Welcome to the Fit Strong Women over 50 podcast where the cohosts from the Becoming Elli Community, Jill McCauslin and Chris Brown, interview experts and share their insights about losing weight, keeping it off, working out and becoming fit and strong. Hear from others who are making it work, become inspired and motivated. For more information find Becoming Elli on Facebook and Twitter or visit our website at http://www.becomingelli.com for more motivation, work-out ideas, recipes, tips and inspiration.
Preventing Dementia with Mitchell and Emily Clionsky
1:13:37In episode 149, Jill and Chris talk with Emily and Mitchell Clionsky, the authors of Dementia Prevention: Using Your Head to Save Your Brain. Their book is the culmination of 45 years of extensive clinical evaluation and treatment. A husband-and-wife team, they have a combined 70 years of professional and clinical experience in medicine and neuropsychology and have treated 20,000 patients. Emily Clionsky, MD, completed residencies in internal medicine and in psychiatry, and is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Mitchell Clionsky, PhD, is a board-certified neuropsychologist who specializes in evaluating and treating patients with cognitive impairment, dementia, ADHD, and traumatic brain injury. They partner at a private practice, Clionsky Neuro Systems, Inc., based in Springfield, Massachusetts. See more information at our website: BecomingElli.com
Avoiding Menopause Weight Gain with Amy Wilson
1:09:56Amy Wilson is a Board-Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, a certified fitness professional, and a certified nutrition coach. She helps people prevent and reverse diseases with nutrition and fitness. Amy believes diet and exercise can change a person’s life, and how the right nutritional program can be the key to improving health and fitness. She has seen her clients reverse their pre-diabetes, diabetes, high cholesterol, and more. Amy uses a holistic approach to health to help her clients feel in control of their bodies and minds, while no longer feeling enslaved by their scale. For more information see our website: Becoming Elli.
From Wheelchair to Weightlifting Podium with Kim Rahir
1:11:30Kim Rahir is a 60-year-old mother of three who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) 10 years ago. She decided to ignore her then doctor's advice... muscle her way back to a happy life... and in 2023, become the European Champion in Masters Weightlifting in her age and weight category. Her journey inspired her to leave her career in journalism in her 50s and become a health coach for middle aged women - with a big focus on reactivating and rebuilding muscle. Today, Kim helps women tap into an abundant source of vitality by reactivating and maintaining their muscles, while ditching diet culture conditioning to actually eat to nourish and flourish. For details see our website: Becoming Elli.
Midlife Mindset and Wellness with Heike Yates
1:21:08In episode 146, Jill and Chris talk with Heike Yates, a Midlife Mindset and Fitness Coach, a powerhouse in fitness, nutrition, and mindset with over 35 years of expertise. She breaks down the complexities of midlife wellness into simple, actionable steps you can start taking action today. But don’t mistake her for someone helping you get by in midlife—Heike’s all about helping you thrive. She’s transforming not just bodies but lives with her unique approach to getting active, eating right, and boosting energy. When she’s not coaching or behind the mic, catch her outdoors, pushing her limits as a triathlete or embarking on a new adventure. Heike's podcast, Pursue Your Spark, has over 200 episodes and is a wealth of resources and inspiration for mid-life women. Heike also has two other podcasts, one about intermittent fasting and one about Pilates. We interviewed Heike in November of 2020 episode #71 and reconnected with her in August of 2023 at a podcast conference in Boulder Colorado. we knew we had to ask Heike to return to the podcast. For more information and links, visit our website at BecomingElli,com.
Lessons Learned for Healthy Living with Chris and Jill
40:52In episode 145, the hosts of Fit Strong Women Over 50 podcast talk about the lessons they've learned for healthy living over the past six years. Chris and Jill also launch the 2024 Eating the Rainbow Challenge, while reflecting on 2023 and look forward to 2024. In this episode we discuss: Setting goals, milestones, changing focus, having a theme for the year, three words Highlights from 2023 episodes and some of the things that the guests said that really resonated with us. Six lessons learned during the 6 years of developing our Becoming Elli website, Facebook Group and Fit Strong Women Over 50 podcast Our 2024 challenge: Eating the Rainbow. What it is and tracking your results What we like to throw together for dinner when running short of time. Go to our website BecomingElli.com for links discussed in this episode.
Reinventing Ourselves with Wendy Battles
1:00:57In episode 144, Jill and Chris talk with Wendy Battles,the host of the Reinvention Rebels podcast. Wendy interviews women between the ages of 50-90, who have reinvented themselves later in life. From traveling solo around the world with a carry-on bag at 60, to running in global marathons at 71, to launching a modeling career at 72, these women are boldly making their dreams a priority and reality. During the day, Wendy is a Cybersecurity Awareness expert at Yale University and by night she pursues her passion for celebrating, illuminating and elevating midlife and older women. At 58, Wendy is a Reinvention Rebel herself, having reinvented herself many times during her life including as a management consultant, voice actor, and health coach. Her most recent reinvention as a podcast host is by far her most rewarding. More information and links at our website: BecomingElli.com
Better Health and Wellness through Nutrition with Sarah Koszyk
43:24In episode 142, Jill and Chris talk with Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN. She is an award-winning Registered Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist and the co-founder of MIJA Naturals, a green beauty wellness company, As a Registered Dietitian and Food & Nutrition Expert, Sarah understands the power that food has on our bodies. She knows that consuming the right foods can enhance one’s beauty, nourish one’s soul, and restore one’s health. She works in the San Francisco Bay Area of California with technology firm CEOs, executives, and employees, Bay Area families, as well as professional, elite, and collegiate athletes. She also has nationwide and international clientele. More information at our website: https://www.becomingelli.com
Anti-Cancer Strategies with Jeanette Evans
59:29In episode 141, Jill and Chris talk with Jeanette Evans, a long-time friend of Jill's who has developed a wonderful anti-cancer lifestyle. Jill first met Jeanette many years ago when they were both working as technical writers and belonged to a professional organization together. Jeanette is a writer and editor and is involved in all kinds of communications. They have kept in touch over the years and started to meet for lunch recently. We believe that Jeanette’s story and way of life might be of interest to everyone. Jeanette Evans has had three cancer surgeries with the first being in 2003 and a diagnosis of presumed triple negative breast cancer. She has tried to educate herself on staying healthy with an anti-cancer lifestyle and diet which she finds to be delicious too. We discuss: Her anti-cancer lifestyle Which authors that she follows and why What she eats on a regular basis What food she avoids How she gets variety into her diet Her views on supplements How this anti-cancer lifestyle has improved her health Ways this type of eating has protected her from other problems like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Views on organic vs non-organic How she exercises throughout the week Ways she manages stress in her life Links and more information at our website: BecomingElli.com
Amazing Female Athletes with Elizabeth Emery
51:42In episode 140 Jill and Chris talk with Elizabeth Emery. She is a former professional cyclist, US National Champion, and Pan Am Games gold medalist who raced in the women’s Tour de France for many years when it was called The Grand Boucle. She won the US Time Trial National Championship, a gold medal in the Pan American Games, the Pan American Championships, and the Tour of Japan. Elizabeth is the host of the podcast Hear Her Sports where female athletes share stories of the amazing things they’re doing. We discuss: Her experiences as a professional athlete and racing in The Tour de France Her motivation to keep training Why she started her podcast Hear Her Sports What she has learned about ways the female athletes train and eat Lessons we can learn from professional women athletes For more information visit our website: BecomingElli.com