New Habits, New You

When I think of the holidays, I think of time spent gathered with family and friends.  During that time, old memories and life long traditions are shared.  But, something else emerges, too: old habits.  dietSometimes, we revert back to our old ways of doing things or old ways of being when we are around people who knew us way back when.  And, I find myself examining how much I’ve grown- but also thinking about what habits I’d like to change.

When I ask my patients to change their habits, I realize that many of these habits are central to who they are. Changing them is a challenge.  It’s not easy to break out of patterns we’ve developed over years and years of our lives. But one great place to start is by doing something completely new.

When my patients feel stuck in a rut, I encourage them to travel. Travel exposes you to new places, new cultures, new people and new ideas. You come home rested and ready for change in your life.

Even if you are not able to travel the world, get out there and explore your surroundings. You can go anywhere, just as long as you’re doing something new. New is the key here, because you are creating “new habits.” Surrounding yourself with “new” things is a great way to encourage this transformation.

While you’re in this new environment, practice some of the healthy habits you want to bring into your life. They’ll be easier to try outside of your normal environment. Eat healthy meals, go for walks or practice yoga, get a good night’s sleep, and practice stress-management techniques.

When you take the time out to travel and vacation to new places, and you practice healthy habits while doing so, it leaves you coming home feeling rested and ready to make the changes in your life that you deserve.

I’ve seen so many of my patients change their habits – and reap fantastic rewards. They lose weight, they gain self confidence, their mood becomes lighter, and they have more energy. They are renewed. You deserve to have the same.

So, with the holidays approaching and many old traditions to consider think about what NEW things you will bring into your daily life and into the new year.  You don’t have to wait until the 1st of January to consider changing habits that could be good for your health, your happiness, and your sex life.

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Got PMS? Did You Eat Your Cruciferous Veggies Today?

Cabbages451px-Cabbages_Green_and_Purple_2120pxIf you suffer from heavy, painful periods, bloating, and mood swings around your period, you may have a condition called estrogen dominance.

Estrogen dominance is more common than you would think, and it’s part of the reason that young women are getting their periods earlier and earlier these days.

Estrogen dominance means that your hormones are out of balance and can lead to conditions such as decreased sex drive, headaches, poor sleep, and yes, PMS. Estrogen dominance is also the culprit behind other, more serious conditions like fibroid tumors, endometriosis and even breast cancer.

Artificial estrogens enter our bodies through our environment. They’re injected into meats, added to our beauty and cleaning products, and reside in our water bottles and canned goods.

When it comes to estrogen dominance, there are a couple of things you can do to support your body:

1. Avoid artificial estrogens

Select hormone-free meats, avoid beauty products with parabens, purchase natural cleaning products from your local health food store, and make sure your canned goods and water bottles are BPA-free.

2. Eat more broccoli (and other cruciferous veggies)

The cruciferous veggie family includes broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and kale. These vegetables contain substances called indole-3-carbinol or DIM that help the body metabolize estrogen in a more effective way.

Incorporate cruciferous veggies into your meals. You’d be surprised how delicious a salad can become when you add kale and cabbage. Try a side dish of mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes.

And if you really want to pack a punch, steam broccoli or brussels sprouts, add a little bit of coconut oil, and sprinkle with nutritional yeast. The B vitamins in nutritional yeast will also help your body decrease excess estrogen.

Sex After Forty

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Sex is over after 40? No way Miley, I don’t think so! Speaking for the after 40 crowd, I’d say sex can be better than ever! What do you think?

I sat aghast watching Miley Cyrus pompously insist to Matt Lauer that after 40, sex is over. Sorry, Miley, but thousands of stories, hundreds of patients and numerous research studies say that sex is most definitely not over after 40 and, in fact, in many cases, it just gets better (For further testament, look at my Facebook page — I couldn’t keep up with the comments when I asked my fans if sex ended after 40 — the answer again and again is a resounding “No!”)

Read Dr. Jen, Hormone Expert MD’s complete article here on huffingtonpost.com.

 

Get it on with yourself in public?

FemailPanitesFotolia_51898229_XSNo, not kidding. Get a vibrating device that you can slip into a pair of panties with a cordless remote control and have a solo sex session wherever—on your morning commute, in your cubical at work (if your office din is louder than a vibrator), the list goes on.

To cover up the inevitable in-public O face, take a bite of food or sip of a drink at the big moment and exclaim ‘oh!’ about how good it tastes, er, feels. Or, if you’re actually caught in the act, just tell the person, ‘I’m just squirming around because I’ve gotta pee.” Can’t argue with that.

Read all the juicy tips in Cosmopolitan!