When I look back now, I realize I was in denial.
I can remember chatting with a friend a couple years ago, and she referred to us as "middle-aged."
“I’m not middle-aged!" I snapped.
She replied, “Um… how old do you think you’re going to live to?...”
Ugh… I felt a knot in my stomach as I grappled with the pain of aging. My first thought? Aging stinks!
I could deny it. And, I could pretend that I was an exception. But the reality was, my body was changing.
And just like a kid throwing a tantrum (always at the wrong places and times), I decided that I was going to fight it.
I felt angry for all the time I wasted.
I was filled with regret for all the things I haven’t done yet.
I ached for all the moments I worried over stupid things. If only I knew then what I do now–– I would have enjoyed myself more!
Well, we all know how well THAT works....
So, while I can’t go back and change...
Can I tell you about the time menopause fatigue almost got the best of me?
A few years ago, I was completely overwhelmed. For most of my life, I was known as the "perky" one, with plenty of positive energy to give to the world. I was a high-powered entrepreneur working in health and wellness, and got into a comfortable rhythm of treating my body right to reap the benefits of having great energy during the day.
However, as soon as I hit perimenopause, everything changed. I kept trying to fake the superwoman demeanor, when really, all I wanted to do was crawl back into bed. Starbucks became my afternoon pick-me-up, whereas before, I never drank a second cup of coffee.
My life started to feel incredibly busy, but not very productive, let alone fulfilled. I felt tired all evening, but when it was time to go to bed, I'd get a burst of energy and couldn’t sleep.
The next morning, after hitting the...
Insomnia's always the worst, but it for many women over 40, it can increase with perimenopause and menopause.
After months of experiencing restless sleep, night sweats, and other symptoms of hormonal imbalance, I dug into the research to free myself from this awful cycle.
Below, you'll find a few lifestyle shifts and magic tricks that have me (and my clients) reclaim our sleep.
You’re tired, so you lay down and go to sleep.
In the middle of the night, for whatever reason (a child, a storm, a dream, a noise, the room temperature), you wake up.
Suddenly, your entire life “To Do List” floods into the forefront of your mind.
Your heartbeat speeds up, you feel hot, uncomfortable, and now you’re WIDE awake.
As soon as that happens, you know: it’s all over.
You can’t sleep, you have a really big day tomorrow, and now you’re going to be exhausted, and then that fearful, awful cycle repeats itself for the next...
Did you know that women are more likely to suffer from stress than men? Although it's something we "manage," it's not something to be taken lightly. Women over 40 should take serious steps to reduce their stress load not just for anti-aging and longevity factors, but also because it's a contributing factor for heart disease— a leading cause of death for women.
Scary— I know. But how many times have you started a sentence with, "Things are just really busy right now?" For many of us, it's our motto! But the truth is, neglecting ourselves for the sake of an endless To Do List is a dangerous practice to get into.
In the 3 Step Guide to Reducing Stress below, I'll walk you through some expert strategies to reduce your stress load and increase your nourishment so you can start living happier and healthier today.
Social media is flooded with moms volunteering at their kid’s school, becoming...
I get it: metabolism is a tricky thing to comprehend. In fact, it took me years (and plenty of mistakes) before I really understood how brilliant our bodies actually are, and how I could best support my metabolism, rather than confuse it.
What is "Metabolism" anyway?
Here's why it's confusing: your metabolism is not "a thing," (like an organ), but rather, a series of processes that, together, break down food and convert it into energy.
Based on many factors, your metabolism either functions optimally, or, it can become quite sluggish, which can lead to weight gain and discomfort.
I’ve broken down the 5 core metabolism mistakes we make in the hopes that YOU can better understand the way your brilliant body works, and harness its power for your benefit.
Mistake #1: Blaming “Genetics”
“I eat healthily and I exercise and I still can’t seem to lose the weight”— is a common frustration...
When choosing the best diet for women over 40, what should you keep in mind?
Did you know that up to 50% of women are on a diet at any given time? By the time we reach our 40's, unhealthy dieting and deprivation patterns can wreak havoc on our metabolism, cause hormonal imbalances, cause weight gain, increase uncomfortable perimenopause and menopause symptoms, and add unnecessary stress to our bodies— which can speed up the aging process.
The good news?
It's never too late to start eating right for your unique body, and there is a best diet for women over 40.
Nourishing your body with the right vitamins, minerals, habits, and attitudes can shift you out of the cycle of depletion, and onto a healthier path where you lose weight quicker, reduce cravings, balance hormones, restore metabolism, and relieve some of the most uncomfortable symptoms of perimenopause and menopause.
To do this, I like to start by reframing the concept of "dieting."