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Jun 2, 2023

Brief summary of episode: 

 Menopause is a period of transition that can affect women in a range of different ways. The way in which we respond to the changes can have a lasting impact on the quality of our health. In today’s episode we discuss how the food we eat can help us to live well through menopause and beyond. 

 Laura is an award-winning Freelance Registered Nutritionist who specialises in nutrition writing, workplace wellness and nutrition communications.   

Laura studied public health and nutrition at the University of Aberdeen.  Now, with over 15-years’ experience working in food innovation and academic research she loves reviewing the scientific evidence and translating it into clear messages.   

Lynn is a registered nutritionist with many years' experience in public health nutrition and recipe analysis.  Having gained many years experience working in various nutrition positions within the UK civil service, she is now works independently, writing, delivering courses and developing recipes. 

 Lynn and Laura have published their new book ‘Eating well for menopause’ and are here to tell us about it.


Bullet points of key topics. 

3.08 Topic #1  The need for a book on eating well for menopause 

Women were coming them with questions about what to shop, cook and eat to help deal with the menopause transition. The pair started out with a selection of digital downloads which then became the book. 

5.48 Topic #2 The core areas covered by the book 

Hot flushes and Sleep issues as these are most common reported issues during menopause and the book covers other topics including hydration and body image. 


20.11 Topic #3 Mediterranean diet as a recommended way of cooking and eating 

What the Med diet is beneficial for - eg Heart, Weight management and Mood.

Beans and pulses and fruits and vegetables, not just fresh but canned and frozen 


26.00 Topic #4  Healthy hydration 

Hydration and how some women may avoid drinking due to bladder issues and what the implications of this may be on health/other symptoms. 


Take home points 

  • Eat more soya and follow a Mediterranean pattern of eating

  • Diversify your plant foods 

  • Hydration – keep well hydrated 



NB: this information does not replace personalised advice from a Health Care Professional 


Further Resources: 


Eating Well for Menopause: Advice and recipes to improve your health and well-being  

By Dr Laura Wyness and Lynn Burns  

Available from online and high street bookstores from June 2023  


Our Let's Talk Food 'Eating Well for Menopause' series of online courses for women: 


Dr Laura Wyness  

Twitter @laura_wyness  

Instagram @drlaurawyness  


Lynn Burns:  

Twitter @LynnBurnsRNutr  

Instagram @lynnburnsnutrition