95 episodes

Bite-Sized Balance is a podcast where everyday extraordinary women share their stories, expertise and wisdom with other women - all in the name of lifting each other up and creating a better life balance.

Whether it’s wellness, career, relationships, alcohol, food, mindfulness, hormones or parenting - we talk about all things women’s balance.

If your life looks great "on paper" but it still feels like something is missing, you're in the right place.


Wendy McCallum, the host of Bite-Sized Balance, is a Certified Burnout & Balance Coach and Wellness Expert who has spent over ten years helping busy high achievers create more joyful, balanced lives.

As an experienced coach (and ex-lawyer!) she speaks with honesty and empathy. No stranger to burnout, she’s been where many of her clients find themselves.

Wendy has a background in nutrition and wellness (RHN, NNCP), life coach training through CTI, and a sub-specialty in alcohol-free life coaching (as a Certified Naked Mind Coach).

She helps busy people reduce stress, prevent burnout, and replace unhealthy coping mechanisms like food, alcohol and social media) with healthier habits.

Find Wendy at www.wendymccallum.com

Bite-Sized Balance Podcast with Wendy McCallum Wendy McCallum, Burnout & Balance Coach

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 67 Ratings

Bite-Sized Balance is a podcast where everyday extraordinary women share their stories, expertise and wisdom with other women - all in the name of lifting each other up and creating a better life balance.

Whether it’s wellness, career, relationships, alcohol, food, mindfulness, hormones or parenting - we talk about all things women’s balance.

If your life looks great "on paper" but it still feels like something is missing, you're in the right place.


Wendy McCallum, the host of Bite-Sized Balance, is a Certified Burnout & Balance Coach and Wellness Expert who has spent over ten years helping busy high achievers create more joyful, balanced lives.

As an experienced coach (and ex-lawyer!) she speaks with honesty and empathy. No stranger to burnout, she’s been where many of her clients find themselves.

Wendy has a background in nutrition and wellness (RHN, NNCP), life coach training through CTI, and a sub-specialty in alcohol-free life coaching (as a Certified Naked Mind Coach).

She helps busy people reduce stress, prevent burnout, and replace unhealthy coping mechanisms like food, alcohol and social media) with healthier habits.

Find Wendy at www.wendymccallum.com

    The Little Podcast That Could - 100th Episode Celebration (with Dr. Sarah Baillie, N.D.)

    The Little Podcast That Could - 100th Episode Celebration (with Dr. Sarah Baillie, N.D.)

    It’s the 100th episode of Bite-Sized Balance! In today’s episode of ‘the little podcast that could’, regular co-host and bestie Dr. Sarah Baillie, N.D., joins host Wendy to celebrate 100 episodes of Bite-Sized Balance, the “fake” podcast that Wendy started over two years ago. They each choose a handful of episodes that stand out for them from past seasons and discuss why you should give them a listen if you haven’t had the chance or are a new listener to the show.
     
    They also talk about feeling “couchy”, the pitfalls of Daylight Savings Time, and Sarah’s newfound passion for coaching.
     
    Here are their favourite episodes with the links to watch on Wendy’s website (you can also listen to all of these on your favourite podcast platform):
     
    Episode 1: The Meno Whisperer (Dr. Sarah Baillie, N.D.)
    https://www.wendymccallum.com/blog/the-bite-sized-balance-podcast-with-guest-dr-sarah-baillie-nd-aka-the-meno-whisperer
     
    Episode 9: Alcohol and Women’s Burnout (Annie Grace)
    https://www.wendymccallum.com/blog/annie-grace-alcohol-and-womens-burnout
     
    Episode 35: Life in the Sandwich (Wendy and Meg’s Story)
    https://www.wendymccallum.com/blog/wendy-meg-s-story-life-in-the-sandwich
     
    Episode 37: Pregnancy Loss & Grief (Wendy’s story)
    https://www.wendymccallum.com/blog/infertility-loss-grief-wendy-s-story
     
    Episode 93: Emptying the Nest – The Grief and Joy of Letting Go
    https://www.wendymccallum.com/blog/emptying-the-nest-the-grief-joy-of-letting-go
     
    Episode 48: No More Fu*#s To Give – The Midlife Woman’s Anthem
    https://www.wendymccallum.com/blog/no-more-fu-s-to-give-the-midilife-woman-s-anthem-with-dr-sarah-baillie
     
    Episode 63: Women’s Desire in Midlife (Dr. Lori Brotto) https://www.wendymccallum.com/blog/women-s-desire-in-midlife-with-dr-lori-brotto
     
    Episode 64: Desire Debrief – The Burnout Connection
    https://www.wendymccallum.com/blog/midlife-desire-debrief-the-burnout-connection
     
    Episode 66: The Midlife Therapy Every Woman Should Know About (Erika Burger)
    https://www.wendymccallum.com/blog/the-midlife-therapy-every-woman-should-know-about-with-erika-burger
     
    Episode 91: The Key to Midlife Happiness
    https://www.wendymccallum.com/blog/the-key-to-midlife-happiness-with-dr-sarah-baillie-n-d
     
    Episode 10: Women’s Burnout and Adrenal Fatigue
    https://www.wendymccallum.com/blog/sarah-baillie-n-d-women-s-burnout-adrenal-fatigue
     
    Episode 13: Burnout Prevention and Recovery
    https://www.wendymccallum.com/blog/dr-sarah-baillie-n-d-burnout-prevention-and-recovery
     
    For free tools and resources for making change around alcohol, burnout, or midlife, visit: www.wendymccallum.com/learn-with-wendy

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Women, Burnout Culture and the Great Resignation with Sara McElroy

    Women, Burnout Culture and the Great Resignation with Sara McElroy

    Sara McElroy is a former hustle culture devotee, ex-chief marketing officer, the Wall Street Journal’s poster girl for pandemic career burnout, and a two-time member of the Great Resignation: class of 2021 and 2022. Following a stress-induced shingles diagnosis in early 2021, Sara decided to hit the reset button on her life; she quit her hard-won CMO job and trekked to Peru's Sacred Valley to reset her frayed nervous system. When she returned, she relocated from the buzzy metropolis of Atlanta to the beach in South Florida for a new job and a fresh start. But she once again encountered deeply ingrained cultural issues in her new role, and ultimately, she walked away again. Finding herself in the company of millions of other women who also set unfulfilling jobs ablaze during the Great Resignation, she returned to her journalism roots and began to explore the stories, breaking points, and defining moments that led women to seek greater opportunity mid-pandemic. These conversations became the genesis of Raze to Rise – an organization created to amplify women’s voices from the Great Resignation and inspire others to blaze new trails in their own careers.
    According to a recent report, more than 50% of women plan to quit their jobs within the next two years (Deloitte, Apr 2022.) Wendy and Sara talk about how burnout is like a death by a thousand papercuts, and why healing often takes more than a career change or a vacation. They also discuss misogynistic and toxic workplaces, the myth of “having it all” and why the Great Resignation is representative of a much bigger shift in how women are approaching their careers. Sara shares her recent journey in becoming alcohol-free and they discuss the post-alcohol transformation that Wendy sees happen so often in her coaching practice. Finally, they make some predictions around the future of work for women and spitball some of the possible consequences of the Great Resignation for corporate North America.
    Links:
    https://www.razetorise.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/sarajmcelroy/
    www.linkedin.com/in/sarajmcelroy
    Worried you’re burning out? Take my free burnout quiz, here: https://www.wendymccallum.com/pl/198095

    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Rise of Anxiety & Overwhelm with Kelley Kitley

    The Rise of Anxiety & Overwhelm with Kelley Kitley

    Kelley Kitley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and therapist with over 20 years of experience in the field, a sought after international mental health media expert, a mom of four, and a bestselling author of her autobiography of survival “My self.” She has appeared in hundreds of publications, podcasts, live news, and radio shows including The Today Show, The Chicago Tribune, Self magazine, Shape, Dr Oz, The Drew Barrymore Show, the Wall Street Journal and the Oprah Magazine, and owns Serendipitous Psychotherapy, in Chicago. 
    Kelley shares her story of trauma, alcohol dependence and recovery as well as some of her best strategies as a therapist for helping women reduce overwhelm and get more present in their lives. Wendy and Kelley discuss why anxiety is on the rise, and the growing epidemic of “busyness” for women. They provide practical, accessible ideas for creating moments of mindfulness in your day including a simple coffee and shower ritual. They also explore the power of consciously choosing to care less and how this can transform overwhelmed and exhausted women’s lives.
    Links:
    www.kelleykitley.com
    Kelley’s autobiography "MY self" https://amzn.to/3VAUe8W

    • 55 min
    Finding Magic in Midlife Recovery (with Racquel Reid)

    Finding Magic in Midlife Recovery (with Racquel Reid)

    Racquel Reid is a certified This Naked Mind coach with a unique story of recovery. In this episode, Racquel shares her drinking story and explains why her life got smaller 11 years ago when she first stopped drinking, and how after years of feeling “abnormal” and hiding away from the world, she rediscovered her power and magic and has built a life beyond what she could have imagined. Both in the “zigs and zags” of menopause, Racquel and Wendy discuss how happy they are to be alcohol-free at this stage of their hormonal lives and how they have both discovered a confidence and clarity in menopause. Racquel shares her next big leap: taking her coaching business on the road as she explores South America and Eastern Asia on her own.
    As a coach, Racquel works primarily with women who have already stopped drinking but are feeling disempowered and less than magical about their own lives.
    More about Racquel: http://www.racquelreid.com/

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Pet Peeves in Midlife (with Dr. Sarah Baillie, N.D.)

    Pet Peeves in Midlife (with Dr. Sarah Baillie, N.D.)

    If you need a good laugh and a little levity, tune into this episode, where Wendy and Sarah share the list of “Pet Peeves” that they’ve been accumulating together over the last year, including petty yet universal annoyances like the perpetual “goaty” smell of dishtowels and empty ice cube trays left in the freezer, but also inexplicable, less rational irritants like mimes (in general, in person or on screen), books about the Great Depression or riding trains and anything “curated, artisanal or bespoke.”
    There’s something in this episode for everyone (if nothing else, you’ll feel better about your own cortisol jacking pet peeves, promise!) Join Wendy and Sarah for a fun conversation about the small things that drive them crazy in midlife.
    We don’t think you’ll regret it.
    For free tools and resources for making change around alcohol, burnout, or midlife, visit: www.wendymccallum.com/learn-with-wendy

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Drinking and Your Hormones in Midlife (with Dr. Brooke Scheller)

    Drinking and Your Hormones in Midlife (with Dr. Brooke Scheller)

    Dr. Brooke Scheller is a Doctor of Clinical Nutrition, Certified Nutrition Specialist, and expert in nutrition for alcohol use by impacting gut and brain health. She is a leader in the wellness space, pioneering the understanding of how alcohol impacts the gut, our nutritional pathways, and the brain through nutrient deficiencies.
     
    In this episode, Dr. Brooke shares what led her to challenge her relationship with alcohol and stop drinking during the pandemic. Wendy and Brooke discuss how drinking affects our hormones in midlife, including our reproductive and thyroid hormones, and our blood sugar management. Dr. Brooke explains how drinking less can help us feel better and how our food choices can help us to cut back without feeling deprived. She provides some simple actionable steps you can take now to give your body more of what it needs to create and manage your hormones. It’s a fascinating discussion you won’t want to miss!

    More about Dr. Scheller: https://brookescheller.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/drbrookescheller/

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

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67 Ratings

67 Ratings

kmacnaull ,

Ladies listen up

This podcast is relatable on so many levels. Love the way Wendy reassures women that they are not alone in this journey called life.

sheri in toronto ,

Like a podcast BFF

Smart, funny & insightful. Great advice for midlife women who value straight talk with a real-life focus.

Corey_yyc ,

Finally!

A podcast that speaks to me! Full disclosure - I know Wendy from way back when and that’s why I initially gave this podcast a listen. I truly didn’t expect it to resonate with me the way it has but it literally helped me cope through some really tough times over the past few months. The practical tips on how to break the stress cycle have been especially helpful for me. My new favourite saying is “could I care less?” 😊

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