Episode 28: Going on a Messy Middle Road Trip with Janine and Nicole

I interview Janine Queenin and Nicole Markel, hosts of the Messy Middle Roadtrip Podcast. In this fascinating and very wide-ranging interview, we talk about almost everything under the sun from perimenopause to travel, from toxic products to being a ninja warrior! And all things midlife in between.

We cover:

  • How Janine and Nicole came up with the concept and the name for their podcast, Messy Middle RoadTrip
  • Getting beyond the invisibility of getting older and the embarrassment of menopause
  • Changing society’s narratives around our worship of youth
  • How midlife women are a huge untapped sector of society
  • How we can sometimes make ourselves invisible by our poor self-talk
  • Fighting against the urge to step back
  • Starting new businesses in midlife
  • Disconnecting through travel
  • Eliminating toxicity from the products we use everyday
  • Finding inspiration for a business in illness
  • Defeating psoriatic arthritis and improving psoriasis through eating clean, using clean products and lifestyle changes, rather than medication
  • How labels can in be incredibly misleading
  • Regulations on products are woefully inadequate and worse in the US than in Europe
  • How the term fragrance can be used to hide a multiple of nasty ingredients
  • In the US only 11 harmful ingredients are banned. In Europe the figure is 1300!
  • How hormonal changes in midlife can highlight issues that need to be dealt and it’s important to listen to our bodies
  • How stress can create a perfect storm of factors leading to ill health
  • How positive natural solutions can be massively transformative
  • The importance of not letting disease define you
  • Trial and error in starting a business and not wanting to have a boss any more
  • The importance of thinking about the environment when it comes to travelling
  • The prevalence of greenwashing – making environmental claims that cannot be backed up
  • How product formulations change when the small business sells out to a bigger company
  • The impact of laundry detergent on skin
  • The impact of inhaling vapours from synthetic cleaning products especially at home when it’s cold outside
  • The importance of checking labels on products
  • The impact of the toxic body buildup of ingredients on fertility and other issues including our experience of menopause
  • The amazing things midlife women are doing and that they talk about on the Messy Middle Roadtrip podcast
  • How little we know about teenager’s lives
  • The spirit of midlife women and their willingness to share
  • The importance of talking about health issues in particular
  • The power behind owning your story and being proud of it

And lots more!

Find out more about Janine and Nicole: messymiddleroadtrip.com

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