Last time we talked about menopause, I explained the battle going on in your body and brain during perimenopause. Now let’s get to the stage in your life, menopause. Menopause is official when you have no longer had your period for 12 consecutive months. This is the stage that lasts for the rest of your life. Up until the 1970s, there was little research about or treatment for perimenopause and menopause symptoms. In fact, the studies then were conducted on men, not women. Ouch! Now we know perimenopause lasts on average between four and eight years, and is loaded with… [Read More]
NEWS FLASH: The harder and longer you exercise does NOT mean the more results you will see, the more calories you will burn, and the more you will boost your metabolism. In fact, my dear readers, it is often quite the contrary. As a wellness professional, my job — my vocation — is to help my clients learn about how their bodies work so they can take control of their days. I challenge them to get to know what is best for them, not their friend, not someone they heard about in a podcast or read about in a blog…. [Read More]
I often post about the amazing, life-changing transformations that my clients make. Today, I thought I’d let one of these wellness success stores speak for herself. Here’s Nicole to share her story, so far… I first met with Adrien at the beginning of March this year. I was at a breaking point. I was constantly over-stressed, eating poorly, not sleeping, and generally not making myself or my health a priority. I was terribly unhappy with how I looked and I couldn’t figure out how to turn it around. I felt like I’d tried everything, like, all of my “go-to” strategies… [Read More]
I’m back to talk perimenopause and menopause. Today is mainly for those of you in your 40s and early 50s who just might be in denial about what is happening to your beautiful body… Because the majority of Americans are women, and the majority of those women are between the ages of 45-60, and this demographic represents the majority of my clients, perimenopause and menopause are two topics I raise often. The most common responses I hear, typically conveyed with consternation or embarrassment: “Oh, I’m not there yet.” “I’m still getting my period.” “I will never take estrogen.” “Oh…I’m fine.” Welcome… [Read More]
In this series we will talk directly and honestly about subjects that are too often only whispered about, if not ignored: perimenopause and menopause. Why? To empower you not just to survive, but thrive, because with (the) change, comes opportunity. Are you ready? Starting with perimenopause, according to Dr. Christiane Northrup, “…our bodies – and specifically our nervous systems – are being, quite literally, rewired. Our brains are changing.” Changes in the levels of estrogen and progesterone affect the limbic area of our brain, which is responsible for emotions, memories, and arousal, and the temporal lobe, an area of the… [Read More]
Last week, I outlined many of the mindset shifts I’ve experienced with my concierge wellness and fitness clients. This week, I’m excited to tell you my story about my transformation from worrying about my body, my business, everything…to taking control of my life and mindset. I decided to be in the driver’s seat of my life rather than allowing my worries, guilt, stress, and fear to drive me… Excerpt from last week… On a personal note, there was a time when I felt trapped in the belief that working harder – at everything – would produce the results I wanted…. [Read More]
Do your thoughts make you feel overwhelmed? One of the things I love about my vocation as a health and wellness professional is the dramatic change I witness in people’s lives when they live like every day is a gift. One week, I can hear clients saying things like: “I can’t fit anything in my day, especially leisurely walking.” “I simply don’t have time to pack my lunch. I barely get to work on time.” “I’ve been struggling with these extra 10 pounds for 10 years. I will never lose them.” “I’ve tried everything. I give up.” “No way can… [Read More]
As a lead in to my first Blue Zone post, I briefly mentioned that I had back surgery and how I learned first-hand how important it is to have good core strength. (Spoiler: I’m not going to make this blog about my experience…if you have back issues and you want to hear more about my journey to being pain-free, email me.) We all know, or have heard, how important it is to have good core strength. Unfortunately, a lot of people equate core strength with having a six-pack or flat stomach, and that’s missing the point. We shouldn’t think of… [Read More]
Last week I introduced you to the concept of Blue Zones, which are places around the world where people live longer and healthier than anywhere else. In each of these places, people living 90 or even 100 years is common. And they aren’t just living longer, they are living healthier. You might be inclined to think that people who live in these regions have better genes. And while that could account for part of their longevity, it isn’t likely enough to make that much of a difference. A Danish twin study showed that genes dictate only 20 percent of longevity…. [Read More]
I’ve had way too much down time on my hands over the last two weeks. I’d say free time, but recovery from spinal fusion surgery has a way of limiting how much one can enjoy the time. That said, my recovery is going better than I ever could have imagined and I’ll be back at FOR in no time. I’ll likely chronicle this event in my life at some point, but here’s a quick lesson – work on your core strength. Some day you may need it in ways you never imagined. Anyway…back to my down time. My experience in… [Read More]
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