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Are You An Invisible Woman Now You’re 40 or 50?

Apr 12, 2019

I once heard a friend of mine describe middle age as the bizarre period in life when you feel exactly like you always have on the inside, but the world stops noticing you.

You’re no longer allowed to be attractive. You no longer turn heads. You’re not bringing up young kids anymore, you don’t look the same as young people and you’re not building your career. So our society doesn’t seem to have much of a use for you.

You feel increasingly worthless, invisible and like a shadow of your former self.

But life isn’t over once we hit our 40s and 50s. Why on earth would we ever think that?

Despite what society tells us, we’re a force to be reckoned with. We’re powerful working women and entrepreneurs. We’re the soul of our families and leaders in our very own ways.

We need to stop believing that we’re suddenly over the hill or worthless once we hit middle age.

Let’s explore why we feel this way as we get older and decide...

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Osteoporosis: 10 Ways to Boost Your Bone Density at the Menopause

Mar 30, 2019

Osteoporosis, also known as ‘brittle bone disease’ is likely to catch up with you once you hit the menopause.

It’s said that an astonishing 1 in 2 women develop this disease which causes their bones to become weaker and more prone to fractures. This is often why so many women end up losing their independence and requiring 24-hour care.

It could happen to you too, and not just when you grow old.

The truth is, calcium starts to deplete from your bones rapidly within the first five years when you reach the menopause- leaving your bones much weaker and vulnerable than ever before.

The good news is that you’re never too young or too old to start taking better care of your bones and to avoid developing osteoporosis at the menopause.

Follow the natural, holistic tips I’m about to share with you in this article and you can decrease your chances of suffering from this silent disease and build your bone density.

First, we’ll take a look at what osteoporosis...

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You Can Delay the Onset of Menopause By Doing These 5 Things

Mar 23, 2019

No one can predict when you’ll reach the menopause.

Not you. Not your GP. And definitely not your best friend.

The fact that your sister, your mother, your aunt and your grandmother went through the menopause in their 40s doesn’t mean that you will too.

Just like puberty once was, the menopause is your very own unique experience and hormonal journey.

Whilst genetics do indeed play a role in when and how you’ll start your own menopause journey, we can’t disregard the impact that our lifestyle choices and our environment also have.

As Doctor Oz says, “Genetics holds the gun but lifestyle pulls the trigger.

This basically means that even if you’re genetically predisposed to certain health challenges, you can positively influence your health with lifestyle changes. [Read this article if you’re interested in knowing more about some of the research.]

Or to put it another way, you can postpone the age that you hit the menopause by...

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How to Become Your Own Hero

Mar 08, 2019

Do you ever wish that your life was different?

Perhaps you wish you’d followed an entirely different career path when you were a youngster but fear, apprehension and your personal circumstances stopped you.

Or maybe that you’d spent more time and effort chasing your wildest dreams, even if you weren’t entirely sure they’d work out.

Or that you didn’t save much whilst you could, didn’t travel more whilst you were footloose and fancy-free and didn’t take care of your health quite as you could have.

You regret how you’ve let people take advantage of you over the years, you wish you would have stood up against the bullies and non-believers, and you wish you could have a touch more self-confidence, self-esteem and ‘girl power’.

I understand perfectly.

Many of the clients I work with in my Nottingham-based women’s wellness and hypnotherapy practice come to me feeling stuck and powerless like this.

Although they desperately...

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#20: Five Things a Woman Should Never Say  [PODCAST]

Feb 23, 2019

STOP! Do you ever find yourself saying any of the following things to yourself (either out loud or in your head)?

  • “I hate my body…!”
  • “It’s fine. I’ll do it myself”
  • “It’s my age- I just need to get used to it.”
  • “I don’t mind not having a sex drive. It’s no problem.”
  • “It’s all my fault…”

I’m pretty sure you have. I reckon almost all of us have said something similar at one point or another.

As you’re about to see in this very special podcast episode, when you think these things, you’re not just making yourself feel rubbish and more fed up than ever. You’re also affecting a whole host of things such as your immune system, your hormonal balance, your relationships, the amount of support you get and even how satisfying your sex life is.

Listen to this week’s podcast to find out why you should never say these things to yourself, what the...

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Women Deserve to be Heard at the Menopause

Feb 15, 2019

A huge number of women have come to me over the years, saying that they feel their GP doesn’t take them seriously when they ask for help with their hormonal or menopause symptoms.

They feel like their GP just doesn’t have any answers beyond dosing them up with HRT or antidepressants and sending them on their way. Worst of all, they just aren’t being taken seriously.

Their debilitating and altogether horrible symptoms get dismissed as being ‘just part of getting older…’, and they’re often told that they just need to get a hobby, or worse still ‘get a grip and accept that you won’t be young forever’.

Understandably, these ladies feel completely let down by the medical profession, hopeless, alone and depressed.

When it comes to family and friends, it’s often not much better. They often stop listening too because they just don’t understand what you’re going through and don’t know how to help.

I think...

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#19: Understanding Gut Health, Autoimmunity and Gluten with Dr Tom O’Bryan [PODCAST]

Feb 01, 2019

I struggled for a long time to find the best way to introduce to you this week’s podcast guest Dr Tom O’Bryan as he’s simply a phenomenal figure in his field and someone who I respect very much.

So instead, I decided that this week I’ll go ahead and tell you exactly who he is before we jump right in.

Dr Tom O’Bryan is the author of the ground-breaking book “The Autoimmune Fix”, and an internationally recognised and sought-after speaker and workshop leader who specialises in wheat, its impact upon health and the development of autoimmune diseases.

He’s also a fascinating man who really knows his stuff about the human digestive system, autoimmune disease and how this relates to fertility and wellness.

If you’re struggling with food issues, thyroid problems, or hormonal problems, or you’re concerned about your exposure to environmental toxins, you’re going to love this podcast episode.

[He even threw in a freebie...

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Want To Know Why Your Joints Hurt So Much?

Jan 11, 2019

Getting older can be surprisingly hard.

Once you hit your mid-thirties, it’s as if someone has a flicked an invisible switch and you’re no longer the youthful and energetic person you used to be.

You start noticing aches and pains. Clicking joints. Even shooting pains that make you wonder what on earth is going on.

You can’t go dancing, can’t walk up the stairs and certainly can’t play with the kids or grandkids anymore. It’s as if you’ve aged twenty years in the last five and you’re starting to feel concerned.

Because it’s not like you’re actually old.

At your tender age, you should be living your life to the full, and planning your next adventure.

Not groaning when you stand up from your chair, or grimacing as your walk uphill, and more certainly feeling young and energetic, not old and frail.

So you visit your doctor and you’re told that it’s probably just signs of growing older. That you just need to get...

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#18: Hormonal Balance When You're Not Even 30 is Still Important [PODCAST]

Dec 08, 2018

As a women’s health coach who specialises in the menopause, I do spend a lot of my time sharing my knowledge and tips about this time of life, coaching one-on-one clients and organising all kind of events to help break the taboo of the menopause and change women’s lives.

But I don’t often mention just how important it is for you to take care of your hormones when you’re much younger, even before you’ve even hit the milestone of 30.

That’s why this week I decided to get together with my lovely daughter Nicole and one of her best friends Charlie Summers (both in their mid to late 20s) to find out more about their experiences with their hormones, their periods and family planning.

Then we discuss the menopause, what they think it’s all about, and I share some really helpful tips that could help Charlie’s mum transition through the menopause much more easily.

This podcast is very personal to me as Nicole and Charlie have known each other...

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What Really IS the Truth About The Menopause?

Dec 01, 2018

Did you manage to catch the BBC documentary that was shown earlier this week called The Truth About The Menopause”?

[It’s currently still available on BBC iPlayer if you want to watch]

This film featured broadcaster and journalist Mariella Frostrup and was billed as a candid and intimate film which aimed to break the huge taboo that surrounds the menopause.

So as you can imagine, as a women’s health expert who specialises in the peri-menopause and menopause, I was pretty excited to watch it.

Surely any opportunity to share more about what the menopause actually is and how we can help ease this time of transition would be a good one?

Actually, I was wrong. Very wrong.

Today I’d like to explain why I was so disappointed with its portrayal of the menopause and what the truth about the menopause actually is. (Clue= it’s not some fad treatment or trendy new drug!)

#1: It’s not just about oestrogen and progesterone

I get so sick and tired of...

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