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My Top 5 Rules for Perimenopause

My Top 5 Rules for Perimenopause

✨✨Here to remind you that you can live your best life in perimenopause.✨✨ My top 5 rules for Perimenopause: 1️⃣ Choose yourself FIRST. ✨This is rule number 1, because it is definitely the most important. ✨Now is...

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The Pros And Cons Of Different Forms Of Hormone Testing

The Pros And Cons Of Different Forms Of Hormone Testing

Did you know there’s at least 5 different ways to test your hormones? You probably didn’t, because this information isn’t generally known by most doctors (unless they are functional!). It’s great there are a bunch of options out there, but it can feel overwhelming to...

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Using Growth & Integration To Reclaim Your Life

Using Growth & Integration To Reclaim Your Life

  There's a lot of messages out there about constantly challenging yourself, putting yourself in situations that make you uncomfortable. We have to push ourselves past our limits. That's how we step into growth. But despite living in a world that is based on the...

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How To Work With Middle Perimenopause (Ages 45ish-48ish)

How To Work With Middle Perimenopause (Ages 45ish-48ish)

What is Middle Perimenopause (PM)? ✅ It’s when your symptoms begin to uptick. ✅ You start to wonder who you are and what the hell is going on with your body. ✅ You have more anovulatory cycles, meaning even less progesterone. And your estrogen can...

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Sugar and Your Hormones, Part 1

Sugar and Your Hormones, Part 1

The biggest way sugar impacts our hormones is through:  ✨Something that many people don’t realize is a hormone - INSULIN✨ ➡️When you eat something sugary or carby, your blood sugar spikes, and more insulin is released to help usher that...

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Perimenopause: What It Means And What’s Happening To You

Perimenopause: What It Means And What’s Happening To You

Perimenopause isn’t exactly the time of life that most women are raring to get into. But the fact of the matter is, if you are lucky enough to continue living on this Earth, you will make your way through what some people call “reverse puberty.” And it DOESN’T have to...

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Best Practices For Early Perimenopause

Best Practices For Early Perimenopause

In Perimenopause: What It Means And What’s Happening To You, I told you about what perimenopause is, and the 3 stages of it. Today, I’m going to share best practices of taking care of yourself during the beginning of perimenopause (PM), ages 35ish-44ish. Here’s the...

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Food, Liver, And Dietary Support For Fibroids

Food, Liver, And Dietary Support For Fibroids

Okay, now that we’ve chatted about what a fibroid is, what causes them, and pros and cons of surgical interventions for fibroids, let’s talk about some of the basics for supporting a body with fibroids: food and digestion. Here’s what you can get started on right away...

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Pros And Cons Of Surgical Interventions For Fibroids

Pros And Cons Of Surgical Interventions For Fibroids

Fibroids are a very common occurrence for women, impacting up to 80% by the time they are 50. If you want to learn more about what a fibroid is, and what types of fibroids exist, start with the first article in this series, What's A Fibroid? If your fibroid symptoms...

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10 Ways To Get 30g Of Protein For Breakfast

10 Ways To Get 30g Of Protein For Breakfast

Getting 30g of protein for breakfast is the best way to set up your blood sugar balance for the day. And protein is essential for hormones, muscle growth, neurotransmitter production, and tissue repair. My clients are always asking me how to get 30g of protein in for...

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What Causes Fibroids?

What Causes Fibroids?

So, the real question is, what causes fibroids? This is the never-ending question (or debate). Some people claim it is one thing or the other, but the truth is, there are a bunch of factors. Here’s what we *do* know, and how we ultimately can learn to support our body...

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What’s A Fibroid? Types & Symptoms

What’s A Fibroid? Types & Symptoms

Fibroids are super common (up to 80% of women will have one by the time they are 50). But many women don't know what a fibroid is or haven't heard of them until they are diagnosed with one. So I want to share with you exactly what they are: 👉Benign tumors...

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HCl Is Essential For Digestion And Here’s Why

HCl Is Essential For Digestion And Here’s Why

When we talk about good digestion - and by that, I mean: 🔆Little-to-no gas and bloating 🔆Energy after you eat 🔆1-3 Bowel Movements a day, fully-formed but easy to pass - we have to talk about hydrochloric acid (HCl). HCl is absolutely essential...

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Super Heavy Periods? Here’s Some Relief

Super Heavy Periods? Here’s Some Relief

Please note: This is a guest post from Sara Lopez, Womenʼs Health Coach + Certified Hormone Specialist. She is hosting an International Adenomyosis Summit on May 25th-30th. You can sign up for free here! So many times I have wondered how Iʼm going to make it through...

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Timing, Options, And The “Why” Of Hormone Testing

Timing, Options, And The “Why” Of Hormone Testing

Photo: Lacie Slezak You wouldn't believe how many clients come to me with hormone issues and when I ask if their OB-GYN has ever tested their hormones, they were told, "it's pointless, because hormones fluctuate so much." Or, if they were lucky enough to get tests,...

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Why I Quit Soy After Having A Large Fibroid

Why I Quit Soy After Having A Large Fibroid

Photo by Tran Mau Tri Tam Yep, I gave soy the boot. Phytoestrogens are heavily debated when it comes to hormone health. So I thought I'd write a post on the "why" I gave soy up after sporting a relatively large fibroid. First, what is a phytoestrogen? Simply put, it...

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My Favorite Supplements for Everyone

My Favorite Supplements for Everyone

What's the question I get asked the most? Without a doubt, it's "What supplements should I be taking?" This is SUCH a loaded question. Not only do you need different nutrients for different ailments - and no, I generally don't believe in traditional multis as a...

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Hormone Lesson #3: It’s All About the Progesterone, Baby

Hormone Lesson #3: It’s All About the Progesterone, Baby

Read Hormone Lesson #1 here and Hormone Lesson #2 here. And here we are, finally. Progesterone. A word you've actually heard of (hopefully. But if not, you'll have it down by the end of this post). Before I went through the great fibroid-fiasco-of-2018, I knew the...

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Rebuilding Your Gut Post-Antibiotics

Rebuilding Your Gut Post-Antibiotics

During undergrad, I ended up taking three rounds of antibiotics. During undergrad, I ended up taking three rounds of antibiotics. Each time, it was for strep throat. I don't remember the specifics of every time, but I do remember one being during the summer of 1997,...

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Before Everything Changed

Before Everything Changed

Once upon a time, there lived a fibroid named Ferdie. Ferdie was born and housed inside the Lady. She didn’t know of his existence until one day, when she was in a rush to get to her royal dance court but realized her menstrual cycle had begun, so she quickly...

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This piece was originally posted on my Instagram account. You can find it here. I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve struggled with judging myself with food and drink. It’s hard to get through a Holistic Health Education program and a...

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Friday Q&A: How do you heal from trauma on a budget?

Friday Q&A: How do you heal from trauma on a budget?

Photo by Chris Lawton on Unsplash Here's another round of our Friday Q&A: Q: How do you heal from trauma on a budget? A: This question is certainly apropos today, when the world found out the devastating news that Anthony Bourdain had committed suicide, just a...

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Friday Q&A: How do I improve digestion?

Friday Q&A: How do I improve digestion?

Photo by Alison Marras on Unsplash It's Friday, and time for our answer and question session. This week's question is:   Q: How do I improve digestion—aside from not eating fast food?   A: Well, first of all, I'm glad you understand eating fast...

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The Gift Within: Fibroids and Their Message

The Gift Within: Fibroids and Their Message

Photo by Jake Davies on Unsplash Sprinting to the bathroom before I headed out the door for dance practice, I sighed as I looked down and realized I had started my period. I opened up the cabinet to rummage around for my diva cup, quickly sanitized it, and inserted...

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Lessons I Learned At 38

Lessons I Learned At 38

1. Speak Your Truth Early And Often Ask your real questions or tell your truth real early because it will get you to where you want to go a WHOLE LOT FASTER. It’s friggin' HARD to be vulnerable. I’m a Capricorn Sun with Scorpio Moon and Venus, Virgo Rising and North...

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Stepping Into Your Sensual Birthright

Stepping Into Your Sensual Birthright

Gathered in a circle, I asked the women my favorite question, "what is your deepest, darkest secret?" (What can I say, I like to get to the heart of things.) Answers varied - and I wouldn't dare share any of them with the outside world, these conversations we held in...

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Resiliency in the Time of Chaos

Resiliency in the Time of Chaos

Resiliency is keeping your heart open even when it wants to shut down completely. It's damn painful to look at the news everyday and see so much hate, and then it's compounded 20-fold when something as striking and jarring as Charlottesville happens (though lets...

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Sometimes (In Praise of Your Full Emotional Spectrum)

Sometimes (In Praise of Your Full Emotional Spectrum)

  Sometimes, your body’s gotta eat just as much as it wants to, which is a whole shitload more than it “should”. Sometimes, you have to say no in order to get the yes you really want. Sometimes, you realize you have many soulmates, and they surround you on a...

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Work, then flow

Work, then flow

Work, then flow. It's my new mantra. Let me back up a moment. I find myself - my proclivities - to fall somewhere in between the grounded and woo. It's been the course of my life; if you are at all interested and understanding of the woo, my south node of Pisces and...

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Nine Steps for Dealing with Depression and Anxiety

Nine Steps for Dealing with Depression and Anxiety

Over the last several weeks, I've been sharing on Instagram some of the tools that I wish I had as a child/teenager/young adult to get me through my depressive (and unknown to me at the time, deep anxiety) episodes. I pondered anti-depressants many times, was told by...

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There’s No Such Thing As Balance

There’s No Such Thing As Balance

  Oh, I used to believe there was. I used to repeat that mantra over and over again to friends, family, clients. "Balance is what brings you good health. It's what so many of us are missing in life, and what would make us so much happier." The truth of my life...

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Can You Ease Up? Or, How to Approach 2017

Can You Ease Up? Or, How to Approach 2017

I woke up with a sweat-covered face and chest. The sweat I could handle; the worst part was that pit-feeling space in the middle of my stomach. I've been here before. Note: this does not make it any easier in the moment. But I was able to feel some comfort more...

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