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You probably wouldn't be shocked to find that your metabolism changes during and after menopause. What you might find surprising is that the one size fits all diets that you've tried in the past may have actually increased your chances of gaining weight. Learn how to readjust your body's metabolism to accommodate the changes that menopause brings.

Healthy Meals that Keep You Healthy During Menopause


Insomnia, hot flashes, weight gain, and fatigue are just some of the many symptoms women go through when they are dealing with menopause.

For some women, the notion of what to eat can become challenging and confusing because of your body’s drastic changes. Most women don’t realize that certain healthy meals can actually offset your body’s hormonal changes that cause you to gain weight during menopause.

You may be aging, but that doesn’t mean you have to gain another pound. Here are some of the best healthy foods you can eat when it comes to staying healthy and happy during menopause.

Go Fish for Weight Loss…

Fish may not be your most favorite thing on the menu, but certain fish like salmon and trout have shown to decrease your risk of heart disease, and help you lose weight. It is recommended that to maintain a healthy weight, you should at least have two servings of fish as healthy meals per week.

If fish is not your favorite, you still have the option of getting your nutritional needs by taking fish oil supplements. This way you can still stay healthy, and keep your taste buds happy at the same time.

Fish may not be appetizing to you, but it can certainly have an important impact on your health. Not only has fish been shown to prevent heart disease, but it also helps reduce your risk of getting breast cancer.

Get Your Calcium Fix…

Once you start going through menopause, your need for calcium will also increase. Since your body is producing less estrogen, your bones hold less amounts of calcium, so you need to replenish what you lack.

At this point in your life, you need at least 1200mg of calcium per day in order to stay healthy during menopause.

By having a glass of low-fat milk, and eating a cup of non-fat yogurt, you should be getting about 1,100 mg of calcium, which means you only need a little more to make up the difference.

You can make up what you don’t get by taking a calcium supplement to make up the difference.

Make sure when choosing dairy, you choose low-fat products. This way, you can still eat the healthy meals you need, but still get the calcium dose you should have.

Beat the Bloat…

Bloating is one of the major complaints women have when it comes to menopause. Eating healthy can help with this, but determining the right foods can be tricky.

To beat the bloat, you should eat foods that are lower in sodium and carbohydrates but still eat foods that contain whole grains.

Eating heart healthy foods like vegetables and whole grains will help with your bloating during your menopausal time, by giving you the fiber you need to relive your symptoms and to keep you healthy.

Add Some Soy to the Mix…

Before you give into the misconception that soy increases your risk of breast cancer, there is little evidence that has shown this is true. In fact, some foods like tofu, soy nuts, and soy milk actually help reduce hot flashes and give you essential nutrients, without upping your chances of getting breast cancer.

Some soy supplements do encourage growth of estrogen-sensitive tumors, but these are only supplements that contain a very high amount of soy.

Otherwise, soy in combination with healthy meals can help relieve some of your biggest menopausal symptoms.

Find a diet plan that works…

With Dr. Cederquist in your corner, and with meals provided by BistroMD, you can choose a diet that contains healthy meals for your ever-changing menopause metabolism.

With meals that offer the right balance of essential nutrients, BistroMD can help you lose that menopausal weight gain, and keep you healthier and happier in the long run.

To see meals offered by BistroMD to keep you healthy during menopause, click here.

Written By bistroMD Team. Published on November 07, 2012. Updated on January 11, 2013.


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