– Nutrition & the Menopause
My Approach to the Menopause
If you’re suffering from symptoms of perimenopause or the menopause, you need a strategy to guide you through the changes you’re facing, so that you can get on with enjoying life again.
A personalised programme of easy food and lifestyle changes is the most effective way to set you up for the menopause and beat your menopause symptoms.
That’s why my Mastering the Menopause Programme includes 3 consultations: each one includes a review of what and when you eat, drink, exercise and sleep over a 5-day period – conquering each of these is the key to finding the energy and motivation you need to enjoy life. (And, don’t worry, you don’t need to be shy about what you eat or drink; I’ve seen it all.)
My menopause programme will take you from confused to confident so that you:
Know the right foods to eat to banish the brain fog in its tracks, hush the anxiety and overthinking AND get a good night’s sleep without worrying about hot flushes, night sweats or getting up to go to the loo.
Ditch the Diets
Know what to eat and when to stop the yo-yo dieting or weight gain around your middle.
Have a Plan
Have a clear plan of what is right for YOU; whether that’s eating breakfast later in the day & finishing dinner earlier, eating more protein or trying fermented foods: just because a diet worked for your friend, doesn’t mean it will work for you!
Symptoms of the perimenopause and the menopause can vary greatly from person to person, as we all have our own unique experience of this stage of life. Check if you have any of the symptoms from the lists below. These are the areas where I can support you.
Mind & Mood
- Brain fog
- Struggling to concentrate or focus like you used to
- Lacking with confidence (at work or socially)
- Finding it harder to make decisions
- Depression or low mood
- Mood swings and feeling angry more often
- Poor sleep
- Night sweats
- Waking up in the night & finding it harder to get to sleep
Energy & Physical Changes
- Weight gain, particularly around your middle
- Being tired all the time
- Bloating or water retention
- Hot flushes
- Achey joints or muscles
- Headaches or migraines
- Heavy or more painful periods
- Dry skin, skin rashes, or hives
Intimacy, Vaginal, Urinary Changes
- Low libido or low sex drive
- Vaginal dryness
- Frequent urinary tract infections or cystitis
- Urinary incontinence or urgency
- Painful sex
I’ll take a deep-dive into your health, your hormones and what’s going on inside
I’ll listen to your health worries and work with you to resolve them. No quick fix meal plans or fancy formulas: apart from the fact that everyone has different budgets and tastes, my focus is to work with you to help you understand the best foods to eat and avoid (and when!), so that you can live life to the full.
Everyone’s journey is different; everyone’s symptoms are different: some women might skip through this period of their life with hardly a concern, but others seem to struggle with everything. It’s knowing how to conquer it that counts.
Mastering the Menopause Programme
by Virginia Hills
A natural, holistic and supported programme that works alongside hormonal replacement therapy (HRT) and prescription medications – if that is what you choose. Because everyone is different and this is about you.
the unique programme follows a step-by-step approach to your health, and typically lasts for around 90-days
Book a 30 minute, no obligation chat with me, and I’ll listen to your concerns & explain a little more about how I can support you.
You’ll complete an online questionnaire, and record a food, drink and lifestyle diary in preparation for our first 90-minute consultation. Don’t worry, it’s easy!
We’ll then have our 90-minute consultation, explore the information you’ve provided a little further and work on some initial changes to your food & lifestyle to start getting you on track and so that you can start winning at life once again…
You will also receive your personalised health optimisation plan, covering your specific recommendations (no need to take notes!), supplement & functional test recommendations (if that’s what you choose) via my secure, online portal.
Approximately 2 weeks later, we meet again for a 15-minute chat to see how you’re getting on and whether you have any quick questions you need help with.
We’ll agree some further food & lifestyle changes at your pace and discuss any change in or new symptoms you’ve encountered. We’ll also review any functional test results (if appropriate) or supplements I’ve suggested – and you’ll receive another personalised health optimisation plan afterwards.
We then work on a 2 – 3 week check-in & follow-up cycle with a third, personalised health optimisation plan after your next follow-up to complete your programme.
If you are not feeling 100% tip-top by the end of your programme, we can repeat this process until you are: the number of times we meet varies from person to person and on how quickly your body responds to the lifestyle changes implemented. This is completely flexible, and you are under no obligation to keep going once you feel better, but can always book another 60-minute consultation if you need it.
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You ask, I answer
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Do I need to have had my last period, my periods to have changed or be experiencing typical menopause symptoms to start this programme?
No! You don’t need to have had your last period or be in the run-up to the menopause to benefit from this programme – the best advice I can give you is to start early, before your symptoms kick in or your periods get heavier or go haywire. Evidence suggests preparing in your late 30s/early 40s sets you up best for the years to come, so don’t wait – start now.
Can I work with you if I’m taking HRT or prescription medications?
Will I need to take any tests - blood, stool or food intolerance tests?
Do I need to come and see you in person?
Are you available for corporate work, particularly supporting women in employment during the menopause?
I offer a variety of services to support your employee’s well-being, particularly assisting women in the workplace during menopause, which are completely tailored to your organisation’s needs. Examples of services I offer include: talks or seminars, workshops, mini or full consultations. If you are interested in learning more or would like to arrange a free meeting to discuss your organisation’s needs, please do get in touch: email@example.com
Should I change my diet before I come to you?
No – please don’t make any changes! It’s best if you keep your diet as normal as possible before your first consultation. The quickest way for me to solve how you are feeling is for me to see exactly what you are eating and drinking and how you are feeling at your first consultation. I wont judge you on what you eat: my sole focus is working out what’s causing you to feel the way you do and solving it once and for all.
(p.s. I’m not looking for what macronutrients you eat, how much calcium or vitamin D you eat each day – don’t worry!)
Will I have to stop drinking coffee or tea or eating gluten, bread or pasta?
Coffee and tea can be a cause of poor sleep or anxiety, but that doesn’t mean that you have to stop drinking it all and forever. Sometimes it’s the amount of these foods or drinks that can be causing the problem – and it’s my job to help you navigate those and suggest replacements or what to add into your meals instead.
Will I need to take supplements?
How do I pay for my programme of consultations?
I’m struggling with embarrassing symptoms including vaginal dryness, recurrent cystitis or urine infections, low sex drive, persistent bloating or smelly wind. Can you help?
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what my clients say
I had such a positive experience working with Virginia. She is extremely knowledgeable and professional, providing a truly holistic assessment and valuable expert insights into my health and wellbeing. It was a real pleasure to work with her and would highly recommend. Thank you Virginia!”
Try Virginia before you reach for pills or think that how you feel cannot be changed by nutrition.
Virginia carried out a holistic appraisal of my lifestyle and daily habits during my consultations. I’m delighted to report that I’ve lost weight and feel very comfortable on my present diet. Your words ….have finally hit home! I feel this is a way of eating I can live with and enjoy. Thank you for helping me break through this slimming block where no other method was working.
Virginia gave me sensitive and invaluable advice on what I should be eating; which was totally different to what I thought I needed! Her meal plans and food tips were brilliant and easy to follow, so that I could work them into my daily routine.
I’m feeling much better and more in control of my symptoms after my consultations with Virginia. I loved her experience & understanding in offering alternative solutions. Make sure you make the most of her professionalism and ask lots of questions!
Virginia has a very sympathetic manner – her sessions were really interesting and informative.
Virginia Hills Nutrition | Kent
Nutritionist in Kent, providing personalised nutrition programmes using natural, holistic approaches to tackle your health concerns; investigating the root cause of your symptoms & incorporating targeted food & lifestyle adjustments - so that you can live your best life again.
Kent, South East England, UK
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