Blood Sugar Balance & the Menopause – The Happy Menopause Podcast
Blood sugar balance seems to be very much in vogue at the moment, so I’ve decided to dedicate this episode to talking through it, because I think there’s quite a lot of confusion around it. As a nutritionist, I really believe it’s one of the key pillars to managing menopause symptoms and Nutrition 101 if you want to apply a dietary approach to your health and wellbeing during the menopause.
But it’s important not to overcomplicate things – if you get the basics of your macronutrients right, everything else will pretty much fall into place and your blood sugar will sort itself out without any help from expensive constant glucose monitoring attachments.
In this episode I talk through:
– the biochemistry of blood sugar, so you understand what’s going on in the body and the internal (and quite natural) reactions that occur when you eat (or don’t eat).
– how blood sugar balance helps to regulate menopause symptoms by supporting the body’s plan B for producing oestrogen post-menopause
– how to achieve the correct balance of macros to support blood sugar balance
– specific suggestions for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including portion advice
– the role of blood sugar management in regulating stress hormones
– why wearing a constant glucose monitor may not be right for you
– how the body maintains a natural state of balance known as homeostasis
The episode is packed with practical, evidence-based advice, which is also based on my clinical experience, so tune in for everything you need to know about blood sugar balance.
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Award-winning nutritionist and author, Jackie Lynch is the founder of the WellWellWell nutrition clinic, where she specialises in women’s health and the menopause. Keen to break the taboo about discussing the menopause, she is the host of the popular diet & lifestyle podcast The Happy Menopause, which was shortlisted for the 2022 International Women’s Podcast Awards.
Her latest book, The Happy Menopause: Smart Nutrition to Help You Flourish (Watkins, 2020) was Highly Commended in the 2021 Health & Wellbeing Awards for the Wellbeing Book category.
Jackie is also the author of Va Va Voom; The 10-Day Energy Diet (Headline, 2017) and The Right Bite: Smart Food Choices for Eating on the Go (Nourish, 2016). Jackie’s advice features in a range of national media and she has appeared as a guest expert on radio and TV, including Channel 4’s Superfoods.
Jackie’s nutrition clinic was recognised as Menopause Nutrition Clinic of the Year in the 2021 and 2022 London & South-East Prestige Awards. She is also a Guardian Masterclass tutor.
From 2011-2022, Jackie was the Chair of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, the renowned training provider for accredited nutritional therapy in the UK. She is a Fellow of the British Association for Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine and an Affiliate Member of the British Menopause Society.