The Role of Past Experiences on Hormonal Health

Ripe crops don’t wait.

Every Sunday of my childhood, I was at my grandparents’ place to harvest vegetables before they rotted. There was no wasting food at home. Enchanted by the hustle and bustle of the adults I loved the most, I sat for hours sorting, peeling, and cutting freshly picked vegetables and fruits.

Three decades later – or is it four, maybe – the smell of a vegetable dish transports me to that blessing time of my life, and I long for fresh vegetables to prepare. Now, what if I spent my Sundays at McDonald’s?

A 2023 study shows that practices and attitudes toward food during childhood significantly influence your eating habits and shape your subsequent food choices. And every food choice you make along the way reinforces your attraction to the food you choose.

However, your needs evolve as you progress through life. Hormonal shifts during menopause are a time when your past experiences, including your food habits, act as a magnifier, reinforcing discomfort or well-being along the way.

What you did cope with and manage until your mid-forty, such as stress, bloating, or tiredness, can become unmanageable, overwhelming and far too much to handle when your hormones change.

Your 10-year menopausal window is the perfect time to change patterns from the past, step-by-step, and answer your midlife requirements.

1-      Have a plan – Change your habits to balance your hormones

Your survival brain will always pick up what you are already familiar with to conserve energy. Every new idea and new action is more energy-demanding than a known one. Hence, your resistance to change.

That’s how we stay attached to our high-training regimen, low-calorie diet, or food  from our childhood: because it used to work and it’s the easiest way.  

As your hormones evolve, your needs change, so you need to change. Establishing  those needs clearly, and putting them into practice starts with reevaluating the past and planning for the future.

You cannot change your eating habits if you ask yourself, “What’s for dinner?” at the end of a busy day when you are hungry. Your brain won’t make the effort to spend energy on newness on the spot.

Check my daily menu plan. Ensure it meets your personal needs. If it doesn’t, reach out for a free call and you will leave with a plan.

2-      Find your Big Intrinsic Why –  Rewire your brain towards your longing

You will reinforce changes when your reasons for changing and self-care are strong enough.

Put yourself in a situation that requires determination and a solid sense of purpose. Imagine if your child needed specific food to heal. You would do anything to provide it, and your success rate would increase because of your purpose’s depth. 

Your Big Intrinsic Why, your deep longing to be your best, is the thread you need to change. Instant gratification is your brain’s default mode.

Your BIW is the reassuring and reaffirming place you return to train your brain to enjoy long-term rewards and shift the patterns from the past.

Start talking to your Inner Self and asking what she longs for.

3-      Enjoy the ride – The synergy of togetherness

One of the easiest ways to lack focus and determination is to be in a hurry and too focused on getting the result.

Once you shift your focus to who you will become in the process, you stop constantly quitting and giving up and build a resource you can draw on: determination.

How do you embrace the process? It’s just a personal decision based on your BIW to fulfil your goals and desires in the second part of your life. You make this decision with the highest part of your brain, letting go of your survival brain that conserves energy at any cost.

Once you make the decision, sharing your story, doubts, and wins reinforces your determination. You will leap forward with accountability, support, and connectedness.

Together, we are stronger.

This blog is meant to educate and should not be used as a substitute for personal medical or psychological advice. The reader should consult his or her physician or clinician for specific information concerning specific medical conditions. All reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the information presented is accurate, however, new findings may supersede some information presented. As every single individual circumstances will be different, no individual results should be seen as typical.