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Dr. Sarah Milken, aka The Flexible Neurotic, is wickedly smart, really fucking funny, and so relatable that you might just think she’s your real bff. When she hit midlife, she looked at her judgmental dog and thought, “damn, this can’t be it.” So she grabbed her golden shit shovel, confirmed her next botox appointment, and decided to remix midlife. You’ll get in-depth conversations with thought leaders, doctors and women just like you, who are not defined by age or some bullshit crisis, but ...
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Keeping your mind sharp, your body strong and your sex - hot! Talking with experts to share everything they know to help guide us through perimenopause and beyond. Because it doesn't have to suck!
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I'm Ann Marie McQueen, journalist and founder of Hotflash Inc, a platform to inform, entertain and encourage people going through perimenopause, menopause andropause and midlife around the world. I'm here reminding you that while nothing about this peri/menopause transition is easy, it is going somewhere good. My aim is to give you the best information, in the most objective, balanced manner I can muster. I'll give you access to some remarkable people, cutting-edge information and research, ...
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Sit back, pour a glass of wine and enjoy the company of our experts who will wow you with a few things you should probably know but didn’t as your body enters menopause. Our expert speakers will teach you how to embrace the changes, optimize your health and minimize the hormone hell many of us experience as we enter perimenopause and beyond. But don't fear. We're here to show you that menopause doesn't have to suck - and we have the experts to prove it! *Come back on Thursdays for new episodes!
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The Hot Flash Podcast

Anita Schwier + Amy Pecoraro

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The Hot Flash Podcast was created to deliver encouragements and nuggets of wisdom from all the life experiences of two sisters and hopefully a lot of laughter. Designed For women who are over 40, and those who will be over 40 one day, this bi-weekly podcast is loaded with practical information and tips on life, parenting, marriage and business. Like a hotflash, it will be sometimes intense (mostly quick) and give you a break from the day to day hustle and bustle of life. Please subscribe to ...
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EP 122: 6 month “midlife review” for you. It is 6 months into the new year. Have you taken any of those personal steps that you might have pondered on January 1? This is not general “self help” bla bla. This is the real juice. Midlife woman, I know you are ready for a personal “uplevel” because you are here! Wanting a pivot, reset, rei-ignition, wi…
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EP 121: It’s not selfish to put yourself first in midlife. Midlife self obsession is approved. My guest today has 400k social media followers listening to her every word. After being a mother and a wife, a friend, a sister or a career-er when will it be time to be you and choose you, too?!? Today’s guest explains why choosing you in midlife is not …
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EP 120: MIDLIFE MUFFIN TOP... I know you can relate. As a midlife woman, do you struggle to find consistency in your diet? I do! Do you find yourself snacking when you're bored or when your college kid leaves the nest again to go back to school? I do! Do you wish that your weight loss was sustainable and easy to maintain? I do!!! This mini episode …
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Calling all midlifers! Today I’m reviewing my first year as a half-empty nest mom. Ugh! In this 15 min quickie, I have so many thoughts and questions that I know you’re probably having too… So, in the regular Flexible Neurotic style I’m getting honest and vulnerable in this solo mini-sode. With one kid (teen son) in college and the other finishing …
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EP 118: Are you a midlife woman experiencing intense shoulder pain? I was! Does your body just ache? Mine does. Is your doctor suggesting it’s just a pickle-ball injury or you just gotta push through the midlife grind? Mine was too! (even though I don’t play pickle-ball, lol) Are you knee deep digging through google for answers to why you can’t f*k…
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EP 117: Midlife philosophy, marriage, health and action steps. Ready for a little midlife motivation from the midlife health queen herself? My guest tells us what it means to “live life from the inside out”, a practice that she embraces for connecting to her inner voice and taking necessary action steps. Looking for a midlife lifestyle reset? Ready…
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EP 116: As a midlife woman, do you want to find a “thing”, a passion, something that makes you feel connected to yourself and others? Me too! This mini episode has some serious and practical nuggets for you! Get ready for a step-by-step guide to reclaiming your time and creativity in the second half of our lives. My midlife hottie guest shares all …
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EP 115: Parenting hormonal teens while battling hormones yourself?! Me too! You are not alone there and according to parenting expert Dr. Lisa Damour there are some tools in teaching them to navigate “big feelings”, while maintaining you are own sense of equilibrium, as a parent. Honestly, this was an amazing reminder for myself and I know that so …
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EP 114: One pill to help reverse cellular aging? Duh! Sign me up. Ready to sleep better, feel better, reduce inflammation, have thicker hair and a million other things? I know the obvious answer is yes… but there’s more. Are you sick of taking a million supplements in the morning and wondering why we haven’t just created one magic supplement with s…
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In this episode, we delve deep into the transformative potential of psychedelic therapy specifically tailored for women. Psychedelic Integration coach, Ondrea Crockett sheds light on the unique experiences, challenges, and breakthroughs encountered by women undergoing psychedelic-assisted therapy. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the therapeut…
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In this episode, we delve deep into the transformative potential of psychedelic therapy specifically tailored for women. Psychedelic Integration coach, Ondrea Crockett sheds light on the unique experiences, challenges, and breakthroughs encountered by women undergoing psychedelic-assisted therapy. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the therapeut…
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EP 113: Plant Medicine, eastern & western approaches to mental health and the power of your intuition… Dr. Ellen Vora discusses the importance of understanding the vast options available to us in midlife for our health and wellness needs. Today we are talking about plant medicine and Dr. Vora’s specific and holistic approach to taking care of your …
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As a woman I can’t say how great it is to hear menopause openly discussed in my family, friend groups, media, and entertainment. We should be talking about it. It’s such an important transition in a woman’s life so why hide it? However, the tone around menopause still needs some work! The way I hear it discussed would make any woman put the brakes …
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As a woman I can’t say how great it is to hear menopause openly discussed in my family, friend groups, media, and entertainment. We should be talking about it. It’s such an important transition in a woman’s life so why hide it? However, the tone around menopause still needs some work! The way I hear it discussed would make any woman put the brakes …
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Lift “heavy s**t in midlife” is the name of the game! You know I call them the “dumb and necessary weights”. We keep hearing we have to lift weight in midlife for our brains, body and health. You want to hear exactly the how, why and what from an orthopedic surgeon and longevity specialist? You want to hear exactly how much weight and how many reps…
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EP 111: Midlife fantasy or real life? A bad case of the “midlife itchies” at 44 which ended up being a huge turning point for this guest. She was post-divorce, filing for bankruptcy and trying to find her inner fuel and passion again in midlife, despite her father dying, her dog dying, living in a tiny apartment with two teenagers, and having a qui…
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EP 110: Make-up artist guru and entrepreneur extraordinaire known for Bobby Brown Cosmetics and Jones Road Beauty, Bobbi Brown, shares her secrets for living your “best everyday midlife”. This week we are doing another quick golden nugget mini-sode excerpt from my past conversation with beauty entrepreneur and fellow midlifer, Bobbi Brown. This con…
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EP 109: How did she fckn’ do that? How did she put the “cart before the horse”? How did he get over that life threatening challenge? Ever envious of the people who seem to be naturally more resilient, GRITTY? Wow, some people always appear to bounce back. What are their secrets? Can we develop grit? There is a concept called “practical optimism” th…
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EP 108: Midlife muffin top? Did I get your attention? Are you a midlife woman questioning the sudden appearance of the midlife muffin top? Are you curious as to what is going on inside your body during menopause? Do you find yourself feeling “ugh” about the redistribution of fat? Do you want to work with your body and find the healthiest treatments…
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EP 107: Ready to live the life you really want, not the life you got? What’s the life you really want? Are you bored? Itchy for the next thing in midlife? Me too! Have you taken an action step toward that change more than once? More than twice? Are you scared to take action because your inner B**ch is chattering and the “peanut gallery” is watching…
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In today's world masculinity is often defined as a spectrum of qualities and behaviours traditionally associated with men, including traits like strength, courage, independence, and assertiveness. But what about their emotions? Do they have emotional intelligence? Are they vulnerable? Empathetic? Why don't they cry?... Adil Hussain, a visionary, li…
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EP 106: Zero F**ks is the perfect way to describe my guest, Jennifer Fisher of @jenniferfisherjewelry and @jenniferfisherkitchen. In this 12 minute minisode, we talked about the “art of not giving a f**k”, muting the peanut gallery, embracing authenticity and the importance of your mindset in midlife. Jen’s story is so inspiring and she’s overcome …
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As winter settles in, so does Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in the workplace. As the days grow shorter and the workload longer, we find ourselves battling not just deadlines, but the urge to hibernate under our desks until spring. It's like everyone suddenly morphs into human-sized houseplants, craving sunlight, and chlorophyll in equal measure…
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As winter settles in, so does Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in the workplace. As the days grow shorter and the workload longer, we find ourselves battling not just deadlines, but the urge to hibernate under our desks until spring. It's like everyone suddenly morphs into human-sized houseplants, craving sunlight, and chlorophyll in equal measure…
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EP 105: Inside chat with two midlife podcasters who get really open & honest about all of it, including the midlife VJ rebuild…keep reading to find out who the other midlife hottie is… I might have peaked your interest. Are you a midlife woman, possible empty nester, career-er, or re-inventor looking for practical advice from fellow midlife women? …
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EP 104: Inflammation, inflammation, inflammation! This is the midlife story for so many of us women. It’s uncomfortable, I’m probably bloated right now, my cortisol is high enough for four adults, and my other inflammation markers on my blood work are crazy! You too? and I’m here to remind you (and myself) how to decrease inflammation and increase …
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I’m a personal believer that you dress for your style and your energy - not your ‘age’. What does age-related style look like, anyway? Imagine being confined to a certain wardrobe because you fall into a specific age group? How limiting! And where is the self-expression? I click away from articles that talk about how to dress ‘for your age. or how …
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I’m a personal believer that you dress for your style and your energy - not your ‘age’. What does age-related style look like, anyway? Imagine being confined to a certain wardrobe because you fall into a specific age group? How limiting! And where is the self-expression? I click away from articles that talk about how to dress ‘for your age. or how …
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In this episode, we delve into the complex and often misunderstood journey of women's bodies through perimenopause, premenopause, and menopause. Our guest, Ann Marie McQueen, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. Her background as a digital journalist and podcaster, along with her foundational role at The National Newspaper and …
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EP 103: We are not cold plunging on Jan. 1! Are we? Not me, not yet! Ever noticed that so many “midlife things” feel “hard & good”. For example, marriage is hard… but also good…(for some). Same with parenting, like I have to worry about my kids and their health & schooling, complain about their messes and then hard because I cry over them leaving t…
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If anyone loves their wine, it’s me! I don’t drink liquor or beer, but I am a huge sucker for a Californian Cab Sav. I love the flavour and I love the warm feeling I get in my belly after a few sips. It makes me feel calm, peaceful, and relaxed. Even when I don’t want a glass, I am easily swayed when others around me are enjoying a glass and I inev…
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If anyone loves their wine, it’s me! I don’t drink liquor or beer, but I am a huge sucker for a Californian Cab Sav. I love the flavour and I love the warm feeling I get in my belly after a few sips. It makes me feel calm, peaceful, and relaxed. Even when I don’t want a glass, I am easily swayed when others around me are enjoying a glass and I inev…
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I'm taking a short break, and we are going to come back stronger than ever. Here I explain why! I also butcher Joe Pulizzi's name, and for that I am sorry. See you soon. AMx Join the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.com TikTok: @hotflashinc Instagram: @hotflashinc X: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-…
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EP 102: Midlife hotties, here we come 2024! Are you looking for the secrets to finding fulfillment and purpose in midlife? Wanting a mini refresh or reinvent? I know, me too! Ready to clear out the midlife habits that are holding you back and keeping you on the “midlife hamster wheel”...want some new things to think about and ideas for getting out …
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Today we are doing something a little bit different because let’s be honest, everyone is overwhelmed right now and I’m no different. This summer I was a guest on Sherry Jibb’s Happy & Healthy in Midlife Summit, and had a great conversation with her about so many things we don’t talk about much in the menopause conversation. Sherry is a registered y…
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EP 101: Did you wake up in midlife and feel like “omg, I have a muffin top, I can’t shed these pounds, I have brain fog and feel the ugh’s”, me too! Have you tried a million diets and programs? Me too! Want to get ahead of your 2024 “weight loss and feel better goals” but not sure how? Wondering if your daily routine helping you or hurting you? Wan…
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Biomedicine today stands as the vanguard of human health, weaving together science and technology to unravel the mysteries of our biological intricacies. It plays a pivotal role in advancing medical knowledge, enabling the development of groundbreaking treatments and therapies. From decoding the secrets of our genetics, to preventing and early-dete…
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I'm giving a talk at the Organic & Real show in Dubai and this is my test run. I talk about the intersection of my 30-year journalism career, which launched around the same time as my mother's death from pancreatic cancer. And how that set me on a path to finding out whatever I could about health and wellness, all while I struggled with unchecked I…
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EP 100: Ever think about what your “MORE” is in midlife? Do you feel like you are stuck in the metaphorical midlife waiting room? Ready to find out how to get out of the “midlife waiting room” and into the next fulfilling phase of your life? If you think you are in a midlife crisis, you’re in the right place… you sound ready to learn how to reframe…
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Dr Vonda Wright is an American double board-certified orthopedic sports medicine surgeon, who has spent a career working with high-level atheletes and immersed in clinical research. She’s also a woman in her mid-50s who experienced terrible body pain and a range of other symptoms. All of that combined is fuelling her mission to educate women everyw…
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EP 99: Do you know how important female friendship is? Do you have someone to talk about midlife retainers and Rogaine? Ready to laugh and find comfort in the TMI of it all? Want to hear a candid conversation where two female friends and podcasters are more vulnerable than our husbands would appreciate? Then this episode is definitely for you! Plea…
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I have two power players in this perimenopause space: half of the four-person team that founded Wile, “a plant-powered hormonal and emotional wellness brand for women 40+ that reframes midlife as a time of peak power”. (You will hear the word “tincture”) Introductions: Gwendolyn Floyd is a venture-backed serial social entrepreneur – five companies …
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EP 98: Midlife hotties, are you ready to find your voice and define (or re-define) your personal brand, goals, and interests? Looking for inspiration on how to break free from midlife social comparison and start that project you’ve been dreaming of? If you are ready to start your midlife reinvention and create your personal brand, then this episode…
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Brand building is an integral aspect of personal and business development. It not only increases the voice and consumer awareness of a brand, but it also gives it an identity and worth. That's why I decided to centre this episode around this interesting topic. From discussing about what it takes to build a brand, reach larger audience and stay rele…
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This is a very special podcast, because it’s with a person who is so authentic and honest about what she’s been through – a rare thing indeed. Over in Canada (Peterborough, Ontario, to be specific) Deborah Porteous takes us back eight years to when she was 53, going through menopause – and had never had an orgasm. Through the love of a patient and …
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