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Top 20 Fiber Rich Foods for Your Menopause Diet

Get Enough Fiber and Lose Weight

Fiber is the secret ingredient when it comes to weight loss, according to several studies. So here’s my Top 20 Fiber Rich Foods which can help you shed the pounds on your Menopause Diet:

  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries
  • Rye
  • Broccoli
  • Green beans
  • Apples with skin
  • Spinach
  • Beet greens
  • Kale
  • Collard
  • Swiss Chard
  • Turnip greens
  • Almonds
  • Brazil nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Walnuts
  • Cherries
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Stone ground whole wheat

    Focus on choosing a variety of these high fiber foods and you won’t be caught reading in the bathroom because of constipation.

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  • Top Low Carb Diet High Fiber Breakfast Options

    High Fiber Means Lower Blood Sugar Response to Carbs

    A high fiber low carb diet breakfast fuels your body throughout the
    day, but most low carb diets don’t emphasize the importance of keeping
    fiber in your diet. So I’ve gathered some easy recommendations for my
    Top Low Carb Diet High Fiber Breakfast Options:

    • Steel cut oats, raisins and 2% milk. Whole grain breakfast
      foods are digested more slowly, which keeps the glycemic load
      down. Just 2 tablespoons of raisins are allowed.
    • Yogurt topped with Wheat Germ, blueberries and nuts Now this
      is a great, easy breakfast treat. I use organic full fat yogurt, but
      you can use a low fat one, and sprinkle the crunchy wheat germ and
      fiber rich blueberries on top. I even sweeten it with some sucralose.
      My choice for nuts is a sprinkling of sliced almonds. Yum!
    • Cottage cheese and berries I often have this for either breakfast
      or lunch, using a 2% fat cottage cheese and raspberries and blueberries.
    • Omelets, low carb toast and 1/2 grapefruit or orange. Making
      an omelet is easy. Add some carb controlled bread, such as the new
      Atkin’s approved Orowheat brand, and 1/2 of a fiber rich grapefruit
      of fresh orange and you’ve got loads of fiber.
    • Cheese, avocado, tomato sandwich Who says you can’t have
      a sandwich for breakfast? Just take some carb controlled whole wheat
      bread ( I take one slice and cut it in half), add a slice of provolone
      cheese, some tomatoes and slices of avocado and top with the other
      slice of bread.
    • Cold Low GI Cereal Breakfast cereal brands are changing dramatically, and ones like Kashi, Fiber One, All Bran and Nature’s Path Organic Optimum Slim are high in fiber, relatively low in carbs and full of good, crunchy taste.

    Research studies have shown that children who eat a high-fiber, low
    sugar breakfast were less hungry at lunchtime and ate less than children
    fed a high sugar, low fiber cereal. Another study reported that people
    who ate refined grains stripped of their fiber were MORE likely to gain
    weight or be overweight than those eating a natural high-fiber whole

    References: Pediatrics. 2003 Nov;112(5):e414.

    Am J Clin Nutr. 2005 Jul;82(1 Suppl):265S-273S

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    Potassium Carbonate Better Than Bone Drugs

    Twelve-month daily alkali therapy with potassium citrate supplements resulted in a nearly 2% increase in lumbar spine and hip bone mineral density (BMD) in a small randomized controlled trial of postmenopausal women with osteopenia. These results, published in the October 2006 issue of the Journal of American Society of Nephrology, suggest that citrate partially reverses the high acidity of the modern Western diet and that this promotes better skeletal health, the researchers, led by Sigrid Jehle, MD, at the Department of Medicine, University of Basel in Bruderholz/Basel, Switzerland, write.

    “We showed that BMD was significantly increased in the lumbar spine and the hip after 12 months of a very modest amount of alkali (30 mmol of inexpensive K [potassium] citrate daily) in postmenopausal women with low bone mass (T scores at the lumbar spine of -1 to -4). This was achieved with virtually no side effects.”

    The women were randomized to receive tablets of potassium citrate or potassium chloride (3 times 10 mmol daily), and all subjects also received calcium carbonate (500 mg of calcium) and 400 IU of vitamin D3 daily. They were instructed to maintain their current eating and exercise habits.

    Study Highlights
    Inclusion criteria were women who were nonvegetarians, at least 5 years postmenopausal, younger than 70 years of age, and had T scores at lumbar spine L2 to L4 of -1 to -4.

    Women were instructed to continue their self-selected diet and exercise regimen. 89 women were randomized to 10 mmol of trivalent potassium citrate in 3 daytime doses, yielding 30 mmol of potassium and 30 mmol of base (bicarbonate) daily, and 92 to 30 mmol of potassium chloride. Both groups received calcium carbonate containing 500 mg of calcium and 400 IU of vitamin D daily.

    I’ve been telling women since 1986, when early FDA studies on bone drugs were compared to the known benefits/response of taking potassium carbonate, that you can achieve the same or BETTER response WITHOUT the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs, simply by taking potassium carbonate.

    Now we can improve on this by taking liquid bioavailable minerals containing silica which works synergystically with potassium carbonate. Just one dropper twice a day is all you need. Here’s to better bone health!

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    Your Sex Drive – Is It HIS Fault?

    Forget the fancy perfumes. If you want your sex drive to pick up, just slip some odorless pheromones into his aftershave and watch your interest soar. Think I’m crazy? Scientists and researchers have been focusing on increasing women’s hormones, blaming low testosterone on our lack of ability to swing from the chandeliers with our mates. However, one interesting fact has slipped by their focus: as we age, our sense of smell dramatically declines, beginning around age 40.(1)

    Pheromones are odorless chemical attractants found in all forms of life, especially plants and animals. Unlike hormones, pheromones are species specific and for good reason – imagine being sexually attracted to a boar or a mouse! So let’s take a closer look at these natural chemicals.

    Pheromones are scents produced by a species in order to communicate and attract others nearby for the sole purpose of mating. Known as “sex attractants.” these odorless chemicals affect the way a mother and newborn child bond. Different pheromones influence our sexual orientation, helping to differentiate lovers from genetically similar relations.

    As we age, a pair of organs in the nose, called the vomeronasal organs, lose their ability to detect pheromones. Couple this with lowered reproductive hormones that help us to produce these pheromones in both males and females over 50, and you can see why sexual relations seem to vanish for many couples.

    As we enter menopause, five factors determine if a woman is viewed as attractive:

    1) How we physically appear: the color of our hair, in short the way we groom ourselves.

    2) Social skills. How well we flirt, exude confidence and appear balanced.

    3) How motivated we are in the romantic contact and lovemaking.

    4) Sexual performance skills.

    5) The amount of sex attractant pheromones we excrete.

    The more fertile a woman appears to a man, the more sexually attractive she is. The same applies to women. The more a man appears to be able to protect a woman and her offspring, the more sexually attractive he becomes. It’s all about scents.

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