Women shouldn't be ashamed of this period in life, they should be honoring it.
I’ll never forget when my mum went through menopause. Functional, adaptogenic chocolate wasn't available then as it is now.
She was young, only in her 40s, sitting out on the porch surrounded by five feet of snow, wearing only a tank top and jean skirt. And she was sweating. SWEATING. Fanning herself with the oven mitt.
The hot flashes were absolutely horrific, overwhelming, and constant. She could only get about 4 hours of sleep at night, always waking around 3 am and reading to keep herself distracted.
Menopause has a bad rep because of the uncomfortable symptoms that often accompany it. But this can also be a time of celebration, a transformation that spurs a reconnection to your amazing body. Finding the joy in this time starts with supporting that body with healing foods.
My mum sought out biodynamic hormones, herbs, patches. The search for relief took over her life. And so did the chocolate cravings. OMG. There were oversized chocolate bars all over the house—Kit Kats, Coffee Crisps, Oh Henrys. Oh boy.
My mum passed away a few years ago. I created this bar in her honor.