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Women’s Health

Missing Minerals that Make Menopause Miserable

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Zap menopause symptoms and balance hormones. Key vitamins and minerals are a woman’s best friend to zap menopause symptoms and balance hormones. Thankfully supplying missing minerals and vitamins can help quell symptoms like anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue, bloating, and irritability that are often the result of low tissue levels of a vitamin or mineral. The good news about symptoms caused by vitamin or mineral deficiencies is that they can usually Read More

From Pritikin to Paleo Plus

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My weight loss plan journey. Discovering my unique weight loss plan and detox philosophy started over three decades ago in the month of October. That is why this time of year is always very special to me. It marks the anniversary of a monumental watershed moment in my career—second only to my meeting Dr. Hazel Parcells. As fate would have it, my path began around the dinner table in September Read More

Transforming Hormone Hell into Hormone Heaven

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“First Lady of Nutrition” Ann Louise Gittleman shares her secrets for sailing through life’s hormonal transitions—whether you’re 18 years old or 80. Written By: Valerie Burke, MSN “Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.” –Stanislaw Jerzy Lec I sat down with New York Times bestselling author Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, to talk about her latest book, Before the Change: Taking Charge of Your Perimenopause. In this interview, Read More

A Tribute to the Woman Who Changed My Life

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Honoring the timeless Dr. Hazel Parcells. Anyone who knows me or has followed my career surely knows about my deep admiration and respect for my mentor, Dr. Hazel Parcells—who lived to be 106! Yesterday she would have turned 118 and I honestly thought that she would live that long! I had the absolute privilege of working with Dr. Parcells personally—and soaked up all of the wisdom that she shared. She Read More

Uniting Perimenopausal Women

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Take comfort in knowing that you’re not alone. When you’re in the throes of perimenopause, it can be a very isolating experience. You may feel as if even your body has abandoned and betrayed you. I can assure you, you’re not alone. You are not the only woman experiencing these symptoms. You are not the only woman who may not even realize that your symptoms are related to perimenopause. And, Read More

The Sweetest Spice

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A full 411 on this fan favorite. C’mon, who doesn’t love cinnamon? Ceylon cinnamon, of course. Found in many of my recipes, this spice adds a kick that’s appealing to a wide range of taste buds. I love cinnamon year-round, but doesn’t it seem especially tasty in your fall and winter menus? Once considered a precious commodity, cinnamon boasts a long history as both a spice and a medicine. Cinnamon Read More

A Woman Like You

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Join others across the world for a peaceful perimenopause. This week has been incredible as I celebrated—alongside all of you—the official release of Before the Change. This update and expansion is filled with new research, including the latest information on Hormone Replacement Therapy, mood swings, weight gain, and a tasty, menopause-minded meal plan. You’ll also find: • A clear explanation of perimenopause symptoms and a self-diagnosis quiz • Safe and Read More

The New Nightmare of Perimenopause

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It’s not your mother or grandmother’s menopause. This Labor Day weekend I have a lot to celebrate—with you. I can’t believe I can finally say this, but the official release of the updated and expanded version of my New York Times Bestseller Before the Change is just days away! Ever since I completed work on the manuscript I’ve been anxiously awaiting when I could share it with all of you! Read More

Superwoman Syndrome

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The toll “doing it all” takes on your health. Time and time again I have seen my friends and clients struggle with “superwoman syndrome,” a phenomena publicly decried since at least the 1970s. This term summarizes the societal pressure on a woman to not only perform but excel in all of her careers: her career in the workforce, her career as a mother, her career as a wife, and her Read More

Perimenopause Quiz

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Are you in the change before the change? What is happening to my body? Could I be in perimenopause? Could I be in perimenopause… already? These are questions that almost every woman asks herself at some point in her life. If you think you’re too young for perimenopause, think again. Due to modern-day environmental factors, women as young as late 20s/early 30s are entering the change before the change. Perimenopause Read More