A recap of our evening together

If you weren’t with us last week, it will be valuable to sit with this recap and enjoy the incredible insights we shared in our Empowered Women’s Circle. I invite you to grab a latte and enjoy the learning….

True and lasting self-actualization IS NOT JUST ABOUT YOU – and on some level you are already deeply aware of this – hence the reason we yearn for a sense of community and the impetus behind our Empowered Women’s Circle.

As we move up Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, from food and water to co-creating our world, we realize that fulfillment is always about something bigger than ourselves. We openly share resources within our Circle so that each of us can extend our most innate gifts and talents to each other with a deep inner knowing that it is what we came to this earth to do. No one was born to live in isolation and your passions are the seeds of your potential and the parts of you that you MUST share with the world. We need you.

The realization of our hopes and dreams as women depends on our willingness to reach out, give back, be visible, think big and show up for ourselves and for others in unprecedented ways.

The Empowered Women’s Circle meets in an on-line virtual Circle WEEKLY on Thursdays at noon CT (watch your inbox for details and links) and you can join or watch the videos at your convenience anytime. The sessions, which build on each other, are all waiting for you HERE so return regularly to see what you’ve missed.

Life is busy, so we make it as easy as possible to keep yourself engaged in your own wellness journey – we get you!

We started the evening with a short, guided meditation that allowed us to step into our power as strong, capable women ready to be the best version of ourselves.

Throughout the evening, we were reminded that DAILY quiet time, like this mediation, elicits the “relaxation response” and actually changes our biology. You could try meditation, prayer, yoga, tai chi, repetitive movement like walking, jogging or just being fully present and aware of the space around you – whatever you fancy – just implement this time into your routine wherever it fits!

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Menopause: Part 6 Coping with hot flashes without hormones, new information!

Hello and I hope you have a happy Monday! Last week I promised new information about coping with hot flashes and night sweats, and I am so excited to share this information with you all! The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) recently reviewed Nonhormonal management alternative treatment options providing such valuable insight. 

As mentioned in the first 5 parts of the Menopause Series, unfortunately many women still have a bitter taste in their mouths and fear continues to limit the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) after publication of the Women’s Health Initiative in 2001. My hope is through education and dialogue between doctors and patients we can find the best treatment options.

With an estimated 6000 women reaching menopause EVERY DAY in the U.S....

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Menopause Series: Part 5 Are there non-hormone options for menopause?

Hormone replacement to treat the hormone-deficient symptoms of menopause while under the supervision of a healthcare provider is very safe and effective.  But there may be reasons that one chooses not to use hormones and approach menopause treatment in other ways.

The most important and safest non-hormone approach involves lifestyle modification.  We know that regular exercise, weight management, smoking cessation and avoidance of known triggers such as hot drinks and alcohol can be safely recommended to manage menopausal symptoms.  

Using menopausal symptoms as an impetus to discuss the optimization of healthy eating and exercise habits goes a long way with women interested in avoiding medication.  

Beyond lifestyle, there are several available options to treat menopausal concerns, however, large, high-quality, long-term data on these preparations is lacking.  

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Menopause Series: Part 3 Hormones, the good, the bad and the ugly

I have found often times women are overwhelmed because they don’t understand where to get the facts they need.  Today I want to share insightful information about Hormones, the good, the bad and the ugly.

Many women do not need medications of ANY kind to gracefully manage their menopause.  There is no clear evidence that hormones will improve quality of life for women who are NOT adversely affected by menopausal symptoms. Thankfully, for women who have symptoms related to a lack of estrogen (such as hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness), there is relief with estrogen replacement.  Recall that estrogen MUST be accompanied by progesterone for all women who have not had a hysterectomy and still have a uterus.

Despite the fear and terror struck by the WHI in patients and physicians alike, more recent information and re-analysis of the WHI data has revealed that HRT may be safer than once thought.  

In general, women who start their hormones soon after menopause or in the peri-menopause, can do so very safely.  Individual counseling by an educated healthcare provider will help you understand your personal risk profile.  

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