Tag: Dr. Anna Garrett


Why Making Friends with Your Girls May Save Your Life
16 Oct 2014

Why Making Friends with Your Girls May Save Your Life

Breast self-exam (BSE) is widely promoted as a practice that helps women find breast cancer early. The idea is 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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7 Ways to Manage Breast Tenderness in Perimenopause
08 Oct 2014

7 Ways to Manage Breast Tenderness in Perimenopause

For many women, one of the more annoying symptoms that come along with perimenopause is sore, tender, enlarged breasts. This is generally a sign of estrogen dominance. This imbalance sets up shop as ovulation becomes more and more irregular, resulting in low levels of progesterone. When progesterone isn’t on board to balance out estrogen, breasts can get bigger, swollen and very sore. If your breasts...

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How to Take the Fear out of Menopause
01 Oct 2014

How to Take the Fear out of Menopause

This work I do gives me a bird’s eye view of the spectrum of experiences women go through as they move through menopause. Some journey into this strange land and come out the other side completely unscathed. But then there are the women who watch in horror as their perfectly orchestrated lives unravel into puddles of anger, tears and rage. When women begin menopause the...

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What To Do When You Feel Like Caving In
25 Sep 2014

What To Do When You Feel Like Caving In

My client, Sarah, is experiencing something perfectly normal. She’s right.on.the.edge. of stepping into a new, healthy lifestyle. But the shiny newness of the changes she is making is beginning to wear off. Sarah is a successful business coach who wears her merit badge of “busy-ness” proudly. But her body wasn’t feeling the love of all her rushing around and it began to speak to her...

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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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10 Sep 2014

Celebrating Menopause Awareness Month!

September is Menopause Awareness Month. Approximately 6,000 women in the United States enter this sometimes-bewildering transition called menopause each day. I believe it’s essential to provide valuable information and tips on how to manage menopause and maintain overall wellness because knowledge is power and bewilderment is not a fun place to be! Part of my mission is to encourage women to be their own healthcare...

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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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19 Aug 2014

Why Can’t I Lose Weight??? Step 1: Conquering Cortisol with 3 Simple (But Powerful) Lifestyle Practices

There you are, day after day, barely eating enough to keep a bird alive and exercising like a crazy woman. And yet, the needle on the scale continues to creep up. You wonder what you’re doing wrong. You feel like a stuffed sausage. Your muffin top keeps growing. You’re wired but TIRED. The good news is that you may be doing nothing “wrong”. The bad...

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04 Aug 2014

The Difference between Knowing and Doing

I have a lot of really smart clients. They know lots of stuff. Many of them work in healthcare, so they keep up with the latest recommendations about how to stay healthy AND they see the results of not doing these things played out every day by the patients they care for. And even though they know what to do, they come to me…overweight, stressed...

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