A simple strategy is through dietary intervention. Simple dietary shifts can make huge changes to symptom experience, plus they are easy to implement.One massive influence during menopause is the impact of cortisol and stress on the body. Two things happen here – mood fluctuations can increase stress, and hormonal maintenance can add pressure to the adrenal glands that are responsible for managing cortisol.A simple way to settle the body’s stress response via diet is to ensure regular mealtimes. For most women, this looks like a well-rounded breakfast, lunch and dinner with two modest snacks. Ensuring caloric needs at main mealtimes builds trust and stability to the metabolism and stress response.Making sure you have a balanced and diverse nutritional intake is important here too. As for most times in our life, having a varied diet high in micronutrients found in fruits, vegetables, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates with a treat here or there is best. Aim for foods that are nutrient-dense help to provide an easy balance.Specific compounds and nutrients that are particularly helpful during this time are:Phytoestrogens: These assist in oestrogen harmonisation. These include alfalfa sprouts, chickpeas, flaxseeds, hazelnut, peas, raisins and whole soy products.Magnesium: This assists with stress and can be found in almonds, cashews, chocolate, eggs, figs, green leafy vegetables, molasses, soy products and wholegrains.Any times of stress within a person’s life can highlight food intolerances. These may be foods that are well tolerated on holidays or times of peace but can switch when times are tough. This is due to overall vitality and load on the system. To assist digestion during this time, it can help to remove any foods that are feeling difficult and try them again at a later date.Menopause can also represent a shift in metabolic needs. Often the metabolism slows with age and with the extra hormonal load at this time this can compound. Having a personal assessment to determine energy requirements and some counsel to meet these can be very helpful.And remember, general nutritional articles are for educational purposes only. It is best to check in with your health care provider and see which elements would be most relevant. Dietary advice can also be discussed at Endeavour Wellness clinics with final year Nutritional and Naturopathic students.As with any time of change it can feel assuring to take back some element of control. Food is an area which offers us great flexibility and personal tailoring and can help immensely during this initiation.ReferencesOsiecki, H. (9th Edition). The Nutrient Bible-9TH Edition. AG Publishing.Trickey, R. (2003). Women, Hormones & The Menstrual Cycle. Allen & Unwin.Interested in Natural Health? Aspire to be the best version of yourself. Find out more about our Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) or our Natural Health short courses.