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Has Your Body Been Hijacked by Perimenopause?
23 Jun 2015

Has Your Body Been Hijacked by Perimenopause?

If you feel like your once-pleasant personality and your mojo have skipped town together, you’re not alone. The likely explanation is that perimenopause has hijacked them! Signs of perimenopause can start as early as your mid-late 30’s. While you’re in the thick of raising kids (or considering having more), your ovaries may be looking toward retirement. And the signs can be easy to miss. Maybe...

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Your Secret Weapon for Managing the Hormonal Chaos of Perimenopause
16 Jun 2015

Your Secret Weapon for Managing the Hormonal Chaos of Perimenopause

Navigating the waters of perimenopause can feel like being lost at sea in a leaky rowboat some days. Hormonal chaos unleashes symptoms that can be scary (to you and your loved ones), make you feel miserable, and create doubt that you’ll ever feel like yourself again! But there’s a secret weapon that doesn’t get a lot of attention. It’s progesterone. This magical hormone keeps the...

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How to Turn Your Body into a Fat Burning Machine
09 Jun 2015

How to Turn Your Body into a Fat Burning Machine

When women gain weight, their first instinct is to cut calories – often dramatically! This approach can quickly backfire resulting in, at best, no weight loss and, at worst, weight gain. When you combine calorie restriction with intense exercise, the potential for this unwanted result is even higher. A significant calorie deficit will result in weight loss, but often it’s at the expense of your...

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8 Ways to Beat Hot Flashes in the Summer Heat
26 May 2015

8 Ways to Beat Hot Flashes in the Summer Heat

Summer in my part of the country is a drippy mix of 90+% humidity and 90-degree heat. That’s a recipe for disaster when hot flashes already have your body on simmer! Hot flashes are caused by roller coaster estrogen levels. Up down, up down. And that downswing is the switch that turns the heat on! So what’s a girl to do when estrogen swings meet hot...

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5 Ways to Make Peace with Skin Changes in Menopause
12 May 2015

5 Ways to Make Peace with Skin Changes in Menopause

One of my Hormone Harmony Club members recently had a hysterectomy. Within 4 weeks, she was posting questions about how to address the skin changes she was already starting to notice…wrinkles, sagging and dryness. With the exception of puberty, there is no more challenging time for your skin than when you go through menopause (or in this case, instant menopause caused by the hysterectomy). Roller...

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8 Simple Steps to Keep Hormone Party Crashers Out of Your Home
29 Apr 2015

8 Simple Steps to Keep Hormone Party Crashers Out of Your Home

Excess estrogen can cause all kinds of unpleasant symptoms in women…bloating, breast tenderness, mood swings, irritability, insomnia, and crying spells for no reason. Hormone imbalances due to changing levels of estrogen and progesterone are hard enough to deal with…and on top of that we are exposed to hundreds of chemicals that act like estrogen. These chemicals are called xenoestrogens and they lurk in seemingly harmless...

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Infertility, Panic Attacks, and Anxiety, Oh My! How Approval Addiction Made Me Sick
21 Apr 2015

Infertility, Panic Attacks, and Anxiety, Oh My! How Approval Addiction Made Me Sick

By Guest Blogger, Amy Pearson of LiveBrazen.com   Hello my name is Amy and I’m an “approval addict,” recovering with the occasional relapse. Confessions of a Gold Star Chaser I’m a “Performer.” What this means is that for most of my adult life, I’ve been chasing “gold stars” to get other people to approve of me. Not just approve, actually, to adore me. I wanted...

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6 Reasons to Think Before You Drink (Especially if Your Hormones are Wacky)
15 Apr 2015

6 Reasons to Think Before You Drink (Especially if Your Hormones are Wacky)

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and since women are more affected by alcohol than men, 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; fewer enzymes to digest the alcohol; smaller body size; and hormonal differences that may affect absorption. And as we age,...

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Why Angelina Jolie’s Ovaries Are None of Our Business
31 Mar 2015

Why Angelina Jolie’s Ovaries Are None of Our Business

Angelina Jolie is no stranger to controversy. Two years ago, she had a double mastectomy because she carries the BRCA-1 gene that dramatically increases her risk of developing breast cancer. And now she’s making headlines again for having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed for the same reason. As expected, the rush to judge her decision is on. Personally, I think this is none of...

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Is Perimenopause Stealing YOUR Zzzzs?
11 Mar 2015

Is Perimenopause Stealing YOUR Zzzzs?

Lying awake night after night staring at the ceiling? Walking through your days with a nagging headache and brain fog? Wishing you could get a solid 8 hours of sleep so you’d feel like yourself for just ONE day?? I hear you…and feel your pain. Chronic insomnia is one of the most debilitating symptoms of perimenopause for a lot of women (myself included). There’s nothing...

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