Have you ever woke up and realised pretty much every aspect of your life is toxic? I cannot think of any time this would be remotely pleasant. But, 45 it is particularly distressing. A serious detox was definitely in order!
It seems that stress has overwhelmed me in every possible way. My ongoing and most tragic relationship with food seems the obvious place to start. In addition the perimenopause appears to have become the wolf at the door, his knocking becoming louder by the minute.
Putting it into a classically catholic analogy the perimenopause is a state of feminine “limbo” not quite menopause, but not very fertile Myrtle either. Peri-pause is pretty much all the fun of period and cramps along with the added bonus of hormone hell and hot flushes. Seriously universe, I only manage to get a kind of normal body and you hand me this? We need a chat for sure!
Enter the amazing Jenny Adams of The Meadow Clinic. I have spoken of her before in an article called “Freezing Myself Thin”. She is an amazing aesthetic practitioner and did some miraculous things with my various fat pockets. But, in addition to her beauty talent she is a Nutritional Therapist who practices Metabolic Balance at the clinic. Now of course I am always looking to shift the same 10 pounds I lose and gain each month permanently. So, following a very intensive consultation about my health goals I decided to go for it. Now I say health goals because Metabolic Balance is not necessarily about weight loss. Jenny’s work is about the whole person and looking at how to heal the body’s frailties with the right foods rather than drugs. In particular Jenny looks at how our hormones can be balanced, thus alleviating the symptoms that women of a certain experience.
I consider myself to be fairly knowledgeable about nutrition. But, Jenny is an encyclopaedia of information about the healing properties of every possible food combination. The plan itself sounds complicated initially. Basically, the idea is that Metabolic Balance aims to re-boot your hormones, insulin levels and metabolism to help your body maintain it’s ideal or natural weight. It is not about getting to a certain BMI but, more about your bodies comfort zone.
Following an extensive consultation you have a blood test to determine what areas of your body need what nutrient. My results showed that I had an iron deficiency as well as a sluggish thyroid. In addition I had various deficiencies in vitamins and nutrients. All of this as explained by Jenny meant that not only did these issues make further weight loss more difficult it also meant that my perimenopause symptoms were much worse than they needed to be. Hot flushes and night sweats in particular were a huge issue. I would regularly wake up in a Melissa shaped wet spot from a night of hormone hell.
The first week is tough, but having Jenny on the other end of the phone was a godsend. The plan itself is not difficult to follow once you get your head around it. The first two days involve a strict cleanse phase. The first part involves drinking a preparation of Epsom salts to give you good old colon cleanse. The first couple of days are tough but, totally doable. Following the cleanse there is a strict adjustment phase. This sounds very complicated, but it really wasn’t and again Jenny was there to give me recipe ideas and tips to make it easier. It is so important to have a knowledgeable guide in this journey and Jenny is top notch. This plan has the potential to change your life with the right guidance. It is definitely not something I could have attempted alone nor would I recommend attempting this plan without an expert. The adjustment phase lasts at least two weeks.
After the first two weeks I had started losing weight. However, as much as I was loving the weight loss it became secondary to the lack of night sweats. I was literally in shock at the difference a change in diet made to my hormone hell. Two weeks in and I was flushless and the night sweats had gone. There was also a marked difference in energy. My feeling at this point was if I felt this good at two weeks, how would I feel after a couple of months. There was certainly incentive to keep going. Plus Jenny is an awesome cheerleader and is always there to spur me on.
Metabolic Balance involves some strict rules that in order to be successful you must follow. This is why expert guidance is so important. But, once it is explained by someone who knows their stuff like Jenny you will sail. The food is clean and delicious. The really fabulous thing was getting a list of foods I could eat rather than the obligatory forbidden list which is pretty much a guarantee I will cheat! The plan is based on hard science and the bottom line is it works. I lost 15.5 pounds in the initial eight weeks of doing the plan. If I didn’t need further proof that it worked magic on my hormones I had a week that for various reasons I went off plan, my sweats literally came back instantly. Needless to say I went straight back on plan and ta da!! No sweats!! Bottom line this isn’t gimmicky and it’s about proper food and using it to make your body work more efficiently. It works and I can’t argue with results!
For more information contact the amazing power house that is Jenny Adams at The Meadow Clinic in Leamington Spa. Keep in my mind it is about finding the right person. Location is irrelevant. Jenny conducted the majority of our sessions over the phone and it was rarely necessary to be in clinic. Needless to say this not so much a plan as a complete change in lifestyle and definitely a keeper.