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A Summer snack that won’t make you snooze!

 

I know, I know, the summer is supposed to be time for you and the kiddos (or grandkiddos!) to relax and enjoy time off. But you and I both know that sometimes, that just doesn’t happen.

Whether it be waking up at the crack of dawn to go to a work conference or spending the entire day at a theme park just after finishing a 40-hour work week, sometimes we all need a boost.

I found this amazing recipe that I think you, and the kids will love. Who doesn’t love chocolate?

And the best part? It gives you the extra jolt of energy you need to get through the day

BANANA OAT ENERGY BITES

You’ll Need
–2 ripe bananas
–2 cups rolled oats
–¼ cup almond butter (or peanut butter, or your favorite nut butter)
–¼ cup honey
–2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
–½ teaspoon cinnamon

How To

  1. Mash up the bananas in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Stir in the rolled oats, almond butter, honey, miniature chocolate chips and cinnamon.
  3. Scoop about 2 tablespoons of the mixture and roll into a 1-inch ball. Repeat with the rest of the mixture.
  4. Refrigerate for 2 hours, allowing the oats enough time to soften.
  5. Store the energy bites in the refrigerator.

So, go ahead! Buy that all-day pass, pack up some of these energy bites, and take on the day.

Oh, and before you go, schedule an appointment for your annual check-up! We want you feeling healthy and happy, so you can conquer that rollercoaster with the 3 loop-de-loops.  Click the button below to sign up for a time to visit us! Hope to see you soon!

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Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Even if you have a busy schedule this summer, we’ll make time for you. No matter what.

Double trouble not too tough

 

Kindness is always in season

As women, we face some challenging health issues, some of which can make every day miserable.

For one patient, she came to us with both bladder problems and issues with her monthly cycle. We were able to help solve both situations. She had this to say:

’Dr. Drolet has always taken great care of me. Deb Gobel is always nice. I feel comfortable talking to both of them. Kathy at the front desk always chats if she’s not too busy. Dr. Drolet is very experienced and qualified to do what she does. It’s been almost six years since I’ve been coming here and I will continue to come here. I love the fact that it’s all women. Thank you for being great!”

We care about our patients – about their health, their life, and their person. We want to hear how you’re doing, and help you come up with a treatment that will fit your needs and solve your problems. Make an appointment today!

Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Even if you missed your regular annual appointment, make another. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

What’s your superpower?

 

You have within you, right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you!

“The majority of women serve daily not only as parent and caretaker for their families, but also unofficial keepers of where the entire family needs to be and when, and perpetual guardians against anything falling through the cracks.” 2017 Modern Family Index survey

This information probably isn’t new to any of us: whether for our pets, our siblings, our parents, our spouse or partner, our kids, heck, even our coworkers: we often wear the hat of “keeping everything on track.”

Here’s what I think: The superhero franchises of DC Comics and Marvel were strictly inspired by women, regardless of the character gender.

Women have superpowers. Women keep all the balls in the air (to our detriment, often). We know about dentist appointments and RSVPing to that event and remembering birthdays. We know, essentially, everything needed to get through every day.

So here’s to you, women all around me. You make the world go ‘round. Give yourself a high-five, and get a slice of pie. It’s worth the calories.

And while you’re congratulating yourself, go ahead and schedule your annual checkup, and you can conveniently check that off your list of all-the-things-to-manage. Go you! Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. You’ll be in and out quickly with a visit to our practice. Schedule one today!

Reaching goals even with a toddler on you.

 

I will. Just watch me.

“She doesn’t quit.”

I can say this about so many women I know. When things get complicated, they figure it out. When things get hard, they find a way through. This video inspired me – when life is busy and draining and full, these women still found a way to reach their goals!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S91wzCSySkQ

If living a fuller, healthier life is one of your goals, make your annual appointment to ensure you’re as healthy as you can be. We can help you come up with a plan to reach any goals you have! Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. It’s quick and easy to come in for an appointment, and you’ll always be listened to.

Bowlines and Sailing

 

I love seeing an inspirational quote! They give me good reminders and make me pause and be more mindful.

I found this one the other day:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

Take a risk that’s just for you this week. Schedule a trip. Step out where you would have stayed quiet. Make a plan you just hadn’t gotten to.

Do something for your mental health that’s just what you need!

And while you’re focusing on health, schedule a visit to get your annual checkup and touch base with a doctor! Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. It’s never a bad idea to check in with a doctor to make sure nothing concerning is going on.

Good Ears

 

Listening is an art that requires attention over talent, spirit over ego, others over self.

It’s not all about us. 

In fact, it’s all about you – the patient!

We’re here to listen to concerns and come up with solutions no matter the problem. Listen to this testimonial from a patient:

“They show genuine concern for your well-being. I’ve been having symptoms and problems for awhile and they actually listened and cared. They even gave me a referral for a dermatologist for a hand condition I’ve been trying to get sorted out for more than two years. I feel hope, which I haven’t felt in awhile. Thank you and I highly recommend!” – Krystal Russell

We specialize in women’s health, and that means so many things. Pelvic pain, care for pregnant mothers, and urinary issues. But it also means we are well trained to care for all the other needs of women – other health concerns, emotional healing, a listening ear. We can be the hope you’ve been searching for. Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. You’ll find it easy to schedule and a good reminder to focus on your health – make an appointment today!

Curveballs and Snits

 

Everything is hard before it’s easy.

About one in every eight women can expect to develop clinical depression during their lifetime. – National Institute of Mental Health

Life doesn’t seem to get easier. I mean, maybe when you retire? If you have a private island you get to go live on?

And since life gets harder (in different ways, for sure, but the point still stands), we need to make sure we’re paying attention to ourselves. Coping isn’t something you only need to do when you’re struggling with depression, it’s something you need to do every day when you get a curveball, or a snotty email, or there’s a traffic backup.

I rounded up some tips to help you focus on your mental health, to bring down your stress and help keep you calm amidst the chaos.

  1. Get in a 10-minute workout. If you work intensely, you can burn 100 calories. Run up and down the stairs, do lunges, squats, and overhead presses.
  2. Have a laugh. Watch adorable kittens on YouTube, tell a great joke, find a funny movie.
  3. Plan a getaway – even a small weekend trip. Planning it makes you look forward to it!
  4. Do something you’re good at first, then tackle something tougher. You’ll boost your self-confidence.
  5. Try a new recipe. Add a flavor you don’t usually use.
  6. Try out a craft you’ve been inspired by.
  7. Color! Coloring can be oddly calming.
  8. Go off the grid – leave your phone at home!
  9. Write it down. Make a list of what’s been bothering you on paper, and you may feel a bit better.
  10. Spend some time with a furry pet. If you don’t have one, borrow a friend’s or volunteer at a shelter.

There’s never a bad time to do something good for yourself! If you’re trying to focus more on your health, make sure you’re coming in for your annual visit. Knowing everything checks out will help relieve your mental stress! Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Making sure your body is in tip-top shape will make your everyday life better. Schedule your annual visit checkup today!

Kombucha-less.

 

If the ocean can calm itself, so can you. We are both salt water mixed with air. - Meditation, nayyirah waheed

Mornings are always the smoothest part of my day.

I’m kidding, obviously. Mornings can be such a hit-or miss – finishing up things around the house, fighting through traffic to the office, waiting to see if my appointments will happen on time – it’s always a blast.

This commercial made me laugh – what mornings are REALLY like for busy women.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bh19YxASA-4

I’ve never tried the product, so this is not an endorsement (although eating breakfast is very important!)

Picture your mornings – kombucha-less, probably. I’m not sure there’s anything you can do to make them less hectic, but I am sure that sometime during the day we do need moments to be less hectic. Impossible as it may seem, it’s amazing for your mental (and physical!) health to take moments for yourself. A half hour to go for a walk, or 15 minutes to sit and drink a cup of tea and look at a magazine. It really makes each day so much better with a little bit of calm thrown in.

To make sure your health is calm and will be for the foreseeable future, it’s best to make sure you’re getting your annual checkup. You can talk about your method of birth control, any annoyances you’re facing health-wise, and make sure there’s no early signs of something concerning. Call today to schedule an appointment! We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Do something every day for your health. Today, schedule your annual visit!

Are Your Dreams About Extra Rooms?

 

The more you give to yourself, the more love you have to give to others and the more value you can add to the world.

There were 17 extra rooms.

I had a stress dream recently that I was working on cleaning my house, but every time I went through a doorway there was a room I’d never seen before, that needed SO much cleaning. The more I went through the house, the more I realized there were so many rooms I’d never get it all done!

It might seem mundane, but clearly I was so stressed about staying on top of things I had a stress dream about something I regularly try to accomplish – keeping my house clean!

Sometimes we’re more stressed than we realize. We have a to-do list and we’re on top of things and we feel pressure, sure, but we think we’re managing it well, or well enough.

May is National Mental Health Month. So whatever’s going on in your life right now, rather than “handling it,” consider taking a break!

Think about what you would do if you had an entire free Saturday. What do you enjoy that puts no pressure at all on you? A pedicure? A long run? Sleeping as long or as much as you want? How about reading a new book or binge watching your favorite show? Whatever it is, remember that you don’t have to handle it all the time. You can take a break, admit that it’s OK to not be “on” indefinitely.

As part of your mental health, make sure your physical health is taken care of to take any weight off your mind or get rid of annoyances. You can come in anytime to get your annual checkup taken care of!

Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. It’s good to get your annual visit scheduled before you start traveling more in the summer.

Looking Forward to It

 

Happiness is a choice, a repetitive one.

How often do you look forward to visiting the doctor?

Not often, we know. It’s usually more of a chore or something you do when you feel miserable.

But for one woman who shared her thoughts on Facebook, she feels the opposite!

“It’s a rare woman than actually enjoys her annual gynecological examination, but I do since I found Deb Gobel and the other wonderful staff at this office! They listen, treat women as individuals, and take time for discussing concerns. Women really are considered partners in their own health at this office, which is as it should be!”

While not everyone will look forward to their annual visit to the gyno, we hope you know that what Lynne says is true. We spend a lot of time listening to patients, taking time with each one of them to discuss concerns, and making sure we treat them as partners in their care.

If you haven’t had an annual visit in quite some time, or have been meaning to talk to a doctor about something that’s going on, now’s the time. Take a chance on a practice that takes the time to get to know and listen to you, and then makes decisions with you, not for you.

Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. You’ll be in good hands. Make an appointment today!

Start Simple

 

In a world full of doing doing doing it’s important to take a moment to just breathe, to just be.

Studies have shown mindfulness meditation can improve our ability to solve problems and focus. – Jonathan Greenberg, Karen Reiner, Nachshon Meiran.

The breeze is so rejuvenating.

It’s kind of ridiculous, when you think about it, but the sunshine and flowers and breeze all make us feel so much more cheerful. And productive. And ready for a fresh start!

If you’re looking for a fresh start but want to start slow, with simple steps (rather than decluttering your entire house in a weekend – I find that daunting too!), consider these mindfulness habits. They’ll make your life more fulfilled, focused, and clear.

  • Practice gratitude. Think every day of something you’re thankful for, especially when you wake up and before you go to sleep. Before long, the pattern will become habitual even in frustrating situations.
  • Notice what’s going on around you (Read, put your phone away where you can’t see or hear it). Go for a walk, and purposefully notice what’s around you. Allow your mind to absorb what’s around you.
  • Take time throughout the day to take a deep breath in, count to three, then a deep breath out. Use your diaphragm, ribs, and throat. Focus on how the breath fills you with life.
  • Turn down (or off) that noise. Turn off the TV, your smartphone, your tablet – even Alexa! Commit to it during regular periods of time for a couple of weeks. You’ll realize you don’t really miss it!
  • Be fully present during a conversation, giving undivided attention to the person you’re speaking with. Be mentally present – it’s surprising how often we aren’t.
  • Clear out old apps on your phone or tablet. If you haven’t used it in more than a month, get rid of it! A little housekeeping is good for the soul.
  • Read anything – a comic book, a magazine, a novel. It focuses the mind and slows your thoughts.
  • Smile at strangers. It’s fun! You never know whose day you can brighten.

Take this opportunity as the weather continues turning warmer and brighter to focus in on living a simpler life. It’s worth doing, for sure.

As you hone in on healthy habits, don’t forget to schedule your annual checkup with a gynecologist. It can prevent major issues from becoming too serious, and it’s a chance to talk over any concerns or issues you haven’t had time to take care of yet. Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Bring a book to your appointment and take the opportunity to read a few pages. Mindfulness!

Not Those Flowers

 

With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy? - Oscar Wilde

With Spring in the air, more flowers are around than ever! It’s so beautiful after months of snow on and off, freezing cold temperatures, rain and wind storms, ugh.

I saw this video online about flowers – it’s a bank commercial, but it made me laugh out loud! Nothing like a romantic gift gone wrong.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdCyLMWiDWU

I hope this season is getting off to a great start for you, and that there are flowers for a sweet reason on your doorstep.

If you’d like to be out and about smelling the flowers but are struggling with a health issue, make an appointment to come see us. No issue is too embarrassing or trivial or annoying. We got you. Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Give yourself a gift – make an appointment today to talk to a doctor about that health issue you’ve been avoiding. And buy yourself some flowers, too!

Mud Hits the Spot

 

We must change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves, otherwise we harden. - Goethe

This time of year, I swear there’s mud everywhere. I can’t get to my mailbox, I can’t get through a parking lot, and I can’t get to my hairdresser without stepping through it. Of course, always in my favorite shoes (well, one of my favorite pairs of shoes. There are several :)

When I was little, mud was a very important part of my life. This is pre-shoe obsession, of course. There was an area in our yard that would get a little swampy this time of year, and I had a very special recipe I would follow to make my renowned mud pies. I would steal my mom’s baking tins and mix up the ingredients (mud, worms if I could find them, sometimes I’d have to get some more water to get the right consistency). Now, my block wasn’t very large at the end of a small street, but it’s still true that I made the best mud pies in the neighborhood.

Along with mud puddles and mud pies, Spring brings with it so much more. A refreshing feeling, new life everywhere, more sunlight, birds singing all the time. I love every bit of it.

As you enjoy the new life of Spring, think about how a trip to the doctor can help you enjoy the season. You can get your annual checkup and make sure there are no signs of something sinister, ask questions about your health that might have been bothering you, check on any meds you’re on or update your birth control to a better fit for your lifestyle. Get your visit out of the way and you can really enjoy the season knowing you’re refreshed as well!

Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Grab a latte and read a magazine while you’re in our waiting room – a few moments to yourself!

21 Days to a Habit

 

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

It’s meaningful and practical.

I came across this quote the other day, and it really resonated. It’s not even a sappy or over-the-top inspiring quote, it’s just simple. As we’ve been talking about nutrition this month, it reminded me of a great place to start:

Create healthy habits, not restrictions.

Rather than saying no dessert, ever, head in the other direction. Add in a couple of glasses of water each day. Stick with veggies for snacks instead of carbs (or candy… no? just me?). Go for a walk every single day, no matter what. As you add those healthy habits, you’ll start to drop other not-as-good ones.

A solid healthy habit in your life includes going to the doctor when you need to – for annual checkups and medical concerns. We’re happy to have you stop in! Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Whatever your healthy habit goals are, start them today!

Day-to-Day Listening

 

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. - Maya Angelou

I spent a long time in school learning intricate details of women’s health.

But some of the more important skills I learned outside of school. Listening to patients. Really listening, reading between the lines, and encouraging you to talk and share. It’s one of the marks of a physician’s practice that truly helps its patients.

I’m grateful to Sam for sharing this online:

“I cannot thank the Women’s Institute enough! After two and a half years of suffering and feeling like my doctor did not listen to me, I finally feel myself again! I previously went to the Women’s Healthcare Group. Within a few months of seeing both Dr. Drolet and Carleen Myers, my issue is (nearly) gone! Both Dr. Drolet and Carleen were so kind and truly listened to me. They made same-day appointments when my symptoms flared up. Both women are incredibly knowledgeable, and once again I just can’t thank them enough.”

These stories are exactly why I became a physician. It’s the day-to-day, the issues that crop up that become an ongoing problem, and the relationships with patients that I’m passionate about.

If you are looking for a doctor who knows women’s health, is ready to listen, and is passionate about the everyday care of women, schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Visiting a doctor should be all about you. Try out our practice and find out how that’s true!

What do Snap Peas and Eggs Have in Common?

 

Eating healthy is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle.

People who choose healthy foods find it easier to lose weight, cope with stress, and sleep better. -TODAY

We know we should eat more nutritious foods, but darn if that delicious bagel isn’t amazing looking. Or an extra slice of pizza. Or a second slice of cake. Well, now I’m hungry.

Back on track: we know we should eat better, but it’s hard when vending machine snacks or fast food is so close at hand. The solution: meal prep. And it doesn’t have to be five hours on Sunday so your weekend somehow becomes more work. It can be snack prep, just a few meals, or only every other week to start getting on the right track.

Here are some tips for starting with a good plan and good options:

  1. Chop up carrot sticks, celery, or snap peas, and add some hummus in a little jar. Put together a half-dozen and you’re set for the week.
  2. Keep black beans on hand for protein options. You can add them to salads, with a wrap, or in bowls with rice and veggies.
  3. Roast a chicken, or tray of chicken breasts. Saves tons of time during the week to just reheat.
  4. Hard boil some eggs – a portable snack. You can also slice them in salads or on sandwiches.
  5. More eggs, but this time for egg muffins. Make tiny quiche-style muffins at the beginning of the week and you’ve got breakfast all week long!
  6. Roast some veggies on a big tray – you can make a huge batch and eat a bit every day.

Grab some fresh fruit to eat throughout the week for snacks and you’ll be set!

Nutrition has a big impact on how we feel on a daily basis. It’s surprising how well we feel when we eat right, so give it a try!

If you’ve not been feeling right and even changing your diet hasn’t helped, it would probably help to talk to a women’s health specialist. Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Taking a daily multi-vitamin can also help you get on the right track. For other thoughts on how to help you get back on your game, make an appointment to come in today.

Should You Eat It?

 

Mindful eating is about awareness. When you eat mindfully, you slow down, pay attention to the food you’re eating, and savor every bite. -Susan Albers

Tomorrow, it’ll be something different.

If you watch the news or get it online, you probably see things about new research or scientific findings related to the food we eat. Sometimes it seems like one week something’s good for you (coffee, blueberries! ice cream!) and the next it’s been linked to terrible things.

If only we could go back in time and tell ourselves what we shouldn’t be eating. Or should be eating!

Which is why this video is a little bit genius and a good bit funny 😊

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ua-WVg1SsA

Good thing it’s so simple to make healthy choices with what you eat. Maybe have that steak in moderation. Maybe a little wine too. And then maybe a little jogging.

Nutrition is important, for sure, but try to stick with fresh food instead of processed, and everything in moderation, instead of a long list of dos and don’ts based on the latest diet fad.

If you’d like to make sure the rest of your body is healthy, too, make sure to schedule your annual checkup! Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. One visit a year is certainly also in moderation – it takes almost no time to schedule and stop by for your annual checkup!

Beware the Pickle

 

Nutrition isn’t just about eating, it’s about learning to live. - Patricia Compton

And then there was that pickle.

When I was a kid, my mom had dinner on the table by 5:30 every day when my dad walked in the door. We were a meat and potatoes kind of family, but my mom always made sure we had at least one vegetable and we rarely had dessert. My dad was especially fond of steamed spinach, yuck. There was a general rotation – ham and pineapple, scalloped potatoes, pork chops and mashed potatoes, and so on.

We were big fans of pickles – ate them with lunch most days and sometimes as snacks. But one night, unbeknownst to me, my dad had purchased a spicy pickle made with jalapeño brine. We were eating outside at our picnic table in the summer – burgers and corn, and pickles! Well, I put that pickle on my plate, and took a big bite, not noticing he was watching me out of the corner of his eye. You know when a cartoon character has smoke come out of their ears? Well, that happened. Maybe not literally, but it felt like it. I can’t say I’ve never eaten a pickle since, but I eye them pretty carefully before I take a bite!

Home-cooked meals are harder to come by as an adult – I have to do the work myself! Which means that making choices to eat healthy, spicy pickles or no, is also on me. My mom was great at providing us balanced, nutritious, hot food! I strive to reach that same goal.

This month is National Nutrition Month. I hope you’ll join me in aiming to get more fresh food and home cooked, healthy meals each day. And I dare you to try a spicy pickle!

If you’ve got health goals, they should include making sure you get your annual checkup. It’s the easiest way to catch anything that might be going wrong without you knowing it and check in on any annoying symptoms you’ve been meaning to get checked. Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. If you’re not quite sure when the last time you came in for an annual checkup was, it’s probably time to schedule it :)

Like a Crossword

 

Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.

I like a good problem to solve.

Some patients come to me with longstanding problems that they’ve had trouble solving with other practitioners.

When a patient with a tricky or frustrating issue comes to me, I take it personally. I don’t stop until I can find the answer. Like for Kimberly, who came in with a problem she needed help with. I worked with her until we found the right answer; I always make sure my patients are well taken care of.

It’s also a point of pride for our practice to make sure our staff is compassionate, friendly, and well-known for their bedside manner. It’s not just doctors that patients interact with – it’s all members of our practice.

Kimberly shared, “She has been so helpful and such a life saver. Her staff is just as nice as well.”

Thank you, Kimberly, for sharing your story with us!

If you’ve had a bad experience at other practitioners, have a longstanding issue that hasn’t been solved yet, or want to select a practice for your annual visit that truly cares, schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. It’s not every day you find a doctor’s office that’s caring, compassionate, and goes to great lengths to help you. Schedule a visit soon!

Take Heart. Or Rather, Keep Heart.

 

Reach for the moon. If you fall short, you'll still land among the stars.

We see red everywhere this time of year. It certainly inspires romantic thoughts, but it should also remind us of our hearts in a physical way. Our hearts carry our emotions and the health of our body.

When I think about my heart, I know its role. It pumps blood. It seems overactive when I walk up too many stairs :) But I don’t really think about the details of my heart very often.

Until I hear stats like this: heart disease is the number 1 killer of women. One out of every three women that pass away each year dies from heart disease. And it’s not only those that are aging – many very young women are at a high risk for heart disease because of a combination of hormonal birth control pills and smoking. Sedentary lifestyles common today can also increase risk.

Even more important, heart disease can affect you even if you are in great shape. Cholesterol and eating habits affect heart disease. And you may not realize you’re having symptoms, since shortness of breath, nausea, or jaw pain can also be signs of heart problems.

We all deal with a lot of stress each day, and we need to make sure we’re the best equipped to handle it. Taking care of your heart is a key part of that. Making sure you get annual checkups is also a smart step to ensuring your health is on track, to check for anything sinister developing, and to talk to your doctor about any concerns you might have.

If you’d like to make sure your body is in tip-top shape in 2018, take these thoughts to heart. Schedule your annual appointment today, and read up on how to keep your heart healthy!

Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. It’s a lot to think about all the ways you should be staying healthy. If you come in for a visit, we’ll make sure you’re taken care of for all your woman’s health needs.

That Talking Snowman

 

It’s all about being healthy, feeling good about yourself, and having a lot of fun!

Brrrr, it’s cold out there! Does anyone remember what the groundhog saw this year? Is spring coming??

While we wait it out, check out this hilarious snowman prank. How would you react?? I think I’d pee my pants a little!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QLXU2nxD5M

Pranks aren’t for everyone, but do something fun with friends this weekend. Get out of the house and leave your slippers behind for a moment. Go shopping! Try that new restaurant! Sign up for a new gym or art class.

While you’re at it, add “visit the doctor” to your list. If you haven’t had an annual checkup in a few years, now’s the time. So many health situations can be avoided or quickly solved if caught early. Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. A healthy you means more energy to enjoy whatever you like – whether it’s going out and having a blast or staying warm and cozy indoors!

80’s music and manis, or a heart-shaped necklace

 

I love you much more than anyone on the earth and I like you better than everything in the sky. –E. E. Cummings.

The cheesy red hearts and flowers have been out in full force these days. They’re either romantic or annoying, depending on how you feel about the holiday.

I had a memorable Valentine’s Day once. My boyfriend (now husband) wasn’t sure what to get me. So he bought a variety of typical gifts: a dozen red roses, a box of chocolates, a cheesy card, a heart-shaped necklace, a bottle of red wine, and so on. He must have thought about it for a while and settled on the flowers, which I loved. Then, a week later, I found the rest stashed in his car!! He sheepishly said he wasn’t sure what to do with them, so he was going to start bringing me a gift or two a week, but hadn’t had time to hide them yet. I laughed for ages!

If you love Valentine’s Day and the romantic movies and dressing up for a fancy date night, more power to you. But if you’re not with someone or that’s not your style, maybe take the holiday for a spin in a different way: celebrate your close friendships. Plan a girls’ night out with lots of dessert and your favorite movie from when you were a teenager. Blast 80’s music while you give each other manicures, or have a spa day! However you choose to celebrate, Valentine’s Day can be a nice way to celebrate those you love.

Whether it’s for a romantic relationship or the important women in your life, it’s also good to make sure your health is in tip-top shape to continue celebrating those relationships year after year. There are many health nuances in caring for women. Make sure you and your close friends are getting annual checkups and seeing a doctor for anything suspicious.

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Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Now’s the time to schedule an appointment before it’s all nice and warm and you have more fun things to do every day!

Care to Be Different

 

To make a difference in someone’s life you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful, or perfect. You just have to care. - Mandy Hale

When facing women’s health issues, so many things are important. A welcoming attitude. Deeply caring for each individual. Speed if the situation warrants it. Tara experienced all three with our practice!

“Dr. Drolet is wonderful at what she does. I had a problem for quite some time and no one wanted to get to the bottom of it. I looked online and found her office. I made a phone call and was seen pretty quickly. Thank goodness I gave her a chance. Two weeks post operation and I can tell a difference already. She listens to her patients and gets to the bottom of the problem. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a great doctor.”

Tara, we’re so glad you’re feeling better. And to anyone out there with a woman’s health issue, you’ll experience all the same qualities if you visit our office: caring staff; practitioners who want to get to know you, your situation, and your needs; and working together until we find the right solution for you.

Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. If you’re not sure, try it and see. It never hurts to make an appointment and test out a doctor’s office. 

Ain’t No Sunshine

 

Happiness can be found in the darkest of times if one remembers to turn on the light. - Albus Dumbledore

Long-term stress can cause ongoing muscle tension, cardiac issues, and infertility problems. It can also cause inflammation in the brain, which can spark memory loss and lead to depression. - Popular Science

We all probably feel the tug this time of year – it’s dark most of the time when we’re not working, so sunlight is hard to come by; it’s so cold all the time, it’s hard to be enthusiastic and excited about life. I’ve been there. It’s hard to feel much of anything when you’re beaten down by the doldrums in deep midwinter. I remember winters that just dragged on and on, and I could tell I was in a funk, but felt powerless to do anything about it. Spring is so refreshing after that, but we shouldn’t have to wait until Spring arrives to stop feeling miserable.

Here are some ideas proven to help change your outlook this winter. Try at least one or two, and see what a difference it makes:

  • Get outside. Even in the freezing cold. If it’s sunny, take a walk, stand with the sun on your face for a moment, or even just sip your coffee in the morning light from a window. It will help.
  • Stay active every day. If you occasionally or regularly work out, keep it up and make sure you’re hitting the gym/pool/class/pavement at least five days a week. If you’re not too active right now, studies have shown that a daily one-hour walk mid-day can be just as effective as light medication for the winter doldrums.
  • Enjoy a hot drink. Surprisingly, being cold can make you more depressed, but drinking hot drinks, eating hot food, and wearing warm clothes can all help reverse the effect.
  • Change your cravings. What I mean is, instead of eating sugar and carbs when you want a snack, have some veggies with salad dressing. Eat some juicy fruit. You’ll slowly change the food you want to eat, while dropping inches and helping your mood as well!
  • Start a new hobby. Anything that engages your mind a bit – singing, knitting, a new class at the gym, or writing every day. It gives you something to look forward to.

These are just a few ideas to try. If you’re really struggling to be yourself this winter, please seek out help – a counselor, doctor, or even just a couple of friends who check in with you.

As you continue in the new year, make sure you’re taking care of yourself. If that means you have a health issue you’ve been meaning to get looked at or you’d like to get your annual checkup in, both are great ideas.

Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. It’s sometimes the small things we don’t pay attention to that make a big impact on our health. Make sure to schedule your visit today!

When the Snow Piles Up

 

When there’s snow on the ground, I like to pretend I’m walking on clouds. - Takayuki Ikkaku

Since winter is fully upon us, it’s OK to wallow a little bit (for those of us missing flip-flop weather).

If you’re waking up in the dark and cold and then stepping into the icy outdoors, it’s hard not to curse the weather a little bit. But just think, your day probably won’t be as bad as this guy’s:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhUOQyMV4no

The moral of the story is probably to always have a scraper both inside and outside of your car in case you need it. And maybe a hat. And maybe enough paid time off to just give up and go back inside.

If you’ve been feeling like this guy did after he thought he’d finished, you may have something up with your health. Hormones, pelvic pain, or urinary issues – we can help.

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Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Even though some health issues might seem small or just a nuisance, fixing them can change your whole life. Make an appointment today!

The Call of the Couch

 

Don’t watch the clock. Do what it does: Keep going.

Brrrr, that cold is rough outside. And this time of year, it’s so hard to maintain healthy habits. Honestly, here’s what I’d like to do this time of year: sit inside, in my jammies, drinking lots of hot cocoa, maybe even a little wine, watching my favorite movies. I wouldn't go outside except to get the mail. Maybe not even then.

Growing up in The Great White North (Canada), our winters were even longer and snowy-er than this. Yikes, I know. It is hard to keep up healthy habits when you just want to eat comfort food and never get off the couch. We did a lot of outdoor sports when I was younger – you can stay in very good shape with cross-country skiing, ice skating and ice hockey, or even just going for walks regularly in the chill. I’ve picked up a couple of healthy habit ideas to follow in the winter months:

  • - If you work out in the morning, sleep in some or all of your gym clothes, and have your sneakers right by the bed. Hit your alarm, and just get up. Make it a habit for at least three weeks, and see how much less hassle it seems.
  • - Use non-food rewards. I mean, a warm chocolate chip cookie is motivating, I know. But maybe a pedicure if you work out every day for a week. And a mani the following week!
  • - Be cognizant of your food choices. Homemade soups can be very healthy and filling without all the calories/salt/extras of canned soups. Make a big pot and eat it all week long. Buy salad ingredients to pre-make on Sundays. Have fat-free yogurts or sugar-free cereal ready to go every morning, along with a piece of fruit (citrus is never bad this time of year to keep your immune system firing on all cylinders!).
  • - Also watch the snacking. A bag of your favorite chips might be gone in one sitting. Maybe cut up some cucumber and buy some hummus, or plan on eating apple slices instead of the processed carbs.

The winter doldrums and the freezing chill outside are not inspiring to go for a run. But with some commitment and intentionality, you can keep your waistline trim with strong habits.

If you’d like to check that your health is on track in the new year or talk to one of our physicians about a specific issue you’ve been struggling with, please make an appointment today. We’re here to support you and help you reach your health goals!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. It can be hard to start a healthy habit, but it’s not too hard to pick up the phone and schedule an appointment with us. And then we’ll help you on your journey!

Comfort is No. 1

 

Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick. – Gwyneth Paltrow

If you’ve been facing a sensitive health issue such as pelvic pain, urinary problems, or heavy bleeding, the holidays might not be as enjoyable as they could be. And it’s not like you can talk about it at all the holiday parties.

For Dolores, the comfort and understanding of our office made all the difference.

“When I first heard about the Women’s Institute I was in York Hospital for another procedure, and I discussed an incontinence problem I had with a nurse there, and she was telling me all about what Dr. Drolet did for her, how impressed she was, how she solved her problem. She couldn’t say enough, so that convinced me to come to the Women’s Institute.

When I came here, I was very impressed. It was like a family, you were welcomed, and sitting down with the doctor. She was very concerned and listened to all my information that she would need, and so I was impressed with everything and everyone. I decided to come back. I would refer Dr. Drolet to anyone because she did wonders for me.

After all the testing we did it was determined I needed a permanent solution because nothing else would work for me. I had an interstim implant. Dr. Drolet assured me everything would be fine and I could not be happier with the Women’s Institute. I’m happy with the solution to my problem, and happy with the way I was treated. It couldn’t be a better place to come.”

If you’re looking for a safe, comfortable, welcoming place to get health checkups and talk about sensitive health issues, schedule an appointment with us with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. No one should have to live with incontinence, feeling uncomfortable all the time, or awful periods. Not during the holidays or any other time. Make an appointment today!

Avoid Stress During the Holiday Using These 4 Tips

 

Life is hard. Choose joy anyway.

44 percent of women in a study on holiday stress say their stress levels increase over the holiday, compared with 31 percent of men.

It’s no secret women tend to feel more stress during the holidays. Expectations are high, from work to family to food preparation, and there are SO many commitments. Fun ones, mostly, but adding yet another gift to purchase to your list or that one potluck you shouldn’t miss adds up. I know it does for me. Every year before the holiday season I sort of take a deep breath, because I know that I’ll need to juggle so much and just keep moving toward the finish line. Some days, that moving is fun or nostalgic (baking cookies from scratch! Just like I used to with my grandma!). Other days, it’s slogging through with determination because I’m exhausted and I really don’t care if these cupcakes look nice.

So, while we’re all battling the stress of the holidays, let’s do two things. Let’s remember that it takes a lot of energy to make it all happen, and give each other grace. And let’s make sure we have the tools to manage the stress!

Preventing (too much) Holiday Stress

  1. Be realistic. I think this one alone can be a game changer. The holidays don’t have to be perfect. Or just like last year. Traditions can flex, families change, and new rituals emerge. What if your family can’t be together? Maybe try FaceTime, opening some presents, or compete with the best desserts over Facebook.
  2. Stick to a budget. I know, who does this at Christmas?? But avoiding a mountain of food that may not be eaten or a mountain of gifts that leave you feeling sick when you get those credit card bills isn’t worth it. Decide how much money you have to spend in total, then that tells you how much you have to spend per person. Do the same when grocery shopping – know your budget and stick to it. One less pie will probably be OK. You can also try a few other things instead of gift-giving – try donating to a charity together, giving homemade gifts, or starting a family or friend gift exchange.
  3. Calendar it out. This could also be a really big deal to help with stress levels. Schedule your shopping, baking, seeing friends, and other holiday traditions. You can color-code blocks of time in your calendar, and you’ll know when everything’s coming up and don’t have to stress about it!
  4. Take a breather. Even if it’s just for 15 minutes, it can rejuvenate you. Do something not busy – go for a walk, sit quietly and listen to soothing music, or sit and read a book with some hot cocoa – maybe even adult hot cocoa with a splash of rum.

I hope you’ll use these tips this holidays season. I will too!

If you’ve been struggling with any physical issues or even feeling down, talking to a doctor about it might bring some easy solutions.

Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Stress during the holidays is the norm, it seems. An annual checkup can help you relieve that stress to make sure everything’s working as it should!

A Dog and His Trampoline

 

Let your joy rise to the surface.

Our best memories of the holidays are, I think, usually the deepest belly laughs or the moments of the most intense excitement. I love watching people open presents, especially children – it’s the most joyful, wondrous thing. And I love sitting around with my family telling stories about past memories that made us laugh and laugh.

Take a look at this commercial made in the UK last year to see both intense excitement and something to make you laugh. The music is perfect, the slo-mo is perfect, and Christmas morning is just awesome.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr6lr_VRsEo

I won’t ever look at a trampoline the same way!

If you want to make sure you have the best time you can have this holiday season with lots of laughs and memory making, be sure you’ve gotten an annual check-up. Especially if you’ve been struggling with pelvic pain, heavy periods, or urinary issues, we can help you resolve that and have an enjoyable end to 2017!

Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. If you’ve been feeling emotional and even hilarious YouTube videos make you cry harder than you meant too or have a giggle fit, it could be your hormones. Schedule a visit and we’ll check it out!

Quick Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season

 

Hello holidays! I’m happy to see you.

Now we really dive into the holiday season. The lights, the carols, the meltdowns… oh, aren’t those a part of your holiday celebrations? When I was growing up, about halfway through a holiday weekend, someone in my family would lose it. My little brother, from having way too many sweets, would be completely hyper and then crash. My mom would get so fed up with the demands on her from all sides that she’d inevitably be crying in the kitchen. And there was always a relative who made a political comment and got the whole family into an uproar.

Of course, today’s holidays are more laid back. Just kidding. We seem to cram SO much into every weekend, every evening before Christmas. It’s a jolly mayhem, but sometimes not so jolly.

The good news is that we can calm things down this season and have a much more mentally and physically healthy holiday season. It’s definitely an intentional choice, but one I think you’d agree is worth it to feel peaceful instead of frazzled.

To keep your body going strong, try to limit sugary treats to once a week, and only small servings. Feeling bloated, hyper, or having a sugar crash isn’t something we want to feel like all the time, but it often happens when there are desserts everywhere we turn.

For your mental health, aim for keeping “white space” in your calendar. Don’t book every weekend evening. Don’t book an entire weekend day! Save time to sit by the Christmas tree and read, drink hot cocoa, or watch Elf and laugh. Have someone else wrap your presents. Do all of your shopping online and avoid the crowds. Get a Christmas-berry red pedicure and drink some eggnog!

Make sure you take some time to focus on your mental and physical health this season – you’ll be rewarded.

If you’d like to chat about what you can do to ensure you stay healthy, or have a medical question that’s been nagging at you but you haven’t had time to address it – make an appointment now for the new year! Then you’ll feel comfortable knowing you’ll be getting everything checked out soon.

Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. If you haven’t felt at the top of your game, there are lots of reasons that could be causing it. We can check your thyroid, iron levels, or talk about hormone regulation. Make an appointment today!

A Fraying Rope

 

Kindness is free, sprinkle that stuff everywhere.

After Kimberly had been visiting other providers for months to try to identify some issues she was experiencing, she came to our practice. She had been through many, many tests and the problem hadn’t yet been pinpointed. She was at the end of her rope.

I know women’s issues can be tricky to identify, since symptoms can be similar in different conditions. As I learned about Kimberly’s life and health, using my experience over several years of practicing medicine for women I was able to narrow down the possible causes.

We worked with Kimberly to clear up her issue, and ever since she’s been a loyal patient. She’s a private person and is selective about who can examine her each year, and we’ve built a close relationship.

We know how to make women feel comfortable and relaxed even during an annual gynecological visit. And we’ve helped so many women with intricate, complex situations over the years, we’re very good at identifying and treating a wide variety of medical issues.

If you’ve been frustrated with a health issue or trying to find a provider that’s a good fit, give us a try. Schedule a visit with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. It never hurts to try out a new doctor if you’re not satisfied or connected with the one you have. We’re known for our caring staff and expertise. 

A Month of Increased Happiness

 

May our hearts be filled with thanks and giving.

Thanksgiving, with all the traditional foods and family and football, only comes once each year. But I remind myself: it’s not the only time of year we can be grateful.

Practicing a grateful spirit every day can actually bring a huge positive change to our lives. In psychology research, gratitude is regularly shown to be directly connected to more happiness. It helps us treasure good experience, improve our health, face conflict, and build relationships.

Studies run at the University of California and the University of Miami have shown that those writing down grateful thoughts regularly not only felt more optimistic and better about life, but exercised more and visited the doctor less. In another study at the University of Pennsylvania, those delivering thank-you notes to someone they felt had never been properly thanked for a past kindness felt an increase in happiness for about a month afterward. And studies have shown that not only do those of us in relationships where each partner expresses gratitude toward the other feel more satisfied, but each partner is more comfortable managing conflict within the relationship.

This Thanksgiving, think about ways you can express gratefulness:

  • Write a thank-you note, and make a habit of it regularly, not just for gifts.
  • Keep a gratitude journal each day to tangibly think about good things in your life.
  • Meditate and think about what you’re grateful for
  • When you feel upset, pause and think of a blessing in your life.

I know I could use a dose of being more grateful in life as the stress of the holiday season is arriving. Rather than bowing to the pressure, I’ll be trying to practice gratefulness on a daily basis!

Many of us can be grateful for good health or treatments for problems we might face. If you’ve been struggling with a health issue, come in to our practice soon and we can make sure you’re on the right track! Schedule a visit with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. I’m grateful for all my patients! If you haven’t had an annual visit in too long, make an appointment today. 

Fact vs. Myth – Is Tubal Reanastamosis Right For You?

 

No one is you and that is your superpower.

Sometimes, life throws a curveball. It happens to all of us.

For a variety of reasons, you might have gotten your tubes tied in the past. But maybe things changed? Life may have taken a different path.

If you’ve been considering tubal reversal surgery, known as tubal reanastamosis, you may have heard some rumors, so we’re here to set the facts straight!

Myth #1: Surgery to reverse tying your tubes can cause heavy, painful periods

Sometimes, having your tubes tied can cause heavy or painful menstruation, along with up and down emotions. Reversing that through surgery does not change the flow.

Myth #2: Having a tubal reversal means you’ll have twins or triplets

Both fertility drugs and in-vitro fertilization procedures increase the risk of having twins or triplets. A tubal reanastamosis does not affect that risk.

Myth #3: IVF will be a more successful option than a tubal reversal surgery.

There are many factors that go into this, but it all depends on the type of tubal ligation, age, and other pelvic conditions of the woman.


Myth #4 Tubal reversal surgery is very costly.

While the procedure is not often covered by insurance, it can be much more affordable than other fertility treatment options. The surgery is normally an outpatient surgery, with a patient going home the same day. The one-day and one-time treatment keeps the costs lower than other fertility treatment options.

Myth #5: A tubal reversal procedure means future pregnancies have a high risk of being ectopic (in the fallopian tubes and not viable)

There is about a 10 to 15 percent chance of ectopic pregnancy following tubal reanastamosis, but careful monitoring regularly can detect them early and avoid potentially severe complications.

If you (or a family member or friend) are thinking about tubal reversal surgery, it’s a real possibility to help with future family plans. Schedule a visit today and we can talk it through!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Tubal reversal surgery is one of many services we provide for women. If you’ve had any trouble with pelvic pain, UTI’s, or heavy bleeding, we can help!

Essence of Wildflower

 

I’m thankful to have a family who takes eating as seriously as I do.

I think of Thanksgivings as having the same traditions year after year, but also new things as our family grows and changes. We have some of the same recipes passed down to new generations, but maybe we also watch a new kids’ movie or play a new game as a family.

New traditions aren’t always great, though. Check out some of the odd habits millennials have brought to the Thanksgiving table! It’s hilarious!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1hLREgL194&feature=youtu.be

I think my favorite is the essence of wildflower. Or the really exclusive tribe.

Happy upcoming Your Welcoming, friends!

Whether a millennial, a gen Xer, a boomer, or any other generation, we all need annual checkups. If you haven’t had one in awhile, take time to make an appointment today! It’s quick, and our staff is caring and attentive.

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Before we get too far into the holiday season, now’s the time to have a checkup, to make sure you’ll be at full speed for you family and traditions!

The Lost Gloves and Pie

The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become. - Robert Holden

As those leaves change, then fall, and then I get my warm winter coat out to wear every morning, this season brings so many thoughts. The nights are darker, sooner; the lights shining from houses and businesses seem friendly in the dark and cold; and I’m constantly looking for my gloves. Pumpkins are, of course, everywhere, reminding me of pumpkin patches and hayrides when I was a child. And “helping” to rake leaves, then jumping in the pile with all its crunchy fun!

This time of year there’s also so much preparation for the big event: a meal that lasts practically all day. And the feelings that come with it: remembering all the things in our lives we’re grateful for. It can be hard, sometimes, amidst the pain and suffering we see around the world, but I think that reminds us even more of the many blessings we have and to always be ready to lend a hand.

One of the blessings in my life that I tend to think about most often around family is our health. More time with close friends, immediate and extended family is a gift. And making sure we’re in the best shape we can be to have that quality time is key. If you haven’t had an annual appointment where we’ll check for signs of breast and cervical cancers, diagnose any issues you’ve been having, and make sure you are well and thriving, please make an appointment today! And then we can all enjoy that pie, knowing everything has checked out.

Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Especially before the holidays get busy, now’s the time to schedule a visit! Call us at 717-840-9885.

The Tough, The Annoying, and The Listening

 

I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. ~Maya Angelou

Sometimes pelvic pain is an ongoing issue that recurs at random. And it doesn’t have to be!

Our patient Angie had suffered with endometriosis that was at an extreme level and very painful. Through carefully listening to her we were able to find the right treatment for her situation.

Angie came back to us for her annual visit, and we began investigating problems we saw within her breast tissue. After we found Angie had stage 3 breast cancer, we realized it was going to continue to grow because of her hormones. We broke the news to her and stayed with her while she absorbed the intense path she would need to walk. Angie had a full hysterectomy, and through it all has been as bubbly and sweet as ever.

These situations aren’t every day. They are hard to hear, hard to go through, and hard to witness.

We see these tough things. We make sure to really listen to patients, to get all their fears and concerns out, and then begin to build a plan that works for them and provides the best care we can for the problem. Whether it’s a major life change such as breast cancer or severe endometriosis or an annoyance such as a yeast infection or UTI, we will listen to what’s going on and work on a solution that meets your needs.

If you haven’t been able to make an annual checkup in a while or have a concern you just haven’t had the time to make it in to visit for, now’s the time. We can make sure you see a caring provider and you get the best plan for your life!

I hope to see you at our practice soon. Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

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Are You on a Rollercoaster?

 

Worry less. Smile more. Accept criticism. Take responsibility. Be quiet and listen. Love life. Embrace change.

Women are twice as likely as men to develop depression and anxiety disorders. – Shape Magazine

Hormones are like an on-again off-again boyfriend. Sometimes you love ‘em, sometimes you hate ‘em. Unfortunately, they exist in your body and they’re part of how your brain and other systems function.

Here are some basics about hormones:

  • - Estrogen acts as a natural high and stabilizes your mood.
  • - Progesterone can be more of a downer
  • - Seratonin, a chemical that rises and falls with estrogen with low levels causing depression and anxiety

While there are certainly other hormones at play and more to explore, that’s the basic level of interaction. Now, when things go awry with these hormones, that can cause anxiety or, for a longer period of time, depression. Which is no bueno.

One thing that can perhaps help with your hormones is knowing when you might be at risk for things going downhill. Track your mood changes, be aware of the warning signs that rough times might be coming, and be sure to share with your doctor any family or personal history of PMS, depression, and anxiety.

Major times that can cause hormonal issues:

  1. Before your period, you can experience premenstrual syndrome. Up to 85 percent of women have at least one symptom of PMS, according to Joseph T. Martorano, M.D., a psychiatrist. These range from sadness and anxiety to irritability, as well as physical issues such as bloating and headaches. These symptoms can last for between 2 and 21 days, and sometimes can be incapacitating. While women suffering from PMS have the same regular fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone that we all do, our brains might be more sensitive to the hormone level changes.
  2. During and following pregnancy, prenatal and postnatal depression can be a major problem. Many don’t seek treatment, as we don’t want to appear sad or weak when we’re supposed to be happy or joyful. Pregnancy has huge hormone shifts as both estrogen and progesterone levels shoot up, and the stress hormone cortisol also rises. These jumps in hormones can mess with our brain chemistry. Then, after birth, hormone levels fall quickly, and we often sit in sadness, crying, having trouble sleeping, and plagued by anxiety. In a normal case, that can last for a couple of weeks, but if it goes on, you should seek treatment.
  3. Stress also changes our brain chemistry, reducing serotonin in our bodies. Other hormones are then released to help the brain manage the stress. But when the stress continues over long periods of time over and over again, the stress hormones begin to be emitted even for small stressors. And then basically, our bodies forget how to relax because of the continual production of stress hormones. Our moods suffer, along with our body from headaches, nausea or indigestion, and fatigue. And as our estrogen and progesterone dips and rises with our menstrual cycle, the stress hormones can combine to cause significant effects on your mood. Different hormones interact and magnify the effects.
  4. Medications can also affect mood swings. Hormonal birth control can contribute to feeling down, although in many cases it can help to regulate moods. Depending how our brain chemistry already interacts with hormones will predict the responses to hormonal birth control Fertility medications and some other drugs can also make hormones dip or rise at intense levels.

While all these instances can naturally occur in our lives, that doesn’t mean we should be aware of them and seek treatment if we’re suffering. Hormonal imbalances are a biochemical disorder, and they can and should be treated.

If you’ve been struggling with mood swings, low lows and high highs, it’s not something you need to suffer through because that’s how life goes. We have the knowledge and abilities to help treat your issue and make sure you’re living and enjoying life to the fullest every day!

Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. If you’ve got concerns about your hormones or another women’s health issue, make sure to come in and see us soon!

Where’d It Go??!

 

Laughter is the sound of the soul dancing. - Jarod Kintz

Fall is full of so many good things – leaves crunching on the ground, the snap of cold in the air, hot apple cider and cozy sweaters. And Halloween candy!

But even better than Halloween – the hilarious videos parents take, pranking their kids after the night of candy hoarding.

Check out these classic reactions from Jimmy Kimmel’s annual collection:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1pTZTHZF4E

So funny! If you laughed so hard you peed a little (what – does that only happen to us??), make an appointment and we can help keep that from happening.

If you’ve got any other issues cropping up or pain you’ve been facing, come in to see us and we can come up with a plan to take care of it. Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. So many things women think are just part of life – urinary control, painful periods, heavy bleeding, pain in your pelvis. All of these are treatable! Make an appointment today. 

Boots and Cider or Work and Coffee?

 

Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. - Bryant McGill

When the weather turns and I walk out the door in the morning on my way to work, the crisp air calls to me. I know I need to pick up coffee and get into the office to start in on my daily paperwork and patient visits, but all I want to do is head to a hiking trail with my sturdy boots, have a cup of hot cider on the way, and spend the day out in the calm and serenity of nature.

I find fall to be the most peaceful time of year. The air always smells sharp and new. The sun still filters down most days, but it now joins with twirling leaves as they fall and an earlier and longer twilight. Being outside in nature brings me the most prevailing sense of tranquility.

Peace of mind can be hard to come by in our busy, rushed days. One way to feel a sense of calm is by getting a regular checkup or seeing a doctor about that ongoing problem you’ve been having. We know it means taking time out of your day, but think how much better you’ll feel knowing everything is as it should be – or pinpointing the exact problem and coming up with the right treatment plan for your life. You’ll get that same sense of peace, knowing you’re healthy (or on your way to being so) and can go about your business thriving, not just surviving.

I hope to see you at our practice soon. Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

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You Wouldn’t Think I’d Admit That

 

Don’t just fly; soar. - Walt Disney

Believe it or not, I know that coming to an annual gynecological exam might not be everyone’s favorite thing to do. I know, you wouldn’t think I’d admit that.

But for Lynn List, she shared with us that she does enjoy her annual visit!

We go out of our way to really listen to our patients, not just process another chart on our schedule. We remember that all women are different. While we face many of the same ups and downs in life, our bodies have all been through different things, and have gone through that path differently. We make sure we find out exactly what you as an individual patient are going through, what concerns you might have, and take the time to talk with you.

For Lynn, she always feels cared for when interacting with our staff, and has a good time on her visits because we treat her as a partner in her health, rather than a process or just one patient of many.

If you’re looking for individual care that pays attention to your needs instead of just running through the day, schedule an appointment with us today!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. We take our patients seriously and make sure their concerns and wishes are front and center. Come in for a visit and see!

An Apple (Pie) a Day

 

Wherever you go, go with all your heart. - Confucius

Pie makes everything in life better. And this time of year, those apple pies can’t be beat. We found a simple, easy recipe to make “the best apple pie you’ve ever eaten.” So whether you pick apples, grab some at the market or the store, pull this up and you’ll be able to have delicious pie in no time!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Su-5i1-_7es

Pie isn’t quite everything in life – making sure you’ve got your health and can do everything you want to do – now and in the future – is also important. If you’ve got any health issues that have become a nuisance, questions you’ve been meaning to ask, or just haven’t been for a yearly checkup in quite some time when we can catch dangerous situations before they become a problem, please make an appointment to come in today!

I hope to see you at our practice soon. Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. We’ll make sure you’re comfortable, not kept waiting, and seen by a caring provider who wants to listen to you. 

Yogurt and Berries Do What?

 

He said, “One life on this earth is all that we get, whether it is enough or not enough, and the obvious conclusion would seem to be that at the very least we are fools if we do not live it as fully and bravely and beautifully as we can.” - Frederick Buechner

While we’ve been discussing apples all month, it’s not the only fruit that can help your health. Turns out berries, grapes, and other foods can help keep your body comfortable and thriving.

Many of us struggle with infections or issues with our urinary tract. Whether it’s from aging, childbirth, or you’re just prone to problems, it’s no fun.

Foods to help

  • Berries can be helpful to protect against infection – by up to 34 percent if you drink a glass of berry juice every day.
  • Having a cup of yogurt or other fermented dairy can decrease your risk of urinary tract infection by up to 80 percent. Studies also show it can help prevent bladder cancer.
  • Garlic can protect your bladder from growing and spreading cancer, and be helpful for your kidneys, according to various studies.
  • Antioxidants can help maintain the health of your entire urinary tract, and foods containing them include cocoa, apples, grapes, peanuts, and cinnamon.

Small things like choosing healthy foods can make a big difference in your health. So bring on those fruits, spices, dairy, and other items to help keep urinary tract issues at bay!

If you’ve got a urinary problem that’s been affecting your life, make an appointment to come in and we’ll find a solution for you. Urinary problems can often be addressed and aren’t just a matter of life’s course – come visit us today!

Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. You’ll be welcomed and cared for at our practice – rather than uncomfortable and hustled in and out. Come see us!

Which One is the Juiciest?

 

Do something today your future self will thank you for.

The shiniest, juiciest looking apple always seems to be on the tallest branch.

At least, that’s what I remember from going apple picking with my kids a few years back. Every year, we’d visit a local orchard, bring a big canvas bag, and while away our afternoon searching for the best, brightest, reddest apple. And take a few bites along the way, of course.

Eventually, we’d turn the apples into picnic lunches or pies or snacks with peanut butter.

Reflecting back on it, it was not only a fun family activity, but an exercise in good health.

Apples are of course healthy and filling. And it takes flexibility and strength to stretch, reach, stoop, and pick up children to help them reach the best apple. You need energy to help each kid in turn, be “on” through the afternoon, and get home to still continue the day with dinner and more family time.

Your body has to have muscle and stamina to lug the bag of apples up and down the rows.

A healthy body to do all those things is so important – in our own lives, if we have children, and when we’re with friends and family. A lack of nutrition, treatment for a medical issue, or regular checks to keep problems at bay can all impact our ability to spend healthy, energetic time doing what we want to do.

A regular checkup can ensure your health is what it should be, help you put together a plan to get where you want to be, and catch any problems before they become major. Make an appointment to visit our practice today and we can make sure you’re as healthy as you need to be to get the most out of your daily life!

I hope to see you at our practice soon! Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. You’ll feel assured having a good conversation with a knowledgeable practitioner to address anything you’ve been meaning to talk about and make sure you’ve got everything you need to stay healthy. Make an appointment today!

Re: Answer to Your Questions

 

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have live and lived well. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

When we first met Lori, she had had several friends recommend our practice. I listened to Lori’s concerns, and we discussed several options that first appointment together. One of my practices when interacting with patients is to really listen. To understand what they’ve been struggling with, what their goals are, and how they’re looking for a practitioner to help. Being listened to is something we all crave every day, and it’s important to me to do that for our patients.

Lori also really complemented our staff, and we later talked about how we’re so intentional about our respect and caring attitudes. Coming to the gynecologist isn’t always the most comfortable situation. You have to be very open and sometimes discuss issues and have exams that are not the most enjoyable. It’s probably not something you look forward to. Our nurses always try to chat with patients and make them feel at home, and answer as many questions as a patient brings up. We also try to be prepared and efficient, so visits are quick and as painless as possible.

Gynecology can raise intimate, troublesome questions. You shouldn’t have to live with problems with your health – you can work with a caring, respectful practice to address your issues well. Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. We know it can be hard to make time to get to the doctor. Our schedulers are great at working with you to make it fit your life. 

More Painless than Grocery Shopping…Can you guess what?

 

The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple and love without measure. Tibetan proverb

You’ve got work projects. School shopping. Grocery shopping yet again. You need to schedule that oil change. Probably should do some weeding. And put fresh sheets on everyone’s beds.

Sound familiar? A peek into the brain of most women – including me, on a regular basis. Remembering an annual gynecology appointment, much less making time for one, is unlikely to happen.

According to a research by a professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, only about 17 percent of women go to a gynecologist annually.

It’s time out of your life, we know. We make it as painless as possible – easy to schedule, reminding you, and staying on time during the day. We’ll get to know how you like to interact with your doctor, make sure we’re addressing any issues or questions you have, and complete our annual checks as quickly and painlessly as possible.

Bottom line for you is that you make sure you catch any problems before they get worse and affect your life and your time with family and friends. Even better, you might have some nuisance of an issue we can correct with simple treatment – improving your life!

Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. It’s worth your while, even just to have the relief of “everything looks great” after your checkup. 

Nothing Means…Nothing?

 

Every woman’s dream is that a man will take her into his arms, throw her into bed…and clean the whole house why she sleeps.

We all know men are different than women. They talk less, so they say. They’re less prone to picking up laundry, or organizing a closet. Why IS that?? Culture? Upbringing? Is it generational?

This video on YouTube tells some of the psychology behind it. And he’s hilarious!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29JPnJSmDs0&spfreload=1

What I learned is that I have unlimited capacity to know everything and do anything J And at least I know when my guy says he’s not thinking about anything….it’s actually true. 

We aren’t the same as men, and we need different health care and have different issues crop up.

To make sure you get the care you need to stay on top of your game as a woman, make an appointment today for your annual checkup. Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. You may not know it, but we can help fix minor issues that are getting to you every day. Make an appointment and we can talk about it!

Back to School Checklist

 This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before. - Maya Angelou

In August, I feel like you can almost smell the new textbooks. The new pencils and the crisp new clothes for the new school year. New markers, new shoes, maybe even a new hairstyle (OK, it was the 80s, so maybe it was a new, bigger set of bangs).

And every year before school started, we had to get our annual physical. Nobody likes getting a shot, but I do remember my doctor making jokes and asking questions, and sometimes giving advice my mom was grateful for. I know it took some planning for my mom, but going to the doctor was worth it. She referred us to a dermatologist for a suspicious-looking mole. Once she caught an ear infection I didn’t know I had – though I had felt like my head was stuffy for a few days, I just didn’t realize that’s what it was.

Visiting the doctor to catch anything serious before it becomes more painful or problematic is important, whether you’re a young child or a grown adult. As we get older, it becomes harder and harder to make time – our schedules get so jam-packed. But so often, you hear stories about not going to the doctor until something became a major problem, or not bringing up a nuisance they thought couldn’t be fixed. In so many of those cases, a regular checkup would have nipped the issue in the bud, or found an easier treatment before the challenge became more advanced.

As we head into fall this year, make time for an annual checkup. There are all sorts of issues we might be able to catch, or even general, everyday situations we can help relieve. We stay on schedule and make sure our patients have time to chat with our practitioners, but also can come and go with ease, not having to spend a long time waiting.

I hope to see you at our practice soon! Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. We’re ready to get to know you in a comfortable and relaxing environment. Make an appointment today!  

I Can Catch That Curveball

 

Sometimes, you think you’re done having children. And sometimes, life throws you a curveball you didn’t expect, and you realize you might, yes, want more children. For Christine Killinger, the longing for another child led her to the yellow pages, where she found the Women’s Institute.

She made many phone calls and booked many appointments before contacting us, looking for the right surgeon. Because tubal reanastamosis, or “untying” your tubes, is no small thing. You need a surgeon who understands what you’re going through, can make you feel comfortable and safe, and can also discuss the options and possible outcomes.

When we first met, I could tell Christine was nervous, but she knew what she wanted. We honestly discussed her options, which was about a 50 percent chance of success. Christine wanted to have as natural an experience as she could with future children. The surgery went well – we were able to do it laparoscopically, which left minimal scarring for Christine. Not only that, but within a few weeks, Christine was able to conceive!

We know decisions about your health and having children can be fraught with emotion, and we place a high regard on caring about our patients no matter what. I went to the hospital and visited Christine after she had both of her future little ones, because we formed an important relationship. I’m so grateful for the patients I’m able to help every day.

If you’re considering a change – whether it be having a little one, looking at a health problem, or even discussing hormone treatment, we’re here for you. Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. If you’re in any pain with your period or regularly in your pelvis, that’s another reason to come visit us. Make an appointment today!  

Don’t Take a Beating

 

I tend to feel so much healthier in the summer – whether because of being outside and around the sun more, or because I’m getting more fresh air, or because I’m out and about doing things unlike winter, when the thought of leaving my house after dark makes me cringe (Who wants to take off their slippers and sweatpants? Not me!).

But regardless of how we feel, some parts of our health actually are worse. Let’s take a quick look at those that might affect you:

  1. Diabetes: for those who inject insulin regularly, it can be more dangerous in the summer. Insulin is absorbed into the bloodstream faster when you’re warm. So monitor your blood sugar levels more closely than usual to make sure your glucose levels aren’t too low.
  2. Kidney stones: one in ten will suffer from kidney stones. In the summer they’re more common, as we’re more likely to be dehydrated and we’re producing more Vitamin D because of sun exposure, both of which result in more concentrated urine with crystals developing.
  3. Rosacea: a skin condition with redness on the face can get worse over the summer, most likely because of sun exposure. Heat and humidity can lead to flare-ups, but sunscreen and staying out of the sun should help.
  4. Your skin: takes a beating during the summer. Please, please use sunscreen with at least SPF 15, as skin cancer is the most common cancer. You can also exfoliate for skin health, wear a wide-brimmed hat, and most of all, skip the tanning bed. It’s just not worth it.

Our health so often takes the back seat to everything else in our lives. I know, my to-do list is just as terrifying! But it helps if we remember that without our health, we won’t be able to spend time with our friends and family, sitting by the crackling fire, with a cold drink beach-side, or moseying along a boardwalk. Staying healthy isn’t just for us, it’s for all of them too. If you have a concern about any of these, or other health problems, schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Facing some irritating issues with your bladder or pelvis? Don’t put them off, make an appointment today!

You Can’t Be Awesome When You’re Hangry

 

I love summer. I love it. The warm sunshine, the colorful flowers, the sound of flip flops – thwap, thwap! You’ve got ice cream, you’ve got iced tea, you’ve got smoothies and lemonade.

In this video, Kid President capture’s some of the most fun parts of summer. AND. There’s even a way to help kids avoid hunger.*Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MlZR691of0

OK, I’m not sure about the sweating, but I definitely agree with the rest. What are your favorite things about summer? Share on our Facebook page!

*While the promotional support for the video has ended, you can still help!

If you want to enjoy every bit of the summer, make sure your body’s in good shape. Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. You definitely have big summer plans, we know – so make sure your health is taken care of and you’ve gotten answers to your questions – schedule an appointment today

Ice Pops Down Your Chin

 

Whenever I hear the cicadas chirps grow loud and long, I know it’s true: summer has arrived. When I was a little girl, the call of the cicada meant it would be hot, and we would find something cool to do. I would fall asleep at night with my Minnie Mouse bathingsuit on the open windowsill, drying so that it wouldn’t be too damp the next day.

Then, in the morning, as soon as the sun was up, we’d throw on our swimming clothes and flip flops, grab a piece of toast, and head out to beat the heat. Sometimes it was a backyard with a sprinkler. Or a neighbor’s pool they let us use. Other times it was a ride to a creek, or an open fire hydrant, or someone’s slip-and-slide they set up for their birthday. Even if it was just ice pops dripping down our chins, we found something cool and wet to enjoy for the day.

It’s fun to relive memories – and to make new ones. And the best way to ensure that we can spend time to enjoy our years with our family and friends is to make sure we’re healthy and ready for another summer of heat and ice pops and memories.

If you haven’t had a regular checkup in awhile, or you’ve got an irritating problem that you just haven’t had time to get checked (incontinence? Pelvic pain? nasty periods?), please make an appointment today. We make it as easy as possible! Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

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Work it Better Together

 

“Wow, I really regret that workout.” – Nobody. Ever.    

You’re more likely to lose weight and stay fit if you workout with a partner. And why not workout with your significant other? Couples who sweat together, stay together, right? Or at least feel healthier and are energized for more hanky pankyJ

If you want to hit the gym together, that’s great. But it might still be a challenge to workout together – you might have different speeds or goals. We’ve got some strategies for you to employ for success!

What Works Best for Two

  1. You love to workout, but he hasn’t broken a sweat since he was trying to impress girls in junior high: Set manageable goals together. After every four workouts, he gets some sort of prize – coffee giftcard, Amazon card, movie tix, a six pack of beer. After a month, a bigger gift, like concert tickets, will keep the motivation going strong.
  2. You want to get lean and tone, while he wants to really build his muscle: Lift weights together, and you can each have a strategy about what moves and muscle groups you’re targeting. You’ll want to stick with large muscle groups, such as the back, chest, and legs. For you, aim for three sets of 12 to 15 reps, using enough weight to tire your muscles out. To bulk up, he can do three to five sets of 8 to 10 reps, using enough weight that he can barely make that last rep.
  3. You like to compete, and he likes to win: You can compete with time you worked out, distance, or even percentage of your body weight you lift. You can take turns picking the workout you do together, or play on opposite teams of a group sport. Or just hit up a racquetball court and annihilate each other!

Working hard together, staying healthy together, and spending time together will all knit you closer as a couple. And make you both look great in jeans. Win-win!

If you’re not sure quite how to jump-start making healthy choices or even what kind of workout to tackle, make an appointment and we can help steer you right. Schedule an appointment with us using the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

Dolores Wants to Share Her Story

 

“I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.” – Joyce Meyer

We know women’s healthcare is a sensitive thing. You might have a concern or question that’s uncomfortable to talk about. And providing you a comfortable environment is our number one priority, to help you address your needs and stay as healthy as you can be.

Dolores, one of our patients, shared about her experience with our office:

“When I first heard about the Women’s Institute I was in York Hospital for another procedure, and I discussed an incontinence problem I have with a nurse there, and she was telling me all about what Dr. Drolet did for her, how impressed she was, how she solved her problem. She couldn’t say enough, so that convinced me to come here, to the Women’s Institute.

When I came here, I was very impressed, it was like a family, you were welcomed, and sitting down with the doctor she was very concerned and listened to all my information that she would need, and so I was impressed with everything and everyone. I decided to come back. I would refer Dr. Drolet to anyone because she did wonders for me.

After all the testing, it was determined I needed a permanent solution because nothing else would work for me. I had an interstim implant. Dr. Drolet assured me everything would be fine and I could not be happier with the Women’s Institute. I’m happy with the solution to my problem, and happy with the way I was treated. It couldn’t be a better place to come.”

Thanks for sharing, Dolores!

If you’re looking for a safe, comfortable, welcoming place to get health checkups and talk about sensitive health issues, schedule an appointment with us with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

Did You Forget One of These Things?

 

A healthy lifestyle not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude, and your mood.

We know June is all about dads, but you both need to stay healthy to enjoy each other and your family. Start the summer off right by getting the health checks you might have forgotten, and know you’re ready to thrive and dive into the season!

Five Checks You Should Get

  1. Blood pressure screening – if the top number is greater than 140 or the bottom number is greater than 90, you’ll need to have a conversation with a medical provider. Heart disease, kidney problems, and diabetes can complicate blood pressure.
  2. Breast self-exam – do this monthly, and if your family has a history of breast cancer, check with your doctor about mammograms regularly even before age 40.
  3. Pelvic exam and pap smear – this helps catch cervical cancer should it develop, and you can get screened for sexually transmitted infections.
  4. Cholesterol checks –heart disease is a real concern for women, not just men. Knowing your cholesterol and triglycerides will help you know if you might be susceptible andneed to pay attention.
  5. Check your bone density – after the age of 35, your bone mass has peaked which means you are more likely to develop osteoporosis.

Five Checks for Your Guy

  1. Testicular cancer screening – can be monthly self-exams, with yearly checks by the doc.
  2. Blood tests – will screen for diabetes, thyroid disease, liver problems, and anemia. Depending on family history and body mass, diabetes in particular could be a problem.
  3. Cholesterol checks – will help keep him all-around healthy if he’s managing this.
  4. Coronary disease screening – for guys with a strong family history of heart disease, this will help catch any issues early.
  5. Prostate cancer screening – as he gets older, they’ll need to check this regularly, just to be safe.

You’ll be able to enjoy the summer even more knowing you’ve checked up on your health. And there’s nothing like a clean bill of health to make you feel energetic and ready for some, you know, fun (wink).

If you’re ready to make sure your health is in good shape, schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

Could Whiskey Be the Answer to Happiness?

 

“Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love.” – Craig Claiborne

June is a month of many things: sunglasses, the beach, Father’s Day, and of course, grilling out. Let’s take time this month to celebrate the men in our life with one of their favorite things: food. Even better, food we cook for them. Outside. With fire. On a hot hot day. And for our loyal contacts, we’ve found just the thing for your guy: Whiskey bacon burger. I bet you can see the joy on your partner’s (or dad’s! or friend’s!) face now.

Whiskey Bacon Burger

Ingredients:

  • Four 6-oz. hamburger patties
  • ¼ cup whiskey
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 strips of bacon
  • 8 thick-sliced pieces of yellow American cheese
  • 2 large Vidalia onions, peeled, cut in half and thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons reserved bacon fat
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 hamburger buns

Directions:

Place bacon in a large skillet and cook until crispy and sizzling. Remove strips, placing on a paper towel-lined plate to cool. Reserve about 2 Tablespoons of the bacon fat.

Drain the rest of the fat and wipe down your skillet. Now, add the olive oil and bacon fat you reserved into the same skillet, adding the onions, and cooking them over a low heat. Add the salt and cook, turning the onions often, for about 30-40 minutes. It takes some time for them to get nice and sweet. Set aside the onions and let them cool.

While the onions are cooking, add the whiskey and chopped garlic to a shallow dish. Put in the hamburger patties and let it marinate for 15 minutes. Then, flip and marinate for another 15 minutes on the other side.

Grill the burgers over medium-high heat for five minutes on each side, if you’d like a medium or medium rare burger. Adjust the timing if your burgers are smaller, or if you’d prefer them to be more well done. The last minute of your grilling time, add two slices of cheese to each burger and close the lid to melt the cheese. Now remove the hamburgers onto a platter.

Place each hamburger on a bottom bun, then top with a large spoonful of caramelized onions and one strip of bacon, broken in half. Top each with a bun and they’re ready to serve!

Pair this meal with a cold beer on a summer day and your man will feel appreciated and ready to relax! You can serve with some healthier sides such as steamed or grilled broccoli or a tossed salad to make a balanced meal.

We know summer is a great time to enjoy life. If you’ve been struggling with a health issue, don’t wait – make an appointment today so you can get back on track to enjoying your time and loved ones! Schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Bet You Didn’t Know You Could Use Your Hairdryer for This!

 

As colors begin to brighten up our world outside, you can add some brightness to your walls using crayons and a hairdryer, of all things. You may have seen something called “crayon art” if you frequent Pinterest or crafting stores. We’re bringing you a quick tutorial for a fun craft with astonishing results. As you take advantage of the warmer weather, bring some of the colors into your space to freshen up your home!

Melted Crayon Art

Supplies:

  • Crayola crayons – box of 64 suggested. Stick with name brand here, because lower quality crayons won’t work
  • Foam board or a white canvas
  • Glue – Elmer’s works fine
  • A hairdryer
  • Newspapers or towels to protect your area
  • Painter’s tape or cardstock if you’d like a pattern or cutout design

Instructions:

First, if you’d like a pattern, add some painter’s tape on your surface. You could do stripes, chevron, or even some abstract shapes. If you’d like a cutout, cut some cardstock into a shape you’d like – a flower, heart(s), or maybe even a silhouette of a family member.

Next, glue all your crayons along the edge of the canvas or foam core, flat edge along the outer edge. Put them in the order you want the colors to flow down the canvas – ombre, at random, or the order of the rainbow.

Now, holding the board at an angle or standing it against a wall, aim your hairdryer toward the middle or bottom of the crayons, between the brand name on the label and the tips. We recommend you stick with the medium setting – if you use the high setting, wax might splatter everywhere. As the wax starts to melt, move your dryer around to maneuver the wax around. Note that blue and purple shades melt the fastest. The wax will start to dry while you work, so you can go over areas a few times as needed.

Once you feel like the melting patterns look how you’d like, you’re finished! Add a quote over the wax, remove your painter’s tape or cutout, and your rainbow art is ready to be displayed!

This project can be especially fun with kids as they watch the crayons melt and the colors blend.

As you look for ways to live a healthy, full life, trying out new hobbies or hands-on projects can be fun! If you’re looking to maintain a healthy life in other ways, feel free to schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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P.S. If your mood swings are keeping you from staying calm and having fun with your kids, it might be your hormones. You can learn about how to regulate your hormones in our free webinar, found here.

You Know You Want This for Dinner Tonight

 

Fragrant herbs, wet soil, and buzzing bees: these are the source of this meal’s taste bud sensations.

Our garden plants are starting to fill out, and we might even have some veggies and herbs ready for picking. Fresh produce and herbs have arrived at our local stores and markets, and this time of year is certainly inspiring to eat healthier. But we also want eating healthy to be quick and easy, not slaving away in the kitchen when we could be outside in this weather!

We’ve got a quick chicken recipe (prep time? 10 minutes!!) here for you, using some tasty herbs for a savory finish.

Lemon and Herb Roasted Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 12 chicken drumsticks or thighs
  • 1 bunch chives
  • 1 bunch curly leaf parsley
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsps honey
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6-8 large basil leaves

Directions:

Add the top of the parsley (not the stem) and the chives to your food processor. Add in the olive oil, lemon juice, and honey, blending everything together until you have a paste. Now, add in the garlic and a little bit of salt, then blend again. Add the basil, then blend a third time. Rub the herb marinade evenly over the chicken, placing in an oven-proof pan.Cover with plastic wrap to marinate in the fridge for about 90 minutes, or overnight. When you’re ready, bake uncovered for 25 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, until the skin browns. Cover the chicken with foil and place back in the oven for another 30 minutes to cook through.

You can add in some easy sides (minute rice, anyone?), and you’ll be ready to go! The chicken is healthy, with lots of lean protein, and the flavoring makes it even better. Grab some iced tea or some wine, and eat a dinner you know is good for you and hardly took any time to make!

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P.S. Making healthy choices might still not be enough to make your body feel good if your hormone are out of whack. Find out how to regulate them in our free webinar, found here.

A Workout that Works Best for Your Shape

 

Peach, pear, apple, or plum? We’re unfortunately not talking about pies. We’re talking about using your body type to select your workout – not to de-emphasize flaws, but to support your assets!

A major part of keeping your body (and your mind! and spirit! and emotions!) healthy is to exercise regularly. We know it’s not something everybody loves, but there are so many ways to stay in shape, we’re sure you can find one!

If you’d like to target certain areas, depending on your body type, we’ve got some ideas for you. This week, we’re providing some workouts you can focus on to accentuate the features you’re most proud of and work with the shape you have.

Workouts for Your Shape

Pear: If you’re wider in your lower half than on top, you can focus on toning your arms and shoulders. Actions such as tricep dips, push presses, and bicep curls can tone the major muscles in your arms and shoulders. You can also aim for regular cardio and some core workouts to tighten all over.

Curvy: If you have an hourglass figure, with a bigger chest and hips than waist, you can tackle whole-body workouts. Attacking your legs will make them strong and curvy, and focusing on your arms and shoulders will add definition to the area that stands out.

Straight: You can add some curves by focusing on your core, to slim and define it. You can also target your glutes to add some curves for a party in the back.

Athletic: Broad shoulders and narrow hips call for some shape to your rear and thighs. Add in some squats and lunges, and also focus on your core to slim it down and add more emphasis on your lower half.

No matter your shape, there are ways you can emphasize your assets while making your body as strong as it can be. The stronger you are, the healthier you can be to enjoy your life and your family.

If you have any questions on how to become healthy or how to start an exercise routine, schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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P.S. Exercise can be a great way to help regulate your hormones. Learn more about how to deal with hormones in our free webinar, found here.

Are You in the Top Five?

 

As we all grow older, we might not know all the health issues to stay alert for. And in the month of Spring flowers, we celebrate the beauty, dedication, and let’s face it, resiliency of our moms. We need to know about health issues we might face as well as symptoms to be aware of in our moms. This week, we bring you a list of the top five health issues you need to be aware of as a woman.

Top Five

  1. Heart disease comes in at number one – nearly one third of women die from this. In fact, heart disease kills more women in the U.S. than all forms of cancer combined. To help prevent it, quit smoking, make sure you’re physically active daily, and pay attention to your diet to make sure you’re eating foods that keep your body healthy.
  2. Cancer, particularly lung cancer and breast cancer, are the next biggest contributors to women’s health issues. Smoking is the biggest correlation to lung cancer, but for all cancers, healthy habits are the best things you can do – healthy eating, exercise, and most importantly, regular checkups at your doctor to catch any early symptoms.
  3. Stroke affects more women than men, and it can be both fatal and cause long-term disabilities. If you or someone you are with experiences any symptoms, immediately call 911: weakness or numbness in your face, arm, or leg, suddenly occurring confusion, trouble talking or comprehending, problems with your vision, or dizziness.
  4. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, causes shortness of breath and can be fatal. It can manifest as bronchitis and emphysema, and is mainly caused by smoking.
  5. Alzheimer’s disease, a brain disorder that causes degeneration and can be fatal death, affects slightly more women than men. It starts with forgetfulness and confusion, and can lead to irreversible mental changes.

Other top causes of health issues for women include diabetes, the flu and pneumonia, and kidney disease.

This month, as we celebrate our mothers and families, let’s remember to stay as healthy as we can. If you have something you’ve been meaning to see a doctor about, make an appointment to get it checked out. If you notice any family members suffering some health problems, make sure they have any tests run that they need. Let’s do what we can to decrease the impact of the top five health problems for women.

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P.S. Hormones can complicate health issues for women. Learn about how to keep them in check in our free webinar, found here.

Relax Your Pelvis

 

If you suffer from pain in your pelvis, it could be a variety of issues. Make sure to visit your doctor to find the source and work together to find a treatment that works. However, in the meantime, you can try these stretches to help relieve any pain you might feel.

Easy Pelvic Stretches

Take each stretch until you feel it pull, but not until it hurts. Hold for 30 seconds, breathing in and out with your diaphragm.

  1. Knee to chest: Start lying on your back with both legs straight in front of you, then relax your muscles. Bend one knee all the way up to your chest.
  2. Knee to opposite shoulder: From the same position on the floor, pull one knee up and across your body with the other hand.
  3. Foot and knee up: Start with both feet on the floor with knees bent while you lie on your back. Bring your right foot and rest it on top of your left knee. Now, lift your left knee, pulling it toward you with your hands wrapped underneath the knee.
  4. Child pose: Sit on your knees, feet touching with knees shoulder-width apart. Relax until your rear is sitting on your feet, then reach and stretch your hands as far as they can get over your head on the floor.
  5. Flat frog: Lie flat on your back again, bringing the soles of your feet together, letting your knees fall open. Pull your feet up to make the stretch.

Try these exercises in the evening if you’ve been sitting a lot during the day, or in the morning if you wake up with sore hips.

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P.S. Issues with your pelvis could be caused by hormones. You can learn about how to regulate your hormones in our free webinar, found here.

Is This You?

 

Do you ever feel pain in your pelvic region? Whether it feels like cramps, sore muscles, stinging, or an itch, none are pleasant. And none should be part of your everyday life, or even something you experience occasionally. 

While there may be many causes of pelvic pain, several of them are caused by the reproductive system

  • Adenomyosis, or when the tissue lining the uterus grows into the uterus muscle wall. It can cause painful, heavy periods.
  • Endometriosis: when tissue similar to the uterine lining grows outside of the uterus, and can be painful.
  • Menstrual cramps: During your period, when your pelvis aches or feels sore.
  • Ectopic pregnancy: If a fertilized egg implants anywhere in the reproductive system other than the uterus, most often in one of the fallopian tubes.
  • Mittelschmertz: The term for pain when you ovulate, which can feel like menstrual cramping.
  • Ovarian cancer: Abnormal cells growing on your ovaries that can hurt and interfere with function.
  • Ovarian cysts: Fluid-filled sacs inside or on the outer surface of one of your ovaries. If they rupture, they can cause harm.
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease: An infection in your reproductive organs, often caused when a sexually transmitted disease spreads to your uterus, fallopian tubes, or ovaries. It might not cause any symptoms, or it might be painful.
  • Uterine fibroids: A noncancerous growth on the uterus, which can be tiny or very large.
  • Vulvodynia: Pain around the entrance to your vagina that has no obvious cause, and can feel like a burning or irritation, and can affect everything from intercourse or sitting for long periods of time.
  • Nerve Damage: damage or dysfunction to pevlic nerves that can happen through diabetic neuropathy, excessive compression (such as sitting on a bicycle seat), direct trauma to the nerves or surrounding area, issues during surgical procedures such as excessive stretching or accidental nicks/cuts.
  • Muscle Issues: Pelvic floor muscle spasm, inguinal hernia, or pulled or strained muscles. 
  • Organ Issues: Such as Appendicitis, Chron's disease, Diverticulitis, Enlarged spleen, Kidney stones or others.
  • Intestinal obstruction: anything blocking the natural disgestion process

If you feel any pain in your pelvis on a regular basis, pain that interferes with your life, or that is sudden and severe, schedule an appointment to see a doctor. Because there are so many possible causes, you need a medical professional to help you understand the issue and come up with a treatment plan together.

If you’re experiencing pain that you’ve been meaning to get checked out, schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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P.S. Issues with your pelvis might be caused by hormones. You can learn about how to regulate your hormones in our free webinar, found here.

Robin’s Egg Blue

 

To get into the springtime spirit, you can always decorate your house with fresh buds and cute little bunnies. Or to bring some of the outdoors right in to your home, try these DIY robin’s eggs.

Robin’s Eggs

Supplies:

  • 1 dozen white, hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 head red cabbage
  • 4 teaspoons white vinegar
  • Edible metallic gold paint
  • Thick bristle paintbrush or old toothbrush

Directions:

Chop up the head of red cabbage. Place it into a large pot with five cups of water. Bring the water to a boil and then simmer for about 40 minutes. Allow the cabbage to cool all the way before straining the cabbage out of the dye. Stir in 4 teaspoons of white vinegar.

Place your eggs in a deep baking dish, and pour the dye over the eggs. Make sure each egg is completely submerged and not touching each other. The dye will be a deep purple.

Leave the eggs in the dye for about 90 minutes for a lighter shade of blue, rotating about every 30 minutes. Once you take the eggs out, the color will become darker as it dries. For darker blues, leave the eggs in up to four hours. To get all different shades, take some out as early as one hour, and take a few out every hour until you reach four hours.

Add pretty, gold speckles by laying the eggs on several paper towels. Dip a dry bristle brush or old toothbrush into the paint, then run your finger along the bristles to flick the paint onto the eggs. Let the paint fully dry before splattering the other side of the egg.

Place in a decorative bowl, a group of twigs to look like a nest, or put them around the house to add a touch of color everywhere you look!

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P.S. If you feel like even the Spring weather doesn’t help your mood, it might be your hormones. Learn about how to regulate your hormones in our free webinar, found here.

Are You Sweet, Salty, or Spicy?

 

If you’re looking for a protein-rich snack, and one that can help you feel better to boot, you’re in luck! Cashews and almonds can help deliver important nutrients including Vitamin E, Omega-3s, and magnesium, which together help reduce pelvic pain and inflammation.

Sweet Salty Spicy Nuts

Ingredients:

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup untoasted walnut halves
  • 1 cup untoasted pecan halves
  • 1 cup unsalted, dry roasted almonds
  • 1 cup unsalted, dry roasted cashews
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon butter

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly coat with cooking spray. Combine walnut halves, pecan halves, almonds, and cashews in a large bowl. Add salt, black pepper, cumin, and cayenne pepper; toss to coat. Heat the sugar, water, and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until the butter is melted. Cook for one minute, then remove from heat. Slowly pour the butter mixture over the bowl of nuts and stir to coat. Transfer nuts to the prepared baking sheet and spread into a single layer. Bake nuts in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Stir nuts until the warm syrup coats each nut. Spread into a single layer, return to the oven, and bake until nuts are sticky and roasted, about six minutes. Allow to cool before serving. Parchment can be used for easier cleanup or removal from the pan.

Put together for a snack at work, an appetizer at a party, or an evening watching a movie! Especially if it’s your period, this could definitely help. For more ideas on how to reduce pelvic pain or improve your health, schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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P.S. If you want to improve your emotional health as well as your nutrition, you can learn about how to regulate your hormones in our free webinar, found here.

Spring Up with Daffodils

 

Spring is right around the corner (finally!) and it’s time to brighten things up a bit. You could place some paper whites around your house, and add decorations in pastels, as well as grab a bouquet of fresh flowers for your table. And a great way to spruce up the outside of your house even before the flowers start blooming is with this easy daffodil wreath. You need items from around the house and some time to be creative – kids can participate, too!

Daffodil Wreath

Supplies: 

  • White paper
  • Yellow paper
  • Q-tips
  • Food coloring
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape
  • Styrofoam wreath

Directions:

First, dye your Q-tips yellow by trimming off one end and dunking the other into the dye. Next, grab a piece of white paper, and make sure it is cut in a square – about a 3-inch square is a good size. Fold the square in a triangle, and then in a triangle again. Now, cut along the two open sides to create a curve, like the outside edge of a petal. Take your yellow paper and cut it into a half-circle, about two inches long. Twist it into a cone shape, and tape it together. Poke a small hole in the center of a white flower, pushing the cone tip through the hole. Then insert the Q-tip, stick end first, into the center of the cone. Secure everything together with scotch tape on the back of the flower. Now, push the stick end of each Q-tip into the foam circle of the wreath. Keep going until you have a beautiful, full wreath. Hang it on your door with some yellow ribbon, and you’ll have a sunshiny presence right at the front of your house!

Bringing a little sunshine into your daily life, whether through crafting or adding some springtime décor, can improve your health. For other ideas on how to lead a healthy life, schedule a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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P.S. If the Spring weather makes you realize you might have been in the doldrums this winter, it could be your hormones. Find out more about them in our free webinar, found here.

The Best Moves for Women

 

For National Nutrition Month, your plan to become healthier will be even more effective if you pair it with a workout several days each week. You can certainly choose any workouts you like, so long as you keep yourself moving and get a little sweaty, so you know you’re burning calories. But if you’re looking for some new moves to really target your core and tone all around, look no further than some of these moves designed for women from Shape.

Moves for You

  • Side plank – great for the waistline. Lie on your side, legs stacked on top of each other, keeping legs straight. Prop your body up on one forearm, and raise your hips until you’re in a straight line from your ankles to your shoulders. Hold for 30 seconds, remembering to breathe and keep your abs in. Lie back down, turn around on the other side, and repeat.
  • Pushups – works the entire body. You probably knew this would be in here, since it tightens your core, perks up your chest, and burns lots of calories with such a simple move. Kneel on all fours, hands under your shoulders, and go up on your feet hip-width apart. Lower your body until your chest nearly touches the floor (use a tennis ball under your chest and touch it, if you’re wondering how far to go down), and then push yourself back up. Your elbows should be pretty close to your sides during the move, and your body should be in a straight line during the sinking and lifting – no butts in the air!
  • Plié squats – tones your butt and your thighs. Stand with your feet wider than shoulder-width apart, with your toes turned out. Lower by bending at the knees until your thighs are parallel with the floor. Then bring your arms overhead while you sink your shoulders a little.
  • Triceps extension – for your back and arms. Take a lunge position, keeping your back heel on the ground. Lean over your front bent knee – keeping your back straight, and hold your arm out straight along your side – end of the weight facing up. Now lift your arm higher by a few inches, and then lower, for about 30 reps per side.
  • Step ups – can’t get much better than that for your legs. It’ll lift your rear and make your legs supple and lean. Stand in front of a bench or a step (or two steps for height). Place one foot firmly on the step, and push up through your leg until the other one is straight.

You can take these moves altogether for a nice, all over workout, or you can do one a day, or add one or two of these to a cardio routine each day you exercise. Look forward to a more invigorated, energetic, and improved you!

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P.S. If you want to be sure your emotions are as healthy as the rest of you, you can learn about how to regulate your hormones in our free webinar, found here.

Green for Health, and Green for Patrick!

 

Along with tiny leprechauns and Kiss Me I’m Irish shirts, many look forward to St. Patrick’s Day for the delicious Irish food, such as bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, or corned beef and cabbage. The hearty, salty meals are so tasty, and so perfect after a winter that’s been dark and cold.

If you’re trying to stick to healthier eating habits like we are, you might need some help with how to have a healthy Irish supper. If you stick with corned beef and add some natural spice flavoring, the meal is full of protein and nutrients! Cabbage can help prevent Type 2 Diabetes and contains many antioxidants. It’s also full of fiber, folates, Vitamin C and Vitamin K. So eat up!

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Ingredients:

  • 3 to 4 lbs. corned beef brisket
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 large head of cabbage
  • 2 onions
  • 2 more garlic cloves
  • 1 carrot
  • Butter
  • Spices to taste

Instructions:

Place the corned beef in a crock pot for 8 hours on low heat with half the garlic, pepper, and enough water to cover the meat. About 30 minutes before the beef is cooked, prepare your vegetables. Slice the carrots, onions, remaining cloves of garlic, and cabbage. Sauté the onions, garlic and carrots in butter in a large skillet until they soften. Add the cabbage and spices and cook until soft. If the mixture becomes dry while cooking, use some of the corned beef water to moisten the ingredients.

When complete, serve the corned beef over the cabbage for a delicious Irish dinner for all. If you’d like to make it even healthier you could brine your own corned beef first. Put on some festive jigs in the background, wear your favorite shade of green, and enjoy!

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P.S. If you want to be sure your emotions are as healthy as the rest of you, you can learn about how to regulate your hormones in our free webinar, found here.

Nutrition and You

 

It’s been a few weeks since the pies, cookies, and cakes of the holiday season, and many of us are trying to maintain a healthy diet and get our nutrition every day without giving in to cravings. We know it’s good for us to eat healthy, and we see all sorts of trends such as whole 30, juice cleanses, etc. But what exactly is going on with our bodies, and why is it so important?

We’re living longer than ever before – once terminal or intense illnesses are instead being managed chronically, often without too much impact on our everyday lives. What is one of the biggest influencers of managing such an illness? A diet consisting of fresh, whole foods including veggies, fruits, lean meats, fish, and whole grains. This also means avoiding and minimizing saturated fats, refined carbs, and highly processed foods. In fact, if your meals include much of those ingredients, you are definitely at higher risk for diseases such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, cancer, and respiratory problems.

If you’d like to live a long, healthy life, now’s the time to start investing in your future. For National Nutrition Month, here are some habits you can put in place to keep your health at the forefront:

  • Shop at the market – there will be plenty of fresh fruits and veggies and crusty whole-grained bread to choose from.
  • Hit up a local make-your-meals-in-advance session – try Dream Dinners or something similar, and you can use fresh ingredients to prep your meals to have them ready anytime.
  • Ask your friends for their favorite tasty, healthy recipes – you’ll find loads of new ideas.
  • Come up with a list of go-to dinners and lunches you know you can make quickly with nutritious food and enjoy eating. Aim to stick to this at least five days every week.
  • Check out some ethnic food recipes – mixing it up can be more appealing when you’re trying to eat healthy.
  • Try a mail-order meal service, such as Blue Apron or Hello Fresh. You’ll have all the ingredients at your fingertips in just the right amounts with easy-to-follow recipes.
  • Make meals with a buddy – like having a gym buddy, this will keep you honest and motivated, and you can text each other when you’ve eaten the food and congratulate each other on sticking to it!

Aim to move forward with your nutrition, even if you face setbacks or find your motivation dragging. We’re all in it with you, even when a big slice of cake is nearby. Grab a banana!

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P.S. If you want to improve your emotional health as well as your nutrition, you can learn about how to regulate your hormones in our free webinar, found here.

The Best Exercise for Your Heart

 

It’s easy to think that any workout is good for your body and for your health, right? And while many activities train your heart well, they can be hard on your body. You want to get the best workout you can, bettering your health, and making use of your precious time to get the right results for your heart and your body!

Which is Best?

According to a cardiologist, the following exercises are best for your heart without wearing and tearing too much on your body:

1. Interval training: The best for preventing heart disease and diabetes, as well as losing weight. You’ll want to combine short bursts of almost-everything-you-have effort with slightly longer periods of active recovery – walking or weight lifting. Keeping your heart rate going up and down helps you burn calories, improves the function of your cardio system, and helps your body become more efficient at clearing fat and sugar out of your bloodstream.


2. Total body, nonimpact sports: The more muscles involved in an activity, the harder your heart has to work, and the better shape it will be in. Swimming is a great choice, as are rowing, cross-country skiing, and walking with walking poles.


3. Weight training: This is very similar to interval training, because you’re upping your heart rate while you lift reps, and then slowing it down while you take a break between sets. Making your muscles stronger helps ease the work your heart has to do to keep your body functioning. Free weights build more muscle than using machines, as they engage your core and help build your balance as well.


4. Working your core: Choosing workouts such as golf, Pilates, and yoga will help your whole body function better throughout the day, diminishing back pain and helping you complete tasks faster. These workouts also improve your body’s flexibility and balance.

 

In contrast, some of the worst workouts you can undertake are running long distances on pavement. While it can help your heart, it causes a lot of injuries over time, and it wears out our body and creates many aches and pains. Also, adding in any intense exercise in which you’re not experienced, whether it’s shoveling snow for a day, going for a 15-mile bikeride, or trying to swim a half mile your first time back in the pool can all be problematic. Your body releases adrenaline when it’s working out too intensely, which can prompt a heart attack.

Most importantly, find a way to workout that you enjoy – don’t pick something that you feel tortured doing. Even if you think swimming is the best, but you hate getting wet and the chlorine in a pool, then don’t worry about it! For more information on how you can keep your heart or your body healthy schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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P.S. Working out can help with hormone regulation. If you think your life could be improved by better controlling your hormones, you can find out more about them in our free webinar, found here.

A Frame of Hearts

 

Whether you have a special partner or not, February is a great month to make a classy craft for your wall that brings some joy and fun! This frame of hearts is easy to make and looks beautiful. You’ll need a frame, some magazines to cut up, and a little bit of time to veg, maybe watching your favorite TV show or listening to quality tunes.

DIY 3D Hearts Frame Craft

Supplies:

  • White shadowbox frame, or white frame with some cardboard added between the mat and the backing to add some depth.
  • Magazines to cut up
  • Glue (stick or Elmer’s)
  • Scissors

Instructions:

Cut out sections of red from your magazines, and glue to another sheet of paper for added sturdiness. Then, cut out small red hearts, about the size of your thumbnail. Fold them down the middle to give them some dimension. Next, take the white backing for your frame, and use a pencil to lightly add a square grid to it – planning on putting one heart in each box. For added fun, plan to leave one box empty for a little phrase written in, such as “always” or “i love you,” etc. Now, using a dot of Elmer’s glue, glue all of your hearts to the backing, one in the center of each box. A vertical row at a time will help you make sure they’re aligned well. You want the middle, or the line of the fold, to be stuck to the back, and both sides of the heart to come off the paper.

Once the hearts are dried, erase the grid lines you penciled in. Write in the phrase you chose in the empty box. Then put the heart-studded backing together in the frame and you’re done! What a cozy, whimsical addition to any home.

A heart craft is a great way to celebrate in February, and you can also make sure to focus on keeping your real heart healthy. If you’d like to speak to a doctor about making sure your life is lived strong and well, schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. If you feel like your life isn’t quite together, it could be your hormones. If you’d like to learn more about them, you can in our free webinar, found here.

Who Knew Tacos Could Be Good for your Heart?

 

We all want to live full, healthy lives with our families. And whether we think about it or not, keeping our heart healthy is an important part of that process. Eating healthy is one of the best ways to make sure you’re here for the long haul. And it doesn’t have to mean sucking all the flavor out of the dishes you love, or eating only kale and Crystal Light for breakfast and lunch. It means cutting down on the excess sodium, fat, and cholesterol in your diet, and amping up the lean meats, whole grains, and lots of vegetables.

The great news is that you can do that with foods you already love, with a few tweaks. Like tacos! Mexican doesn’t have to be all fried and smothered in cheese (although, we love queso too). Try these pork and green onion tacos for a shot of flavor without the extra calories and fats.

Pork and Green Onion Tacos

Ingredients:

  • Cooking spray
  • ½ cup fat-free sour cream
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp chipotle powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 12 ounces boneless pork loin chops (about ¾ inch thick, all visible fat discarded)
  • 8 medium green onions (6-8 inches long)
  • 8 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 2 cups loosely packed shredded spinach or romaine
  • 1 medium tomato, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 small lime, cut into four wedges

Instructions:

Spray a griddle pan with cooking spray and preheat your grill pan on medium. In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, cilantro, lime juice, and garlic. Set aside. In another small bowl, stir together the paprika, chipotle powder, and salt. Sprinkle over both sides of the pork. Using your fingers, gently press the mixture in on the pork so it stays. Grill the pork for about 4 minutes on each side, or until it is cooked to 145 degrees Fahrenheit on a thermometer. Transfer to a cutting board and let it cool for a couple of minutes. Next, grill the green onions for a minute or two on both sides, until they begin to brown. Transfer them to the cutting board as well. Heat up your tortillas with the package directions. Now, thinly slide the pork diagonally across the grain. Chop the green onions into 1-inch pieces. Layer in the center of a tortilla – the pork, green onions, spinach, and tomato wedges. Spoon the sour cream mixture on top. Serve the tacos with lime wedges.

Makes about 8 tacos. In each serving, you’ll find 4 grams of fat, 6 grams of fiber, and 24 grams of protein, with about 250 calories for two tacos.

So in the cold of winter, heat up your kitchen with some tacos that burst with flavor and are good for your heart. Olé!

If you’d like to find more ways to make healthy choices, or have any health concerns you’d like to speak to a doctor about scheduling a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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P.S. If you feel like you’re eating healthy but not losing weight, it could be your hormones. Find out more about them in our free webinar, found here.

Is Your Heart Happy?

 

Did you know that the symptoms of heart disease in women can be different than in men? Since it’s the leading cause of death for women, during February’s National Heart Disease Awareness month, we want to make sure we all know the signs of heart problems. Nobody wants to spend Valentine’s Day in the hospital!

The most common symptom of a heart attack in women is pain or discomfort in your chest. But contrary to what you would expect, it’s not always severe, or even the first and primary symptom. Women can even have a heart attack without any chest pain. Other symptoms likely to occur are:

  • Neck, jaw, shoulder, or upper back pain.
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in your arms
  • Feeling nauseous
  • Sweating
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Fatigue that’s out of the ordinary

Even when feeling chest pain as a symptom of a heart attack, most women don’t think of it as painful, but rather a bit of tightness. It often happens when resting. Women also often don’t visit an emergency room or a doctor until after major heart issues have happened, as they might downplay their symptoms or figure they’ll drive themselves when they have time. We know, we have many responsibilities too! But if you or a family member or friend is feeling any of these symptoms, please prioritize medical care at an emergency room as soon as possible.

Several factors influence the risk of heart disease, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity, but women are affected even more by other factors. These include diabetes, depression, smoking, inactivity, menopause, or pregnancy complications. Inflammatory diseases such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis can also come with a higher risk of heart disease.

Improve Your Odds

To make sure you’re around for family and friends long into the future, follow some simple steps.

  • Quit smoking
  • Workout regularly
  • Keep your weight healthy
  • Eat a nutritious diet
  • Manage any regular medications carefully

Heart disease doesn’t affect mainly men, or mainly older women. It can affect any of us, creeping up unsuspectingly when we think we’re safe. Make sure you take steps to maintain your health, and make a doctor’s appointment if you need byscheduling a visit today with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. If you think you feel hot all the time from a possible heart problem, it could also be your hormones. You can find out more about them in our free webinar, found here.

Make it Easy

 

Wanting to make New Year’s resolutions is great, but sometimes it’s hard to focus in on what goals you should aim for. Or which might be most reasonable to tackle. Or even what direction you want to go!

Enter: an easy goal worksheet. Before you make goals for next year, it’s good to reflect on the past year, which will help give you clarity for where you’re headed in the future. Treat this as a brainstorming session, and you can hone the list more through reflection and conversation with close friends and family.

The Worksheet

Grab a piece of notebook paper, and give it the following headings:

1. Favorite memories
2. Things I’m grateful for
3. Hard lesson learned
4. Thing I did this year I’m proud of
5. Places I want to go
6. Ways I can help others
7. Things I want to get better at
8. Things I’m looking forward to
9. New things I want to try

Take an evening, an afternoon, or some quiet time in the morning to think about and jot down some answers. Think of at least one thing for each spot, but no more than three. Pin the list up somewhere you can see for a few days. Then, mark any that might be for the future, or will take some more research first. Highlight two or three goals you’d like to make happen in 2017. Jot down a few first steps to get to the goal. And get to it!

Moving toward your goals might involve some healthy living decisions. If you have any questions you’d like to talk about with a doctor, or something you’ve needed to get checked for awhile, schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Is one of your goals for the year to get your emotions under control? It could be your hormones. Find out more about them in our free webinar, found here.

Warm Soup for You

 

In this chilly time of year where we just want to cozy up with a sweater and some hot cocoa, dinner should be cozy, too. And while some carb and cheese-heavy comfort foods might be tempting, you can have a tasty, healthy dinner without going heavy on those ingredients.

The recipe we have for you today is high in fiber, but low in added sugars, calories, and fat. It’ll fill you up and keep you full for awhile, and you can have leftovers to eat during the week as well!

Southwestern Three-Bean and Barley Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 large celery stalk, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 9 cups water
  • 4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth, or vegetable broth
  • ½ cup pearl barley
  • 1/3 cup dried black beans
  • 1/3 cup dried great northern beans
  • 1/3 cup dried kidney beans
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¾ teaspoon salt

Directions:

Over medium heat, warm up oil in a Dutch oven or other large cook pot. Add onion, celery, and carrot, and cook, stirring now and again, until everything is softened, or about five minutes. Add in the water, broth, barley, black beans, great northern beans, kidney beans, chili powder, cumin, and oregano. Let everything simmer over high heat, and then reduce the heat to maintain a simmer. Cook, occasionally stirring, until the beans are tender, between 2 to 2 ½ hours. If more water is needed, add ½ cup at a time.

If it would be easier to use a slow cooker, you can do that instead. Cut the water down to 2 cups, and combine all ingredients in your slow cooker. Cover and cook until all the beans are tender, which is about 4 hours on high or 7 to 8 hours on low. You can refrigerate the soup for up to three days.

The recipe can be a bit bland, so if you like more flavor, double the spices.

You won’t regret such an easy, healthy recipe that you can throw together on a weekend afternoon or in the crockpot during the day. If you’re looking for other ways to be healthier, or want to know what choices you can make to keep your body on track, schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Julie Drolet

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A Calendar of Fitness

 

Many of us make goals for fitness in a new year. Whether it’s to improve a certain skill, like running, or lose weight, or just feel healthier and have more energy, that’s a great goal. And you can get there without slogging the same workout in every day. If you’d rather mix it up, you can follow a workout calendar that will tell you what to do every day. Similar to a couch to 5K, but with a whole slew of workouts you can choose from.

The Calendar Plan

  • Day 1: Pick a form of cardio and complete fat-burning intervals
  • Day 2: Workout your core
  • Day 3: Rev your metabolism with a run
  • Day 4: Add in a yoga workout
  • Day 5: Take a break with some easy movement, like a walk
  • Day 6: Fire up your core with a body balance workout
  • Day 7: Add some cardio to your day
  • Day 8: Use your body weight to tone
  • Day 9: Incorporate fat-burning intervals with cardio
  • Day 10: Work every muscle group in your body
  • Day 11: Pick some calming yoga moves
  • Day 12: Rest day
  • Day 13: Finish faster – run with negative split times, reducing your time as you up your pace!
  • Day 14: Use your body weight to workout and tone
  • Day 15: Pick any cardio you want, and mix it up with intense intervals
  • Day 16: Use dumbbells to tone a couple of major muscle groups
  • Day 17: Work out your whole body, head to toe
  • Day 18: Tone with yoga
  • Day 19: Swim slow, steady laps for some water recovery
  • Day 20: Torch calories with dumbbells again
  • Day 21: Complete short burst intervals with your cardio
  • Day 22: Jump, twist, and lift, doing a full-body circuit
  • Day 23: Put in half an hour of your favorite cardio
  • Day 24: Lift weights
  • Day 25: Lengthen and strengthen with yoga and leg-heavy poses
  • Day 26: Stretch your muscles
  • Day 27: Run on the treadmill or outside
  • Day 28: Complete a full-body circuit with weights
  • Day 29: Rev your metabolism with intervals
  • Day 30: Take it slow for some active recovery
  • Day 31: Pick your favorite workout and put everything you have into it, so you finish dripping with sweat

You can see that this workout has a lot of freedom to pick different activities, and since it’s different every day, you’ll keep your muscles continually toning and strengthening.

If you’re wondering about other ways keep your body healthy in this new year, or have a question you’ve been meaning to ask a doctor, schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Do you use workouts to help regulate your hormones? If it’s an extreme problem, you might want to discuss it with a doctor. Find out more about hormones in our free webinar, found here.

How-To for Goal Making

 

With a new year often comes new goals. And that’s a good thing – to better yourself, to create good things for your family, and to more enjoy life.

In January, we’re all about the goals. In February, we’re usually trying to hang on still. By March though, we’re often off the wagon, and life has taken over.

So how can we make a goal stick? We’ve got other priorities to juggle too, it’s not like we can just stop making dinner or running errands. From Forbes magazine, here are several ways to stay on track.

What to Do


1. Make it visual. Something you see every day can really help you instill it as a habit, especially if it’s graphic in nature, rather than just written down as part of a list. Make a Pinterest board of some healthy recipes, cut out a photo in a magazine, or make calendar appointments for you to follow.

2. Tell other people about it. A close friend, or even a group of friends, can help keep you accountable. Share the goal itself, and the detailed steps you plan to take to get there. Share your setbacks, and your milestones!

3. Take it in steps. Reaching a giant goal, such as losing 30 pounds, is only possible if you think about it in smaller chunks. So set up a game plan to reach the goal, say, five pounds a month. If it’s a savings goal for a big vacation, figure out the total cost, then start setting aside that money automatically every month.

4. Set a date. Have an end date for your goal, and it doesn’t have to be a year away. Something you could tackle by Easter, or by summer, etc. If you want to run a marathon, pick the one you want, and then put your training plan together to get there.

5. Be realistic. Becoming a champion weightlifter or wearing a size zero might be too lofty. But you can definitely fit into a brand new sexy dress, or bring your blood pressure down into healthier levels with some effort.

6. Commit to you. Remember, you set these goals for you. You’re the only one who has to do the work, to take the steps. If you fail, re-commit to yourself to make it through.

Setting goals can be a healthy reset for your life. Take some time to think about healthy changes you’d like to make. If you need assistance pinpointing ways you can improve your body or lifestyle, schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. If you think your life could be improved by better controlling your hormones, you can find out more about them in our free webinar, found here.

A New Holiday Tradition

This time of year is full of celebration, spending time with loved ones and enjoying our favorite holiday traditions! But maybe it's time to add a few new family traditions, or just try something different this year. Just like going to the doctor is good for your health, participating in fun, family events can be good for your soul.

Start a New Tradition

  • Secretly bring surprises to your neighbor(s). Whether it’s baked goods, a gift, or a sweet card, do this for the 12 days of Christmas. On the last day, you can reveal your identity!
  • Ramp up the Hanukkah fun. Play dreidel, and use jelly beans or other small candies. When a winner gets a “gimel,” they win all the jelly beans in the pot.
  • Start an ornament collection. You can have a theme – like Disney movie characters, or places you visited that year. Or perhaps major milestones in your life.
  • Start one gift early. On Christmas Eve, plant some presents on the front stoop or porch, and ring the doorbell. You can do pajamas (to encourage bed time!) or just a fun first gift.
  • Make elf foot prints. Use a sponge cut in a tiny foot shape and flour or baby powder to make prints to your cookies for Santa tray.
  • Leave out food for the reindeer. Along with your cookies and milk for Santa, leave a spoonful of sugar or some carrots, out for the reindeer. And make some nibbles for evidence!
  • Learn about other cultures. Visit the library with your kids and pick out a story depicting holidays in other cultures. Then on Christmas Eve, go around the room and read all of the stories!
  • Help others. It’s good to teach that holidays aren’t about getting. Consider limiting gifts for your kids to one or two, and then go shopping with your kids to donate toys to a local cause. Also, consider helping a local organization with volunteer time – especially if it’s after the holidays, when the flux of volunteers slows.
  • Go camping indoors. Pick a night and camp out under the tree with the lights on, listening to holiday music and enjoying some sleepover treats!

We hope you have a wonderful time with friends and family this holiday season. If you have any health issues you might have been ignoring, make sure you give us a call so you can start working on a solution! Schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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P.S. Your hormones can be a factor in health concerns, and you can find out more about them in our free webinar, found here.

No Time for That

 

So many of us struggle with pain or issues in our pelvis. Nobody’s got time to try to manage that - especially during this busy time of year! If you’re dealing with occasional leakage or you feel like your core isn’t strong enough, there are some exercises you can do to help. Focusing on your pelvis not only helps with those issues, but can improve your sex life, boost your core strength, and increase stability.

Most of us have probably heard of kegels, or exercises for tightening the pelvic floor muscles (like you’re stopping the flow of urine). This is the best way to improve your pelvic floor, but there are others that you can do as well.

Pelvic Floor Strengthening

1.       Bridge: Lie on your back, bend your knees, and keep your feet flat on the floor. Exhale, and then engage your pelvic floor and lift your hips, so there’s a straight line between your shoulders and your knees. Hold for ten seconds while you breathe. Repeat 10 times.

2.       Wall squat: Stand against a wall with your feet hip-width apart. Tighten your pelvic floor, and lower into a squat, as if you’re sitting in a chair, with your back still against the wall. Hold for 10 seconds, and then stand up. Repeat for 10 reps.

3.       Jumping jacks: You know the drill – only with these, tighten your pelvic floor muscles as you jump your legs out, and then relax them when you jump your feet in. Jump for one minute.

4.       Long crunches: Lie on your back, with your arms straight up in front of you, pointing at the ceiling. Bend your knees and hold your lower legs parallel to the floor. Take a deep breath in, then as you exhale, keep your right arm straight and extend over your head (not touching the floor), while simultaneously straightening your right leg. Tighten your pelvic floor as you move your limbs. As you bring them back to the start position, release your pelvic muscles. Complete 10 reps on each side.

     Add these to your weekly (or daily!) routine, and over time you should definitely see an improvement in your balance and any leakage. If you have concerns with incontinence, pelvic pain, or other issues you should see a doctor about, schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Your hormones can also be a factor in pelvic issues, and you can find out more about them in our free webinar, found here.

Who’s Got Two Thumbs and Loves Christmas?

One of the best things about this time of year is making your own decorations with friends and family that you can treasure for years to come! Especially if you have kids, or nieces and nephews or close friends with little ones, easy crafts like the one we have for you this week can be fun and a little messy – just what every kid loves! All you need is some paper, finger paint, and a black marker.

Fingerprint Christmas Lights

Materials:

• Paper you can use for gift tags, wrapping paper, Christmas cards, etc.
• A black sharpie
• Washable paints in several colors

Instructions:

First, use your black marker to draw a swirly line representing a light string. Add several small squares along the line, depicting the base of the lights on the cord.

Next, you and the kid(s) can dip a finger into different colored paint, pressing them right above each black square. You can aim for a specific pattern of colors, or do them at random. Let dry, and now you have some paper you can use for all sorts of decorating. Cut it into a circle to make a fun wreath, or use it under a table centerpiece. Maybe you could simply cut and fold into a special card for a family member!

The holidays are a time where we participate in many fun activities, but it can also be a time where our health takes a backseat. If you have a concern you’ve been meaning to get checked out, schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. If you feel your moods fluctuating, especially when you’re around kids that can drive you crazy, it could be your hormones. Find out more about them in our free webinar, found here.

A Breakfast to Help Your Bloat

If you struggle with bloating or pain in your pelvis, something that can help is bananas. The potassium within the banana helps your body get rid of sodium and any excess water you’re holding on to. Bloating happens when you eat rich foods or too much sodium, so use bananas to rescue you!

In this season of holiday parties and tasty foods, it’s more important than ever to have a solid breakfast to get a good start to your day. And why not make it full of some fruit and deliciousness!

Strawberry and Banana Stuffed French Toast Recipe

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup cream cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons icing sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 slices white or whole wheat bread
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • ¼ cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons butter

 

Directions: 

Mix together cream cheese, 2 Tablespoons of the icing sugar and cinnamon, and spread evenly on two slices of bread. Next, top the bread with banana and strawberries, and add another slice of bread. 

Whisk together your egg, milk, and vanilla in a bowl. On the stove, melt butter in a pan over medium heat. Dip your sandwiches into the egg mixture and cook for a minute or two. When the cooked side is golden, flip. To finish, dust with the last bit of icing sugar. 

On a weekend morning when you’ve got a bit of time, grab some thick bread and fresh fruit, and enjoy your breakfast like it was meant to be enjoyed! If you’d like other ideas of foods to reduce bloating or pelvic pain, schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Your hormones can also be a factor causing bloating. Find out more about them in our free webinar, found here.

It Doesn’t Have to be This Way

Many of us struggle with unidentified pain in our pelvic region – between our belly button and downward, in the middle of our hips. Some occasional flair-ups are to be expected, depending on your activities, but there’s no reason for that to be a long-term problem unless something is wrong. Sometimes, the pain can be a symptom of another medical issue, while in other instances, the uncomfortableness is a problem of its own.

The Pain

You might feel intermittent pain, or severe, steady hurting in your pelvis. Some instances might be a dull ache, while other times you might feel sharp pains, or cramping. It might also hurt during sex, while you use the restroom, or when you’ve been sitting for quite some time.

If your pain is interrupting your daily life, it’s time to call a doctor. Causes they will explore include:

  • Tension in your pelvic floor: caused by spasms in the muscles in your pelvis, this can be a recurring painful issue.
  • Endometriosis: when tissue that normally grows within your uterus instead grows somewhere outside of your uterus. It responds to your monthly cycle the same way, so the bleeding and breaking down happens, causing scar tissue and pain.
  • Fibroids: growth that can occur on your uterus and might cause pressure in your pelvis.
  • Chronic pelvic inflammatory disease: sometimes caused by a sexually transmitted disease, a long-term infection could have caused scarring in and around your pelvis.
  • Painful bladder syndrome: this happens when you feel the need to urinate frequently, causing recurring pain. It can particularly hurt when your bladder is filling, and might not feel so bad after you use the bathroom.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome: when you feel bloating, constipation, or diarrhea, it can cause pain in your pelvic region.

To find the source of the pain, your doctor might order some lab tests, an ultrasound, or a laparoscopy. Treatments might include hormone therapy, antidepressants (which can help with chronic pain), over-the-counter pain meds, physical therapy, or surgery.

If you’ve been going through some pelvic pain, now’s the time to get it under control, so you can enjoy the holidays! To talk to a specialist in women’s medicine, schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Pelvic pain can also be caused by hormones. Find out more about them in our free webinar, found here.

Changes to Help Stop Leaks

Many of us, especially those who have had children, suffer from the tendency for leakage. And while it’s common, it doesn’t have to be the norm. There are many things you can do to help improve incontinence, ranging from lifestyle choices to physical therapy and doctor consultation. To try to address the problem yourself first, follow some of these tips below.


Stopping the Leaks

  • Practice your kegels. The daily pelvic floor flexing and tightening can be very effective to lessen or stop your problem with leakage, but be aware that it may take a few months to see positive effects from this.
  • Avoid high-impact activities, such as running. The impact puts pressure on your pelvic floor, as do sit-ups. Instead, try Pilates, which gently tones your core, including your pelvic floor.
  • Avoid picking up heavy things, as this can stress your pelvic floor muscles. If you need lift heavy things occasionally, then squeeze your pelvic muscles before and during the carry.
  • Lose weight. The excess fatty tissue around and on your bladder can certainly cause an issue. The leakage might entirely disappear if you can drop extra weight.
  • Change your drinking: cutting down on caffeine and alcohol can help improve symptoms of leakage. Drinking between six and eight glasses of water can also help, even though that sounds counter-intuitive. Drinking less fluids actually shrinks your bladder, making it smaller and able to hold less fluid. But drinking a good amount of water during the day (without over doing it), can help your system be healthy.


Following these steps can help you change the annoyance of leaks in your life. If you’re still facing an issue, feel free to schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you! 

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Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. If you’re feeling down about things that seem to plague you, such as urinary incontinence it might be your hormones. You can find out more about them in our free webinar, found here.

Chili for Fall and for Fiber

One of the ways to stay on top of your bladder health is to consume enough fiber. A backed-up digestive tract can put pressure on your bladder, causing leakage when you’re not sure why. Since it’s the season of football games, chilly nights, and hearty food, you can add this chili recipe to this week’s menu. A crock pot and some sour cream and corn chips to finish and you’ve got a warm dinner for your family or friendswith hardly any work, and one that can benefit your health.

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Ingredients:

  • $1·         1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • $1·         1 pound ground turkey
  • $1·         1 (10.75 oz.) can low sodium tomato soup
  • $1·         2 (15 oz.) cans kidney beans, drained
  • $1·         1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained
  • $1·         ½ medium onion, chopped
  • $1·         2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • $1·         1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • $1·         ½ Tablespoon garlic powder
  • $1·         ½ Tablespoon garlic powder
  • $1·         ½ Tablespoon ground cumin
  • $1·         1 pinch ground black pepper
  • $1·         1 pinch ground allspice
  • $1·         Salt to taste

Instructions:

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat and cook your turkey until evenly brown, then drain. Coat the inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray, and mix together your turkey, tomato soup, kidney beans, black beans, and onion. Season with chili powder, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, cumin, black pepper, allspice, and salt.

Cover, and cook for eight hours on low or four hours on high.

Add some shredded cheese to sprinkle on top, a dollop of sour cream, and some crusty bread or corn bread, and your chili is ready to serve! All that fiber will certainly be good for your system, and in the long run help keep any leak issues to a minimum.

If you’d like more ideas on how to eat healthy or improve any bladder issues you might be facing, schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you! If you feel like you can’t get healthy no matter how hard you try, your hormones might be playing a part. You can find out more about them in our free webinar, found here.

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Dr. Julie Drolet

Candle Light for Fall

If you haven’t decorated for fall yet, never fear. Or if you’re planning on hosting any friends or family for Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving!), there’s an easy way to make your house look cozy and full of autumn cheer, for only a few dollars at a craft store and materials you already have!!

A Candlelit Array

Materials:

  • $1·         1 decorative tray – fall color or perhaps silver.
  • $1·         3 to 5 candles in assorted heights (white, ivory, or fall colors)
  • $1·         Brown twine
  • $1·         Decorative faux leaves
  • $1·         A small pinecone or three
  • $1·         Tape
  • $1·         Scissors

Starting with your tallest candles, place a loop of tape in one spot in the middle. Attach one of the leaves to the tape. Now, loop your twine around the middle of the leaf a few times, tying in a cute bow in the center of the leaf. With the smaller candles, wrap twine around the middle of each a few times, either tying in a bow, a decorative knot, or just cutting off and taping into place. Grab your decorative tray and arrange your candles, pinecone(s), and leaves on and around it. And now a table or corner spot will be festive for fall!

Decorating for fall is a fun way to spend your time and will provide your home with the perfect relaxed, holiday feel. If you want other tips for how to keep your life balanced and healthy, schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Your hormones play a key role in how you feel each day, and you can find out more about them in our free webinar, found here.

You Don’t Have to Live Like That

Whether you’ve had children or not, sometimes we all have trouble with leakage. In fact, about one in every three women over age 30 suffer from urinary incontinence. Most often, it’s a symptom of another underlying problem, and the good news is it’s not inevitable because of aging or being a woman. Since November is Bladder Health Month, we’ll be addressing the topic in this month’s posts!

Are you at risk?

Some activities or lifestyle choices make you at risk for urinary incontinence:

  • $1·         Smoking
  • $1·         Diuretic medications
  • $1·         Physical impairment conditions, such as multiple sclerosis
  • $1·         Obesity
  • $1·         Caffeine intake
  • $1·         Constipation
  • $1·         High-impact physical activities
  • $1·         Heavy lifting activities
  • $1·         Some medical conditions, such as diabetes

If you suffer from incontinence, visit a medical professional. They can run a urine test to identify any infections and perform an exam, as well as some additional options such as having you keep a bladder diary, looking into your bladder with a scope, or measuring the amount of leakage when you exercise.

Some basic steps you can take to help alleviate the situation include avoiding fluids that can irritate the bladder (like caffeine), losing weight, avoiding high-impact activities, and ceasing to smoke. Doctors can also help you perform strengthening exercises, or get fitted for a device to provide support and stop leakage. Occasionally, surgery might be necessary.

If you suffer from leakage and would like to help solve the problem, schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Your hormones can also be a factor in health concerns, and you can find out more about them in our free webinar, found here.

Getting Crafty for Your Mental Health

It seems that people who work with their hands are happier, in life, than many. Studies have actually been conducted on certain types of crafting, such as knitting. In surveying more than 3,500 knitters, more than 80 percent of the respondents with depression said they felt happier after knitting. Studies have also found such links with pottery and cross-stitching.

How it Helps

It’s probably no surprise that hand crafting helps with mental struggles such as anxiety and depression, or even your run-of-the-mill stressful life. The creativity involved in tackling a hands-on activity causes our brains to release dopamine, which works as a natural anti-depressant. The concentration crafting activities require can also help distract you from any negative cycles of thought or focusing on a tough situation too much. The repetition involved in many crafts also releases serotonin, acting as an anti-depressant.

The tasks of creating work with your hands also becomes a talking point with others – enabling you to share something you’re passionate about. Learning a skill and doing it well over time results in improved self-esteem, not to mention you’ll actually have the fruits of your labor to keep, gift, or sell. Try taking up knitting or crochet, or a cross-stitch pattern. Painting or drawing, even if you don’t feel like you know what you’re doing, can be very therapeutic. You can probably find classes in both through a local school or the library. If you like to build, you could work on some DIY projects, restore furniture you find, or learn to carve and whittle. If you like the intricacy and problem-solving of building, model cars or planes are also something you could try, because when they’re all painted and complete, they look exquisite!

While not everyone enjoys every craft, trying a few out to find what you might like will be worth it. Even if it’s a hobby you only have time for a few moments each week, you’ll find that you feel more accomplished and healthier as your mental state is refreshed!

For other ideas on how to improve your health or make better choices for your mind and body, schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Your hormones play a key role in how you feel each day, and you can find out more about them in our free webinar, found here.

Boost Your Mood

We have certainly heard that the good vibes released when you exercise can really improve your mood. That’s known as oxytocin, a hormone your body releases when you work up a sweat. But do you need to run for an hour, take up a new sport, or go to a spin class to release it? You can absolutely do those things, but you don’t have to take your workouts to the extreme to feel good from the exercise. And some physical activities not only give you that hormone release, they are known as natural mood boosters anyway! Spice some of these steps into your workouts in the coming weeks, and look back to see how you felt afterward and in general!

Work Out to Feel Good

  • Zumba or dance classes: A dance party always makes you feel alive, so take the choreography of a Zumba or other dance class and use it to your advantage. The beat and the movement pumps up your energy and you feel good within minutes. You can also pull up YouTube and dance with a friend. The music and laughter will help you feel great!
  • Kick-boxing: There’s a reason Billy Blanks’ Tae Bo workouts became famous. They’re the perfect combo of martial arts and boxing, because kickboxing can really get out a bad mood. The core strength training paired with the intense pace of the workout that tones both your upper and lower body is definitely a mood lifter, burning more than 8 calories each minute.
  • Running: It feels almost as if you’re running through yourproblems. Many regular runners report that it’s a time they can let their mind unwind and relax, and combined with the hormones released, you’ll feel really good (if sweaty), after!
  • Yoga: Known for tension release and toning, the quiet focus yoga requires helps you feel centered and strong. Try different positions to release your physical and emotional stress, improving your mental state along the way.
  • Gardening: Being in nature is always a mood lifter, and if you combine it with some digging and planting, you’ll burn some calories too! Plus, you’ll feel accomplished when you’re done and can see the fruits of your labor. This time of year, plant some chunky fall flowers or cash in on perennials left at garden centers.

Any physical activity will help your emotional health, so try these or anything else you’ve been curious about. For more ideas on how to feel good and improve your health, schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Your hormones might still have you down even if you regularly work out. Find out more about them in our free webinar, found here.

A Meal to Help Fight Depression

What you eat can affect your physical health as well as your mental health. Certain foods have been proven to impact your brain’s development, which in turn can help you feel less anxious and burdened. There’s no golden ticket to feeling less heavy and lethargic, so make sure you talk to a doctor if you’re feeling hopeless, can’t stop crying, or aren’t motivated to get out of bed every day. But you can also make sure you’re eating foods that might help. This meal has fish rich in omega-3, which has been shown to help reduce depression and anxiety. If you serve it with spinach on the side, you can get a nice shot of a B vitamin to help you feel more positive.

Barramundi Veracruzana

Not only fun to say, but delicious too! Follow this recipe to have a well-balanced meal that’s low in calories and high in nutrients.

Ingredients:

  • 4 barramundi filets (or you can substitute sea bass)
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • Salt and pepper (to taste) 
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced
  • 4 chopped tomatoes
  • ½ cup sliced green olives
  • 1 Tablespoon capers
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 canned jalapeños, diced (optional)
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, and grease a baking pan that can contain the fillets. Place the fish into the baking pan. In a small bowl, mix the lime juice, oregano, and salt and pepper. Pour the mixture over the fish and set it aside.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, adding the onions and cooking until they’re clear. Add in the garlic and tomatoes; cook until both are tender on your spoon. Mix in the olives, capers, brown sugar, bay leaves, cinnamon and jalapeños and cloves. While your sauce continues to simmer, bake the dish of fish in the oven for 10 minutes.

Remove the fish from the oven, pour the sauce over top, and bake for another 5 minutes. It will come out flakey, delicious, and ready to eat! You can top it with sprigs of the thyme before enjoying. Pair the recipe with some baked potatoes or broccoli (or both) for some added nutrition!

We know it’s hard to eat healthy foods all the time, but you can certainly tell the difference in your life when you do – and with recipes like these, both for your body and your mental state! If you’ve got any concerns or are trying to improve your lifestyle, schedule a visit today by clicking below. If you’re concerned your hormones might be affecting how you eat and gain weight, find out more about them in our free webinar, found here. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Julie Drolet

How’s Your Mental State?

We talk a lot about how to stay physically fit, eating healthy meals, getting enough exercise and sleep, etc. But a topic we don’t seem to pay as much attention to is our mental health. If we struggle with anxiety or depression, we might read more blog posts, articles, or discussions about mental health. But if worry doesn’t intrude upon your everyday life, or you weren’t taught to make sure you take care of yourself mentally, you might not be taking intentional steps to keep yourself mentally healthy. Here are some ideas to incorporate into your life.

Keep Your Mental State Balanced

  • Take time to enjoy things you love: whether its time with family, hobbies, projects, or activities. Plan time to just do what you feel like doing: reading a book, playing with your pet, going for a hike; whatever you like to invest in when you have the time. So try to make the time!
  • Give back to your community: You know you feel great when you volunteer, and using your passion to make the world a better place is what we should all do. Whether it’s on a small scale, such as helping out a neighbor, or putting in manual labor hours for a local nonprofit, or even leading a local organization, bettering our communities can help us feel satisfied.
  • Take on a new challenge: Learn something you always wanted to, or start taking lessons to work toward that goal. It could be a project or role at work, a life skill like gourmet cooking, or something totally out of the box for you (rock climbing??). It’ll keep your brain ticking.
  • Ask for help: Whether its someone to watch the kids so you can have some time to yourself, or something with a bigger commitment such as visiting a counselor or taking classes to make you a better parent, mentor, or professional, asking for help where you need it can help smooth the bumps you might be encountering.
  • Find your trigger: We all face stress one way or another throughout our days. Identifying what triggers your reactions can help you prepare and manage your emotions and how you cope with stress.
  • Connect: Maintaining strong relationships with those around you will enrich your life, especially if those folks are supportive. Make time for the friends you might not see every day, and continue to invest in people whoare on your life journey with you. These relationships will reap great rewards. 

Following these steps will help you find a greater sense of balance and peace in our busy, crazy lives. If you’d like to find more ways to keep your health on the right track, schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Your hormones play a key role in how you feel each day, and you can find out more about them in our free webinar, found here.

A Watercolor Autumn

It’s one of the prettiest times of year. And the rolling hills of Central Pennsylvania combined with the many rivers and streams, wide open skies, farmland, and endless open spaces all make for a very photographic backdrop to our days. If you fancy yourself an amateur photographer, you can take some great shots with a tool as simple as your smartphone. And even if you’re no great shutterbug, there are plenty of apps on the market to take your effort and turn it into something memorable and beautiful for your home.

Watercolor Your Photos

The next time you’re out for a stroll, on a pretty drive, or perhaps biking on some back county road, take some snapshots with your phone of a pretty scene. Next, download the Waterlogue app for $2.99 from your device’s app store. You can upload the photo and the app will automatically transform it into a vibrant watercolor. The app pays attention to the vivid colors found in each photo, and you can save the photo and print to use in any number of ways: a wall hanging, a gift, turning into coasters or placemats, or even a gift tag.

To see some beautiful examples, log in to Facebook or Twitter and search for #waterlogue. Just viewing others’ creations with the app can be inspiring!

Adding beauty to your life with easy steps like these is both fun and relaxing! For other ways to brighten your days and make sure you’re living life the best that you can be, check in on your health by scheduling a visit today through clicking below. If you feel like you can’t quite reach that plateau of peace or happiness, your hormones could be at fault. Find out more about them in our free webinar here.We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Julie Drolet

 

How to Know if You’re Truly Healthy

We hear all the time about how we need to eat nutritious food, practice mindful eating, and make sure to exercise regularly. But maybe that’s not the secret to being wholly healthy. I’m sure we can all attest to how our emotions impact how energetic and healthy we feel. So as we work to maintain our bodies to get the most out of life, let’s not forget to nurture our emotional selves as well This can be as easy as finding a new perspective when we feel down, but sometimes it can involve changing important relationships in our life.

Emotional Health Strategies

  • Look on the bright side of things. Purposefully changing your outlook to search for the best, instead of the worst, can have a huge impact on how you go through every day.
  • Know and accept yourself. Constantly thinking negative things about yourself fills your mind with stress. While you should admit failures and learn from them, avoid comparisons and embrace your strengths.
  • Be thankful. Those who regularly consider what they are thankful for can better cope with stress and take steps to achieve their dreams. Writing down what you are grateful for has been shown to bring happier moods and better health.
  • Be comfortable in your environments. Whether at work, at home, or in social settings, being able to anticipate situations and know how you react to them will help you achieve emotional balance. Planning your time, believing in yourself, and prioritizing well can all help you thrive.
  • Stay mindful. This means you’re fully in the moment you are in. Technology makes it so easy to disconnect and get distracted, not to mention our tendencies to let our minds wander when we’re anxious or stressed. Focusing on the here and now can help you reduce stress and improve your relationships.
  • Set a goal related to your purpose or passions. Pinpoint your talents and interests, then explore how you can build those into your activities and time.

Many of us slip so easily into anxiety about our relationships, circumstances, and life in general. And while we know it can hold us back from fully living, anxiety can seem insurmountable to overcome. Try practicing these habits, and especially if combined with a well-balanced diet, steady sleeping habits, and some enjoyable exercise, your whole outlook can transform.

We all face struggles and uncomfortable situations. Knowing how to get through them can be key to the life you deserve. For help in reaching emotional and physical wellness, schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,
Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Our hormones can make our emotions seem like a roller coaster. You can find out more about how your hormones interact in our free webinar, found here.

How Fast is Too Fast?

If you’ve committed to regularly working out (or you really want to make that commitment!), running is one of your best options. All you need are sneakers and a sturdy sports bra, and maybe a rocking playlist. No pre-training, pricey gym membership, or equipment required. Running is great because it burns almost 9 calories every minute when you’re moving steadily along. If you’ve ever gotten into a steady rhythm of running though, you probably know that after a while your body plateaus. You can get stuck in a rut as your body burns fewer calories as you run, since it’s gotten more efficient over time.

The good news is you can shake up your routine with ease, making your runs more efficient to burn more fat and feel good in even less time than you’re used to. Here are some ways to mix it up!

Run Better

Add some bursts of speed to make your muscles work harder and thus burn more calories. You also jump-start your metabolism with the higher intensity intervals, with your metabolism working harder for up to 24 hours after. Aim to complete these kinds of workouts at least once each week.

  • On a flat section of road or a treadmill, speed up to a hard pace for 15 seconds. Drop down to a jog for 60 seconds, then repeat between 6 and 12 times.
  • On a similarly flat surface, try a hard (but sustainable) pace for 30 seconds, then jog or walk to recover for 60 seconds. Repeat for 4 or up to 12 times.
  • For a long interval, run a quarter of a mile at that hard pace, and walk or jog for two minutes. Repeat up to 8 times.
  • For a hilly surface, run uphill for 10 seconds, then jog down the hill (or lower the incline to zero) for 45 to 60 seconds, or until you can breathe again. Repeat up to 8 times.
  • Try adding some weight lifting before you run to increase the fat burn when you run. Supermans, squats, hip raises, and planks are all great options.

If you miss the therapy of a longer workout, keep up some 30+ minute sessions once or twice a week, and you’ll be golden to make sure your body is efficiently burning calories without spending half of your free time at the gym!

 

If you’re looking for more ways to keep your body in tip-top shape, or even just healthier than you are now, schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Exercise can be a boon to any mixed-up hormones you have. Find out more about them in our free webinar, found here.

A Light Stew for Early Fall

 

It’s still quite warm out, but those fall vegetables are starting to come in nicely. Grab some fresh ones at market or from a local store and you can stuff yourself full of nutritious veggies in an easy-to-create meal. All you need is a good knife, a cutting board, and a big soup pot.

Italian Vegetable Stew – Ciambotta

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, halved lengthwise and cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 3 carrots, halved lengthwise and cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1¼ pound eggplant, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 (28 oz.) can whole tomatoes in juice, drained, juice reserved and tomatoes chopped, or 1¾ pounds fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into ¾-inch pieces
  • ¾ pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1¼ pounds zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut into ¼-inch thick slices

Directions:

Heat oil in a heavy stew pot over medium heat until the oil shimmers. Add onions, celery, carrots, and garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, until everything is a pale gold color. This should take about 10 minutes. Add the eggplant and water and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until the eggplant is slightly softened; this should take another 10 minutes.

Stir in your tomatoes with their juice and the bell peppers, then reduce the heat to low and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes.

In the meantime, cook your green beans in a smaller saucepan of well-salted boiling water until they are crisp and tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer them with a slotted spoon to a large bowl. Add the zucchini to your boiling water and cook until it’s also crisp and tender, another 5 minutes. Transfer with the slotted spoon to your bowl with green beans. Add potatoes to the boiling water and cook until they’re just tender, or about 10 minutes. Drain and add the potatoes to the beans and zucchini.

Now, add the boiled veggies to your stewpot and simmer. Stir regularly until all the vegetables are very soft, about 15 minutes. Season the mixture with 1½ teaspoons of salt and ½ teaspoon of pepper.

You can make this stew the day you want to eat it, or make it up to a week ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. Add some hearty bread or serve over rice for a delicious, healthy meal!

For more ideas on nutritious eating and how to keep your life healthy in general, schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Healthy eating is part of controlling your hormones. Find out more about them in our free webinar, available here.

Do You Know Your Plumbing?

 

Our sexual health is just as important as our emotional, physical, and mental health. For National Sexual Health Month, we want to review some basics of our reproductive system and general issues that can be found.

While “plumbing” sounds like a misunderstood analogy, it’s actually rather appropriate. Our system is a series of openings with tubes and passages. The interior parts have delicate and important purposes, while the outer layers help protect the inner layers. And just like the plumbing in your house, it’s much easier to maintain it well than repair it.

The Inner Workings

The interior part of our systems has five main sections:

  • The ovaries: small, oval-shaped organs on both sides of the uterus. They create and emit eggs and hormones. Hormonal birth control usually stops the emission of eggs from these.
  • The fallopian tubes: narrow tubes connecting the ovaries to the uterus. Egg fertilization usually occurs in the fallopian tubes. If the fertilized egg implants in the tube, it’s called an ectopic pregnancy and needs treatment asap.
  • The uterus: a pear-shaped organ where the fertilized egg implants in the wall. This is what expands when you’re pregnant, and hosts the growing baby.
  • The cervix: The lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina. Its cells are what are collected during a pap smear and can be used to detect cancer and infections.
  • The vagina: the tube connecting the cervix to the outside of the body, where sperm enters on its journey to reach an egg. This is also where a baby exits the body, known as the birth canal. 

The Outer Workings

The exterior of our reproductive system also has several different parts. The mons pubis is the skin and bump over the pubic bone with hair, keeping the bone underneath safe. The labia majora and labia minora are skin flaps, the majora on the outside and the minora on the inside, protecting the vagina’s opening. We each have a clitoris, a small sensitive spot at the top of the labia minora, covered by a very small fold of skin. Its sensitivity can be stimulated to more enjoy sex. And lastly, Bartholin’s glands, two small glands on either side of our vagina’s opening secrete the liquid to lubricate intercourse.

The Issues to be Aware of

A woman’s period should be somewhat regular, although the length in between cycles and during your period can vary. If it lasts for more than a week regularly with very heavy flow, or you go more than 45 days regularly between cycles, it might be a good idea to talk to a doctor. If your period disappears for a few months without pregnancy, that’s also a sign to talk to a doctor.

If you’re ever bleeding at a random time, having pain beyond the normal cramping of your cycle, or bleeding is soaking through more than one sanitary pad in an hour, you should check in with a doctor. Pain in your pelvis or when having sex, a bad smell, or inflammation can all be signs of a bigger problem as well. In fact, every year, one out of every four sexually active teens will contract a sexually transmitted infection, and by age 25, half of anyone who’s sexually active will have one or more infections. Often there are no symptoms. Annual checks can be a huge part in catching any issues before they start to infringe on your life.

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and you should also watch for symptoms such as bloating, pelvic pain, feeling the urgent need to urinate, or menstrual changes. These can also be combined with an upset stomach, back pain, constipation, and swelling in your abdomen. While many of these symptoms are signs of other causes, ovarian cancer is fifth in cancer deaths among women, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.

This is a lot of information, but knowing about your reproductive system and signs that it’s not functioning well can ensure you get help when you need it and enjoy your sexual experiences like you deserve! If you’ve got anything you’ve been meaning to call about or questions about your reproductive system, schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Your hormones play a key role in your reproductive system, and you can find out more about them in our free webinar, found here.

 

Best Body Before Summer’s Over

Summer’s still going strong, which means plenty of places to wear those cute shorts and tank, or your new bikini. But that also means that every night out and barbecue can’t be an all-you-can-eat fest if those shorts will still slide on the same way. Never fear! You can have a couple of margaritas and some delicious dessert if you keep up on an exercise routine amidst all the fun. Try these five moves when you have a few minutes between gatherings.

Five Moves For You

  1. Ab whittling walk: Start in a plank position, with shoulders, hips, and ankles in a straight line. Move to your forearms, and then turn your arms so your right hand touches your left elbow and vice versa. Now you can “walk” your forearms forward one elbow at a time, moving your toes forward in unison. Walk a few “steps” forward, then a few steps back, and repeat five times. This will work your shoulders and biceps as well as your core.

  2. Arm balance buffer: Stand on your left foot, and bring your torso parallel to the floor with your right leg raised behind you. Hold a light free weight in each hand, with hands hanging down in front of you. Draw the weights up to your armpits, then hinge your arms at the elbow to send the weights out and back. Switch legs and repeat on the other side; do a set of ten on each leg. This works your abs, rear, and thighs as well with the balancing act.

  3. Leg skater lunge: stand with your feet hip-width apart and your toes turned out. Place your hands on your hips, and then follow a curtsy motion, stepping your right foot back and to the left. Stand up again, and then repeat on the other side. Do a set of ten for each leg.

  4. Butt Raiser: Standing next to a chair, hold the back of the chair with your right hand, and hold a small weight in your left hand. Bend your left knee, lifting your foot behind you. Squeeze your glutes and press your left foot (flexed) straight back while your knee remains bent. Complete three sets of ten, alternating sides.

  5. The Back Fly: Lie with your chest on a ball, with arms dangling in front of you, a small weight in each hand. Extend your legs behind you with your feet wide and resting on your toes. Lift your shoulders off the ball and extend your arms in a V up to shoulder height. Repeat for 12, then do another 12 if you can.

 

These body weight and free weight exercises are easy to do at home and can really give you some nice toning. For more help on making healthy choices and improving your lifestyle, schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Julie Drolet

 

P.S. If even exercise doesn’t make you feel good, it could be your hormones. Find out more about them in our free webinar, found here.

 

A Brighter, Fresher Look

Most of us have tablecloths and placemats, but those can seem old and stale after so many uses. To spruce up your table without investing in more, you can do this simple craft to make your next night in or late summer party even more fun!

Stamped Paper Runner

Supplies:

  • Banner paper
  • Ink pads in summery colors – pink and blue and yellow
  • Summery stamps, such as a hydrangea, a butterfly, the sun, or a nautical theme
  • A colored pen, such as red or purple

Steps:

Apply ink to a flower or butterfly stamp, then stamp along both edges of the runner for the length of your table. You can follow the edge or a wave curve all the way down.

Next, apply ink to another stamp, such as a butterfly, and then create a few small circles down the center of the runner. For a one-time use, you can then write each guests name above their place setting, or for ongoing use, add a quote about summer or friendship to the paper. When you’re done, your table will be fun, summery, and brighter than ever whether you’re entertaining or having a delicious brunch with your family.

Crafts like this can be relaxing and with such beautiful results. For other ideas on how to refresh your days or improve your mental or physical health, schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Julie Drolet

 

P.S. If you’re having trouble relaxing, hormones could be your issue. Find out more about them in our free webinar, found here.

 

Do You Really Need to See Your Gyno?

Making space in your busy life for a checkup at the doctor seems like it’s just not worth the time, right? Especially without having a specific symptom or health concern, why spend the hour and a half to get there, wait, see a doctor you hardly know, and leave again. It feels like you’ve got better things to do with your time off or your vacation hours at work.

The second week in August is National Health Center week, and because we’re a practice focused on women, we’re of course going to share with you how regular visits to a gynecologist is worth your time.

Why You Should Come on Down

  • $1· You can’t check inside your own vagina for possible issues!
  • $1·  If you end up with any abnormalities or issues that need to be treated, a gynecologist is much more experienced with specific situations to your reproductive health than a general MD might be.
  • $1· A gynecologist practice is more than just a pap smear and breast exam; we offer screening for depression, osteoporosis, bladder disease, gastrointestinal issues, and sexually transmitted diseases.
  • $1·  If you have more than one sexual partner in a year, you can develop a lesion on your cervix, which could contain HPV, the virus that causes cervical cancer. An annual check can catch any precancerous signs early.
  • $1·  You have many, many options for contraception, and your gynecologist will be the most well-versed in the possibilities, depending on your health and your preferences.
  • $1·  If you’ve ever had an abnormal pap smear, this is a sign that you should religiously get annual checks to catch anything that might develop.
  • $1·  Your gynecologist can treat you as an individual, getting to know you and your health history, as well as your goals. Whether its hormonal changes, getting pregnant, or symptoms you probably shouldn’t ignore down there, a gynecologist is the best person to walk you through it.
  • $1·  Symptoms such as bleeding after sex, painful intercourse, any complaints about your breasts (such as pain or lumpiness, not size!), bladder infections, or issues with menopause mean you should set up a quick appointment to help address the concerns.

While we know its hard to cram everything you need to do as well as some things you want to do into your hectic life, an annual appointment can help with early detection of so many health concerns and help you address any issues that crop up. Plus, gynecologists usually have a rare sense of humor that’s worth chatting with them!

To make sure your health is on the right track, schedule a visit today by clicking below. If you’re concerned about any emotional roller coasters you’ve been on lately, it could be your hormones. You can find out more about them in our free webinar, here. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Two Good Things Made Even Better

Barbecuing never gets old, and it's fun to try different flavor combos, rubs, and fresh ingredients to spruce up a traditional recipe. For our August healthy recipe, we’re showing you how to combine barbecue chicken with a blueberry barbecue sauce. It sounds like it wouldn’t go together, but with fresh blueberries and delicious chicken on the grill, the flavors combine for a tart taste that’s totally worth trying.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

To Prepare Prep and turn on your grill. On the stove, heat a mid-size saucepan over medium heat. Add olive oil and sauté the onion for two minutes until its clear. Add your blueberries, ketchup, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and salt. Stir everything together until mixed, bringing the mixture to a simmer. Cook for about four minutes, stirring occasionally.

Transfer mixture to a blender, blending until smooth. Retain about half a cup of sauce to a bowl for serving. Put the rest in a bowl to bring out to the grill.

Next, pound the chicken breasts to flatten them until they’re only about ½-inch thick. Place the breasts on your grill, cooking for five minutes on each side. Spread the blueberry sauce on the chicken, and grill for one more minute. Then turn the chicken again and spread more sauce on that side, grill for another minute. Make sure the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Serve with the leftover sauce to add as needed.

The recipe has less than 300 calories per serving, with only one gram of saturated fat and one gram of cholesterol. It also contains one gram of fiber, 35 grams of protein, and 397 grams of potassium. Combined with some sweet summer corn, fresh watermelon, and maybe a mai tai, this makes for one tasty dinner! We hope you enjoy it, and if you have any questions about making healthy choices or improving your life, schedule a visit today by clicking below.

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P.S. If the summer heat is too much even with a good barbecue, it could be your hormones. Find out more about them in our free webinar, found here.

Is Your Centerpiece Fresh and Bright?

If you’re looking for a summery centerpiece to keep your table fresh and fun in these hot months, look no further. Friendly daisies and some pops of color will brighten up your kitchen or dining room, and you can bring some of the outdoors inside with you!

Patriotic Centerpiece

What you’ll need:
- 3 Mason jars or vases
- Fresh daisies
- Red and blue food coloring
- Water

Fill the jars with tepid water, then trim the daisies to the correct height, cutting the stems diagonally. Add one drop of red food coloring to one vase, and one drop of blue food coloring to another vase, and leave the last vase clear. Pop your daisies in to fill out each vase fully. You could even buy a large daisy mum and trim off the flowers from the plant to make it work.

These little centerpieces make fun hostess gifts, are perfect for a deck dinner party, or you can sit out on the porch with these and some candles!

July can be a busy month, so if anything’s feeling off, especially before a vacation, make sure to get checked out by a healthcare professional. Sometimes feeling off can be caused by a hormonal imbalance, which you can find out more about with our free webinar here. You can also schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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Colorful Kebabs for Any Picnic

While the July 4 holiday is over, the season for summer picnics is in full swing! Along with the inevitable fruit salads, sangria, and burgers, you can mix up your pot luck offering with some colorful, easy kebabs. Made with juicy, fresh tomatoes, tasty cheese, and some added spices, these kebabs are so easy, they don’t require grilling!

Tortellini Kebabs

Ingredients:

  • Cheese tri-color tortellini
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Fresh mozzarella balls, marinated in oil and herbs
  • Wood skewers
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Fresh chopped parsley

You should be able to find mozzarella balls already in oil and spices, but if you can only find the cheese in water, then you can create your own marinade by mixing ½ cup of olive oil with 5 minced garlic cloves, ½ teaspoon of red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper to taste.

First, cook the pasta according to its package directions. Then lay out your tortellini, tomatoes, and mozzarella for easy reach. Start with skewering a tortellini, then a cheese ball, and then a tomato. Complete two sets of this pattern for each kebab. Next, season the kebabs with salt and pepper, and drizzle a bit of the oil mixture on top as well. Use the fresh parsley for a varnish, and your kebabs are ready to bring to any festive party, or be eaten while relaxing on a deck with your favorite cool summer beverage.

The fresh tomatoes provide just the right burst of flavor mixed with the pasta and cheese, and the colors brighten up the dish as well! If you’re trying to do something different with your life, just like this recipe is a different option to bring to a summer gathering, schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. If heatwaves are making your irritable, it could be your hormones. Find out more about them in our free webinar, found here.

Look Good, Get Stronger, Feel Sexier

Now that shorts and tank top season has arrived, we might be more motivated to work out than we were in the winter. And even though we know it’s healthy, exercising so easily falls to the low end of the priority list. There’s chores, happy hour, and the very strong pull of our pillows at night. And in the morning. And sometimes during the day.

In addition to the logical reasons we need to work out (Good for our bodies, makes us feel great and energized, our clothes fit better), there’s always this reason: Adorable workout clothes. No matter what your style, you can find clothes that make you look cute even while you sweat, which will make you look even cuter – maybe after a shower ;)

The Clothes for You

  • Snazzy ¾ leggings – leopard print in blue black or purple are both comfy and make your legs look great while you work those lunges or runs ($30).
  • For some smooth running shorts that are reversible, try a triangle pattern from Adidas ($35)
  • If you like a looser-fitting shirt, try out one of Nike’s v-neck tees, this one in royal purple ($25)
  • For a more form-fitting tank to get your sweat on in, Victoria’s secret makes a very cute black one with different highlight colors ($40)
  • For another layer, try this active-fleece hoodie in any color! ($25)
  • Liner socks in teals and grey are perfect for any workout ($24 for 3 pairs)

Of course, you’ll also need a sports bra and some workout shoes providing the best support you can get. For both, head to a store that specializes in those items so you can get exactly the fit you need for your foot type and what the ladies’ need for support!

You’ll feel ready to workout the moment you put on your new items, and your body will thank you for it!

If you need any other support to start some healthy habits or want to talk to a doctor about any physical concerns you have, schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. If you’re having trouble getting to the clothing size you want, it could be related to your hormones. Check out our free webinar to understand how. 

An Easy Meal For One or Five?!

Now that the weather is marvelous, you don’t want to be slaving away in the kitchen to make nutritious meals, whether for just you or for a big family. And you want your meals to have some lean protein for fuel and lots of veggies for nutrition. So you can prep this crock-pot meal and head out for some wine on the porch J.

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Roast           

Ingredients:

  • 1 large roasting chicken
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Kosher or sea salt to taste
  • 2 celery stalks
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 2 medium potatoes (or sweet potatoes), cut into 1” cubes

Directions:

Rinse and pat dry the chicken. Rub the outside with olive oil first, then combine spices and rub all over the chicken. Place the minced garlic into the cavity, along with a bit more salt and pepper. Add your water to a slow cooker, and then the celery. Now, place the chicken in breast-side up. Add carrots and potatoes around the chicken. Cover, then cook on low 4 to 6 hours or until the chicken’s internal temperature Is 165 degrees and the veggies are tender. Use a meat thermometer to check if the chicken is done, or pierce with a fork, making sure the juices run clear.

There’s only 178 calories per serving (makes six servings). It also has 10 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber. The potatoes contain several vitamins, as do the carrots, and the spices and water add lots of natural flavoring without extra calories!

As you focus on staying fit and healthy this month, try this one night for dinner. If you’re looking for more ideas on ways to make your life healthier, or easy meals to make, schedule a visit today by clicking below. If you’d like to check out our experience from the comfort of your home, you can view our free webinar on how your hormones work here. We look forward to hearing from you!

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How Do You Motivate Yourself to Workout?

How do you motivate yourself to workout? Maybe it’s so regular you don’t even think about it. Maybe you buy yourself a new workout top that you want to try out. Maybe there’s a cute guy at the gym you don’t mind as eye candy. Maybe it’s where you get your groove on with your favorite jams reserved for your workouts. But if you’re like many of us, you need a bit of motivation. Here are several different workout tips to get you ready to show that strong is the new skinny!

You Can:

  • Download a book or podcast you’re excited to listen to, but save it only for when you’re working out.
  • Have a tasty workout snack as a reward when you’re done – a smoothie, a protein shake, some fruit, some oatmeal, or a muffins.
  • Commit to a certain number of workouts for three weeks – once a day, once every other day, etc. Plan them all out on your calendar. After those three weeks, see what worked best and how much more you want to workout!
  • Get a cute water bottle, and then use it all. day. long. This will give you more energy, better skin, and a stronger immune system.
  • Play with your kids, your nieces and nephews, or the neighborhood gang. You’d be surprised how much the daily soccer, ultimate Frisbee, basketball, or even just freeze tag can work out your heart and tone your muscles.
  • Sleep in your workout clothes. Yep, we said it. Then you roll out of bed and….walk out the door! Zero effort required.
  • Remember that if you give it your all, you don’t need to spend 60 minutes doing cardio every day. Try for 20 with intense intervals – quicker, but still great results.
  • Picture how you will look while you work out – whether it’s a jog, some weight lifting, swimming, or a spin class. Seeing yourself do it will make you more likely to be successful.
  • Try running even if you hate it. We know, it can seem so boring and maybe even painful, but it’s hard to find an activity that’s better for you overall.
  • Pick a handful of activities and do them every night before bed. Planks are a fantastic choice – start with 15 seconds and add more seconds over time. Try pushups, crunches, and squats too.
  • Don’t skip a day working out. Wait, what? It’s true. Make it a habit like brushing your teeth every day.

Fitness isn’t something that happens by accident. It does take a commitment of time, energy, and most of all, trying to make it a habit.

For more help with steps you can take to ingrain other healthy habits in your life, schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Your hormones can play a big role in the energy you have when you’re trying to workout. Find out more about how they can affect you with our free webinar here.

Source: http://www.yourmodernfamily.com/30-workout-hacks/

Fitness For Your Whole Fam

It’s the perfect time of year to hit the biking trail, basketball court, volleyball pit, or a local hiking spot. And since May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month as well as National Family Wellness Month, you have just the motivation you need!

Especially for those of us with kids or who have trouble getting motivated to hit the gym, incorporating other forms of fitness, like favorite sports or activities in nature can be more appealing than having to shop for a new sports bra or spend money on a pair of running shoes.

Family Activities to Stay Fit

  • Take a walk every day. Whether it’s on a break at work, after dinner with the fam, or early in the morning with the dog. It’ll rejuvenate your day, get your endorphins flowing, and is great for your rear and legs.
  • Commercial break workouts. It’s easy to incorporate squats, pushups, situps, tricep dips, or lunges into those breaks. You can do them to the beat of a song playing during a commercial, race to see how many you can do during two commercials, etc.
  • Have a dance party. Push back some furniture and stream some music that makes you want to shake it off. Belt out the lyrics, create your own dance moves, and get your heart rate going.
  • Walk or run for a charity. This time of year they happen just about every weekend. Use Google or Facebook to find some runs your friends might be participating in, and you can even pick the fun ones: around a downtown area, along a rail trail, a color run, a mud run, or a glow-in-the-dark run. What’s not to love?
  • Join a league at the local rec center for whatever you enjoy: dodgeball, volleyball, soccer, or racquetball. A weekly game could be a perfect motivator to keep getting into shape other days of the week – to improve your speed, flexibility, and response time.
  • If your kids have their own sports practices, make it a point to work out while they do – run around the track, do a stadium workout, or alternate a walking lap with some lunges and pushups.

Have other ideas? Feel free to share what’s worked for you or your family to stay active.

There are many reasons to stay physically fit and healthy. If you think you might have a barrier to being as healthy as you can be or a concern you want to speak to a doctor about, schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Julie Drolet

P.S. Your hormones can help or hinder your efforts at trying to tone down. Find out more about them in our free webinar, found here.

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