Tag: Dr. Anna Garrett


Why You Can’t Diet and Exercise Past a Hormone Imbalance
23 Dec 2015

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. Hormone imbalances lead to difficulty losing weight...

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How to Kick Sugar Cravings
17 Dec 2015

How to Kick Sugar Cravings

Here’s the not-so-sweet truth. We are killings ourselves by consuming truckloads of hidden sugar. Turns out that it’s not fat that’s the bad actor; it’s sugar that’s making us sick and overweight. Sugar is eight times as addictive as cocaine. Being addicted to sugar and flour is not an emotional eating disorder. It’s a biological disorder, driven by hormones and neurotransmitters that fuel sugar and...

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Why Your Hormones Want You to Break Up with Sugar
10 Dec 2015

Why Your Hormones Want You to Break Up with Sugar

Sugar and refined carbohydrates are best known for their effects on weight gain, but these foods are frequently at the root of your worst PMS and menopause symptoms too– especially when it comes to fatigue, cravings, and mood swings. From my own and experience and that of my clients, I know that cutting out sugar can make a tremendous difference in how you feel. Hot...

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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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Dr. Anna’s 7-Step Healthy Holiday Survival Guide
25 Nov 2015

Dr. Anna’s 7-Step Healthy Holiday Survival Guide

Navigating holiday parties or 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 health goals we’re working on. It doesn’t have to be this way! Tweet: The key to a healthy holiday is making conscious choices instead of defaulting to autopilot mode. If you’re ready to have a different...

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Why Can’t I Lose Weight??? Could it be My Thyroid?
19 Nov 2015

Why Can’t I Lose Weight??? Could it be My Thyroid?

When I talk with women who are experiencing unexplained weight gain, one of the first questions that comes up is, “Could it be my thyroid?” Thyroid hormones play a huge role in regulating metabolism and how the body uses nutrients. And as we age, the thyroid can get sluggish. Hypothyroidism is sneaky and experts say that undiagnosed thyroid disease is an epidemic, especially among women....

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Are You Packing on the Pounds Because of Estrogen Dominance?
12 Nov 2015

Are You Packing on the Pounds Because of Estrogen Dominance?

Weight loss in midlife can feel like a constant battle. With the scale doing most of the winning. Hormonal imbalances that begin in perimenopause are often to blame and they can continue long into your post-menopausal years. Have you ever said any of the following? I’m doing everything “right”, but I still can’t lose the weight. I’m just getting old and my metabolism is slow....

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How to Manage Your Risk for Breast Cancer
22 Oct 2015

How to Manage Your Risk for Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is scary business and unfortunately, much of what increases your risk is completely out of your bucket of control. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there are things you can do to minimize the chances that cancer will be a part of your life. Age is the single-most important risk factor for breast cancer. The chances of developing the disease increase...

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The Truth About Estrogen and Breast Cancer Risk
15 Oct 2015

The Truth About Estrogen and Breast Cancer Risk

Almost 15 years after sensationalized studies were published; hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is still getting a bad rap. In 2002, all hell broke loose when the Women’s Health Initiative Study was published. This very large trial was designed to study the possible health benefits of estrogen. Women were given either estrogen alone if they’d had a hysterectomy or a combination of medroxyprogesterone (Provera®) and synthetic...

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Make Friends with Your Girls: It May Save Your Life
08 Oct 2015

Make Friends with Your Girls: It May Save Your Life

Exactly 4 years ago, I walked 60 miles in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day event in Atlanta with my dad (not pictured), my daughters, Caroline and Stephanie, and our friend Shannon, in memory of my mother who died of breast cancer in January of 2011 and in honor of my sister who was diagnosed when she was 40. This walk was the hardest thing I’ve...

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