Hot flushes, mood swings, fatigue and weight gain can all add up to a change of life. But keep your cool, managing diet and limiting certain foods can help.
Hot flushes can be triggered by the heat in chilli. Instead, try using lemon, herbs and mild spices to add loads of flavour to meals.
Having more than the recommended one drink per day can also increase hot flushes.
Minimise menopausal weight gain by avoiding high-kilojoule takeaway foods such as burgers, pies, hot chips and pizza — their sodium levels can also cause fluid retention and bloating.
Using coffee as a pick-me-up can worsen hot flushes and disrupt sleep, causing fatigue and irritability.
Non-fortified milk alternatives
Menopause raises the risk of osteoporosis so you’ll need to increase your calcium intake. If you prefer soy, almond or rice milk, go for one that’s calcium-fortified.