1. Building a support network: Forty-eight percent of female founders report that a lack of available advisers and mentors limits their professional growth. With the majority of the high-level business world still being dominated by men, it can be hard to blaze your own path and facilitate the introductions and connections into some of the more elite business networks.
2. Women-owned startups receive less investor funding: Women-led, innovation-driven entrepreneurial businesses are not getting enough venture capital funding – less than 5% of VC dollars go to women-led companies.
3. Fear of failure and taking risks: Women are generally less prone to taking risks and can let their own fears of failure, or even fear of success, stand in the way of pursuing the path of entrepreneurship. Confidence is the #1 weapon to combat these fears, and the best way to feel confident in what you are doing is to make sure that you are as prepared as possible before you start your business endeavor.
4. Balancing business and family: Balancing business and family is a huge challenge. Women are still considered the backbone of the family, and women entrepreneurs often find themselves torn between commitment to their family and their businesses.
5. Playing with the boys: Most would consider any given field to be male-dominated. It’s even more of a challenge when you’re coming in as a female having to give direction to males that may not want any direction. As a female entrepreneur in a male-dominated industry, earning respect can be struggle.
Heart disease risk is likely to rise after menopause, so you should try to eat at least two servings of fish per week (preferably those with healthy fats like salmon or trout).
Slimming down not only reduces the risks of heart disease and breast cancer, both of which go up after menopause, but new research shows that it may also help obese or overweight women cut down on hot flashes.
Take Care of Your Bones
Your calcium needs go up after age 50, from 1,000 milligrams per day to 1,200 mg. Doctors believe with less estrogen on board, your bones don’t absorb calcium as well.
If you’re eating dairy, choose low-fat products. These have roughly the same amount of calcium as their full-fat counterparts, but with fewer calories.
Soy is Ok
Soy contains plant estrogens, so many women think it can increase their breast cancer risk. However, there is little data to support this. The misconception likely comes from studies of high-dose soy supplements, which may stimulate the growth of estrogen-sensitive tumors.
Soy foods like tofu, soy nuts, and soy milk may offer relief from mild hot flashes and are not thought to increase breast cancer risk. “Women in Japan have the highest soy intake and the lowest risk of breast cancer, but Japanese women who move to the U.S. and eat less soy have a higher risk,” says research.
Fiber is your friend
The days of gorging without gaining weight are over. And as your metabolism slows around age 40, eating fewer calories can boost health. But you should also make sure to get adequate fiber and fluids. Make sure the calories that you are decreasing come from things like sweets, but we keep those high-fiber foods in the diet, and we also make sure we meet our fluid needs. That’s really important. Make sure that our daily eating plan is packed full of nutrient-dense food, like lean protein, fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy and whole grains.
2 cups finely chopped spinach (fresh, or frozen and thawed)
1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and finely chopped (1½ cups)
Freshly ground black pepper
Combine the plant milk, flour, onion powder, garlic powder, and lemon juice in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until the sauce thickens to a spreadable consistency. Add in Mozzarella and continue to stir until it melts evenly.
Add the spinach and artichoke hearts. Mix well, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 2 minutes more, until the spinach has wilted. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water if the sauce gets too thick.
Let the dip cool completely.
Serve the dip warm or cold with the baguette, tortilla chips, or pita chips.