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Staness Jonekos
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Staness Jonekos is an award-winning television executive producer, writer, director, a two time published author on women's health, and creator/founder of Eat Like a Woman® a Nutritional Lifestyle.

She was one of the original executive producers who launched the television network Oxygen Media, co-founded by Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Laybourne, Tom Werner, and Marcy Carsey. Staness was instrumental in Oxygen Media’s Be Fearless campaign to empower women.

Ms. Jonekos also executive produced Oxygen Media’s Just Cause featuring celebrities and their causes, Who Does She Think She Is?! profiling powerful women; Worth the Risk an investigation of women’s rights globally in collaboration with Peter Gabriel; Inhale power yoga to rock and roll music; and Oxygen Women’s Forum with Vice-President Al Gore.

Prior credits include producer, director and/or writer for: MTV’s Road Rules (Season 4, Episode #407 won a Prism Award), ABC’s half hour reality pilot Young Cops and Wallet Roulette, WE’s Savvy, A&E’s L.A. Detectives and Sons of Hollywood, Discovery Channels Impact and Head to Head, A&E’s two hour special Conspiracies, and Travel Channel’s Travel Daily.

Founder of Krystal Productions, Ms. Jonekos’ commercial credits include an award-winning anti-smoking PSA for the State of California, Ford Trucks, Nabisco Lifesavers, The Westin Hotels, ESPN roller hockey, GTE, Visa “Mileage Checking,” American Savings Bank, the Hilton Hotels, and Technicolor, which won an Addy Award. She also contributed to a Telly Award winning travel in-flight entertainment for America West Airlines and ATA.

Following her commitment to health, Staness co-executive produced the Premiere season of VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club, and post produced Lifetime’s Speaking of Women’s Health.

Her first book, The Menopause Makeover® co-authored with Wendy Klein MD, was a pioneering working in the field of menopause, a highly visual and inspiring survival guide that challenged the conventional, old-style approach to managing menopause.

Eat Like a Woman® and Never Diet Again, her second book co-authored by Marjorie Jenkins MD, is her second book and celebrates the latest science in women’ s health. Released by Harlequin in 2014, it is based on the latest research showing that men and women metabolize food and lose weight differently.

The Eat Like a Woman® a Nutritional Lifestyle brand grew organically out of the demand from women searching for healthy options supported by sex-based science. Currently, women can purchase Eat Like a Woman® smart nutrition bars, and in 2016 an entire line of healthy products designed just for women will be launched.

In addition to her extensive work behind-the-camera Staness is a tireless advocate for women’s health, wellness, and empowerment. She has appeared on The Today Show, Fox and Friends, Access Hollywood and contributes to the Huffington Post, and has been featured in a variety of publications from the Washington Post to the Houston Chronicle.

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Menopausal Weight Gain: How To Get Your Body Back

(3) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 3:14 PM

It is estimated that the average weight gain during menopause is about 10 to 15 pounds. Well, I must not be average, because I gained almost 30 pounds in less than a year when I slammed into menopause! Frustrated that I could not find a solution, I sacrificed...

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Hormone Therapy, Finally the Experts Agree

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 1:07 PM

It's been 10 years since the Women's Health Initiative hormone trials announced that there was an increase in breast cancer, heart attacks and strokes with the use of hormone therapy. Headlines warned women against taking hormone therapy, without fully disclosing all the facts and issues pertaining...

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Perimenopausal Depression

(3) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 7:03 PM

Are you suffering from hot flashes, night sweats or cranky moods? Feeling hopeless, apprehensive or deep sadness for prolonged periods? If so, you may be suffering from perimenopausal depression.

Depression is more common among women than men. Biological, life cycle, hormonal and psychosocial factors that...

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Can Red Wine Reduce Your Risk for Breast Cancer?

(1) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 5:47 PM

Breast cancer remains the leading cancer in U.S. women. Over the last decade headlines have warned us that alcohol consumption, including wine, can increase the risk of breast cancer.

A study in the Journal of Women's Health found that chemicals in the skins and...

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How to Find Reliable Menopause Information Online

(3) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 5:15 PM

2012-06-30-250question.jpegSeventy-two percent of women have not received any treatment for menopausal symptoms, according to recent study conducted by Lake Research Partners for the Endocrine Society.

Of those polled, 45 percent said they thought current available information was confusing and...

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10 Ways to Lower Your Risk of Getting Breast Cancer

(26) Comments | Posted October 19, 2011 | 10:05 PM

According to the American Cancer Society, "Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer." About 1 out of every 7 women will get breast cancer over a 90-year life span. All women are at risk for breast cancer.


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Acupuncture: A Drug-Free Option for Chronic Pain

(12) Comments | Posted April 24, 2011 | 5:15 PM

According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. I was one of them until acupuncture, and I now live relatively pain free.

Over 30 years ago I injured my left ankle. After a debridement surgery, injections, supplements,...

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How To Feel Sexy During Menopause

(9) Comments | Posted February 25, 2011 | 12:27 AM

The baby boomers may have been the generation of the sexual revolution, but for many slamming into menopause, sex is the last thing on their minds! Both sexes can suffer from a declining libido as we age, but women don't have a little blue pill to pop to get their...

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How to Sleep Through Menopause

(8) Comments | Posted November 17, 2010 | 4:04 PM

We have all had sleepless nights, but according to the National Sleep Foundation 61 percent of post-menopausal women suffer from insomnia, affecting their quality of life and their relationships. I, too, suffered from insomnia, thanks to irritating night sweats provoked by fluctuating hormones. Being sleepless through menopause made...

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How to Rebuild Your Self-Confidence During Menopause

(9) Comments | Posted September 9, 2010 | 5:26 PM

Years ago, I learned a life-changing lesson from Anthony Robbins's book, "Awaken the Giant Within": that transformation begins when you can no longer dwell in a place of pain. I was going through menopause and everything that came with that -- hourly hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, aging skin,...

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10 Hormone Therapy Facts Every Woman Should Know

(24) Comments | Posted June 22, 2010 | 1:46 PM

Some know her as the sexually outspoken Samantha Jones, but today her three closest gal pals from Sex and the City 2 call her, "The hormone whisperer." The oldest of four friends, Samantha, is finally a 50-something woman who is not about to give up her uninhibited lusty...

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Social Networking: How To De-Stress Stone Age Style

(3) Comments | Posted May 26, 2010 | 9:25 AM

It's 7:30 a.m. I roll out of bed, boot up my computer, read 67 emails, 256 tweets, and 374 Facebook comments while guzzling a cup of fully caffeinated coffee to fuel my morning cyber connection with friends, family and professional relationships.

Two hours pass and I am still in...

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Aging: What Are We So Afraid Of?

(42) Comments | Posted March 9, 2010 | 2:25 PM

I live in the land of angels, but in Los Angeles these guardians are nipped and tucked with crooked smiles and lopsided eyes frozen on a static expression.

At 52 I am really pissed off that aging -- a thing that happens as soon as we take our first breath...

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Will Your Marriage Survive Menopause?

(59) Comments | Posted February 10, 2010 | 8:14 AM

Over 60 percent of divorces are initiated by women in their 40s, 50s or 60s -- the menopause years -- according to a recent survey conducted by AARP Magazine. Why are women running away from marriage?

I wasn't even married when I slammed into menopause months before my wedding day...

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