About Mel Kettle

Mel Kettle

Blogger, speaker, health, wellness and menopause awareness advocate.

Mel KettleI’m currently 46 years old and have been experiencing peri-menopause symptoms for about 18 months. I had my first experience of night sweats when I was 44 and still on the pill. My GP basically told me I was imagining things because I was too young to be going through menopause. When I asked about perimenopause she said the average age of women of menopause for women she saw was 52. And that was about it.

I knew then I would have to find my own answers.

I’m smart. I’m educated. I have a degree in public health, I’m a whizz at research and I love it. I love stats too. Please don’t hate me.

Anyhoo, a few weeks after this less than inspiring visit to my doc I came off the pill, after being mostly on it for 25 years. I gained a quick 10kg in 10 weeks. I was less than thrilled.

I started Just as Juicy to research the weirdness that was starting to take over my body #menopauseClick To Tweet

Since then I’ve had a few other symptoms. OK, maybe more than a few. Dry skin, weird periods (nothing for three months, then twice in a month. When I’m on holiday. Of course.), extra grumpiness (sorry husband!), weird pubic-like sprouty hairs on my chin that seem to appear even faster than I can pluck them, bloating, stiff joints, and the perennial favourite, vaginal dryness. With a bit of vaginal discharge for good measure.

I think I need another glass of wine. But even one glass makes me feel like crap the next day these days.

OK. I’ll stop with the doom and gloom.

The fun things you need to know about me are that I love food, travel, music, books and hanging out with my beloved.

Given that I love to cook, you can expect to see quite a few recipes here. I hope you enjoy them! My food philosophy is to eat fairly simple food that is packed with flavour because it’s fresh and grown as locally as possible.

If you want to know more about me – in a far less TMI way – you can find me on my other websites. The one where I talk about marketing, communication and social media; and the one where I write about food and travel. You can also listen to my podcast if you like. It’s called A Great Recipe for Life.