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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 ou ...
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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 blos…
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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 laby…
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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 b…
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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 …
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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 p…
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There comes a moment when the safety net of a steady job no longer serves the soaring ambitions of our spirit. That's precisely what I faced before embarking on the entrepreneurial journey that has led me here, sharing my story with you. This episode is a tribute to those transformative crossroads in life. I'm joined by Shannon Russell, a former TV…
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Ever found yourself chuckling because you couldn't remember why you walked into a room or when trading war stories about hot flashes with your friends? Well, you're in for a treat! Join me as I sit down with the ever-delightful Brenda Bowen, who writes under the whimsical pen name Haut Flasch, to discuss her sweet take on menopause in "Goodnight Ni…
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Have you ever found yourself trapped in the endless cycle of yo-yo dieting, where each triumphant loss is followed by a discouraging gain? Margie Odom, therapist, author, and former yo-yo dieter, joins us to offer a lifeline to those entangled in this frustrating dance with the scale. Together we peel back the layers of emotional eating, exploring …
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Unlock the secrets to radiant skin and a nourished body with clinical esthetician and wellness coach Lisette Manuel as we explore the deep connection between diet, nutrition, and skincare. Lisette brings a wealth of knowledge to our conversation, highlighting the impact of essential nutrients like proteins, vitamin C, and antioxidants on our skin's…
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Ever feel like midlife health and fitness is a puzzle with missing pieces? This week, we've got the missing link in Rachel Freiman, the brainpower behind Mindstrong Fitness, who joins us to piece together the truth about wellness during life's halftime show. Rachel's transition from musician to fitness aficionado isn't just inspiring—it's a masterc…
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Unlock the secrets to a healthier life with Dr. Paul Kolodzik, as he shares the life-altering benefits of continuous glucose monitoring. This isn't just for those managing diabetes; it's a revelation for anyone grappling with metabolic health. Throughout our conversation, we delve into the insidious effects of high blood sugar on vascular diseases …
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Are you navigating the complexities of staying fit after 50, but some aches and pains are standing in your way? Discover the secrets to maintaining physical wellness with Megan Dahlman, an exercise science expert with a passion for empowering women in their prime. Our enlightening conversation goes beyond the typical fitness advice, revealing why l…
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The specter of fentanyl has cast a long shadow over America, leaving countless families to navigate the overwhelming grief of losing loved ones to this potent and often stealthy killer. Today, we sit down with Tom and Stephanie Quehl, two such warriors in the battle against this epidemic, who share the heartrending narrative of their son Jack's vib…
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Unlock the secrets of a radiant smile and robust health with Dr. Sanda Moldovan, our guest who's pioneering the field of oral health, nutrition, and anti-aging. Discover how the state of your mouth is a window to your overall well-being, especially for midlife women navigating the ebbs and flows of hormonal changes. From the tips of your teeth to t…
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As a seasoned veteran in the battle with restrictive diets and excessive exercise, I was thrilled to sit across from midlife coach Kristin Jackson, an example of balance in the health and wellness arena. Our heartfelt conversation peels back the layers of her transition from a personal trainer, once bound by the shackles of extreme fitness regimens…
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Have you ever looked in the mirror and noticed your hair isn't quite as full as it used to be? You're not alone. On this episode, we have a heart-to-heart with Dr. Alan Bauman of Bauman Medical, who brings empathy and expertise to the table as we tackle hair loss in midlife, particularly for women. From genetic factors to emotional impacts, we cove…
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When Kiki Hurwitt's wellness and emotional health were not where she wanted them to be, she chose action over surrender, embarking on an incredible quest toward fitness that transformed her life. Have you ever considered that maybe your greatest victories lie ahead, no matter your age? Kiki's candid discussion on her battle with pre-diabetes and hi…
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In midlife, when we think about our overall wellness, the topics of menopause, weight gain, bone and joint health, and our skin are usually top-of-mind, but what about our livers? This organ often gets forgotten until there is an actual issue. On this episode we are unlocking the secrets of liver health with liver specialist Dr. Supriya Joshi, as w…
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According to AARP over 44% of Americans ages 40-59 are considered obese, and for adults over 60 that number is around 42%. Hormone changes can cause fat accumulation, especially in our midsections, and that collides with age-related muscle loss, which means our bodies don't burn calories or process sugar as efficiently. Then, of course, comes the e…
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Embarking on a fresh journey of self-discovery and growth, I take to the mic with a heart full of gratitude for the past year's learnings and eyes set on the horizon of health transformation for midlife women. As we wave goodbye to 2023, we revisit the wisdom imparted by Dr. Nicole Lovat on hormone replacement therapy, dive into the intricacies of …
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Does the thought of permanent weight loss without diets or deprivation sound too good to be true? We’ve got Courtney Gray, a seasoned life and body coach, debunking that myth right here on "Asking for a Friend." Courtney takes us through her personal journey and shares her no-drama approach to achieving and maintaining your ideal weight, focusing o…
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Are you curious as to what the future holds and at a crossroads in your life journey ? Are you concerned about a certain nagging pain? If you are at the point of "Now what?" in a career or a relationship, you will love this week's guest. Carol Walkner left behind corporate America to pursue her dream of helping people rediscover themselves and the …
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Think about how many times you've asked the pharmacist for advice. What's the best for poison ivy? What should I use for my child's congestion? Help! Where are the COVID tests? You get my drift. Your friendly neighborhood pharmacist, a wealth of knowledge, trusted and always ready with answers to your questions. Lisa King, RPH, also known as the Fu…
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By 2030 the world population of menopausal and postmenopausal women is projected to increase to 1.2 billion, with 47 million new entrants each year, but according to a recent Forbes survey, a staggering 73% of women don't treat their menopause symptoms. What about vaginal dryness, hot flashes, sleep disruptions, and skin changes? Are we really putt…
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My friend, Claudia, thought this would be a timely topic for many us, and it did not take me long to find an expert in the field of eldercare. There can be many rewards for caring for ill or aging parents, a spouse, relative, or a special neighbor. It is truly a labor of love, but with that there can be some very challenging and trying moments that…
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If you are bloated or feel like your gut symptoms are holding you back from living life, this show is for you. Our guest expert, Heather Finley, is an adventure-loving, book reading, constipation-overcoming dietician, who wants you to poop better. Heather is your guide to make easy, sustainable changes so that you can find relief and feel healthy a…
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Here is a statistic for you. The average 45 year-old woman has been on 61 diets since the age of sixteen. This brought me back to the 1980s and 90s, the era of dexatrim, Ayds Candies, and Slim Fast. As a side note, the active ingredient in Ayds Candies and Dexatrim was the decongestant, phenylpropanolamine, which can be found in many cold medicines…
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If you have experienced stress, anxiety, or trauma, what have you done to help you manage or overcome the thoughts and emotions that may derail your day, sleep, and overall wellbeing? Podcast guests have opened my eyes to alternative modalities that go beyond therapy and prescriptions. Hypnosis, EFT, and Reiki can all be considered to help us find …
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One of my pillars of selfcare in midlife is community and connection. Women are generally better at reaching out and networking than our male counterparts, and I am fortunate to have been on the receiving end of other women, not only wishing to collaborate, but also connecting me with others who are in their circles. When I met today's podcast gues…
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Tired of the all or nothing mentality when it comes to your health and fitness? Lindsey House, R.D., wants you to get off the sidelines of life and feel energetic so that you can enjoy all the great stuff ahead in midlife and beyond. This dietician and personal trainer, turned accountability coach and podcaster, is all about direction and not perfe…
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When it comes to our intimate partnerships in midlife, this can be a moment for us to get back to a more fulfilling and meaningful sex life, but in this season of change, do we want and need the same things that lit us up twenty years ago? Emma Schmidt & Associates is a sex and relationship therapy group practice with a mission is to help make ther…
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Delightful! That is how I sum up this podcast interview. I believe that it is important that men have a voice on this podcast, and it is always refreshing to get a different perspective on the intricacies of male/female relationships. As the head of a major hospital, Ricky Arenson, MD worked with many patients who had reached 100+ years of age. He …
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After twelve years in medicine, helping families heal their bodies, Dr. Alexandra Stockwell started studying the science and art of emotional and sensual connection to help her patients heal their relationships. So why did this already super busy, mom, wife, intimate marriage expert, and podcaster decide to co-author a book about menopause? As Alex…
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If you asked your friends or family what you are "known for" or what makes you unique, what kind of answers do you think you might get? We all have our "thing" whether it is a talent, trait, or a quirk that makes us who we are to those who know us best. Are you that person who has the inside track of what's going on around town, the friend who is o…
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Earlier in 2023 I had a day where out of nowhere came a racing heart and super high anxiety. It was concerning to feel this out of control, and I never really pinpointed a cause other than maybe one of those annoying symptoms of menopause. I can't imagine feeling like that all the time, and it was enough of a wake-up call to prompt me to make some …
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After episode 64 of the podcast, I had many listeners reach out to me to express their frustration over the lack of healthcare providers in their area who were in the know in the latest in hormone therapy treatments and protocols. When the company Winona contacted me to speak to one of their medical providers, I jumped at the chance to bring our li…
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Do you ever wonder why a particular relationship that you have is so darned difficult? If you sometimes ask yourself if the relationship is unhealthy for you, then maybe it's time to assess the situation. Being walked on, devalued, or feeling stuck can be demoralizing, and worse yet, if we let things go too long, we can develop emotional abuse fati…
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More than 80 million Americans suffer from vein disease. We mostly think of varicose veins, which for some, can makes us self-conscious about the appearance of our legs, but they can be downright painful. Pregnancy, heredity, and what do you know, menopause, can all play a role. Cindy Asbjornsen, DO, found a passion and calling for helping people w…
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There is so much that we do in midlife in the name of prevention, such as eat well, exercise, and focus on self-care. When you think about the physical therapy, we typically put it in the category of reacting to an injury or recovery post-surgery, rather than prevention. My own recent experience opened my eyes to the many facets of PT, and it is as…
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Allow me to introduce you to Jen Butler. She is a self-proclaimed imperfectionist, who wanted to reach some of her own personal goals, but she knew deep down that her wine habit was going to hold her back from being successful. Removing alcohol is a courageous act of self-care, and she made the decision at the end of 2017 to hand sauvignon blanc a …
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One of the goals of the Asking for a Friend Podcast is to bring thought leaders to the table in all matters that impact midlife women. As things are rapidly changing, it is difficult staying current on hormone replacement therapy and the treatment of menopause. It is vitally important that we are armed with information so that we can do our own res…
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If you follow the podcast on social media, you may already know that I had a recent osteoporosis diagnosis. I felt dismissed as the doctor prescribed a pharmaceutical, told me to increase my calcium and vitamin D, and they would see me back in two years. Really? That just wasn't good enough, so I went on my own search for answers. I am happy to rep…
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The size of the sexual wellness market for 2023 is estimated to be over $37 billion. This growing industry, ripe with potential and opportunity, is more than just gadgets and apps. The business of femtech and sextech is largely driven by female entrepreneurs who, through their own experiences, have found holes in the market where there is unmet nee…
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Not many of us will have the opportunity to spill coffee on a future president during an interview, but think about the times in your life when you had to be bold, stepping out of your comfort zone to accomplish something that you needed to do or wanted to do. We have all been called to address a relationship, situation, or life calling where we ha…
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Incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse can come with sometimes uncomfortable or embarrassing consequences. So often pharmaceutical or surgical intervention is suggested before addressing the core issue. The great news is that there are highly trained and passionate professionals out there to help women get back to living life to the fullest. Kim Vo…
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There are so many layers to our lives and often, when presented with a guest opportunity, I am not only impressed with their accomplishments but the stories intertwined into how they got to where they are today. As a midlife woman, there is a great deal of inspiration to be garnered when we take the time to listen to each other's whole narrative. M…
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The goal of the podcast is multi-faceted. I want to share health and wellness information with our listeners but also provide a platform for women entrepreneurs to speak about their journey and the great things that they are doing. I love it when I get to interview a female founder who is working in the femcare space and providing innovative soluti…
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You never imagined you’d be entering the dating pool again at this point in your life, but here you are … lost, confused, and frustrated. Nobody seems to be meeting organically anymore, and it’s nearly impossible to navigate dating apps – or weed out the good ones from a profile alone. You might even be wondering if there are any more single, emoti…
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In May 2023, during Mental Health Awareness Month, I had the opportunity of having a Q&A discussion in front of a live audience with Laurie Little, Psy.D., who is the Chief Patient Experience Officer and staff psychologist at the Lindner Center of Hope in Cincinnati, Ohio. The center has an amazing auxiliary of women, who support special programs a…
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I haven't spoken about this topic much, but in 2007 my first husband and I separated and eventually divorced in 2009. The whole process was relatively amicable, and we managed to do a decent job co-parenting. Being more concerned about my daughters through the process, I focused very little on myself or on what the outcome would be. Some women opt …
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