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I Just Want To Be Me Again! | Ep 168
Episode 16811th May 2024 • Don't Wait For Your Wake Up Call! • Melissa Deally
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🔥 Join us for an enlightening conversation with Jeanne Andrus, aka The Menopause Guru, as she shares her personal journey through menopause and how she's been helping other women navigate this transformative phase of life for the past 10 years. 💃 Every woman will experience menopause, yet many are left in the dark about how to gracefully navigate its symptoms and impacts. 🌸 Discover how you can rebalance your hormones and embrace menopause as the gift it truly is! 🌟Having this knowledge in your 30s will set you up to move through this phase of your life with elegance.

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Episode Summary:

Introduction and background @ 0:00

Melissa introduced Jeanne as an expert in menopause who has been coaching and writing about menopause for over a decade. Jean detailed her personal journey with menopause symptoms like depression, anger and low libido starting at age 48, and how she sought various medical opinions that did not identify her issues as menopause-related.

Jeanne's personal journey through menopause @ 1:31

Jeanne described experiencing atypical menopause symptoms like low libido, depression and anger in her late 40s, despite regular periods. Multiple doctors did not identify her issues as menopause-related. Facing divorce and other life upheavals, Jean prioritized lifestyle changes like diet and exercise to improve her deteriorating health and wellbeing.

Symptoms of menopause beyond the common @ 2:12

Jean emphasized that the common conception of menopause symptoms is too narrow, with over 100 documented symptoms resulting from hormonal changes. She experienced less common symptoms like mood and personality shifts. Understanding the full spectrum is key to supporting women through this process.

Hormonal interconnectedness and imbalance @ 5:00

Melissa and Jeanne discussed how hormones like estrogen, progesterone, cortisol and thyroid function in interconnection. Imbalances in one hormone disrupt the entire system. They stressed the importance of balancing hormones holistically rather than focusing on single hormones.

Lifestyle changes for hormonal balance @ 14:17

Jeanne advocated lifestyle modifications like nutrition, stress management, sleep and supplements to balance hormones naturally. Adaptogens like ashwagandha were highlighted as helping to modulate stress hormones. Early lifestyle changes better prepare women for menopause's impacts.

Evolutionary purpose of menopause @ 22:20

Jeanne shared perspectives on menopause's evolutionary purpose. As the only species besides whales known to experience menopause, it likely aided human survival by having post-menopausal women take on roles as wise healers and caregivers for children and the ill.

Relationship and role changes during menopause @ 32:00

Melissa and Jeanne discussed relationship challenges during menopause as identities and roles shift. Renegotiation is needed as estrogen decline alters perspectives and priorities. Menopause signals a return to self apart from one's reproductive role in society. Support systems become important for this transition.

Menopause is a gift @ 49:21

Jeanne's closing message was that with knowledge and body support, menopause can be appreciated as the gift of reconnecting with oneself beyond one's reproductive years. Knowledge empowers women to experience this natural process gracefully.


About the Guest:

I'd like to introduce Jeanne Andrus, The Menopause Guru. Jeanne's been coaching, writing, and speaking about menopause for over a decade. She's the author of the internationally Best-Selling "I Just Want to Be Me Again!" and the host of the podcast "Menopause Matters." Her approach to resolving menopause symptoms is wildly esoteric, rooted in her own blend of coaching known as Menopause Mastery Coaching, bolstered by hypnotherapy, NeuroLinguistic Programming (NLP), Reiki, yogic breathwork, and a love for science and anthropology. 


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About the Host:

Melissa is an Integrative Health Practitioner and a Board Designated Trainer of NLP, Time Line Therapy® and Hypnotherapy, helping people get to the root cause of their health issues and then get lasting results. Melissa neither diagnoses nor cures but helps bring your body back into balance by helping discover your “toxic load” and then removing the toxins. Melissa offers functional medicine lab testing that helps you “see inside” to know exactly what is going on, and then provides a personalized wellness protocol using natural herbs and supplements.  Melissa’s business is 100% virtual – the lab tests are mailed directly to your home and she specializes in holding your hand and guiding the way to healing so that you don’t have to figure it all out on your own.

Melissa is the winner of the 2021 & 2022 Quality Care Award by Business From The Heart and is also the recipient of the Alignable “Local Business Person of the Year “Award 2022 for Whistler.

Melissa has been featured at a number of Health & Wellness Summits, such as the Health, Wealth & Wisdom Summit, The Power To Profit Summit, The Feel Fan-freaking-tas-tic Summit, the Aim Higher Summit and many more! She has also guested on over 60 different podcasts teaching people about the importance of prioritizing our health and how to get started.




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