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Gout During and After Menopause

Posted on: November 13th, 2015 by Constadina Zarokostas-Vasiliades No Comments

Red wine is a known antioxidant that fights free-radicals in the body, yet for some, especially if over-weight and not exercising, red wine can be a trigger to overwhelming pain in the big toe and an indicator of gout in the body.  Women going through menopause and post-menopause are highly prone to getting gout, and although their big toe may not hurt, if there are aches and pains in the joints, gout may be present.

Gout is caused when there is an overabundance of uric acid in the body, or the body’s inability to excrete it from the body, which leads to crystallization in the joints creating pain.  The pain can appear to come from no-where and also show up in the fingers, wrists, elbows, knees and ankles. Some people experience redness, swelling, heat and stiffness, and sometimes even lumps can appear in the affected areas. If not treated, one …

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Heat for your Heat – Green Chilies

Posted on: October 2nd, 2014 by Constadina Zarokostas-Vasiliades No Comments

August to October marks the harvest season of a vegetable that could help balance hot flashes during menopause – the Green Chili. Roasted they are smoky and sweet, and come in a variety of heat levels. They also pack a punch when it comes to other health benefits.

Not into hot spicy things? That’s ok, because these chilies also come in a mild variety that has no heat to them at all.  If that doesn’t entice you yet, know that the active component of capsaicin found in chili peppers like these are not only cancer fighters, but are  an antioxidant that help atherosclerosis, asthma, pain disorders, diabetic neuropathy, cluster headaches, arthritis, psoriasis, inflammation, and can even give a boost to the metabolism and cardiovascular system. Have hot-flashes or a fever? Capsaicin lowers the body temperature by stimulating the cooling center of the hypothalamus in the brain.  This can help people …

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Incredible Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies. A nutrition on the go snack

Posted on: March 24th, 2014 by Anita Dyrbye No Comments

Although breakfast and lunch are important meals in your day, are you finding that sometimes your so busy you don’t always have time to stop and eat properly?   I too have days like that so I developed a simple cookie recipe that I make on a Sunday afternoon that is delicious and nutritious to get you through on these occasions.    This recipe will make one and a half dozen cookies that you can freeze and eat on the go


  • 1 ½  cups Robin Hood all purpose gluten free flour
  • ½ cup natural brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 1 cup wheat free Only oats (contains no wheat barley or rye)
  • ½  teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ½ raisons
  • ¾ cup trail mix of your choice
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Menopause and Cancer

Posted on: March 18th, 2014 by Constadina Zarokostas-Vasiliades No Comments

I attended a seminar at the most popular Herbal Shop in the Mid-West USA, Cheryl’s Herbs, that focused on Natural Support For Cancer Recovery.  I was amazed at the amount of women that were attending and were going through both some stage of menopause and either recovering from cancer or fighting cancer. Others had a friend or family member going through both menopause and cancer and wanted more information. The key link between menopause and cancer was estrogen levels in the body, and how lifestyle and diet can regulate estrogen levels to make going through cancer recovery and menopause not only more tolerable, but less stressful on the body.  The following is what I learned.

In managing one’s lifestyle the first step is managing stress.  Long-term stress, whether in our jobs, relationships, or home environments, will eventually take its toll on our bodies.  The up and down fluctuations in

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Cheery Cresant wreath

Delicious Cherry Crescent Wreath.

Posted on: December 26th, 2013 by Anita Dyrbye No Comments

Cherry Crescent Wreath (A family favorite recipe by Anita Dyrbye)

This recipe has been a family favorite for many years!  Not only is this recipe delicious, tender and mouth watering, it looks very decorative and festive.   It takes about an hour and a half to prepare but its well worth it.  It makes a wonderful gift as well.

This recipe makes two wreaths.


  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • ¼ cup warm water (not too hot)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-8 ounce carton dairy sour cream
  • ¼ cup butter or margarine melted
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 12 –ounce can cherry pit filling
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 Tsp. water
  • ½ cup flaked coconut

In a separate bowl, soften the yeast with ¼ warm water. (If it’s too hot it will kill the yeast), add a half a teaspoon of sugar and let sit for …

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Chestnuts – A Winter Classic for Christmas and Health

Posted on: December 23rd, 2013 by Constadina Zarokostas-Vasiliades No Comments

Roasting Chestnuts in St. Charles, Missouri

In the St. Louis Suburb of St. Charles, Missouri, December marks a time of old traditions – Photo Credit: Constadina Zarokostas – Vasiliades

You can’t help but think of Christmas when you hear the word “chestnut,” but this little nut not only provides a little extra lean protein to your diet in the late fall and winter months, but  also boosts the immune system and has been known to be nourishing and tonic to women going through menopause.

Last winter I had the opportunity to visit the St. Louis suburb of St. Charles, where townsfolk dress up in costumes from the late 1800’s to early 1900’s, recreating Christmas from the past. One of the scenarios they provide is chestnuts roasting on an open fire, just as you hear in the classic Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas song. It is no accident that chestnuts are roasted, as it’s hard for …

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Raw food dairy free, gluten free Cheezecake

Posted on: October 27th, 2013 by Anita Dyrbye No Comments


My daughter Alecia honoured her brother Bowen, a vegan on a raw food diet with a birthday surprise of a Raw food cheeze cake.  It turned out just beautiful and very delicious!   The original source of the receipe is from

(Does contain nuts) Here’s how to make it: Ingredients: 2 cups macadamia nuts 1 1/2 cups cashews 1/2 cup pitted dates 1/4 cup dried coconut 6 tablespoons coconut oil melted 1/4 cup lime juice 1/4 cup maple syrup honey or raw agave nectar 1 sun-dried vanilla bean or 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract 3 cups mixed berries such as blueberries and raspberries for garnish 1. Soak the cashews and macadamias in water in separate bowls for at least 5 hours. 2. Pulse macadamia nuts and dates in food processor to a sticky crumb-like consistency. Sprinkle dried coconut on bottom of 8-inch pie pan. Press macadamia nut mixture

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Peppermint to keep cool and healthy -


Posted on: October 26th, 2013 by Constadina Zarokostas-Vasiliades No Comments

Peppermint is a quick, healthy and easy way to keep cool, and provide some extra health benefits.  Whether it’s a hot summer day and you are trying to stay cool, you’ve just finished a long walk or jog, or are suffering from hot sweats because you are pregnant or menopausal, check out these tips for using peppermint to improve your health.…

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Lifestyle at the menopause and beyond

Posted on: August 27th, 2013 by Anita Dyrbye No Comments

As a menopausal woman myself, I’m thrilled that society is rounding out its attitude and approach to menopause in a more holistic fashion.   It begins at perimenopause, which is the time to trigger a lifestyle change which is critical to ensuring a healthy transition.  This includes the physical aspects such as diet and exercise, with a vigorous focus on disease prevention.  Then we have the psychological aspect such as stress management, career changes, even changes in physical attributes such as clothing styles and even makeup.  In essence, this next stage of life needs to encompass a change in personal goals, and personal attitude towards self, family and society which will make the journey through menopause a positive  healthy experience.

Thought for the moment:

Aging is beautiful when it is embraced with love, respect and compassion for self.   Anita Dyrbye



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How to fight fat after 40

Posted on: August 26th, 2013 by Anita Dyrbye No Comments

We all understand how easy it can be to gain weight, particularly as we get older!   At the magical age of 40 our metabolism  starts to slow down so we don’t burn calories as fast as we used to despite vigorous exercise.  According to Dr. Peeke it will take a healthy lifestyle change to burn off excess fat.   Dr. Peeke suggested some reasons why as well as some important steps to follow in order to keep slim or loose excess weight.

It’s important to keep healthy as we age, planning our future must include adjusting lifestyles to correctly noorish the needs of an aging (I like to call maturing) body and mind.

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