The Midlife Therapy Every Woman Should Know About with Erika Burger

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Sarah and I (finally - we've been patiently waiting for this chance!) interview Erika Burger, a pelvic floor physiotherapist with over 25 years of experience.

We discuss the role of pelvic floor health for women (men, and children), why we’re not talking about it enough, and the surprisingly long list of common midlife women’s wellness conditions that this specialized yet rarely discussed branch of physiotherapy can support, including vaginal pain, sciatica and back pain, bladder issues, and frequent urination.

Sarah and I share our personal stories of pelvic floor physio treatment and the incredible results we had.

This was an eye-opening conversation for both of us, so we know you will find it invaluable!

Erika Burger: https://www.thepelvichealthclinic.ca/

Grab Wendy and Sarah’s free peri/menopause checklist, here: https://www.wendymccallum.com/perichecklist

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Wendy's Nojito Recipe

This is my favourite mocktail!

Mix over ice:

2 tbsp+ elderflower syrup (IKEA sells this, as do many specialty markets and food stores - add to desired sweetness)

juice of 1/4 lime

a 1/4 cup or so of fresh mint leaves, muddled or crushed a bit

soda water to fill the glass

garnish with more lime.

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Socializing Without Alcohol – Mitch Cobb, Libra NA Craft Beer

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I chat with Mitch Cobb, Co-Founder and CEO of Upstreet Brewing and Libra Non-Alcoholic Craft Beer about the alcohol-free drink market, the sober curious movement, and our shared mission to normalize socializing without alcohol.

Mitch shares how he came to start a craft brewery on Prince Edward Island, Canada, and soon after began exploring his own relationship with alcohol, as well some fascinating behind-the-scenes details on how alcohol-free beer is made and marketed.

This is a fun and light conversation around what it means to find your balance and how having a great alcohol-free alternative on hand can make that easier. 

For free tools and resources for making change around alcohol, burnout, or midlife, visit: www.wendymccallum.com/learn-with-wendy

Libra Alcohol-Free Craft Beer: www.drinklibra.ca

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Smoky Butternut Chili

A new twist on an old favourite, this veggie chili packs a double-whammy protein punch (beans & quinoa ) and is really filling as a result. One of my family’s favourites, you could also easily cook this stovetop if you prefer!

Ingredients:

1 c rinsed & drained quinoa 4 c water
1 large red onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 sweet bell pepper, diced
4 c peeled & cubed butternut squash (cut 1/2” cubes, you’ll need about 1 small squash or 1/2 a large squash)
2-398 mL cans black beans, rinsed and drained, or 3 c cooked
1-28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1.5-2 tbsp of chili powder (use 2 if you like it a little spicy)
1 tbsp smoked paprika
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp pepper
juice & zest of one lime

To make:

In a slow cooker, add quinoa, water, onion, garlic, bell pepper, squash, beans, crushed tomatoes, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, oregano, cinnamon, salt, and pepper and cook on high for 4-6 hours or low...

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Midlife Desire Debrief: The Burnout Connection

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Sarah and I reflect on our recent mind-blowing interview with Dr. Lori Brotto, psychologist, professor, and renowned sexual health researcher about women’s desire in midlife.

We dig into:

   the difference between spontaneous and responsive desire

   the connection between desire and stress

   the challenge that burnt-out, overwhelmed women have when it comes to responsive desire and

    our thoughts on how women can lay the groundwork for increased desire with self-care and boundary-setting.

It's a good one! 

Free Burnout Checklist: www.wendymccallum.com/checklist

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Women’s Desire in Midlife with Dr. Lori Brotto

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Let's talk about sex, baby!

Sarah and I interview Dr. Lori Brotto, psychologist, professor, and renowned sexual health researcher about women’s desire in midlife.

This is a discussion you won’t want to miss! Topics include the difference between spontaneous and responsive desire, the impact of midlife hormonal changes on desire, the connection between stress and lowered desire, how to identify your personal “gas pedals v brakes” when it comes to desire, the importance of scheduling intimacy and sex, and the impact of mindfulness on desire. This is a jam-packed episode that will give you a brand-new perspective on desire!

Grab Wendy and Sarah’s free perimenopause/menopause checklist, here: www.wendymccallum.com/perichecklist

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Banana Chocolate Chia Breakfast Cookies

Great news! Breakfast cookies are a thing, and these just happen to be gluten, dairy & and refined sugar-free, but somehow still decadent enough to eat for dessert! 

Ingredients:

2 mashed ripe bananas

1/3 c maple syrup

1/4 c coconut oil, melted

1 egg

2 tsp vanilla

3 c slow cook rolled oats

1/4 c sunflower seeds

1/4 c raisins

1/3 c dark chocolate chips

2 tbsp chia seeds

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp sea salt

 

To make: 

In a medium bowl, combine mashed bananas, maple syrup, coconut oil, egg and vanilla.

In a large bowl, combine oats, seeds, raisins, chocolate chips, chia, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and mix well,

Add wet to dry and combine.

On parchment-lined baking sheets, drop cookies in about 2.5 tbsp amounts (about 8 per sheet), They won’t really spread much, so they don’t need a lot of space in between them.  Lightly press the top of each with a spatula to gently condense (not flatten!).

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Your One Big Thing (and 3 Keys to Lasting Change)

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What is your “one big thing”?

That one area of desired mental or behavioural change that you have been struggling with for years?

How would achieving the permanent change you desire in that area make everything else in your life that much easier?

In this episode, I discuss why we struggle with making lasting change and the three keys to approaching your “one big thing” differently in 2022 so that you finally achieve the outcome you desire.

Tired of making resolutions that only last a few weeks? Lasting change is possible – try different this year, not harder!

 Start changing the beliefs that are keeping you stuck in drinking now: www.wendymccallum.com/myths

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Green Goddess Dressing

My most-popular salad dressing, this might just single-handedly change the way you feel about salad!

Don’t skimp: it’s totally worth picking up fresh parsley and cilantro, dried herbs just don’t cut it in this one. For a thicker dip, stir in a little plain greek yoghurt. If you don't love cilantro, you can experiment with other green herbs in its place, like basil or chives!

Ingredients:

juice of one lime
3 tbsp tahini
1/4 c packed fresh parsley
1/4 c packed fresh cilantro
1 green onion, chopped
1 tbsp low-sodium soy or tamari sauce
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8-1/4 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp olive oil

To make:

In a food processor, combine lime juice, tahini, parsley, cilantro, onion, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, pepper, and 1/8 tsp salt and blend until smooth.

Continue to blend, slowly adding the olive oil until well-combined and more salt as needed to taste.

Makes 3/4 cup. Store leftovers in fridge.

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Non-Diet Resolutions with Dr. Jenn Salib-Huber, N.D.

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Dr. Jenn Salib-Huber and I discuss why most January resolutions fail and how women can make change in a way that supports both their mental and physical health without starting another diet. 

We also discuss the destructive willpower-based diet cycle and how to get out of it for good. Dr. Jenn explains how we can empower ourselves when it comes to making lasting, resonant change around our relationship with food, including letting go of all or nothing thinking. I talk about my decision to ditch the scale four years ago and all the freedom that has come with that.

There is still time to join my free 5-Day Rewind Alcohol Challenge: www.wendymccallum.com/challenge (you'll get access to the replay's for any days you've missed by registering!)

More about Dr. Jenn Salib-Huber’s Challenge: www.intuitivenutrition.ca

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