Do you want to be healthier, but don't know how to do that without following a diet or other people's rules? You've come to the right place. The Done with Dieting podcast is a podcast for women who are in midlife and want to look and feel better and create more freedom in your life by doing what's right for your body - not the general population that doesn't work for you. Whether you're experiencing symptoms of perimenopause or menopause, are starting to think about life and your health as you age, and want to feel better, but don’t know exactly what to do to make that happen, this podcast has the answer. On this podcast we explore all things midlife health related. Specifically our health habits (food, moving, stress and sleep management, our bodies, and how we think about those things) to relationships, feminism, people pleasing, perfectionism, and how we show up in the world.
Learn how to manage your body’s hormones with your lifestyle behaviors, and understand how our health habits impact our body’s hormonal response. Understand what really drives us to overeat or make poor food choices, and how to create healthy habits that make you look and feel good at the same time.
Visit https://elizabethsherman.com/habits to download the 8 Basic Habits that Healthy People Do Guide & Checklist to start your journey focusing on the basics of good health for your body today!
Elizabeth Sherman is Master Certified Health and Life Coach for Women in Midlife. She’s certified through the American Council on Exercise as a Health Coach and Personal Trainer, Precision Nutrition Certified Level 1 & Level 2, and the Life Coach School as a Life & Weight Loss Coach
The Mental Offload with Shawna Samuel
Ever feel like you're constantly bombarded by societal expectations and pressures, especially as a woman? Well, you're not alone.
I recently had an eye-opening chat with Shawna Samuel, the founder of Mental Offload, and we dove into this hot topic, exploring how imperative it is to subtract these pressures to reclaim our time and energy. Shawna's insights on shedding the perennial need to please others, to make space for self-care and personal growth, are just the wake-up call we all need.
Navigating the labyrinth of household chores and responsibilities often brings its own set of challenges. The talk with Shawna brought to light the concept of weaponized incompetence, and how it's often entwined with maternal gatekeeping. These patterns can strain relationships, but more importantly, they can impact our ability to trust and allow space for our partners to learn. We dug into how we can shift these dynamics and embrace a more balanced, equitable approach at home.
Finally, we took a hard look at the mental load that women, particularly women of color, carry. This emotional and mental burden is often underappreciated, yet it can steal precious time from self-improvement and skill-building. Shawna shared practical advice on how to offload this mental load, making decisions about travel, childcare, and self-care that put you first.
Listen in and discover how to challenge societal norms, advocate for your personal space, and set the path for a life that's balanced and fulfilling.
About Shawna Samuel Shawna is an executive leadership & productivity coach for women and the host of The Mental Offload podcast. She’s the founder of The Mental Offload, which specializes in helping women balance demanding jobs and busy family lives, without losing their minds. Shawna has led teams across 20 global markets in her professional life and holds an MBA from Yale in addition to Advanced Certification in Feminist Coaching. She lives with her husband and 2 children in Paris.
Chapter Summaries Subtracting Struggles for Women's Success (0:00:01) We discuss expectations from society, how to take back our time and energy, and the importance of saying no.
Challenges With Delegating Household Chores (0:17:25) We examine weaponized incompetence, maternal gatekeeping, and how expectations can impact trust and learning.
The Mental Load and Gender Equality (0:24:01) We examine the emotional and mental toll of appearance expectations on women of color, and how this can lead to gender gaps.
Minimizing the Mental Load for Women (0:46:48) Put ourselves first to reduce mental load, advocate for space and time, and make decisions on travel, childcare, and self-care.
Offloading the Mental Load (0:56:36) Women reduce mental load, reduce expectations, and prioritize self-care to improve emotional and mental well-being.
Get full show notes and more information here: https://elizabethsherman.com/podcast/151
Setting Goals and Missing Marks: A Raw Recap
Here's a powerful notion to consider: What if falling short of your goal was the best thing that could happen to you?
In this episode, I recount the highs and lows of the past year, celebrating the podcast milestones and embracing the detours, like rebranding and unforeseen setbacks.
If your expectations are tied to societal norms, let's shake them up a bit. Personal freedom is at the core of our discussion as we wade through the waters of change and personal growth. I reassess my goals and champion the idea of embracing life's imperfections. So, prepare yourself, the journey to personal growth isn't about perfection but more about resilience in the face of adversity.
Lastly, I have a heart-to-heart about celebrating small behavioral victories over grand end goals. It's easy to get disheartened when we don't meet our lofty goals, but what if we shift our focus to smaller, more attainable behavioral changes?
Imagine the joy of having more energy, sleeping better, or even relishing a simple walk. It's time to drown out the inner critic and tune into the voice of self-love and encouragement. So join us, and let's raise a toast to our little victories on the path to optimal health.
Let's redefine success, together.
Chapter Summaries Goal Setting and Overcoming Setbacks (0:00:00) Reflecting on highs and lows, we discuss why pivoting is important, celebrating wins, and setting up for success.
Celebrating Behavioral Wins and Transformations (0:10:37) Focusing on behaviors and habits, celebrating small wins, and self-discovery are key to a successful health journey.
Navigating Change and Personal Growth (0:18:36) Taking a step back to reassess goals and freeing from rules leads to personal growth, pushing through fear and self-doubt for success.
Small Wins Lead to Big Victories (0:32:14) Celebrate successes, reach out for help, and silence self-criticism to achieve goals.
Get full show notes and more information here: https://elizabethsherman.com/podcast/150
I Don’t Do It All by Myself
Do you ever feel like you're hiding parts of yourself for fear of judgment or societal expectations? You're not alone. In this revealing episode, I share a deeply personal and unexpected secret that has been simmering behind the scenes of my life and career.
This secret isn't just about me; it opens up a hearty discussion about what it means to be a woman in today's world. It's about the roles we feel compelled to play, the masks we wear, and the pressure to appear a certain way.
What's the hidden ingredient in my life? Tune in to find out. You'll discover lessons on authenticity, vulnerability, and the courage to embrace our true selves, even when it feels uncomfortable. It's an episode that will stir your thoughts and maybe even inspire you to unveil your secrets.
Chapter Summaries: Revealing My Secret (0:00:08) I discuss embracing our true selves, being honest and authentic, and reflecting on our journey.
Challenge Gender Roles (0:03:43) Facing fears, discussing the practicality of the truth reveal, guidelines for eating, mindful eating, and breaking down judgment barriers.
Challenging Gender Biases and Embracing Choice (0:15:35) Challenging expectations of womanhood, empowering choices and redefining what it means to be a woman.
Support and Coaching for Balance (0:24:03) Self-acceptance, combating guilt and fear, building self-confidence and balance, and providing resources for healing.
"Embrace your unique path and challenge the expectations that society hands down to us." - Elizabeth Sherman
Get full show notes and more information here: https://elizabethsherman.com/podcast/149
Redefine Your Relationship with Alchohol with Molly Watts
Calling all thinkers and social drinkers!
Prepare to reassess your beliefs, confront societal norms, and redefine your relationship with alcohol. My guest, Molly Watts, and I take the lid off the alcohol industry, revealing the disturbing lack of health benefits associated with any level of drinking. Be prepared for a deep dive into the psychological aspects of alcohol consumption and the myths surrounding it that often go unchallenged.
In this episode, we dissect the complex relationship between alcohol and anxiety. We shed light on how alcohol disrupts our brain's homeostasis and potentially induces anxiety in the middle of the night.
Through our conversation, we aim to equip you with crucial insights about habitual drinking, the importance of good sleep hygiene, and the implications of heavy drinking. Here's where you'll learn how to address the anxiety that comes with tackling your drinking habits, and why it's essential to confront it head-on.
Finally, we emphasize the importance of a conscious plan for alcohol consumption. Together, Molly and I dive into strategies to manage your alcohol intake, addressing fears of missing out and emphasizing the role of self-care.
We also explore into Molly's program, ‘Making Peace with Alcohol,’ which provides group coaching, coursework, and a supportive community. So, join us as we unravel the complexities of alcohol consumption and offer tangible strategies for healthier habits.
Trust me, you won't want to miss this enlightening exchange.
Chapter Summaries: Challenging Beliefs and Habits (0:00:17) Molly and I discuss questioning beliefs, normalizing alcohol use, and language's influence on thoughts and opinions.
Exploring Alcohol Consumption and Its Impact (0:17:03) We examine the prevalence of misinformation, low-risk limits, and the need for alcohol-free days to form a healthy relationship with alcohol.
Anxiety and Alcohol (0:32:38) Molly and I discuss alcohol's neurochemistry, its relationship to anxiety, its effects on homeostasis, and the anxiety of addressing drinking habits.
Managing Alcohol Consumption (0:40:39) Molly and I discussed alcohol consumption, self-care, neurochemistry, and FOMO.
Alcohol Intake Control and Support (0:48:34) Molly Watts and I discuss creating a conscious plan for alcohol consumption, her program Making Peace with Alcohol, and its group coaching, coursework, and community.
About Molly Watts: Molly Watts is an author, podcaster, and life coach who helps daily habit drinkers change their drinking to create a peaceful relationship with alcohol.
As an adult child of an alcoholic, Molly developed a decades-long daily drinking habit that defied logic and caused endless anxiety. Worrying about alcohol, first with her mother and then as her own drinking habit seemed "unbreakable", was exhausting.
Using science as her guide, Molly transformed her drinking and became what she now calls an alcohol minimalist. Most importantly, she is completely at peace with alcohol and helps other people do the same.
"Alcohol disrupts sleep patterns, compounding insomnia and disrupting sleep cycles, especially for women in menopause." - Elizabeth Sherman
Get full show notes and more information here: https://elizabethsherman.com/podcast/148
Do You Have Peter-Pan Syndrome?
In today's upbeat and eye-opening episode, We’re taking a candid look at the "Peter Pan Syndrome," that tendency we have to cling to youth in ways that actually make our health choices anything but youthful. I'll take you back to when I was 22, equating fun with a whole lot of unhealthy habits, and lay bare the biases and misconceptions we often have about what being young, 'edgy,' or 'fun' really means.
I'll also dig into the hidden narratives in food marketing—ever notice how processed, unhealthy options get billed as 'party foods,' while anything healthy gets tagged as 'boring' or 'old'? Through stories like a client of mine who was scared of losing her connection with her boyfriend by eating healthier, I'll unfold the irrational ties we make between overeating, overdrinking, and this idea of defying aging.
But here's the real meat of today's talk—it's all about empowerment and self-realization. I'm inviting you to take a hard look at how you want to think about eating well and caring for your body. Let's break free from those narratives that aren't doing us any favors and redefine what fun and youthfulness really mean—in terms of energy, vitality, and feeling amazing.
In this episode, I aim for you to realize that taking control of your health isn't about resigning to getting old; it's about truly living. It's about embracing every age with wisdom and celebrating each stage of life with a joy and fulfillment that's genuinely ageless.
Chapter Summaries: Redefining Aging, Fun, and Responsibility (0:00:04) Exploring the Peter Pan syndrome, I uncover how unhealthy habits are marketed as fun and how to redefine health, joy and vitality.
Embracing Aging With Grace and Vitality (0:10:26) Question beliefs around aging, health, and vitality; embrace aging with grace and wisdom; live life to fullest.
Continuing the Conversation (0:21:06) Challenge societal expectations and create a life of joy, health and possibilities without conforming.
"Embrace aging as a journey of wisdom and vitality, and challenge the narrative that equates youthfulness with unhealthy habits. Rediscover joy, energy, and the vibrant life that awaits you." - Elizabeth Sherman
Get full show notes and more information here: https://elizabethsherman.com/podcast/147
BONUS 2024 Sisterhood Retreat
In this episode, Elizabeth invites listeners to explore an exclusive opportunity to rediscover themselves through The Sisterhood Retreat 2024.
Nestled in the serene town of Puerto Morelos, Mexico, this transformative experience is meticulously designed for women in their 40s and 50s who feel stuck and unfulfilled, despite their commitments to work and family.
Elizabeth will discuss what makes this retreat so special, from its focus on self-discovery and time management to the activities and workshops that promise a week of renewal and growth.
Testimonials from previous participants bring to life the transformation that awaits. The episode will touch on all the details you'd need to know, plus address potential concerns and questions.
If you've been yearning for a break, this episode will show you why The Sisterhood Retreat is more than just a vacation—it's the key to unlocking the vibrant, self-assured woman you used to be, and still are.
This episode is here to inspire, to challenge, and ultimately to offer you a catalyst for change. Whether you already have your answers or are still searching, this retreat awaits you, ready to make your dreams of renewed self-discovery a reality.
Get more information here: https://elizabethsherman.com/retreat-2024
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN The Sisterhood Retreat provides a safe, supportive space for women to connect, be vulnerable, and embark on a journey of positive personal transformation.
Discover how this retreat empowers women to prioritize self-care and personal growth in a supportive environment, regardless of their uncertainty about goals and next steps.
Discover how personal success stories can guide your decision to pursue a similar experience.
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