Thriving Through Menopause with Beth Wright

 

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.
 Symptoms tracking.
 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...

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How Menopause Can Help Us Reclaim Our Authenticity

 
Something’s been grinding my gears. I’m starting to take issue with the so called self development world that does more harm than good in some cases.  If you've seen the Amazon Prime Documentary, The Vow, you'll know what I’m referring to.
 
Having been a self confessed self development junkie since I was 14 years old, I'm now starting to see how this influence can do some damage to our authenticity especially when it comes to being able to navigate the menopause transition in a healthy way.  
 
Authenticity says "Hey you...I like you... be more you.... that feeling you're feeling, that's ok... lean into it, listen to it, respect it, honour it, talk about, slow down."Self development says "Hey you... I like you... but you need to be more X....because that feeling you're feeling is holding you back from something much greater.  That feeling is blocking your success and you want more success don't...
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Mast Cell Activation Syndrome with Tracey Reed

 

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)?
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Breaking Through Auto Immune Issues with VJ Hamilton

 

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...

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Understanding Sleep Apnea with Emma Cooksey

 

My guest today, Emma Cooksey, was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea at the age of 30, after more than a decade of unexplained health problems.

Once diagnosed, she felt incredibly alone while navigating life with sleep apnea and adjusting to CPAP therapy.

After learning a great deal she began hosting a weekly podcast, “Sleep Apnea Stories.”

By sharing her journey and encouraging others to tell their stories, Emma has been breaking down stereotypes of sleep apnea while also raising awareness of symptoms and treatment options.

During our conversation today we touch on: 

What's it like doing a sleep study
  What are they measuring during a sleep study
  What exactly is sleep apnea
  Symptoms of sleep apnea
  Treatments for sleep apnea
  Risk factors for sleep apnea
  Why does it seem to come up at menopause
  Nervous system implications
 
 So listen now if you're ready to enjoy gaining some new knowledge.

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Becoming Menopause Friendly with Melissa MacGowan

 

If  you had to choose between quitting a job you've been working towards your whole life or staying there even though your meno symptoms make it hell on earth, what would you choose?

My guest today couldn't believe she was at that crossroad in her life when no 'third option' presented itself.

Stunned at the discrimination and lack of understanding, she decided to take matters into her own hands.

Melissa MacGowan is an ex C-Suite Executive and now the found of the Meno Collective, a membership that supports people who want to become better educated at menopause whether in the workplace or outside.  

During our conversation today we touch on: 

The struggle to get clarity around menopause.
Unconscious bias around what menopause actually means.
Quit or carry on?  Is there a third option?
Menopause/age discrimination in the workplace.
Menopause denial.
The 12 stages of burnout model.
What is 'Meno-whelm'?
Carrying the...

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How Menopause Affects Your Mental Health

 

Are you in your 40’s or early 50’s and feel like you’re going a bit mad sometimes?  You’re not alone.  It could be the onset of peri menopause.  The effect of menopause usually starts in the brain not in the reproductive organs and, as a result, massively impacts our mental health.    If you’ve been diagnosed with anxiety disorder it could actually be a symptom of peri menopause.  If you want to learn more and also find out how you can help, please watch my video it’s 29 mins.

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The Placebo Effect: How to Positively Affect Your Menopause

 
"It’s all in your mind". That’s what was previously thought about the placebo effect, but according to much research, we know that’s not true.
 
There are real molecular changes that happen in the brain and body when someone is given a placebo.   
 
What we’re really talking about here is the power of 'expectation', and the chemical changes that happen in the body as a result of a positive or negative expectation that we have about a drug or a complementary therapy.  It's actually flipping amazing.
 
The question is then, can we tap into expectation, belief and conditioning to help us have a better menopause experience?
 
I think we can.
 
I don’t have all the answers, but I do have some suggestions. 
 
If you’re curious like me and believe that the power to positively affect our health is in our hands, you might like this video.
 
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How Your Mind Can Affect Your Menopause

 

I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that I believe your mind has the power to affect your experience of your menopause (including your symptom severity). 

 

Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last few years (and I wouldn’t blame you if you had) you’ve probably heard about the power of the imagination.  When it comes to our immune system, our nervous system and our endocrine system (ok, ALL our systems actually) the imagination can have an impact(directly and indirectly). 

 

Remember nothing happens in isolation in the body.

 

Don’t take my word for it, look at the science. 

 

In a study done in 2004 by scientists at The Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Lerner Research Institute in Cleveland they found that by simply imagining repeating an exercise over and over again, you can an increase in muscle strength by 35% Ref: Pg: 77 ‘How Your Mind Heals Your Body’ by David R Hamilton. 

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6 Steps to Dealing with Difficult Emotions

 

Lockdown means there are no distractions!

So many of my clients are saying that they are 'meeting themselves' right there and they don't know what to do with their emotions. We, as a society are so used to, ingesting our emotions, repressing our emotions, over-reacting to our emotions, so what do we do when there's no where to turn from them. Watch this to get my 6 step emotional transmutation process which will help you build resilience so that you don't have to live in fear of negative emotions. 

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