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You Want Relief from Your Menopause Symptoms But It’s So Confusing. Here’s What You Should Do

Aug 12, 2019

When you’re struggling with your menopause symptoms, it can be incredibly hard to know where to turn for reliable advice.

Different websites often provide conflicting information, it often feels like you need to sacrifice all those pleasures in life and it’s all so confusing and overwhelming.

One source might tell you that HRT is the best solution, whereas another suggests bioidentical hormones and yet another tells you that they’re all a terrible idea.

One might offer you antidepressants, blood pressure medication or even put you on the pill. Others tell you to exercise regularly, avoid spicy food, caffeine and alcohol, quit smoking, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, practice yoga and Tai Chi, boost your calcium intake, and even consider taking one of the many supplements or herbs that are available...

Phew! No wonder we’re confused. There are too many choices and it feels overwhelming, right?

But you know me. I like to be frank, honest and give you...

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#24: How to Improve Your Memory with Jordan Harry [PODCAST]

Jul 26, 2019

We’re constantly getting told that our memory will start to decline as we get older and that, like our parents and grandparents, we could find ourselves in the grip of age-related memory loss, dementia and even Alzheimer’s Disease.

But this needn’t be the case.

You can strengthen your brain powers, improve your memory and ever forget a name again no matter what your age or current memory skills.

This week’s podcast guest, international public speaker and memory expert Jordan Harry is here to tell you how.

Listen in as he shares his own struggles with learning as a child, and shows us many many tricks that can help you do everything from learn a foreign language, learn more effectively, retain information more easily and even sleep better.

Listen to this episode to find out…

  • Why it’s so important to get great quality sleep and how you can sleep better.
  • The surprising and unsurprising reasons why we forget so many things.
  • Why imagination +...
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7 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Stress Levels and Rebalance Your Hormones

Jul 12, 2019

Have you ever found yourself faced with something frightening and felt your heart race, your palms go sweaty, your breathing speed up, and your entire body get tense or shaky?

That’s exactly what happened to a friend of mine one day when she was running in her local park on a lovely summer’s day.

There she was, enjoying the freedom of being out in nature, feeling that gentle breeze blow through in her hair as her feet flew over the ground. She was running at a comfortable pace and the world felt great.

Then suddenly, out of nowhere, a deer came charging straight towards her.

Reacting instantly, she picked up her speed  and ran like the clappers to get herself to safety. Her heart was pounding hard in her chest and she couldn't think about anything else apart from escaping that deer until she finally found safety.

What happened to my friend is called the ‘fight or flight’ response which helps us to face stressful situations and either rise to the...

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Why Being Busy All The Time is Making You Sick (& What You Can Do About It) 

Jun 28, 2019

If they gave out awards for being superwoman, they’d surely go to you.

For all those extra hours you put in at your workplace, particularly when you were feeling less than great, but showed up and keep pushing on anyway.

For showing up at your child’s school governors meetings or community voluntary group that seemed like a good idea when you signed up but now just drains your time and energy.

For being there 100% when your children, friends, partner and ageing parents need you.

For doing the weekly shopping, cleaning the house, delivering a few gourmet meals, and somehow finding time to fit in a few gym sessions, run a 5k race just for the fun of it and been a sex kitten too...

Gosh, no wonder we feel exhausted by the time we get to menopause.

The problem is, in our modern culture, we’re rewarded with a badge of honour for being busy women and somehow juggling all these different roles and demands.

But we’re leading ourselves on a path closer to stress and...

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#23: How to Say No [PODCAST]

Jun 14, 2019

Most of us find it very hard to say ‘No.’ It often doesn’t sit well with us. It can feel negative. It can feel aggressive.

And besides, as women we want to be providing the best support possible to those around us. This includes family, friends, loved ones and even strangers in need.

However, unless we can say this magic word, we can find ourselves exhausted and overwhelmed with the demands of others. We spend so much time running around after other people that we just don’t have time for ourselves.

Or we’re so ambitious and driven, that we find ourselves taking on far more than we can handle, just so we can achieve our goals.

So for the sake of our long-term health and happiness, it’s important that we learn to say no in a positive and loving way so we can take better care of ourselves.

In this week’s podcast, Kathryn shares more on how we can tweak our lives by making space for ourselves and learning how to say no.

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What is Holding Space for Someone (and Why It Matters)

Jun 07, 2019

Holding space for someone, or someone holding space for you is the way we deepen our relationships and feel valued and loved as part of a community.

It’s a willingness to sit with a person, be present and listen with your heart as another person shares their journey, no matter how hard it might be.

It’s unconditional support.

It’s listening mindfully without trying to fix anything, without judgement and without trying to shape the outcome. It’s being there when someone needs you the most.

But sadly, in our modern world, we don’t live in the same kind of communities that we used to. We don’t have the chance to hold space for others or share our own deepest thoughts, feelings and emotions because we’re too busy getting on with the rest of our lives.

We don’t sit and talk as often as we should. We don’t listen. We struggle to be ‘present’.

Today I’d like to talk to you about the value of holding space for someone...

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This is the ONLY Diet You'll Ever Need for the Menopause

May 31, 2019

The Mediterranean diet. Weight Watchers. Slimming World. The vegan diet. Keto-Alkaline. Paleo. The Cabbage Soup diet….

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you’ve probably heard about all of these slimming diets and probably even tried a fair few of them too.

Speak to anyone who has successfully lost weight with any of them, and you’ll be enthusiastically told that the diet in question is ‘the best diet ever’ and ‘the only diet you’ll ever need’ or even ‘the only diet that works!’

You might have noticed that it doesn’t matter which of these diets the person is talking about, their claims are the same; this diet is the perfect solution for weight loss.

So today I’d like to take a look at slimming diets in general and help you understand the truth behind the myths. Which of these is the best diet for you during the menopause?

Let’s take a look.

The problem with diets

Before we go much further,...

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#22: Understanding Your Hormones with Dr Carrie Jones [PODCAST]

May 24, 2019

Imagine if you could just walk into your doctor's surgery and know exactly what you need to say to get the help you need.

You’d understand what your hormones do, you’d understand how they work together and you’d feel empowered to stand up and make positive changes in your life to feel better.

That’s exactly what functional medicine women’s health and hormone doctor, Dr Carrie Jones sets out to do through her practice and her current position as Medical Director for Position Analytics- the makers of the trusted DUTCH test.

I’ve been ‘stalking’ her on Instagram for a while now, so I couldn’t wait to get talking with her about many areas of women’s hormonal health. It was an in-depth and highly informative conversation and I’m sure that you’ll feel much more enlightened about your hormones when you listen.

Listen to this podcast to find out…

  • Should you fast for hormonal health (and if so, when?)
  • Why morning...
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Can Drinking Alcohol Affect the Menopause?

May 17, 2019

Many of my perimenopausal and menopausal clients find that they can happily make many of the lifestyle changes that I suggest, and notice a significant improvement in their menopausal symptoms.

They fill their plates with a wide range of plant-based foods, they include plenty of healthy, hormone-friendly fats, they start exercising sensibility, prioritising sleep and including self-care as part of their daily lives.

But when it comes to alcohol, it’s often a different matter altogether.

They love nothing better than enjoying a ‘nice glass of wine’ when they want to relax, unwind, to temporarily escape from their lives or even to use as self-medication.

They tell me they need their glass of wine. There’s no way they can make it through the week without their glass of wine. Surely one glass every now and again won’t make too much of a difference?...

Sadly, they’re wrong.

Drinking that glass of wine is one of the worst things you can do for your body...

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Peri-Menopause & Menopause – What’s the Difference?

May 14, 2019

AD: This content has been created as part of PAID PARTNERSHIP with Shionogi B.V. for the UK launch of Femal.

I was recently invited to work with Femal, a once-daily, hormone-free food supplement that contributes to wellbeing during the menopause. So I joined them for their launch campaign, #ExpressYourFemal, which aims to tackle the taboo of menopause and encourage women to have frank and honest conversations about their own experiences.

I spent a day in London with an amazing group of women: Vicki from Lifestyle Maven, Amanda from Online Stylist, Ashley from Lazy Daisy Jones and Sally Akins. We discussed their experiences of the peri-menopause and menopause, which got me thinking about one of the questions I frequently get asked by the women I work with; “what is the difference between the peri-menopause and menopause?”

Many women don’t realise there is a difference between the two until we get chatting, they read my blog, or they start searching for alternative...

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