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7 Natural Ways to Relieve Bloating and Eliminate Water Retention During Menopause

September 15th, 2009

Menopause brings on symptoms such as hot flashes and mood swings, and for a lot of women retaining water and the resultant bloating is of great concern because it can lead to weight gain. Unfortunately, HRT has been known to cause water retention in some women. The journal of British Menopause Society published this is March of 2006: Drospirenone is a new progestogen in hormone replacement therapy with anti-mineralocorticoid activity. This anti-mineralocorticoid activity counteracts water and sodium retention, helping to reduce the likelihood of fluid retention that some women experience with hormone... Read More

Planet Earth: Difficult Times, Insatiable Appetites, Doomed?

August 14th, 2009

…a conversation with Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder of Omega Institute for Holistic Studies Generally speaking, I am an optimist. My glass is half full, and I truly live in a state of gratitude for all that I do have. I am a happy person, living the rules of happiness. Nevertheless, I am not a happy idiot. There are some very troubling facts circulating out there about our environment that many people seem to be glazing over, not terribly interested in and/or think that these facts just can\’t be real. Denial is a wonderful thing. I was so troubled by the way we are treating our precious... Read More

Is the Food Industry Changing Your Chemistry?

July 15th, 2009

An Interview with David Kessler, M.D., former Commission of the Food & Drug Administration If cake is your BFF (best friend forever), if the call of Cheetos sends you into an orange-stained spin, if you start to drool at the mere mention of Cinnabon, and/or if you are mad at yourself for giving in and diving into a vat of chocolate, then pull up a chair and start clicking for an interview that just may change your relationship to food and, in turn, your life. Read as Janice Taylor, weight loss coach, hypnotherapist, and author of All Is Forgiven, Move On interviews Dr. David Kessler, author... Read More

10 Tips: Happiness Centered Weight Loss

June 12th, 2009

Our Lady of Weight Loss takes a happiness centered approach to weight loss. It is her mission to make weight loss fun … to make weight loss a joyful experience. Here follows ten of her top tips that she feels will up your energy, keep you focused and help you to happily melt fat. Ten Tips to Happiness Centered Weight Loss 1. BALANCE: Permanent weight loss is about living a balanced life. It\’s about looking at all areas of your life – physical health, mental health, relationships, finances, career, fun, creativity, spirituality, physical environment, time – and creating... Read More

Heart Palpitations & Menopause – Here\’s A Quick Way to Relieve Them

May 13th, 2009

Menopause isn\’t typically a life threatening condition – but in extreme cases, it can bring upon symptoms like rapid heart beat that feel like it is. The occasional feeling that your heart “skips a beat” does not necessarily indicate a serious medical problem. For those with menopause, rapid heart beat should be monitored by your doctor to check for a mitral valve prolapse which is a mild deformity of a heart valve. Palpitation is when the heart races repeatedly without any sign of stopping. It\’s not only extremely uncomfortable, it\’s downright frightening.... Read More


May 13th, 2009

What is the single most common, biggest, most overwhelming and likely to occur challenge when it comes to weight loss? Emotional Eating! It takes more than a good plan, good intentions, and basic nutritional information to override the emotional tsunamis that roll over and through us without turning to food. Managing difficult situations and feelings effectively is a big part of what we are doing here. Emotional eating has all to do with the mind; little to do with the food. There are many proactive measures that we can take to get a hold of our emotions and ground ourselves. These actions range... Read More

Celebrate FAILURE

April 14th, 2009

Our Lady of Weight Loss wants to know … … Are you afraid to commit to yourself fully? Are you terrified to lose weight, to fully take-in, ingest, go hog wild for your healthy living plan? Are you just plain afraid to push your envelope in any direction? Are you afraid to let the buried, the \’real\’ you – OUT? Afraid that you are going to fall on your tush again and again and eventually you will have broken it and seriously won\’t be able to get up? Are you afraid of failure? Great! You are NOT alone. Fear of Failure is the Number ONE KILLER of Grand Plans and... Read More

Acupuncture: What is it? What is it used for? Does it really work?

March 12th, 2009

Acupuncture is a practice that is over 2500 years old and promotes the natural healing of the body. Those who practice acupuncture explain that there are energy channels called meridians that run through the body. The energy that flows through the meridians is called Qi (chi). If Qi is blocked our energy becomes unbalanced and we can become sick. Using needles at specific acupuncture points (depending on the problem) can unblock the energy and allow the Qi to flow normally. Recent studies using functional MRI brain scans have found that when specific acupuncture points are stimulated on the body,... Read More

Recession Proof Your Life: STRESS BUSTERS

March 12th, 2009

Are you stressed? Irritable? Having trouble sleeping? Do you feel like screaming? Crying? Eating??? You are NOT alone! In these stressful times, it\’s essential to have an arsenal of coping mechanisms at hand – other than food. I mean, really, is there any point in heading to the fridge? Nothing recession proof in there! So hang in … Our Lady of Weight Loss has TEN CHEAP n\’ EASY THNGS YOU CAN DO TO BUST YOUR RECESSION STRESS that she\’d like to share with you. And they\’re pretty much free, with the exception of Vitamin C, which is pretty cheap. Breathe. No... Read More

The Heart of the Matter

February 13th, 2009

I can hardly believe that this is the third February in a row that I\’m writing this column! If you\’ve been with us from the beginning, or if you\’ve read some of our past medical columns, then you\’ll know what\’s coming next. February is not only the month of Valentine\’s Day, but also American Heart Month. (You can celebrate both by eating dark chocolate!) In keeping with those themes, and given how extraordinarily important it is for you to know about and understand how heart disease affects, and is different in, women, this month\’s column will be... Read More