Day 9

Not many of us chat about menopause, other than to make the odd joke about getting on a bit or getting hot flushes. I’m guessing women feel a bit invisible and not vital when they reach this huge change in life.
Thankfully, and with great appreciation once more to our health service, I’ve learned that I am now post menopausal and have escaped unscathed!! I have been extremely lucky to have avoided flushes, and any of the other health issues associated with this time of life, but most importantly, avoiding HRT.
I have no issue with using it, and I would definitely consider if, had my bones have been in trouble, but this is the good news…. Despite many years of (now in full recovery) of anorexia and eating disorders and resulting osteoporosis in hip and spine, and a pituitary tumour diagnosed at 28,which causes hormone imbalance, my bone density has increased and I’m not longer in the *at risk* zone

The doctor was amazed… I said I’d never been healthier since going vegan (she ignored me lol)
But, what other reason could it be?
Yes exercise increases bone density also at a rate of 1pc per year, so I’m happy with that too, but I 100pc believe my diet has had a massive impact on helping me sail through this xx
So, to anyone having a difficult time with menopause, hope you are OK, and getting the help that You need xxxx

And so with this in mind I’m gonna share a fab oestrogen and healthy fats black bean burger with avocado and a delicious green salad xx

Black bean burger

Saute 1 onion 4thinly sliced mushrooms and 1 clove garlic in olive oil and add 1tsp cumin and 1 tsp smoked paprika
In a nutri bullet add 1 can of black beans drained and 1 cup of cooked wholegrain rice

Add the sautéed vegetables
Add 1tblsp of tomato puree
1tsp beetroot powder (optional)
And 2oz breadcrumbs

Blend until smoothish paste but don’t worry if every bean isn’t blended, it’s nice to have a bit of bite xx
. Mould into 4/6 burger shapes or use a burger press

Coat in well seasoned flour

Fry on each side for about 4/5 minutes. Serve in a bun with sliced avocado, sliced beef tomatoes and rocket or lettuce

Green plant power salad with green goddess dressing

2cups of cooked edamame beans
1cup of cooked green beans
1cup of cooked broccoli.

Dressing

1 handful of parsley
1handful of basil
1clove garlic
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
Salt and pepper

Blend in the nutribullet

Pour over the cooked veg and serve over the top of either shredded lettuce or salad leaves

Top with toasted pumpkin seeds xx