It’s the Weekend.

Time to grab a cuppa or a glass of something or other, to kick back relax and find out about another Empowered Woman.

Rebecca Boulton – Empowers other women – Women of a “certain age” balance their hormones naturally. I am passionate about well being (as you know) and I really do think that there are many other alternatives out there rather than being best friends with the pharmacist and possessing a medicine cabinet that is bursting at the seems. I feel that a more natural approach can be very effective either on its own or when combined with prescribed medicines.

My personal preference is to look into natural product and services and Rebecca certainly fits the bill. So I will hand over to Rebecca who has a wonderful story to tell of how she got to where she is today working with women, and raising her family.

Rebecca Boulton,

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Retrained as a Nutritional Therapist 5 years ago after having spent the previous 12 years working as an It consultant for a large corporate firm. Long hours, working away from home and trying to juggle a young family led to burnout and a reassessment of her priorities and a new lease of life! She has 2 children, age 6 and 8, and 2 stepchildren, age 13 and 15, and lives in South Yorkshire with her partner. She works online helping pre-menopausal women to balance their hormones naturally.

5 years ago I was exhausted, stressed, grumpy and fat! I had a 1 and a 3 year old and was just getting by day to day.

Existing not living.

I was falling asleep on the sofa every night. Arguing with my partner and irritable with the kids. Binge eating when no-one was around and gaining weight so none of my clothes fit me. I couldn’t concentrate or focus at work and I just felt totally overwhelmed and fed up with my life.

No-one seemed to be able to give me an answer as to what was wrong. I had all the blood tests done at the doctors but they all came back clear and I was just told it was normal to feel like that because I was a mum of 2 young kids and had a stressful job. But I knew there was more to it than that. And now I know that it may be common but it isn’t normal to feel like that.

Reading an article in a magazine was the turning point for me.

It talked about alternative solutions to balancing your hormones and what the symptoms of imbalanced ones were. Low energy levels, poor sleep, mood swings, PMS, weight gain, lack of concentration, sugar cravings and I could tick every one of them off.

So I made some changes. Started to take better care of myself, eating better, not skipping meals, exercising and slowly I started to feel better. And I was hooked…I wanted to be able to share my experience with other women so they could feel better too.

This led to me spending the next 3 years juggling a part-time consultancy job with a post-graduate diploma and 2 young children. At times it was hard but I loved what I was studying and it was so worth all the extra hours on evenings and weekends.

I now run my own business as a qualified Nutritionist and show other busy women how to balance their hormones naturally through diet and lifestyle changes so they can get their lives back. I use a unique mix of nutrition advice, guidance and tips which fit it into their lifestyle. No fad diets or quick fixes as I don’t believe they work, just simple, practical changes.

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Tips to Help Balance Your Hormones

1. Balance your blood sugar levels – Low levels have been shown to cause low energy levels, make it difficult to focus and concentrate and reduce resistance to cravings.  Ensure you eat regular meals and snacks, every 3-4 hours, to stop the blood sugar dip which causes the cravings and for us to reach for the nearest sugary snack. Eat protein with every meal, to help promote satiety and reduce the release of glucose into the bloodstream and plenty of fibre to reduce the transit time of food being digested and therefore keeping blood sugars stable
2. Eat plenty of good fats – Healthy fats are important for insulin regulation and helping to balance blood sugars as well as reducing inflammation and helping to boost our metabolism and ability to burn fat. They are integral for balancing hormones and supporting the body through the changes we experience as our hormones fluctuate.
 Good sources include avocado, olive and coconut oils, oily fish such as mackerel, salmon, sardines and fresh tuna and nuts and seeds.
3. Get a good night’s sleep – Our hormones regulate themselves when you are sleeping so if you’re not getting enough sleep they won’t work as efficiently as they are supposed to. Insufficient sleep impacts our cortisol levels (our stress hormones) putting more stress on our bodies and also our leptin and ghrelin which control our hunger and fullness, known as ghrelin and leptin. Lack of sleep means leptin levels reduce and your brain doesn’t tell your body it’s not hungry. Both of these combined can make cravings worse and mean you make poor decisions when it comes to food!
– Try to go to bed at the same time each night, preferably before 11pm as that is when we get the best quality sleep (sleeping between 10pm and 2am is the equivalent to 2 hours at any other time). Also make sure you turn gadgets off at least an hour before bed as this can affect your ability to sleep and try having a herbal drink or a magnesium bath to help calm the nervous system and promote good sleep patterns.
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