Women Helping Women

singlewomanThis conference is all about “You!”  Women Helping Women – in health, in connections, in subjects that we all hold dear to us.

Knowing the true scoop on different issues, where to go to learn more, who to trust and how to investigate the subjects so we can make informed decisions is key to our health and the health of our families.

Do you realize that – “Women make 80 to 90 percent of the health care decisions for their families?”  Sometimes, women’s lives can be so busy that they tend to feel isolated.  This seminar will provide a way to network with others who have the same issues in an atmosphere that’s fun and friendly.”

Women make health decisions concerning:

  • What they eat
  • How they move
  • What health care choices they make

With the collective expertise at our seminar – you will get the latest, most accurate information that you will need.  Being in a comfortable environment, with other like minded individuals present, it may assist you with asking the questions that you need to ask.  Getting them answered, getting accurate resources is just one of the many things you will acquire.

So often, we are so busy taking care of others, that we really need a day to take care of ourselves.  This seminar will provide a welcome break from your daily schedule. “Many women are so busy caring for others that their own health takes a back seat.”

The one thing that I do know, is that we need to take care of ourselves first.  I don’t mean that as something selfish, but what I can attest to is that if I take care of myself, meaning, mind, body and spirit, that I will then be able to take care of others better.

What I also know is that our own deteriorating health tends to sneak up on us – and because it does, it isn’t like an aha moment!  Also, there is a lot of information out there and how are we supposed to know which information we should believe?  What I do know, is that many of us go by “hearsay” information – it doesn’t always mean that something isn’t correct – but we do need to do our due diligence to figure out what is the fact and what is the fiction.

“There’s a lot of information overload and the aim of our conference is to straighten it out by providing facts from local experts.”  So come with your notepad and pen, your questions and concerns and enjoy a day that is totally dedicated to “You”!

Managing Stress . . .

Women and StressSometimes, your head hurts so bad you can hardly stand it!  It seems like “When It Rains – It Pours!”  Know what I mean?

As women we multitask daily.  And we think nothing of it!  Whether we work outside the home or not doesn’t matter.

Responsibilities compound – little Johnny forgot his lunch at school, hubby is bringing the boss home for dinner, your doctor’s appointment is happening when the kids get out of school!  Any of this ring a bell?

And it seems that the stress just piles on – sometimes, we don’t even realize that we are totally stressed out and ready to just blow!  Before this happens, learning to recognize the symptoms is a “Key Factor” and taking steps to minimize those symptoms is the key to creating a balance between work, family and self.

  • Change in sleep habits. Sleep HabitsNobody knows your body better than you do. You know how much sleep you usually get on a good night, and if you find yourself sleeping either significantly more or less than normal, chances are you’re undergoing stress. A change in sleep habits is a sure sign that something is keeping you from fully relaxing. What’s a woman to do? Try to engage in relaxing activities at the end of each day that can help put you in a restful frame of mind. Meditation, a soothing bath, and even laughter are good ideas.
  • Frequent mood swings. Take a moment to think back over the last few days and how you handled each situation that confronted you. Did you handle everything in your usual calm, controlled, effective manner? If not, you may be dealing with hidden stress. Stress and Mood Swings

Frequent mood swings, especially if your mood has swung from frustration, anger and irritability to defensiveness, impatience and overreaction, are a clear indication that stress is present.

Other moods that signal stress for women:  depression, helplessness with things you can normally accomplish on your own, irrationality in dealing with decision-making, and restlessness and anxiety.

Nervous behavior. When you start to show physical signs of nervous behavior, it’s likely a sign that confusionsomething is secretly stressing you out. Here are some signs of nervous behavior which you may need to address in a way that identifies the cause:

  • Twitching
  • Fiddling
  • Grinding your teeth in your sleep
  • Excessive talkativeness
  • Nail biting
  • Pacing.
  • Indecisiveness and confusion. If you’re usually able to think things through with a clear head and now you can’t, it’s likely that you’re struggling with stress.
  • Stress results in feeling out of control and overwhelmed, even with things that you can normally handle with confidence. One tip here is to make sure that you leave stress at work and make a clean break so that your evening can help you recover from a stressful day.

At our Beating Stress Seminar, you will learn ways to help you manage and reduce your stress levels!  Wear work out attire and bring a towel!  Here is a sampling of our topics:

  • Work ~ Life ~ Balance
  • Happy Hormones Happy You (Just ask Maxine!)
  • Demonstrations
  • Fitness Workout
  • Relaxing Qigong Exercise

Women And The Change

Professional WomanOne of the topics at the Conference is “Menopause” – and it is a timely addition to this conference – but lets have a little fun here too!

First!  Are you experiencing the “Change”?  Here is a statistic for you – there are approximately 38 Million Baby Boomer Women in the U.S. alone!!!  And yes, they are experiencing some form of the “Change”.

Are you having symptoms like:

  • Hot Flashes – You know when all of a sudden your body heats up and all you want to do is start stripping???
  • Night Sweats – Hmmmm, how about waking up in the middle of the night and your pj’s are soaked as well as your sheets?
  • Mood Swings – Who me???  One minute you are fine and the next you are crying big tears?
  • Irregular Periods – Well hey, I had those before the change thing happened!
  • Loss of Libido – Does this really happen?

Hot Flashes, Flushes and or Cold Flashes:  About 75 – 85% of American women are estimated to get hot flashes when they’re in menopause.

Hot Flashes, a sudden sensation of warmth or heat that spreads over the body creating a flushing (redness) particularly noticeable on the face and upper body.

Which do you experience?

  • Delicate Flushes
  • Engulfing Flames

Rest assured – they are normal!  Did you know???  Hot Flashes are the body’s reaction to a decreased supply of the hormone estrogen, which occurs naturally as women approach menopause.  Not all women experience Hot Flashes, but more then half do!

The HousewifeNight Sweats, is the evening cousin of hot flashes, but typically more intense. Night sweats, isn’t actually a sleep disorder, but it is a common perspiration disorder that occurs during sleep.

Mood Swings – Menopause can be a rollercoaster ride for many women – up one day, down the next! You may find your children more annoying than usual or you might fall apart if your coffee’s not prepared the right way.

Television shows can seem particularly heart wrenching and co-workers especially frustrating. Sometimes the slightest thing will make you fly off the handle, into a fit of rage! Though you may feel out of control, you actually are experiencing one of the most common symptoms of menopause mood swings.

This conference has a lineup of women that will bring you information on health issues and solutions that will enable you to get through the differences your bodies are going through.

For a bit of fun, lots of laughs and a way to connect with your fellow “sisters” look up the musical to see if it is playing in your city!  :-))) Happy Menopause!

Menopause The Musical

What Is Gluten? Why Go Gluten Free?

What is Gluten?

  • Gluten is a type of storage protein, which belongs to the cereal family.
  • It is naturally found in grains.
  • It is made up of two proteins, Glutenin and Gliadin and it acts as a binding agent for them.
  • It is commonly found in grass like grains, for example, rye, barley, spelt and wheat.
  • We get gluten naturally through food or we get it when we consume low protein foods, available in market, wherein gluten is present as one of the food additives.
  • It gives the food the desired texture and elasticity.
  • But some people cannot tolerate and digest gluten.

At the Conference the topic: “Celiac Disease: – Personal Perspective” will be full of information about this disease, the symptoms, the causes and how going Gluten Free can help you with getting things under control.  Below is a list of Gluten Free foods – and there is a  link to the “Gluten – Free Food List” – Bring your questions with you to the conference – they will get answered in the seminars that you attend and the information you gather!

Gluten-free Diet Foods

There are lots of food options for including in a gluten-free diet plan. However, certain processed foods are flavored and thickened with gluten. Hence, the most important part is to identify Gluten-Free Food List that are safe to include in the diet plan. Food items that can be included in a gluten-free diet are:

  • Fruits – Gluten-free fruits are apples, acai berries, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, figs, grapes, guavas, lemons, mangoes, papayas, watermelons and strawberries.
  • Vegetables – Vegetables that contain no gluten are avocado, green beans, broccoli, cabbage, cucumber, garlic, onions, peas, peppers, spinach and turnips.
  • Cereals and Flour – Some of the grains and flour that are free of gluten include rice, corn, bean flour, corn flour, cornmeal, flaxseed, potato flour, tapioca flour and soy flour.
  • Dairy Products – Pure milk, butter, yogurt, sour cream, etc. contain zero gluten, but processed dairy products like cheese may be flavored with gluten.
  • Eggs and Poultry – Eggs and non-seasoned or non-flavored poultry are free of gluten content.
  • Fish and Meat – Similar to poultry products, fresh, unseasoned meat of any type contain zero percent gluten.

Did You Know????

The sweet potato is naturally gluten and grain-free, so anyone can eat them.  Most importantly, they are delicious! 
Sweet potatoes are a complex carbohydrate which means they digest more slowly than white potatoes and therefore will not cause your blood sugar to spike as easily.  

Sweet Potato Nutrients:

  • Great source of beta-carotene
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Manganese
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin B6
  • Potassium
  • Iron
  • Fiber (More fiber than oatmeal if the skin is left on)

Sweet Potato Fries Recipe:
(Serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • About 1 1/2 lb sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (very healthy & adds flavor to recipe)
  • sea salt (to taste)
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan (raw cheese is always best)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cut sweet potatoes into strips that are about 1/4 inch wide on each side.
  • Place the sweet potatoes into a large bowl. Add melted coconut oil, salt, and rosemary. Stir well to thoroughly coat the fries.
  • Stir in 2/3 of the Parmesan. Spread out onto the baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan.
  • Cook for 20-25 minutes, turning halfway through. Fries are done when they are browned around the edges.
  • Enjoy!

Kristen M. Pardue, RD, LDN, CLC 

Empowered Woman – What Does That Mean?

I believe we get lost in the area of taking care of ourselves, stopping to smell the roses, realizing who we really are and what we really are about.

Why?  Because we are the nurturer’s – we are the caregivers and we tend to put others before our own needs.  People around you tell you how you should act, how you should look, how you should dress.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but somewhere along the line we loose track of who we really are.

Our health deteriorates, we gain weight, we start noticing physical issues that weren’t there before.  It can manifest in so many different ways.

The conference is going to give you the tools and the information to move forward in your lives.  To find strength, empowerment, encouragement and unconditional love.

Here is a quote from Maya Angelou, someone I highly respect and follow.  She has been there, done that, suffered many things, and yet she exudes such strength and knowledge and love!

“There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you.  The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart:

* If you don’t like something, change it.
* If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
* Don’t complain.”

Being empowered is the process of developing and utilizing the power that is already inside you! 

An empowered woman discovers their mission or purpose and uses it.  I do believe that we all have a purpose or mission in life.  I also believe that we all do not acknowledge it.

I myself have asked: “What is my purpose?” “Why am I here?”  The answers have not come easily, as there were times I could honestly say “I Don’t Know” – At that time in my life I was too busy taking care of others, working 50 hour work weeks and just being what others thought I should be.  I have absolutely no regrets, I just know that was my training ground to realize that I finally had to stop and figure out who I was, what I stand for, how can I get my life on track to make sure that I am as strong physically and mentally as I can be.

What the conference will do is to assist those that haven’t found their purpose or mission in life, give those that have additional tools and information to continue moving forward and inform everyone of the different alternative solutions that are available to us women!

Here are a few questions for you:

  • What is your mission or purpose?  An empowered woman discovers their purpose and uses it to manifest her greatness.  No day is inconsequential or meaningless when she steps foot to path; she is inspired and motivated with the greater meaning in all that she does.  Discovering your path is essential to taking control of your life and becoming a vehicle for unending inspiration and activity.
  • What is your talent?  Everyone has a unique and one-of-a-kind talent – Have you discovered yours?
  • What is your “Law of Attention?”  This is your internal world, where you nurture and feed your mission.  Understanding what you pay attention to constitutes the results that you receive.

OK, for some this may be a little deep – for others, they get it – it doesn’t mean anything other then you are ready for this or you may be holding back.

What I have personally experienced is this “Manifestation”, knowing who I am, what I am about, what I want to accomplish and figuring out “My Purpose”.

This came to me later in life, I believe that it happens to all of us when we are ready for it.  There are women of all ages that have their mission or purpose figured out – and in some way they make it happen for themselves in all that they do.

Empowering Women Health Conference

 Women are busier than ever, taking care of their families, running businesses and serving others. In this process of taking care of everyone else we forget the importance of taking time out for ourselves especially when it comes to our health.

Take few hours on Saturday May 5th, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm to attend the Austin Women’s Health Conference.There will be speakers who are women just like you who will address a variety of health topics. The outline of topics is listed below:

Empowering Women Health Conference Tentative Outline

10:00                              Introduction and Networking

10:15                               Recent Changes in Women’s Medicine

10:30                              Becoming An Empowered Woman

10:45                              Get Fitsical

11:00                              Mystery Guest

11:15                               Celiac Disease: Personal Perspective

11:30                               5 Myths About Polycystic Ovary Disease

11:45                               Health At Every Size

12:00                              Break

12:15                               Back Pain : What do shoes have to do with it?

12:30                              Why We Get Sick

12:45                              Menopause

1:00 1:30                       Panel/Closing

1:30 – 2:00                   Breakout Sessions