It was the summer of 2007. My marriage was falling apart, financial pressures were escalating, I hated my dead-end job, and on top of that, my health and my hormones were a mess.
Feeling completely overwhelmed, I collapsed one day on the steps in the dark garage where no one would see me, and sobbed my heart out.
My world was caving in. I felt like I had fallen into a deep dark hole and couldn’t crawl out, no matter how hard I tried.
I didn’t realize at the time that the sleeplessness, anxiety attacks, depression, mood swings, hot flashes, brain fog and lack of energy was because I was in the midst of menopause.
BUT, what I did next, and in the ensuing days and months to follow, totally turned my life around.
I walked away from an awful job and got divorced. I know it sounds scary, but sometimes you just have to make major changes to make room for positive things to come into your life.
And then I did what was needed most–I started paying more attention to a person I’d forgotten–me. My brain, my body, and my spirit all needed serious help.
I started getting more exercise, I cleaned up my diet, started drinking much less, and found a new social group of positive, fun people. I also found help from an excellent doctor to get my hormones in balance.
And lo and behold, everything started to fall into place. My thoughts turned positive, I set goals, I took care of myself. I learned to laugh and love and enjoy life again.
And guess what? I ended up in the dream career that I always wanted, and moved out West where I’d always wanted to live. I found the love of my life and started traveling all over the world and began to really enjoy my life. I have so much gratitude for where I have been and for my life now.
For women, the transition through menopause can actually become a catalyst for much upheaval in one’s life.
And the same thing happens for men, although sometimes it may be a bit more subtle and gradual.
Suddenly things that you were content with no longer work for you. It’s time to start thinking of yourself and putting yourself first. When you stop the distraction of unpleasant health or hormone symptoms, and start getting your health back on track, you can step into a positive, ‘can-do’ mindset to create the life of your dreams.
I will never regret the decisions I made or the path I took, and I am forever grateful for courage to make big changes.
Was it Uncomfortable? Yes. Was it Worth it? YES!!
I have been studying diet, fitness and health for the past 30+ years–-in addition to my clinical nursing experience, which includes anti-aging, preventative and regenerative medicine, as well as bioidentical hormone therapy. I have spent countless hours researching and understanding nutritional supplements, and I believe that most health problems stem from a poor diet and a lack of important nutrients.
I have had a life-long fascination with diet, fitness and nutrition that actually started while I was still in high school. I realized that I could maximize my genetic capacity, my brain power, and my athletic abilities by putting the ‘right’ nutrition into my body. I learned how to ‘biohack’ my body before the word was even invented. And now that I am getting older, I have learned how to slow down the process of aging, maintain optimal health and improve my mental and physical capabilities.
We humans, truly have the ultimate power over our bodies and our health by what we put into them–or don’t put into them.
I went back to school to study for a BSN in nursing and to better and more fully understand human biology, nutrition, health and disease. And, I just recently completed my Masters of Science in Nursing and Public Health (at age 60). I am still contemplating a PhD one of these days. You are never too old to learn–in fact, learning and growing keeps your mind younger.
I’ve written six books on diet and health that have sold thousands–even hundreds of thousands of copies all over the world. I am an expert on diet and health, and want to share that knowledge with you.
You can do anything–at ANY age! It’s never too late to start! You can blossom when everyone else is wilting.
For example, here’s a few other things I’ve done since the age of 50:
- Winning a big bike race against many of the top women’s racers in the country
- Dangerous Class 4 and 5 white water rafting in Peru, Costa Rica, Nepal (one of the top 10 most dangerous rapids in the world), Ecuador, New Zealand, Scotland, the Zambezi River in Zambia, as well as Utah and Colorado
- Exploring the jungles of Costa Rica and Nicaragua
- Landing at the world’s most dangerous airport perched on the side of a cliff in Lukla, Nepal to hike the high altitudes of the Himalayan trail towards Mt. Everest
- Walking the Great Wall of China
- SCUBA diving in the Mediterranean, Thailand, Costa Rica and Belize
- Exploring the unspoiled beauty and wild animals of the Galapagos Islands
- Searching for Bengal tigers along the Nepal/India border
- Being dinner guests of a tribe of indigenous locals in highlands of Peru
- Exploring Zambia, exploring Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana and seeing amazing wild animals up close
- Hiking the Grand Canyon rim to rim, as well as a 3-week white water raft trip of the Grand Canyon
- Exploring the many different cultures, diet and health practices — all over the world
When I am not traveling, I live up in the mountains of Colorado in the beautiful Rocky Mountains where I ride my bike, hike, run, ski every day that I can.
This should be the BEST chapter of your life and I am here to help you find it.