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Perimenopause and You

Perimenopause and You

I get asked about this life condition a lot so I thought I would take the time to do some research and get you some good information on how to manage it.

 

Perimenopause literally means “around menopause” and indicates the onset of certain symptoms as your body transitions from childbearing to menopause. The name fits this life stage perfectly as everyone experiences is differently or at different times…or both! Some women begin perimenopause as early as their 30’s but most women begin to feel the changes in their 40’s and 50’s.

You and the Flu

Every year around this time, the bombardment begins. Every expert pushes each and every one of us to get a flu shot like our lives depend on it. It starts to sound like carnival barkers: Get your flu shot here!

 

And yet it seems that millions suffer from the flu each and every winter. We see tons of advertisements showing miserable people suffering from extreme symptoms of cough, fever and runny nose.

 

I have elderly family members whose doctors faithfully administer their flu shots and every winter, they get the flu at least once.

 

Imagine a World without Soda

My husband and I travel a lot for our work, as well as with family and for pleasure. We see a lot of sights…and stop at a lot of rest stops along the highways.

 

The other day, as we sat enjoying homemade sandwiches at a sunny picnic table, my heart broke at what I saw. Walking toward me was a group of people, all with large sodas in their hands. They could barely move. It appeared that each step was pure agony for them.

 

Get Your Pink On and Open Your Wallet...Again

It’s October, girls, so gird your loins! We’re about to get pinked! You’ll see the color everywhere from tee shirts to ribbons, kitchen appliances to running shoes, all designed to raise money for breast cancer research.

 

I am so confused and “over it”, to be honest. After all the suffering, loss and disfiguring of millions of women, I would hope that we would be further along. But we still offer treatments that have debilitating side effects and increase our risk of other diseases like metabolic syndrome.

 

Love the Skin You're In, Baby!

Women spend a staggering $426 billion on beauty products each year:  shampoo, conditioner, body wash, dry shampoo, face wash, facial scrubs, tea tree oil, shaving cream, razors, toothbrushes, whitening toothpastes, serums, body lotion, face lotion, primers and toners.

 

When it comes to beauty and appearance maintenance, it can feel like there’s no limit to how much we will spend. There’s always a new miracle product that promises us clear skin and eternal youth.

 

This Old Yankee Had a Cutting Board

It was a blazing hot summer day and I was about to do a cooking demo for the Newport Mansions Food and Wine Festival.

 

A man with sparkling eyes and a baseball cap walked slowly toward me. Slowly because he was seriously encumbered by the weight of an enormous cutting board on his hip that threw his balance completely off.

 

Actually, This Is the Sharpest Knife in the Drawer!

I love my knife. There; I said it in my outside voice. I love my knife the way women love their shoes…with all my heart.

 

The affair began about 20 years ago when Robert gave me a Kyocera KyoTop ceraminc knife for Christmas. At first, I was skeptical. This knife was light as a feather. Surely, it couldn’t be serious. By the end of Christmas Day’s cooking, you had to pry it from my hand so I would stop slicing and dicing.

 

My Dolce Vita

A month at both work and play in Italy is pretty sweet.

 

Now I’m back at home, looking out my kitchen window over my little city garden, my fig tree, heavy with fruit, dreaming of my weeks in Italy and missing that slower, more natural (for me) lifestyle.

 

So I have decided to share memories of my little adventure with friends and loved ones and post pics and recipes from our month living the sweet life.

 

Protecting Your Peepers This Summer

As the days heat up, so do our bodies. We sweat more easily to stay cool. We drink more water to stay hydrated. We rest more. We wear sunscreen.

 

But how do we protect our precious peepers in the hot, sometimes humid weather?

 

So easily…and naturally as well!

 

Cool as a Cucumber

Social Media Day?

Who knew this was a thing? Seems to me we need a day when we take a wee respite from it and hang out with Mother Nature, no gadgets, phones, tablets, e readers, televisions or computer.