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Episode 168: DNA surprises, identity, healing and growth with Maria Leonard Olsen

Maria Leonard Olsen

This is such a fascinating podcast! Maria Leonard Olsen is a lawyer, an author, a TEDx speaker, and a mentor to women in recovery. She wrote 50 After 50: Reframing the Next Chapter of Your Life and is host of the Becoming Your Best Version podcast. She’s had a very full and fascinating life – so far. She has so many enthralling stories to share.

We talk about:

  • Maria’s background and passion for travel
  • Exploring other cultures and overcoming historical prejudices
  • The power of continuous growth and trying new things
  • Racial prejudice and mixed heritage identity
  • Unveiling family secrets: Maria’s DNA test surprise
  • Navigating the legal and emotional implications of misattributed parentage
  • Connecting with a previously unknown biological parent
  • Grappling with changed heritage and identity
  • Maria’s difficult journey to sobriety
  • Breaking the silence on sexual assault
  • The importance of self-care in midlife
  • What somatic healing means to Maria
  • Lifelong learning

And more!

Maria’s website: www.marialeonardolsen.com

Book: 50 After 50: Reframing the Next Chapter of Your Life

Podcast: Becoming Your Best Version

TEDx Talk: Turning Life’s Challenges Into a Force for Good

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Other resources mentioned:

Remote Year (Travel group)

23andMe: DNA Genetic Testing For Health, Ancestry And More

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Surviving a Somali desert kidnapping with Jessica Buchanan

Meet the remarkable Jessica Buchanan, the NYT bestselling co-author of Impossible Odds, a memoir that details her 93 days held in the desert by Somali land pirates, and her dramatic rescue by US Navy SEAL Team VI.

Pole dancing over 50 with Makeda Smith

Makeda Smith is a celebrity publicist, pole and exotic dancer. She began her pole and aerial training at the age of 50 and created her own exotic dance brand called FlyingOver50.

The joy of adventure with Alice Morrison

Alice Morrison is an adventurer. She’s the Indiana Jones for girls. She’s done so many things that would test anyone’s endurance. The Marathon des Sables, the Tour d’Afrique, she was the first woman to walk the full length of the Draa River in Morocco where she lives.

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Episode 167: Menopause in Africa with Sue Mbaya

Sue Mbaya is the founder and director of Menopause Solutions Africa and host of the Pause for Menopause podcast. She’s leading menopause awareness in Africa and seeking to normalize the change while empowering women. She has over 20 years of policy advocacy, advisory and development experience at national, regional and global levels with a focus on African States and the African Union. Sue’s work and influence in the area of menopause have been recognized globally and I was delighted to be able to entice her onto the podcast!

We talk about:

  • How Sue became so involved and passionate about menopause
  • The impact of stress and other life events on menopause symptoms
  • The psychological impact of menopause and the decision to use HRT
  • The challenges of getting access to healthcare in Africa
  • How menopause is not prioritized in Africa
  • The differences in terms of appreciation, knowledge, sentiment towards menopause as well as women getting older in general
  • Gendered ageism
  • The disparity in access to help and healthcare across the continent
  • 1 gynecologist for every 100,000 women in Kenya
  • Progress and initiatives in menopause awareness in Africa
  • Changing narratives so women don’t have to just power through menopause

And more!

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Podcast: Pause for Menopause

Sue’s article in The Guardian: A menopause revolution is stirring in Africa – I’m helping it to succeed

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Black menopause and staying curious with Pamela Windle

Pamela Windle is an adviser to the British Standards Institute for the new standard on menstruation, menstrual health and menopause in the workplace.

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.

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Episode 166: Writing about Jewish culture with Lynne Golodner

Lynne Golodner is a novelist writing about strong Jewish women and Jewish culture. She shares her background and journey as a writer, her focus on writing about Orthodox Jewish life, and the challenges and research involved. Lynne recently set up her own independent publishing house for women over 40 with strong voices that need to be heard. Her first novel, Woman of Valor, joins two poetry collections and six nonfiction books, including Hide and Seek: Jewish Women and Hair Covering and The Flavors of Faith: Holy Breads. This is a fascinating dive into an often hidden culture.

We talk about:

  • How Lynne became a writer
  • Writing about compelling Jewish characters
  • Educating others about Jewish culture
  • The role of food in Jewish culture
  • The significance of hair covering in Jewish culture
  • Becoming religious and then leaving Orthodoxy
  • Career pivots and founding a publishing house
  • Differences in perceptions of older women across cultures
  • Benefits of self-publishing and challenges in the publishing industry
  • Lessons learned in midlife

And more!

Lynne’s website: lynnegolodner.com

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Podcast: The Make Meaning Podcast

Mentioned in the interview: Beattie Deutsch | @marathonmother

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Maturing into hagitude with Dr Sharon Blackie

Dr Sharon Blackie is an award-winning writer, psychologist and mythologist, and the author of Hagitude: Reimagining The Second Half Of Life.

Choosing to live in the Arctic with Laura Galloway

Meet Laura Galloway author of Dalvi: Six Years in the Arctic Tundra, a heart-rending memoir and a love letter to the landscape.

Making the most of your heart beats with Julie Owen Moylan

Julie Owen Moylan is the author of That Green Eyed Girl and 73 Dove Street. We talk about life, writing, ageing, authenticity and lots more!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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