Sherry’s Don’t Pause for Menopause Journey

Sherry’s Don’t Pause for Menopause Journey

Tell us about your experiences with the Don’t Pause For Menopause Programme

Since starting the programme, I feel lighter, fitter, more aware and enlightened about my health. I sleep better and have formed a routine in terms of exercising/activity, eating and sleeping since starting the programme. All these are steps in the right direction hence feel positive and confident that will achieve my health goals.

Mainly I have seen improvement in bloatedness, acid reflux, heavy headedness, fatigue, disruptive sleep at night and hair loss. My craving for sugar is gradually decreasing.

What are you enjoying most about the programme?

Overall I am thoroughly enjoying the programme, excellent support of extremely efficient Meera and her team, the different exercise sessions, particularly enjoying exercising with Meera as she pushes me that one step further every time without compromising on technique, variety of food and the support of an amazing group of women on the programme. It is so refreshing to be able to share my lifestyle experiences without judgements. This programme has reintroduced me to my healthy self by helping me to form a good exercising and diet routine.

Overall knowledge on nutrition so far has been an eye opener. It has taught me to eat in awareness rather than for the sake of it, the importance of eating green and a variety of vegetables and salad and portion control without compromising on foods that I enjoy. I am fascinated by how much veg and salad can be packed in our diets everyday. Another big learning for me has been cooking with or with very little oil, salt and overload of spices, and to actually appreciate the real taste and flavours of the food/dish. As for Meera, she is a passionate, professional, thorough, supportive, no nonsense person and her time management skills are phenomenal.

Tell us about your experiences with the Don’t Pause for Menopause programme

A client of mine walked into my salon and she was glowing, she’d lost so much weight and just looked fabulous and healthy. I asked her what she had been doing and she told me about the programme. I got in touch with Meera who talked me through the course and listened to me carefully, so I thought, I’m going to give it a go!

Compared to my previous programmes, The DPFM programme has taught me all about my choices, food combinations and that consistent, tailored exercise can work wonders.

The group of women that you meet are so helpful in that we are a community that can share these experiences without judgement – things that seem abnormal to the world are normal and accepted in our group. Plus, everyone’s bodies are different and it really helps to unite and come together to talk about it and work through the ‘how’.

I’ve found that the world is now more accepting, conversations are becoming normalised on social media – I no longer need to hide the sanitary towel under my top going to the bathroom…! Meera and the team of experts have really helped normalise the menopause experience and shown me it’s not just a phase to ‘recover’ from; like with everything in life, whether that be positive or negative, we as women need to learn how to manage the menopause and adapt to these changes. Meera takes the fear and uncertainty out of the menopause and I’ve really learned to enjoy life, embrace these changes and it’s made such a wonderful difference to my health and happiness!

I was eating the ‘right things’, but I was feeling sick, bloated, gassy – always having to excuse myself! The course, by week 3, really taught me what foods work for ME. I don’t have a flat stomach, but it’s no longer bloated, it feels like it’s gone ‘in’!

What would you say to others?

Don’t feel like the programme is going to make you limit food options or make food ‘boring’. It’s creative, you can mix things up, Meera gives you everyday choices and options and it works with my own food preferences. I’m still eating what I want to.

You can go out, you can choose a range of options and you’ll just be more aware of your choices – it doesn’t take food options away, it just enables more balance and informed choices, which help you feel good. There is no point feeling guilty before a meal or miserable after a meal, so the programme has really helped me manage these feelings.