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Join Me for a Self-Discovery Journey to A Happy and Healthy Life…

20 Feb 16
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As you know it is my passion to help women to feel happier and healthier. I believe the key to a happier and healthier life is Self-Care and Self-Love.

If you are like me, your family is very, very important to you. Women are caregivers and we often care and give more to others than we care for ourselves.  I know you can relate to this. Most women can. 

Many of us actually lose ourselves in caring for others with our lives being so busy and there is so much to do. I hear this every day. 

Women often experience overwhelm before they realize it is crucial to their health and their happiness that they care for themselves. Overwhelm can show up as despair, anxiety, depression, or it can manifest as aches and pains, discomfort, imbalances, and dis-ease in our physical bodies and our emotional beings. 

Some women experience mood swings, weight loss or gain, irritable bowel syndrome, while others simply feel unwell or worry about their own health.  

I want to let you know all of these feeling and symptoms are common, but not normal.  

If you are experiencing any of these things or if your gut is telling you to find a new way to deal with your busy life, then please accept this invitation to join me and other like-minded women to a full-day workshop I’m holding on March 5th.  

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My friend Susan Krautter and I have created a wonderful day just for you. It will be filled with us sharing invaluable information you can take home so you can begin to care for yourself like you may not have ever done before.

Susan is an RN who has been helping women for decades, all over the globe, to feel happier and healthier by balancing hormones naturally. Susan’s energy and positive approach to wellness is like a breath of fresh air. 

With the practical and easy steps Susan shares at this workshop you will have the tools to begin to take charge of your own health. She will help you determine if you have a hormone imbalance and what is the next step for you. Either way, you will understand what is necessary for good hormone health and why it is important to your future health and happiness.

So, with a cup of tea or coffee you will enjoy a morning of self-discover with Susan. 

At noon we will take a break and enjoy a light lunch of soup and salad. This will be a perfect time to chat and get to know each other.

After lunch I will take you on a journey to discover how stress can affect your health and happiness. I am a therapist who helps women to let go of old emotional hurts and limiting beliefs so they can live the life they dream of. 

Did you know that stress can cause imbalances in your physical self?  Emotional hurts effect our cells.  By letting go of old emotional pain you can change your cellular memories and heal from the inside out. 

I will teach you specific breathing techniques you can practice at home to help you in stressful moments and when you are taking quality time for yourself. We will discuss the importance of self-love, chakra balancing and relaxation. 

After our discussion, I will invite you to enjoy a group guided relaxation and chakra hormone balancing session.

This full-day workshop promises to deliver a ton of valuable information you can use to help reclaim your health from a body, mind and spiritual perspective.

You will also take home with you:

  • A Writing Journal
  • A relaxation audio recording CD
  • Blissful Bath Salts & Joy Body Spritz
  • Discount Coupon for $50.00 off The Raindrop/Reiki Treatment

I hope you will join us for this special day of self-discovery.  

It is our desire to give you the best experience possible, so we have limited our participant enrollment to 12 beautiful women. I invite you to book your seat today and please share this invitation to your friends or anyone you believe would benefit. 

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I look forward to seeing you soon. 

Bonnie

P.S. I hear women of all ages tell me they don’t have to be concerned about hormone health. I find this an interesting statement.  Women at all ages and stages need hormones. 

Balanced hormones are crucial for fertility, pregnancy, and menopause as well as for healthy breasts, healthy bones, and strong vascular health.  Balanced hormones are even important for emotion health, happy relationships and sexual satisfaction. 

These are just a few things that pop into my head.  We all know women who have experienced the above health challenges.  I was surprised when I was finding out all about ‘The Change’ as my older sister was beginning to experience hot flashes and night sweats.  As I researched, I found out that I also had symptoms that indicated I was experiencing some hormone imbalances.  I’m so happy that I was able to resolve those imbalances before I began hot flashing.  

Did you know imbalances may take a long time to manifest into a symptom that needs to be urgently addressed?  What you are doing today is setting the stage for your health 10 years from now.

So come join us for this important workshop to find out what you need to know about your hormones and dealing with stress.

Hormone Imbalances MindMap

The Real Reason Why You’re Overweight, Get Migraines and are in Pain…

28 Jul 15
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Understanding The Emotional Baggage That Triggers Hormone Imbalances

Have you heard the expression, “Your issues are in your tissues”?

Imagine, instead of blaming NO willpower when you have trouble loosing extra pounds, could instead your excess weight be the result of an emotional hurt from a long, long time ago?

Are your physical aches and pains linked to a hormone imbalance, which was the result of carrying excess weight?

It’s the old question of what comes first…The chicken or the egg.

I wonder when you read today’s article if this will be a new concept or is it something you are already investigating when it comes to your health issues. After reading, I would love to hear your comments!

In my previous article I explained how childhood experiences and beliefs can be the direct cause of our adult emotional and/or physical pain.

I don’t believe it is a coincidence that the women I see in my office have common complaints of sleep problems, physical pain or illness, difficulty in relationships, anxiety or weight issues, just to name a few.

All of these have a common thread that leads back to “emotional baggage”; ‘baggage’ that is no longer serving them.

These old, outdated emotional hurts need to be released once and for all.

As children, we really do not have a voice when it comes to expressing our emotional pain.  So very often these feeling are boxed up tightly and stored in the subconscious mind for later reference.

And the subconscious mind has the very important job to “protect” you and to keep you safe.

For instance, if the subconscious mind believes that remaining quiet is safe, then it will do everything in its power to make sure you do exactly that!

At a very young age we are learning how to move along our path of ‘life’.  We each have our own unique experience with our very own perception of that experience.

Siblings often have completely different memories of childhood events and activities.  Our perception of these experiences or life lessons molds who and how we show up in our lives.

I believe it is a misconception or belief that we are who we are and we cannot change or direct how we handle life.

I want to let you know that you can begin to take charge of your health and your happiness, no matter what you experienced in the past.

Please do not completely leave your health and happiness in the hands of others!

I’m not suggesting you turn your back on your health care professionals, your significant other or even your caring family and friends.  No.  I am encouraging you to look with in for some of the answers only you know and can solve.

Sure, we all need the guidance of competent healthcare professionals.  We also need the support of our close family and friends to help us when we need assistance.

More importantly, we need to look within to find our own beauty and begin to treat ourselves as our very best friend.

Women are so very often guilty of giving more than we receive. 

We are the caregivers.  We take care of our family, friends, and pets and in some cases we take better care of our cars than we do of ourselves.

If you do not fit into this category, you certainly know women who do!

I’m talking from experience, ladies!  I grew up following in my mother’s footsteps.  I wanted to be the very best mom.

In fact, I grew up wanting to help others, especially children.  Funny, I remember watching my favourite show, The Flying Nun.   Sally Field played the flying nun and she was so light that the winds in the Mexican mountains could pick her up and float her to help children in a neighbouring orphanage.   I loved that show and it made a positive impact on me…or so I thought.

I remember caring and worrying about my siblings and parents at a young age.  This followed me through my own years of being a wife of a policeman and mother of four.

I anticipated the needs of those closest to me and for years took the roll or job as primary care aid of my entire family.

I lost myself in this important roll.

I did not even consider that I should or could stop and care for me.  I was doing exactly what I wanted and I was happy.  I had a great life….

Through these years I experienced very sore feet, pain in my knees, legs and hips. 

I was chief cook, bottle washer, chauffeur and peacemaker.  I was carrying excess weight that kept finding me every time I lost it!

I thought I was normal, but little did I realize that I was experiencing, ‘issues in my tissues’.  You may have heard this expression before and so had I, though much later in life.

I didn’t know that I could feel energized, healthy, fit and happy once I let go of my emotional baggage and began to live true to myself.

We all have experienced emotional hurts and limiting beliefs– it is part of being a human being.  Letting go of the baggage that is no longer serving you is truly the gateway to personal freedom!

I balanced my hormones, released emotional pain, let go of 30 pounds, and finally connected to my true authentic self where I can finally be free to be ‘me’.

I was holding excess pounds from my teen years as a ‘protection’, so to speak.  This excess weight affected my hormones, which caused a number of symptoms such as, migraines, sore breasts and even incontinence.

These headaches, pain and soreness affected how I showed up for those closest to me.

You see, it isn’t just one thing to be considered.  We need to start to look at the whole picture.  Doctors were unsuccessful in helping me solve my physical problems because I did not let go of those past issues that were the root causes.

As a hypnotherapist who has trained in Mind Body Fertility Connection, as well as  pregnancy, birth, peri-menopause and menopause issues, I now see the similarities.

We must consider our emotional well-being, as we look for solutions for our physical discomforts.  I belief it is necessary to take the mind, body and spiritual approach for true healing.

You may suddenly realize that you are reacting to a 50 year old experience with the pain of a 5 year old.

Maybe you are ready to finally be free to live a happier, healthier and more vibrant life. Clearing old unresolved issues does not have to take years and years of counselling.

When you are finally ready to take charge of your emotional and physical well-being, the release will be quick and transformational.

I am not suggesting that one session with a hypnotherapist will be the answer to all your problems.

You have held onto your emotional baggage for a very long time and with patience and guidance you can go deep and finally let it all release.  It is important to be patient and kind to yourself as you move through these life changing processes.

If you are ready to let go of the old hurts and emotional pain at a deep healing level, I can help you.  I am passionate in helping women let go of those deep issues and to assist them in preparing their bodies to heal so they can live the life they dream of.

Contact me today to get you started on your path of emotional healing.

Do you have any childhood memories that may be affecting your life now in a negative way?

No Stress

How To Let Go Of Stress

29 Apr 15
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Stress has a huge effect on us physically and emotionally.  Learning how to let go of your stress is a powerful step to self-care.

It is well documented that stress can cause physical problems.  You may know someone whose neck or back hurts when they are stressed.  Many people hold stress in their necks and shoulders, they tense up and do not even realize it until the pain or discomfort begins.

This is common; some people get headaches, some get tired and irritable, while others turn to addictions such as drugs, alcohol or food.

We all have our own ways to deal with our stress.  Some people think they have more stress than others and maybe they do, yet there are those other people who keep going and seem to handle stress in their stride.

What are they doing differently?  How do they deal with their stress?

The people who consciously learn how to relax have an easier time with stress.

There are things we can do that can make a huge difference on how we deal with our busy and stressful lives.  Here are four main areas to be aware of:

  1. Breathe. Learning how to breathe is a good starting point.
  2. Be Present. Practicing the art of being present is another powerful technique that is vital to maintaining a clear and calm demeanour.
  3. Get Active. Adding physical movement into your daily routine is very important
  4. Eat Well. Nourishing your body with good wholesome foods goes a long way to alleviating stress.

Most of us realize that the above points are important and some of us make a point of including each in our day to day lives.

Did you know that old emotional hurts can also be causing you pain, discomfort and illness? 

Things that happened years ago can be stopping you today from living a happy and healthy life.

As a hypnotherapist I see this in my clients every single day.  We all carry emotional baggage.  Old issues that we have not completely processed often are the underlying cause of our dis-‘ease’, which can manifest in our physical bodies.

There is a mind-body connection to healing and balance.  When we let go of old emotional hurts and limiting beliefs we can prepare the mind to work with the body to create balance.

When helping women to balance hormones I find taking the mind-body approach is very beneficial.  By letting go of the unwanted emotions, the mind and the body can work in unison to bring hormone balance and healing.

Women are inherent caregivers and will often give and give until they cannot give anymore.  It is important for all women to recognize that we must take care of ourselves to be able to give to others.

Self-care includes addressing the emotional baggage.

Hypnosis is a powerful technique to release unwanted emotions and limiting beliefs that are no longer serving us.

Bruce Lipton explains this mind-body connection very well in his book, “The Biology of Belief”.  We have great capabilities within our own minds and bodies to bring balance and help in the healing processes.

We all have heard of people who have recovered when all odds were not in their favour.  They believed and had faith in their own recovery.   Hypnosis is a very effective way to give positive suggestions for balance and healing.

In the afternoon of our Hormone Balancing Workshop you will learn how to use self-hypnosis to relax.  You will participate in a guided meditation to begin the healing process and take home audio recordings for deep relaxation to re-enforce all that was learned and to begin your day with chakra balancing and positive intention.

If you want to hear more about how hypnotherapy can reduce your stress, contact me for a no-cost consultation.

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The Hormone-Fat ‘Merry-Go-Round’

06 Mar 15
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As a nurse from a traditional background, I found after 40 years of clinical nursing, there were frustrations that brought me to what I call an “inconvenient epiphany”.

That was the moment when I realized that I no longer wanted to be a nursing supervisor … something was out of “sync” for me.

Have you ever felt that nagging doubt about what you at one time felt was your life’s work?

I call it inconvenient because if you follow your feelings, you end up knee-deep in change. And change is scary!

I hung out my shingle as a holistic nurse/counsellor and in through my office doors streamed women of all ages looking for solutions. They had been referred to me because after all diagnostics were completed, nothing abnormal was detected and their symptoms were still unresolved.

Now they were being offered anti-depressants and referrals to psychiatry. They knew instinctively that something must be wrong and did not know where to turn.

Of course they were depressed! Who wouldn’t be!

Over time, there was a cluster of symptoms and a pattern emerged in the histories of my clients. The link to hormones was unmistakable and often too the overgrowth of yeast (candida) was also present.

We spent the first month normalizing bowel function and in month two added a parasite cleanse. Parasites can cause many of the same symptoms as hormone balance and yeast overgrowth.If by the end of 3 months the symptoms of candida did not disappear, we would treat that too.

All through this process, I ‘held the hand’ of my clients as they made the necessary changes to life-style and nutrition. Their patience and persistence and courage resulted in the resolution of the symptoms that for many had made their lives a misery.

They had taken control. My dedication since then is to assist not only women of all ages but also men … to take matters into their  own hands in a self-directed health program.

Have you ever wondered why you can’t lose weight, in spite of all your best efforts? There is a cycle of events that will be of interest to you.

Regular readers will know what I mean by estrogen dominance and progesterone deficiency. For many reasons, men, women and children living in our culture experience this type of hormone imbalance and there are many safe ways to correct this.

When hormones are out of balance, watch what happens:

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The Hormone/Fat Merry-Go-Round

  1. Excess estrogen causes us to store fat.
  2. Fat cells make more estrogen.
  3. Eating habits and stress create an acidic cellular environment
  4. To neutralize the cellular habitat, the body stores excess acid in the fat cells.
  5. The fat cells are then desirable for the body to keep as a repository for the acid.
  6. The body will not release the fat cells. (In spite of ALL YOU DO!)
  7. The fat cells continue to produce more estrogen.
  8. Excess estrogen then makes more fat cells.

Round and round you go! And Rounder and Rounder you get!!!!!

How do you break this cycle? Regular weight-loss programs are not the answer unless you also create the conditions for the body to agree to release the unwanted fat.

Consider weight management through natural hormone balancing and hormone health

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Bio-identical Hormones (progesterone and estrogen) are derived from wild yam and soy and are altered only enough to make them molecularly the same as hormones the body produces. They are used in physiologic doses, the same amounts as the body would make under healthy conditions.

Over the last two years, there has been increasing news about the dangers of synthetic hormones, the kind found in HRT and the birth control pill. Although we know what is dangerous, many do not know the healthy alternative.

In the 1970’s, Dr. John Lee began recommending bio-identical progesterone for osteoporosis prevention. To his satisfaction and the delight of his patients, not only did bone mineral density improve but also they found that many other bothersome symptoms were also eliminated.

Among these were the resolution of hot flashes, migraines, vaginal dryness, obesity and unwanted facial hair. Libido was restored and weight normalized. Dr. Lee also recommended healthy lifestyle and the judicious use of vitamin and mineral supplements.

Progesterone is the balancing hormone for estrogen, the levels of which are in excess in the great majority of girls and women in industrialized cultures. According to Dr. Lee, only 10% of menopausal women need to add bio-identical estrogen. Most women need additional progesterone at some time in their life.

The first step is to take a saliva test, available from Trillium Wellness Consultants. This simple test shows the ratio of progesterone to estrogen. Hormone usage varies according to a woman’s age and stage. Women after the age of 40 and men after 50 benefit by using bio-identical progesterone. Younger women use progesterone short-term until they restore ovulation and their ovaries again make adequate progesterone.

Women often ask me why adding progesterone has not worked for them. I ask them, “Did you take measures to lower estrogen?”

The reality is that you can’t take enough progesterone to balance excess estrogen.

Hormone supplementation is not a quick fix and for lasting effect must be combined with healthy diet; vitamin supplements; avoidance of refined carbs, plastics, petrochemicals and packaged foods; plenty of filtered water; daily bowel elimination. (If you don’t eliminate excess estrogen, it will be reabsorbed from the intestine and recycled again and again!); exercise; sleep; stress reduction.

Hot flashes are often the reason women seek help.

“If excess estrogen is so bad, why do I get relief from hot flashes when I take HRT?” A hot flash is caused by wild fluctuation in estrogen. Think of a jagged line going up and down on a graph. If you add more estrogen and sock up the levels so they can’t fluctuate, you will stop hot flashes and at the same time increase your risk for cancer, cardiac events and many unwanted side effects.

Wouldn’t it be better to avoid the fluctuations by bringing down and modulating estrogen? Consider a self-directed hormone balancing program in partnership with your doctor. You will never look back!

A rise of estrogen at puberty is responsible for the development and maintenance of female sex organs and secondary sexual characteristics. Estrogens stimulate cell growth. They create the thickened lining of the uterus to prepare it for pregnancy.

They stimulate the maturation of the egg-containing part of the ovary. Estrogen exists in both males and females. It is produced by the ovaries, the adrenals and by adipose (fat) cells. One other hormone playing a part in human reproduction is progesterone.

Many of the symptoms women experience are related to hormone imbalance. Hormones are like messengers. They circulate in the body and fit into hormone receptor sites, just as certain keys fit into certain locks. Substances that are “estrogenic” can imitate estrogen and fit into estrogen receptor sites. This has effects we will talk about later in the series.

Coordinated functioning of hormones is like a symphony orchestra. All the instruments need to play together in harmony. For example, if the estrogen is too “loud”, the progesterone cannot be “heard”. It is the estrogen’s tendency to promote cell growth that makes its excess a promoter of cancer. This is one reason among many to do everything we can to create hormone balance.

In North America, we are exposed to hormones from a variety of sources. We get extra hormones from eating meat and poultry (injected with hormones to stimulate growth), from plastic containers that emit estrogenic substances into the food/liquid they contain, and from petrochemical by-products and pollutants which are estrogenic. This affects both men (prostate cancer) and women and causes our little girls to start menstruating at a progressively younger age.

Women’s Estrogen Dominance Quiz: Have you ever had (past or present): breast swelling/tenderness, fibro cysts, cancer, endometriosis, endometrial cancer/hyperplasia, PMS, migraines/headaches, osteoporosis, weight gain (abdomen, hips), water retention, gallbladder symptoms, menopausal symptoms, insomnia, inability to concentrate, cyclic acne, fibromyalgia, depression or fatigue?

If you have checked some of the above, there is a strong possibility that your body is not making enough progesterone to balance the amount of estrogen.

This means you may be estrogen dominant, a condition that can contribute too many health problems. I suggest that you investigate this further by consulting with your health care practitioner.

Yours truly,

Susan

Susan Krautter, RN, BScN, Holistic Nurse
Trillium Wellness Consultants
www.UnderstandingHormones.com

Respect My Hormones

Hot Flashes, Night Sweats and Low Libido… oh those hormones!

22 Feb 15
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I hear so many women complaining of what I have learned to be hormone-related symptoms. It doesn’t really matter where you are; women empathize with each other over these issues every day.

The other day at a luncheon the talk turned to these same ‘women’ issue, I’ve overheard similar conversations in elevators and while waiting for my granddaughter after school.

I wonder if you have experienced any of these things, or maybe you know someone who has complained to you about them. Night sweats, hot flashes and low libido come to mind right away.

What about weight gain, sore breasts, sleepless nights, fatigue, headaches, migraines, acne, facial hair, moodiness, memory loss or foggy thinking!

The list goes on and on.

I have even found that incontinence can be caused by a hormonal imbalance!

When I was 45 years old my sister, who is 5 years older than I, was complaining of hot flashes and migraines. She related these to ‘the change’, and I realized that I needed to get some facts before I reached 50.

I had already had a long history of weight gain, sore breasts and those same migraines, so I could relate to her pain!

Through my research I found out that it is normal and even necessary for our hormones to fluctuate at different times of our lives, yet all the above symptoms are common, but are not normal.

I spent years and years trying to lose weight.

I tried every diet going, I went to Tops, Weight Watcher, I tried Fit for Life, The Zone, Atkins, Jenny Craig and I even injected myself with HcG! I exercised, I fasted, I walked and practiced yoga.

Nothing had permanent results for me.

For my headaches, my doctors had no answers. We identified that these headaches and migraines were cyclic, but there was no cure. I suffered with migraines for 25 years!

I experiences sore breast and I thought that was normal since other women in my family had complained of this same discomfort.

Eventually through my own research, I did find out how to prepare my body for pre-menopause and to my own surprise, that was the end of the migraines, sore breasts, incontinence, low libido, and I even found it easier to loose excess pounds!

I was so incredibly happy and so was my husband, who claimed, “All women should join the Four H Club: Happy Hormones, happy husbands!”

So, I am a true believer of naturally balancing hormones.

By reducing stress, letting go of unwanted emotional baggage and limiting beliefs, and nourishing our bodies with the best foods possible, you can free yourself of many of these uncomfortable symptoms that may be stopping you from living a full and happy life.

What I have also learned during these years of studying women’s health is that these annoying symptoms are your body’s way of communicating with you.

Like I mentioned earlier, many of these symptoms are common, yet they are not normal. I believe we need to stop and listen to our own body’s messages and take the time to do the things necessary to bring balance back into our lives.

These symptoms may be your own body’s warning signs. If you ignore these warning signs, what comes next?

Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some insights I have discovered about living a balanced, healthy, comfortable and full life and the undesirable alternative.

Do you experience hot flashes, night sweats and a low libido? Share your experience below and what has worked for you.