Hot Flashes & World Peace


Most of the people I’ve met can name the date they decided to go vegan, but can they name the date their hot flashes began? (If, of course, they’re a woman). I’ve heard about hot flashes and menopause for years. Some women that I know went into menopause as early as in their late twenties or thirties. I knew this would happen to me at some point, but I just didn’t know when. Here are some thoughts on this issue:


About a year ago, my wonderful NP (nurse practitioner) told me that I was in the “peri” menopausal stage. (That’s the preview to full blown menopause, which can take years to manifest from peri to menopause!) I didn’t know what that meant really, other than I didn’t like the sound of that! My NP is a fantastic human. I might have to wait half an hour or an hour to get in to see her (after my scheduled time), but once she’s in the room…She’s IN the room! Fully present! I love that! Plus, she’s not into handing out pharmaceutical drugs like some sort of candy dispenser!

A year ago, when the blood work came back, she recommended that I start taking “Femmenessence” by MacaLife for Peri Menopause. This one can be bought at your local health food store (if you live in the United States of America)! It is not a “drug” or a hormone pill. However, Maca supports the Hypothalamus Pituitary Adrenal Axis to support your body’s own hormone production. This sounded like an idea I could support because trust me, I’m not going on any hormone treatments for this ever! This is a wave that I plan to ride all the way out!

FemmenessenceAt first, I started taking the recommended two in the morning and two in the afternoon, but that gave me a headache, so I switched to just two in the morning. You’re supposed to take a 7-day break every four months, but I have taken longer breaks. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if this product really worked until this last month, November, somewhere in the middle of the month. Apparently that became my day to enter the wonderful world of “Hot Flashes“! Okay, so here are some thoughts I’ve been having since I’ve been on this new adventure:

1. How are you ever supposed to know from now on if you’re just having a hot flash as opposed to a fever?

They feel pretty similar. Here’s a typical night: Body goes to HOT…then freezing. Then normal. Then HOT HOT…cool down time…then back to normal. Then back to HOT! Repeat! Repeat! Repeat!

2. Scientists ought to be working on a device for women with hot flashes to touch and transfer the heat to…We could seriously heat up a small neighborhood for at least a couple of hours! Think about the energy savings! Okay, don’t write me off completely yet, please!

3. If world leaders got hot flashes like women do, I believe there would be no more wars in the world! They’d be too busy worrying about how to “cool down” and stay that way, while fearing the next onslaught, rather than worry about the enemy or who to go to war with next!

On a more serious note, I do believe that my whole foods plant-based vegan diet is helping with this! I had a friend recommend drinking lots of organic soy milk. She said that it helped her when she going through it. However, I have read that certain soy products are better than others. For example, one RD recommended edamame as opposed to eating tofu! I personally don’t eat a lot of tofu or processed vegan meats, but I do love eating edamame and mixing them into my bean salads!

My own experiment regarding hot flashes and how to alleviate them will be to exercise more! I already take long daily walks with my dog, but I haven’t been running in years. I love the changes that I’ve seen since making this dietary switch, but now it’s time to rev up the engines for 2013 and see what this veg bod can accomplish! I’ve already run several half marathons and a full one, but now I feel it’s time to start training for another half one…at least! Why not? What are your goals for 2013? Do you have something you’d like to spend more time on? Meditation? A hobby? A course? Dancing? Fire walking? Fencing? Fire eating/breathing? (See my mind is on things that are “HOT”!) Just don’t send me a video with the reunion of “Christian the Lion” as seen on The View! That one makes me cry!

Next day thought: I’d like to add that as far as emotions go, they are the same as before this happened! I have not experienced any mood swings, feelings of depression, or emotional upsets (other than if something has made me naturally upset). My mood has been “even keel” for many years – 8 years to be exact! There’s a reason for this, I believe but that will have to be a post for another day! I just thought I should add this, since it seems there’s this myth floating around to “watch out” for menopausal women!

Oh, the joys of being a woman…The gifts keep coming! Peace to you all!

This is a blog I’ll probably have more thoughts to add to by tomorrow or the end of the week, so bear with me as I come back and add more thoughts and details. If anyone has any holistic tips or recommendations for this newly hot flashed bod of mine, please send me a note! I’d greatly appreciate it!

Update on the hot flashes….five months later….  I am now taking a product called “Estrovera”. Again, my NP was the one who recommended it. (Can be bought on line through Professional Supplement Center.) I have been on it for over three months now and let me tell you. THIS WORKS! It will take about three months to really get into your system, but I do believe you will feel relief before that. My NP has also told me that she thinks that I will be “leveling out” within the next 12 months! If it was me, I would go straight for this product. Here’s a photo:

EstroveraEstrovera by Metagenics ROCKS!!!

About urbanveganchic

I'm an urban chic woman, who is passionate about educating others about the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based vegan diet, cancer prevention & survival, as well as art & life. I love adventures and travel. As an artist and a teacher, I care deeply about healthy living, being a conscious steward of our planet, and being kind & respectful towards animals. Learning about a vegan plant-based diet has been like discovering a new country and falling in love with it, so if I sound like I'm enamored you now know why! As a world traveler, I truly wish I had discovered this beautiful new country twenty years ago! Better late than never, as they say, cause there's no going back now! Born and raised in Scandinavia. Proud owner of a tripod cat & a foxy little pup. Speak four languages...some better than others. Working on the fifth one. We are all either part of the problem or the solution! Health & Happiness to you! ~UrbanVeganChic

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