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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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#17: How You Can Make Better Food and Lifestyle Choices to Get Healthy [PODCAST]

Nov 10, 2018

Many of us believe that our GPS know absolutely everything there is to know about our bodies and our overall health.

We trust them to know what is right for us.

So if he or she says that we should take a pill to feel better or claim that more holistic approaches to health don’t work, we tend to believe them.

However, as today's podcast guest, Dr Julie Coffey explains, there’s a huge gap between the what our GPs know (and suggest we do), and more recent research into achieving optimal health.

Today, she joins me to explain how she discovered the world of holistic medicine, what she wasn’t taught as a UK GP (general practitioner) and how making healthy diet and lifestyle changes helped her to heal her symptoms of early arthritis and minimise her symptoms of the peri-menopause.

Our conversation was really eye-opening (especially when she talked about pharmaceutical companies) and there’s a ton of really useful information in this episode which I know...

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#16: Why Men’s Health is Important Too [PODCAST]

Oct 19, 2018

Do you ever wish that your partner, brother, father or uncle would start taking better care of their health?

I think most of us do!

Despite all of our encouragement and nagging, that man in our life would often still prefer not to visit the doctor, even when we’re both worried that those recent symptoms or habit changes could point to something more serious.

So how do we get through to our partners or loved ones? How can we encourage them to take care of their health as we’d like them to? Help is at hand!

This week I’ve been lucky enough to sit down for a chat with Mark Sleight- a qualified personal trainer, nutritionist and lifestyle coach based in Milton Keynes, UK.

Mark is such a down-to-earth, friendly and encouraging coach who understands first-hand the shyness men feel when it comes to dealing with health problems. He’s passionate about discussing those difficult and embarrassing health issues (listen out for the mention of his popular YouTube video!)...

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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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