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Embrace Change

Change is Good!

For what it’s worth, change is a good thing and it’s never too late to reinvent yourself. Be whoever it is that you want to be. There is no right or wrong time for change. We can keep moving forward or we can stop; we can change or stay the same. Some of life’s most important lessons are learned through change.

“There is no right or wrong time for change. We can keep moving forward or we can stop; we can change or stay the same. “

Menopause is change. Some might feel as though we should try and stop it, or try turn back the clock. Try as you may, the clock will still tick forward. The goal at this point should be to do all that you can to age well; Maintain your health, stay active, and keep a positive outlook. While menopause is a change, it is a part of life, a part that we must embrace.

What happens when you reach menopause? The end of monthly periods is preprogramed into your wiring and so is your ability to adapt to that hormonal change. The transition into menopause doesn’t cause disease to happen, if it did most of us would already be dead! The manufactures of Hormone Replacement Therapies may offer a compelling argument to use HRT to ward off disease that you don’t have, but the fact still remains the risks of HRT outweighs the benefit (WHI 2012). I’m here to remind you the best way to prevent disease from happening is to take control of your mental, emotional and physical health with diet, exercise and positive attitude.

“We can make the best of the situation, or worst of it,”

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. We can make the best of the
situation, or worst of it, may you be able to make the best of it. I keep a positive outlook by contemplating the alternative, and being honest with myself about the outcome. Change is learning and growing. Menopause will open you up to many new, good experiences, if you want it to.

With that said, I hope you open yourself up to things that completely amaze you and accomplish things that surprise you. At the moment, I’m finding my voice in writing, which completely amazes me! This is not something that I feel I would have been able to do ten years ago.

“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”

-JoyBell C.

Stay well, take care.


Say Yes To Change

It’s not just menopause

The greatest reward to writing this blog is the opportunity to write about things that are significant, and reach a greater audience. As women we share a common thread; it is my hope that revealing what guides and influences me will resonate, and act as a reminder that no matter what is going on for you it’s not the end of the world, although at times it may feel that way!

“All emotions are pure which gather you and lift you up; that emotion is impure which seizes only one side of your being and so distorts you. -Rainer Marie Rilke”

Each individual woman is wired into her own unique outline of thoughts, beliefs and genetic coding. Accepting this about myself gave me a renewed sense of inner freedom and peace. It is the place from which I live, and it’s where I go when I need to make decisions that influence my life, health and future in any way. It is really just thinking things through before making a decision.

Change is constant; is does not begin or end with menopause.  We cannot change what is going on around us, but we can change what is going on for us and inside of us. The world is in crisis but that does not mean that we have to be. Every day of my life I’m creating my own future by maintaining a constant practice of caring for my body and mending my mind.  I’m not perfect (ask my family) but maintaining my health, well-being, physical, mental, emotional, and spirituality is how I love myself as I love my family and dear friends.

powerful-womenMenopause is here to stay. You must consider what you need to do to help your body adjust to physical and emotional changes. The more we resist, the more we lose our ability to be resilient. Think of symptoms between PMS and menopause as a continuous biological feedback loop that is constantly sending status reports on how you are doing. If your body is shouting out for attention during monthly menstrual cycles and menopause, it’s doing it for a reason.  Eating real food, getting plenty of exercise, and developing healthy lifestyle habits will make a significant difference. An herbal supplement is even worth a try, I have been taking them for years.

I understand that not everyone will use all natural methods of relief, but please be fully aware of the dangers in all forms of hormone replacement therapy before you start. Research and ask questions that apply specifically to you.  If you are on hormones, please do not stop educating yourself on the lifetime risks involved. You can find peer reviewed information and articles on my Facebook page.

All emotions are pure which gather you and lift you up; that emotion is impure which seizes only one side of your being and so distorts you.

-Rainer Marie Rilke

Stay well, take care.



The Estrogen Dilemma


You will quickly realize my goal is to help other women find peace with their hormones without the use of HRT.  Don’t get me wrong, no women needs to suffer through hot flashes or any annoying symptoms of perimenopause or menopause but, we don’t need to play roulette with our health either.

Even though my perimenopause was a like a trip to hell and back, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I’m now 63; between then and now came experience, mounds of research and many conversations with menopausal women about their challenges.

Direct experience and closeness with others during their transition has brought me here and now. I hope what I share will also enrich your life, health and help you find peace with your hormones.

Medical treatments have their proper place, however, not in perimenopause or menopause care.  I am not alone in my opinion or findings. It has been known since the 60’s, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) increases for breast cancer, heart disease, blood clots and stroke. Its simple biology; pharmaceutical or steroid estrogen stimulates the growth of estrogen sensitive tissue in the breast and uterus. It is a risk that is easy enough to avoid.

Barbara Seaman, a women’s health advocate since the 70’s has written extensively about the use of menopausal hormones. I recommend reading or even just flipping through her book, The Greatest Experiment Ever Preformed on Women (copyright 2002). It’s, educational, eye opening and guaranteed to change your mind if you are considering taking HRT in any form.

I believe that most of us understand the new health care is self-care. The highest level of health care emphasizes positive health through lifestyle and nutrition. Eating real food and choosing herbs that are tonic and adaptogenic, will help restore, tone, balance, invigorate and reduce the response to stress. Working with the core of our individual constitution and helping the body regulate its own hormones, the way nature intended.

Trust you intuition, stay true to yourself.

Stay well, take care.