Thriving Through Menopause Menopause Without Diet Culture

A Conversation with Dr. Jenn Salib Huber
Diet Culture Dropout Podcast

Episode 64: Navigating Menopause Without Diet Culture with Dr. Jenn Salib Huber

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Menopause is a significant phase in a person’s life, yet the journey through it can often be clouded by societal pressures, especially those related to diet culture. It can feel like you are not thriving through menopause. In a recent episode of Diet Culture Dropout, Dr. Jenn Salib Huber, a naturopathic doctor and registered dietitian, shared her insights on thriving through menopause without succumbing to harmful diet culture norms.

Embracing Menopause as a Season of Change

Dr. Huber emphasizes that menopause is not the end but a transition to a new normal. She encourages individuals to focus on what they want the next season of their lives to look like and how they want to feel during this phase. By shifting the perspective from fear of aging to embracing confidence and self-awareness, one can navigate through menopause with grace.

Breaking Down Nutrition Myths

One prominent myth that Dr. Huber debunks is the fear of carbohydrates. She stresses the importance of nourishing the brain with its preferred fuel during menopause, highlighting the benefits of including carbohydrates in one’s diet. Additionally, she advocates for a plant-forward approach, incorporating foods rich in phytoestrogens like isoflavones to manage symptoms and promote long-term health.

Protecting Oneself from Diet Culture

To shield oneself from the harmful impacts of diet culture, Dr. Huber suggests finding a community that appreciates body neutrality. By surrounding oneself with individuals who are untangling from societal beauty standards, one can create a supportive environment that fosters self-acceptance and positive body image.

Shifting Language and Mindset

For parents and caregivers, Dr. Huber emphasizes the importance of changing the language used around food and body image at home. By reframing discussions about food as neither good nor bad and promoting self-acceptance, parents can create a nurturing environment free from diet culture influences for the next generation.

In conclusion, thriving through menopause without diet culture is about embracing change, debunking myths, and cultivating a positive mindset. By prioritizing self-care, nourishing the body with wholesome foods, and surrounding oneself with a supportive community, individuals can navigate menopause with confidence and vitality.

Connect with Dr. Jenn Salib Huber

At her website or on Instagram.

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