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Managing Overactive Bladder

Managing Overactive Bladder

By Staness Jonekos

Do you map out bathroom locations before leaving home so you aren’t stranded without options when the unstoppable urge strikes?

Bladder control issues can be stressful especially in social situations.  As many as one in six adults over the age 40 suffer from an overactive bladder (OAB), and women between the ages of 45 and 64 are affected more than men.

The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) says:

“Women are much more prone to the occasional episode of urine leakage than men. These symptoms may be partially affected by menopause. As menopause approaches and during the years that follow, lack of estrogen can cause thinning of the lining of the urethra, the outlet for the bladder. With aging, the surrounding pelvic muscles may weaken. As a result, women are at increased risk for urinary incontinence.”

Unfortunately, the majority of women do not seek treatment, assuming it is part of the aging process.  OAB can affect quality of life, and can impact sexual health.

When the muscles of the bladder contract involuntarily, your brain signals the urgent need to urinate.  Often you may not always make it to the bathroom without leaking.

Urgency is the hallmark symptom, as well as frequency and waking up during sleep two or more times to urinate, according to the International Continence Society (ICS).

The ICS defines frequency of urination as:

“…Up to seven episodes during waking hours had been considered normal, but this number is highly variable based upon hours of sleep, fluid intake, medical conditions and other factors like medications, a urinary tract infection and pregnancy or recent delivery.”

The good news is that there are OAB first line treatment strategies you can discuss with your healthcare provider:

  1. Behavioral therapies, including bladder training, pelvic floor muscle training, and fluid management.
  2. Pharmacologic management, with both over-the-counter and prescription options.
  3. Lifestyle changes:
    1. Maintain a healthy weight, because being overweight can contribute to OAB.
    2. Reduce caffeine, tea, alcohol, spicey and acidic foods.
    3. Stop smoking – smoker’s cough can lead to urine leakage.
    4. Support healthy bowel habits. Being constipated can cause extra pressure on the bladder, making you feel like you have to urinate. Exercise and fiber intake can help with regularity.

Chart your symptoms 3 to7 days prior to your first doctor’s visit, and track your progress with these tools:

FREE Bladder Diary

FREE Bladder APP

If you have OAB, don’t suffer in silence.  Johns Hopkins Medicine reports that around 33 million Americans have an overactive bladder – you are not alone.  With proper treatment you can schedule your day around activities not bathroom locations.

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AZO Bladder Control™ with Go-Less® Giveaway

AZO Bladder Control with Go-Less®

GIVEAWAY

Bladder health is important at any age, but most of us don’t think about it until we approach the menopausal years.  AZO Bladder Control™ with Go-Less® is an option to consider to support a healthy bladder.

There will be 5 winners selected for the AZO Bladder Control™ with Go-Less® giveaway. It’s easy to enter. Leave a comment that you want to win, or “Like” our Facebook page.

The winners (randomly selected) will be announced September 30, 2014.

Ingredients

The active ingredient in AZO Bladder Control™ contains clinically-studied Go-Less®, a drug-free, naturally sourced supplement comprised of pumpkin seed extract and soybean isoflavones.

These ingredients are shown to support healthy bladder activity and enforce bladder strength. Pumpkin seed extract supports bladder muscle integrity, while the soy isoflavones help relax bladder muscles and sustain muscular strength in the pelvic floor.

For more information on how these ingredients work: http://azobladder.com/azo-bladder#faqs

Suggested Use

Take one capsule three times a day for two weeks. After two full weeks, taper to one capsule twice a day. When following the suggested product directions, AZO Bladder Control with Go-Less helps to manage occasional urgency.

For additional information, visit AZO Bladder Control

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

This giveaway is sponsored by AZO Bladder Control with Go-Less®

Always discuss over-the-counter-products with your healthcare provider.

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A Dose of Inspiration from Meryl Streep

“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me.

I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me.

I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate.

I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise.

I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping.

I hate conflict and comparisons.

I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities.

In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement.

Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals.

And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.”

- Meryl Streep

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Tips from the NIH about Hormones and Menopause

Ladies, finally an easy-to-read brochure that shares the latest science on hormones and menopause.  A MUST read!

This information is based on research and approved by leading scientists in women’s health, so you can be sure it’s reliable.

The NIH is the part of the U.S. government responsible for medical research. They’re working hard to develop cures and treatments, including treatments for menopausal symptoms.

Click on the image to order your copy for FREE.

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Will Your Marriage Survive Menopause? by Staness Jonekos

Opposite Sides Argument 2

Over 60 percent of divorces are initiated by women in their 40s, 50s or 60s — the menopause years — according to a recent survey conducted by AARP Magazine. Why are women running away from marriage?

I wasn’t even married when I slammed into menopause months before my wedding day at the age of 47. Despite being completely in love, I almost ran away and my fiance almost married bridezella!

Experts say the number one reason for divorce is lack of communication. My response from the ladies corner, “When everything you know to be normal is being kidnapped by changing hormones, communication may be last on the list. Throw in lifestyle changes, health and aging issues, and you are left in a small evaporating puddle of low self-esteem feeling hopeless.”

Many men blame lack of sex as the leading reason for midlife divorce. But is it? AARP poled 1,682 adults ages 45 and older on the importance of sex. Two-thirds of men (66 percent) and about half of women (48 percent) agreed that a satisfying sex life was important to their quality of life. That is only an 18 percent difference. So is it lack of sex, or a breakdown in communication chasing the women away?

Navigating a course in uncharted territory can test any relationship emotionally and sexually. It can also bring a couple closer — it did for me.

Purchasing midlife marriage insurance can help combat the unforeseen hazards during the menopause transition. How do you qualify for this love insurance? The first step is to understand how menopause can affect your love life.

Ladies first.

Menopause is a life transition that can affect you physically and emotionally. Your body is experiencing fluctuating hormones that can cause hot flashes, night sweats, itchy skin, migraine headaches, breast tenderness, vaginal dryness and irregular periods. Eighty percent of women will experience uncomfortable symptoms, and the majority struggle with midlife weight gain.

Many women feel unattractive going through so many uninvited changes. Some suffer from exhaustion, depression and moodiness leaving them feeling isolated and confused.

During menopause a woman’s brain also goes through changes. Dr. Louann Brizendine (author of The Female Brain) says, “The mommy brain unplugs. Menopause means the end of the hormones that have boosted communication circuits, emotion circuits, the drive to tend and care, and the urge to avoid conflict at all costs.”
There are additional factors on top of fluctuating hormones that may contribute to a lack of communication and interest in sex.

Dr. Wendy Klein, co-author of The Menopause Makeover and leading menopause expert, informed me, “If a woman is taking medications, such as antidepressants, mood stabilizers, contraceptive drugs, antihistamines, sedatives, antihypertensives and/or medications for blood pressure, this can also decrease sexual desire.”

Midlife stresses brought on by career change, the loss of a loved one, empty nest syndrome or caring for elderly parents can contribute to a declining libido.

Throw in aging issues and the last thing on a menopausal woman’s mind is communicating. This woman is in self-survival mode, and may be in no mood to connect or make whoopi.

If she is in an unsupported relationship while managing this collection of changes, leaving the marriage may appear like her only salvation.

Gentlemen — your turn.

How many factors listed above is your partner experiencing? It is no surprise why men are afraid of menopause. His woman is changing in front of his eyes.

Women are not alone suffering from changes. Men also have midlife challenges, both physically and emotionally. Declining testosterone can affect libido, moods and sexual performance. Generally a man’s hormones change gradually compared to the woman’s experience during menopause, so it may not be obvious to the man that he too is changing. Some of these unwelcomed changes may include midlife stress, as well as health and aging issues. If both partners are experiencing change, the relationship may be on an emotional roller coaster.

Approximately 47 percent of women experience sexual difficulties with a decrease of sexual desire being the most common, according to the National Health and Social Survey and the Global Study of Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors.

It is no surprise that most men associate menopause with having less sex. But, it does not have to be this way. The man can actually help save a shaky midlife marriage with some handy tools to power charge the relationship. Women who have a supportive partner often have a smoother transition through menopause. When she is happy, he is happy.

Acquiring midlife marriage insurance takes action to make a difference.

Midlife Marriage Insurance For Him
1. Listen to her; don’t criticize or try to fix her.
2. Go with the flow; be prepared for mood swings.
3. Be compassionate, and validate her experience (that means agree with her, don’t try to fix her).
4. Be romantic. Bring her flowers for no reason. Make her dinner. Give her a massage. Make it about HER.
5. Cuddle more. Tell her you love her and that she is beautiful. You may just get lucky. If not, do not take it personally.
6. If YOU are not in the mood, keep her company shopping, she will love the company ;)
7. Support healthy eating and exercise choices. Join her for a walk or go on a hunting expedition at the grocery store to find new healthy foods.
8. Don’t ignore her menopause symptoms. Talk about it. Ask her what she needs to feel better.
9. Offer support if she needs to visit her healthcare provider to discuss menopause symptoms, a low libido or depression.
10. If numbers one through nine fail – disappear for a while. She may be seriously cranky and need space to focus on herself.

Success depends on going through this transition as a team! Both partners must contribute to have a successful marriage.

Midlife Marriage Insurance For Her
1. Track menopause symptoms and discuss treatment options with your healthcare provider.
2. Make a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Exercise most days of the week. Eat nutritious meals. Watch portions.
3. Update your beauty regimen.
4. Build a support group.
5. Communicate with your partner. Don’t shut him out – let him know what you need. Understand he may be confused by your changes.
6. If you are not happy in your current relationship, discuss counseling.
7. Be receptive to creative adjustments in lovemaking activities.
8. If your libido is low and/or you are suffering from vaginal dryness, discuss your treatment options with your healthcare practitioner. There are hormone and non-hormone options available.
9. Pamper yourself.
10. Try to stay positive.

Communicate, support each other’s needs, get counseling if needed, add romance, adjust lovemaking activities, and your odds increase that your marriage will survive menopause. Being on the same team will nourish a healthy, loving relationship that can last a lifetime.

Life is constantly changing, and marriage is no different. Have real expectations, and acknowledge that your relationship goes through transitions. This will help you weather difficult times.

Midlife is an opportunity for both men and women. If you are prepared, informed and willing, your marriage can survive menopause. A loving relationship supported with good communication can strengthen your love life at any age.

This menopausal bride made it down the aisle of love. Both my partner and I said “I do” to communication and romance during menopause. We are still happily married five years later and ready to leap over the seven-year itch together.

References
Montenegro, X. The Divorce Experience: A Study of Divorce at Midlife and Beyond. AARP, May 2004.
Brizendine, L. The Female Brain. New York: Broadway Books; 2006.
Jonekos, S. and W. Klein. The Menopause Makeover. Ontario, Canada: Harlequin Enterprises; 2009.

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Don’t Diet! Make Easy Food Swaps by Staness Jonekos

Simple food swaps can help you obtain and maintain your healthy weight for life!

Swap THIS- With THIS

White rice- Quinoa or brown rice
White bread- Whole-wheat pita bread
Sour cream- Greek yogurt
Tomato Sauce- Fresh diced tomatoes
Mayonnaise- Mashed avocado
Mashed potatoes- Mashed cauliflower
White pasta- Wheat pasta
French fries- Sweet potato fries
Fruit juice- Fruit water
Flour tortilla- Corn tortilla
Butter- Olive oil
Baked potato- Baked sweet potato

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Delicious doctor-designed meals delivered to your door!

While it may be fun to put on an apron and whip up a fancy recipe, most of us don’t have time to do that every day. That’s why I partnered with bistroMD, because their meals honor a woman’s specific metabolic rate, they are doctor designed, as well as chef-prepared. What’s better? These gourmet meals are conveniently delivered right to your door.

At bistroMD it’s not about eating less, but about eating better. Food works as medicine to correct metabolic issues which make losing weight difficult and gaining weight easy.

The meals consist of a nutritious balance of lean, adequate protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats that are Eat Like a Woman® approved.

What I love about bistroMD is they are not a fad diet and their meals are whole and complete, and do not require additional shopping, cooking, or calorie counting. In today’s modern world, bistroMD is a woman’s health and time solution.

If you thought you couldn’t eat Buckwheat Berry Pancakes for breakfast, think again! The Pork Tenderloin with Plum Sauce is another favorite of mine.

Order now, and you can get free shipping when you try bistroMD. What are you waiting for?

bistroMD offers delicious meals and fresh ingredients! Pick your meals and get free shipping today! $24.95 value, use code: StartNow

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Fashion Flash

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Posted on May 5, 2014 by 

Fashion Flasher, Deb Chase of NoNonsenseBeauty Blog is hosting the latest tips from my FAV bloggers on health, fashion, style and beauty – check them out.

Fashion Flash logoI am so excited about hosting  Fashion Flash this week.  Our bloggers are bursting with new ideas and insights:

* Positive Living advocate Barbara Hannah Gufferman thinks there are so  many reasons  why taking a nice long  walk is a really good thing. And this is just one of them.

* Kari of Fab Over  Forty  has found an easy way to refresh during the day.

* Have you ever heard of chicken skin? Cindy of Prime Beauty points out that those pesky bumps on your upper arms are actually Keratosis Pilaris that can be hard to treat. Not to worry. She has a three step system that  gets the  job done.

* Does low bone mass mean osteoporosis? Find out the answer from Moving Free with Mirabai.

* Who doesn’t love Paris?  Jackie Silver from Aging Backwards has found a way to bring Paris to you.

* Black Cat Plus  has an important message– Fat shaming  and discrimination is one of the last forms of acceptable bullying behaviours and it is necessary  to speak up and take a stand

* Diva Debbi loves a good bargain and she has found a drugstore product that  is just  as good as  its pricy competitor.

* Staness of Menopause Makeover wantts you to know about the special benefits of cinnamon for women.  Not only is does it have anti-inflammatory agents, it also fights fat storage!  Its easy to add cinnamon to your life with  recipes from her new book Eat Like A Woman ( Harlequin)

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Eat Like a Woman with bistroMD!

Welcome to the Eat Like a Woman program,

Today the modern woman is busy, so I partnered with bistroMD because their meals honor a woman’s specific metabolic rate and they are doctor designed, as well as chef-prepared and conveniently delivered right to your door.

At bistroMD it’s not about eating less, but about eating better. Food works as medicine to correct metabolic issues which make losing weight difficult and gaining weight easy.

The meals consist of a nutritious balance of lean, adequate protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats that are Eat Like a Woman® approved.

I am so excited that bistroMD has given the Eat Like a Woman® community a special discount, so you can get started today. Visit www.bistroMD.com and enter my exclusive code ELAW50 to receive $50 off your first order.*

What I love about bistroMD is they are not a fad diet and their meals are whole and complete, and do not require additional shopping, cooking, or calorie counting. In today’s modern world, bistroMD is a woman’s health and time solution.

Be WELL, and if you are a woman…eat like a woman.

Staness Jonekos
Women’s Health & Empowerment Advocate
Author, Eat Like a Woman®

*New members only. Does not include shipping and cannot be combined with any other offers.

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Fashion Flash

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Cindy from Prime Beauty Blog is hosting Fashion Flash!

“The official debut of spring is on its way and I’m thrilled to be hosting Fashion Flash this week. Our expert bloggers are ready with great information on how exercise can help with menopause, how to wear new spring fashions, whether you need an eye cream and a new non-invasive skin tightening technique.”

Fashion Flash tips from:

Deb at NoNonsense Beauty

Mirabai at Moving Free

Kari at FabOverForty

Barbara at the Best Of Everything After 50

Jackie at Aging Backwards

Jodlee at Black Cat Plus

Deborah at Fabulous After 40

Debbi at DivaDebbie

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Fashion Flash

FASHION FLASH! The BEST OF EVERYTHING In Beauty, Style, Health And More! SPRING 2014 EDITION!

FashionFlashNEWlogoBarbara Hannah Grufferman from the Best Of Everything After 50 is hosting Fashion Flash this week.

“I have the double honor of  hosting FASHION FLASH this week AND welcoming a fantastic new woman to our fabulous group of experts!

Debbi O’Shea, founder of the hugely popular site DivaDebbi, has joined FASHION FLASH, and will bring her brilliant POV about fashion and beauty to our weekly online mini-mag. We are thrilled to have her!
Okay . . . back to biz! Aren’t you so so so glad that winter is almost over? Now that we’ve finally pushed the clocks ahead it’s starting to feel like Spring is truly around the corner. And that means it’s time for a bit of beauty, style and health spring cleaning! And what better way to kick off the season where hope springs eternal than by hanging with the FASHION FLASH experts?
But, enough yakking. Now it’s time to kick off your heels, grab that glass of Pinot Noir or cup of green tea, relax and dig into this week’s edition of FASHION FLASH!”
AND PLEASE, EVERYONE . . . IF YOU LIKE WHAT YOU SEE: READ, LIKE, AND SHARE. YAY!
Fashion Flash Tips from:
  • BlackCatPlus has opinions about Target’s plus size clothing.
  • Fab Over Forty has tips on how to make your eyes look more youthful.
  • NoNonsense explores a nutritional rock star.
  • Fabulous After 40 shows you how to wear a dressed up version of sporty chic.
  • Moving Free with Mirabai has etiquette tips.
  • Aging Backwards went straight to the woman who ws born into etiquette.
  • Prime Beauty shares secrets for her top 10 face, eye and lip primers.
  • Staness from the Menopause Makeover shares her latest book, Eat Like a Woman, book trailer.
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Fashion Flash

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Posted on March 3, 2014 by 

Fashion Flash logoI’m so psyched to be hosting Fashion Flash again this week.  While  most of us have Oscar fever, our lifestyle bloggers are  focused on  sharing the  best in  in  beauty, fashion,fitness and nutrition:

*Cindy at Prime Beauty shares her tips and tricks for applying eye makeup on older eyes and its eye-opening (  no pun intended)

* As another snowstorm  rolls across the country,enjoy a cup of cozy warm Matcha Green Tea latte. Loaded with  antioxidants it can lower cholesterol and  even boost metabolism.  Staness Jonekos of  Menopause Makeover shares her favorite, easy to prepare recipe.

* Mirabai of Moving Free with Mirabai wants   you to learn how cardio dance may  improve memory.

* Would you try the newest ‘ backwards hair craze’  that  Jackie from Aging Backwards discovered.

* Is age appropriate  dressing all  in your head?  Deb Boland of Fabulous After Forty   explores why  dressing age appropriately  may not be all its cracked up to be.

* Positive Aging Expert Barbara Hannah Grufferman of  the Best of Everything After Fifty wants women to stop spending  so  much money on health and beauty treatments and instead go shopping  in their kitchens to look gorgeous and feel great.

* Are you one of those lucky ones that is getting away for the winter?  Even if you’re not, you need to check out this fabulous giveaway that Fab Over Forty has going on! Enter to win a travel T3 hair dryer and stylish hair ties perfect for the gym or the winter giveaway.

* Jodell  at Black Cat Plus checks out  Oscar fashion styles  that work for plus size silouettes.

No-Nonsense Blog Sign-Up* And at No-Nonsense Beauty Blog you can now download  a FREE four page guide to Retin A when you subscribe to the blog.  It  explains  how this powerful anti-ager works,  how to  choose the right formulation  for your skin needs,  offers a day and night  Retin A treatment plan and answers the five top Retin A questions.  Just click the little envelope, on the right hand  side of  the homepage. One click and you will become a Retin A  zen master. FYI if you are reading this blog on an I Pad or smartphone, the box will be at the bottom of the page.

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Fashion Flash

Fashion Flash

Deborah Boland from Fabulous After 40 is hosting Fashion Flash this week:

It’s my turn to host this week’s Fashion Flash, and I’m thrilled to be introducing you to the best 40+ fashion, beauty, and wellness bloggers on the Web.

Fashion Flash is a weekly roundup of the best beauty and fashion tips for women over 40 from eight of the best fashion, beauty, and health bloggers on the Web. Here’s what all the ladies over 40 are buzzing about this week:

  • Is Botox better than microdermabrasion?
  • Is the skin around your eyes dry during winter?
  • Check out a new makeup line.
  • Is wheat making you fat?
  • Check out the plus size classic styles year round.
  • Suffering from back pain?
  • Learn how to exercise, so you don’t hurt your knees.
  • And Deborah has a GREAT GIVEAWAY!
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Fashion Flash

Beauty Secrets

Jackie from Aging Backwards is hosting Fashion Flash! Please enjoy the variety of posts below from some of the top bloggers online.

Fashion Flash Bloggers

beauty over 40

Tracking meals and daily activity is the first step to taking control of your health. Staness Jonekos, women’s health advocate and author of The Menopause Makeover, has a FREE meal planner to start the ultimate makeover.

beauty over 40Prime Beauty chooses her Top 10 Red Lipsticks for Makeup Wars. If you want a sexy red pout but a bit shy of wearing a bold lip, this list is perfect for you!

beauty over 40

Positive Aging Expert Barbara Hannah Grufferman is positively crazy over these fabulous shoes she found when looking for styles that were beautiful, fashionable, affordable, and sexy . . and says “RUN DON’T WALK!” to your computer to order right now!

beauty over 40

Jodell from Black Cat Plus says, “Zac Posen adds his talents to the list of designers who design for plus size brides.”

Fitness over 40

Feeling stressed? Gaining weight? Having trouble getting enough sleep? Mirabai Holland, Women’s Fitness And Wellness Expert tells you why and how aerobic exercise can help!

beauty over 40A long cold winter makes you want to snuggle up in something comfy and cozy. Deborah Boland shares 4 fabulous ways to wear a sweater dress.

beauty over 40

This winter has been rough on skin and our hands can take the brunt of the harshness. Fab Over Forty shares a beauty secret from fabulous hands.

beauty over 40

Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog looks at getting your money’s worth when it comes to beauty.

Also, be sure to check out the new Youtube channel, Fashion Flash On-Air!

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BistroMd

BistroMD

Start your Menopause Makeover TODAY with chef prepared meals by the number one meal delivery service* … BistroMD!

Special for the Menopause Makeover community!

I am excited to share a meal delivery service that honors the Menopause Makeover Food Pyramid, catered to women and our unique metabolism during menopause.

BistroMD has a food program for women going through the menopause transition, including heart healthy and low sodium meals, and meals for women who are diabetic!

I have personally selected BistroMD for my Menopause Makeover community because BistroMd was created by the highly respected Ed and Caroline Cederquist: the foodie and the MD.

They believe food is medicine and that nourishing your body with the right nutrients will help you achieve a healthy weight.  The power of science combined with GREAT-tasting, REAL food.

BistroMD understands that the ability to manage your weight is affected by factors like your age, your hormonal changes, genetics and stress.

They have over 200 delicious entrees that are hand-prepared by chefs and planned by registered dietitians.

I love that you can choose your meals.  The Odyssey Chicken Crepes with Waldorf Apples for breakfast is a great way to start your day.  Slide into lunch with the scrumptious Citrus Glazed Chicken and end the day with Jerk Tilapia Red Pepper Coulis – so yummy!

They have a 5-day plan and a 7-day plan.  I enjoyed the 5-day plan because I often meet friends out for dinner, and I would save my uneaten BistroMD meals for the weekend.

As I was writing The Menopause Makeover sitting in front of the computer 10 hours a day, BistroMD meals kept me healthy and feeling full so I did not gain weight from grabbing poor food choices because I had no time to cook.

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The 5-day program is $129.95 per week and includes 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners. The 7-day program is $159.95 for 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 6 dinners to include My Night (a great idea, read more when you click on the image).  And they have a great snack program called EATS, Essential and Tasty Snacks

There is no MSG, no trans fat, not freeze dried, and no aspartame in the entrees!

Using natural ingredients and not altering their natural state makes BistroMD the perfect choice to start your Menopause Makeover!

Get your own personal chef with BistroMD – it’s Menopause Makeover approved!

ORDER NOW! Click on the image.

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*In a blind taste test against other weight loss meal delivery programs, BistroMD ranks #1 with a 5-star rating from Next Advisor.com.

BistroMD was reviewed and ranked the highest against Jenny Craig, Diet to Go, eDiets: Fresh Prepared, Biggest Loser, and Nutrisystem programs. BistroMD was the only meal delivery program rated five stars for all its meals—breakfast, lunch and dinner—in the taste test.

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Fashion Flash

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

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I’m so happy to be hosting Fashion Flash this week! Although its snowing ( again) , our lifestyle bloggers are staying warm and healthy:

* Are you over 50 and suddenly single?  Positive Aging Expert Barbara Hannah Grufferman of The Best of Everything After 50 thinks  many women may not be quite ready to get back into the dating game after a long term relationship ends. So she got some tips  from Date Like a Grown-up to help you get back out there without the angst.

*  Jackie of Aging Backwards wants you to know that honey is not just for tea and shares the unique benefits of raw honey.

* Staness of Menopause Makeover is concerned that one in three women over the age of 50 will suffer a fracture  caused by weak bones– and  most women do not their risk of fractures.   She shares  tips on how to embrace good bone health for life.

*Kari of  Fab Over Forty wants you to know that skin saving beauty products don’t necessarily come only in a serum,crean or oil, but they are also in the air.  She shares her best winter skin saving tips and offers  a unique  opportunity to sign up for a chance to win.

* Cindy of Prime Beauty shows several foundations that are  perfect for the woman over 40.

* Deb of Fabulous After 40  shares  nine key tips for looking fabulous in tall boots.

* Jodell of Black Cat Plus profiles  a Virginia teen who has created  a petition to lobby Disney for a plus size Disney princess. Its about time!

* Mirabai of Moving Free with Mirabai highlights the role of vision in falls.

Fashion FLash On-Air

This week on Fashion Flash On Air

This week the  Fashion Flash On Air video  features Deb Boland  Of Fabuous  After 40.  She provides expert advice on where  you can  save money and what deserves a splurge– and has a surprising take on  costume jewelry.

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Fashion Flash

Fashion Flash

February 2nd is  ”Groundhog Day,” the day that a little woodchuck determines if there will be six more weeks of winter weather.

According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks.

With this record-breaking cold winter season, I hope that groundhog does not see it’s shadow, forecasting our thaw-out.  Fingers crossed, and odds in our favor on this cloudy day, that groundhog will not see it’s shadow and spring will come early!

Whether it remains cold for another 6 weeks or spring is on the way, my favorite fashion, style, beauty and health bloggers have tips so you will survive looking fabulous in cloudy or sunny weather.

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Positive Aging Expert Barbara Hannah Grufferman thinks there’s one exercise that every woman should do every single day . . . no matter what.


Learn about the benefits of glycolic acid for aging skin from Prime Beauty. Freeze 24/7 Skin Smoothies has a  super easy and convenient delivery system!


Jodell from Black Cat Plus explains why vests make an excellent fashion choice for the plus size woman.



Makeup doesn’t have to be complicated.  Fab Over Forty shares the makeup set that Bobbi Brown put together, the Makeup in a Minute set so you can look polished and pretty.


When your tops feel too short and your pants feel too long, you are long-waisted. Deborah Boland shares 6 style tricks for balancing your figure.


Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog   uncovers  new  beauty benefits of mushrooms.


Women’s lifestyle expert, Mirabai Holland from Moving Free With Mirabai brings you recent research on delicious eating for heart health.


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Fashion Flash

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This week, Fab Over Forty is the host of Fashion Flash!  We have some exciting new news this week, too!  Fashion Flash has a You Tube page! Be sure to check it out as we will be adding more and more videos over time.

Read the latest Fashion Flash from Kari at Fab Over Forty!

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Fashion Flash

Mirabai from Moving Free is hosting Fashion Flash.

“It’s Fashion Flash Monday! I’m delighted to be hosting our 40+ women’s Fashion Flash this week. We, Fashion Flashers give you the latest, and greatest fashion, beauty, health, and fitness info, tips and deals. Check us out and let us know what you think!”

Check out:

  • FabOverForty’s celebrity beauty looks you can recreate at home.
  • BlackCatPlus shares a debate about body image.
  • The Best Of Everything After 50 thinks we should be doing one thing every day for fitness.
  • FabulousAfter40 chats about the latest Carole Middleton fashion controversy.
  • Prime Beauty has a surprise beauty gift worth over $100.
  • AgingBackwards uncovers tips about your best colors.
  • No-Nonsense compares cell growth factors and Retin A.
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Fashion Flash

Cindy from Prime Beauty Blog is hosting Fashion Flash.

“Fashion Flash is a roundup of the best over 40 bloggers on the internet today and I’m thrilled to be hosting this week! The entire country is suffering from a cold snap making it the perfect time to stay curled up indoors with a cozy blanket, a cup of coffee and your computer. Read what our over 40 experts have in store for you this week, I guarantee it will be time well spent!”

Check out this week’s tips:

  • Winter green packed anti-aging nutrition
  • Visualize your goals
  • Look stylish when its could outside
  • Beauty in the kitchen
  • How to wear the boho trend
  • Fashion tops for full figures
  • How to control hunger
  • New anti-aging cream
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Start your Menopause Makeover with chef prepared meals!

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Start your Menopause Makeover TODAY with chef prepared meals by the number one meal delivery service* … BistroMD!

Special deal for the Menopause Makeover community!

I am excited to share a meal delivery service that honors the Menopause Makeover Food Pyramid, catered to women and our unique metabolism during menopause.

BistroMD has a food program for women going through the menopause transition, including heart healthy and low sodium meals, and meals for women who are diabetic!

I have personally selected BistroMD for my Menopause Makeover community because BistroMd was created by the highly respected Ed and Caroline Cederquist: the foodie and the MD.

They believe food is medicine and that nourishing your body with the right nutrients will help you achieve a healthy weight.  The power of science combined with GREAT-tasting, REAL food.

BistroMD understands that the ability to manage your weight is affected by factors like your age, your hormonal changes, genetics and stress.

They have over 200 delicious entrees that are hand-prepared by chefs and planned by registered dietitians.

I love that you can choose your meals.  The Odyssey Chicken Crepes with Waldorf Apples for breakfast is a great way to start your day.  Slide into lunch with the scrumptious Citrus Glazed Chicken and end the day with Jerk Tilapia Red Pepper Coulis – so yummy!

They have a 5-day plan and a 7-day plan.  I enjoyed the 5-day plan because I often meet friends out for dinner, and I would save my uneaten BistroMD meals for the weekend.

As I was writing The Menopause Makeover sitting in front of the computer 10 hours a day, BistroMD meals kept me healthy and feeling full so I did not gain weight from grabbing poor food choices because I had no time to cook.

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The 5-day program is $129.95 per week and includes 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners. The 7-day program is $159.95 for 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 6 dinners to include My Night (a great idea, read more when you click on the image).  And they have a great snack program called EATS, Essential and Tasty Snacks

There is no MSG, no trans fat, not freeze dried, and no aspartame in the entrees!

Using natural ingredients and not altering their natural state makes BistroMD the perfect choice to start your Menopause Makeover!

Get your own personal chef with BistroMD – it’s Menopause Makeover approved!

ORDER NOW! Click on the image.

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*In a blind taste test against other weight loss meal delivery programs, BistroMD ranks #1 with a 5-star rating from Next Advisor.com.

BistroMD was reviewed and ranked the highest against Jenny Craig, Diet to Go, eDiets: Fresh Prepared, Biggest Loser, and Nutrisystem programs. BistroMD was the only meal delivery program rated five stars for all its meals—breakfast, lunch and dinner—in the taste test.

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Fashion Flash

New Year 2014 Fashion Flash

Black Cat Plus is so excited to have one of the first Fashion Flash posts for 2014!!

Fashion Flash is a weekly round-up of the best fashion and beauty posts from 40+ bloggers! Take a look below!

Let’s see what is in the news from our fabulous Fashion Flash Bloggers!

FabOverForty reviews French Women Don’t Get Facelifts.

PrimeBeauty chats about a great make-up foundation.

The Best of Everything After 50 has the scoop on nookie over 50.

Aging Backwards warns about smoking and skin health.

No-Nonsense tests a home reedy for dry skin.

Moving Free has fitness tips.

Fabulous After 40 chats about wearing white during wintertime.

Happy New year!

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Fashion Flash

‘FASHION FLASH’ GUIDE TO YOUR BEST NEW YEAR . . . EVER!!

FashionFlashNEWlogoBarbara Hannah Grufferman from the Best of Everything After 50 is hosting Fashion Flash this week.  Great tips from our FAVORITE bloggers!

From Barbara: “It’s that time of year again! If you’re like most people around the world, you’re busy making a lengthy list to make major changes in your life: lose weight, new job, eat better, more sex, and so on.
But, why not do something a little different this year? Try this: throw out your list, sit back, relax, grab a cup of green tea or glass of heart-healthy Pinot Noir, kick off your heels, shoo everyone away, and get into the “Happy New Year!” edition of FASHION FLASH! Yay!

Our fab FASHION FLASH bloggers have pulled together the best of everything in style, health, fitness, nutrition, and more . . . and it’s all here!”

Tips on how to look your best to getting fit to getting rid of dull skin to feeling beautiful at any size and my favorite New Year’s Eve cocktail recipe.  Check it out!  Click here.

Happy New Year!

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What’s in a Name? Vaginal Atrophy Rebranded

As a health advocate for menopausal women, I often see uncomfortable responses when I mention “vaginas,” from excessive feet tapping and unnecessary shifts in body position to painful grimaces. Even the word “menopause” evokes a squirm encouraging a change of subject. Combine these two words and it is no surprise the terminology used to diagnose menopausal vaginal symptoms needs rebranding.

Last year, Novo Nordisk invited a small group of menopause bloggers to brainstorm
solutions that would help knock down those taboo vagina barriers, so women and
their health care providers could openly discuss vaginal atrophy … you may know it
as thinning and drying of vaginal walls due to declining estrogen.

One solution tossed on the vaginal atrophy think-tank table was changing the name
since the word “vagina” is already shunned in the media.

As reported in the New York Times a couple of years ago, three networks rejected a Kotex commercial, because it used the word vagina. When they subbed it with “down there,” one of the networks aired it.

Per the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, atrophy is defined as “a wasting away or progressive decline, decrease in size or wasting away of a body part or tissue.”

The 2012 Vaginal Health: Insights, Views & Attitudes (VIVA) survey found that as many as 75% of postmenopausal women felt vaginal atrophy had a negative impact on their life. Combine the word “vagina” with “atrophy” and this duo leaves many women feeling uncomfortable talking about this, leaving them to suffer in silence. Its taboo nature may be causing women to avoid seeking help.

How does a woman know if she should seek help? Common symptoms of vaginal atrophy are vaginal dryness and itching, painful urination, recurrent urinary tract infections and pain during intercourse.

If you suspect you are suffering from vaginal atrophy, discuss your symptoms with your health care provider. A symptom tracker with tips on how to discuss this potentially embarrassing topic with your health care provider is available at:

www.vaginaldiscomfort.com

With so many treatments available, including over-the-counter lubricants, vaginal moisturizers and prescribed systemic and/or local hormonal and non-hormonal options, there is no reason a woman’s vaginal health needs to be compromised or her sex life retired because of terminology that can evoke shame or embarrassment.

So what’s in a name? When it comes to vaginal atrophy, a woman’s health and even her relationship may be compromised. No matter the name, don’t suffer in silence. Speak to your health care provider.

By Staness Jonekos, Co-Author The Menopause Makeover
Medical reviewer: Wendy Klein, MD, FACP

I am a member of  GLAM™ (Great Life After Menopause), a women’s health
initiative sponsored by Novo Nordisk.

Visit www.VaginalDiscomfort.com for more information on the vaginal
symptoms associated with menopause and tips on how to speak with your doctor
about them.

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Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion Flash logoDeb Chase hosting Fashion Flash this week.   Our bloggers  have assembled a great selection of  posts that reflect  the fashion, beauty and health needs  for this time of year:

* Jodell from BlackCatPlus shares an inerview on Katie Couric that  encourages plus size women to start moving.

* Deb at Fabulous After 40 wants you to  look gorgeous  AND save money.  With all the expenses of the holidays, she doesn’t want you to blow your Christmas budget on a single dress.

* Heather lost 52 pounds during her Menopause Makeover and her family lost weight too.  What are you giving yourself for Christmas this year?

*Still busy with work and holiday parties?  Kari from Fab Over Forty has a look to take you from office to office party and make-up by ther reknowned Sandy Linter.

*  Do you have alligator skin? Jackie from Aging Backwards consulted experts for  dry  itchy winter skin tips.

* Positive Aging guru  Barbara Hannah Gufferman  of  The Best of Everything After 50 knows how dry everything can get… especially after 50.  But don’t  despair because help is on the way!

* Cindy form Prime Beauty found a fabulous gift  for the traveler. Whether you are going away  for the weekend or a long distance trip, you will definately want the Jonny bag with you.

* Moving Free with Mirabai helps you get a jump on New Year’s fitness resolutions with   the top five holiday workouts.

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Fashion Flash

Fashion Flash is hosted by the FABULOUSLY styled Deborah Boland at Fabulous After 40!

Fashion Flash is a weekly roundup of the best beauty and fashion tips for women over 40 from 10 of the best Fashion, beauty, and health bloggers on the Web. Here’s what all the ladies over 40 are buzzing about this week:

-Deb from NoNonsense Beauty investigates Retin A.

-Jackie from AgingBackwards.com has tips on keeping your energy up over the holidays.

-Prime Beauty has the latest on soothing peels for the perfect holiday glow.

-Over 40? Need to keep those upper arms covered? 40+Style has suggestions for styles with sleeves.

-Jodell from BackCatPlus shares the latest foreign retailer for the plus size market.

-Kari from Fab Over Forty reveals the beauty secret to the stars.

-Barbara from Best Of Everything after 50 has hair tips on how to love your hair.

- I have some holiday de-stressing tips.

ENJOY – Happy Holidays!

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Interview with Dr. Mache Seibel, My Menopause Magazine

I had the most amazing conversation/interview with Dr. Mache Seibel who has dedicated his life to women’s health!

He is known as America’s Most Innovative Health Educator, and after meeting him… HE IS!

We discussed the 8-step 12-week Menopause Makeover program.  He is so committed to health and has an incredible website, www.DoctorSeibel.com, with tons of info on menopause and overall health!

You can subscribe to his My Menopause Magazine, by clicking here.

My Menopause Magazine, interview with Staness and Dr. Seibel, click this link to read.

http://bit.ly/18wu8bo

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Fashion Flash

The ageless Jackie Silver from Aging Backwards is hosting Fashion Flash this week!

Check out the fabulous styling, beauty and health tips from my FAVORITE bloggers:

  • Embrace your hair with tips from positive aging expert, Barbara Grufferman.
  • Great gift sets from the tarte Gift of Giving Holiday 2013 Collection from Cindy at Prime Beauty.
  • Dress your body type featuring the hourglass figure this week from 40+Style.
  • Protect your skin from the elements of winter from Jodell at Black Cat Plus.
  • Kari from FabOverForty has a giveaway to win some cool headphones.
  • Look great for a holiday party with tips from Deb at No-Nonsense Beauty Blog.
  • Mirabai from Moving Free tells why and how you can dance yourself to FIT.
  • Deborah Boland at Fabulous after 40 shares tips on how to get that ‘look’ of black leather leggings just right.
  • And I share the latest on hormone disruptors and what to buy and not buy at the grocery store.
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    Fashion Flash

    Fantastic styling, health and beauty tips from the sensational Cindy at Prime Beauty Blog.

    -Check out custom dresses from Kari at FabOverForty

    -Is short hair for you?

    -Are you dressing age appropriately?

    -Find out about the perfect exercise to get back in shape.

    -Every girl needs booties for the winter.

    -How to dress plus size silhouettes this holiday.

    -Tips on how to enjoy the holiday treats without weight gain.

    -My tips on feeling sexy all year long.

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    Fashion Flash

    The lovely and perfectly fit Mirabai Holland from Moving Free is hosting Fashion Flash this week.  Great tips from our favorite bloggers.

    • Survive the holidays and watch Mirabai’s exercise videos, use this coupon code: FabExerciseVDs
    • Check out this fantastic exfoliator from FabOverForty.
    • Black Cat Plus encourages women to pose in sexy clothes to celebrate their bodies and promote self-acceptance.
    • Barbara Grufferman, positive aging expert, has some “liquid gold” that could be the answer to “everything.”
    • Fab examples of how to rock fall booties at work from Deborah Boland at Fabulous After 40.
    • 40+ Style has some excellent gift ideas for women over 40.
    • Chase away seasonal affective disorder and warm up with Jackie Silver at AgingBackwards.
    • Deb from NoNonsense Beauty Blog profiles the beauty benefits of America’s favorite Thanksgiving side dish – sweet potatoes.
    • And I have the perfectly healthy Thanksgiving menu that is low in calories.

    Gobble Gobble!

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