How to feel good about your body in perimenopause and menopause

The Dare More & Care Less solution

Can I seriously recommend this book? My friend Sally Steele launched her book yesterday and I believe it is a must read for all perimenopausal and menopausal women.

Why? Sal is a no holds barred vivacious Glaswegian living in Brisbane and she’s here to change your mindset about how you feel about your body and the clothes that you wear and the way that you shop.

As we go through menopause and perimenopause, our body changes. Most of us put on weight around our mid section and our necks thicken not to mention the arms….

Instead of getting depressed and down, it’s time to look at the way you think about your body, and ditch the inner bitch and invest in some self love and a mindset makeover.

We often shop to distract ourselves emotionally, and we end up with not only debt but a wardrobe full of pieces we never wear or hate. This is not only detrimental to the ever filling landfill but to our personal power, and psychology.

Your 40s 50s 60s and beyond are the time to not give a flying fuck about what other people think about what you wear. It’s your time to wear what MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD.

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As a fashion stylist the book is also crammed full with practical ways to review, reflect and reset your wardrobe. It helps you to learn how to curate your wardrobe rather than letting it be a reflection of your consumption trends spurred on by fast fashion. And most importantly how to dare more with your wardrobe.

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When we dare more, we gain confidence and be, do achieve more out of life. Most importantly we have fun, and gain that inner glow again. Sal will show you tips and tricks to instantly amp up your wardrobe, how to use metallics as a neutral, wear prints, rock denim and she shows you photos of real women who sue her #realstreetstyle hashtag on Instagram to share their moments of caring less and daring more in their everyday lives.

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Go get the book. And grab one for your bestie. xx

Body image in perimenopause

What does early Menopause feel like?

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One of the things we struggle with is our own definitions of age and ageing and when things can be expected to “happen” to us. In our own minds we may classify certain stages of life with certain events and diseases or illnesses and not bother with them until they hit us in the face.

If we experience them “Early” in can not only be debilitating, it can be lonely and socially isolating.

Menopause can be early due to a medical condition. Or it can just happen “early”.

This is a very powerful video from one lady who experienced early menopause.

Whilst she chose HRT and found great success, there are other options. But like everything in life, you should make your own informed decision and choose the path that suits you and your lifestyle and your needs.

We’re catching up tomorrow (July 16) at the Bardon Shed at 10:30am for a coffee and at Darling and Co at 6pm for a wine. There’s no need to feel alone. We catch up once a month, so check Eventbrite for the next date, RSVP (It’s FREE) and put it in your calendar.

Don’t live in Brisbane, Queensland Australia? No problems. Come join us virtually.

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Why not join our private Facebook Group?

Curious or need additional information – this perimenopause and menopause page will help.

Minimising the risk of Osteoporosis.


What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition suffered due to the decrease of estrogen levels in your body after menopause that weakens bones and leads to increased fractures.

But Osteoporosis is for old women, and I’m not old!

What is old? As we age our definition of old seems to change, so we are at risk of not adequately preparing our bodies for the changes that taking each spin around the planet entails.

Here’s a few cold hard facts.


Even if you don’t feel old, there are changes that your body goes through. These changes may lead to some symptoms and diseases but you can minimise your risk of having them by simply educating yourself and adjusting your diet and lifestyle accordingly.

Can I take a supplement to reduce my risk of Osteoporosis?

Yes! You can use a supplement to compliment your diet if you lead a busy lifestyle and can’t be certain that you are getting enough Vitamin D, C, Calcium (from vegan or non vegan sources) and Magnesium in your life.

There are many supplements out in the marketplace but I choose to take this one on a daily basis as it is bioavailable. This means it is easily absorbed by the body- so you don’t pee it out, and the nutrients are not wasted.


Magnesium is included due to its role in bone health. Copper is included for healthy bone tissue. Biotin is Vitamin B7. Boron is a mineral also useful for strong bones.

Ready to order! Good for you. Click on Shop Now below and choose either retail priced or wholesale depending upon your needs. The Bone Nutrient Complex is only available from the USA at the moment, so make sure AFTER you choose the country that you live in, you choose following

For Wholesale Orders (you join doTERRA with a membership exactly like when you join Costco)

International (NFR) Order: Select this option if you wish to order your items from a USA Warehouse in US Dollars.

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Navigating Perimenopause- How do I know if I am in Perimenopause?

How do you know if you are in Perimenopause? It’s a good question. And importantly when you should start expecting to watch out for changes in your body that are a sign of perimenopause?

The very fact that you typed “How do I know if I am in perimenopause” into Google, shows that it’s time as a society that we started chatting about what happens to a women’s body and mind once she reaches the golden old, ripe age of 35. Yes, you did read that right. I said 35.

Now you don’t have to be as old as your mother, or getting around the house in your purple slippers and bathrobe to have your body start changing. Your body just has to decide it is time.

Specifically, it doesn’t give a hoot if you are having the time of your life in your 30s with your life waist deep in toddler time sessions at the local church hall; if you’ve finally got the kids into highschool and all settled, or you are in your 50s and they’ve finally left the house.

It’s quite inconvenient like that. It will decide when it wants to. And there is nothing you can do but hang on for the ride and get yourself informed about the changes. And then tell all your friends.

So if you’ve come across my blog for the first time, then welcome. My name is Katische and I have been blogging since 2011 sporadically. I’m the mother of two tweenagers and have two cute 9 year old twinnies along for the ride as part of my relationship.

Well in my mind I write one just about every day, but then I look online and it seems it’s been 6 months or a year. Where does the time go?

I’ve been blogging since my separation and divorce, then the death of my father. We’ve covered travel, terminal illness, anxiety and dating, and how to use essential oils on this blog and now we’re going to talk about perimenopause.

I’ve only heard of Menopause- what’s the Perimenopause thing all about then?

Perimenopause means, the phase leading up to Menopause, or the end of your period forever. Yes. Forever. As in you never need to go to the shops and buy a pad, menstrual cup or bloody tampons again. Aren’t you relieved at the sound of that?

It’s also the time that your body starts to prepare for this by decreasing the production of estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. Oh and your body starts to reduce the production of Melatonin as well (meaning it’s harder to go to sleep). And well, your hormones are basically all over the shop and you can feel like, well you are going crazy.

Except you aren’t. I promise. You’re just experiencing changes in your temporal lobe and limbic system that are as dramatic as that child of yours who is going through puberty at the same time you are going through Perimenopause. Convenient right?

How did I know I was in Perimenopause?

Wondering how to know if you are in perimenopause? This is how I figured it out.

There are over 35 different symptoms of Perimenopause, so don’t be surprised if your experience is different to mine. You may never experience hot flushes/hot flashes (you lucky thing), or flooding periods. Each woman’s experience is unique- which is why it is so bloody confusing and fascinating at the same time.

There’s one thing that is clear though. Your body will be very clear about it. And you don’t need a blood test or a doctor to diagnose it. Sure, you can go to the doctor, please do, however, your hormone levels change on a daily basis, so there is never a clear answer until you have not had a period for 12 months (and no baby was produced during this absence of blood). By then you are actually in menopause.

Symptoms of Perimenopause

Are you ready. Here we go:

Headaches, nausea, irritability, ANGER, forgetfulness, forgetting specific words, general vagueness, bloating, weight gain, depression, ANXIETY, social anxiety, vaginal dryness, UTI, recurring thrush, loss of libido, hot flushes, irregular periods, flooding (bleeding), flat mood- not able to get excited about anything, spotting, inability to deal with anything or anyone who has been driving you crazy, and let’s not forget the desire to say Fuck Off to everyone, regularly!

So today I have committed to keeping you in the loop weekly about what’s happening in my perimenopause world. I hope that you will see this first vlog, taken from my private facebook group and come on over and join us. 

My first Perimenopause Vlog

This video is a quick update to my facebook group. But it’s an example of my commitment to starting the discussion, and I hope you will join us.

What would you like to know about Perimenopause and Menopause? Comment below or share your story and let’s get this discussion out in the open.

For my other blogs about perimenopause and my workshop and coffee or wine catch up groups, visit this page.