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5 Tips for Personal Spring Cleaning

Published on April 9, 2014 By Susan Tolles

Spring is a time when we want to clear away the clutter for a fresh start. We have been “hibernating” through the winter months, focusing more inward in our own daily lives. Warmer weather, clear blue skies and a greener landscape energizes us to “lighten up” in every area—from our diets to our households—and our more »

5 Tips for Being a Heart-Healthy Woman Over 50

Published on March 10, 2014 By Susan Tolles

Do you know your “numbers?” Things like your waist/hip ratio and how it ranks in the acceptable range, the amount of fiber you need daily, or your glucose reading? Do you know what to eat to make the most of your calories, especially at breakfast? Click on the link below to listen in as I more »

Time to Detox!

Published on April 25, 2013 By Susan Tolles

There are a couple times of year that are excellent for doing a detox, spring and fall. After our long winter season (longer for those up north) the body is ready to shed a few pounds and a few layers of clothes!  In two articles, I will talk about some powerful ways to detox your more »

Your Holiday calorie counter

Published on November 18, 2012 By Susan Tolles

For those of us in the United States, Thanksgiving is this Thursday. Many of us are looking forward to traditional family dinners complete with turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and pumpkin pie. We are also anticipating–though not as eagerly– those extra pounds that the holidays always seem to add to our bodies. Often, we take a walk more »

Do Vitamin Supplements Cause Cancer?

Published on January 10, 2012 By Susan Tolles

There recently was a media blast stating that vitamins and minerals may be bad for your health. I have seen similar reporting many times in my 30 years in the nutritional field. Here, I would like to clear up the controversy over supplements, and give my own recommendations.

Tips for Fitness Over 50

Published on December 10, 2011 By Susan Tolles

Physical activity should be given the same importance as any significant event, especially for middle aged women. Regardless of what exercise you choose, 20-30 minutes, three times a week should be religiously placed into your schedule. Tips for daily activity: Walk on your lunch hour or coffee break (on fowl weather days, do the mall more »

12 Tips for Healthy Digestion

Published on December 10, 2011 By Susan Tolles

We are entering “holiday” time, which inevitably includes foods that we don’t normally eat. If we have impaired digestion to begin with, these foods can be an additional burden on the body. What does impaired digestion feel like? Belching, bloating, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea or irritable bowel symptoms are all signs of a problem. It is more »

How to Drastically Reduce your Cancer Risk

Published on October 6, 2011 By Susan Tolles

Eating lots of vegetables lowers the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), according to a recent Mayo Clinic study. After examining the dietary intake of 466 people with NHL and 391 matched controls, researchers found that: A high number of vegetable servings per week decreased cancer risk by 42%. High intake of green leafy vegetables and more »

Setting Health Goals for Success

Published on September 27, 2011 By Susan Tolles

Goals Should be Measurable. How many by when? It might be an easy to remember that you don’t eat in fast food restaurants anymore, but it’s too vague. Set the goal so that there is a starting and stopping point.

Calcium Supplements: Dangerous for Women?

Published on September 6, 2011 By Susan Tolles

Calcium supplements can be dangerous for women by causing an imbalance in magnesium, which is vital to proper heart function. How can women avoid potentially serious heart problems?

Boost Your Metabolism with Sleep

Published on August 29, 2011 By Susan Tolles

Being sleep deprived doesn’t only make you feel tired and ineffective – it may make you feel hungry even when you are full and lead to an increase in fat storage. Are you sleep deprived? Do you fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow? Do you routinely sleep through your alarm? Do more »

Fun Fitness?

Published on August 23, 2011 By Susan Tolles

Your fitness program should be fun.  If that sounds foreign to you, consider other activities you love to do.  Do you enjoy music, antiquing, gardening or travel? Reflect on all that you do, think, and remember about these activities, and how you can’t wait to do them again. So, how can you make fitness fun?  more »

The Heat is On: Summer Rashes, Part 1

Published on August 16, 2011 By Susan Tolles

It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy.  Well, unless it’s 103 degrees outside.  My fellow Texans know what I’m talking about! Summer is high season for dermatologists.  We are really, really busy this time of year.  My patients frequently ask me why that is.  Well, there are many reasons.  Yes, we see a lot of more »

Three Steps to Financial Savviness

Published on August 1, 2011 By Susan Tolles

Being a Financial Woman is not just about your money. It’s about being smart and savvy with your money so that you live a rich life. This is true whether it relates to earning, growing or giving when it comes to your finances. Let’s look at each of these steps. First, maximize your earnings by more »

The Fat-Burning Zone: What & Where Is It?

Published on July 25, 2011 By Susan Tolles

The next time you go to your health club, jump on a cardio machine and take a look at the pre-programmed options. Most often you will find a program called the Fat Burner or something similar. These programs are designed for you to exercise at roughly 50 to 60% of your maximum heart rate. Exercise more »

Discover Natural Therapy for Arthritis Pain

Published on July 18, 2011 By Susan Tolles

For several million Americans, suffering with arthritis is a daily burden.  I have even complained that they must be sealing jars tighter than they use to because I recently bought a “jar opener”! The term Arthritis describes a set of symptoms and literally means inflammation (-itis) of the joint (arthro).  There are different forms of more »

The Power of Meditative Running

Published on May 27, 2011 By Susan Tolles

Who knew that the secret to great health and happiness lies right at our feet? While trying to come to grips with the changes my body, mind, and life were going through after turning 50, I came across a life-changing article in the Wall Street Journal about Jeff Galloway, the Olympian and marathoner who developed more »

Top ten all natural menopause solutions

Published on April 22, 2011 By Susan Tolles

Every day six thousand U.S. women have their final menstrual period. The permanent pausing of menstruation is termed menopause. It signals the end of fertility and the beginning of what we refer to as the UpSide. The average age of natural menopause is 51, plus or minus 10 years. Perimenopausal symptoms may begin ten years more »

The mineral that beats fatigue, anxiety—and your chocolate cravings?

Published on April 22, 2011 By Susan Tolles

It’s that time of day again or maybe that time of the month, when your craving for chocolate arises and nothing else will do. But what can you do about it? Although cocoa has recently been touted as healthy because of its antioxidant properties, most of us experience guilt or frustration when we give in more »

Healthy living for women

Published on April 22, 2011 By Susan Tolles

  You probably have heard tips on eating for optimum health or the best way to eat to lose weight for your entire adult life. But there really are studies to back up the old adage that “you are what you eat.” Here are some tips from an excellent article  Eat This, Not That: 6 more »

The scoop on protein powders

Published on March 31, 2011 By Susan Tolles

We are entering the time of year that is great for using fresh fruit in a smoothie for breakfast or healthy snack. To rev up the nutrients and make it more satisfying, add a scoop of protein powder for added nutrients. Here is some excellent information to help you decide just what type of protein more »

Flower Power for good health

Published on March 24, 2011 By Susan Tolles

When we think of spring and summer, we think of the warm weather, the lush vegetation, the sunny days and the thousands of colorful flowers throughout the landscape. Did you know some of these pretty flowers may also help you improve your health? Healing flowers Botanical medicine is gaining popularity; herbs have a multitude of more »

The sleep vitamin

Published on March 15, 2011 By Susan Tolles

Lack of sleep is profound in the changes we have in mood, motivation and vitality, especially for women over 50.  It is a major contributor to depression and a sense of “life is not worth living”.  It also increases the probability that you will become obese or develop diabetes. William C. Dement is the world’s more »

Exercise for bone health

Published on March 8, 2011 By Susan Tolles

Maintaining good bone density is very important at any age, but it is especially important after age 50. Both men and women can get osteoporosis, but it is much more common in women because of declining estrogen levels before and after menopause. When bone density is low, a simple fall can result in fractures of more »

Oh, my aching back!

Published on February 9, 2011 By Susan Tolles

Research shows that back pain is one of the biggest reasons people miss work. But is there anything the average person can do to keep his or her back healthy? You bet, say the people at Harvard Medical School (www.health.harvard.edu). Here are their recommendations: Keep fit. This is the most important thing you can do more »