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Episode 165: Midlife update, solo with Rachel

Rachel Lankester

A midlife update from Rachel on what’s been happening lately and what’s coming up for her as we move towards summer. 

She talks about:

  • Cherishing loved ones and coping with grief
  • Recent podcast episodes
    • Being a veteran
    • Black menopause and staying curious
    • Staying strong and healing
    • Embodied experience of postmenopause
    • Discovering the joy of volunteering
    • Finding what works in midlife
    • The power of herbs
  • Questioning big claims about hormone therapy and future health
  • The Mind Body Spirit Festival (London) and Everywoman Festival (Cardiff)
  • Poverty in later life being a gendered issue
  • The growing concern of digital exclusion

And more!

Mentioned in the podcast:


Let’s Focus On Known Facts About HRT | MenoClarity IG

Jean Hailes research

Everywoman Festival | Mind Body Spirit Festival

This podcast is dedicated to Rachel’s friend Uwe Mathon

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The embodied experience of postmenopause with Stella Duffy

Talking to writer and psychotherapist Stella Duffy about her PhD on postmenopause and the impact of gendered ageism on women’s third act.

Staying strong and healing well with Dr Kristie Ennis

Dr Kristie Ennis wants to empower people to do more than they think they can and realize they are stronger than they think.

The power of herbs for menopause with Hannah Charman

Hannah Charman is a medical herbalist specializing in helping women who prefer a natural route through menopause.

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Episode 164: The power of herbs for menopause with Hannah Charman

Hannah Charman

Hannah Charman  has been a medical herbalist since 1999, having first become interested in alternative medicine when she used it to recover from chronic fatigue syndrome in her early teens. She specialises now in helping women who prefer or need a natural route through menopause, combining herbal medicine with health coaching.

We talk about:

  • What a medical herbalist is
  • Hannah’s journey to becoming a medical herbalist
  • Holistic approaches to menopause and health in general
  • The gifts of menopause
  • The role of trauma in menopause
  • How herbal medicines work and especially for menopause
  • The misconceptions and benefits of herbal medicine
  • Embracing the discomfort of menopause
  • Empowering menopausal women
  • The environmental impact of hormones
  • Navigating menopause based on individual experience
  • The power of herbs and Hannah’s passion for herbal medicine

And more!

Hannah’s website: physichealth.uk

Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram

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Natural Treatment For Menopause – All You Need To Know

Everything you need to know about natural treatment for menopause. Make positive changes in diet and lifestyle and you may not need HRT.

Episode 137: Being wiser about menopause with Tania Elfersy

Tania Elfersy talks about how we can be wiser about the menopause transition, so we suffer less and feel its power more.

10 Natural Remedies for Menopause Aches and Pains

Don’t put up with pain and discomfort. Or assume you necessarily need drugs. Here are 10 easy natural remedies for menopause aches and pains!

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Episode 163: Finding what works at midlife with Dr Maria Luque

Dr. Maria Luque is a menopause fitness expert, a health science professor, and an Air Force veteran. She’s passionate about helping menopausal women become healthier, stronger, and happier. Her PhD dissertation was all about enhancing quality of life in menopause.

We talk about:

  • What quality of life in menopause means to Maria
  • Maria’s research on menopause
  • Misinformation and fear surrounding menopause
  • Embracing menopause and aging
  • Challenging menopause narratives
  • The influence of marketing and misinformation
  • Overcoming analysis paralysis
  • Trusting your own knowledge and instincts
  • The impact of polarizing menopause narratives
  • The need for nuanced conversations women’s health
  • The complexity of hormone therapy
  • The power of polarization in marketing
  • The importance of doing the work
  • Body image issues in menopause
  • Finding balance

And more!

Website: fitnessinmenopause.com

Facebook | Instagram | YouTube

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Episode 160: Staying strong and healing well with Dr Kristie Ennis

Dr Kristie Ennis wants to empower people to do more than they think they can and realize they are stronger than they think.

Episode 156: Staying fit as we age with Elaine Reynolds

Elaine Reynolds is a master trainer who teaches women over 50 to not give up or give in with the crazy things happening to our bodies.

Episode 74: Getting real about long-term health with Sam Palmer

An interview with Sam Palmer, of the Midlife Makeover, getting real about what it takes to achieve long term health and fitness.

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Episode 162: Discovering the joy of volunteering with Ann Marie Jackson

Ann Marie Jackson

Ann Marie Jackson is the co-founder of microlending organization Mano Amiga and works with Casita Linda, which builds homes for families living in poverty in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She’s lived as an expat in Mexico for a decade, is a columnist for Mexico Daily News and recently wrote a novel inspired by her life called the Broken Hummingbird.

We talk about:

  • Why Ann Marie moved her family to Mexico
  • The joys of living in San Miguel de Allende
  • Ann Marie’s passion for volunteering
  • Her experience working on human rights in China
  • The dangers of white saviourism and how to navigate that
  • The migration of Mexicans and other people to the US
  • Issues at the Mexico-US border
  • Casita Linda and how it helps families in poverty
  • Microlending organisations
  • The Healing Words Project
  • Writing a novel
  • How we can all give back more

And more!

You can also watch this interview on YouTube.

Anne Marie’s website: annmariejacksonauthor.com

Facebook | Instagram | Twitter/ X

Her book: The Broken Hummingbird: A Novel

Organizations & Project: manoamigasma.org | casitalinda.org | healingwordsproject.com

Las Abogadas Documentary Film Trailer

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Episode 64: Making a difference in the world with Alisoun Mackenzie

Alisoun Mackenzie’s mission is to enable all of us to make more of a difference in the world. It’s easier than we may think!

Fighting for social justice

Episode 55: Fighting for social justice with Iffat Shahnaz

A moving conversation about the importance of social justice, exploring where it’s lacking, and how we can all make a difference.

Episode 110: The joy of adventure with Alice Morrison

Alice Morrison has been described as ‘Indiana Jones for girls’. She‘s an adventurer who treks through the toughest of habitats.

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Episode 161: The embodied experience of postmenopause with Stella Duffy

Stella Duffy is an award-winning writer of 17 novels, over 70 short stories and 15 plays who’s also worked in theatre for 35 years as an actor, director and facilitator. She’s a psychotherapist and a yoga teacher. She recently completed her doctorate in existential psychotherapy and her research was in the embodied experience of post-menopause. She’s been post-menopausal since chemotherapy for breast cancer in her mid-30s. Stella has been active in equalities and diversity work in the arts and LGBTQ+ communities for many decades.

We talk about:

  • Stella’s experience of menopause coinciding with six months of chemotherapy
  • Menopause as a global issue
  • Challenging existing narratives
  • Societal factors and the impact of money
  • Cultural differences in menopause
  • The UK’s influence on menopause narratives
  • Alternative perspectives on menopause
  • The importance of lifestyle factors
  • Societal perceptions of post-menopausal women in a patriarchal culture
  • Dismantling misogynistic stereotypes
  • Being inclusive about societal expectations and challenges related to aging
  • The societal pressure on women regarding fertility and how it contributes to defining their value.

And more! This is such a rich and empowering conversation.

You can also watch this interview on YouTube.

Stella’s websites: stelladuffy.blog | stelladuffytherapy.co.uk

Twitter/ X | Instagram | Threads

https://stelladuffy.blog & https://stelladuffytherapy.co.uk

https://bsky.app/profile/stellduffy.bsky.social

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Being wiser about menopause with Tania Elfersy

Tania Elfersy talks about how we can be wiser about the menopause transition, so we suffer less and feel its power more.

Normalizing menopause with Prof Martha Hickey

An important conversation with Professor Martha Hickey about normalizing menopause. It may be difficult for some, but is completely normal.

Episode 148: Why we need more MenoClarity

Talking to the founders of MenoClarity about why we’ve come together and what we hope to achieve with this group.

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Episode 160: Staying strong and healing well with Dr Kristie Ennis

Dr Kristie Ennis

Dr Kristie Ennis is a physical therapist, nutritionist, and strength and conditioning specialist. She wants to empower people to do more than they think they can and realize they are stronger than they think they are. She has a fantastic YouTube channel, which is where podcast host Rachel found her when she injured her knee.

We talk about:

  • The importance of letting the body heal itself
  • Fascia and its importance in body movement
  • The importance of drinking enough fluid 
  • The dangers of sitting too long
  • Hormone related aches and pains in women
  • The importance of considering the whole body when addressing pain
  • How hormonal changes in menopause can contribute to weight gain and fat distribution
  • Exercise and injury prevention for older adults
  • Common injuries in older adults
  • Strengthening the glutes
  • Pelvic floor exercises and common mistakes in women’s fitness
  • Fitness and nutrition for a healthy lifestyle
  • Cardio exercise guidelines and options

And more!

Dr Kristie’s website: drkristieennis.com

Instagram | YouTube

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Staying Fit And Healthy Through Menopause With Tania Dalton

Meet Tania Dalton, healthy aging coach and fitness trainer who’s passionate about redefining age and empowering women to embrace menopause.

Best Health And Wellness Podcasts

Here are some of our best health and wellness podcasts to help you stay fit and healthy through midlife and beyond!

The Power Of Yoga For Menopause With Niamh Daly

Niamh Daly is the founder of Yinstinct Yoga and is passionate about the transforming power if yoga especially during menopause.

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Episode 159: Black menopause and staying curious with Pamela Windle

Pamela Windle

Pamela Windle joins the podcast to talk about menopause, at work, for Black women, diversity of experience, the importance of representation and staying curious about big statements about women’s health, especially when those relate to race. Pamela is a women’s health coach and menstruation and menopause consultant for the workplace. She trained with the Integrated Women’s Health Institute and the International Menopause Society. She’s an adviser to the British Standards Institute for the new standard on menstruation, menstrual health and menopause in the workplace.

We talk about:

  • Menopause and perimenopause in the workplace
  • The new BSI standard on menstruation and menopause in the workplace
  • Pamela’s personal experiences with perimenopause, challenging societal shame and embarrassment around menstruation and aging
  • Emphasizing the diversity of women’s experiences and the importance of self-care
  • Scepticism about research on menopause for Black women 
  • The lack of representation of Black women in medical research
  • The importance of including diverse perspectives in medical research 
  • Still being perimenopausal at 57
  • The spread of misinformation about menopause
  • Menopause and HRT stigmatization in the UK
  • Black women and risk of cancer
  • Menopause and hormone imbalance for Black women

And more!

Pamela’s website: smarterchange.co.uk

Facebook | Instagram

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Menopause whilst Black with Karen Arthur

Meet Karen Arthur, host of the Menopause Whilst Black Podcast, set up to amplify the voices of Black women and their experience of menopause.

The Menopause Revolution And Getting Truly Revolutionary

How the narratives around the menopause revolution need to change, if it’s to be truly revolutionary and empowering for women.

Being wiser about menopause with Tania Elfersy

Tania Elfersy talks about how we can be wiser about the menopause transition, so we suffer less and feel its power more.

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Episode 158: Being a veteran with Cat Corchado

Cat Corchado

Cat Corchado is a US Air Force veteran turned founder of the Small Space Pilates Community. She’s made it her mission to help women veterans transition from the military, and is the host of the Sisters in Service podcast.

We talk about:

  • Why Cat is still very active in the military community
  • Women veterans’ transition challenges and successes
  • The Sisters in Service podcast
  • The importance of identifying oneself beyond military service (as the transition to civilian life can be challenging)
  • What first took Cat into the military and where she served
  • Cat’s transition from the military and feeling a sense of loss and uncertainty after leaving 
  • The importance of acknowledging and embracing ones veteran status
  • Recognizing and supporting veterans in the UK and US
  • Cat’s experience of being a single parent in the military 
  • Cat’s journey of leaving the corporate world for fitness full-time
  • The importance of weightlifting for women especially as they age
  • The negative impact of ageism on women’s fitness and the importance of challenging these stereotypes
  • Why women need to do Pilates
  • The importance of finding a qualified Pilates instructor who can tailor the workout to your needs and goals
  • The danger of burnout and getting stuck in busyness

And more!

Cat’s Website: smallspacepilates.com | Podcast: Sisters in Service Podcast

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Linkedin

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Getting real about long-term health with Sam Palmer

An interview with Sam Palmer, of the Midlife Makeover, getting real about what it takes to achieve long term health and fitness.

5 Things That Happen When You Start Pilates

Kelly Vero shares how life can be transformed and the benefits to your body and self image when you start Pilates.

 Leaving medicine for yoga with Nadine Kelly, Yogi M.D.

Nadine Kelly was a medical doctor for many years but gave it up to be a yoga instructor. She has a fascinating story to tell about how she lives now. 

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Episode 157: Midlife update, solo with Rachel

Mag Mid podcast host Rachel is flying solo this week, talking about what’s been happening in her world. There’s a trip to the UK Houses of Parliament and a book recommendation in the New York Times in the mix! Check out what’s been catching her attention lately.

She talks about:

  • The success of the MenoClarity live event and how you can still access the recordings
  • Going to the heart of Government to talk about menopause
  • Menopause narratives and how they seem to keep getting worse
  • Her book, Magnificent Midlife, being recommended in the New York Times
  • The podcast season to date featuring: avoiding burnout, the crisis of care, staying fit as we age, healing through memoir, getting back on stage, digital publishing and traveling the world
  • Gendered ageism
  • Digital exclusion
  • How the Masters is going

And lots more!

Meeting Carolyn Harris MP at the Houses of Parliament

Resources mentioned:

You can still listen to the MenoClarity Live recordings: https://bit.ly/menoclaritylive

New York Times: (7 Books to Guide You Through Menopause): https://www.nytimes.com/2023/07/18/well/live/menopause-books.html

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Being wiser about menopause with Tania Elfersy

Tania Elfersy talks about how we can be wiser about the menopause transition, so we suffer less and feel its power more.

Why we need more MenoClarity

Talking to the founders of MenoClarity about why we’ve come together and what we hope to achieve with this group.

Why I Want To Change The Menopause Narrative

Menopause gets a bad rap. How about we re-frame it and change the menopause narrative, so we stop fighting it, and instead embrace it and find its gifts.

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Episode 156: Staying fit as we age with Elaine Reynolds

Elaine Reynolds is a master personal trainer and yoga teacher. She teaches women over 50 to not give up or give in with the crazy things happening to our bodies. She had an epiphany at 50 and bought a one way ticket to Bali, where she lives now. 

We talk about:

  • What’s it like being an expat in Bali and what she loves most about it
  • Elaine’s passion of helping older women stay fit
  • Issues that older women are grappling with in midlife
  • Menopause, aging and fitness
  • The importance of strengthening and stabilising muscles around joints to support aging bodies and improve recovery from injuries
  • Incorporating dynamic movements like yoga, barre, pilates, functional strength training, and low-impact cardio into workouts to lengthen the body and improve overall fitness
  • The importance of changing exercise habits after 50 to prioritize how one feels
  • Pain management and exercise for women in their 50s and beyond
  • The importance of glute strength
  • Knee problems and fascial release
  • The importance of holistic healing, including mental well-being, and how it can help alleviate physical ailments
  • Incorporating meditation in your daily routine

And more!

Elaine’s website: corestrength50plus.com

Instagram | Facebook

Resource mentioned: Flat Butt & Hip Strengthening Sequence

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Living well with osteoarthritis with Dr Alyssa Kuhn

Dr. Alyssa Kuhn specializes in osteoarthritis. She believes premature surgeries can be prevented when you know what options you have.

Dynamic Hip Mobility Exercises To Include In Your Workout Routine

As we age, we need regular stretching to keep our hips flexible. Here are some dynamic hip mobility exercises for your exercise routine.

Getting real about long-term health with Sam Palmer

An interview with Sam Palmer, of the Midlife Makeover, getting real about what it takes to achieve long term health and fitness.

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Episode 155: Healing through memoir with Sherry Sidoti

Sherry Sidoti is an author and a yogi. She recently published her first book, a memoir about her own healing journey, A Smoke and a Song. This is such a powerful and moving story highlighting how we can heal ourselves by exploring and accepting our experiences, and coming to terms with the past.

We talk about:

  • What inspired Sherry to write her book
  • Sherry’s journey to writing a memoir
  • Sherry’s experience as a yoga teacher and how it has helped her learn to use language sparingly and effectively
  • Writing a memoir with a focus on self-expression and ethical considerations
  • How Sherry was able to write about trauma without triggering trauma
  • Motherhood and healing generational trauma
  • Using meditation and sensory awareness (five sense awareness)  to access memories
  • What it means to be living in the layers
  • What it’s like living on Martha’s Vineyard

And more!

Sherry’s website: sherrysidoti.com

Facebook | Instagram | Youtube

Sherry’s book: A Smoke and a Song: A Memoir

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Writing your story with Julia Brewer Daily

Julia Brewer Daily wrote her first novel when she was over 50 and is the host of the Authors Over 50 podcast.

Caring for a loved one with dementia with Carolyn Birrell

Carolyn Birrell shares her own journey navigating her mother’s path into dementia, so that others may be better prepared.

Mothers, daughters, estrangement and healing with Laura Davis

A profound and deeply moving conversation with Laura Davis, author of The Burning Light of Two Stars: A Mother-Daughter Story.

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Episode 154: Preventing midlife burnout with Dr Sola Togun-Butler

Dr Sola Togun-Butler is a psychotherapist and transformative life coach. She’s the founder of Butterfly Counseling Services and speaks regularly on the importance of mental health and wellness, while offering solutions to minimize stress, prevent burnout and achieve balance. 

We talk about:

  • The importance of addressing societal expectations that lead to burnout in women, particularly in midlife
  • The guilt that arises from cultural and gender expectations that women should prioritize their children and family over their own needs
  • How changing thought patterns through cognitive restructuring and reframing can help reduce feelings of guilt
  • How Dr Sola’s Nigerian cultural background influenced her upbringing
  • Polarization in the menopause discourse
  • Finding it easier to listen to different perspectives as you get older
  • The importance of curiosity and seeking diverse viewpoints in midlife
  • How Dr Sola helps midlife women come to terms with or move on from trauma
  • Why women fear embracing their authentic selves due to fear of rejection from others
  • How women can make changes despite potential conflict with loved ones
  • The power of butterflies as a symbol of transformation
  • Some effective strategies for preventing burnout
  • How Dr Sola helps women practice self compassion
  • Differences between US and Nigerian culture in regards to the status of women as they get older
  • Ageism and self-love in UK and Nigerian cultures

And more!

Dr Sola’s website: butterflycounselingservices.com

Facebook | Instagram | Linkedin

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managing anxiety

Managing anxiety with Trish Beauchamp

All about anxiety: why it’s bad for many women in midlife, how Covid makes it even worse and what we can do about it.

Learning to prioritize yourself

Learning to prioritize yourself with Linda McLean

A highly personal interview with my friend, Canadian singer songwriter Linda McLean, she shares about how we can prioritize ourselves and speak our truth.

Living agefully with Mariann Aalda

Meet Mariann Aalda, an American actress, stand-up comedian, and age-full evangelist. She considers age to be her superpower!

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