29
February

“Prescription” For Healthy Metabolism

Do you struggle with sluggish metabolism more than you should?  If so, wouldn’t you want to know how to supercharge  your metabolism and prevent or reverse degenerative disease in 4 simple steps?

First of all, you should understand a little bit about how your metabolism works…

A simple way to describe this is that metabolism is the using and building process of chemicals in your body on a continuous basis.  Metabolism is largely regulated by hormones and is what determines your aging process.

Your body has to efficiently replace the used up chemicals to stay in metabolic balance.  All of the systems of the body are connected, so when the systems are not efficient, that’s when premature disease occurs.

For instance, when you start to lose your  hormones (usually around age 30) you start to create metabolic imbalance because your hormones are obviously not in balance as they once were.  So, it makes perfect sense that it’s not a good idea to wait until menopause (somewhere around age 50) to create a healthy lifestyle.

Also, you should know that it is a myth that healthy metabolism only refers to thin individuals.  It has more to do with efficient regeneration and not just how easily one can burn sugar and fat and use it as energy.

Let’s take a look at  6 common causes of unhealthy metabolism:

  • low energy
  • incomplete digestion
  • insufficient sleep
  • consistent bad moods
  • cravings for toxins (sugar, caffeine and/or alcohol)
  • difficulty concentrating

By changing nutrition and lifestyle habits years before menopause starts, your chances of unhealthy metabolism and degenerative disease are greatly reduced.

Did you know that only 10 to 20% of what happens to you as you age is genetic?  Lifestyle has a much greater influence on your health than your genetics.  You can essentially change your own “genetic expression”, so that  your metabolism starts to work efficiently and damage can be reversed.

Unhealthy  metabolism leads to heart disease, strokes, cancer and many other degenerative diseases of aging.

Your Prescription For Healthy Metabolism:

  • Taper the amount of toxins you ingest (caffeine, alcohol, refined sugar, processed food) and ultimately eliminate them completely.  Instead, try a more alkaline type diet, meaning mostly fruits, vegetables, whole grains in moderation, nuts, seeds and legumes.  You do not have to become a vegetarian to accomplish this, but should consider consuming less meat products, no more than 3 times per week, ideally.
  • Do not skip meals.  Skipping meals causes an overproduction of adrenaline and cortisol which causes havoc to your metabolism.  3 meals a day is ideal with the biggest meal preferably at lunch time and 2 small healthy snacks, if needed.  No one size fits all, therefore your plan should be designed especially for YOU.
  • Find out if your hormone system is compromised so you can create nutritional habits to support these changes.  If you  haven’t done so already, have a baseline hormone panel done do detect imbalances.  If you’re not sure where to have this done, I can help you and order the test for you.
  • Stop trying to do everything.  Slow down and honor your aging process so you can truly live your best years, disease-free.

Since it is inevitable that all women will, at some point in their lives, have a depleted hormone system, it is important that you use proper nutrition to rebuild yourself continually.  Sticking to healthy habits isn’t always easy, right?  You need support and accountability from someone who’s been where you are and gotten consistent results.  That’s why I would like to invite you to a Free “Supercharge Metabolism ” discovery session that could change your destiny.  Click here to get on my schedule.

I only have 5 spots available at this time and if you are one of the first 3 to sign up you will also get an additional $100 discount on my “Supercharge  Metabolism & Manage Midlife”  4 week step-by-step system.

These should be the best years of your life, so I really want to encourage you to learn as much as you can about your body so that you can live without the degenerative diseases of aging and harness your maximum longevity potential.

To The Best Years Of Your Life!

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10
December

The Impossible: “How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep, Even During Menopause”


One of the biggest problems women face during menopause is getting a good night’s sleep. Sleep is extremely important and incredibly difficult to get for some women during this transition in life.

Your hormones are all over the place, so it can cause anxiety and confusion, which leads to monkey mind (means you can’t wind down). Sometimes you even get the “3 pm wake-up call” which is no fun at all!

What I’m about to share with you is the highest leverage thing that you can do right now to start getting a better nights sleep, even during menopause.

PS – This works even if you’re not going through menopause. So, anyone with sleep problems, this is for you too…

What am I talking about? I’m talking about 3 core things that have to happen for you to get a good nights sleep. Without these 3 things, it’s just not gonna work.

Here’s how to do it…

The 3 Pillars of Good Sleep:

You may not like this first one, but hear me out:

1. You need to start weaning off caffeine.

I wanna inspire you right now to start weaning off caffeine. You can do this one of two ways. First option is to cut back to ½ the amount of caffeine you usually consume, for the first week. This may be enough, or you can just go cold turkey (that’s how I did it).

You may get headaches, and it may be tough, but the benefits here are gonna be better sleep, better moods, and more energy which will lead to more balanced hormones.

We are dependent on caffeine and it’s killing us. It’s throwing us way outta whack, increasing anxiety and decreasing immunity, which means getting sick more often.

Caffeine blocks the absorption of some nutrients. In addition it causes you to excrete calcium through urination which leads to bone loss.

It can cause depression and affect your memory and mental performance. It also increases your heart rate and contributes to high cholesterol. Plus, it messes with stress hormones which can cause indigestion and insomnia.

Caffeine can cause weight gain because there is a surge in blood sugar, then a crash. That’s the rollercoaster that causes the weight gain because the message to the body is to store excess sugar as fat.

Eventually, if you stay on caffeine, your adrenals (the glands that sit on top of your kidneys) will burn out. This is why so many women get inflammation, autoimmune disorders and fatigue.

Stop the caffeine!

2. Next is bed before 10.

If you wanna live a good quality of life during menopause, you gotta start winding down earlier. I usually make a mental note to alert myself that I only have about an hour left and that I should probably stop watching tv, get off the computer, start winding it down, dim the lights in the house and start getting into the rhythm of the night. Bright lights are out of rhythm.

Darkening your room as much as possible can also be helpful. When I first started perimenopause I went out and bought black-out drapes. This one thing helped tremendously! (I’m past that stage now, so I don’t need them anymore.)

Make sure you’re creating enough time and space to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep. It’s really important and your body will thrive on a regular routine of sleep.

3. Lastly, make sure you’re active during the day.

If you’re sitting at a desk all day and doing no exercise, chances are you’re not gonna get a good night’s rest.

Just taking several 10 minute breaks throughout the day to stretch or run up and down a flight of stairs, or, if you can, take a walk outdoors. If you’re home, put on your favorite music and dance around for 10 minutes.

The good news is, during this phase of life it’s not necessary to do militant exercise anymore. In fact, it can be harmful during this time of life. Keep in mind, however, that it’s important to keep your bones strong to prevent osteoporosis. If you despise lifting weights, try a yoga class or dvd.

I love yoga because of the mind/body approach. You get the benefits of breathing and stretching plus strengthening your bones, all at the same time. You could try Pilates, Tai Chi or just plain old-fashioned push-ups.

And you don’t have to join a gym either. There are so many things you can do right in the comfort of your own home. If you have cable tv, find an exercise channel that sparks your interest. You can go to the library and get some exercise dvd’s. There are even websites now where you can download free exercises!

Start somewhere. Go for what feels right for YOU.

So, these are the 3 core things you need to do for good sleep. Start to move away from caffeine, even all the way to off it if you can. You’ll feel much better, I promise. Definitely get 7 to 9 hours of sleep, and the way to do that best is to start winding down, make it dark and see if you can get to bed before 10.

I hope this helps you start getting a good nights sleep. By the way, what I know to really get everything balanced and live the best quality of life during menopause, you need to change your food. I didn’t get a chance to talk about it in this post, but if you wanna know more about that, I’m doing a Private 6 Day Plant-Based Custom Cleanse Course.

Call, or email me so we can create your private cleanse today. It’s the easiest next step.

To a good night’s sleep : )

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10
December

Are You Ready For Menopause?

Menopause is inevitable. It’s something that scares the crap out of women. I’ve spent years figuring out that it doesn’t have to be this way.

I was thinking over this past weekend that six years ago this November, I was completely caught off guard when my ob-gyn called to tell me my hormones were pretty much non-existent. Menopause… at age 44? … Really? I knew it was inevitable and that all women go through this at some point in their lives, but me?… Right now? I’m not even that old.

I thought I would just wake up one day, in my 50′s or 60′s and stop having periods.

When I was in my late 30′s I decided I wanted to go off the pill and my doc told me, nah, just stay on it til your 50 and then we’ll talk. Talk about what? Doctors don’t even really have the time to talk about what really happens in this transition. They spend their time delivering babies, which is awesome! I went off the pill.

I had been having night sweats and mood swings for awhile. I had horrible headaches. My periods were getting lighter, then heavier. My jeans were getting tighter for no reason at all. I was still eating good and exercising like crazy but that didn’t seem to matter at all, the pounds were packing on. I was convinced I was going crazy! I was scared to death.

Back in the day, women were institutionalized for depression when, in fact, they were just going through menopause. They had no one to talk to. And no one would listen. We’re listening now.

I was not prepared for the next stage of life. I didn’t want to admit that something was wrong with me. After all, I am a mother and wife and I needed to be okay for my family.

Menopause is official after the cessation of periods for one year. Some women are fortunate enough to breeze right through menopause (but not very many). Why couldn’t that be me?

It hit me like a ton of brick one night as I laid in a pool of sweat – No More Babies! Not that I was thinking of having any more at my age, but it was final. That hit hard. I cried a lot that night.

In the days that followed, I kept it all to myself. I felt defeated and was ashamed to open up to my friends. Who was I becoming?

Then I started to think about my kids being almost grown and soon they would be gone.

I wanted to empower myself and do something meaningful, something that my family would be proud of. I didn’t want to lay down and die.

So I decided to take a big step and start my OWN business. I had to make some changes to get my body back into balance. I was determined to make something of myself. I had been a stay-at-home mom and loved every minute of it, but it was time for something new, something for ME

The biggest change I made was with food. Once I changed my food, things started to shift drastically.

To jumpstart my health, I went on a 10 day detox (which turned into two years). I became less anxious and more aware of my changing body and how to be in alignment with what was happening.

I set a foundation of getting my food right and became emotionally sound, no more feeling like I was losing my mind. I started to lose weight and was looking and feeling better. My energy sky-rocketed. I no longer needed to carry a box of tissues every where I went. My sinuses cleared and I haven’t been sick in 5 years.

Without yoga, and proper nutrition, I would not be where I am today.

I’m not trying to paint a picture that I have this perfect life, because I don’t. Far from it. But everyday, I take steps to care for my body and soul. I eat right and continue with my daily yoga practice, even it’s just for 15 minutes, and even if things aren’t going so well. I breathe, I pray, and I am most grateful for this stage of life.

What if you could really hone in on what you want in the next stage of YOUR life and focus on what YOU honestly want to happen, instead of dreading and hating it? These really can be the best days of your life.

Are you prepared for the next stage? Maybe it’s time for some coaching to get you through this chapter of your life. What if I showed you how to get what you really want and deserve, so you could start living the best days of your life?

I have a complimentary, no pressure, discovery session where we can talk about what could be next for you. We’ll discuss how you can change some things to deal with this phase of life easily and well. Maybe it’s a jumpstart program , or maybe a gentle 5 day detox, or maybe even a book. Check out my schedule here so we can connect.

Think about what you want and stay positive : )

The best days are yet to come,

Much Love,

Christie

PS – Accepting and living the next stage of life to the fullest can be liberating. If you want that, and you want to be in full control of your life, let’s get together on the phone. Here’s my schedule.

 

 

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10
December

How To Tell If You’re In Hormone Decline…And What Action To Take Right Now

 

Me, my sister, and some girlfriends at a neighborhood reunion where we grew up.

The sun was shining, the hormones were a-flowin’ and we were having a blast this past weekend at the neighborhood reunion where I grew up. There’s nothing like being with people you love – people who really nourish your soul. True friends are people who love you enough to tell it like it is.

Used to be nobody talked about menopause. It was like this big secret. But now, more and more, I hear whispers of stories of countless women who are in hormonal decline and don’t even know it.

You start feeling like you’re losing control over your body. You start to skip periods and the hot flashes start. Your focus is not the same. You can’t remember things like you used to. You fly off the handle for no apparent reason. You can’t stop the weight gain even though you still exercise the same and eat pretty good. Your relationships might even be in crisis. You go to your doctor who tells you not to worry, this is normal. Your doctor tells you you just need a pill to make it all better. Almost every woman I meet today is on some sort of medication. There’s an injustice going on here and it makes me mad as Hell!

You see, doctors are trained to fix things with pills, not nutrition. This is why they don’t know what to tell their women patients about perimenopause and menopause.

If you are experiencing any one of the following symptoms and you are between the ages of 40 and 50, it is likely your hormones are declining Here are the symptoms:

moody
headaches
brain fog
hot flashes/night sweats
depression
anxiety
worry
negativity
stress
confusion
sleeplessness
joint pain
allergies
fatigue
weight gain
energy loss

Any of these sound familiar? If so…

You can do a lot to balance your hormones with food! But, you need to know which foods you need to nourish and get your hormones back in balance naturally.

Tip: Color is more important than counting calories!

If you’re seeing doctors who don’t “get you” or have you on more medications than you’re comfortable with, or you just want to be more naturally healthy, they’re never going to be able to give you what you need, which means you will not get the results you want. You will likely be prescribed pills and diets from them for the rest of your life.

This is a nothing but a vicious cycle, a merry-go-round, that keeps you spinning out of control.

The sad thing is, it doesn’t have to be that way.

If you want to find out if you’re in hormonal decline and take action fast, then I invite you to take 20 minutes out of your day for a conversation with someone who’s been there (me) and finally learn what food can do for YOU.

Click here to get on my schedule so we can discuss if this is happening to you and how you can change things starting today.

 

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