Tools for Dealing with PMS and Menopause.


Dietary changes are the best place to start. Many women find increasing whole grains may help balance their estrogen levels. You may find getting your 5 fruits and 5 vegetable servings a day and one serving of legumes helps improve hormonal balance and PMS symptoms. Soybeans and soy products contain estrogen like compounds called phytoestrogens that help offset fluctuations in a women’s natural estrogen.

According to Mark Messina, Ph.D. associate Professor at Loma Linda University, an expert on soy, women need 2-3 servings daily of soy foods which provide 60-90 milligrams of phytoestrogens.

Eating sweets only aggravates PMS. Instead of candy bars go to whole wheat bread with honey or jam. Women consuming chocolate, coffee, colas, teas, even caffeine medications throughout the day may also be more likely to experience PMS. Some women can tolerate caffeine and others can’t. You can test it over several months and see how you do.

Instead of eating high sugar and caffeine products, eat more complex carbohydrates, such as sweet potatoes, corn, or whole-grain pastas and breads may be a much better way to go.

Cut back on saturated fats in meats and dairy. They may aggravate PMS symptoms. Research supports adding 1-2 tablespoons of safflower oil a day to salads, baking or cooking. Eat fish instead of meat. Drink more water and consume less salt to reduce swelling and bloating.


Fun is an Attitude.


Fun is an attitude. You can be at work, exercising, socializing, with kids, with parents, cleaning the house. Fun is the energy you bring to an environment. People can look at the same activity and some will make it a great experience and some will make it a painful experience. How do you approach your day to day, moment to moment living?

The key is to enjoy what you’re doing when you’re doing it, not waiting for something special to happen to have fun.

Let go of people or situations that were holding you down. Let that energy just float away, and love where you are and the lessons you are learning today. Fun is a Choice.

Surround yourself with happy successful people. Minimize time and exposure to draining influences.

If you are not having fun and enjoying your time on the planet, you will have missed the ride of life. Love Life. Love Your Life, it’s the only one you’ve got. Live it moment to moment, it can change on a dime. When things are working well, we take it for granted that they will always be that way. Truly appreciate all the wonderful things in your life. If things aren’t the way you want them to be CHANGE IT. Don’t stay stagnant.

The other key is to schedule fun activities, just the way you would schedule work or personal meetings. Put fun on the calendar. Pick an event, invite the people or go it on your own, and put it on your schedule. Prioritizing fun in your life is just as important as your responsibilities. Make it a priority, to schedule at least one fun activity each week. Lunch with a friend, go out dancing, go to a movie, go for a walk.

Create affirmations: Whatever I am doing .

Time Management|| Organize Your Time


Step Six: Getting Organized with Your Time

Get a Calendaring system and a things to do list system in place

Put your values, goals, action plans, and self contracts in a place so you can check in with them periodically.

Have action steps on your calendar towards reaching your short term, medium term and long term goals.

Minimize time wasting activities

Learn to say no and set boundaries to activities that are time wasters or aren’t truly important to you.

When you have a few minutes daily, review your list of things to do, and set goals for next day.

Set aside time for quiet time.

Find a quiet place and time you can work on task that need your full attention.

Don’t waste time on making decisions that are inconsequential. Just pick a choice and go!

Reward you self for time management activities.

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Hungry Heart Franchise Opportunities


A Caring Approach to Out-of-Control Eating

Finally! The program to help clients break out of the diet/binge cycle so they can lose the insatiable appetite for food, come to peace with their body and lose those painful pounds naturally.

The Hungry Heart Franchise is an opportunity for women to experience a career that is based on caring; self acceptance and building self-esteem.

When was the last time you felt good about your job or work environment?

When was the last time you ended the day feeling rewarded, with a sense of purpose, that feeling of making a difference in the lives of others?

When was the last time you assisted in creating a positive life-long change in another individual?

What is the Hungry Heart?

The Hungry Heart is a one-on-one counseling environment for healing our client’s relationship with food, so they can experience the exhilaration and passion of living every day free of compulsive eating and in alignment with who they truly are.

We have created a step by step program that teaches clients how to stop the diet/binge cycle and lose the weight naturally and permanently. They learn to feel better about themselves, lose the insatiable appetite for food, and come to peace with their body.

The Hungry Heart program will teach clients how to move past their preoccupation with eating and weight loss, and move towards a more rewarding and satisfying life. Clients will learn how to enjoy eating the foods they love and not gaining weight nor feeling guilty.

30 Healthy Snacks: Food & Diet


Craving salty?

  • 5 olives (any kind) (45 calories)
  • 1 small Martin’s pretzel (50 calories)
  • 2 oz Applegate Honey and Maple Turkey Breast wrapped around 2 bread-and-butter pickles (80 calories)
  • 1/4 cup hummus, 3 carrot sticks (80 calories)
  • 1 Laughing Cow Light Swiss Original wedge, 3 pieces Kavli Crispy Thin (85 calories)
  • One 1-oz package tuna jerky (90 calories)
  • 1 oz buffalo mozzarella, 1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes (94 calories)
  • 1 bag Baked! Cheetos 100 Calorie Mini Bites (100 calories)
  • 15 Eden’s Nori Maki Crackers rice crackers (110 calories)
  • 1 cup unshelled edamame (120 calories)
  • 50 Eden’s Vegetable Chips (130 calories)
  • One 1-oz package of Planters NUT-trition almonds (130 calories)
  • 1/4 cup Trader Joe’s Chili con Queso, 18 baked tortilla chips (140 calories)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds in shell (143 calories)
  • 2 pieces (30 grams) prosciutto, 4 dried figs (154 calories)
  • 1 Subway Turkey Breast Wrap (190 calories)

Craving sweet?

  • 1 package Original Apple Nature Valley Fruit Crisps (50 calories)
  • 1 packet O’Coco’s Mocha cookies (90 calories)
  • 1 Jelly Belly 100-calorie pack (100 calories)
  • One 100-calorie pack Trader Joe’s Chocolate Graham Toucan Cookies (100 calories)
  • One 100-calorie Balance Bar (100 calories)
  • 1 Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino bar (120 calories)
  • 1 package Back to Nature Honey Graham Sticks (120 calories)
  • 1/2 banana rolled in 1 tbsp frozen semisweet chocolate chips (123 calories)
  • 2 tbsp Better ‘n Peanut Butter, 4 stalks celery (124 calories)
  • 1 bag Orville Redenbacher’s Smart Pop Butter Mini Bags topped with a spritz of butter spray and 1 tsp sugar (126 calories)
  • 24 Annie’s Chocolate Chip Bunny Graham cookies (140 calories)
  • Half of a 1.08-oz container of M&M’s Minis mixed with 1/3 cup lowfat granola (145 calories)
  • 1 McDonald’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt Parfait (160 calories)
  • 1 container Fage Greek Total 2% fat yogurt, 2 tsp honey (173 calories)

Best Foods for your Body


Skin: Carrots are loaded with vitamin A, which helps balance the pH of your skin’s surface, making it just acidic enough to fend off harmful bacteria. Plus National Cancer Institute researchers found that people with the highest intakes of carotenoids—pigments that occur naturally in carrots—were six times less likely to develop skin cancer than those with the lower intakes

Hair:  Low iron levels can lead to baldness, according to a Cleveland Clinic review. Researchers looked at 11 studies on the relationship between iron intake and hair loss, and concluded that treating iron deficiency may help regrow hair. Feed your mane iron-packed foods such as lean red meat, turkey, egg yolks, dried beans, dried fruit, whole grains.

Eyes: The National Institute of Health found that people who consume the most lutein—a carotenoid found in plant foods—are 43 percent less likely to develop macular degeneration. Lutein helps filter blue light, preventing it from damaging retinal tissues. Eat two servings of greens each day. Consider one serving to be ½ cup of cooked spinach, broccoli, or brussels sprouts.

Heart: Cornell University researchers found that eating one Red Delicious apple a day can block LDL oxidation, resulting in an 8 percent drop in levels. Bonus: Apples (and their skins) contain soluble fiber, the kind that scrubs artery walls clean. Cut one up and mix it into your oatmeal, another top source.

Muscles: To maximize muscle growth, you need the right raw materials. Beef is the perfect muscle food because it’s packed with protein, zinc, and creatine. Down a hefty portion of each with this taco-salad recipe from Men’s Health cover model Gregg Avedon:

Brown ½ pound of extra-lean ground beef over medium heat. As it cooks, sprinkle it with black pepper, 2 teaspoons of chili powder, and a couple dashes of Tabasco. Place the cooked beef, one diced tomato, and 2 tablespoons of low-fat cheese over a bed of lettuce, and top with salsa.

Bones: Bones are a lot like reclusive coworkers; until one snaps, you aren’t likely to give them much thought. Drink two 8-ounce glasses of vitamin D-fortified low-fat milk every day. This provides your body with 600 milligrams (mg) of calcium and 5 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin D, the perfect combination of nutrients to build break-resistant bones. Plus, in a 20-year study, U.K. researchers determined that men who drink more than 6 ounces of milk a day have half the risk of stroke of men who drink less.

Belly: By snacking on the right foods—those that are low in sugar but rich in protein—you’ll keep your metabolic furnace stoked, and be less likely to binge between meals. Have one slice of hard or semihard cheese—for instance, Cheddar, Swiss, or provolone—two or three times a day. Cheese has 7 grams of protein per slice and contains no sugar. That means it doesn’t raise blood-sugar levels, so your body stays in fat-burning mode. Want an alternative? Opt for a cup of low-fat plain yogurt or a stick of beef jerky.