During menopause, women’s body undergoes many changes and hormonal changes, and these changes lead to weight gain. But there are ways to go about it.
Second Nature nutritionist Tamara Willner has revealed that women can lose weight by not being too hard on themselves.
She said: “The most important thing to remember is that the body goes through significant changes during menopause, so it’s important to be kind to ourselves and focus on self-care.
“While weight is a marker of health, our mental well-being, physical fitness and happiness are equally important.
“Focusing on these factors will make managing any potential weight gain easier and more natural.”
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Tamara recommended a tasty yet healthy dessert option to curb those sweet cravings while still sticking to a low-carb diet.
Pear and chocolate crumble (4 people)
Preparation time: 30-40 minutes
40 g rolled oats or gluten-free oats
80g finely chopped hazelnuts
A teaspoon of ground cinnamon
Two tablespoons of coconut oil
Four ripe pears, peeled, cored, halved
Half teaspoon ground nutmeg
50g 85% dark chocolate
Half teaspoon of vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C convection.
In a medium bowl, combine rolled oats, hazelnuts, cinnamon and coconut oil to make crumble.
Place the pears, nutmeg and half a cup of water in a saucepan over medium heat.
Cover the pot with a lid and cook the pears for 10-15 minutes or until you notice them softening.
Transfer the pears to a baking dish, break up the block of chocolate and scatter it over the pears. Cover with the crumble topping and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the pears are cooked through and the crumble is golden brown
Meanwhile, lightly beat the mascarpone with the vanilla extract.
Once cooked divide the pear crumble and serve with a dab of vanilla mascarpone.