Do you remember the first day of your period? - Ann Gentry

Do you remember the first day of your period?

Do you remember the first day of your period?

I was wearing a red and blue striped, two-piece bikini. I’d just finished 6th grade and summer was in full swing. 

When I went home to tell my mother, she responded later on that sweltering afternoon by leaving a box of Kotex in the linen closet. Included was an introductory kit for mothers to share with their daughters. The byline on the light pink package, “Give her Miss Deb napkins, for her very own.” 

Thank goodness, today we have PERIOD emojis. What a way to express the beginning and end of this exclusively female ritual. 

My guess is you are at the other end of this journey.

THE CHANGE: that’s what previous generations called it. Secretive, Shameful, Private. Well, they weren’t called the “The Silent Generation” for nothing.

Not anymore. Like emojis, there are now more websites highlighting menopause than there are people at Coachella.

You are not in this alone.

Whether you’re a 40 something gal in a perimenopausal state. Or you’re passed 50, and your ‘M train’ has come to a complete stop. You’re 60s and not quite feeling as good as you know you could. YOU can reclaim your body from the effects of menopause. 

You’ll see you have the power to take your health into your own hands once you understand what’s causing your body to react the way it does.

Let’s start with the three hormones that are governing us during ‘the change.’

At the same time that the hormone estrogen starts to decrease, cortisol, the body’s primary stress hormone, increases. 

Cortisol is the hormone that controls blood sugar levels. It regulates metabolism, reduces inflammation, controls blood pressure, and assists with your memory. 

Oh, and it kinda goes crazy when you don’t get enough sleep!

Estrogen also has multiple functions in your brain. There is the possibility that when estrogen lowers, we lose protection to the brain. That’s why eating for brain health needs to start long before we enter our 3rd act. According to some reports, the third act begins at age 70!

The third hormone is insulin, which oversees storing body fat. 

You can take charge of the unfortunate result this hormone produces.

HOW? By eating a diet rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, quality fats, and complex carbohydrates.

Insulin assists your body to use the sugar produced from the carbohydrates you eat and turn it into energy. Depending on what you eat and what you do after you eat determines whether your body uses or stores glucose.

Excess sugars and foods that are devoid of any nutritional value love to hang out in fat storage closets. When you are not burning fat, this causes havoc to your brain, gut, heart, and immune system.

And as we age, our cells become sensitive to insulin, creating insulin resistance. This can produce an array of disease-related problems from acute to chronic.

It’s this resistance to insulin that causes us to crave sugar and flour and fat. And we already know that the more we eat baked goods, cakes and cookies, the more weight we gain and the worst we feel. 

This is where you have the power to make a change!  You have heard me repeat this over and over: food and nutrition have the most significant impact on your health at any stage of life. 

Now that you have a better understanding of what’s been going on with your body. It’s time to make the wisest, thoughtful choices around how you take care of yourself.  

You can do this, I know you can, and I’ll show you how.

Join me on Thursday, July 25th, at 11am in my Facebook group, Take Charge of Your Food Journey.


If you are currently:

  • Beginning or ending menopause and you want to stop barking at your loved ones and get your energy back  :))
  • Longing to end that push-pull relationship you have with certain foods
  • Not even aware of certain phytoestrogen foods that you could be eating to enhance your health so you sleep better, and get that certain drive back. wink, wink!

This is for you if your #1 health goal is to take your health back.  

How might it feel to get a little relief from yo-yo dieting? 
Ban sugar cravings and misunderstandings about what’s happened to your body.
This live workshop is for you.

See you there,

P.S.  I am here for you.  If you have any questions, shoot me an email at or join us in the Take Charge of Your Food Journey group and post away! We welcome the discussion. 

I have an absolute belief that using food as medicine will help you regain some of your youthful self again.

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