Julia’s Journey to Wellness: Post-Menopause Success with a High Protein Diet

Julia’s three-year success story is not just a tale of weight loss; it’s a testament to the power of perseverance and a high-protein diet in the face of menopause.

In a world where maintaining weight loss can be more challenging than shedding those extra pounds, Julia’s story stands out as an inspiration.

Join us on this incredible journey of health and satiety, where we unravel the secrets behind her success and discover how she harnessed the science of nutrition to conquer cravings and embrace a thriving lifestyle.

Julia’s transformation over three years is a beacon of hope, guiding us through the maze of health and nutrition.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from her remarkable experience and uncover the keys to lasting well-being.

What’s Your Why?

At age 72, my “why” is to reduce my risk of chronic diseases (see BMI for Health & Longevity and How to Achieve It).  Marty’s programs and information make that easier. 

My deep dive into health and nutrition started in 2006 after treatment for breast cancer.  Today, I’m motivated to remain healthy to minimise my risk of recurrence. 

What Surprised You? 

At my heaviest, I was 225 lbs.  After a few years of being near vegetarian, I read Taubes’ Good Calories, Bad Calories and then The New Atkins for a New You and switched to a very low-carb diet in 2010.  Back then, I was super active on the low-carb forums, learning everything I could and helping others on their journey.

Slashing my carbs helped me lose weight, but I stalled out at 188 lbs.  But with Data-Driven Fasting — which uses your glucose to guide when you eat — and the Macros Masterclass — which showed me the importance of prioritising protein to boost satiety — I was able to reach my goal of 150 lbs in 12 months. 

The most surprising long-term result for me has been that my weight has easily stayed around the 150-155 range, a 22 BMI, a weight not seen since the 1980s.  When you focus on nourishing your body, it’s not a constant struggle to maintain a healthy weight like previous low-calorie or very low-carb diets were. 

In the Macros Masterclass and Micros Masterclass, we create a personalised list of 30 foods and meals optimised for satiety and nutrient density.  I found I was not getting enough calcium — which is a critical satiety factor — and a range of other vitamins and minerals. 

I now eat a dairy-based snack/meal and a large salad or stir fry with higher protein and optimal micronutrients daily to ensure I give my body what it needs.  Every day I strive to nourish my body to proactively manage my appetite and hunger. 

Prioritising Protein

The Optimising Nutrition classes include advice to start the day with healthy protein and micronutrients appropriate to your diet.  This has been immensely helpful in both my weight loss and maintenance phases. 

I continue to eat a lower-carb diet but made permanent habit changes to include more nutritious foods.  I no longer fear that nutritious foods that contain happen to contain some carbs will make me fat.  This has enabled me to dial back the dietary fat and achieve a more balanced diet at the micronutrient level

The Optimising Nutrition resources make it simple to find high satiety per calorie foods with graphic food lists or one of their 1400+ NutriBooster recipes.  

I now enjoy feasting around holidays without guilt.  I know how to get back on track easily.

Hunger Training  

Training your hunger” was the most powerful aspect of the DDF program for me.

I found, for me, the ideal ‘eating’ window is around eight hours, eating two nutrient-dense meals and a snack.  

Using my glucose meter as a fuel gauge is still useful occasionally, but after three years, I know when I am truly hungry.  In the past, arbitrary advice to do extended fasts, fast for longer or only eat once a day would have left me short of protein and other nutrients critical for bone health and satiety, not to mention overeating due to the extreme hunger it would lead to later. 

I think this is why many women in my position stall out with very low-carb, keto or extended fasting — they’re just not getting enough protein to maintain their lean mass.   The body increases your appetite for protein, but when they eat, they eat more than they need because they’re not prioritising adequate protein (see Menopausal Weight Gain: The Problem and Solution Explained). 

Foods Lists

In the past few months, Optimising Nutrition has simplified its lists of satiating foods using attractive graphics ranking the best higher satiety, nutrient-dense food choices.   

Fortunately, Marty Kendall worked through all the complex algorithms and multivariate analysis for us, enabling us to benefit from “the minimum effective dose of actionable data” and a price way to get the nutrients our body is craving. 

Optimising Nutrition Community

The Optimising Nutrition Community moved to a private network last year.  Away from the noise of Facebook or Twitter, this community attracts a smart international audience interested in nutrition.  

Members are not wedded to one diet with a name or belief system, and we share respectful discussions about health.  Marty, Alex, and the whole community have my thanks for creating a welcoming space and programs that work for weight loss, blood glucose control and nutrient optimisation over the long haul. 

The Optimising Nutrition Community is a supportive, nurturing environment I love participating in.  Helping the newbies start their journey brings me so much joy and helps me stay focused on maintaining my health. 

If you’d like to join Julia in our Optimising Nutrition community, we’ve set up a welcome checklist to help you navigate all the free resources and courses you can join here.  See you on the other side.


5 thoughts on “Julia’s Journey to Wellness: Post-Menopause Success with a High Protein Diet”

    • If you want to reduce body fat, it can be helpful to dial back dialing back fat to dial up protein %. Many people find using egg whites with one whole egg gives them all the nutrients they need (e.g. choline, A, biotin) without the excess energy from the yolk. My dog loves egg yolks when I have boiled eggs as a snack.

  1. Hi there

    Sorry if i am missing it…

    But im keen to sign up, inspired by menopause success.

    How do the master classes work with time zones. Im in New Zealand.

    • The Masterclass starts Saturday (in your time zone).

      The daily lessons are released 5am Brisbane time each day, which is about 7am in NZ.

      Live Q&As are 6am Sundays Brisbane time, which is 9am NZ time. The Live Q&As are recorded if you can’t make it.

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