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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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I Didn’t Think I’d Ever Share This: My Relationship with Food

May 10, 2019

I didn’t think that I’d ever share this. But I’ve decided that today is the day.

I’m finally coming out about my difficult relationship with food.

You see, when it comes to trying to keep my weight under control, I think I’ve done it all!

  • I’ve binged on sugar.
  • I’ve taken laxatives.
  • I’ve raided Nicole’s treat jar and left her with nothing for snack time at school.
  • I’ve tried to make myself sick after eating ‘unhealthy foods’.
  • I’ve signed up to a slimming club and had them tell me I had 101 lb. to lose (despite the fact I wasn’t overweight at all!)

I’m sure that if I sat down and asked one hundred women if they’ve tried any of the above, the numbers would be fairly high. Most of us have a story to tell about our unhealthy relationship with food and body image, although we don’t often share it.

That’s why today I’d like to come clean about my relationship with food and...

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#21: How I Took Control Of My Health With Rosalyn Palmer [PODCAST]

Apr 26, 2019

Rosalyn Palmer is a Rapid Transformation coach and hypnotherapist who specialises in helping men and women stop self-sabotaging and achieve greater freedom, balance and joy in their lives.

But she’s also a woman who knows exactly how it feels to struggle with long-term health problems (including breast cancer in her early 40s), to battle constant overwhelm and fatigue and to do her best to keep moving forward even when life throws a surprise her way.

The host of a Sunday morning radio show on Radio Newark and author of a top-rated book called “Reset!: A blueprint for a better life”, she’s a wonderful woman who really understands how to use hypnotherapy and NLP to help foster healing and transformation in all areas of life.

So as you can imagine, I was very excited to sit down with her and find out more about what makes this lovely lady ‘tick’.

We talked about a variety of topics, including how she has made it through some really tough challenges...

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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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