I went to doctors hoping for a diagnosis and a pill of some kind that would help. Maybe hormones. I also thought I had fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue symdrome. TW put me onto the clue that my thyroid may be messed up. But all my tests came back 'within normal ranges' and I didn't REALLY want to take any more chemicals anyway. I was depressed and just felt sick and I ached and I was exhausted and it was ugly.
Before menopause I was always active, always fairly healthy (barring drugs and alcohol HA HA so not funny). But I was always happy in my own skin.
This is the picture I submitted to the online dating site where I met Jeff, it was 2002 and I was 145 pounds
My research all led to the same place. And, I just two months ago quit eating ALL forms of sugar. ALL of it. Anything that my body turns into glucose (besides vegetables). I no longer eat bread. Or pasta. Or rice. Or any kind of grains whatsoever. No starches - no beans or corn or potatoes.
Within one week my body felt better. I was sleeping better. In a month I stopped having hot flashes. My skin is better. My eyes are brighter - my energy is through the roof. I walk at least 2 miles a day, more often I do 3 or 4 miles a day.
Changing what I was putting into my body has been transformative. In two months I have done this:
Jeff and I in Sweden, 2011 FAT FAT FAT
Jeff and I when we started dating, 2002 (big yards of beer)
When I say I eat protein and veggies, ha - I'm not talking a boiled chicken breast and lettuce. I eat sashimi. Bacon cheeseburgers with no bun, but more avocado please. Tri tip steak with asparagus or Brussels sprouts. If we go out to dinner, I just ask for the steak & veggies, hold the tater. I can't even begin to describe how I don't feel deprived. Because starches/grains cause me so much distress, it's easy to not eat any of it. I'm planning on going to brunch this weekend and getting eggs benedict. Just, no bread.
If you want to research this for yourself, I can give you some starting links:
Mark Sisson's 'Definitive Guide to Grains'
The website the above link takes you to is CHOCK full of info. But you must do your own research. Use the search feature on that website, but also GTS! (Google that shit) - nobody can find your answer but YOU.
The book 'Wheatbelly' - grains are creepy stuff
If you are suffering, keep researching. Keep looking. My answer may not be YOUR answer. Don't stop trying.