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Menopause Conversations is a podcast for women in their mid-stage of life. We explore the issues that impact women as they transition through peri and post menopause. Join us and become part of the conversation as we explore the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of being a women in her mid-stage of life. Episodes include a mix of interviews with Wise Women as well as some solo episodes from Naturopath and Menopause Coach, Angela Counsel.

Menopause Conversations Angela Counsel

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Menopause Conversations is a podcast for women in their mid-stage of life. We explore the issues that impact women as they transition through peri and post menopause. Join us and become part of the conversation as we explore the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of being a women in her mid-stage of life. Episodes include a mix of interviews with Wise Women as well as some solo episodes from Naturopath and Menopause Coach, Angela Counsel.

    Why Joints Ache in Peri-Menopause

    Why Joints Ache in Peri-Menopause

    One of the symptoms associated with menopause that is least discussed is joint and body pain. I had continual pain for approximately 2 years when I was in peri-menopause. Although I don't often use painkillers, there have been a few times when I needed to take Panadeine just to fall asleep. Since this generation of women leads more active lives than our mothers and grandmothers did, joint and body pain have not historically been a common symptom associated with Menopause. But there are several factors that need to be considered here. The drop in Oestrogen, diet and ordinary wear and tear all contribute to the pain. Any underlying inflammation will become visible when Oestrogen levels drop, and collagen levels decrease.

    Inflammation is most frequently brought on by our food, but there are other causes as well. Collagen is what keeps our skin appearing smooth and young, it also keeps our ligaments and tendons working properly. So, when collagen levels decline, we may become stiffer and less flexible. Meanwhile, our muscle tissue and joint membranes are protected in part by Oestrogen. It aids in the repair of our joints and contributes to the cell turnover process. The normal wear and strain on the joints are another factor that needs to be taken into account. Women who regularly exercise are more susceptible to joint wear and tear.

    Nonetheless, we must acknowledge that Menopause is a period of life that happens naturally and it not actually the problem. The issue stems from how we have, up to this point, handled our bodies. Most of us use excessive amounts of alcohol, consume diets heavy in inflammatory foods like sugar, and fail to get adequate sleep. But the good thing is we can get rid of this pain by making changes in our lifestyles. Listen to this episode to find out more.

    If, while listening to this podcast episode, you find that you now want to take better care and control of your life, why not join us on a FREE 5-day workshop called "The Secret to Thriving in Menopause" where I will share the exact steps you will take to thrive. Click HERE to register.

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    Running a Marathon in Peri-Menopause with Tania Dalton

    Running a Marathon in Peri-Menopause with Tania Dalton

    At the age of 47 Tania Dalton started to wonder what would happen if she lived a short life like her Dad, what would she miss out on? Tania decided that she was going to train to run a marathon even though she says she didn’t consider herself an athlete, didn’t like running and she wasn’t fast. Peri-menopause hit Tania quite hard with lots of symptoms such as hot flushes, weight gain and debilitating joint pain. But she didn’t give up. Tania completed the marathon in a faster time than she thought was possible.

    But that wasn’t end of physical challenges for Tania, she then decided to complete a full Ironman event. It took her 3 years of training, while her menopause symptoms were getting worse due to the stress that she was putting her body under and then along came covid and threatened to derail everything that she had trained for. Tania kept training but she knew there was a chance that she wouldn’t make the cut off for the event or even be able to travel interstate as border closures came in virtually overnight. Listen to the podcast to hear what happened.

    Tania’s story is one of grit and determination and she realised that she was more capable than she ever thought possible. Her message to all women is that you can do anything that you put your mind to and she believes that menopause makes you stronger.

    If you are struggling with symptoms like Tania was or you have developed a meno-belly that you can’t seem to shift then why not join me for the free 5 Day Secret to Thriving in Menopause Workshop that kicks off again soon, to register and to get access to a bonus free Understanding Hormones E-course click HERE.

    • 44 min
    Insulin - The Hidden Hormone in Menopause

    Insulin - The Hidden Hormone in Menopause

    This week is the final episode in the Understanding Hormones series and in the episode, I am talking about the hormone Insulin and specifically something that is known as Insulin Resistance. Insulin Resistance is one of the key factors when it comes to weight gain in peri-menopause and beyond. In this episode you will discover:

    - What the role of insulin is in the body

    - What insulin resistance is

    - How the shift in your reproductive hormones can trigger insulin resistance

    - The other factors that you need to consider when it comes to insulin resistance

    - What you can do to reverse insulin resistance and get rid of your meno-belly

    If you want a better understanding of why you put on weight as you move through peri-menopause and beyond why not download a copy of the free Secret to Getting Rid of Your Meno-Belly Ebook. You will find further information about Insulin Resistance, Thyroid Concerns and other causes of your weight gain and most importantly you will discover the steps that you can take you reduce your meno-belly and your other symptoms that are often associated with menopause. To grab your copy click HERE.

    • 21 min
    Thriving Thru Menopause in the Workplace with Clarissa Kristjansson

    Thriving Thru Menopause in the Workplace with Clarissa Kristjansson

    In this week’s episode of Menopause Conversations, I have Clarissa Kristjansson as my guest. Clarissa is a Mindful and Menopause Expert, Author of the bestseller The Mindful Menopause and the host of Thriving Thru Menopause Podcast. Clarissa believes that life transitions give women the opportunity to explore life differently. In this episode we discuss the important topic of menopause in the workplace and how you can not only keep your job but thrive.

    Some of the topics that we cover in this episode include:

    - Why it is important to take a kinder approach to ourselves through peri-menopause and beyond

    - How to shift from blaming and criticising ourselves to self-acceptance

    - Clarissa shares her journey through menopause while she was in a high level corporate role

    - Some mindbody practices to help you to manage your symptoms

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    If one of your concerns around menopause is weight gain that won’t shift regardless of what you do then why not grab a copy of my free ebook called The Secret to Getting Rid of Your Meno-Belly. Click HERE and get ready to start shifting your meno-belly.

    • 51 min
    Thyroid and Menopause

    Thyroid and Menopause

    It is time to get a better understanding of the role that the thyroid plays in some of t he symptoms that are often associated with menopause, particularly weight gain.  In this episode of Menopause Conversations, you will discover:

    - The role your thyroid plays in keeping you healthy

    - The specific nutrients you require for a healthy thyroid

    - Why the liver plays such an important role in keeping your thyroid functioning well

    - How you can support your liver through food and nutrition

    Weight gain is one of the most common symptoms that women complain about when it comes to menopause and while the thyroid might be playing a role there are several other factors that are also impacting your weight and importantly your ability to lose the extra kilos.  This is why I have written an ebook called The Secret to Getting Rid of Your Meno-Belly, you can grab your free copy HERE.

    • 22 min
    The Vag Queen with Sandy Davies

    The Vag Queen with Sandy Davies

    Sandy Davies is the creator of the menopause balm called Happy Pause and is affectionately known as the Vag Queen. Sandy is on a mission to open the conversation around vaginal health as women age. Sandy is also full of life and vitality; this conversation was so much fun to have. Join us as Sandy shares her story around menopause, what her beliefs were and how much they have changed now that she has moved through her own menopause transition.

    This menopause conversation goes in many different directions, just like menopause itself really. The underlying message from Sandy is that menopause and midlife are opportunities for women to connect to their inner wisdom and embrace their next stage of life. This is not a time of life to be held back by conditions such as vaginal dryness and whether you experience dryness or not every woman deserves to feel great ‘down there’.

    Why not take the Happy Pause Challenge that Sandy speaks about in this episode, to learn more visit www.happypause.com.au.

    You can also follow Sandy on Instagram and Facebook.

    • 41 min

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