How To Master The Top Five Healthy Habits For Women Over 50 - Dana LaVoie, LAc

How To Master The Top Five Healthy Habits For Women Over 50

Knowing how to balance your hormones is one thing.  

Doing it is another.


I want to take a step back and ask you a question...  Where are you putting all the stuff I've been teaching you?

I can show you how to reduce hot flashes, but if you don't do it, it won't work. 

Knowing how to balance your hormones isn't much use if you don't actually do it - day in day out day in day out.


How do you become someone who does all these healthy habits rituals & routines regularly? 


Well in this blog I'm giving you some of my most practical tips on how to change your habits - as painlessly as possible.


There are TWO ways I help my clients & students change their habits in a lasting way.


Because yes, you can become someone who does all these healthy habits rituals & routines regularly.


The first way is with practical techniques anyone can use.  Scientifically and time tested ways to increase your productivity - the ability to get done in a day what you want or plan to do...


And ways to create new habits, so that doing new things become easy, familiar, and a regular part of your routine.  And how to do it as quickly and painlessly as possible.


Becoming a healthier person is up-leveling your life.  


Here's my list of  practical, proven ways to make lasting change.

  1. Morning routine
  2. Evening routine
  3. Skillful habit forming hacks
  4. Meal prep (and weight loss without dieting)
  5. Essential oils
  6. (Bonus)

 
How this blog works


I've chosen, and linked to, in-depth articles on each one of the techniques above.  In this blog you'll find my top highlights for each technique and the link to the in-depth articles, so you can dive deeper and learn more about whichever ones are right for YOU right NOW. 


Let's dive in. 


Morning Routine

Why starting your day this way will help your health & hormones

Let me say - this is a good one - a powerful one.   It took me quite a while to embrace it but there is NO DOUBT its 100% worth it. 

I've got some help here for you on what to include in your morning routine and how to make it successful

What to include

What goes in a good morning routine??  Of course it varies from woman to woman, but after interviewing hundreds of the most successful people...  Here are the things that were most common:

  1. Exercise
  2. Meditation
  3. Healthy food

How to make it successful

My top tip here is from Marie Forleo...

 Make your morning routine non-negotiable.... Mostly.

If you have a 5 am flight - sure things will be different that day.  But most days, you schedule meetings and activities so that they won't prevent you from completing your morning routine.

Learn more at by clicking here to Marie Forleo on how to be productive... Between minutes 3 and 4 she starts talking about the morning routine. 

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Evening Routine

Good sleep starts here

You cant turn something on that's not turned off.   

The key to being productive, successful, and vibrant during the day and to enjoying life - is to also have times when you're "off."  When you're resting, relaxing not thinking or planning or produtive.  An evening routine is a great way to transition from the end of the busy part of your day to the wind-down and/or relaxation of evening. 


What are the best things to include in your evening routine? 

  1. Plan the next day based on your most important goals.  Once you know you're on track for this you can forget about it until tomorrow. 
  2. Create a closing ritual to help you transition out of work mode.  It could be exercise, meditation, a walk, playing with your dog, a bath, changing out of your daytime clothes or makeup, taking off your watch, or a relaxing diffuser blend or scented candle - anything that helps you shift gears. 
  3. Bonus activity for your evening routine - Reflect on the day by writing in a gratitude journal for a few minutes.


Learn more on this truly great article on creating an evening routine

Skillful Habit-Forming Hacks

Essential life skill for wise women

When it comes to life skills to master - knowing how to form new habits is a GREAT one.  I like to think by menopause we're older wiser and ready to be masters of things like this.  And - I've got some resources here for you where you can learn this one.   It's just step by step practices anyone can do - that successfully form new habits!


Highlights: 

  1. Try to do just a tiny bit - like 1% - better than the day before in practicing one of your healthy habits
  2. Pick new habits small enough you can stick with them for at least 30 days in a row - then do it.  So they become familiar. 


Learn more from  Amy Porterfield and James Clear in this podcast interview on crating habits that stick.. 

And learn what Marissa Peer (celebrity hypnotherapist) has to say about the way successful people get things done and the power of repetition.  


Meal Prep

The key to weight loss without dieting

How long have you been thinking this would be a good idea and not doing it?  Me too.


Either sign up for one of those services that delivers healthy ready to eat or ready to prepare meals...


Or make start doing some prep.  Because having abundant healthy food ready whenever you get hungry means you can eat whatever you need whenever you need it - and you just wont be reaching for - or craving - the other stuff.


I even had a section in this blog called weight loss without dieting but meal prep covers that too. 


There are lots of different ways to do it, and my tip is don't be too ambitious at first.  Dip your toe in and see what works for you. 


To get started try the week by week recipes in this article - talk about the right combination of delicious, satisfying, healthy, and quick and easy to make!  They nailed it. 


Essental Oils

Hack your mood & brain

I use these every day.  I just love them.  But the thing is, I used to avoid them at all cost, because anything fragranced gives me a migraine including average quality essential oils...  But then I discovered really high quality oils, and I've been in love ever since.


And because memory, habit, and emotion are all closely tied to the scent receptors in our brains:

  1.  The oils can be a practical tool we can use to use to shift the emotions that accompany negative or unhealthy habits we're trying to change
  2. You can link new habits to certain fragrances, and over time the fragrance will become a trigger for doing the new habit! 

Try 2 drops Basil, 3 drops Lemon and 2 drops Rosemary when you want to kickstart clear thinking.


Try 2 drops Bergamot, 2 drops Lavender and 2 drops Rose when you want your nervous system to release anxiety and relax.


And try 2 drops Marjoram and 2 drops Cedarwood at bedtime to help you stay asleep for longer.


Learn more and get some great ideas for blends here


Make sure you're using really great quality essential oils.  I'm not here to sell them to you, but I recommend reviveeo.com, doterra, or young living.  The really good ones are all have a lot of oils approved for internal use.  

Bonus

So what's the "bonus" technique for magically creating new habits or breaking unhealthy old ones? 


There are certain combinations of Chinese herbs that help open up energy blockages in your "central channel."  It's the energy that connects your upper body - your heat and heart - to your lower energy centers like your gut and reproductive area. 


When your logical mind and kind heart are thinking one thing - like of course I should eat more vegetables and meditate and exercise every day - I'll feel so much better!


But your gut, lizard brain, and cravings for pleasure have you reaching for chex mix and tubs of ice cream while lying on the couch.... 


And the two just can't seem to come to an agreement...


These herbs can help open communication between these two areas, so all of you is getting the same messages and reaching for the yoga mat, fresh juice, and healthy energy balls. 


It can feel a little like magic - like it suddenly becomes so much easier to change habits and addictions you've been trapped in for a long time.  But to work the herbs need to be customized for you:)  


Look for more info in my free download (which you can get right now) - 4 Steps To Get Out Of Menopause Overwhelm - or watch for the next time I teach my free online masterclass on Herbs for menopause or the next time my online program on Herbs for menopause is open for enrollment - they both come around periodically and that's where you'll find more info on trying this out. 

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Learn to master your hormones naturally with my comprehensive guide:  4 Steps To Get Out Of Menopause Overwhelm 

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This information is being provided to you for educational and informational purposes only. It is being provided to you to educate you about Chinese medicine in your diet, lifestyle, and supplements and as a self-help tool for your own use. It is not personalized health advice. This information is to be used at your own risk based on your own judgment.  For my full Disclaimer, please go to https://danalavoielac.com/disclaimer-2/

Dana LaVoie, LAc

Hi, I'm Dana, an Acupuncturist & Herbalist with over 15 years' experience specializing in women's health. I'm here to show you how to use customized Chinese Herbs supported by the best diet and lifestyle for your hormones to feel amazing during & after menopause.

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