Full Spectrum Diversity: Joyful Midlife Passages: Meeting Menopause with Self-Discovery, Self-Care, and Positive Practice with Jackie Lynch & Chris Crowley

Original Air Date Wednesday, October 28, 2020


Aging is a right of passage we can and should embrace. As our systems shift and our hormones dwindle it is up to us to stay fit and healthy in our minds and bodies

But, it is not always easy when faced with a lack of motivation, forgetfulness, or a little weight gain. What should we be worrying about and what things should we accept without issue? To find out the best ways to live a long healthy, joyful life even through menopause, Positive Psychology Podcast Host, Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two authors who reveal how we can stay mentally and physically healthy. Jackie Lynch shares information from her book, The Happy Menopause, and educates us on better ways to care for ourselves and how to manage stress through lifestyle and nutritional choices. And, at 85, Chris Crowley, shares the keys to getting Younger Next Year, including his recommendations for exercise, proper nutrition, and keeping the brain healthy.

Jackie Lynch — Self-care and Positive Choices for Menopause: 
  • Jackie wrote The Happy Menopause for women who found a lack of resources and information during their transition period. [1:44]
  • Symptoms of perimenopause, balancing blood sugar, high-quality fats, and the importance of proper nutrition. [3:12]
  • Why women need whole-grain carbohydrates in their diet as they age. [11:32]
  • Substances that inflame menopausal symptoms and the nutrition that can keep the body protected. [14:53]
  • Can we have a Happy Menopause? [24:12]

Jackie Lynch BA Hons, DipION, CNHC, mBANT is a Registered Nutritional Therapist and founder of the WellWellWell nutrition clinic in London, where she specializes in women’s health and menopause. She is a regular contributor to the Mail on Sunday and has been featured as a guest expert on radio and television.

Book: The Happy Menopause: Smart Nutrition to Help you Flourish




Well, Well, Well Website

@wellwellwellUK on Twitter

@WellWellWellUK on Facebook

@WellWellWellUK on Instagram



Chris Crowley — Positive Practices for Staying Young While Aging:

  • How Chris stays young and strong in his eighties. [29:30]
  • Chris describes the information on brain health as written in the 15th-anniversary edition of his book, Younger Next Year. [30:54]
  • Staying away from prepared foods is paramount for proper nutrition. [32:38]
  • Ways women age differently than men. [36:00] [48:42]
  • How using our brains well keeps us from losing our minds. [38:53]
  • What women need to know about menopause? [41:54]
  • Harry’s rules include don’t eat crap, spend less than you make, exercise, and care. [44:30]
  • Why making a plan for retirement can keep you healthy and stave off loneliness. [47:13]

Chris Crowley is a former litigator (Davis Polk & Wardwell), the co-author, with Henry S. Lodge, of the Younger Next Year books, and the co-author, with Jen Sacheck, Ph.D., of Thinner This Year. In his eighties, Crowley is fully living his life, skiing black diamonds, and routinely completing fifty-mile bike rides. He and his wife live in Connecticut and New York City.

Book: Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy — Until You’re 80 and Beyond & Younger Next Year for Women



Younger Next Year Website

@YoungerNextYr on Twitter

Younger Next Yr on Facebook





This episode of Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio is sponsored by:

Forager Project is a family owned business dedicated to creating the finest organic plant-based foods AND making the world a better place. Forager and the team at HHTR believe that voting is our most essential way to affect positive change. Checkout important resources at www.foragerproject.com/vote and @foragerproject on social.

Bright Cellars is the wine subscription service that helps you find wines you love while making wine more accessible to everyone 21 and over. Take their fun, fast 30 second quiz and be guided to new wines experiences delivered right to your doorstep! Harvesting Happiness listeners can get 50% off their first 6 bottle orders with www.brightcellars.com/happiness. 

NetSuite – makes life easier by allowing organizations of all sizes to ditch spreadsheets and old accounting software. I upgraded my happiness and upgraded my business with Netsuite by Oracle. Everything you need to administer your business on one unified platform. Get a free product tour at NetSuite.com/Happiness.

Are We Happy Yet? Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life A boot camp manual for greater emotional fitness. Happiness waits for no one and sometimes we all need support. What is getting in the way of your sustainable well-being and happiness right now? 

HFactor: Where is Your Heart? — Lisa’s documentary film that explores the journey of human happiness. Emotions are contagious and happiness is a universally desired state. We tend to forget we all have the freedom to be happy or the liberty to be miserable each day.

“If I didn't have exercise during menopause I know I would feel a lot worse and have less energy.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“As women, we have systems that are shifting and hormones that are fluctuating and we have to make up our minds that we don't want to be sick and tired.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“I don't want to take my brain and myself out of the game of doing.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“We can be of use to society until the day we die.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Menopause is not a medical condition. It's a natural transitional period. Click To TweetJoyful Midlife Passages: Meeting Menopause with Self-Discovery, Self-Care, and Positive Practice with Jackie Lynch & Chris Crowley Click To Tweet “One of the key things for me is the balance of blood sugar. If you keep your blood sugar stable it will stop the extra production of stress hormones.” @WellWellWellUK on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet “Eating fat doesn’t make you fat.” @WellWellWellUK on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“The body uses saturated fat to make sex hormones. If you don’t have any sex hormones you won’t have any libido.” @WellWellWellUK on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“All hair follicles rely on carbohydrates to produce hair. If your hair is thinning you need whole-grain carbs in your diet.” @WellWellWellUK on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“As far as magnesium, if you feel as if you are clinging on by your fingertips magnesium is the mineral for you.” @WellWellWellUK on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet “By the time we have gone through menopause we've lost about 40% of the muscle tone in our pelvic floor.” @WellWellWellUK on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“After menopause, hormone production stops and there is an enormous opportunity to discover yourself.” @WellWellWellUK on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“The great way to fend off degenerative diseases and reduce the risk by more than half is the serious exercise of your mind.” @YoungerNextYr @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“35% of the national diet is added sugar and fat in prepared foods.” @YoungerNextYr @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Women age differently; they have less mental degeneration but are more vulnerable to Alzheimer's.” @YoungerNextYr @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Some people’s ideas of retirement are goofy.” @YoungerNextYr @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet



Awake and Aware: The Science of Becoming a Better Human and Society with Stuart Shanker & Jim Davies PhD

Awake and Aware: The Science of Becoming a Better Human and Society with Stuart Shanker & Jim Davies PhD

Purpose-driven and consciously prepared brain food from the beaches of Malibu, California. Join us on this week’s show focusing on being a better human and society. Guests Stuart Shanker and Jim Davies PhD discuss managing the constant barrage of distractions brought on by modern life, optimizing your life and taking back our productivity. To learn more visit HarvestingHappinessTalkRadio.com.

read more