Weight Management


6 Reasons Why Alcohol Affects Hormone Balance
10 Apr 2019

6 Reasons Why Alcohol Affects Hormone Balance

For many perimenopausal women, wine is the go-to management strategy to take the edge off negative symptoms (or people). April is Alcohol Awareness Month and since women’s bodies are affected differently by alcohol than men’s, it’s important to shine a light on this topic. Women metabolize alcohol differently than men for several reasons. These include having less water in our bodies to dilute the alcohol;...

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7 Hidden Sources of Stress that May Sabotage Hormone Balance
15 Jan 2019

7 Hidden Sources of Stress that May Sabotage Hormone Balance

We’re all familiar with the usual suspects that cause us stress. Work, money, and family relationships usually top the list. Stress is a huge problem for women whose hormones are out of balance because the cortisol that is released in a stressful situation worsens all of the imbalances. Your body requires cortisol to live so it preferentially uses hormone precursors like pregnenolone to make it;...

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How Vitamin P Deficiency Sabotages Weight Loss
17 May 2017

How Vitamin P Deficiency Sabotages Weight Loss

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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Is the Scale Weighing Down Your Sex Life?
03 May 2017

Is the Scale Weighing Down Your Sex Life?

I’m finishing up my work with my first Fit, Fabulous and Fierce over 40 group soon. These ladies have done some heroic work around their weight and letting go of things and thoughts that no longer serve them. One of the participants, Kim, and her husband have been married for 25 years. She’s gained about 20 lbs over the last few years and hasn’t been able...

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Why Blood Sugar Balance Matters if Weight Loss is Your Goal
03 Dec 2015

Why Blood Sugar Balance Matters if Weight Loss is Your Goal

Many midlife weight problems can be tied directly to insulin resistance. This imbalance is underappreciated as a player in midlife weight gain, but understanding it is critical for weight management and preventing chronic diseases such as diabetes. 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 your cells for...

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8 Ways to Banish the Mindless Munchies
02 Dec 2014

8 Ways to Banish the Mindless Munchies

Have you ever finished a candy bar and wished you had just one more bite? Are you surprised when your hand hits the bottom of the popcorn bucket at the movies? Do you ever feel completely stuffed and miserable after you eat (hello Thanksgiving)? These are all symptoms of mindless or unconscious eating. In the land of “holiday crazy-busy”, we’re grabbing meals while we’re shopping,...

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Cookies and Candy and Pie, Oh My! Dr. Anna’s 9-Step Healthy Holiday Survival Guide
19 Nov 2014

Cookies and Candy and Pie, Oh My! Dr. Anna’s 9-Step Healthy Holiday Survival Guide

Navigating holiday parties and the Christmas cookie dumping ground in the office break room can feel like walking through a minefield for those of us who have some serious wellness goals we’re working on. It doesn’t have to be this way! The key to success lies in being conscious of your decisions at every moment and asking yourself if your choices align with whatever you...

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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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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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