29 Jul 2014

Frazzled by Hot Flashes? Take a Deep Breath…

I get asked lots of questions about what works to help with hot flashes. The truth is, the data is sparse and inconsistent. A whole lot of things have been tried (herbs, antidepressants, acupuncture) with varying degrees of success depending on the study design. However, one technique called “paced respiration” has been shown to reduce the severity of hot flashes by 44%! No hormones; no...

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21 Jul 2014

6 Healthy Reasons to Pull the Plug on Your iStuff

Has your cell phone become an appendage? iPad your new bedmate? Is Facebook your new best friend? If you answered yes to any of these, it may be time to ditch the Droid for a long weekend (or more). Taking some time to enjoy life unattached to a gizmo could be more important to your overall health than you realize. Here’s why. Overusing technology is...

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11 Jul 2014

Are You Eating Enough?

When women gain weight, their first instinct is to cut calories. Often dramatically! This approach can quickly backfire. A significant calorie deficit will result in weight loss, but often it’s at the expense of your muscle mass and metabolism. If you skimp on protein, you lose muscle mass. If you skimp on good carbs, you can lose both body fat and muscle. If you skimp...

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02 Jul 2014

Is It Hot in Here or Is It Just Me? 7 Ways to Manage Midsummer Hot Flashes

If hot flashes have your body on simmer 24/7, summer brings big challenges! Where I live, we regularly have a drippy mix of 90+% humidity and 90-degree heat. And that’s not a great combo for us hormonally-challenged gals! Hot flashes are caused by roller coaster estrogen levels. Up down, up down. And that sudden downswing is the switch that turns the heat on! So what’s...

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25 Jun 2014

Does Menopause Misery EVER End???

So. You’ve officially entered menopause. (That’s a year after your last period, in case you’re unsure.) But Nancy Night-Sweat and her obnoxious sisters haven’t gotten the message. The fun is raging on long after the date has come and gone. What’s up with that?? The ability to cruise through menopause without a hitch relates in largely to your balance of estrogen and progesterone. If the...

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18 Jun 2014

Is It Time to Break Up With Sugar??? (Part 2)

Here’s the not-so-sweet truth. We are killings ourselves by consuming truckloads of hidden sugar. Turns out that it’s not fat that’s the bad actor; it’s sugar that’s making us sick and overweight. Sugar is eight times as addictive as cocaine. Being addicted to sugar and flour is not an emotional eating disorder. It’s a biological disorder, driven by hormones and neurotransmitters that fuel sugar and...

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11 Jun 2014

Is It Time to Break Up with Sugar??? (Part 1)

Sugar and refined carbohydrates are best known for their effects on weight gain, but these foods are frequently at the root of your worst PMS and menopause symptoms too – especially when it comes to fatigue, cravings, and mood swings. From my own experience and that of my clients, I know that cutting out sugar can make a tremendous difference in how you feel. Hot...

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27 May 2014

3 Easy Ways to Tame Temptation and Avoid Unhealthy Travel Trip-Ups

Your body is the baggage you must carry through life. The more excess the baggage, the shorter the trip. -Arnold H. Glasgow Picture this. You’re making some excellent, healthy choices using your very best thinking. You’re feeling stronger, healthier and you are totally on the right track. You’re super-proud of yourself! Then it’s time for your vacation. You have visions of fruity drinks, palm trees...

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27 May 2014

How to Create Your Best Day Ever…Every Day

Ever feel like your life is a great-big ping-pong match (and you’re the ball)? You know what I’m talking about…living in reactive mode 24/7 just trying to keep the ball in play. It’s exhausting! I get it. Believe me. If you’d rather create your life instead of reacting, you need to be clear on one thing. How you want to feel every day. I didn’t...

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21 May 2014

Do You and Your Teenage Son Have This in Common?

Seriously, it’s not enough that women have to endure hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and crashing fatigue during perimenopause? Or that we develop meno-middle…that lovely spare tire grows out of nowhere? But man-hair??? Can it be possible that you AND your 15-year-old son are sporting the beginnings of a mustache??? Ugh. While most of us expect a few hot flashes, night sweats and mood...

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