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Do you want to know how to harness the powerful connection between sleep and weight loss? Read on for information, tips and tools to loose while you snooze.

Sleep is my number one, super charging, taking care of myself habit that, to be honest, is just not something I'm willing to do without.

​Especially now that I know how Sleep and Weight Loss are connected.

You and I know that you feel and look better when you’re well rested. What you might not know is that sleep and weight loss are connected. Do you want to know how getting enough sleep impacts your body's ability to loose weight on a chemical and hormonal level?  Strap on your science geek hat and get ready to learn how to get and keep that sexy body and playful perspective through the magic of a good night’s sleep. 


Sleep and Weight Loss:  

There are a number of major studies that show the connection between sleeping and appetite. And much like everything else in your body, both sleep and appetite are controlled by your hormones. Specifically, it’s all about the balance and timing of leptin and ghrelin into your bloodstream .


How Hormones influence sleep and weight loss:

​Ghrelin is the hormone that’s produced in the stomach and released when you are hungry. It increases your appetite and tells your brain you need to eat. Leptin is produced in your fat cells and when released, tells your brain that you’re full. At which point your appetite decreases and your satiation, or fullness increases.

Stanford scientists studied 1000 volunteers to learn how these two hormones work to connect sleep and weight loss.  By comparing the amount of hours volunteers reported sleeping with their ghrelin, leptin, and body fat percentage levels the connection of sleep and weight loss became clear. The data showed that in people that slept less than 8 hours a night, their hormones were unbalanced. In fact, the less than 8 hours a night group had increased levels of ghrelin (which makes you hungry), decreased levels of leptin (which gives the fullness), and higher body fat percentages than the people that slept 8 hours or more. Now you know why they call it beauty sleep.  


Make the sleep and weight loss hormones work for you: 

​So, the next time you can’t fall asleep easily or stay asleep, try these helpful and simple bedtime rituals to get you drowsy and ready to catch some Zzzz’s:

  • Avoid heavy foods before bed.

  • Adopt a regular sleep schedule and stick to it

  • Darken your bedroom as much as possible.

  • Turn off the technology, including your e-reader.

  • Warm milk, chamomile, valerian or kava tea or a simple cup of broth with a teaspoon of coconut oil or ghee

  • A natural sleep supplement like melatonin can help ease you into sleep. 

Nite Nite,



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Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day - Special Report ...
​Featuring Images 


My good friend and colleague the amazing Dr. Kamakshi Zeidler, for whom I did the BRA Day photos in October, published an article about advances in breast reconstruction surgery in the Huffington Post. And guess who’s images are featured!

Here's an excerpt from the article: 

A recent New York Times article, “’Going Flat’ After Breast Cancer,” highlighted a growing number of women who, after beating the disease, are deciding to opt out of breast reconstructive surgery and remain breast-less after undergoing mastectomies. The nascent movement dubbed going flat “challenges long-held assumptions about femininity and what it means to recover after breast cancer,” according to the Times.

The fact is that the number of reconstruction procedures increased almost 5 percent last year to more than 106,300, and since 2000, the numbers are up a remarkable 35 percent, according to a recent report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Moreover, the Times piece grossly undersells the benefits of reconstruction and fails to address the incredible advances in surgery and abundance of options that are available to women today.   See the Full Article and Images Here: 


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