Wendy Hoffman blogs about menopause and women's health—particularly focusing on how diet and nutrition can positively affect a woman's life around the age of menopause.
Sep 05 2012
A Kitchen Prescription for Lowering Cholesterol
It is not unusual for women in their forties and fifties to experience rising cholesterol levels. That’s due to the decline in estrogen that, prior to mid-life, kept this soft, waxy substance found within the fats that circulate in the bloodstr...
Aug 29 2012
What Gets You Moving?
Not too long ago, I wrote several columns for this blog about the many health benefits of being physically active. I told you about studies that showed how regular exercise can alleviate menopausal symptoms and even improve cognitive function i...
Aug 23 2012
Volumetrics: Lose Weight Without Cravings
With so many diets to choose from, sometimes we lose sight of the fact that the foundation of any weight loss program is to consume no more calories than your body uses as fuel for your activities. But counting calories to measure our daily f...
Aug 15 2012
Try These Bedtime Rituals For A Good Night's Rest
We all have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep from time to time, but for many pre-and post-menopausal women, getting the recommended seven to eight hours of shut-eye is all but impossible due to hormone fluctuations, nocturnal hot flashe...
Aug 08 2012
Low Libido? Try These Herbal Formulas to Help Increase Desire
In her new book, Great Sex, Naturally, Dr. Laurie Steelsmith, who practices naturopathic medicine, tackles an all-too common problem for women past the age of 30: low libido. If you talk to your doctor about it (most women won’t), they’ll pro...
Aug 01 2012
"Well Woman" Check-Ups and Better Access to Preventative Care
This is a momentous week for 47 million women in this country. That’s because manyinsurers are now required to cover “well woman” check-ups, a fundamental part ofmedical care, along with seven other prevention-related services for women without co...
Jul 26 2012
The Basics of Body Fat
There was a time when all we needed to know about our body weight was what a simple bathroom scale revealed. No matter how tall we were or how big our waist, if it was past a certain number, it was time to diet. Now,there’s widespread interes...
Jul 17 2012
These Three Fruits Are Nutritional All-Stars
In last week’s blogpost, I talked about the downside of eating too much fruit. It’s not so easy to hold back when you’re surrounded by the summer’s bounty of delicious, sweet fruit. But if you have to be selective, consider choosing fruits that...
Jul 10 2012
Nutritionists Tell Us To Watch Our Sugar Intake and Go Easy on the Fruits
If you’re a fruit lover like me, this is your favorite time of year. In Northern California, where I live, the farmers' markets are loaded with locally grown, ultra-fresh strawberries, juicy peaches and sweet apricots and I’m counting the days ...
Jul 05 2012
When It Comes To Calcium, More is Not Better
The debate over calcium supplementation - the merits and risks - have heated up again leaving a lot of women confused. We’ve been told for years how essential this important nutrient is for strong bones, particularly for women after the onset o...