workshop | the 5 love languages

Relationships are one of our most important primary foods: when our relationships—especially our most intimate ones—are not nourishing us, they can cause a host of other issues, including stress, poor…

Q+A with Maria Sylvester, life coach

Q+A Watch the video Listen to the audio (you can also download and listen on a mobile device) bio Our own Big Sister Maria Sylvester, MSW, CPC is a a…

workshop | the rooms in your life

If you’ve done the Kale + Kryptonite exercise, you may have come away with the sense that “energy flows where attention goes.” Very often, certain primary foods nourish us because…

Q+A with Breeda Miller, caregiver support services

Q+A Watch the video Listen to the audio (you can also download and listen on a mobile device) bio Breeda Miller works with organizations to support professional and family caregivers….

what’s in a name?

Our big sister Audrey Groeschel went back to using her maiden name, Audrey Acton, after many years—you can listen to her podcast about it here! It got me thinking: as…

Q+A with Melea Alexander, acupuncturist + healer

Q+A Watch the video Listen to the audio (you can also download and listen on a mobile device) bio Melea Alexander is an acupuncturist, herbalist, and birth and postpartum doula….

to your best health | SOUL food

What’s the best way to nourish yourself? On a secondary food level, it’s SOLE food. And just as with our secondary foods, our primary foods can nourish us like kale…

Q+A with Shelly Rawson, health coach

Q+A Watch the video Listen to the audio (you can also download and listen on a mobile device) bio Shelly Rawson is a health consultant and Certified Women’s Health Instructor….

to your best health | SOLE food

Nope, SOLE food is not the deep-fried deliciousness that is soul food. It’s food that is seasonal, organic, local, and ethical. As a health coach, I don’t prescribe or even…

the powerful gender data gap

Are you familiar with the term “gender data gap?” This article about “Reference Man” explains so much about the idea of “men as the default user” of just about everything….

Q+A with Larissa Russell, creativity coach

Q+A Watch the video Listen to the audio (you can also download and listen on a mobile device) bio Larissa Russell has been teaching different crafts, art, and creativity for…

resources | in the news

Women at our age and stage of life seem to rarely be in the news, especially in a positive light. What about us has caught your eye in the media…

resources | your questions and suggestions

Got burning questions on your mind? Hoping to learn more about a topic related to peri/menopause? Have a suggestion for a topic or speaker? Here’s your chance to ask a…

resources | fiction

Because we all need a good fiction book just in case we have time to read! (I hear you laughing—my reading time is about 15 minutes in the morning, just…

resources | nonfiction

essays High Tide in Tucson by Barbara Kingsolver Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver Upstream by Mary Oliver food + nutrition Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver Devoured by Sophie Egan What…

clean sweep workshop | relationships

Based on the work of Thomas Leonard, there are 4 Clean Sweep workshops, of which this is the fourth. You can go back to find the first one (environment), the…

clean sweep workshop | finances

Based on the work of Thomas Leonard, there are 4 Clean Sweep workshops, of which this is the third. You can go back to find the first one (environment) and…

clean sweep workshop | well-being

Based on the work of Thomas Leonard, there are 4 Clean Sweep workshops, of which this is the second. You can find the first one (environment) here. The idea is…

Q+A with Heather Glidden, movement specialist

Pelvic floor dysfunction is one of the most common symptoms of peri/menopause, and it mostly shows up as incontinence and pain during sex. No surprise, it’s not something we’re comfortable…

clean sweep workshop | environment

Based on the work of Thomas Leonard, there are 4 Clean Sweep workshops, of which this is the first. The idea is to get a picture of where you might…

being in control

The pandemic. The killing of George Floyd and the protests that have followed. Increasing political polarization. Something I’m hearing over and over in 2020 is that the world is spinning…

Q+A with Suman Tewari, holistic gynecologist

Q+A Sorry—the technology gods stole about 10m of the beginning! Listen to the audio You can download and listen on a mobile device. bio Suman Tewari, MD has been in…

got pets?

Every time I do the Kale + Kryptonite exercise in a workshop, someone points out that I’ve missed a primary food. What’s the most commonly mentioned omission? Time with pets….

spring has finally sprung—maybe?

Spring has sprung—maybe? This week saw some temps in the 40s at night in Michigan—and it’s the end of May/beginning of June! The season can bring increased energy, a desire…

the flying trapeze

How is change like letting go of a trapeze swing? What changes are you facing in your life right now? How are you feeling about them? I really loved this…

Q+A with Lana Nelson, food intuitive

Q+A Watch the video Listen to the audio (click on the dropdown “open” menu to download and listen on a mobile device) bio Lana Nelson, the author of The Food…

Q+A with Charlotte Kaye

Q+A Watch the video Listen to the audio (click on the dropdown “open” menu to download and listen on a mobile device) bio Charlotte Kaye (aka the Airy Fairy Feminist)…

slow down, you move too fast…

During the pandemic, some of us have slowed down while others—especially front-liners and moms of younger children—have ramped up. The truth? We could all benefit by slowing down more often!…

Q+A with Meena Puri, Ayurvedic practitioner

Q+A Watch the video Listen to the audio (click on the dropdown “open” menu to download and listen on a mobile device) bio Meena Puri was pulled towards her calling…

Q+A with Jennifer Harrington, naturopath

Q+A Watch the video Listen to the audio (click on the dropdown “open” menu to download and listen on a mobile device) bio Jennifer Harrington’s interest in natural therapies started…

what’s in your backpack?

Here’s a great podcast from one of our original Big Sisters, Donna Doyon: “Unpack Your Fears” on her Finding My Way podcast. I love this hiking metaphor, which made me…

Q+A with Michael Spencer, home energy coach

Q+A Watch the video Listen to the audio (click on the dropdown “open” menu to download and listen on a mobile device) bio Michael Spencer is a virtual Home Energy…

physical activity

Physical activity is a major primary food—it feeds our bodies, minds, and spirits! four bases to cover in your physical activity Just as with secondary foods, physical activity requirements vary…

identifying + relieving stressors

If you want to understand the science behind our hormones and our response to stress, be sure to check out Chapter 4 of Dr. Sara Gottfried’s The Hormone Cure. I…

Q+A with Ellen Abramson, financial educator

Q+A Watch the video Listen to the audio (click on the dropdown “open” menu to download and listen on a mobile device) bio As Covid-19 spreads around the world, a…

it’s here….

Since it’s just about the only news out there other than the presidential primary, let’s talk about the coronavirus taking the world by storm. I found this article by Dr….

Q+A with Carol Hanson, image consultant

Q+A Watch the video Listen to the audio (click on the dropdown “open” menu to download and listen on a mobile device) bio Carol inspires women who have a wardrobe…

resources | podcasts

Don’t have time to read but love to learn? Welcome to the world of podcasts—great for long commutes, workouts, while you’re cleaning the house…. Some of these podcasters are in…

Q+A with Tania Elfersy, menopause coach

Meet Tania Elfersy—she’s the force behind The Wiser Woman, where you’ll find great content about perimenopause from the perspective of someone who approaches it through a holistic lens and believes…

mental + emotional health

Something I hear a lot from women in their 40s and 50s is that they are questioning their sanity—many confess that they feel like they’re going crazy. And judging by…

your ideal vacation

Both the quantity and the quality of our down time are vital primary foods—and like all SOUL food, our needs are different. make the connection Tell us in the comments…

primary + secondary foods

When we talk about nutrition, we normally think about the foods we put in our mouths, which we certainly need to survive. In Integrative Nutrition®, we actually consider these foods…

kale + kryptonite

In the Integrative Nutrition® health coaching world, we often talk about primary and secondary foods. The simplest explanation of this concept is: Secondary foods are what we put in our…

the gift of menopause

I loved this article, The Gift of Menopause by Margaret Renki, forwarded to me by one of our members: it really flips how we tend to look at peri/menopause from…

food, glorious food!

Tell us about your eating style—not your diet, because as Garfield says, the word “diet” is just “die” with a “t” at the end. Do you stick to a particular…

what’s your free square?

Victoria Moran, author of Creating a Charmed Life, talks about the fact that every one of us has “a FREE square,” something like in Bingo, where each of us automatically gets…

curve balls

As we enter our 40s and 50s, it’s not uncommon to feel some shifts—some subtle, some more like a fast ball to the head—in how our bodies function. I’ve compiled…

where do you turn first?

Where do you turn first for advice on health and wellness? conventional medical doctor alternative health practitioner (let us know what type) Dr. Google/the internet family friends inner wisdom other…

introduction to the coaching exercises

In the “inspiration” section of the clubhouse, you’ll find some concepts and activities that I use in my coaching practice—if you have ever wondered what a health coach does, you’ll…

ages + stages

What’s your age and/or stage of life, and what do you like best about being in it? And what is most challenging about it?

say hello!

Tell us who you are, where you live, when’s your birthday (so we can give you a shout-out!) and anything else you’d like us to know about you! If you…

membership coaching

As a coaching-level member of the (Sorta) Secret Sisterhood, you are entitled to 1 x 50-minute coaching call per month: use it to check in privately and completely confidentially on…

how did you find us?

[ufbl form_id=”9″]   Please use the comment section to get more specific—I love to thank my referrers, so if you found us through word of mouth, give your source a…

welcome to the clubhouse!

welcome! We’re delighted you’re here! I’ve written a fair bit about the (not so) secret sisterhoods, the ones that remain hidden until one of us is brave enough or broken…