I miss my brain: maybe it’s hungry?

If I’ve learned anything this past year, it’s that the human body is an amazing assortment of complex, inter-dependent systems–systems we don’t always think about, pay attention to, or treat kindly….until… ….something no longer works properly or “the way it used to”. Do any of these sound familiar? I just don’t feel right. I can’t […]

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5 key questions to improve (or even eliminate) brain fog

  Brain fog is a common complaint of women in perimenopause, and I can certainly relate. I was a self-employed, 39-year-old mother of two young children. I could not focus. I would write lists — and re-write lists — in fear of forgetting something. But all I could do was stare at the words in […]

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Skin: What to expect in perimenopause

Skin suggestions for perimenopause and menopause from Andrea Scott, Founder of skoah   Healthy skin (like that of babies) has a process of renewing itself. New cells move through the epidermal layers going from plump and healthy cells to flat layers that naturally shed. This process in healthy skin takes about 2 weeks. As we […]

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The ins & outs of facial hair (Part 2)

Click here to read Part 1: Things I learned from my teenage son  Questions about facial hair & perimenopause? We went to Dr Anna Garrett to pluck the facts. Here is what she said: Seriously, it’s not enough that women have to endure hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and crashing fatigue during perimenopause? Or […]

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Chin hair & other things I’ve learned from my son (Part 1 of 2)

Perimenopause, menopause & mid-life can all bring a host of surprises. Some of them are found staring you right in the face. This is a story about perimenopause. That begins with erectile dysfunction and ends with chin hair. Click to tweet. Yes, these things are actually related….related to conversations I’ve had with my son. When he […]

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Release the shame & stigma of perimenopause

Millions of Canadian women are experiencing menopause, yet many are still ashamed to talk about it. It’s time to release the stigma and start the conversation. [This article was published by Media Planet & circulated by Toronto Star on May 15, 2014 http://bit.ly/T6JyPP] I know what you’re thinking. You think you’re the only one. The only one who doesn’t feel […]

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Spilling the Beans on Fibre

This post is dedicated to two entrepreneurial chicks I’ve worshipped from afar for years: Janet & Greta Podleski. My sister used to work with their sister (so it’s almost as if we are related!) and ever since their first Looneyspoons cookbook hit the stands, I’ve been hooked! They take something so natural (healthy cooking) and make it […]

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Midlife: minus the crisis #thisismy47

Around the time I was born, a psychologist named Elliott Jaques coined the term “midlife crisis” based on his studies of patients and artists dealing with depression and anxiety about getting older. The term “midlife crisis” caught on because everyone knows someone (real or in the movies!) who fits the mould: hair loss, sex with […]

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