May is Women’s Health Month and here at Empower our minds are on just that. From a dietetic standpoint women’s health is not an easy topic to tackle. As a woman myself, I am well aware of the changes my body has been through just to reach this midlife point. Making sure that I support all of these changes with adequate nutrition is a process that takes a little keeping up with. As research lets us know what nutrients/food choices may help us get through our various stages of life gracefully, we must reconcile that information with what we know from our traditions and inner wisdom along with what is possible for us to do given busy schedules, work demands and the needs of our families.
Most women are not only charged with caring for the health of their families but more often will put the needs of their families before their own in turn allowing their health to suffer. I know a lot of moms who come to see me once their children have left for college because it is the first opportunity they have had to prioritize themselves. This is only normal given the way our lives are structured in this society. That nutritional conversation is very different from the one I might have with a thirty-something new mom or a twenty-something athlete. Women are wonderfully complex and truly need the whole of their beings considered, mind, body and spirit, in order to achieve optimum health. The magic of nutrition is that it can embody all three. Food will nourish our bodies and if it is prepared consciously and with love, it will also feed the mind and spirit.
In the next Empower lecture (May 22 at noon) we will take on this exciting topic of women’s health from a lifecycle perspective. Registered dietitian Monica Gulisano will be joining me in sharing with us her expertise in nutrition for young girls into young adulthood and a functional medicine perspective on nutrients that tend to hinder rather than help certain processes related to women’s health. I will focus on the nutrients that we absolutely need and the best ways to get them along with a discussion on nutrition in adulthood through menopause. Our goal is for you to find among this information tools that will help you move closer to balance in your life.
Join Empower for the May Nutrition Seminar: May 22nd 12pm
Nutrition for Women throughout the Lifecycle
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Happy Women’s Health Month!
Cara Demu, RD