Ah, menopause, the rollercoaster ride of hormonal changes that can make even the most composed woman feel like she's in a never-ending heatwave.
One of the most notorious symptoms that women experience during this phase are the dreaded hot flushes. But fear not because I am here to guide you through this hellish inferno with a touch of empathy, a sprinkle of humor, and some counter intuitive advice.
So, grab a fan, sit back, and let's dive into the world of hot flushes!
Understanding the Heatwave: Hot flushes (or hot flashes depending on what side of the pond you reside), are sudden feelings of intense heat (that usually starts in the head) and can spread throughout your body, leaving you sweaty, red-faced, and feeling like you're trapped in a sauna. These episodes can strike at any time, especially when we feel anxious, causing embarrassment, discomfort, and a desperate need to either leave the building or for a personal portable air...
By 2025, there will be one billion people on the planet in some stage of menopause, that's a LOT of potential struggle and a good reason to GET LOUD.
That's why my guests today set up Windrose World Retreats (for women going through menopause) to help ease some of the load.
Jan Scott and Diana Phillips are two friends that joined forces through a love of yoga, travel and wellbeing.
In today's conversation we talk about:
The power of full immersion on transformation.
What happens on a menopause retreat.
WHEN vs WHAT.
What's the alternative to a 'blanket solution' for menopause.
Why healing through menopause is so multi faceted.
What a natural decrease in oxytocin actually GIVES us and how we can use it to our advantage.
Why personality and identity change is so much more rapid during menopause.
De-conditioning the 'menopause is miserable' narrative.
I think you'll feel super motivated and inspired after listening to this bright, sparkly...
What's it like when you're told that your lab results are 'normal' but you feel far from it?
It might offer temporary relief but you go back into your life and before long, you feel awful again.
Your intuition is telling you that things are far from normal.
So what is really going on here?
My guest today is Ricky Brandon, founder of The Hormone Balance Centres in the USA. After years of searching, thousands of hours in training, research, and trial, and error, he has finally landed on the process and system that mixes traditional medicine with alternative medicine and helps people feel great again and live younger and longer with natural hormone replacement therapy.
In today's conversation we discuss:
Why UNDERSTANDING is power when it comes to your health.
Embracing symptoms rather than fearing them.
The restrictions that tight protocol creates for traditional doctors when dealing with hormones.
Do you ever wonder why there's so much talk of HRT these days?
A few weeks ago I posted a reel at my distain for the amount of HRT 'pushing' I was seeing on social media but after my conversation with Katie Taylor, now I know why that is.
It's because the pendulum needed to swing so far the other way.
The immense fear of HRT caused by the flawed WHI study meant that women's medical health has been paralysed. And the force with which my guest (and others in her field) have had to fight, has literally swung the pendulum the other way.
Go them! It needed to happen to mobilise women's health care.
My guest today, Katie Taylor, is a fighting spirit among the campaigning community to make menopause matter. She's the CEO of the Latte Lounge (a free Facebook community and low cost private membership) and the organiser of The Midlife Festival.
In our conversation today we covered:
Hating your body is a choice that you have been hypnotised into by diet culture. It's totally unnecessary and feels bad to your soul. If you've put weight on during menopause or you've always been curvy, you CAN learn to accept your body right now AND you can be healthy at every size.
Sound controversial? Damn right it is.
My guest today is Claudine Nightingill-Rane. She's a body image, mindset and blue health coach and she works with women to help heal their relationship with themselves and their bodies so they can be happy and healthy as they are.
In today's conversation we talk about:
The mental pain of yoyo dieting
Lifestyle changes can be diets too
How you THINK you look vs how you ACTUALLY look
The slow process of learning to accept your body
BMI - a flawed tool - aka The Bulls**t Measurement Index
The torture of fat shaming
Reclaiming the word FAT
Shrinking your body is a choice and you don't have to do it
The one big...
Black and white thinking around health, nutrition and weight loss is outdated, outmoded and redundant. If you think it's just a case of finding enough will power to stick to a diet, then, my friend, I'm afraid you're set up to fail.
My guest today has built up a credible reputation for helping thousands find a new relationship to food, their bodies and dieting.
In this conversation we talk about:
A time redefine ourselves and dieting.
Why we're sociologically conditioned for weight loss.
Re-writing the diet narrative.
Mindful weight loss / Mindful eating.
The human diet.
Understanding your motivations.
Our relationships to food.
SLOWING THE F**K DOWN
Black and white thinkings vs 'play in the grey'
Making people with desire & yearning.
Routine, routine, routine.
Progress over perfection.
But HOW do we accept a body we don't actually like.
So if you're ready to 'play in the grey', come join Tanja and me!
How do we become resilient to the challenges of menopause? Do we do nothing and let it overtake us or do we actively participate to become more adapted to this challenging phase of our lives?
The most helpful narrative I've come across is to be primed and ready for menopause as much as we can in order to avoid the massive pitfalls of ill health that can occur at this time.
My guest today is Beth Wright, a lawyer by day who moonlights as a Functional Medicine Practitioner and a Health Coach.... and frankly, SHE RIPPED!!
In this episode we chat about:
Holding down a job as a lawyer AND a health coach.
Muscle as a metabolic and endocrine organ.
Why generic programs are not a good idea especially during menopause.
The trainer client relationship.
What is a hormone reset and reboot.
Why we are programmed to function better in groups.
The reasons why intuitive eating sometimes goes out the...
If you're curious about the place inside of us where the mind and body come together, then look no further than the fascinating subject of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome.
When we take a look at MCAS what we're REALLY looking at, is the junction between the immune system and the nervous system.
Fascinating though it is, symptoms of MCAS can be incredibly annoying and often difficult to make sense of, and to top it all off, at menopause we become a little more susceptible to our Mast Cells becoming agitated leading to this pick and mix of symptoms.
My guest today is Tracey Reed who is the co-founder of Histamine Haven along with Luka Symmons. She is a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant, an instructor at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and the recipient of the 2018 Clinical Excellence Award.
In this episode we discuss:
What is Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS)?
Why is menopause a risk factor for increased auto immune issues?
In today's episode we'll find out.
My guest today, VJ Hamilton, was just seven years old when she first discovered a patch of alopecia at the back of her head. While there was a genetic component to this, during her adult life, her symptoms become worse, ranging from joint pain to extreme fatigue and psoriasis.
Unable to resign herself to the fact that there was nothing she could do, she decided to take matters into her own hands.
Today, after 7 years, she lives symptom free.
VJ is a autoimmune nutritionist and in our conversation together we discussed:
How our hormone changes can make trigger auto immune issues.
Symptoms of auto immune issues.
How a functional approach can help you become symptom free.
Swapping handbags for health.
How to keep healthy practices up for the long term.
The genetic component of auto immune...