Self Care


30 Jan 2014

How to Breathe your Way to Cool Comfort

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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09 Jan 2014

The #1 Thing You can do to Make 2014 the Best Year Ever

I was talking to a prospective client a couple of weeks ago and she made a comment that’s really stuck with me. I asked her what was motivating her to start taking good care of herself. She replied, “What better gift could I give my family?” And that is so true. When we give ourselves the gift of health (mental and physical), we offer our...

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Are You IN??? (…or just interested?)
05 Dec 2013

Are You IN??? (…or just interested?)

My client, Mandy, is experiencing something perfectly normal. She’s right on the edge of “jumping the canyon” into a healthy lifestyle. But her enthusiasm for the changes she is making has worn off and she’s not quite ready to take the leap from interested to ALL IN. Mandy is a successful coach who wears her merit badge of “busy-ness” proudly and is fully in control of...

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31 Oct 2013

9 Common-Sense Tips for Finding Your Perfect Complementary Medicine Practitioner

Choosing a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) provider requires the same amount of thought and effort as choosing a physician.  After all, this person will be taking care of YOU.  There are a many wonderful practitioners out there…and some not-so-wonderful ones.  The status of CAM credentialing varies greatly from state to state and from one profession to another. For example, some CAM professionals are licensed...

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24 Oct 2013

Developing Osteoporosis? 5 Hints that Whisper “Pay Attention”

Falling estrogen and testosterone levels during perimenopause and menopause contribute greatly to osteopenia (the beginnings of osteoporosis) and osteoporosis. There are many risk factors for osteoporosis which include family history, medications and lifestyle (to name a few). But, how do we know whether our bones are healthy or not? We can’t see them like we can our skin, or listen to them like the heart...

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Could You Pick Your Girls out of a Line-Up?
10 Oct 2013

Could You Pick Your Girls out of a Line-Up?

Breast self-exam (BSE) has been widely promoted as a practice that helps women find breast cancer early—with the idea that finding it early will save lives. There’s just one problem: no study ever has found that BSE reduces breast cancer deaths. That’s why after years of supporting BSE, the American Cancer Society revised its breast cancer screening guidelines in 2003 and now calls BSE “optional”....

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03 Oct 2013

4 Sneaky Ways Your Body may be Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Work

As many women enter perimenopause or approach menopause, they find themselves experiencing unexplained weight gain — especially around the waist and hips — despite their best attempts to diet. And suddenly, the usual weight loss tool box in empty. Weight gain in the abdomen is one of the most common complaints of perimenopausal women. Yet most women have been told that an extra 10–20 pounds...

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12 Sep 2013

The One Asset You Must Add to Your Investment Portfolio (Starting Today)

As women in midlife, we all know that we should be paying attention to our financial future. Hopefully, if we’ve invested wisely, we’ll all be able to retire from our day jobs to pursue the dreams on our bucket lists! But there’s one asset that’s often overlooked when it comes to investing. Health. Think about this. How many of us look at our health as...

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15 Aug 2013

Your Mom was Right! How Breakfast Boosts Your Mojo (and helps you lose weight)

What’s for breakfast today?  A blast of caffeine and a piece of toast?  Chances are you’ll be starving by 10:30! If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, why not give it the time and thought it deserves? Breakfast has been an evolutionary process for me…from nothing at all to cereal every day (with an occasional piece of bacon and some pancakes thrown...

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08 Aug 2013

Menopause Anxiety? Don’t Hit the Panic Button Just Yet.

By Holly Osterman If you were sitting in a room with a group of menopausal women, you’d expect the conversation to turn quickly to hot flashes and mood swings. So you might be surprised at the number of women who point to anxiety as their most challenging symptom. And interestingly, many of these women had never experienced any level of panic or anxiety in their...

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