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When Perimenopause Meets Middle School: A Survival Guide
23 Jun 2016

When Perimenopause Meets Middle School: A Survival Guide

My client, Lisa, is in a tailspin. She’s just entering the throes of perimenopause. Sleepless nights, hideous mood swings, crying jags at odd times and crushing fatigue are making her life hell. And to top it all off, there’s her once-darling 7th-grade daughter, Meredith. Meredith is a ticking time bomb most days. She’s prone to go off about anything and nothing on a moment’s notice....

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7 Ways to Break Free from Midlife Mindset Muck
09 Jun 2016

7 Ways to Break Free from Midlife Mindset Muck

“The biggest problem I’ve had since menopause is lack of passion/interest/direction in my life.” “I feel frozen somehow.” “ I seem to have lost myself.” “ I don’t know what’s normal and what’s not. I focus on every little thing about my body.” These are common comments I hear from my clients and the ladies in the Hormone Harmony Club. It’s almost as if their...

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The #1 Mistake Women Make When it Comes to Weight Loss
02 Jun 2016

The #1 Mistake Women Make When it Comes to Weight Loss

One of the biggest mistakes women make when they start to gain weight is to cut calories. Often dramatically! Unfortunately, this approach can quickly backfire. Significantly cutting calories will result in weight loss in the short-term, 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...

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Beyond Calcium and D3: The Role of Vitamin K2 for Bone Health
26 May 2016

Beyond Calcium and D3: The Role of Vitamin K2 for Bone Health

Millions of women take calcium supplements to maintain healthy bone and prevent osteoporosis and osteopenia. Yet few of us realize that creating the best bone health involves more than taking a single mineral supplement. Recent research has shown that vitamin K2 is an important addition to make sure that calcium goes to bone and is not deposited in blood vessels. Why Vitamin K is Essential...

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5 Signs That You May Have Osteoporosis
19 May 2016

5 Signs That You May Have Osteoporosis

Falling estrogen and testosterone levels during perimenopause and menopause can speed up bone loss dramatically. This contributes to osteopenia (the beginnings of osteoporosis) and osteoporosis (thin, porous bones). There are many risk factors for osteoporosis which include family history, medications and lifestyle. But, how do we know whether our bones are healthy or not? We can’t see them like we can see our skin, or...

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Help! Why Are My Periods So Irregular?
12 May 2016

Help! Why Are My Periods So Irregular?

One of the most common questions I’m asked in the Hormone Harmony Club is “what is going on with my period!?” These women are experiencing flooding, clots, short cycles, abnormally long periods, cramping and symptoms that are alarming, and in some case, life-altering. Irregular periods are often one of the first signs that a woman is entering perimenopause. The exact symptoms of irregular periods vary depending on...

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How to Keep the 7 Dwarves of Menopause Under Control
05 May 2016

How to Keep the 7 Dwarves of Menopause Under Control

Let’s talk about progesterone. This is the magic potion that keeps the 7 Dwarves of Menopause (Itchy, Bitchy, Bloaty, Sleepy, Sweaty, Forgetful, and Psycho) and YOU cool, calm and collected. Progesterone is the hormone that is primarily produced in the second half of your menstrual cycle. In the first 14 days of the cycle, estrogen is in charge. Estrogen’s job is to grow the cells of the...

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What Keith Urban and a Pull Up Have in Common
28 Apr 2016

What Keith Urban and a Pull Up Have in Common

It would have been easier to stay in the basement and hope that he’d show up. But, there was just one problem. It was Idol finale night and the chances that Keith Urban would come to the bowels of the Dolby Theatre where I was hanging out were less than zero. And I was on a mission. Here’s the story. I’m an American Idol fan....

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Three Ways to Get Back Your Health and Energize Your Life
21 Apr 2016

Three Ways to Get Back Your Health and Energize Your Life

Living in a 24/7 world of “busyness” creates a roller-coaster ride of highs and lows that your body perceives as stressful. This can leave you with one of your fight-or-flight hormones, cortisol, running the show, putting your health and your business or career at risk. When this happens, you’ve essentially hired cortisol as your C.O.O. And cortisol is not world-renowned for making good decisions! If health and stress management...

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How to Banish Meno-Middle with 3 Simple Steps
14 Apr 2016

How to Banish Meno-Middle with 3 Simple Steps

Do you feel like you’re barely eating enough to keep a bird alive? Tired of marathon sessions on the elliptical trainer only to see the numbers on the scale climbing? You wonder what you’re doing wrong. And your meno-middle (AKA muffin top)  keeps growing. The good news is that YOU may be doing nothing “wrong”. The bad news is that your cortisol may have climbed...

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