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10 Best Ways to Get Fit and Shift Weight During the Peri-Menopause

Oct 12, 2018

You might have noticed how it’s much more difficult to lose weight or stay in shape when you’re in your 40s and 50s.

Even though you could easily control your weight with an aerobics class and sensible eating in the past, those old weight loss tricks don’t seem to be working as well anymore. Sadly, you actually seem to be gaining weight, instead of losing it when you try your old tricks.

So what’s going on? How can you stay in shape and control your weight during the peri-menopause and beyond? What new approach do you need to take? Here are my top ten suggestions as to how you can stay in control during the peri-menopause and beyond.

1. Get Moving

If you want to lose weight, stay in shape and maintain your youth, you need to make exercise a part of your life.

Even if you’ve always hated exercise, now is the time to make the effort because it really does work magic. For starters, exercise helps to keep your skin looking youthful, boosts your circulation,...

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Why You’re Never Too Old to Dream

Sep 28, 2018

Is there something that you’ve always wanted to do but you’ve let that dream slip away because life took over?

Like me, you might have dreamed about travelling the world, enjoying a vibrant social life, finally getting fit or losing weight, learning another language or learning to scuba dive, or doing something else to give you that sense of pleasure and excitement and make you feel good on the inside.

But then you got married, or you had kids, or you became ill, or your career became demanding, or you had other commitments that forced you to put your own interests on the backburner.

You didn’t worry too much at the time. You just told yourself that you could do these things once the kids have flown the nest, once you have more time on your hands.

But that hasn’t happened because you don’t feel like your youthful self any more.

It’s been so long since you’ve claimed that ‘me’ time that you don’t entirely recognise the...

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Why You Should Take Daily Action to Prepare You for the Menopause

Sep 14, 2018

Do you ever feel like, the closer you get to the menopause, the worse your body seems to behave?

For example, you used to sleep eight hours per night without waking up to go to the bathroom and suddenly you can’t. Or you always had a great memory and clear head and now you're having to write things down. Perhaps you used to have beautiful clear skin and now you’re having breakouts.

So you say to yourself, “Aargh! I’ve had enough of this!! If I eat better and get more early nights, this will resolve itself,” or something to that effect.

You start really well and make plenty of improvements to your diet and lifestyle.

But after a week or two, you’ve stopped bothering because it didn’t seem to work. You’re still suffering from those annoying symptoms of the peri-menopause.

So what is happening here? Why don’t these changes seem to help your menopause symptoms? What are you doing wrong? And what can you do to fix it?

Why is it so...

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Menopausal Sugar Cravings: What You Need to Know

Aug 31, 2018

Have you noticed your sugar cravings getting even worse as you approach the menopause?

Despite being pretty keen on staying healthy and ageing gracefully, you find yourself reaching for the sweet treats throughout the day.

At times, it feels like these cravings have taken control, and you simply can’t stop thinking about those [insert sweet food] in your kitchen cupboard. It’s as if they’re calling you…

So why are you experiencing these sugar cravings now, at the menopause? And what can you do to overcome them?

Why we crave sugar more during the peri-menopause and menopause

You’re much more likely to find yourself snacking on KitKats and Chelsea buns for elevenses and cracking open that packet of Ginger nuts to get you through your mid-afternoon slump during the menopause because of the changing levels of oestrogen, progesterone, GABA, serotonin and dopamine.

This is because your ‘unstable’ hormone levels have an impact upon an area of your...

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When Should I Be Worried About My PMS?

Aug 17, 2018

Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS is said to affect 95% of us at some point in our reproductive years, right from puberty until the menopause.

You’ll probably be familiar with the most common symptoms such as low energy, a lack of motivation and mild bloating and you might even experience some cramping during your period itself. I know I certainly struggle with my energy levels!

Having said that, you also know when something’s not right.

You know when your menstrual cycle isn’t working in the same way it used too. When you find yourself feeling desperately unhappy, tearful, angry, irritated, extremely fatigued, craving all kinds of sugary foods and suffering from anxiety when your period comes around, you know something isn’t right.

The trouble is, how do you get to the bottom of it?

How do you know what is normal and what isn’t? How do you know when you have cause for concern and should see your doctor?

And most importantly, how can you do something about...

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Why You Need to Boost Your Protein Absorption at the Menopause

Aug 03, 2018

Last week we looked into the importance of maintaining muscle mass during the years of the menopause and beyond, and how this can help you start active, independent and youthful well into your golden years.

[If you haven’t read it already, click here. I’ll wait…]

Now I’ll continue this topic of ageing gracefully by taking a look at the most important nutrient you need if you want to stay as strong, healthy and youthful as you deserve.

It’s protein.

However, it’s not enough to just up your intake and cross your fingers. You also need to make sure you’re absorbing the protein in your diet so your body can use it effectively and you can keep glowing with health.

If you don’t, you could pile on more weight, suffer from insomnia, struggle to find enough energy to make it through the day without your mid-afternoon ‘treats’, and start ageing much faster.

So let’s talk more about protein. We’ll be looking at what...

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Strength and the Menopause: Why It’s Vital to Maintain Muscle as We Age

Jul 27, 2018

It’s extremely important that you take steps to maintain your muscle mass and strength before, during and after the menopause.

Why?

Because after the age of 35, we lose an average of 5% of our muscle mass every ten years in an age-related process known as sarcopenia, and it’s one of the primary side-effects of ageing. Although the process is the same for men, us women have it worse post-menopause.

I’m aware that this might not be news for you, because most of us are pretty clued-up about what happens when we get older, aren’t we? So much so that you might think you don’t need to worry about it at all just yet.

But actually, it’s this process that will have a massive impact upon your health now and well into the future.

If you want to stay youthful, healthy, energetic, confident and independent into your golden years, you NEED to think about maintaining your muscle mass, starting right now.

Why are strength and muscle mass so important when...

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Self Care: 4 Self-Care Tips to Help You Take Care of Your Hormones

Jul 20, 2018

This week I’ve been sharing my favourite self-care tips on Instagram and Facebook with the aim of inspiring you to be kinder to yourself and nurture yourself just a little bit more.

To make sure no one missed these posts, I’ve decided to put them all together into this easy-reference blog that you can come back to whenever you need a quick reminder.

I do all of these things every day and they really help me to keep my energy levels up, keep my hormones in balance and also take care of my mental and physical health.

Which of these self-care practices do you already do? Which could YOU add to your daily routine?

Day 1. Choose fluoride-free toothpaste

The first thing you should do to take care of your hormones is switch to a fluoride-free toothpaste.

Whether you’re peri-menopausal, menopausal or post-menopausal, this simple switch will make a massive difference to your overall hormone balance.

Watch the short video below to find out why.

Day 2: Practice tongue...

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How to Reduce Your Hot Flushes Naturally

Jul 14, 2018

Hot flushes are one of the most common symptoms of the menopause, and most of us will experience them at least once in our lives.

In some ways, they’re also one of the worst.

They don’t just disturb your sleep, disrupt your life and make you feel constantly on edge, wondering when the next hot flush is about to strike.

Hot flushes are also far too public.

You can’t exactly hide them when your cheeks are glowing, your carefully-applied make up is starting to slide off your face and your clothes are getting clammy and uncomfortable.

The summer months or trips abroad can be especially bad when you’re battling these hot flushes because you’re already feeling hot, so those internal temperature fluctuations only make things worse.

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably already looked for a solution to your hot flushes.

You’ve probably tired the usual tricks such as using a fan, drinking cold drinks and spraying your face with cool water....

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Menopause and Food Sensitivities- It’s Not Just Your Changing Hormones

Jul 05, 2018

Food sensitivities often come to rear their nasty heads as you approach the menopause.

Even if you’ve happily eaten a certain food hundreds of times before, these days you only have to look at it and you find yourself struggling with indigestion, bloating, nausea, constipation, itchy skin, headaches, a cough or runny nose, hives, IBS, stomach ache or excess gas.

It can be incredibly uncomfortable, not to mention frustrating.

And if that wasn’t enough, your food intolerance or sensitivity also worsens your hot flushes and leaves you feeling completely and utterly rubbish. It’s not much fun at all.

So let me help you do something about it.

Follow me as I explain why you’re much more likely to suffer with food sensitivities like these during the menopausal years, what the usual food sensitivity triggers are and why these foods trigger a reaction.

Then I’ll share with you a six-step plan that will help you ease those digestive issues, balance your hormones...

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