Since 1990, Dr. Lyster has been helping patients with complex hormonal imbalances, metabolic conditions causing weight issues, thyroid dysfunction, and fatigue disorders. Through personal life experience, she has merged her medical training with alternative approaches to optimal health and well-being for men and women of all ages.
“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” — Jack Kornfield
Who is your harshest critic?
I criticize myself very
easily. Unfortunately, sometimes I also criticize other people too easily for
When I recently told my
husband that I think I am maturing, he turned to me with his usual good humor and
asked, “Why would you want to do that?”
I always appreciate his
efforts to keep things lighthearted, especially when I am down on myself. What
I meant by feeling more mature is because I am learning to understand that
criticism is my first response, and I need to wait a moment to let it pass so
that I can see the good in a situation or in another person.
It’s the end of the year now where most of us take stock of our year, whether it’s in your job, or our household, or your own small business. We wrap up this year and start to think about the year to come.
To help us look back on this
year, and plan ahead for the year to come, how would you like a sandwich?
How about a “P-N-P sandwich”?
This is a “positive, negative, positive” sandwich and it refers to giving
feedback in a way that can be well-received.
“The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for
authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of
exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They
no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents,
chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and
tyrannize their teachers.”
We are now in the time of year of a lot of Jewish holidays.
The Jewish holidays go in cycles and right now we’re in the beginning of the yearly cycle. So first there’s the Jewish New Year, which is a very happy time and there’s apples and honey and while everyone is trying to keep the start of the school year going, we say, “Happy New Year!”
Then there are ten days that people often refer to as the Days of Awe. It’s a time of introspection and you’re supposed to take an accounting of yourself. A reckoning of your life and who you are as a person. You’re supposed to look inwards very deeply.
Have you heard of Napoleon Hill’s book, Think And Grow Rich?
I often start books at the end. At the end of that book is a questionnaire with
about, I don’t know, over 100 questions and it’s all about taking an inventory
The clinic looked more like an abandoned house. Cement
floors, no electricity, no running water. Nothing in the windows. The waiting
area had a bench on one end where few people could sit down, and at the other
end was the pharmacy which was basically a table with a scattered array of
boxes, and tubes, and jugs of all kinds of different medicines.
Summer can either be a time to work on your health or to let it go completely. Because I like happy mediums, here are my thoughts on how to strike a balance.
Tip #1 – Get some extra sleep.
Many of us will take some time off during the summer, and either travel or just do a fun “staycation”. Also, many parents I know have a more relaxed schedule during the summer simply because the kids don’t have to be up and out early in the morning. Even an extra thirty or sixty minutes of sleep in the morning can make a big difference in your health, especially if you’re working on losing weight.
It’s true. My mother was terrified when I told her I was going to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.
She pictured ice picks, ropes, oxygen masks, and dangerous ravines. I calmed her fears by sending her a picture from my Kili guide book showing (the truth) that most of it consists of beautiful hikes. All I needed were good hiking boots, warm clothes, and sturdy poles.
My mom has always thought I was a little crazy. I often gave her good reason to think so.
Who celebrates turning 50 by climbing up a mountain?
It made perfect sense to me. I thought it was the perfect way to demonstrate (mostly to myself) that getting older does NOT mean declining or shrinking away from living life out loud.
Don’t worry, I’m not having a real baby! That factory closed a while ago ☺
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My first “baby”
My first “baby” was born in 2009 when Dr. Liz’ Easy Guide to Menopause was published. It was a relatively easy birthing process. I was in a book-writing boot camp, which set me up well to write a strong outline that represented the “5 Steps” that I still do to this day with every patient I work with in my practice.