DO YOU HAVE ANXIETY OR SLEEP PROBLEMS – CAN IT BE RELATED TO YOUR ADRENAL GLANDS?

DO YOU HAVE ANXIETY OR SLEEP PROBLEMS – CAN IT BE RELATED TO YOUR ADRENAL GLANDS?

Your adrenal glands sit on top of your kidneys either side of your lower back.  When they get worn out, this is usually called adrenal fatigue.

Your adrenal glands help to control stress levels and blood sugar levels in your body. 

When you have adrenal fatigue or I like to call it adrenal insufficiency, you may be feeling fatigued and tired out along with other symptoms such as weight gain, insomnia, brain fog, pretty much not feeling very good.

If you are feeling these symptoms and you are dragging your body out of bed every day, this is a sign that you need to get to grips with whatever your stress is because your body is probably in “stress mode” all the time and not having time to rest and relax.

If your stress levels continue over a number of years, this can then lead to adrenal insufficiency and this can then lead to other problems such as gut issues, thyroid issues, mineral imbalances and hormone imbalances.

Here are some signs that your adrenals are suffering.

YOUR HORMONES ARE IMBALANCED

When your body is prioritising stress, your hormones are not being made.  The hormone affected is progesterone and this is being used to control stress levels.  This can put your estrogen and progesterone out of balance.  When estrogen levels go high, this can affect your thyroid working correctly.  Your adrenal glands and thyroid are best friends and both work together. 

This can lead to fatigue, weight gain, dry skin, lower metabolism and menstrual problems.  You can also be suffering from PMS as well. 

YOU FEEL ANXIOUS AND DEPRESSED

Your adrenal glands help with brain, mood and mental health.  You will have problems tolerating stress levels which can lead to anxiety and depression. 

YOUR FEEL OVERWHELMED EVERY DAY

Are you putting yourself last and not making yourself a priority?  If you are on the go all the time and not making time for rest and relaxation, it can make you feel a bit overwhelmed with day to day life.  It is ok to say no and not to think that you have to be able to do everything and please everyone.  Put yourself first and give yourself some more self care.

Stop and re-focus on your day to day activities and find more time for yourself.  You need this time for yourself every day to help reduce stress and feel much better.

YOU CAN’T SLEEP

Are you getting enough sleep?  You know how much you need to be able to rest, recharge and repair every night.  Usually it is around 8-10 hours every night.  So, if you are not feeling energised every morning or you are relying on an alarm clock to get you up every day, this is a big sign you need to get more sleep. 

Are you going to sleep and getting up at roughly the same time every day?  This can help to set your circadium rhythm so you get more productive sleep.  Taking time to get ready for sleep is also important and to stop blue light and stimulants in the evening. 

Set the scene for sleep, take an epsom salt bath, don’t eat a heavy meal too close to bed, make sure your room is dark and cool. 

YOU HAVE CRAVINGS FOR SALT

When your adrenal glands are not functioning correctly, your body is wanting more sodium and other minerals.  This is because your adrenal glands produce aldosterone which controls the salt levels in your body and when they are not functioning correctly, they will not be producing aldosterone to control your salt levels and you can be losing more salt than you can retain.  This can lead to low blood pressure, heart palpitations and cravings for salt, dizziness or light headedness when you stand up.

To help with this, you can add a pinch of celtic sea salt or Himalayan pink salt in every litre of water you drink.  Also include these salts in your food and cooking.  You can also add in seaweed such as dulse, kelp or nori.

YOU DON’T FEEL GOOD AFTER EXERCISE

You should feel good and energised after exercised.  If you feel tired instead, this is a sign that your adrenal glands are not functioning well. 

High impact exercise can also put more stress on your adrenal glands.  What they want is rest and repair.  Include more less strenuous exercise such as walking and yoga.

YOU FEEL STIFF AND PAIN

You can feel stiff and pain when your body is not able to heal itself correctly.  You can be feeling stiff in any area of your body but particularly your neck and back area. 

An Epsom bath can help with this.  Supplementing with magnesium and eating an anti inflammatory diet.

YOU ARE RELYING ON CAFFEINE TO WAKE YOU UP

Do you need caffeine to wake you up?  Caffeine is a stimulant and this is like slapping your adrenal glands in the face to wake up.  This can put more stress on your adrenal glands and weaken them even more. 

Caffeine can keep your body in stress mode and increases cortisol levels. 

When the effects of caffeine wear off, this can leave you feeling worse and more tired and irritable. 

Swap to herbal teas such as holy basil tea.  Holy basil has been known to be able to help reduce stress levels. 

YOU HAVE DIGESTION PROBLEMS

During high levels of stress, your digestion will not be functioning properly because your body will put more emphasis on bodily processes to cope with stress. 

Over time, this can affect the way your digest food, lower stomach acid and increase your risk of infections and overgrowth of bad bacteria in your digestive tract.

You can also be suffering from bloating, gas, indigestion, constipation or diarrhea.

When you are not digesting your food correctly, you can also be suffering from malnutrition because you cannot take in all the nutrients from your food very well. 

You may be eating healthy but if you can’t digest your food properly, it can affect absorption.

It is so important to get to the root cause of your stress.  Stress comes in all shapes and sizes.  It can be diet, lifestyle, toxins, exercise, sleep, mindset.

When you find the root cause, you can begin to heal and correct the stress in your life.

You can put a plan together to begin your healing process and set you on the road to recovery and feeling better so you can look good and feel good inside and out.

I can help and support you to put a plan together to heal your body.  

My 30 Day Hormone Reset focuses on diet, lifestyle, mindset and exercise.

Go HERE for more details and how to book 

How Do You Cope With Ageing?

HOW DO YOU COPE WITH AGEING?

Ageing is inevitable, we can’t stop it.

Ageing can leave you feeling a bit uneasy when you start to see more wrinkles and how your body is changing as you age.

Maybe seeing saggy boobs and your ass feels like it isn’t as firm as it once was and your skin becomes drier.

The good news is that you can slow down the process of ageing and make the most of your new body.

You can do so much with your diet, lifestyle, mindset and exercise which is the 4 areas that I like to help and support women with.

I have noticed a lot of changes now that I am in my 50’s.  

During the last 10 years, on my perimenopause journey, I have changed my diet, learned to love myself more, changed the way I exercise and got toxins out of my life.

This has helped me so much with the way I feel and look today.

How are you coping with ageing?

I would love to hear from you.

In the meantime, watch my video where I will talk more about ageing.

DO YOU PRACTICE SELF CARE?

DO YOU PRACTICE SELF CARE?

“Self care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you.”

– KATIE REED

In order to give yourself some self care, you need to put yourself at the top of your to do list always. 

Realise the importance of you and your health. 

What would happen if you could no longer take care of your families needs?  This can remind you that taking care of you is your number 1 priority. 

Do you think that staying healthy takes too much time and money?  I want to ask you what else takes time and money.  Getting sick does.  You can either make time for your health or it will be made for you when you are forced to confront it. 

You can learn to get organised and change habits to create healthy meals and that don’t cost a lot of money either.

Think about the time that you were last sick and I mean really sick where you could not go to work.  Maybe a bad cold or flu!  How stressful was it and you couldn’t do what you needed to do and couldn’t help other people.

Take time to visualise what your life will be like if you continue on with the way you are and not taking care of yourself.

SAYING NO

Have you learned how to say NO.  I think somewhere along the way of life, you think that it is wrong to say NO.  Why do you find this difficult to do.  Saying NO to something that does not serve you or not make you happy, is not bad and you should not be feeling guilty about it.

I like to think that the word NO means to Nourish Oneself.  Saying NO to things that are not good for you or things you do not want to do, allows you to say YES to the things you do want to do and that will make you feel good.

POWER HOUR

Can you incorporate a “power hour” into your day?  This means that if you can get up one hour earlier than anyone else in the house, what would that mean to you?

You can wake up better, drink a warm lemon drink, do some yoga, make time to journal and to plan your day, give thanks etc.  An hour is a lot of time to get a lot done for yourself.

If you can’t manage one hour, make it half an hour instead.

You will be amazed just how much better your day will be.

Set some goals by scoring 1-10.  Rate yourself today about your health and happiness.  Keep a note of this daily and try an increase your score every week.

Really hold yourself accountable to increase your number with whatever goal you set for yourself.

This could be to eat one healthier meal

Do more exercise during the week

Say NO to one thing you don’t want to do.

The most important relationship is the one you have with yourself.”

– DIANE VON FURSTENBERG

BE MORE PRESENT

Be more present in your day, even if you are just still for a moment to focus on your surroundings, how you feel, what you are thinking, what you are enjoying etc.

Your day can get busy and lots of things can go running through your mind.  You day can easily be missed by not being present in that day.

Try and stop yourself from doing too many things at once or thinking about tomorrow or last night, getting yourself in a panic about something.  Check in with yourself and take a breath and stop and be still to focus on just one thing. 

To be truly present, put your phone away and any other distractions.

BREATHE

Be still and focus on your breath.  A lot of people do not breathe very well.  When you can do some deep breathing it can really help to reduce stress. 

Breathe in for a count of 8, hold your breath and count to 4, then breathe out again and count to 8.  Do this a few times to really feel yourself relaxing.

Another way to help reduce stress and relax is to do nostril breathing.  What you do is hold one nostril in with your finger.  Now breathe in for a count of 8, hold for a count of 4, then swap nostrils and hold in the other side as you breathe out for a count of 8. 

DELEGATE

Are there things you are doing that someone else can do?  Can someone else do the grocery shopping?  Can you get it delivered?  Who can help out with the housework?  Every little thing that you can delegate to someone else will help give you more time to yourself.

These self care tools require no extra time or money.  Add at least one of these in a day.

Self-care is important and self-care can be easy.

With the right system in place it becomes part of your daily routine and can have incredible results.

What self-care system will you be adding to your life?

What Is Good About Menopause?

WHAT IS GOOD ABOUT MENOPAUSE?

Menopause is not all bad.

A lot of women think that when they reach menopause, they are:

Over the hill

Past their sell by date

Lose their attractiveness

Lose their looks

STOP right there.  

This does NOT have to be the case at all.

Today we are living longer so in Menopause you can make the most of what you have and go into Menopause looking good and feeling good inside and out!

You do not have to get older with the symptoms of old age!

It starts with you and it starts with your mindset.

Getting your head around the fact that Menopause can be the best time of your life.

Ok, so there are a few things that have changed at Menopause and they are:

You lose muscle tone

Your skin is less elastic and is much drier than before

Your hair is drier and not as luscious as before

You lose some bone mass

You are more sensitive to stress

You are more sensitive to sugar

BUT you can do so much to help with the above!

So what is good about Menopause?

Watch my video to find out more.

Oh and if you are a bit confused and fed up of your symptoms of Menopause, I am here to help and support you.

Don’t be confused and fed up, trying to figure it all out by yourself.

I have all the tools that you  need in my 30 Day Hormone Reset.

Get all the details HERE

 

Changing Your Eating Habits With A Positive Mindset

CHANGING YOUR EATING HABITS WITH A POSITIVE MINDSET

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Ok so let’s get real here and face reality, making changes in your life can seem like a huge task but it is completely “doable”.  I did it myself and if I can do it, so can you because I was a sugar junkie, I ate lots of bread and I didn’t make all my own meals.

When you begin to make changes, you need to view this as a transformational journey and be open to change and embrace it and learn new ones.

In modern day life where there is a vast amount of information on the internet now about lots of different ways to eat your food.  This makes it a bit difficult knowing where to start.

But, this is about you and what is best for you, not what your friend is doing or family members and don’t let anyone influence you with your decision.  You do what is best for you and your life, it is no-one elses and there is no “one size fits all” approach here.  This is a change for the long term, not a short term fix.

This is a powerful motivator to make those changes so you can look good and feel good inside and out.

Your motivation will be what drives you because this is important to you.  This is a change for you and no-one else.

Behavioural change science tells us that intrinsic motivation is the key – motivation that comes from within, that is internally driven by what is important to you. Make the change for yourself, nobody else.

Get a journal and write down honestly the reasons why you want this change for the better without any judgement on your part.  This will help you to get started on your journey to changes. 

Begin to make small changes and take baby steps.  This is a change of lifestyle and habits and it can take a while to get used to new ones.  Be kind to yourself and if you fall off the wagon, get back on it again and keep going.  Any small progress is a big win, so give yourself some credit and be proud of yourself. 

You might be someone who can make more changes than others depending on where you are.  If you are already eating healthy and prepare your own meals then you are already doing well to get healthy hormones.  You may be a master at meal preparation or you may be super organised yourself. 

As you start to make positive changes, really pay attention to how your life is changing, how food tastes, how you feel after eating that food, Keep a note of all this in your journal.

How is your attitude changing towards foods and how food tastes.  It can take a while to be able to actually crave healthy food and crave a salad.  Yes it is possible, because I do!

Are you having cravings for some foods?  Start to become very aware of what can be triggering any unhealthy food cravings.  Is it stress, tiredness or feeling anxious or depressed etc?  Sometimes women eat unhealthy foods to make themselves feel good or to fill a need or void in their life.  When you can get clear on what is driving these cravings or eating patterns, you can do something to stop it and move on.

Get used to eating out at a restaurant or eating at a party and get used to making good food choices such as salad items and more vegetables instead of bread or pastries or crisps.  Eat a small piece of dessert instead of a large one.  Don’t let anyone make judgements about what you are eating or let someone influence eating more than you want.  This is your choice and just let them know that you want to make healthier choices with your food. 

Be prepared for hunger if you are late getting your next meal.  Carry some healthy snacks around in your bag to put you on until your next meal so you are not tempted to buy a packet of crisps or a chocolate bar.

When you do eat, take a look at your plate and how colourful it is with all the fruits and vegetables and salads you are eating. 

Take time when you are eating so you can really taste your food.  Eat with no distractions and eat mindfully, so no television or looking at your laptop or mobile phone while eating. 

Get used to food prepping like a pro!  Always plan ahead and write down what you will be eating for the next week and get all the food in your kitchen so you are prepared.  Give yourself an hour or so one day, maybe Sunday to chop, wash and marinade meat, cook a stew and freeze it etc. 

Keep yourself in check by checking in with yourself regularly on what you have eaten and how you are progressing.

Be proud of yourself for all your achievements, you are doing great.

Do you want any help and support from me?  I am here for you to give you the support you need.  You may need some fresh eyes on what you are doing to help you make a few changes here and there. 

I can assess where you are with your healthy journey and help with your choices of foods, herbs and supplements to help you along your journey to better health and healthy hormones.

My Hormone Reset has all the tools you need to help you make lasting changes for good! 

When you make your purchase of my Hormone Reset, we have a long chat together about where you are at and I will draw up a plan of action to guide you in making your food choices and lifestyle changes.  I will check in with you during the 4 weeks to see how you are doing.

All you need to do then is rinse and repeat and keep doing what you are doing.

Above all, be patient with yourself and your body.  Your body is in charge of healing and getting healthy again.  It can take a few months, 6 months, a year.  So you need to be prepared to wait for lasting changes.  Every women is different and will be at different stages of their health journey.

Go to this link to book my Hormone Reset and get all the details HERE