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How to Lose Weight After Menopause and Keep Your Sanity

By Pauline A Delany

If you’ve already reached, or are entering your menopausal years, one of your biggest concerns may be your weight. Conventional wisdom has always stated that, ‘as women we’re to expect that keeping our figure after menopause is impossible and weight gain is just one of the aspects for women over 40′. However, new research is taking this ‘conventional wisdom’ and debunking it.images

Although, bad eating habits such as indulging in the sugary sweets; fried foods, red meat; or caffeine, will put weight on us now that we’re over 40. Our body, unfortunately, doesn’t breakdown and use these types of substances the way it used to. Meaning unless we cut out the bad eating and drinking habits… weight gain after 40 is bound to happen.

That doesn’t mean we have to give up all of our favorite foods or drinks to maintain our weight, and asking a woman in menopause that’s going through multiple changes, to do so, is ludicrous; and a great way to toss her sanity overboard. There are simple steps to take, which will help women over 40 with weight loss – while keeping our sanity. First, and foremost, drop the high sugar; fried food; red meat diet, and go with low-fat menu planning. I’m not going to call it a diet because no one wants to live on a diet, but learning to eat low-fat meals will help with weight loss in women over 40.

It’s not a word women like to hear, let alone do, but we’re over 40 now, and we’re going to have to start to exercise to lose weight and to keep it off. On the good side; not only does exercise help us lose weight, but it also, helps us keep down our irritability level and our anxiety level; it will help us sleep, plus reduce our symptoms such as night sweats, hot flashes, and help avoid sleep disturbances, which are all a part of keeping a healthy sanity level.

I’m going to sound masochistic for a moment, and say that weight loss for women over 40 includes giving up caffeine. Sadly, it’s a proven fact that our favorite caffeinated drinks, will increase mood swings, and hot flashes, as well as, just about every other symptom included in menopause. On the subject of giving things up, if you’re a lover of spicy foods, you might want to give them up to some extent. On one hand, they are wonderful for weight loss because they boost our metabolism. On the other hand, the last thing we need to do is put spicy things into our system when we’re experiencing hot flashes because it will only aggravate the problem.

Believe it or not, herbal remedies and supplements can help with our menopause by reducing night sweats, hot flashes and will help boost our sex drive, which is a great stress reliever, and sanity saver. Lastly, another wonderful method to help us relax, stay calm, sane, reduce hot flashes, night sweats, and potentially raise our estrogen levels is trying traditional acupuncture treatments twice a week for ten weeks.

To find out more, visit my website for my free report “5 Big Mistakes Most Women Make After 40″ at http://www.weightlossforwomenafter40.com

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What Changes Women Can Expect After 40

By Pauline A Delany

Heading Into Your 40’s

Forty is a mystic number for women’s well-being. Your career, friendships, and social connections may all be thriving. Yet heading into your 40’s also means that your likelihood of developing illnesses such as osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, or thyroid conditions rise significantly. You might not yet be aware of some risks associated with the aforementioned diseases. For instance, the American Heart Association, stated that 23 percent of women ages 40 and over passed away within one year after they had a heart attack in comparison to 18 percent of men.

Several diseases naturally become more frequent as we get older. Certain lifestyle practices, such as using tobacco or poor nutrition, start to take a toll on our body by age 40. No one can turn time backwards, but you can discover how to guard yourself against these health problems, which could destroy your condition of living. Along with guidance from your physician, you want to focus on prevention, as well as, early detection for certain medical conditions.

Reaching Your Mid 40’s

Menopause is likely going to provide you with a new perspective on health and life as a woman. The joys of premenstrual syndrome, reproductive issues, and menstrual discomforts are issues that will not be a concern much longer. You will find that hot flashes and some of the other premenopausal symptoms begin to gradually disappear. Once you start to move further into your life, you could start feeling a sudden burst of optimism and energy, which is termed “postmenopausal zest.”

Over the next decades, you will find that your focus will continually begin to shift. Initially, you will be more concerned with managing or preventing conditions, which become more widespread as your supply of estrogen continues to decline, such as, heart-disease, osteoporosis, skin changes, sexual dysfunctions, and bladder control.

Once you hit your mid-life, or later, you have probably begun to experience some new signs of aging. You might be finding that your joints are starting to ache and that your skin is starting to dry out, your sleep cycle is off and you find you have insomnia. This is also a point in your life when you run the chance of developing degenerative diseases. Most of these chronic conditions that start to plague midlife women are partly due to their declining estrogen levels, which help to maintain your bodies tissues within the reproductive organs, brains, breasts, bladders, bones, and cardiovascular system. Your genetic makeup is complicit in the process, as are all the cumulative effects that happen with normal environmental forces, aging, and lifestyle choices.

But through it all, there are natural and pharmaceutical options available to help you cope with all of the changes that you are going through or will be going through. It will be a bit of a rough road, but with a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle, you will find that it is not going to be the struggle that you thought it was going to be. There is a reason they say that your 40’s are the new 30’s, and now it’s your turn to find out why.

Find out more about how to be a Fit and Healthy Woman After 40 at my website http://www.fitandhealthywomanafter40.com

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Night Sweats After 40

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By Pauline A Delany

Have you ever woken up covered in sweat in the middle of the night, only to look over and see your mate all snuggled up under the blankets almost looking cold? Any woman over 40 can tell you how it feels to be in the middle of a sleep cycle, only to be woken up by the feeling of drowning in your own bodily fluids. By bodily fluids, I mean night sweats. You wake up, throw the covers, the sheets, everything off your body just to get that first feel of cool, refreshing, air against your pale, damp, wet skin. It’s not even just waking up beside your partner like that; it’s trying to snuggle against your partner and not being able to because no more than five minutes into holding each other, it’s like the local slip and slide between the two of you, you’re sweating so much. Have you ever wondered why that is?

That sweating is our bodies naturally built-in heat elimination system. It’s meant to be there. The problem with night sweats is that our body’s heating system kicks into overdrive, when there is no reason for it to because we are sleeping.

What is actually happening is that, normally in our life, we have times that we have little or no activity happening with our estrogen, and then we have a little bit of activity. Then we have our menstruation, and it will peak and then slow down again, but when we hit our 40’s and start the menopausal stage of our life, we will have times when there is zero activity with our estrogen, but then there are times when our estrogen activity goes through the roof. After going through the roof, the ovaries realize they can’t make enough and stop and start again, and repeat this cycle over and over again. The result of this happening is what is known as ‘night sweats’. Because our body doesn’t realize that it has made too much or too little estrogen, it just knows that there’s a constant fluctuation in the heating system, which in turn drives us women nuts at bed time.

One very popular and natural method of helping to reduce the effects of night sweats is a very old one. The use of a natural sage supplement has been counted on, to help with the effects of night sweats for as far back as people can remember. A few drops of the sage extract supplement on the tip of your tongue each day for three months will help your body begin to regulate its internal temperature, and lessen the attacks of night sweats.

It might not be the best taste on the tongue, but it’s worth it to reduce the attacks of night sweats, regulate your internal heating system and allow you to have more snuggle time with your mate at night. Try to buy the pure sage extract. Pure is always better.

Find out everything you need to know about night sweats and how to be a fit and healthy woman after 40 in my new ebook – “Feeling Fabulous After 40″.

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