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Re-Focus and Embrace Your Menopause in 2016. Are you still following your New Years Resolution?

Journal entry: Because each day is crazy busy for me, I find myself falling back into my old habits. I say to myself, “I’ll do it tomorrow” and I’m very genuine in believing this to be true, but that tomorrow seems to never happen!

Take control of your menopause naturally!

Menopause starts with your attitude towards aging. In 2015 a 10-year study conducted by Maturitas found that a woman’s attitude towards aging dictated how well she will go through menopause. In short, our best weapon to embrace our changing bodies starts with our attitude; the rest follows with a solid but realistic and manageable plan that can be integrated in our everyday busy lives. Here are some sensible suggestions that works for me and maybe it will work for you too:

Stay in control of your menopause with your attitude: By knowing that the aging process today has changed dramatically. As boomer women we are setting a new precedence in how we live after 50. Today as women we are generally more comfortable with who we are, its amazing to see my sisters becoming proactive by getting involved, exercising more, having fun without guilt, starting new careers instead of retiring, our even travelling abroad further. To embrace this ‘new’ lifestyle means taking care of our aging bodies so that we can do all these awesome things. The following is the basics of what we’ve learned.

  1. Nourishing your changing body properly. At this stage in life most women have a good understanding of what is good for them and what isn’t. We don’t need yet another gimmick or new diet program to teach us that. We simply need to be determined to take control of our choices, and change those old habits starting with our attitudes.
  2. Exercise regularly. According to recent reports, medical doctors recommend that women should time the amount of exercise according to their age. For example, if you are 40 it suggests that you exercise a minimum of four hours per week; if you are 50, five hours per week and so on. Don’t forget those kegels! Checkout the new physiotherapists who specialize in pelvic floor health. So you don’t need to pay or sign-up at a gym if that’s not your thing. You can do healthy cardio and stretches right at home by integrating it into your lifestyle. (Running those damn stairs 30 times a day sometimes taking two steps at a time)
  3. Manage the amount of stress in your life. Long-term exposure to stress is the largest known culprit to poor health, including difficult menopause symptoms. We all have our New Year resolutions to change what stresses us, but often times we have no control over those external stresses such as problems at work or family issues. We can, however, control how much time we spend on worrying about them, and focus more on how to unwind in a healthy way. Venting physically and emotionally helps us ease through those difficult times.

In Summary: Take Action:

  • Make a plan on how you will tackle and cope with your specific menopause and lifestyle issues.
  • Keep it simple, but at the same time challenge yourself enough not to give up quickly.
  • Announce to friends and family your plan. It will help you stay accountable and on course.
  • Mark your calendar with dates and timelines to meet your objectives so they don’t fade away.
  • Celebrate each milestone met and review and re-state any of your objectives not met.
  • Align yourself with a good healthcare practitioner that is in line with your needs and expectations.
  • Explain to your family (particularly your spouse), what your objectives are and how they can best support you.
  • Arm yourself with the information you need and the tools to accomplish this! Start by joining us at the Menopause Myth Buster Parties. (Yeah! Menopause sharing is very powerful)
  • At the Menopause Myth Buster parties we will provide you with those important tools

My name is Anita Dyrbye and I’m on a mission on behalf of all women–including myself–as we go through menopause! Night sweats, mood swings and fatigue should not disrupt our lives so I gathered a team of renowned naturopathic doctors and scientists and set to work! These steps are the most important steps we’ve learned in our 10 years of work and we wanted to share this with you.

We will be hosting “Edmonton Menopause Day” on Sunday May 1st from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chateau Nova Hotel on Yellow Head and St. Albert Trail. 10 professionals who specialize in women’s health from MD’s, Naturopathic Doctors, Pelvic floor physiotherapists, holistic nutritionist and more! For more info or if you would like to attend this rare event contact us at

Anita Dyrbye, CEO of From The Earth Naturally Ltd.


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