Empowering Women through perimenopause and beyond

Empowering Women through perimenopause and beyond

to look, think, and feel better NATURALLY

what you are really looking for...

sustainable

weight loss

energy

reboot

hormone

balance

stress & emotinal

well-being

Struggling with weight gain that won't budge? Fad diets, deprivation, and restriction are not the solution. We focus on sustainable ways to help you feel confident in your own skin.again

Are you tired of feeling tired? We offer actionable strategies to help you regain your energy, so you can enjoy life to the fullest again.

Hot flashes, mood swings, and disrupted sleep can turn your world upside-down. We focus on creating hormonal harmony to make your transition as smooth as possible.

Feeling overwhelmed? We're here to guide you on managing stress and enhancing emotional well-being during these transitional years.

sustainable weight loss

Struggling with weight gain that won't budge? Fad diets, deprivation, and restriction are not the solution. We focus on sustainable ways to help you feel confident in your own skin.again

energy reboot

Are you tired of feeling tired? We offer actionable strategies to help you regain your energy, so you can enjoy life to the fullest again.

hormone balance

Hot flashes, mood swings, and disrupted sleep can turn your world upside-down. We focus on creating hormonal harmony to make your transition as smooth as possible.

stress & emotinal

well-being

Feeling overwhelmed? We're here to guide you on managing stress and enhancing emotional well-being during these transitional years.

This isn't just another wellness program. Our mission is to empower you in this pivotal phase of life. We are dedicated to demystifying perimenopause and menopause, helping you thrive through personalized lifestyle changes. Here, you're not just a number—you're an individual deserving of a balanced, joyful life.

Unlock a New Chapter of

Vitality, Energy, and Confidence

erika mccallister md

Healthy... without the struggle

You want to look good, feel fit, and have enough energy to take care of your family, home, and career. You crave simplicity and don't want to feel guilty for taking time for yourself.

The challenge?

You're bombarded with confusing information about how to be healthy, how to be a mom, how to be a woman living a healthy, happy life.... and now you're overwhelmed with a new hurdle: perimenopause.

I know you. I am you.

I am a busy wife and mom just like you. And I've been there. Even as a health coach and MD, despite my knowlege and experience, I faced my own health crisis in my 40s. Suddenly, I was dealing with unexplained weight gain, plummeting energy levels, and disruptive hot flashes. My go-to wellness routines backfired, leaving me overwhelmed, irritable, and feeling lost. I soon realized that much of the well-intentioned advice I had been following was tailored for younger women and actually working against my hormones. I had to relearn what wellness truly meant for women navigating the perimenopause and menopause transition.

But here's the good news: it is absolutely possible to take care of yourself, get fit, and be healthy without consuming all your time and energy. I've walked this path and found solutions that work.

Let's demystify perimenopause and menopause together. I'll show you how.

Rediscover the vibrant you Inside with EMbrace YOU

introducing...

For decades, women have been caught in a whirlwind of confusing health advice, especially as they transition into midlife. Too many programs and diets come with complicated rules and unsustainable practices that don't consider the hormonal changes happening inside the body. Traditional diets? They're often restrictive and don’t give lasting results. They mislead with an 'all or nothing' mantra that fuels guilt and dissatisfaction, often ending in the dreaded yo-yo effect.

Through Embrace YOU, you will go from feeling lost in the maze of health trends, feeling disconnected from your body, and battling the relentless diet roller coaster, to embracing a tailored, holistic approach that simplifies health, aligns with your unique phase of life, and prioritizes inner well-being over external validations.  Revel in the freedom from diet fads, experience a consistent and joyful health routine, and step confidently into a future of vibrant well-being and authentic self-alignment.

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Feeling the Burn? Understanding Inflammation's Role in Menopause

March 27, 20243 min read

Estrogen is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. As its levels decline during menopause, the body loses a key modulator of the inflammatory response. This can lead to an increase in inflammatory activity, which may exacerbate common menopausal symptoms.

Inflammation is the body's instinctual response to protect against harm, whether from injury, infection, or other health insults. It's an essential part of healing. However, when inflammation becomes persistent and systemic, it can start to undermine health rather than protect it.

During the transitions of perimenopause and menopause, this defense mechanism can become unbalanced. Hormonal fluctuations can exacerbate inflammation, turning it from a protective response into a source of ongoing discomfort. Let’s explore the complex relationship between inflammation, hormonal changes, and menopause symptoms.

Inflammation’s Effect on Perimenopause and Menopause Symptoms:

inflammation

As women enter perimenopause, the body begins a natural transition, characterized by fluctuating hormone levels, particularly estrogen. Estrogen is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. As its levels decline during menopause, the body loses a key modulator of the inflammatory response. This can lead to an increase in inflammatory activity, which may exacerbate common menopausal symptoms.

For women in perimenopause and menopause, the decrease in estrogen can exacerbate the effects of chronic inflammation, manifesting as:

  • Joint pain and stiffness: A common complaint that may increase as inflammatory processes intensify.

  • Persistent fatigue: Not just the usual tiredness, but a profound lethargy that affects daily functioning.

  • Digestive discomfort: Including bloating, gas, and unpredictable bowel movements, reflecting gut inflammation.

  • Skin issues: Like eczema or psoriasis, which may flare up or become harder to manage.

  • Cognitive changes: Including mood swings, which may partly stem from inflammatory activity in the brain.

  • Hot flashes: While the exact mechanism of hot flashes is complex and not fully understood, it is thought that the inflammatory processes that become more pronounced during menopause due to hormonal changes might contribute to the frequency or intensity of hot flashes.

  • Weight Gain: Excessive inflammatory cytokines cause the body to hold onto fat as an energy reserve, resulting in stubborn weight gain and difficulty losing weight

Dangers of Unchecked Inflammation:

Chronic inflammation is now believed to be the root cause behind most modern diseases. Beyond discomfort, prolonged inflammation can pose severe risks to overall health. Combined with genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors, the loss of the protective effect of estrogen and the resulting increase in inflammation is associated with the dramatic increase in a woman’s risk of chronic disease after menopause.

Here are some dangers of unchecked inflammation:

  • Heart Disease: Arterial inflammation leads to atherosclerosis, blood clots, and heart attacks. Inflammation thickens and stiffens blood vessel walls.

  • Diabetes: Insulin resistance arises when inflammatory cytokines block insulin action. Pancreatic beta cell function declines more rapidly.

  • Cancer: Inflammation creates an environment that promotes the growth and spread of cancer cells while damaging healthy DNA.

  • Neurodegeneration: Chronic inflammation in the brain is linked to cognitive decline, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. It damages neurons.

  • Weakened Immunity: While acute inflammation activates the immune response, prolonged inflammation paradoxically suppresses certain immune cells and functions.

  • Accelerated Aging: Inflammation leads to oxidative stress and cellular damage, speeding up the aging process across body systems.


Addressing inflammation is crucial for mitigating its impact on menopausal symptoms and long-term health risks. While menopause is a natural biological process, the accompanying inflammation does not have to dominate the experience. By recognizing the signs and understanding the effects, women can take proactive steps to manage inflammation through lifestyle adjustments and supportive therapies. Stay tuned for our next article, where we will explore anti-inflammatory nutrition strategies tailored for menopause management, highlighting the importance of whole, real foods in this critical life stage.

In understanding the complexities of our bodies during menopause, we can better equip ourselves to move through this time not just with resilience, but with proactive strategies for well-being.

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Feeling the Burn? Understanding Inflammation's Role in Menopause

March 27, 20243 min read

Estrogen is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. As its levels decline during menopause, the body loses a key modulator of the inflammatory response. This can lead to an increase in inflammatory activity, which may exacerbate common menopausal symptoms.

Inflammation is the body's instinctual response to protect against harm, whether from injury, infection, or other health insults. It's an essential part of healing. However, when inflammation becomes persistent and systemic, it can start to undermine health rather than protect it.

During the transitions of perimenopause and menopause, this defense mechanism can become unbalanced. Hormonal fluctuations can exacerbate inflammation, turning it from a protective response into a source of ongoing discomfort. Let’s explore the complex relationship between inflammation, hormonal changes, and menopause symptoms.

Inflammation’s Effect on Perimenopause and Menopause Symptoms:

inflammation

As women enter perimenopause, the body begins a natural transition, characterized by fluctuating hormone levels, particularly estrogen. Estrogen is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. As its levels decline during menopause, the body loses a key modulator of the inflammatory response. This can lead to an increase in inflammatory activity, which may exacerbate common menopausal symptoms.

For women in perimenopause and menopause, the decrease in estrogen can exacerbate the effects of chronic inflammation, manifesting as:

  • Joint pain and stiffness: A common complaint that may increase as inflammatory processes intensify.

  • Persistent fatigue: Not just the usual tiredness, but a profound lethargy that affects daily functioning.

  • Digestive discomfort: Including bloating, gas, and unpredictable bowel movements, reflecting gut inflammation.

  • Skin issues: Like eczema or psoriasis, which may flare up or become harder to manage.

  • Cognitive changes: Including mood swings, which may partly stem from inflammatory activity in the brain.

  • Hot flashes: While the exact mechanism of hot flashes is complex and not fully understood, it is thought that the inflammatory processes that become more pronounced during menopause due to hormonal changes might contribute to the frequency or intensity of hot flashes.

  • Weight Gain: Excessive inflammatory cytokines cause the body to hold onto fat as an energy reserve, resulting in stubborn weight gain and difficulty losing weight

Dangers of Unchecked Inflammation:

Chronic inflammation is now believed to be the root cause behind most modern diseases. Beyond discomfort, prolonged inflammation can pose severe risks to overall health. Combined with genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors, the loss of the protective effect of estrogen and the resulting increase in inflammation is associated with the dramatic increase in a woman’s risk of chronic disease after menopause.

Here are some dangers of unchecked inflammation:

  • Heart Disease: Arterial inflammation leads to atherosclerosis, blood clots, and heart attacks. Inflammation thickens and stiffens blood vessel walls.

  • Diabetes: Insulin resistance arises when inflammatory cytokines block insulin action. Pancreatic beta cell function declines more rapidly.

  • Cancer: Inflammation creates an environment that promotes the growth and spread of cancer cells while damaging healthy DNA.

  • Neurodegeneration: Chronic inflammation in the brain is linked to cognitive decline, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. It damages neurons.

  • Weakened Immunity: While acute inflammation activates the immune response, prolonged inflammation paradoxically suppresses certain immune cells and functions.

  • Accelerated Aging: Inflammation leads to oxidative stress and cellular damage, speeding up the aging process across body systems.


Addressing inflammation is crucial for mitigating its impact on menopausal symptoms and long-term health risks. While menopause is a natural biological process, the accompanying inflammation does not have to dominate the experience. By recognizing the signs and understanding the effects, women can take proactive steps to manage inflammation through lifestyle adjustments and supportive therapies. Stay tuned for our next article, where we will explore anti-inflammatory nutrition strategies tailored for menopause management, highlighting the importance of whole, real foods in this critical life stage.

In understanding the complexities of our bodies during menopause, we can better equip ourselves to move through this time not just with resilience, but with proactive strategies for well-being.

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