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How to Take the Fear out of Menopause
01 Oct 2014

How to Take the Fear out of Menopause

This work I do gives me a bird’s eye view of the spectrum of experiences women go through as they move through menopause. Some journey into this strange land and come out the other side completely unscathed. But then there are the women who watch in horror as their perfectly orchestrated lives unravel into puddles of anger, tears and rage. When women begin menopause the...

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What To Do When You Feel Like Caving In
25 Sep 2014

What To Do When You Feel Like Caving In

My client, Sarah, is experiencing something perfectly normal. She’s right.on.the.edge. of stepping into a new, healthy lifestyle. But the shiny newness of the changes she is making is beginning to wear off. Sarah is a successful business coach who wears her merit badge of “busy-ness” proudly. But her body wasn’t feeling the love of all her rushing around and it began to speak to her...

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18 Sep 2014

Why You Can’t Diet and Exercise Past a Hormone Imbalance

One of the most common complaints I hear from clients (and most women in midlife for that matter) is that they can’t lose weight no matter how much they diet and exercise. This is incredibly frustrating! The thing is, it may not have anything to do with what you’re doing or not doing. It may be your hormones. Any and all hormonal imbalances lead to...

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10 Sep 2014

Celebrating Menopause Awareness Month!

September is Menopause Awareness Month. Approximately 6,000 women in the United States enter this sometimes-bewildering transition called menopause each day. I believe it’s essential to provide valuable information and tips on how to manage menopause and maintain overall wellness because knowledge is power and bewilderment is not a fun place to be! Part of my mission is to encourage women to be their own healthcare...

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03 Sep 2014

Why Can’t I Lose Weight??? Part 3: Could it be My Thyroid?

When I talk with women who are experiencing unexpected weight gain, often one of the first questions I am asked is “Could it be my thyroid?” Our thyroid hormones play a huge role in regulating our metabolism and how our bodies use nutrients. And as we age, our thyroids may get more sluggish. Cortisol (which you can read about here and here), can also affect...

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27 Aug 2014

Why Can’t I Lose Weight??? Part 2: 5 Ways to Keep Insulin in Check and Blood Sugar Balanced

In last week’s tip, I covered the importance of managing cortisol when it comes to weight loss in (peri)menopause. This week, we’ll take a look at another hormone that’s also major player when it comes to menopausal weight gain. Insulin. Biochem 101 Insulin is a hormone that’s produced by your pancreas when you eat. It helps break down carbohydrates into glucose. Glucose is used by...

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19 Aug 2014

Why Can’t I Lose Weight??? Step 1: Conquering Cortisol with 3 Simple (But Powerful) Lifestyle Practices

There you are, day after day, barely eating enough to keep a bird alive and exercising like a crazy woman. And yet, the needle on the scale continues to creep up. You wonder what you’re doing wrong. You feel like a stuffed sausage. Your muffin top keeps growing. You’re wired but TIRED. The good news is that you may be doing nothing “wrong”. The bad...

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12 Aug 2014

Menopause Myth-Busting 101: The Top 5 Debunked

Myth #1: Menopause begins at 50 The average age of menopause is 52…but there’s a huge spectrum of experiences out there. Some women sail through with nary a hot flash. But others begin having symptoms like weight gain, irritability, fatigue, anxiety and insomnia in their mid-30’s. And perimenopausal symptoms can last for more than 10 years! That’s why it’s critical to pay attention to your...

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04 Aug 2014

The Difference between Knowing and Doing

I have a lot of really smart clients. They know lots of stuff. Many of them work in healthcare, so they keep up with the latest recommendations about how to stay healthy AND they see the results of not doing these things played out every day by the patients they care for. And even though they know what to do, they come to me…overweight, stressed...

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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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