Ask Dr. Annie K: Post-Menopause

 

I am 5 years post menopausal and feel like crap. Going through menopause was/is one of the worst thing that has ever happened to me. I went through at the early age of 43 🙁 I haven’t felt like me in years. I have always exercised and I eat a very healthy diet comprised mainly of veggies, but I’m fatter then I’ve ever been and gaining by the years. I am so tired of people telling me this is a normal part of aging! I have seen plenty of older women that still look and feel amazing. How do I know if my hormones are out of whack? What can I do if they are? I don’t like to take any medications if possible.

Love+Medicine

Thank you for asking about this very important issue, one that troubles many women. Our knowledge and understanding of menopause is pretty pathetic, considering all women go through it!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Where has Dr. Annie K. been?

True, I have been negligent in posting. A case of writer’s block? Is that even a thing?

I think lately my brain has been controlled more by my limbic system – “fight or flight”. This means less cerebral cortex, where the magic happens.

Ok, enough excuses, my creative juices are flowing again – maybe it’s that Sex Dust?

Let’s get on with the annual New Year post.

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Hello darkness, my old friend.

I can appreciate the change of season by the end of summer. I am drawn to the orange, brown, maroon tones of fall fashion. I love to climb up on a chair to retrieve the crockpot that has been stored over the summer. Pumpkin, sweet potato and squash replace the tomatoes, zucchini and corn in the basket in the kitchen. Logs are collected and stacked up by the fireplace. The paddle board and outdoor furniture are tucked safely away from the elements. The outdoor shower pipe is shut off, hopefully in time for the first freeze.

This is the time of year when darkness sets in early, before we get home from work. The temperature is cold. The predominant color is gray. The decrease in hours of natural sunlight is dramatic.

All of these external changes effect us internally. Humans and other animals are extremely sensitive to changes in the environment. This is a good thing, we want to be in tune with nature. We need to recognize the changes and adjust.

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Six Watches, Six Stories

I have always had a thing about watches. In preparation for this post, I talked to people and nearly everyone had a watch story. The subject stirred up more emotion than any material object I’ve written about. 

Watches are making a comeback. It’s part of that retro move. Another attempt to free humankind from the tether of the phone. Most of us check the time with our cell phone. I check the time on my phone even when I am wearing a watch – it’s a habit. 

Enter the hybrid beasts, the Apple Watch and other smartwatches. Sales on these watches are rising and expected to grow. I’m an early adopter with a watch fetish but do not own one. People say they are awesome but I doubt they generate the love we have for the not-so-smart watch. They don’t carry the emotional, historical heft of an older, often analog, wristwatch. It’s all good. 

Jewelry was included in my decluttering project. I only kept things that have a good story, without regard to how much they are worth. I had a drawer full of dead watches. I donated all of my old Swatch watches – how I loved those once! Fossils and random watches made their way to Goodwill. 

I am down to six watches – only the ones that bring me joy.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up; The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

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Looking Back on October. Have a Hopeful Weekend!

Sharing vignettes from October, as we bid it farewell.

My kitchen packed with my favorite fruits and veggies, at their peak busting with colour –

 

Some relatively inspirational fortune cookies received the other night:

 

 

My dad, born in 1920, attending the community vigil for victims of Pittsburgh:

 

If I had a nickel for everyone who asked me about CBD. It really is everywhere. Read this article.

Eye-catching billboard in NYC (trust me, your vagina does just fine without a momwasher)

 

Just as I was saying that I don’t know any men that knit, I see this at Knitty City on the Upper West side in Manhattan.

 

When your daughter sends us yarn from Australia to help her crochet her own chuppah, you realize the world can be a small village. You also realize you must have done something right.

 

How true this is. What keeps us up at night.

I’m loving Bodyguard on Netflix. Suspenseful and sexy as hell. You’re hooked from episode 1.

 

And a note to self. Don’t freak out if people don’t comment!

November, bring it on! A Rodgers cookie is a good start 👍 Thank you Eva⭐︎