Thursday, May 01, 2008

resetting the thermostat

I think I've gotten to the point where I need to add more soy to my diet.

Apparently a diet high in soy counteracts some of the effects of aging, most notably that zany fun time known as peri-menopause. Because I am starting to suspect that it somehow sneaked up on me when I wasn't paying attention.

I know most of you are way too young, or way too male, or both, to sit through a post on menopause, but try to think of it as a travelogue of sorts - a journey to a land to which you never particularly cared to travel. And some of you never may, while the rest of you will only go there because your job demands it.

Recently I've been waking up way too hot during the night - which I could handle - my sleep was a little disrupted, but it really wasn't a big deal. In the past few days though, I've been having a couple of episodes of failure to thermoregulate during the waking hours. That's a whole other ball game.

Thus I am going to try to incorporate more soy products into my daily diet. But I could sure use
some suggestions. I do love edamame, but seriously you can only eat so much of that. I quite like tofu, particularly fried in hot chili sauce, but the rest of the family is less than keen. I did buy some soy yogurt the other day, but I am a little afraid to eat it, as the only flavours they had were ones that I don't particularly like even in normal yogurt.

And don't even talk to me about soy milk. That stuff makes me gag. And I have an iron gut normally. It's that greasy mouth feel that I have a problem with.

Has anybody tried toasted soy nuts? I've been looking for them. But I don't really want to buy any soy snack food like soy chips, because I am looking to replace some of my diet, not add to it with snacks. Although I was eyeing up the soy ice cream.

Any suggestions would be met with gratitude, an open mind, and flushed cheeks.

26 comments:

mishl said...

Uh oh, perimenopause. I am there, sister... come sit under this fan with me. :D

I already kinda OD on the soy, but if ingesting it isn't the way you want to go you might want to check out taking a soy isoflavone supplement. All the soy, none of the ack!

I think soy nuts are fun but kinda fiddly to eat... they're small & the skins are WAY more slippery than peanut skins. I like to sprinkle them on salads, kinda like Bacos (which are also soy-based!).

URBAN BLONDE said...

Once again I see we are living parallel lives.

I've been writing a post tonight about this very subject.

Barb we seriously need to meet.


Seriously.

LOL

Stephanie said...

I like soy nuts, num num.

Also - I disagree with your "you can only eat so much edamame".

I lived on edamame while i was student teaching, 9 weeks of almost nothing but edamame... it was fun times, and I never got sick of it

But I'm crazy like that

URBAN BLONDE said...

Barb I forgot to add that Soy hasn't worked for me at all. Although I've never tried soy nuts.

And your post is so much more intelligent than mine, whereas mine is yet another whiney rant. My speciality. HA!

But still very twilight zone. Perhaps it's in our water?

Allison said...

Soy nuts and chips are the best. I love them, and can usually be found at the "bulk barn" type places. Yum.

I used to hate soy milk, but I find chocolate okay and soy yogurt doesn't taste all that different from regular yogurt.

There's always veggie burgers. Your diet will start to parallel mine soon. Go vegetarian. :)

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Soy nuts are okay.

Good luck with the "change." Sparky's was a dream compared to the hell my aunt put us through when she went through it.

mellowlee said...

how about taking Estroven supplements??? Quick and painless!

I love edamame too mmmmm

mellowlee said...

oh, I forgot about soy nuts! those are yummy! I like the chocolate soy milk too. I think it's "so delicious" brand that I tried.

Bubs said...

I'm just starting to read up on menopause for the same reasons I read up on pregnancy 20 years ago. It just seems like I ought to know about it so I can help out when the time comes.

Good luck with the soy products. How much edamame and tofu would you have to consume to make a difference? Because if that were enough, MizBubs is set.

Beth said...

I have yet to sprout any pari-symptoms, but it's not too early to try the soy.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Bacos! The thought of kosher bacon bits sort of blows my mind, Mish. I think I'd stick to the soy nuts. But soy supplements are a good idea, if I find I can't ingest enough of it.
Turn that fan up, I'm coming over.

I must have been receiving your brain waves, Urban, how very odd. But yes, we must meet up; I'd love to buy you a coffee and pick your brain. Feel free to shoot me an email anytime.
And for the record, I love your so-called whiny rants! You rule at them.

Nine weeks of edamame - sounds like the title of an art house film, Stephanie. Now I have a craving for some.

I'd be fired from my highly exalted position as top chef at le mason de zombie if I went all veggie, Al. Come to think of it, that may not be a bad thing.
Thanks for the tip about looking for soy nuts in the bulk bins. I still don't think I can do the soy milk though (I've tried the chocolate).

I'm hoping not to turn into a raving screaming sweaty zombie, Dr M. I've hiked up my exercise regimen to counterbalance things. Glad to hear Sparky's went well.

I was tricked by chocolate soy milk, Mel. The first few mouthfuls were fine, but then started tasting ooky and I ended up with a gut ache.I don't think I need estrogen (yet), but you never know.

The literature I saw talked about a cup of soy per day, Bubs, which is certainly not excessive. And I am sure that MizBubs is going to breeze through it, not only because of her soy ingestion, but also because she has such a supportive bubs.

You're right, Beth. And it's something I had been considering anyway. I figure if you are virtuous in that area, you can have an extra glass or two of wine.

dguzman said...

I'm wondering when this will happen to me. I'm 43 now, turning 44 in Sept. Should I be worried? I have night sweats a lot, and I do sometimes feel too hot and kick the covers off, but that's rare.

As a vegetarian, I eat tofu a lot. I bake slices covered with different seasonings, and have it with Uncle Ben's rice. I also looooove edamame; I don't know if I could ever get tired of eating it! I also do the veggie/vegan burgers (Morninstar Farms brand; Boca uses some GMO ingredients). Might as well go vegetarian! Oh, and SmartDogs are good.

I tried the little nuts; they were kinda hard for my taste.

justacoolcat said...

I advise you to buy vegetarian food made by Morningstar Farms. It's amazing, tastes like meat, and it pure soy goodness.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You're a baby still, Dguzman! I've got years and years on you. Although I guess everybody has a different schedule.
Thanks for the tofu tips! I had some with peanut sauce the other day and 'twas grand. And I'm going to give soy ice cream a try this weekend.

Another vote for Morningstar Farms, it must be good stuff, JustA. I am starting to get hungry now - think I'll go get a big rare veggie steak. yum yum.

Gifted Typist said...

I've got Bonopause - hot flashes at the sight of the U2 lead.

mellowlee said...

I think EstroVen, is a soy based suplement....but I'm not 100% on that. I will email you the link if I can find it k

Barbara Bruederlin said...

hahahaha those music boys will do that to a hot-blooded girl, won't they, Gifted? I guess I get Thomopause (aka Twitchy flashes).

Thanks for the link, Mel. I was jumping to conclusions there. Soy-based they are!

Johnny Yen said...

Trader Joe's has a product-- a line of soy chips.

I also use tofu; my son loves it too.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm trying to avoid the snack food route, Johnny Yen, but I did discover some really good soy ice cream yesterday.

Toccata said...

I don't mind soy ice cream. But what I really enjoy is tofu stuffed pasta. I kind of think if you had tofu in your pasta your family members wouldn't even notice. That quite frankly is how I was "tricked" into liking tofu in the first place. Oh, I just thought of something. You have to come to Victoria. We have a vegan Chinese restaurant that makes amazing tofu "chicken" balls and all sorts of delightful tofu stuff. I'm off to check a recipe book for you will be back.

Toccata said...

Do you have a slow cooker? If so let me know and I will send you a couple of recipes I have.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I don't have a slow cooker, Toccata, but I am sorely tempted to take you up on your offer to come to Victoria to go to that restaurant!
I just remembered my sister gave me a Hot Flash cookbook a few years ago.
And weirdly the flashes stopped after I posted that post.

Moxie said...

Catching up on my blog reading and saw this. I am a fan of Tofurkey Italian Sausage - it is excellent when sauteed with peppers and onions and served over jasmine rice. Sometimes if I'm feeling fancy I add sliced mushrooms, garlic and basalmic vinegar to the sausage, peppers & onions.

The Tofutti company makes some amazing soy ice cream (Better Pecan is excellent) and soy cream cheese - both taste much creamier and richer to me than the real stuff.

Good luck in your peri-menopause management. While I look forward to being period-free and no longer worrying about pregnancy, the process of menopause sounds rather tiresome.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Mmmm, that sounds delicious, Moxie, thanks! And I'll look for that brand of soy ice cream. I did try one that I really enjoyed, but they only had two flavours. Cannot go wrong with butter pecan!

~Jen~ said...

check out some wild yam capsules too!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

What? Wild yam capsules, Jen? How about if I just eat some tame yams, would that work, do you think?