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Midlife isn’t the end of meaningful life, just the end of the first half rehearsal. Listen, laugh and be inspired as Rachel Lankester, author, mentor and founder of Magnificent Midlife, interviews women in midlife and beyond living authentic, empowered lives, not disappearing into obscurity. From round the world yachtswomen to 60 year old pole dancers, from palliative care doctors to sustainable food evangelists, this podcast explores the myriad things older women get up to and the issues we face. We challenge the status quo and bash those negative stereotypes about being an older woman. Need some inspiration about what’s possible for you? These women will show you anything is. Need help overcoming your own limiting beliefs about getting older or struggles with menopause? Learn from women who’ve experienced the same but found ways to thrive and become who they were always meant to be. Learn their life-hacks and how they do what they do. This podcast is all about celebrating women in midlife and beyond, challenging the status quo and bashing negative stereotypes about being a bit older. We’re not over the hill or on a downward slope. We get better with age not worse. We talk all things midlife, about issues that matter, and share fabulous stories of magnificent women doing very cool stuff. Now's our time! Find out more at magnificentmidlife.com.

Magnificent Midlife Rachel Lankester

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 45 Ratings

Midlife isn’t the end of meaningful life, just the end of the first half rehearsal. Listen, laugh and be inspired as Rachel Lankester, author, mentor and founder of Magnificent Midlife, interviews women in midlife and beyond living authentic, empowered lives, not disappearing into obscurity. From round the world yachtswomen to 60 year old pole dancers, from palliative care doctors to sustainable food evangelists, this podcast explores the myriad things older women get up to and the issues we face. We challenge the status quo and bash those negative stereotypes about being an older woman. Need some inspiration about what’s possible for you? These women will show you anything is. Need help overcoming your own limiting beliefs about getting older or struggles with menopause? Learn from women who’ve experienced the same but found ways to thrive and become who they were always meant to be. Learn their life-hacks and how they do what they do. This podcast is all about celebrating women in midlife and beyond, challenging the status quo and bashing negative stereotypes about being a bit older. We’re not over the hill or on a downward slope. We get better with age not worse. We talk all things midlife, about issues that matter, and share fabulous stories of magnificent women doing very cool stuff. Now's our time! Find out more at magnificentmidlife.com.

    Emotional eating and drinking with Vicky Midwood

    Emotional eating and drinking with Vicky Midwood

    Vicky Midwood is a health, nutrition, and lifestyle coach who specializes in helping people with disordered eating or drinking. I know this is an issue for many women, especially as a coping mechanism in midlife, so I’m delighted to share Vicky’s wisdom and experience on tackling this.

    We talk about:
    The difference between disordered eating and addictive behavior The common signs of disordered eating Vicky’s own story of disordered eating and addiction Why many of us use food and drink to help manage our stress The impact of Covid on addictive behavior Things that are common to sufferers The shame associated with eating disorders and addiction How to get off auto pilot when it comes to food and alcohol How to self soothe without food and alcohol Why balancing blood sugar levels is so important And more!
    Find out more about Vicky:
    Vicky’s website: vickymidwood.com
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    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, share it and leave a review on iTunes or wherever you’re listening. Find out how to leave a review here: bit.ly/leavepodcastreview
    You can find out more information and get the show notes to every episode at magnificentmidlife.com. That’s also where you’ll find strategies, support, and resources to help make your midlife magnificent. There’s a midlife wellness program, courses, midlife mentoring to help make the most of your next chapter, and our online membership program. If not now, when?

    • 57 min
    Understanding Our Many Hormones with Nicki Williams

    Understanding Our Many Hormones with Nicki Williams

    Nicki Williams is a nutritionist, author, speaker, and women’s health expert. She’s the author of the excellent book, It’s Not You, It’s Your Hormones. We often focus mainly on our sex hormones, but there are lots more to consider, especially in midlife.
    We talk about:
    How Nicki first got interested in hormones How unprepared she was for the changes of perimenopause Why we need to consider more hormones than just our sex hormones in midlife and beyond – we have over 100 hormones! The Feisty Four hormones that can cause us most trouble: cortisol, thyroid, insulin and estrogen The importance of diet and lifestyle How we can take better care of our hormonal balance The importance of stress management Looking after the gut and liver Why HRT may not be the panacea we want it to be in midlife Understanding our thyroid What to consider when things start to change in midlife How we tolerate certain things less well as we age Eliminating things like gluten and dairy short term to monitor any impact Being open to possibility and curious about how to fix issues Nicki’s 4 step happy hormone code And more!
    Find out more about Nicki:
    Nicki’s website: happyhormonesforlife.com
    Nicki’s book: ‘It’s Not You, It’s Your Hormones’
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    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, share it and leave a review on iTunes or wherever you’re listening. Find out how to leave a review here: bit.ly/leavepodcastreview
    You can find out more information and get the show notes to every episode at magnificentmidlife.com. That’s also where you’ll find strategies, support, and resources to help make your midlife magnificent. There’s a midlife wellness program, courses, midlife mentoring to help make the most of your next chapter, and our online membership program. If not now, when?

    • 54 min
    Midlife transformation with Deb Johnstone

    Midlife transformation with Deb Johnstone

    Deb Johnstone is a transformational coach, a professional speaker, a mindset coach amongst other things, and recently, a qualified yoga coach. She especially works to help women rediscover themselves in midlife. This podcast is full of wisdom for how we can live our very best lives in midlife and beyond.

    We talk about:

    Why and how Deb moved from the UK to Australia Coping when the kids leave home The events that led to her own personal transformation Coping with domestic borders under Covid Why midlife is such an opportunity for women What holds women back from living their best lives How women can rediscover themselves in midlife The importance of taking time to reevaluate life in midlife Finding creativity in midlife  Being a grandmother and the transformation that represents The three levels of change (be, do, have) Starting a new chapter as a Grandma during COVID The things you notice as an observer with grandkids Asking yourself ‘What else makes me me?”
    And more!

    Find out more about Deb:

    Deb’s website: debjohnstone.com.au

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    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, share it and leave a review on iTunes or wherever you’re listening. Find out how to leave a review here: bit.ly/leavepodcastreview
    You can find out more information and get the show notes to every episode at magnificentmidlife.com. That’s also where you’ll find strategies, support, and resources to help make your midlife magnificent. There’s a midlife wellness program, courses, midlife mentoring to help make the most of your next chapter, and our online membership program. If not now, when?

    • 45 min
    Midlife Women Rock with Breeda Bermingham

    Midlife Women Rock with Breeda Bermingham

    Breeda Bermingham is a social entrepreneur, founder of the Midlife Women Rock Project and has just published a wonderful book Midlife Women Rock: A Menopause Story for a New Generation.  She’s a former midwife and nurse so she knows a lot about women’s health. She also went back to full-time education at 49 and completed a psychology degree and a master's in sociology. Pretty impressive huh!

    This is a truly amazing conversation. Breeda moved me to tears with her wisdom and passion!

    We talk about:

    Why Breeda wanted to write her book and is passionate about changing the current narrative around menopause. Why it’s so important to change the narrative around menopause – puberty and pregnancy may be hard but the overarching narrative is positive – not so menopause. The importance of crushing the taboo and opening up conversations. How women have been silenced for too long.  The medicalization of menopause and the impact of the book Feminine Forever. Breeda’s Menopause Cafes in Ireland. The women interviewed for the book and the power of sharing experiences.  Going back to full time education at 49 and how Breeda coped with that.  How women can take more control of their menopause experience. The importance of sleep for our long term health. How amazing women are before, during and after menopause!
    And more!


    Find out more about Breeda:

    Breeda's website: midlifewomenrockproject.com

    Breeda's book: Midlife Women Rock: A Menopause Story for a New Generation

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    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, share it and leave a review on iTunes or wherever you’re listening. Find out how to leave a review here: bit.ly/leavepodcastreview
    You can find out more information and get the show notes to every episode at magnificentmidlife.com. That’s also where you’ll find strategies, support, and resources to help make your midlife magnificent. There’s a midlife wellness program, courses, midlife mentoring to help make the most of your next chapter, and our online membership program. If not now, when?

    • 46 min
    I wrote a book! Solo with Rachel

    I wrote a book! Solo with Rachel

    A solo episode with Rachel talking about her just-published book, Magnificent Midlife: Transform Your Middle Years, Menopause and Beyond!
    She talks about:
    The difficulties of writing a book Midlife as so much more than just menopause How once we get the messy stuff sorted, we can create a magnificent next chapter Why she wrote the book and what’s in it How her early menopause diagnosis became the catalyst for a whole new life A sneak peek at some of the content Understanding the hormonal fluctuations of perimenopause Coping with secondary infertility Learning about the impact of diet and lifestyle on hormonal balance How we might go about rebranding menopause The experience of women going through menopause in other cultures How ageism and the patriarchy effect our experience of menopause How ageism towards women is particularly bad in Anglo-Saxon cultures The range of things available to help our midlife transition The over-medicalization of menopause Negative language associated with menopause The possibilities menopause opens up for women Learning to see menopause as a gift And more!
    You can get your own copy of this life-changing book here.
    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, share it and leave a review on iTunes or wherever you’re listening. Find out how to leave a review here: bit.ly/leavepodcastreview
    You can find out more information and get the show notes to every episode at magnificentmidlife.com. That’s also where you’ll find strategies, support, and resources to help make your midlife magnificent. There’s a midlife wellness program, courses, midlife mentoring to help make the most of your next chapter, and our online membership program. If not now, when?
     

    • 28 min
    How to keep your brain healthy with Susan Saunders

    How to keep your brain healthy with Susan Saunders

    Susan Saunders is the co-author of the best-selling book, The Age-Well Project, and author of her latest book, The Age-Well Plan which is a blueprint for how to age well. Susan’s already been on the podcast to tell us all about what we can do to age well. That was Episode 76. This time, we’re going to talk specifically about what we can do to promote our brain health.
    We talk about:
    Why brain health is so important and personal to Susan How she lives with the knowledge of having the APOE gene How inflammation hurts us as we age How to reduce the impact of inflammation What “zombies” are when it comes to ageing How to reduce and prevent zombies in the body as we age What fisetin and quercetin are and where we can find them in our everyday diets The Mediterranean diet Understanding our ancestors’ diets and how it can help us in the modern world Intermittent fasting – what it is, why it’s good and why people like Susan do it The benefits of taking a cold shower Why we need to think about our gut health and why it’s an important part of eating for the brain health Foods that can protect our brain health And more!
    Find out more about Susan:
    Susan’s website
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    Susan’s books: The Age Well Project | The Age Well Plan
    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, share it and leave a review on iTunes or wherever you’re listening. Find out how to leave a review here: bit.ly/leavepodcastreview
    You can find out more information and get the show notes to every episode at magnificentmidlife.com. That’s also where you’ll find strategies, support, and resources to help make your midlife magnificent. There’s a midlife wellness program, courses, midlife mentoring to help make the most of your next chapter, and our online membership program. If not now, when?

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

Tam. H ,

Comforting, inspiring, awakening!

So happy to have found you! Real talk for midlifers changing the world. Love it! Thank you.

AngLife ,

Thought provoking

Interesting hearing women from different walks of life discuss a range of issues affecting women. Thanks

Midlife Makeover Sam ,

My favourite dog walk company

Most of the time when I’m walking my dog I enjoy the company of friends or family but on those days when your head is frazzled, midlife anxiety is high, then it’s Rachel to the rescue. This podcast and the guests always bring a smile to my face and I know I’m in great company!

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