What nourishes you?

As we try to navigate our way through the “silly season” I thought it would be a good time to revisit this post about self-care.

We women aren’t particularly good at looking after ourselves. It often seems that everyone and everything else comes first: work, boss, kids, partner, friends, parents, even household chores.  And now of course, there’s the “franticness” of the holiday season.

It’s easy to convince ourselves we don’t have

December 10th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Hormonal (Im)balance #5 – Better Sleep

How did you sleep last night? If you’re one of the one-in-three people who have difficulty getting a good night’s kip, take a look at the tips below. And if anxiety and stress have been keeping you awake, make sure you read last week’s post on managing stress.

Not having enough sleep – or getting poor quality sleep – sets us up for a host of adverse effects, from difficulty concentrating

October 27th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , |

Hormonal (Im)balance #3 – Get Moving

Last week I wrote about simple dietary changes you can make to help balance your hormones. This week we look at physical activity.

We all know exercise is good for us and makes us feel GREAT (although it can be hard to get started sometimes!). It’s a great stress-buster and mood enhancer. It boosts our metabolism and improves circulation: we feel less sluggish, have more energy, improved self esteem and confidence,

October 12th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Hormonal (Im)balance #2 – Clean up your Diet

In my previous blog post I mentioned that 75% of us suffer symptoms of PMS, perimenopause and menopause, and that many women experience worse PMS symptoms as they get older (and to make matters worse, those who’ve had bad PMS often experience a worse perimenopause!).

The good news is there ARE things that you can do to balance your hormones and alleviate, and even eliminate, your symptoms, starting with simple lifestyle

October 6th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Hormonal (Im)balance #1: PMS & perimenopause

I gave a talk on evidence-based ways to balance hormones last weekend and thought I’d share them with you in the coming weeks. Did you know…

More than 75% of women suffer with symptoms of PMS, perimenopause and menopause
Many women find their PMS symptoms worsen as they get older
Many women who experience bad PMS or whose PMS symptoms started early experience a worse perimenopause (yikes, double whammy!)

Fortunately, increasing numbers of health

October 4th, 2015|Tags: , , , , |

Get the information you need for perimenopause

One of the many things that can be difficult about perimenopause is finding the information you want and need – trustworthy, easy to understand and friendly.

The sheer volume of information out there is overwhelming: where do you start? who do you ask? Friends can be a great source of information and support but for some women there’s still an element of discomfort in talking about perimenopause and menopause.

So this week

August 5th, 2015|Tags: , |

What the #@*! is perimenopause?

Still not sure what perimenopause is? You’re not alone. I certainly had no idea when I started getting symptoms in my early forties. I just figured it was way too early for “that menopause thing” no-one talked about, when you suddenly become old, undesirable and past-your-use-by-date. (Hopefully we’ve moved on from that outdated thinking!)

Perimenopause is a fairly new term which “describes symptoms caused by normal hormonal fluctuations that occur as

July 29th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Is your anxiety worse? (Part 1)

Are you between your late 30s and your 50s and feeling more anxious – or anxious more often?

Anxiety is one of the most commonly reported – and often one of the first – symptoms of perimenopause (the years leading up to menopause). Many women with chronic low-level anxiety find it worsens around this time of life, while others who’ve never had anxiety issues suddenly find themselves struggling to cope with

July 14th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , |