Gut Instincts Gone Wrong – Finding your way to a Happier Gut

Gut instinct gone wrong

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Awkward moments

Do you ever have that feeling when you’re walking through a train carriage that at any moment you’re going to either end up on the floor or sat rather awkwardly on the lap of someone unsuspecting as the train lurches its way to your destination?

In my head I say it’s fine, you know how to walk, just take it steady and don’t cock it up, but the other part of my brain goes, jeez this train is bouncing around all over the place, your wheelie case is going to get stuck, where is your seat, why didn’t you get on at a different door, aaaah, this is very unpredictable and I don’t like it!

Bit like midlife generally I think…

Coping with unpredictability

Sometimes we’re like, yep, I’ve got this. In many ways we’re wiser and our lived experience guides the way. But in other ways we’re hit with unpredictability and a body that’s got its own thing going on…

Where’s the mug that says “I’ve absolutely not got this!”?

We want to feel good and lean into the deliciousness of midlife without the insecurities of our 20s, but our body hasn’t got the memo as we plunge from one unpredictable hormone flux to the next…

It’s doing things, changing shape, giving us symptoms that knock us for six. How do we advocate for ourselves and make nourishing choices in a confusing and contradictory health arena?

Gut instincts gone wrong

Pause Power Hours

The whole weight gain conversation is unpacked in the Weight, Waistlines and Hormones pause power hour, worth a watch if you’re done with the ‘you should survive on a lettuce leaf and smile’ type narratives but feel totally confused on how best to eat to support your changing shape.

The Unhappy Middle

How we feel about our middles is often connected to how we feel about the inside of our middle! You know, the bloating, cramping, digestive unhappiness that so many of us either just accept or try in vain to fix.

You’re probably familiar with the gut-brain axis, the highway that takes information to and from these two parts of our body. The digestive system is often referred to as our second brain. It often has a lot to say, whispering its annoyance on the days when we’re stressed or anxious or simply just busy.

Gut health changes in menopause

During menopause our guts shift and change. They’re a hive of activity, uniquely shaped by our lived experience, right from the day we were conceived. By the time we enter into our 40s they’ve had four decades of adapting and changing and trying to keep up with our demands!

Digestive health in perimenopause

You may notice as you go through perimenopause that you have more digestive complaints.

This will be for a number of reasons, for example:

  • Life itself.
  • Changes to your microbiome caused by hormone fluctuations.
  • Increased anxiety and mood alterations caused by perimenopause.
  • Dietary choices catching up with you as we become less resilient to ‘winging it’.
  • Medications you’re taking.
  • Your activity and stress levels.
  • Your medical history.


We can get over these hurdles and feel better but lying in our path is a powerful wellness industry keen for us to keep them afloat.

Gut instincts gone wrong

No solution knows your gut better than you do, but what happens when your gut instincts go wrong? How do you claw your way back to a nourishing diet and lifestyle in which your gut sings the same tune and holds you safe?

Most of the women I see feel like their heads and bodies are two mismatched parts, like a Lego figure manipulated by a devious 5-year-old.

To me, midlife women shouldn’t be fair game to an industry charging you a fortune for tests, products and supplements.

My ethos is to sweep the path of debris and give you a clearer way forward. In the case of your digestive health, my next Pause Power Hour Masterclass is my way of doing that.

Gut instincts gone wrong

Beat the Bloat

This Beat the Bloat Masterclass is designed to help your gut feel happier by giving you clarity on managing your gut health to reduce symptoms and feel better.

We’ll delve deep and unravel the controversies and confusions including:

When is it IBS and when is it not?

If you’re told you have IBS it can feel like a dead end, not a diagnosis.

Often it’s an umbrella term and doesn’t spark a clear management and treatment plan. We’re left to figure it out and our approach becomes scatter gun.

This masterclass will help you go from scatter gun to clear line of fire.

When is it food and when is it not?

In times of change when we feel like we’re losing our grip, controlling what we put in our mouths can give us a sense of relief. It feels proactive and helpful in some way.

But when is it helpful to tweak our diets and when does that just lead to a distorted nutritional intake that makes us feel worse?

This masterclass will give clarity on food and what to change in the context of the other factors that need your attention. You’ve probably googled low fodmap diet and then wanted to cry. Don’t do that.

What do we buy and what is a waste?

Supposed solutions are fighting for our attention. But where do they fit into the picture and are their claims to be believed?

This masterclass will categorise and lay out the options from the supplements arena, so you can navigate decisions on what to invest in, with greater conviction.

To find out more and book your spot head to my Pause Power Hours page.

If you’d like to read more on this subject, take a look at my other blog posts about gut health here:
What does menopause do to the gut?
How can I improve gut health during menopause?
How does menopause affect the gut microbiome?
How does the microbiome affect mood in menopause?

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