Weight Gain in Menopause

Weight Gain in Menopause

Just tried on my new ski pants, size 10, and they’re uncomfortably tight! What happened to being a 6 Tall? Granted that was probably a nicotine-induced skinniness, but geez, size 10 ski pants cut off my circulation when I get into a tuck skiing. Harsh! Let’s talk...
Flu Fighters

Flu Fighters

I saw in the newspaper last week that the flu has officially arrived in Aspen, so I thought let’s talk flu fighters (not Foo Fighters) today! How do we protect ourselves and boost our immune systems to kick the flu’s behind before it kicks our butts?...
Hormonal Insomnia

Hormonal Insomnia

I went to sleep before 8:30 last night, 9 the night before and 8 a few nights back. Then slept in until at 9am (you read that right) my husband said, “I thought only teenagers did that.” I’m sleeping lots and lots right now because, like my teenage counterpart, I’m in...
Is This Menopause?

Is This Menopause?

When you need reader glasses to find the tab on your tampon wrapper, it’s probably time for menopause. This actually happened to me last week, and I thought you’d get a laugh out of the image of me literally asking my husband to bring me some readers after trying to...
Dryness (down there)

Dryness (down there)

Yep, I’m gonna use the “V” word and talk about vaginal dryness. I hear a lot of menopausal women sharing this uncomfortable and totally irritating complaint. It can be anything from annoying to downright debilitating and a serious sex life ruiner, that is if you even...
Brain Fog

Brain Fog

Brain fog is a common menopause complaint. Heck, it can be a big issue for lots of non-menopausers too! I naively thought I’d skipped that perimenopausal symptom, until I noticed I couldn’t quite grasp the words I wanted to say. Easy words like… glove, dinner, or...
Menopause: Round 4

Menopause: Round 4

I’m finding menopause symptoms come in waves. Sometimes I’m up on the crest feeling so good, scoffing menopause, and feeling I’ve got this symptom nonsense licked. Then suddenly a rouge wave comes out of nowhere, smacks me off my high perch, and I’m back down in the...
Fire Relief

Fire Relief

We’ve had a huge fire burning here locally since July 3. It’s been intense for all in the valley, especially the firefighters and everyone directly affected by evacuations, home losses, smoke damage, and now mud slide threats. It has impacted people deeply. It’s been...
Cravings As Clues

Cravings As Clues

Cravings can rule our lives! We’ll be going along fine, minding our own business and then wham-o, some food, drug, drink, etc. comes into our attention and we’re off to the races full on craving that thing. Sometimes it’s manageable and other times it’s obsessive and...
Hot Flash or Power Surge?

Hot Flash or Power Surge?

I’ve been having tons of hot flashes lately, haven’t slept a full night in months, and my thinking’s gettin’ foggy. Sound familiar? Yup, it’s menopause, and it’s legit! Not for sissies! Leave it to women to do all the badass s#*t! I’m perfectly fine one moment,...
Environmentalism and Big Pharma Don’t Mix

Environmentalism and Big Pharma Don’t Mix

We all like to think we’re environmentalists, right? We want to help the planet, improve the situation, not worsen it, right? Trying to do our parts by driving less, getting hybrid cars, recycling, bringing our own bags to the market – yay for us! But, did you ever...
Menopause Isn’t A Disease

Menopause Isn’t A Disease

Menopause isn’t a disease, so let’s stop treating as if it were one. In conventional medicine, we take a pill to deal with our “disease” symptoms and voila no more problem, right? Not so fast… there really isn’t a magic pill to heal yourself. Pills, taking away our...