Everywhere I turn, people are talking about menopause. Finally!
This phase of life that used to be ignored, or even considered shameful, is now getting its long overdue spotlight as a worthy wellness topic and normal rite of passage for women.
Oprah recently produced a special with a panel of experts on the subject of perimenopause and menopause. Naomi Watts has helped create a line of holistic beauty & wellness products for menopausal women. And Dr. Mary Claire Haver is inspiring, educating, and empowering thousands of women to navigate this stage of life with confidence by helping them create sustainable, healthy habits.
Dr. Haver is on the Cracking Open podcast today, and I am so excited to share her wisdom with you all!
She is a wife, mom, physician, and entrepreneur who has devoted her adult life to women’s health. As a Board Certified OBGYN, Dr. Haver has delivered thousands of babies, completed thousands of well-woman exams, counseled patients, taught residents, and done everything an academic professor and OBGYN could do.
As her patient population aged, Dr. Haver was overwhelmed with the number of complaints and concerns her patients had with weight gain while going through menopause. For years, she told her patients to eat less and exercise more. It wasn’t until she, too, experienced the changes of menopause and mid-life weight gain that she realized this advice didn’t work and ultimately led to her creating and developing her online program, The Galveston Diet, which currently has over 100,000 students and helps women reach their health and wellness goals through an anti-inflammatory approach to nutrition.
She additionally became certified in Culinary Medicine in 2019, specializing in medical nutrition, opened the Mary Claire Wellness clinic in 2021, and released the book version of The Galveston Diet in January 2023. She is a leading voice in social media in the realm of menopause education and has over 2 million TikTok followers.
In our conversation today, Dr. Haver is not only generous with her expert advice around perimenopause and menopause, but she also shares her own life experiences that have helped shape her and enabled her to compassionately relate to her clients and Galveston Diet participants.
There are many incredible women who are leading the movement around normalizing the conversations and healthcare of menopause, and I am deeply grateful to Dr. Mary Claire Haver for being a dedicated, innovative, and extraordinary champion of perimenopausal and menopausal women everywhere.