Just how do you know what to do and ask when someone close to you gets very ill and you all of a sudden become a carer? The Carers Compass is an organisation established by Dianne Gatto who had this very experience when her dad became very ill.
I chat with Dianne about becoming a carer, about all of the things she learned and how the Carers Compass can help someone new to their role. This I s not generally something we choose and it generally doesn’t happen when we think we are ready for it. Listen in for an inside information about becoming a carer.
Communicating in a Relationship can be quite difficult and we also bring so much of our past, and our bad habits, with us into the space. This week I talk with stand up comedienne Jo Drennan and her business partner Ilka about their fabulous Facebook live series about just this very topic. Ilka and Jo present a very funny look at how we live our lives and what we do with our relationships through live streaming. The very best thing is they are older women who have lived quite a bit and so they have a unique and very funny perspective on what and how we tick.
Just what are the pieces of this healthy life puzzle and how can you incorporate them easily into your life so you can get more out of it? Just a little question that Peta, from strong Healthy Women, and I talk about in this conversation.
Believe it or not, they are not the most complicated things in the world but actually understanding them and establishing how you can improve each part will make a difference to your health and wellbeing. As usual, this conversation takes us to some interesting places.
Just what does this word mean to you? Actually what does it really mean in our modern context where many of us go on to have more than one career. The second one starting after we have supposedly retired. Meet Maria Patserakis who is dedicating her time and energy to helping women actually retire with “Joy”. Maria and I go deep into what this means for women, the opportunities it opens up and Maria also gives us the heads up on what you need to think about ahead of time. No this is not a discussion about money, thank heavens, but one about the most important thing to you and that is your life and what you do with it.
Broken hearted? Well this week’s guest Leah Shepherd can really help you get some perspective and help you really understand what is really going on. Leah and I talk all about relationships, breaking up and grief about not having that certain person there anymore. Leah’s own story is a fascinating journey into understanding what happens to you physically and emotionally when you “break up”.
Leah has spent many years researching the physiology of this type of grief initially to understand her own reactions, but then to understand more so she can help others.
If you have ever wondered why it hurts so much then listen in, even if you haven’t it is a fascinating topic about the connection between your body and soul so to speak.
Well what’s next. Did you know that when you walk you are nearly always balancing on one leg? This week I talk with “The Barefoot Podiatrist”, Paul Thompson about understanding your feet and the impact that they have on your body and your health.
Paul started out his career as a ”normal” podiatrist but his own issues with his feet, and having a small child got him interested in the role shoes play in our lives. Most importantly, just how very important your feet and their connection to your brain actually is.
Paul and I talk about one of the best ways to improve your movement by actually taking your shoes off. We talk about how you might transition to doing more barefoot action and also set some challenges to help you improve your balance. A truly insightful exploration about movement and how to improve yours as you get older.
Feldenkrais, have you ever wondered what it is? Join me as I discuss this amazing practice with Margaret Kaye, an experienced practitioner and inspirational woman.
Margaret takes us through a little mindfulness and exercise practice you can do sitting in your chair to show us exactly how powerful being aware and moving gently can be for your body and its movement.
We talk about how you can retrain your body to move better and with less pain if you just become more aware of what it is you are doing with it.
A really enjoyable and interesting conversation about your capability and the ageing myth.
Eating whole foods for your health with Sal Prothero qualified Nutritionist and whole Food practitioner. Oh yes my favourite topic FOOD. Sal Prothero took quite a while to actually get her nutrition qualifications but like every good woman she never gave up. Sal talks with us about the benefits of eating foods in their whole state as much as you can and the advantages for your body.
We touch on what carbs really are and why you shouldn’t eliminate them from your diet completely. What you can eat for your brain health. Probiotics and keeping your gut healthy so it can absorb all the nutrients you need.
So get out there and have a slice of sourdough (oh yes they do make gluten Free ones as well) with some good pickles on it.
Get Help FAST that’s the message from this week’s incredible woman Shelagh Brennand. Shelagh, not quite 50 at the time, was out in her garden just a few years ago when she started to feel quite unwell. Unbeknown to her she was actually having a stroke. Fortunately, Shelagh’s son was home, and after collapsing she ended up in the back of the ambulance and on her way to hospital.
Shelagh and I chat about what having a stroke has meant to her. Her experience through diagnosis and recovery, and her amazing life now.
Shelagh has now dedicated her life to helping others understand about stroke, and has recently published a book of poems, “A Stroke of Poetry”, that she wrote to help her through her recovery.
Her biggest tips; be grateful for all you have, and know the signs of a stroke.
“It’s never too late in fiction or in life to revise” so said Janis Joplin. My guest this week has certainly lived that mantra since she turned fifty. Jeanette Anderson from Nature Direct talks with me about changing your direction in life, taking risks and keeping active and curious as you get older.
Jeanette will definitely inspire you to take on the thing you have always wanted to do. We talk about how other people view you, and what happens when all of a sudden you are not the person they have known for the last 50 years, and how challenging that can be.
Jeanette’s outlook on life is full of energy and determination to really enjoy her time on this earth. Listen in it might be just the inspiration you are looking for.
Just Juicy and all thing Menopause with Blogger Mel Kettle. In her early 40’s Mel Kettle started to have some unusual symptoms that she knew had nothing to do with stress. Her journey to diagnosis of an early perimenopause sent her online and blogging about just what it is like to be a woman facing all of these things.
Mel and I talk about the good, and bad, of what happens to you personally when you live through this part of your life. Everything from the joys of not having periods through to the inability to sleep every night, and all things in between.
Mel has some really practical tips for hot flushes and sleeping, as well as her biggest wish… that we talk about this a lot more with the men in our lives so that they too can understand what is really going on.
Respect Yourself and have some boundaries, one of the gems from this week’s conversation with Talli Kimelman. Talli is one powerhouse of a woman who has spent her life doing what she loves, and interestingly what she actually knew she wanted to do from day one, caring for children. Having trained as a teacher Talli went on to have 11 children who are now grown. Talli then decided this was her time and she could start to do all of the things she had wanted to. An experienced parenting coach, childcare director, author of Make Mine Mensch and mentor to many young parents. Talli gives us some great tips for being a great grandparent and also being good and kind to yourself. A truly delightful conversation with someone who fills every minute of her life.
Listen in as Jennifer is interviewed by Janine Hall, from Organic Lip Balm, about her new book which is now available in hard copy.
Jennifer explains why she wrote the book and discusses the four sections. Preparing, Pursuing, Persevering and Purchasing and how they fit together As well as how you might use it to design a fitter and healthier life for yourself as a Fifty Plus Woman.
Let’s talk the whole thing out. If you are confused about what these things are and how they affect you then listen in to Carla Johnson Accredited Practising Dietitian. Carla gives us the real deal on how fat actually works in your body. Did you know the babies use their brown fat to keep warm? Also that not keeping your house too hot can actually help your brown fat burn more energy in your body.
Carla takes us through what kind of fat is the best to have, oh and that you should be having some good fat every day. We take a brief diversion to talk about coconut oil and what it really is.
So eat up, add an avocado and drizzle some olive oil on that salad and be merry.
Bespoke perfumer and clinical aromatherapist Angela Vrettas and I take a delightful romp through the world of scent. How essential oils and their powerful properties as well as their smell can contribute to your well-being.
Do you remember the smell of your mother or some other significant person in your life? What smells do you love and just what kind of smell or perfume do people relate to you?
Angela talks about how she identifies a person’s essence so she can create a bespoke perfume just for you. Such a lovely conversation one destined to make you smile the next time you smell something you recognise.
I’m lucky enough to have enticed Kristie Melling back into the studio to talk about taking good care of your body through massage, and how to do it yourself. Kristie from Feeling Peachy is a thoughtful, practical and vivacious massage therapist who believes in being kind to your body but also learning how to take care of it yourself.
Join us as Kristie takes us through her new “Recharge Your Body” and “Couples Massage” programs and gives us a couple of really worthwhile tips for taking care of your feet and your partner.
Yes this weeks’ topic is X-rated, that is we are talking about sex, vaginas and things you can do to help you have a full, happy and sexy life. I am speaking with Natalie Holzgrefe from V’Juvenate about vaginal and sexual dysfunction and incontinence, and the latest technology to help you with these issues.
So no missing out on your gym sessions or feeling uncomfortable and then not doing what you need or would like to do just because of problems “down there”. This is an depth discussion about a fascinating new treatment that might be just the right thing for you.
Money the age old issue that has brought world powers down, pushed couples apart and damaged the health of more than one of us in some way during our lives. This weeks’ guest Maggie Wilde talks with me about how you can improve your health, and your feelings of abundance, by changing your mindset. Maggie is an author as well as having an amazing business helping people change their mindsets to help them lose weight. Maggie and I talk through some simple strategies, that you can use every day, to help you get more of what you want and need from the universe.