02/ July, 2019
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.
05/ November, 2018
Over the years, I have been fascinated by the physiology of emotion.
Everyone has experienced the negative impact of emotion on your own physiology. For example, you might feel a “knot in your stomach” when you’re worried. Or, you might feel your heart race when you’re nervous or anxious.
Because I’m interested in people getting to good health outcomes as quickly and efficiently as possible, let’s focus on two emotional practices that have been scientifically shown to improve your health: gratitude and appreciation.
- Gratitude is usually defined as “thankfulness” or “readiness to show appreciation”.
- Appreciation builds on gratitude. Definitions include “a full understanding” and “the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.”
03/ September, 2018
Fall is falling, the days are getting shorter. My “baby” is now 17 years old and has started his senior year of high school. Quiet Summer is in my rear view mirror and a busy Fall is now in full swing.
Nowadays, “busy” easily spills over into “stress”.
Our adrenal glands keep us going under stress, and they can get tired. There are entire books written about adrenal fatigue, so here I will focus on cortisol, a.k.a. the stress hormone.
28/ June, 2018
Why didn’t I become a school teacher?
My friend Sue is making wonderful plans for her summer break from her job as a special needs teacher for our public school district. I’m jealous.
OK, even though I don’t get several weeks off every summer, it does take pressure off my schedule that my son is out of school (it helps even more that he is away at camp for 6 weeks in Pennsylvania). Just that extra half hour of sleep in the morning makes such a difference.
In my patients working on weight loss, I see the difference enough sleep makes.
10/ May, 2018
Can Balanced Hormones Create Partnership Bliss?
Dr. Liz Lyster is interviewed by Kimi Avary, Relationship Navigation Specialist. Dr. Liz is passionate about helping women feel like their best selves, so they can bring health and happiness to the world.
As a doctor for over 25 years, she has helped women – and men – regain energy, reignite their sex drive, clear up hormonal imbalance, and lose hundreds of pounds. She is the author of “Dr. Liz’s Easy Guide to Menopause: 5 Simple Steps to Balancing Your Hormones and Feeling Like Yourself Again”.
In this episode, Dr. Liz and Kimi Avary discuss the impact of hormones on our happiness and partnerships.
04/ January, 2018
It is beyond frustrating when you know you are eating right, exercising enough, and trying hard to manage your stress…and you STILL cannot achieve your weight loss goals.
What if 2018 can be a year of reaching (and even surpassing) your weight loss goals instead of another year of frustration?
Here’s a hint: if your hormones are out of balance (or not at optimal levels), you could be headed for failure instead of success.
16/ June, 2017
Here is the ‘Dirty Dozen’ that you can avoid and the ‘Clean Fifteen’ that you can add to your meal plans for a healthy and hormone-balanced body.
08/ June, 2017
It was a sunny day in Manhattan Beach, California. I was by the ocean, walking my son Anthony when he was about one year old. I was with my friends Vicky, whose daughter was also 1 year old, and Kate, the veteran of the group – her daughter was already two years old.