5 Secrets to Increasing Your Sex Drive

Need to increase your sex drive or libido? – an awkward conversation for many of us. I often get a sneaky text after an appointment, by-the-way email or a throw away line in a  consult.  Low sex drive or libido is a dilemma that affects many women, in perimenopausal and menopausal years but anytime really.

A common question is – I’m seeing someone new & I’m needing something to help with my sex drive?

 

Here are 5 Secrets to Successfully Increasing Your Sex Drive or Libido (the rest is up to you):

 

#1 ENERGY –

If you don’t have energy….I’m talking real energy ….not a caffeine or sugar high…..then you’re on the back foot to start. Energy isn’t just in your head it’s in every cell of your body. You need energy for your biochemistry to work properly and to power your sex drive. You don’t expect your car to drive you places without any fuel.

Here are three simple ways to increase energy – being hydration (2 litres water/day), good fuel (vegetables, fruit, meat, nuts, legumes), plenty of good sleep (bed at 10pm or earlier is ideal)..

If you have trouble with fatigue & low energy….come & see me click here to book in. We’ll work out a plan that at least doubles your energy within 2 weeks naturally…..it’s so easy when you know how.

Great thing about this is it helps ‘all of you’ not just your sex drive.

#2 DE-STRESS

Did you know women need to de-stress before sex? … whereas men are the reverse….it’s actually a stress release for them….interesting! (we’re very different creatures)

So, if you’re feeling unsafe, hypervigilant or chronically anxious it’s going affect your sex drive. You’ll need to find your triggers or change the situation. Of course caffeine, smoking and certain drugs add fuel to this mix.

I see many people with chronic anxiety that is linked to gut problems (click here to find out why), so starting from somewhere can get you making progress in the right direction.

#3 VAGINAL DRYNESS

Vaginal dryness can make the whole experience painful & not something you want to repeat sometime soon. Sure you can use a lubricant but may women have reactions or sensitivities.

Vaginal dryness can be temporary or chronic. Here are some causes –

  • Side effect of medication – like antidepressants, antihistamines (Telfast, Zyrtec, Polaramine, Phenergan), some asthma medication
  • Dehydration
  • Alcohol – can cause dehydration
  • Sensitivity or allergy to certain soaps, bath bombs or products used down there (tampons, pads, etc)
  • Smoking

YOUR OPTIONS: lubricant before sex (sensitivities and reactions are common – may need to trial a few), vaginal moisturisers (Replens, YES VM or vitamin E oil, olive oil or coconut oil) applied every 3 days OR……..if low oestrogen around menopause is a problem, topical low dose oestrogen (Vagifem) twice weekly.

#4 DESIRE

Good chemistry is an essential ingredient. Relationship issues can make this a problem. When you deal with the issues it is amazing how this area can change.

 

#5 PRACTICE

Having sex increases the desire for sex. So practice, practice, practice…..I’ll leave that one up to you!

There’s also a few herbs up my sleeve to get you moving in the right direction, but the foundations always need addressing at the same time.

Hope that helps.

x

Julie  (Feeling Great Naturopath)

P.S. In person or zoom consults available….so you don’t even need to be local to Mornington/Melbourne area. Click here to book online if you need help. 

P.S.S. Love to hear about your experiences and what has helped…email me at julie@feelinggreatnaturopath.com.au

 

Real Secrets To Lasting Weight Loss

Real Secrets To Lasting Weight Loss

Whether consciously or unconsciously, many people are frustrated with their body shape and size and often list ‘weight’ as a major concern. They worry endlessly over their body’s appearance many times a day. This niggling worry and frustration can take up valuable headspace, deeply affecting their self-esteem and influencing their moods.

Imagine for a moment what life might be like if you truly stopped worrying about your size or the appetite you feel you can’t trust. If you didn’t wake up thinking about what you will or won’t eat that day or how much exercise you might be able to squeeze in and what the consequences will be if you don’t.

Most people will tell you, that you have to lose weight to be healthy, but the reverse is actually true, you need to be healthy to lose weight.

And the concept of calories as the ONLY factor that influences weight loss is SO OUTDATED. There are many factors that affect whether your body is getting a message to burn fat or store it – calories, stress, gut health, liver function, thyroid, sex hormones, insulin, nervous system and emotions.

So, all of these need to be addressed for you to get to the heart of your success formula for lasting results.

Working together we can solve your weight loss puzzle, giving you support, guidance and getting to the heart of your ‘whys’ – why you eat emotionally, why you choose poor quality food even though you know better, why you just can’t seem to shift excess body fat no matter how hard you try, why dieting can’t be sustained and why eating certain foods can transform your health.

One universal truth I do know is, to effortlessly make choices that serve your health is to get back in touch with the amazingness of your own body. I have never seen sustainable change come from judgment, fear and criticism, rather from a loving kindness, understanding and encouragement.

As a gift to you I have a –

February Special Offer: $140 free testing with an initial consult. I am offering limited spots, so once they’re gone they’re gone.  Click here to book online to get started today.

Enjoy having somebody on your team who has had thousands of successes and lives what she teaches every day and will hold your hand to keep you resourced, accountable and inspired for lasting results.

To your best year yet,

Julie xx

4 Ways To Salvage New Years Health Resolutions

4 Ways To Salvage New Years Health Resolutions

Are cracks starting to appear in your New Years health resolutions?

Did you valiantly declare this year was going to be different? Was it going to be the year you made your health a priority?

Was there talk of getting your energy back? Losing that spare tyre around the middle? Or getting rid of that constant bloated feeling? Or doing something about those hot flushes?

 

Here’s 4 ways to salvage your new year’s health resolutions –

1. Find Your Why

Whether you’re faced with a delicious slice of chocolate cake or a burning desire to skip exercising, if you carry a strong sense of why you want to reach your goal, you’ll find it easier to resist temptations.

Research shows that self-motivated goals are more likely to be reached,[1] so get clear on your own personal ‘why’.

Do you want to be there for your kids, look great at an event, or improve your energy? Remind yourself of this when temptation comes your way.

2. Be SMART

Goals are easier to reach if they are SMART –

  • Specific,
  • Measurable,
  • Attainable,
  • Relevant,
  • Time-orientated

Allowing you to set clear goals and understand when you are on track to reaching them. For more information and assistance with creating your own SMART goals for the New Year, read this blog.

A big reason to make your goals SMART is that you’ll also improve your weight loss results. Highlighting this, a recent study found that people who set a specific weight loss goal lost an average of 1.5 kg more than those who didn’t.[2]

In another study, it was also found that goal setters were 10 times more likely to lose 10 per cent of their original body weight than non-goal setters.It should be noted that participants in both studies received coaching from qualified healthcare professionals,[4],[5] highlighting the importance of seeking help from a qualified Practitioner. Need help click here to book online.

3. Track Your Progress

Self-monitoring is key to helping you track your progress and make adjustments. When trying to lose weight, tracking your diet and exercise, and regularly weighing yourself, gives real time feedback that helps you stick to your resolution.[6]

4. Get Help

Research shows that health goals are easier to reach if they are set with the help of a Practitioner.[7] This is because your Practitioner can help you identify and implement strategies to reach your goal in a safe and healthy way, as well as helping you anticipate and deal with obstacles and setbacks. For example, problem-solving therapy results in greater losses in body weight, including long-term weight reductions.[8]

Success is guaranteed when ownership and commitment align. Smash your health goals in 2019 by putting these evidence-based strategies to work and reap the rewards that come from your dedication and direction.

Content adapted from Metagenics Australia (permission given)

 

[1] Teixeira PJ, Silva MN, Mata J, Palmeira AL, Markland D. Motivation, self-determination, and long-term weight control. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2012 Dec;9(1):22.

[2] O’Hara BJ, Gale J, McGill B, Bauman A, Hebden L, Allman-Farinelli M, et al. Weight-Related Goal Setting in a Telephone-Based Preventive Health-Coaching Program: Demonstration of Effectiveness. Am J of Health Promot. 2017 Nov;31(6):491-501.

[3] Avery A, Langley‐Evans SC, Harrington M, Swift JA. Setting targets leads to greater long‐term weight losses and ‘unrealistic’ targets increase the effect in a large community‐based commercial weight management group. J Hum Nutr Diet. 2016 Dec;29(6):687-96.

[4] O’Hara BJ, Gale J, McGill B, Bauman A, Hebden L, Allman-Farinelli M, et al. Weight-Related Goal Setting in a Telephone-Based Preventive Health-Coaching Program: Demonstration of Effectiveness. Am J of Health Promot. 2017 Nov;31(6):491-501.

[5] Avery A, Langley‐Evans SC, Harrington M, Swift JA. Setting targets leads to greater long‐term weight losses and ‘unrealistic’ targets increase the effect in a large community‐based commercial weight management group. J Hum Nutr Diet. 2016 Dec;29(6):687-96.

[6] Burke LE, Wang J, Sevick MA. Self-monitoring in weight loss: a systematic review of the literature. J Am Diet Assoc. 2011 Jan;111(1):92-102.

[7] Leistra E, Streppel MT, Klamer J, Tump AC, Weijs PJ. SUN-PP190: effect of smart goal setting and nutritional assessment on treatment compliance in primary care dietetic treatment. Clin Nutr. 2015 Jan 1;34(Suppl. 1):S94

[8] Perri MG, Nezu AM, McKelvey WF, Shermer RL, Renjilian DA, Viegener BJ. Relapse prevention training and problem-solving therapy in the long-term management of obesity. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2001 Aug;69(4):722-726.

 

Is a Ketogenic Diet right for you?

Is a Ketogenic Diet right for you?

Recently at a christmas party I ran into an old friend who’d lost 13 kilos and looked amazingly vibrant and happy. I asked her what she’d been up to and how she’d lost the weight after decades of struggling.

She said, “My back pain was so bad I had to do something to get my weight down. I decided to try a ketogenic diet, it’s been amazing I haven’t been that hungry and I’ve got loads of energy. My partner’s doing it with me even though he doesn’t have much more weight to lose to support me.”

Note to self: my friend’s secret formula to getting healthier and happier by shifting her 40 kilo excess was ketosis, support from a loving partner and needing to get out of pain. Mmmmm….all the balls had lined up and it was time to treat herself well.

Do you need a secret formula to getting happier and healthier?

Find out if ketosis is a good fit for you.

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Ketogenic diets have rocketed into the mainstream in recent years, helping people lose body fat, sharpen mental focus and amplify physical energy; all thanks to tweaking your metabolism.

How does a ketogenic diet work?

Normally, your body is fueled by breaking down carbohydrates into their simplest form, glucose. Glucose is then taken up by cells throughout your body and burned to create energy that keeps all your systems functioning well during the day. Whilst your body can burn all macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats and proteins) for energy, carbohydrates are the easiest for your body to breakdown and utilise, leading it to preferentially burn them whenever available.

In contrast, a ketogenic diet adapts the body to using fat for energy, by consuming a higher fat, moderate protein and limited carbohydrate diet.

To do this you need to limit the intake of carbohydrates, so your body does not have enough glucose for its metabolic needs. When this occurs (alongside consuming adequate protein), the body sources fats for fuel and converts them into compounds called ketones. It is ketones, instead of glucose, that the body then starts to use as its primary source of energy. This process is known as ketosis.

The ketogenic diet is quite different to a standard western diet, and different variations of the diet do exist. However, as shown in Figure 1 below, it is comprised of a specific balance of macronutrients, generally being:

  • 50% of calories from high quality, unprocessed fats such as avocado, nuts, seeds, egg yolks, organic meat and coconut;
  • 30% of calories from protein, such as fish, tofu/tempeh or organic animal protein; and
  • 20% of calories from wholefood, complex carbohydrates such as leafy greens, non-starchy vegetables, legumes and low fructose fruit (such as berries).

Figure 1:  The balance of macronutrients within a ketogenic diet.

Who can benefit from a ketogenic diet?

  • Those wanting to lose weight.
    • If you couple your ketogenic diet with being in a calorie deficit, your body will draw on your fat stores for energy, resulting in a reduction in overall body fat.
    • Those who struggle to lose weight due to insulin resistance will also benefit from ketogenic eating, as ketones do not require insulin to create energy.
  • Athletes
    • As a body that has entered ketosis efficiently draws energy from ingested and stored fat, the ketogenic diet can provide a constant and stable source of energy. This offers an advantage over glucose-dependant metabolism, which eventually requires regular glucose intake to sustain intense exercise performance beyond two hours.
  • Individuals who prefer eating higher amounts of dietary fat;
  • Those who experience digestive issues with high carbohydrate diets; and
  • Individuals who respond poorly to low fat dieting.

 

Who might struggle with a ketogenic diet?

There are people who may not easily adjust to a ketogenic diet due to conditions that limit the absorption of fats, or conversion of fats into energy. This may include individuals who experience:

  • Digestive upset when consuming fat containing meals;
  • Inborn mitochondrial conditions;
  • Recurrent pancreatitis; and
  • Gallstones or have had their gall bladder removed.

 

Is a Ketogenic Diet Right for You?

Whether it’s weight loss or enhanced wellness, it’s worth talking to a naturopath to see if a ketogenic diet will help you reach your health goals. As a bonus, working with a naturopath will also greatly increase your ketogenic success, as they can help identify any barriers to successfully implementing the diet, and create strategies for you to overcome them.

Finally, as with any diet, it’s important to remember that each individual can respond uniquely, and that certain diets will suit some more than others. However, if you feel this diet is right for you, you could soon be joining the many that feel clearer, lighter and more energetic eating keto!

Have a ketosis question? Love to hear from you or book in to get started today.

Julie x

Naturopath, pharmacist, life coach/ 0438 593523/ julie@feelinggreatnaturopath.com.au

*Permission obtained from Metagenics Australia to repurpose graphics and content.

Struggling with insomnia?

Struggling with insomnia?

Your brain is running your life whether you are Awake or Asleep.

Sleep isn’t a luxury and the brain has a big ‘To Do’ list to achieve during your sleeping hours.

“The brain is actually very active during sleep doing important things. It’s not just resting, and if you don’t get sleep you don’t function on a number of levels the way you should.”…says Dr. Caitlin Tynan Doyle, Professor of Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center.

Skimping on zzz’s compromises a wide range of functions including…

  • mood regulation
  • immunity/the risk of getting sick
  • cellular regeneration
  • premature aging
  • weight gain & obesity
  • productivity
  • thinking and memory
  • hormonal balance
  • sex drive
  • anxiety and depression
  • and obviously fatigue and insomnia

 

Our whole body and brain can get thrown off kilter when our sleep is not optimal.

For 30% of the population, insomnia is a debilitating condition affecting every aspect of life.

About 50% of people lose sleep due to worrying and anxiety. We all know that feeling of something “weighing” on our mind. It can be hard to switch off and slow our train of thought to relax the brain and get to sleep.

Many employees say they actually call in sick or even doze off at work after their anxiety kept them up all night.

 

So what can be done?

To explain what can be done, it is important to understand that everything is a pattern in the brain.

These patterns, called “Neural Maps” determine the way we feel and think such as with Anxiety as well as our behaviours and physical functions such as in Sleep.

When anxiety is the cause of insomnia, it’s best to treat a patient for the anxiety, changing both the pattern or “Neural Map” as well as addressing the initial underlying cause of the worrying.

Even though sleep is a natural function,  it can sometimes get out of balance.

Our brains produce Melatonin and Serotonin and regulate their balance.

When the sun goes down, Melatonin levels go up which makes us sleepy.  When the sun comes up our brain naturally produces Serotonin which makes us feel alert and switched on.

Serotonin incidentally is our a happy hormone and is the primary element in depression medications.

Whether it’s due to irregular hours, worries, hormonal changes or other stressors in our lives, once the sleep pattern in the brain gets out of balance it needs to be reset and a new pattern of sleep established.

This can be done through clinical hypnotherapy which resets the sleep pattern and neural map in the brain.

I treat many people, both women and men, every week for sleep oriented issues.

However women are twice as likely as men to be hit by insomnia… finding it hard to get to sleep and stay asleep, every week.

The good news is, if your brain created the problem it can also be influenced to create the solution.

In hypnotherapy we reintroduce healthy sleep patterns by creating a ‘Sleep Protocol’. This is list of individualized triggers that the brain associates with going into a deep sleep.

It’s like a series of reminders that move the mind towards the brain wave pattern that occurs when we are deeply asleep. This brain wave pattern is called Delta.

 

There are 5 types of brain waves.

Gamma and Beta are both high brain waves associated with alertness, learning and communication.

Alpha and Theta are lower brain waves associated with relaxation and creative thinking.

Finally, Delta brain waves occur while we are in deep sleep.

 

Once the brain is retrained to move into Delta, normal sleep patterns are re-established.

I always make patients a digital voice recording of the hypnotherapy on their own phone.  They can use this at bedtime to strengthen the sleep pattern.

I’ve had a number of patients who after successfully changing their sleep patterns, still use their recordings years later if they have had a late night and need to get to sleep quickly! It’s a great tool and is free as part of the consultation.

 

Remember…

Your Brain Is Running Your Life Whether You’re Awake Or Asleep

Your brain made the pattern so, it can make something different.

Every pattern is susceptible to change.

So if you’re ready for a change and a better sleep, book in to see…

Perri at Mt Eliza Wellbeing Sanctuary by calling 9787 2111 or email any queries to  perri@wellbeingsanctuary.com.au

How To Safely Return To Exercise After Pregnancy

How To Safely Return To Exercise After Pregnancy

Most mums will already be planning on how to shed the baby weight even before the baby has arrived which in turn can lead to unsafe exercise and extreme ways of showing the world that you can ‘bounce back’ quickly.

Nope. Nope times two. Wrong.

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Okay, sit down, we need to chat. You just grew a human so give yourself a huge pat on the back and be proud of what you have achieved. Don’t be so hard on yourself after your body has done so much for you!

Now, to the fitness side. Although we are all different and pregnancy is a completely unique experience to each and every woman – there’s a way to get back into the world of fitness and do it safely. Listen up!

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Okay, you’ve had your baby and it’s all joyous and overwhelming! Firstly, enjoy this. In the most cliché way possible – it genuinely doesn’t last forever. Take it in that newborn smell, feel the love and have all the cuddles – all while doing pelvic floor exercises.

Yes, this is the first exercise you can do to start getting your body back to your version of normal and feeling more human. Not long after, ease in slowly with short walks (even if they are around the lounge room!) and concentrate on nourishing your body with good food.

Before you know it, your six-week check-up comes along and you’ve been cleared for exercise. Please, please and I’ll say it again, please don’t instantly take this as an indication to run a marathon the next week or lift the heaviest weights you can find.

It’s still all a process. You have to remember that growing a human usually takes nine months with extreme changes to your body so you have it give it time.

Don’t decide to exercise just to get your body back. Do it for ‘you time’, for your mental health, to relieve stress or to help boost your energy levels. Having a newborn is very hard work – slow and steady wins the race!

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It’s so important to not overdo it. Even if you’re feeling great after having your little bub, allow your body to heal and recover. Pregnancy hormones can affect your joints and ligaments for up to six months after birth which leads to a higher risk of injury.
You also may have back pain, issues with your bladder (pelvic floor exercises as stated above ladiessssss!) and even separated abdominal muscles.

Start off with low impact exercise, walking, swimming, yoga/pilates which will all help to strengthen up elements of your body that may have become weaker.

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The most important tip of all is to find someone that knows what your fitness routine should be based on for your individual circumstances. There are so many gyms, PTs and fitness groups that don’t understand how much your exercises need to be changed in order to accommodate your changing body.

That’s why I highly recommend Emma and her team at Step Into Life Mornington, who understand these changes and can help you make a customised plan on what you should be doing and how to do it the safest way possible. You can also bring your gorgeous little babe down to the park when you train which not only allows you the freedom to start your fitness journey after birth but so many cuddles for us! Haha.

Get in contact with Emma today to find out more or trial 3 FREE classes.

It’s so vital for our mothers to nurture themselves back to health in a positive and loving way, honouring where they’re at. So, if you know anyone who could benefit from this information, please share it.

Heartfelt thanks, Julie xx

PS. Same applies to those recovering from injuries or returning to exercise after a break.