Tag: Perimenopause


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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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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12 Aug 2014

Menopause Myth-Busting 101: The Top 5 Debunked

Myth #1: Menopause begins at 50 The average age of menopause is 52…but there’s a huge spectrum of experiences out there. Some women sail through with nary a hot flash. But others begin having symptoms like weight gain, irritability, fatigue, anxiety and insomnia in their mid-30’s. And perimenopausal symptoms can last for more than 10 years! That’s why it’s critical to pay attention to your...

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18 Jun 2014

Is It Time to Break Up With Sugar??? (Part 2)

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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11 Jun 2014

Is It Time to Break Up with Sugar??? (Part 1)

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 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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23 Apr 2014

The Power of Progesterone

Let’s talk about progesterone. This magical hormone is keeps the 7 Dwarves of Menopause (Itchy, Bitchy, Bloaty, Sleepy, Sweaty, Forgetful, and Psycho) cool, calm and collected. Progesterone is the hormone that a woman’s ovaries produce in the second half of her menstrual cycle. In the first 14 days of the cycle, estrogen is in charge. Estrogen’s job is to grow the cells of the uterus...

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23 Jan 2014

She’s Sneaky

She’s sneaky. Some days she’s subtle, but other days she plows through your body like a pack of alien invaders. SHE is perimenopause… the mistress of disguise. 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. Maybe you notice that you’re just a little...

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07 Nov 2013

What to do When Perimenopause Steals Your Sleep

Chronic insomnia is one of the most debilitating symptoms of perimenopause for a lot of women (myself included). There’s nothing worse (IMHO) than lying awake staring at the clock while your hormones are having a PAR-TAY! What’s a girl to do??? Lack of sleep makes you cranky…that’s bad enough. But long-term insomnia can lead to other problems obesity, diabetes, hyper-tension, heart disease, depression, and impaired...

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29 Aug 2013

The Power of Progesterone

It’s time to talk about progesterone. This magical hormone is Snow White to the 7 Dwarves of menopause (Itchy, Bitchy, Bloaty, Sleepy, Sweaty, Forgetful and Psycho). She keeps them cool, calm and collected. Despite her role as Best Supporting Actress, she’s probably the most ignored of the bioidentical hormones. So what’s progesterone?  It is the hormone that a woman’s ovaries produce in the second half...

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