What to Expect and How To Thrive in Menopause with Michelle Viña-Baltsas | #17

Oct 29, 2019

The words "What to Expect and How to Thrive in Menopause with Michelle Vina-Baltsas | #17" superimposed over a middle-aged woman in a coat with arms outstretched walking in autumn leaves.

 

As someone on the cusp of turning thirty, menopause still feels pretty far off to me. But I’m so glad I had this conversation with coach Michelle Viña-Baltsas to learn more about what to expect when the time comes.

Even if menopause isn’t on the horizon for you (now or ever), Michelle gave great tips on how to treat yourself with self-compassion when your body is changing, why loving your body doesn’t have to be your ultimate goal, and more.

We discussed:

  • How Michelle became an intuitive eating coach specializing in menopause.
  • The range of possible changes that a person can experience in perimenopause and menopause.
  • Why it’s important to be aware of what can happen in menopause so that you’re more prepared and better able to manage your symptoms.
  • The biological reason for weight gain and changes in belly size during menopause.
  • How to deal with internalized fatphobia and discomfort during a time when our bodies are changing.
  • The specific challenges of trying to stop dieting and adopt intuitive eating in menopause, including what gentle nutrition can look like.
  • The fact that you don’t have to love your body to respect it and take care of it.
  • How the fear of invisibility makes menopause even more challenging for some people.
  • The positive aspects of being older that Michelle has experienced in her own life.
  • How Michelle defines health and wellness for herself at this moment in her life, including cultivating kindness and being realistic about what she can and cannot achieve.

Mentioned in this Episode:

Subscribe & Review in Apple Podcasts

Subscribing to the podcast is the best way to make sure you never miss an episode. Click HERE to subscribe in Apple Podcasts.

Additionally, if you’ve been enjoying the podcast, leaving a review helps make sure that other people who could benefit from this content can actually find it. Click HERE, scroll down to “Ratings and Reviews”, and click where it says “Write A Review” to let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is.

Featured on this Episode:

Michelle Vina-Baltsas smiles for the camera wearing a black v neck blouse

Michelle Viña-Baltsas coaches women of all ages and stages of diet recovery to have a less complicated relationship with food and body. Her clients affectionately call her the “self-compassion queen” because her coaching is heavily focused on being kinder and less judgmental toward themselves. This provides the space needed to untangle themselves from the unrealistic demands of diet culture so they can live their lives focused on their individual needs and values. You can find Michelle on her websiteInstagram, and free Facebook group, the No Diet Sisterhood.

Other Ways to Enjoy this Episode:

Support the Podcast!

Each episode of the Redefining Health & Wellness podcast is lovingly brought into the world through an investment of time, money, and energy. If you appreciate the podcast and what you are learning from it, consider leaving a tip through Paypal, Venmo or the Cash app. Every dollar supports my livelihood and the creation of this important content.

Paypal: paypal.me/shohrehdavoodicoach

Venmo: @shohrehdavoodi

Cash App: cash.app/$ShohrehDavoodi

Newest Podcast Episodes:

Welcome

Hi, I’m Shohreh! I’m a weight-inclusive wellness coach on a mission to help you give diet culture the finger so you can eat, move, and live guilt-free.

3 ways I can help

To learn more about how we can work together, choose an option below.

Check out the blog

If you enjoy the Redefining Health & Wellness podcast, you may also like what’s on the blog.