106 episodes

Interested in making your midlife years amazing but not feeling your best and that perhaps, menopause has not been necessarily kind?  Do you want to get focused on setting realistic fitness goals, refining your nutrition, and improving your overall physical and mental well-being, but don't know where to start?Asking for a Friend is a midlife podcast that gets your health, wellness, and fitness questions answered by experts in their fields and features women just like you, who are stepping out to make their lives and the lives of others more fulfilled. Host Michele Folan is a 26-year veteran of the health industry, coach, mom, wife, and self-professed life-long learner, who wants you to feel encouraged to be all you were meant to be. How do you want the next 20+ years to look? What do you control? Aren't you worth it? Tune in to celebrate this time of our lives with honesty, wisdom, and humor, because no one said we have to go quietly into this chapter.Michele Folan is a certified nutrition coach with the FASTer Way program. If you would like to work with her to help you reach your health and fitness goals, sign up here:https://www.fasterwaycoach.com/?aid=MicheleFolanIf you have questions about her coaching program, you can email her at mfolanfasterway@gmail.comFollow us on Facebook at @Asking for a Friend Pod and on Instagram @askingforafriend_pod. https://www.youtube.com/@askingforafriend_pod/featuredThis podcast is for general informational purposes only and does not constitute the practice of medicine, nursing, or other professional healthcare services, including the giving of medical advice. The content of this podcast is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Users should not disregard or delay in obtaining medical advice for any medical condition they may have and should seek the assistance of their healthcare professionals for any such conditions.

Asking for a Friend - Health, Fitness & Personal Growth Tips for Women in Midlife Michele Henning Folan

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 70 Ratings

Interested in making your midlife years amazing but not feeling your best and that perhaps, menopause has not been necessarily kind?  Do you want to get focused on setting realistic fitness goals, refining your nutrition, and improving your overall physical and mental well-being, but don't know where to start?Asking for a Friend is a midlife podcast that gets your health, wellness, and fitness questions answered by experts in their fields and features women just like you, who are stepping out to make their lives and the lives of others more fulfilled. Host Michele Folan is a 26-year veteran of the health industry, coach, mom, wife, and self-professed life-long learner, who wants you to feel encouraged to be all you were meant to be. How do you want the next 20+ years to look? What do you control? Aren't you worth it? Tune in to celebrate this time of our lives with honesty, wisdom, and humor, because no one said we have to go quietly into this chapter.Michele Folan is a certified nutrition coach with the FASTer Way program. If you would like to work with her to help you reach your health and fitness goals, sign up here:https://www.fasterwaycoach.com/?aid=MicheleFolanIf you have questions about her coaching program, you can email her at mfolanfasterway@gmail.comFollow us on Facebook at @Asking for a Friend Pod and on Instagram @askingforafriend_pod. https://www.youtube.com/@askingforafriend_pod/featuredThis podcast is for general informational purposes only and does not constitute the practice of medicine, nursing, or other professional healthcare services, including the giving of medical advice. The content of this podcast is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Users should not disregard or delay in obtaining medical advice for any medical condition they may have and should seek the assistance of their healthcare professionals for any such conditions.

    Ep.105 From Confusion to Clarity: A Midlife Tale of Health and Empowerment

    Ep.105 From Confusion to Clarity: A Midlife Tale of Health and Empowerment

    When my midlife health and wellness took a troubling turn in my fifties, I went on my own search to find answers to get my body back and feel good again. My journey sits at the heart of our latest episode, joined by the resilient Stephanie Shaw, who shares her bewildering health crisis. Stephanie's tale is a stark reminder of the crucial role self-advocacy plays, especially when navigating the murky waters of perimenopause and menopause. Together, we peel back the layers of a holistic approac...

    • 34 min
    The Art of Midlife Reinvention: New Horizons in Creativity and Energy Management

    The Art of Midlife Reinvention: New Horizons in Creativity and Energy Management

    Susie deVille, anthropologist and human behavior specialist, is the Founder & CEO of the Innovation & Creativity Institute. She joins me to impart her wisdom on building a 'moat' around yourself to concentrate energy on fresh endeavors and allowing our innate creativity to shine through. As we move through the seasons of life, creativity often blossoms in the most unexpected places. Susie uncovered her artistic side amidst a period she terms her "nuclear winter," which included battli...

    • 43 min
    Ep.103 Rising Above Infidelity and Narcissism: Weighing Your Options & Reclaiming Self

    Ep.103 Rising Above Infidelity and Narcissism: Weighing Your Options & Reclaiming Self

    As life's complexities unfold, psychologist and coach Lauren Napolitano joins us to dissect the painful yet sometimes transformative nature of infidelity, providing understanding for those navigating these difficult times.Trust is the cornerstone of any relationship, yet when it's shattered by infidelity, the rebuilding process can resemble a labyrinth of emotional turns. This episode doesn't shy away from the tough conversations, including a gripping account of a woman who chose to face her ...

    • 30 min
    Ep.102 The Menopause Support Group: A Network of Support, Natural Alternatives and a Thriving Sisterhood

    Ep.102 The Menopause Support Group: A Network of Support, Natural Alternatives and a Thriving Sisterhood

    If you think back, even two years ago, the menopause conversation was still really stifled, and worse yet, resources and information were minimal. Enter our next guests to the podcast. Menopause pioneer, Gwen Harris, saw the need as far back as 2013 with the start of the Menopause Support Group. The organization grew organically to 11,000 members by 2018, and then Tina McDermott, a wellness coach, joined forces with Gwen.The Menopause Support Group now spans the globe with well over 140,...

    • 31 min
    Ep.101 Navigating Midlife Health: Empowering Women with Smart Choices and Self-Care

    Ep.101 Navigating Midlife Health: Empowering Women with Smart Choices and Self-Care

    When was the last time you went to the doctor and felt like you had a true champion in your corner? Someone rooting you on to not only improve your biomarkers and lose a few pounds, but a health care provider who gets excited for your small health wins and encourages you to live your healthiest life, not only in words but by example. Meet Dr. Tolu Olabintan.Tolu's journey from Nigeria to the U.S. has infused her medical practice with deep empathy. We dissect the challenges and strategies for ...

    • 36 min
    Ep.100 My Journey to Becoming a Coach: Finding Purpose in Health, Nutrition & Fitness

    Ep.100 My Journey to Becoming a Coach: Finding Purpose in Health, Nutrition & Fitness

    As I uncork the champagne for the 100th episode of "Asking for a Friend," I'm taking a moment to share a slice of my life's journey—a true midlife pivot. It's been a road paved with the trials of menopause, a quest to get my body back, and an unexpected turn toward the world of nutrition and fitness with the FASTer Way program. Beyond my own very positive results, this path has led me to become a certified nutrition coach, determined to empower others to take control of their health.Marking t...

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

Sarah B. Wellness ,

A Must-Listen for Midlife Women

Asking for a Friend" is a gem of a podcast for midlife women. With Michelle’s sharp intellect and exceptional interviewing skills, she delivers compelling and informative episodes.

Each conversation feels like a heart-to-heart chat with a trusted friend, covering a wide range of topics relevant to midlife. Michelle and her guests offer diverse perspectives and invaluable wisdom.

TheLykkeViking ,

Fabulous podcast!

Michele is truly a gifted podcaster! Her kindness, candor, curiosity and desire to share meaningful information and stories with her listeners is evident in all she does. She has a way of shining a light on the essence of our shared experiences and making you feel seen and heard. We all want the friend who isn’t afraid to ask the sometimes tough questions and get to the substance. I had the privilege of being a guest and was so flattered and honored to share my story. Thank you, Michele!!

Kristin Marie Jackson ,

She found her Way

Michele has a gift. She is full of light and it comes across in her voice I was interviewed on this podcast and she is down to watch and she really puts you at ease .

I love the fast she is trying to give midlife women hope and strategies to help thrive through this better side of life. It’s all right online with my passion of helping women become the healthiest, happiest version of themselves!

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