Hi, I'm Laura
As a trained Menopause Specialist my role is to offer you support, strategies and accountability to know exactly what to do every day to both look, and more importantly feel, your absolute best.
Without draining your time we'll take it step-by-step to create the health and happiness that you're looking for by addressing your concerns for your physical and mental health.
I'm a Board Certified Functional Health Coach - see below for my certifications.
Simple ways to have more energy all day every day
Why it's not overwhelming or time consuming to feel better
Quick tools to overcome and decrease your stress
Easy-to-use exercises to feel more centred and in control of your day
Simplify and make sense of all the confusing info about what to eat
How to put yourself back in the centre of what you want in life
Supporting you to Choose Well
Spoiler: When you invest in upgrading your health other aspects of your life naturally change too. For example, I've seen midlife women switch to their dream career, buy their forever house, publish books and have better relationships with their children and/or partner.
Learn how menopause doesn't have to derail your life or happiness
Start understanding how to do more of the things in life that YOU enjoy
Know how to lose the unwanted weight and not have a middle age spread
Enjoy the age that you are and not look back in regret or long for the
Learn how to keep your train of thought
and not have forgetful spells
Stop letting your mind and fears get the best of you, let's put you back in charge not your hormones
What makes you tick? What puts a great big smile on your face? What do you do for yourself? How can you put yourself to the top of your to-do list?.
The insight gained from understanding will be the basis for figuring out what's behind your decision making process. We uncover those subconscious choices and upgrade them
This is the fun part. How can we get these new habits into your life? Creating a plan of micro actions takes you to the next stage to build the healthy life that you deserve.
You've pushed past the edges of your comfort zone and the foundations are in place. What does your future look like?
I'm a Mum to three teenagers. I retrained as a Functional Health Coach after managing my own autoimmune disease (Hashimoto's) into remission, and supporting my son to regrow his hair after experiencing Alopecia Totalis. Before finding the Functional Health approach I wasted lots of time and money with trichologists and dermatologists. I understand how devastating hair loss can be and I've formulated an approach for hair regrowth. I'm a Board Certified Functional Health Coach (A-CFHC and NBC-HWC) living back in the UK after many years overseas. I love working with women who have tried 'everything' to lose weight or balance their hormones. I was coaching for a not-for-profit organisation when I realised that so many women were having similar issues at midlife. Every day women were telling me that they were taking care of all of the people in their lives (apart from themselves). By Friday they'd be exhausted with no energy and relying on prosecco to help them through the weekend. During 2022 I undertook additional training for working with women going through perimenopause and menopause.
I help you to feel like yourself again. It might that you want to work on rebuilding your confidence. Or you might like to start with physical health for example weight loss or hair growth. Or your mental health might be the place to begin. The great thing about coaching is that I meet you where you are right now and support you to get where you want to be. This midlife moment when perimenopause makes us stop and re-evaluate where we are is an excellent opportunity to figure out exactly what we're after in life.
“...within three weeks I am on a completely different path. It was a life changing experience and one I am in complete and utter awe of. Thank you Laura, you have a gift that will help many people."
After a few sessions with Laura I was much clearer on what I wanted and how to get there."
“Laura made it easy to understand where I'd been going wrong. I wasted so much time before, I didn't realise that it would be this simple.”
Why is nobody asking why the Japanese have no word for menopause or perimenopause or hot flash?
Perhaps because it’s complicated without a one pill fits all answer, and is further compounded by the medical data gap which results in excluding women from research as we’re not as simple as men.
As a Functional Health Coach the glaringly obvious answer lies in diet, lifestyle and environment changes. How can we create shifts away from our current Western approach to use what works better in other countries? I spent over a decade living and working in many different countries. Singapore was hands down the easiest place to be a working parent. The UK has been the worst.
To be honest it’s not surprising that we crash and burn during this midlife hormonal shift. Most women have been running on empty for years and entering perimenopause is the proverbial last straw for our long-suffering bodies and minds.
When I say running on empty I’m talking about women in their 30s with children who have already done the equivalent of a full day’s work before 9am, and then they begin their paid work. By the time that they’re in their 40s they’ve already had over a decade of this and looking after your children doesn’t stop just because your kids become teenagers.
Let’s add in some additional stressors like maybe a separation or divorce, a house move, financial worries, a renovation, a child with additional needs, caring for aging parents… and let’s manage these extras with, perhaps, alcohol. You’ve had a tough week and you absolutely deserve that glass of shiraz/prosecco on Friday. That one glass becomes a couple, and you repeat on Saturday too, why not?
You don’t have time for exercise, you’re far too exhausted. Dinner is whatever’s quick and easy, it might be a takeaway. Your sleep isn’t great. In fact when was the last time that you woke up feeling ready to go get ‘em?
Against this background it’s not hard to see why perimenopause completely derails you. In fact it would be astonishing if it didn’t. Not only are we not feeling great, we're also potentially struggling with our appearance too. There's excess weight accumulating in new places, dry skin and that ultimate taboo for women, loss of hair.
While there’s a place for HRT there’s so much that you can do with simple lifestyle changes. Also HRT isn't suitable or available for everyone. When you consider that one of the contraindications for prescribed oestrogen in gel form is alopecia it's not always a straight forward option.
When it first happened to me I was already hyper-aware of the subject of hair loss as my son had been diagnosed with alopecia. In fact I thought I was just noticing the shedding BECAUSE I knew about alopecia. In truth I was completely in denial.
While I didn’t have lots of hair on my pillow, I did notice a lot of shedding after washing my hair. Again, I could dismiss this as ‘normal’… it’s wonderful how we can rationalize what we don’t want to deal with! The moment when I realised that this wasn’t actually normal was when (and this is gross, if you’re eating please stop reading) my hair kept turning up in food that I’d prepared. When that happens repeatedly it’s really not something that you can ignore.
This was just one of the side effects of my hormones being completely out of whack – that’s a technical term, and it wasn’t even the worst symptom. Looking back stress was a big trigger. I’d had a serious health scare, then I'd started a gluten free bakery business which looked good on paper. It was making money, we’d won many national awards for our bread, cakes and biscuits, and my team was brilliant the flip-side of that was working 60+ hours a week, while looking after my three children by myself (my husband worked away). Oh and doing all of the other stuff that women do when they run a household.
Did I ask for help? Nope. I thought that the answer was just to work harder…
When I finally figured out that working harder was simply making everything worse I managed to create an exit strategy. In my case I took a brief holiday in August which made me realise how unsustainable both my business and family life were. After those five days away I knew that I had to close the business and by the following January I’d turned the door sign to ‘Closed’ for the final time. While my customers were sad, I was euphoric and was able to turn my attention to my health.
So yes I know all about how we fool ourselves into thinking that hair loss isn’t really an issue. ("It's just cosmetic"). Instead think of it like the canary in a coalmine. Your body is sending you (not so subtle) messages that all isn’t well. If you don’t listen then these signs become even more obvious until you really can’t avoid them. Like getting a mouthful of hair. Yum.
How we look can have an impact on self-confidence which in turn impacts everything. Your self-confidence has a knock-on effect with how you show up at work, your relationships with others. It leaves no place to hide. Conversely taking active steps to improve your health creates a completely different environment. Turning the experience of midlife into one of positivity and adventure is possible. It’s when you get to apply the benefits of your prior decades of life experience and focus on yourself. If you're ready to start making some changes let's have a conversation.