so much lighter and richer knowing that I can function better with less.

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One thought on “Metabolic Health – less is more

  1. I love this perspective. First of all, I enjoy eating mostly whole foods and plant based too. And secondly, we need very little other than shelter and food, and it’s pretty empowering to know just how little we can exist on. Anyway, thanks for this post!


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