womenTALK: Midlife Matters

Tuesday, Jun 25th 2013

5 Reasons Why It’s So Easy to Eat Too Much

authored by Sheryl Kraft

You eat.

And eat.

And eat.

Long after you're hungry, you're still eating.

And then, it hits you.

Right in the gut.

You are beyond full. You're uncomfortable. Maybe you have some indigestion, gas or reflux as a result (or worse). Perhaps a real "tummy ache."

And then you start the self-blame. Why did I eat so much? Ugh, I feel awful. I am such a glutton.

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Tuesday, Jun 18th 2013

10 Important Steps to Better Communication With Your Doctor

authored by Sheryl Kraft

In a recent post, I wrote a wish list of things I'd like every doctor or other health care professional to know. It was both an enjoyable and empowering exercise: too often, doctor-patient communication is fraught with time constraints, miscommunication, intimidation, anxiety or feeling overwhelmed and confused.

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Thursday, Jun 13th 2013

A Midlife Woman's Wish List for Her Medical Team

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Dear Doctor (and any other health professional who is caring for me):

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Thursday, Jun 06th 2013

Top 10 Tips for Safe Cycling

authored by Sheryl Kraft

If I could, I'd trade my car in for my bicycle, at least this time of year.

Riding a bike gives me so many pleasures: it takes me back to the joys of my childhood; it allows me to feel the fresh air on my face; it puts me more in touch with nature, giving me time to slow down and notice things I'd otherwise not notice from the inside of a car.

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Wednesday, May 29th 2013

Empty Nest Redux: Saying Good-bye to the Family Home

authored by Sheryl Kraft

I always thought that baby birds migrated with their families, living happily ever after in a flock of friendship and closeness. Alas, that was a mere fantasy of mine. Most birds separate after the nesting season is over. Once the young birds leave the nest, they are completely on their own. How do the baby birds know what to do, where to go and how to get there once they've been released into the world? No one really knows for sure.

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Thursday, May 16th 2013

Genetic Testing and Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know

authored by Sheryl Kraft

If you found out you were at high risk for breast cancer, what would you do?

Angelina Jolie made a very brave decision when she recently opted for, and announced, she had undergone a prophylactic double mastectomy after finding out she carried a genetic mutation.

More: Prophylactic Mastectomy: Why This Woman Chose It

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Tuesday, May 14th 2013

Mushrooms and Your Health: You Either Love Them or Hate Them, but Here Are Reasons to Try to Love Them

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Many years ago, after I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I visited an herbalist. At the time—this was more than 20 years ago—herbs were something I thought of as growing in your garden and being used to enhance the flavor of foods, not something you ingested in liquid, capsule or pill form.

But this herbalist was extremely well-respected, knowledgeable and progressive, and I was anxious for advice to keep myself healthy.

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Tuesday, May 07th 2013

Is Yoga on Your To-Don't List?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

About 10 years ago, I decided I needed to add some variety to my workout routine. I also craved something a bit slower-paced and meditative. So I took up yoga.

I loved the way it stretched out my body. I loved the way it forced me to slow down and relax. I loved the way I felt when I took that special time out from my busy life.

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Monday, Apr 29th 2013

Health Headlines in the News

authored by Sheryl Kraft

If you're like me (and lots of other people out there), these recent weeks have been tough ones in the news due to the Boston Marathon bombings and other tragedies around the world. However, there's also been some encouraging news on the health front.

Perhaps you'll find something here that is important to you or to share with someone you love.

Kidney Stones and Calcium

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Monday, Apr 22nd 2013

What You Need to Know About Colon Cancer

authored by Sheryl Kraft

I'm a little late to announce that March was colon cancer awareness month. I guess I'm guilty of what a lot of us do when it comes to colon cancer awareness: ignore it or procrastinate thinking about it.

But what's important to realize is that colorectal cancer is an "equal opportunity employer," striking both men and women. It is responsible for 150,000 diagnoses (that's about 16 people every hour!) and 50,000 deaths annually in the United States.

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