Menopause Policy in the Corporate World with Dr. Afsoon Ghazvinian

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Dr. Sarah Baillie, N.D. co-hosts with me as we interview Dr. Ghazvinian, a functional medicine practitioner and change strategist for menopause in the workplace.

We review recent survey results from midlife employees, discuss how hormonal issues can negatively impact corporate women in midlife, and the lack of support in most workplaces around perimenopause and menopause.

We also discuss how this lack of awareness and wellness policy is costing corporate North America.

Finally, we brainstorm some practical strategies women can use to raise this issue and start the missing conversation in their own workplace.

Let’s band together and be the change!

More about Dr. Ghazvinian: https://www.reivas.com/

Wondering if you’re in perimenopause or menopause? Grab our free checklist at www.wendymccallum.com/perichecklist

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Menopause Awareness in Employee Wellness with Dr. Sarah Baillie, N.D.

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In this week's episode, Dr. Sarah Baillie, N.D., and I celebrate European company Vodaphone’s global commitment to supporting its employees through menopause. The company has issued a ground-breaking report and rolled out a training and awareness program to all its employees in relation to hormonal and life stages.

We review the report’s findings and suggestions and provide our two cents on how we can help this inclusionary movement gain traction in North America.

You’re not going to want to miss this one – the report and its recommendations will blow your mind.

Grab our perimenopause checklist, here: https://www.wendymccallum.com/learn-with-wendy

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Creamy Crustless Turkey Pot Pie

 Got leftover turkey? Here’s an easy crockpot solution!

Ingredients:

2 c. cooked turkey or chicken, cubed or otherwise cut into small pieces
1.5 c brown basmati rice
4 c low-sodium chicken broth
1 c peas (fresh or frozen)
1 c corn (fresh or frozen kernels, use organic to avoid GMO)
1 c diced carrot
2 ribs celery, diced
1 leek, white & light green part only, diced
3-4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp creamy dijon mustard
1+ tsp salt (taste then add more if needed at end of cooking time)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1.5 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp marjoram
1 tsp tarragon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2-3 c unsweetened almond milk (or cow’s milk), divided
2 tbsp arrowroot powder or flour (local bulk store or natural foods area of the grocery store will carry arrowroot)
1/2 c fresh parsley, packed then finely chopped

To make:

Add turkey, rice, broth, peas, corn, carrot, celery, leek, garlic, dijon, salt (start with 1 tsp, taste at the end and add more as needed), pepper, thyme, marjoram,...

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Cranberry Orange Holiday Bread Pudding

This is a delicious make-ahead holiday breakfast.

Pudding Ingredients:

8 c 100% whole grain bread, cut into 1” cubes (about 1 loaf) 1 cup cooked sweet potato (peel removed)
2 c almond milk
2 eggs
1/3 c maple syrup
1/4 c unsweetened applesauce
2 & 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp grated orange rind
1 tbsp orange juice
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp cloves
1/8 tsp sea salt
1 c fresh, or frozen & defrosted, cranberries

Topping:

1tsp melted coconut oil 1 tsp maple syrup
1/3 c. chopped walnuts 1/2 tsp cinnamon

To make:

In a 250F oven, toast bread cubes for 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Increase oven temperature to 350F.

Meanwhile, combine sweet potato, almond milk, eggs, maple syrup, applesauce, cinnamon, vanilla, orange rind, orange juice, allspice, cloves, and salt in a blender and blend until smooth.

In a large bowl, gently combine the toasted bread cubes with blended mixture and cranberries. Transfer to a greased 9x11 baking pan. Combine topping in a small bowl...

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What To Do When It Feels Too Hard

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In today's episode, I share some of my best advice around how to make positive change (in any area of your life or wellness) when it feels too hard.

Our default is to just try harder, but that almost always leads to failure, because we are trying the wrong way. 

I provide five specific strategies for how to “try different, not harder”, including how to identify and replace the beliefs that are keeping you stuck, how to remind your brain and body it can do hard things, and how the easy days can provide the lessons you need to get through the tough ones better. You can apply everything in this episode to any area of personal growth you’re working on, from your parenting style to social media habits to your relationship with alcohol! 

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

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Rethinking the Holidays with Dr. Sarah Baillie, N.D.

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Sarah and I share our favourite stories, strategies, and tips for taking back the holidays – after all, you deserve a break and some fun too! Our suggestions include:

  setting an intention around what really matters to you about the holidays this year and then taking the steps to make that happen, 

  saying no to plans and events that don’t serve you,

  getting better at outsourcing and delegation,

  creating new traditions that serve you better,

  taking shortcuts that make things easier, and

  setting and enforcing boundaries to protect your own wellness and joy.

It’s the perfect pre-Holiday conversation, join us!

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

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Ginger Spelt Men

Let the holiday baking begin!  Here’s a 100% wholegrain treat sweetened with molasses and maple syrup – No refined sugar!

Ingredients:

2&1/4 c spelt flour (can substitute 100% whole wheat flour)
1/4 c ground flax meal
1.5 tsp ground ginger
1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/3 c melted coconut oil
1/3 c molasses
1/4 c + 1 tbsp maple syrup
1 egg

To prepare:

Whisk together flour, spices, salt, baking powder & baking soda in a medium bowl.  In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together coconut oil, molasses & maple syrup until smooth.  

Add egg and beat well, then slowly add dry mixture while continuing to mix until combined.  Using hands, roll dough into a ball and flatten it into a thick disc. (It will be a little sticky, you can dust it with a little flour if you need it to form the ball).

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Curried Coconut Fish Stew

This healthy stew is so darn pretty. And rich in flavour. And it’s a crockpot recipe. What more can you ask for? 

Serve it over brown basmati or jasmine rice, or with a big hunk of crusty bread.

Ingredients:

1- 400 ml can of coconut milk 

1- 796 ml can diced tomatoes (and their juice)

1 c water

1/2 c dry red lentils, picked over and rinsed

1 medium sweet potato peeled and cubed into 1/2” cubes (about 2 c cubed)

1 red, orange or yellow bell pepper, chopped

2 tbsp green curry paste (international food aisle of grocery store)

2 tbsp fresh grated ginger (or 2 tsp powdered ginger)

3 cloves crushed garlic

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

3/4 tsp sea salt

1 bay leaf

454g white fish fillets (I use haddock), cut into 3/4” pieces

1 c packed spinach, then chopped

1/2 c packed fresh cilantro, chopped finely*

*optional

 

To make:

Add coconut milk, tomatoes, water, lentils, sweet potato, bell pepper, curry paste, ginger, garlic, turmeric, smoked...

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Navigating Midlife Health Care with Dr. Sarah Baillie, N.D.

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Sarah and I discuss the key things women need to know to advocate effectively for themselves and navigate our complex health care system in midlife, particularly with respect to their perimenopause and menopausal symptoms. Sarah explains why women often require a team of caregivers instead of one doctor, your rights as a patient, the difference between conventional pharmaceutical BHRT and compounded hormones, and what to do if you’re questioning the advice you’ve been given. I share my experience building my own team and navigating the health care system since dropping into full menopause very suddenly in 2020. There are so many great tips in this episode – don’t skip this one!

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

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