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The Merry Menopause Book Club is the podcast that brings you the authors of the books written to inspire us, educate us and guide us on our journey through midlife. Created and hosted by me Jo Fuller, Menopause and Menstruation Coach and educator and founder of the Merry Menopause online community. In each episode, I will be chatting to the author of a book that has inspired me, educated me and got me thinking. I'll also be giving away a copy of the book in discussion over on my Instagram account @themerrymenopause, and if you'd like to purchase a copy of any of the books featured head over to my website www.themerrymenopause.com/bookclub I want to help women get the information and education they need to make empowered choices around their heath and wellbeing so that ultimately they can have a Merry Menopause.

The Merry Menopause Bookclub The Merry Menopause

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The Merry Menopause Book Club is the podcast that brings you the authors of the books written to inspire us, educate us and guide us on our journey through midlife. Created and hosted by me Jo Fuller, Menopause and Menstruation Coach and educator and founder of the Merry Menopause online community. In each episode, I will be chatting to the author of a book that has inspired me, educated me and got me thinking. I'll also be giving away a copy of the book in discussion over on my Instagram account @themerrymenopause, and if you'd like to purchase a copy of any of the books featured head over to my website www.themerrymenopause.com/bookclub I want to help women get the information and education they need to make empowered choices around their heath and wellbeing so that ultimately they can have a Merry Menopause.

    Awen Clement author of Moon Wise

    Awen Clement author of Moon Wise

    Since she was little, Awen Clement has been fascinated by the magic of the moon and this led her to write and publish her book, Moon Wise.

    Awen is a healer and intuitive who works deeply with the land, the moon and the elements. 
    She teaches on spiritual connection, healing and sacred leadership, and is the founder of The Earth House, a fledgling community for folk who walk an Earth-centred spiritual path. 

    When she isn’t working or teaching Awen is raising four awesome young humans and can often be found drinking tea in her sacred shed at the bottom of her garden in Birmingham. 

    Join us as we discuss:-


    How we become Moon Wise and what living a Moon Wise life meansOur Natal moon phase and how this affects usWhat it means if you are born near a New Moon or Full Moon?That we are cyclical beings connected to nature and the impact on our wellbeing of not tuning into the seasonsOvulating on the Full Moon and bleeding on the New Moon - is this a thing?The traditional Pagan model of the three stages of a women’s life and the modern addition of a fourth stage to honour our modern Menopausal phase. What happens to the energy we use to bleed when we stop our cycle and enter into Post Menopause?What if we don’t fit into the typical archetype of child-bearer because we choose not to or can’t have children?Menopause as a positive deep inner transformation, we are not broken. How can we use the moon Post Menopause to bring out the cyclical nature in us. Why we can have such different feelings from each other around a Full Moon. 
    Awen’s book choice - Burning Women by Lucy H Pearce

    Find out more about Awen and get your copy of Moon Wise at
    https://awenclement.com
    @awen_healer

    • 41 min
    Lorraine Candy author "Mum What's Wrong With You?"

    Lorraine Candy author "Mum What's Wrong With You?"

    I kick off Season 4 with journalist, editor, co-host of "Postcards from Midlife" podcast and mum of four Lorraine Candy. Formerly the editor in chief of the Sunday Times Style magazine, Elle and Cosmopolitan, Lorraine has been writing about parenting in national newspapers and magazines for more than a decade. 
    In this episode, we talk about her family memoir “Mum What’s wrong with you” 101 things only mothers of girls know. In the pages of her book  Lorraine is lighting the way for other mums facing life with teenage girls, just as they going through their own midlife unravelling.
    Join as we talk about:-
    The many parallels between the Teenage years and the Menopause and the negative narrative that surrounds both. 
    The Perfect storm of parenting teens in your mid-40s.
    The reasons why Teenagers behave as they do, and the reasons we behave as we do.
    The importance of role modelling so our Teenagers can see us caring for ourselves and also dealing and coping with a range of emotions. 
    How our issues and childhood experiences can affect our parenting
    The pressure of parenting perfectionism
    How to recognise and recover from those dreadful moments in parenting life and the importance of being able to say sorry and move forward. 
    The immense brain changes that occur during the Teenage years.
    The loneliness and shame that can come with parenting Teens. You are not the only person getting it wrong. 
    How to deal with messy bedrooms!
    The rise of adolescent mental health
    Reforming our identity in Midlife
    The importance of eye contact and putting down our phones.
    Why you mustn’t be your child’s best friend. 
    Teenagers and phones - the power of The Digital Sunset
    Mental health policies, sex education and female financial power in our schools 
    How and why we experiencing “Living loss”
    “Meanagers” and “Moron Mum” 
    Lorraine’s book Choice 
    Terra Incognita, Travels in Antarctica by Sara Wheeler

    also mentioned in the epsisode 
    The Orchid and the Dandelion by W. Thomas Boyce
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    Find out more about my Coaching and Education, how you can work with me and get your free Menopause Symptom tracker at www.themerrymenopause.com

    • 46 min
    Lucy Peach author My Greatest Period Ever

    Lucy Peach author My Greatest Period Ever

    In this episode, I am joined by Period preacher and author of “My Greatest Period Ever” Lucy Peach.

    Lucy has performed at TEDX and toured around the globe with multiple sell-out seasons of her hilarious and heartfelt show ‘My Greatest Period Ever.’ In her own words, Lucy is changing the world “One Period at a time.”
    Join us as we discuss 
    Why it’s never too late to learn about your cycleDream, Do, Give and Take - the 4 phases of our cycle. Why other women are your alliesHow to support each other by playing to the strengths in our cycleStop banging on about the blood! Let’s get into the real gifts of our cycleEducating young women and boys are in tune with Educating Men about menopause My experience of Perimenopause The Key to a Merry MenopauseHow my work is evolving as my Menopause is evolvingHow managing your cycle will help you understand your stress and stop you from burning out. Cyclical reading!Lucys’ book  choice - Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie 

    Find out more about my Coaching and Education, how you can work with me and get your free Menopause Symptom tracker at www.themerrymenopause.com

    • 36 min
    Cara Wheatley_McGrain author Calm Your Gut

    Cara Wheatley_McGrain author Calm Your Gut

    My guest for this episode is Cara Wheatley-McGrain Hay House author, Mindset coach, and Educational Consultant. 
    Cara founded The Mindful Gut project on a mission to inspire 1 million people to become the custodians of their gut microbiome and she joins me to talk about her book “Calm your gut, a mindful and compassionate guide to healing IBD and IBS.
    In this episode:
    Cara shares her story of living with Ulcerated Colitis, from her teenage years to almost losing her colon in her early 20s. How the shock of being so seriously ill led her to be curious about her colon and discover the changes she needed to make to prevent it from being cut out. Getting to know her gut, the science and the spirituality. Intuitive and mindful eatingHow our diet impacts our gut healthHow our gut bacteria are critical to our health and wellbeingThe many problems of a long-term Western diet The global impact of the Western diet1 in 5 women will have an issue with IBSThe symptoms of IBS and IBDThe increasing spread of IBS in TeensThe powerful political statements we make every time we go shoppingThe dark side of the food industry How we used to cook and eat vs how we cook and eat todayUnderstanding the importance of how we choose to prepare and cook food on our health and wellbeing The benefits of a kitchen disco.Honouring and becoming the caretakers and custodians of our inner and outer world. Cara’s book choice 
    Woman and Nature by Susan Griffin

    Find out more about my Coaching and Education, how you can work with me and get your free Menopause Symptom tracker at www.themerrymenopause.com

    • 39 min
    Petra Coveney author of Menopause Yoga

    Petra Coveney author of Menopause Yoga

    My guest today is Petra Coveney founder and creator of Menopause Yoga, the world’s first Menopause specific yoga practice and fully accredited teacher training course. Petra is a member of the British Menopause Society and a senior teacher and trainer for the British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance Professionals. 
    Petra joins me to talk about her book Menopause Yoga which supports her training course and is also designed to raise awareness and share knowledge of Yoga and how it can support women on their Menopause journey. 
    In this episode we discuss:
    Yoga and PerimenopauseYoga and HRT - how East meets West in the treatment and management of Menopause symptoms. Why we need to take a holistic approach to MenopauseSeeing Menopause as a real opportunity to improve our health and wellbeing and to let go of habits and behaviours that don’t serve us. Petra’s Perimenopause journey, what she learnt and how she feels now Post MenopauseWhy Perimenopause can feel like a loss and time of grief. The research that shows that the highest rates of depression, suicide and divorce amongst women in the UK is between the ages of 45-55Questioning who we are and our role in lifeHow Yoga and be such a powerful part of a holistic approach to MenopauseAdapting our lifestyle to meet our mental and physical needs. The benefits of mediation and mindfulness - building the relationship with self and the wisdom deep inside that will you guide you through your menopause and tell you what you need. Every woman is completely different and needs different supportChanging and adapting our yoga practice as we ageYoga and Auyreveda - the doshasHow to use your Yoga practice to manage any symptoms. When Menopause was pathologised and made into a sickness.Tiredness and Menopause - our body is transforming on a cellular level as our oestrogen levels deplete, this takes up a lot of energy which is why we feel a deep need to rest.The benefits of lifting weights. Our Second Spring and the strong connection we have as women to mother nature.Petra's Bookchoice

    Kate Codrington - Second Spring

    Find out more about my Coaching and Education, how you can work with me and get your free Menopause Symptom tracker at www.themerrymenopause.com

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Kate Muir author of Everything You Need to Know About The Menopause (but were too afraid to ask)

    Kate Muir author of Everything You Need to Know About The Menopause (but were too afraid to ask)

    My guest for this episode is Kate Muir, author of “Everything You Need to Know About the Menopause (but were too afraid to ask)”
    Kate is a writer, campaigner and documentary maker. She is the co-creator and producer of the revolutionary channel 4 documentary Sex, Myths and the Menopause and an activist for The Menopause Charity. 
    Join us in conversation as we discuss:-
    The Revolution!! Why Menopause is a feminist issue.Why many of us are forced to look at our lives in a cold, new light at this time and suddenly realise, what about me?Kate’s relatable honesty about her Perimenopause crash and how she couldn't 'hold it up anymore.'How being hormonally barren gave Kate clarity and led her to make some tough changes. Menopause, HRT and Alzheimer’s - Kate’s story and her mum Ella’s story. Mental health can be attributed to hormonal healthKate asks with Menopause being a long term hormonal deficiency, “why wouldn’t you take HRT?” Is the natural route not to replace your natural hormones?The protective benefits of Oestrogen for brain health and bone healthTwo-thirds of Alzheimer's patients are women getting diagnosed around the age of 70, with the Alzheimers decay starting 20 years previously. Why we should pay more attention to ‘brain fog’ especially those daughters of Alzheimer'sThe Hormonal Glass CeilingWho's’ on HRT and not talking about it?Is Menopause a new feminist party?The economic privilege of Menopause. Kate gives us an insight into her next C4 programme with Davina McCall out in May 2022.The HRT window of opportunityTaking HRT at 70How lucky we are compared to our American sisters when it comes to Menopause awareness and the availability of HRT.

    Kate's book choice - Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

    You can follow Kate on IG and Twitter  @menoscandal



    Find out more about my Coaching and Education, how you can work with me and get your free Menopause Symptom tracker at www.themerrymenopause.com

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

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30 Ratings

30 Ratings

FullerGF ,

Delighted I finally gave myself the gift of listening to this excellent podcast

This has been on my list of podcasts for several months now. Today (due to some cancelled work commitments) I finally gave myself the time to listen in. Time well spent! It’s such an easy and informative listen. Jo has clearly read the books she’s talking to the authors about. Which we know is not always the case. She allows the authors to talk, tell their stories and share their wisdom, whilst prompting them from her own curiosity and her desire to educate us, with spot on questions. It was a joy to listen to. You’ll feel like your in good company. Enjoy!

noelpen ,

Lorraine Candy podcast with Jo

Loved listening to your chat especially the “moron mum” part. I too feel my adolescent sons love ganging up on me! Thanks for sharing your knowledge, the “tomorrow is another day” part helped me breathe and see light at the end of the tunnel. Keep it up Jo Xx

A Doughty ,

A must listen!

I already knew how fab Jo is & her passion for creating positive change in her field, but the podcast is just such a powerful source of information. An enjoyable & informative listen! Cannot wait for the next! X

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