Perimenopause


Soul-Centered Solutions for Anxiety in Perimenopause and Menopause
13 Nov 2019

Soul-Centered Solutions for Anxiety in Perimenopause and Menopause

In my last 2 blog posts, I’ve covered common root causes of anxiety, as well as, some often overlooked reasons for this problem. You can read these here and here. But what to do about this? Most of the women I work with prefer to avoid taking pharmaceutical medications to relieve their anxiety. Many turn to supplements and while they can provide some relief, I...

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Hidden Causes of Anxiety in Perimenopause and Menopause
06 Nov 2019

Hidden Causes of Anxiety in Perimenopause and Menopause

In last week’s post, I focused on common causes of anxiety in perimenopause and menopause; like, low progesterone and stress. These causes are familiar in perimenopause and menopause. But what about hidden reasons that increase the likelihood of anxiety?   What you may not realize is that nutritional excesses and deficiencies, as well as, genetics can have a significant impact on anxiety.  Symptoms of anxiety...

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The Root Causes of Anxiety in Perimenopause and Menopause
30 Oct 2019

The Root Causes of Anxiety in Perimenopause and Menopause

Show me a woman in perimenopause or menopause and I’ll show you a woman who’s very likely to have anxiety as one of her primary complaints. Many women believe that anxiety is purely related to hormone imbalance and it is true that imbalances in the estrogen/progesterone relationship, elevated cortisol, or hyperthyroidism can have an impact on anxiety.  But that’s not the whole story. Anxiety is...

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Welcome to Menopause Awareness Month
04 Sep 2019

Welcome to Menopause Awareness Month

September is Menopause Awareness Month. I remember when I first wrote about this topic a few years ago. I chuckled to myself and thought, “As if any woman who’s in the thick of it needs to have her awareness raised. Who is this for????” But then I realized there are PLENTY of women who actually do need to have their knowledge up-leveled, so I wrote a...

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Do You Have a Vitamin P Deficiency?
28 Aug 2019

Do You Have a Vitamin P Deficiency?

Perimenopause can be challenging for many women, especially when it comes to weight gain. Meno-middle (weight gain in the abdomen) is one of the most common complaints of perimenopausal women, and most of them have been told that an extra 10–20 pounds is simply a rite of passage at this time of life and they should just accept their “middle-age spread.” This is crap. Unfortunately,...

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4 Ways You May Be Sabotaging Your Weight Loss
21 Aug 2019

4 Ways You May Be Sabotaging Your Weight Loss

Perimenopause and weight gain seem to go hand in hand. It is THE top complaint I get from clients and women I speak with. And the problem is more complex than “calories in, calories out.” It usually starts because of hormone imbalances that show up in your early 40’s (or even earlier for some) but gets compounded by habits that seem like the right thing...

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Is Your Thyroid Causing Weight Gain in Perimenopause?
06 Aug 2019

Is Your Thyroid Causing Weight Gain in Perimenopause?

When I talk with women who are experiencing unexplained weight gain, one of the first questions that comes up is, “Could it be my thyroid?” Thyroid hormones play a huge role in regulating metabolism and how the body uses nutrients. And as we age, the thyroid can get sluggish. Hypothyroidism is sneaky and experts say that undiagnosed thyroid disease is an epidemic, especially among women. Add...

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The Links Between Perimenopause, Cortisol and Weight Gain
31 Jul 2019

The Links Between Perimenopause, Cortisol and Weight Gain

One of THE most frustrating problems that women in perimenopause experience is weight gain. When I review the food journals of clients, many times they’re barely eating enough to keep a bird alive. And they’re exercising like crazy women. And yet, the needle on the scale continues to creep up. It’s so common that I devoted an entire chapter of my book to it! Sound familiar?...

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Supplements for Sleep Support in Perimenopause (and Menopause)
24 Jul 2019

Supplements for Sleep Support in Perimenopause (and Menopause)

If perimenopause is stealing your sleep, it may be tempting to resort to over-the-counter sleep aids (most contain antihistamines) or prescription sleep medications. But these don’t treat the root cause of insomnia and may lead to dependency. Over time, they work less effectively, which means you need higher and higher doses to do the job. As someone who’s been there and done that, I don’t...

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Well rested blonde woman stretching in bed and smiling in bedroom at home
17 Jul 2019

Sleep Hygiene 101: Good Habits for a Good Night’s Sleep

We all know it. A great night’s sleep is vital for both healing and overall wellness. During the night, we restock our supply of hormones, process significant toxins, repair damaged tissue, generate white blood cells for immunity, eliminate the effects of stress, and process heavy emotions.  Unfortunately, we have an epidemic of sleep disorders in midlife – from trouble falling asleep to often-interrupted sleep to...

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