How I knew I was in Perimenopause

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Hi, I'm Tina!

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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Wondering if you’re in perimenopause? You are not alone, my friend. This blog post is about how I knew I was in perimenopause. 


I was once wondering the exact same thing because unpleasant hormonal symptoms were popping up here and there… and they seemed to come out of nowhere.


Ughhhh, dealing with these symptoms wasn’t fun, and I wondered what the heck was going on with my body?!


Here are some signs and symptoms of what confirmed perimenopause for me and what I did about it…


How I knew I was in perimenopause


▶️I started having shorter menstrual cycles → My cycles were 28-30 days for as long as I could remember, but then suddenly they started to get shorter… 26 days, 24 days, 23 days… so I added natural progesterone drops in the luteal phase of my cycle as well as more ‘fruits and roots’ to my diet.


▶️I saw fewer lean muscle gains —> I was doing the work, but not getting stronger or seeing muscle definition. My workouts exhausted me, and I was always so sore. I ended up going back to CrossFit to focus on lifting heavier and progressive overload (group class definitely motivate me!), and I added more protein and carbs (and calories, in general) around my workouts. Muscle doesn’t come from thin air – you need calories!


▶️I suffered with night sweats before my period → I woke up drenched in sweat a few nights before my period started, so I added ground flax to my diet as well as black cohosh and maca powder to boost estrogen metabolism and help make my body more sensitive to estrogen.


▶️I got headaches post-ovulation —> The day after ovulation, I started to get a dull headache that would last most of the day. It kept happening month after month until I noticed this pattern, so I supported detox pathways by adding more soluble fiber and cruciferous veggies and reduced my consumption of alcohol and caffeine, especially mid-cycle around ovulation.


▶️I was waking up in the middle of the night → I kept waking up between 1-3 AM, and I tossed and turned for hours. I was exhausted, and my lack of sleep messed with my blood sugar, cravings, and moods. I started to consume a snack before bed with protein, a little fat, and slow digesting carbs to keep my blood sugar steady and help me sleep through the night. I have also supplemented with natural progesterone drops, magnesium glycinate, melatonin, and CBD from time-to-time. 


How you can feel better in perimenopause


Perimenopause has the potential of being a tough transition for many women, but if you KNOW WHAT TO DO, you can sail through this period of time!


I’m right there with you navigating these crazy times, and I want to help you through the transition. You don’t have to struggle and can help you best every single day!


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The Perimenopause Crash Course is a 4-week, holistic approach that balances your hormones, sheds unwanted hormonal weight, and reclaims your energy, so you can feel healthy, happy, and confident every day! It starts next Monday on January 23!


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If you sign up by midnight tonight, you’ll receive THREE (!!) amazing bonus resources to support your perimenopause journey!


  1. What to Eat for Hormonal Balance Bundle ($97 value): A comprehensive, 81-page bundle of nutrition-focused resources to help you optimize your diet for hormonal balance. Good nutrition can help you restore and support your hormones with simple dietary changes – the exact ones you’ll find inside this resource!
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If you know you want to sign up for the Perimenopause Crash Course, hop on this deal ASAP. Don’t wish you had signed up sooner!


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