60 Days To An Even More Amazing You!
As women in our everything years (over 40s), we all want to look and feel even more amazing, right? But, with so many pressing commitments and conflicting information about how to make that happen, the question is: Where to begin? As smart busy women, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and it’s easy to give up even before we’ve started.
The top 5 goals I hear most often from my clients are:
- clearing the brain fog
- losing weight
- dealing with fluctuating hormones, PMS and peri/menopausal symptoms
- having more energy
- and generally just feeling better
If you felt better, had more energy, balanced your hormones and reached your ideal weight, you would probably feel more amazing, right?
I have put this series together to address all of these issues with super simple tips you can implement right away.
During the next couple months, we’ll share a new strategy with you each week with 1 simple, but very effective way to feel better, look better and have more energy (even lose weight if that’s one of your goals too).
Let’s start with our first strategy of our Health Makeover:
Get enough sleep.
Have you ever considered that the amount of sleep you get can affect your health and your weight?
Let’s face it, when we’re tired we tend to make fewer healthy choices throughout the day and we reach for the quick-fix energy boost we need, often in the form of sugar-filled options and processed snacks. When we’re tired, we also tend to skip the workout we had planned for the day.
For many people, this is an ongoing cycle that’s tough to break.
Adequate sleep sets the stage for everything else.
“When it comes to body weight, it may be that if you snooze, you lose. Lack of sleep seems to be related to an increase in hunger and appetite, and possibly to obesity.” According to a 2004 study, people who sleep less than six hours a day were almost 30 percent more likely to become obese than those who slept seven to nine hours.
Recent research has focused on the link between sleep and the peptides that regulate appetite. “Ghrelin stimulates hunger and leptin signals satiety to the brain and suppresses appetite. Shortened sleep time is associated with decreases in leptin and elevations in ghrelin.
Not only does sleep loss appear to stimulate appetite. It also stimulates cravings for high-fat, high-carbohydrate foods. Ongoing studies are considering whether adequate sleep should be a standard part of weight loss programs” ~ WebMD
Sleep can also affect your immune function, aging process, memory, learning and metabolism. Yes, adequate sleep is a big deal!
To get more sleep, set a goal of what time you need to be in bed each night to get the 7-9 hours you need. Try it this week and see if you notice a difference, both in how you feel and your appetite.
I’m committing to getting _______ hour of sleep each night this week.
For more sleep tips, download our special report by clicking here: 7 NATURAL TIPS AND TECHNIQUES FOR GETTING TO SLEEP & STAYING ASLEEP
Please feel free to share this blog with other women you know who could benefit from this content. See you next week where we’ll talk about easy ways to get more healthy home-cooked meals into your week.
Part 2 is available here.