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The Little Things

English, Personal health, 1 season, 21 episodes, 13 hours, 59 minutes
In a world where well-being influencers are driven by endorsements, wellness trends generally come at a cost, and busy lives disrupt our best intentions, all many women want are simple, science-based facts to help us live a productive, happy balanced life.    Enter The Little Things. Broadcaster Francesca Rudkin and health researcher Lousie Ayrey have been friends for over a decade and have been through it all, and along the way have learned the benefits of practical information over costly fads. Join them for new episodes on Saturdays where they talk to experts on health, wellbeing, parenting and relationships to give you the information you need to thrive!
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Why bearing the mental load is not 'pre-installed' in women with Dr Robyn Miller

The Mental Load Project is advocating for a change in how heterosexual relationships operate - and that means not placing all the burden of organising kids, the household, and sometimes the partner, on the wife and mother. Dr Robyn Miller joins Francesca and Louise to discuss the mental load, how to recognise it, and how to have the conversation about delegation. See for privacy information.
4/12/202439 minutes, 53 seconds
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The key to getting a good night's sleep with Dr Michael Mosley

This weekend marks the end of daylight saving - and that means a big jolt to our sleep cycles. Looking at the other 354 days of the year, how do we get a good night's sleep? This week, Francesca and Louise talk with Dr Michael Mosley, author of the new book 4 Weeks to Better Sleep: A life-changing plan for deep sleep, improved function and feeling great. See for privacy information.
4/5/202450 minutes, 59 seconds
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From ADHD to autism - understanding neurodiversity with Anton Ashcroft

The last few years have seen a spike in people being diagnosed with a neurodivergent condition, such as ADHD, autism, anxiety or OCD. It's something Francesca has had personal experience with, so to help other parents and adult women going on their own journeys, she and Louise talk all things neurodiversity with Anton Ashcroft, registered psychologist and co-founder of Divergent Thinking. See for privacy information.
3/29/202441 minutes, 59 seconds
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Tackling body image issues for you and your kids with Claire Turnbull

Worries about body image are one of those issues that transcends age, gender and shape - whether worrying about being too skinny, too fat, not muscly enough, plenty of us have concerns about how we look. Registered nutritionist Claire Turnbull joins the podcast this week to discuss how women can come to terms with their own bodies, and what to do when discussing things with their kids. See for privacy information.
3/22/202445 minutes, 13 seconds
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How to start exercising and do it from home with Kyra Seiler

Going for a run, going to the gym, or just starting to exercise in general after a long pause can be pretty daunting. So how do we get back into it, where should our focus be, and how can we do it from home if we don't want to go to the gym? This week, Francesca and Louise talk with personal trailer and resistance strength specialist Kyra Seiler.See for privacy information.
3/15/202442 minutes, 57 seconds
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Endometriosis, hysterectomies and your menstrual cycle: What you need to know with Dr Amelia Ryan

Most women pre-menopause menstruate every month. However, a recent New Zealand study showed functional menstrual literacy is as low as 50 percent, while 38 percent of those who menstruate don’t know the normal length of a period. So what do we need to know about our menstrual cycle? And from endometriosis to hysterectomies, what do we need to know to about our uterus?  Today, Francesca and Louise are joined by Auckland-based gynaecologist and obstetrics specialist Dr Amelia Ryan.See for privacy information.
3/8/202441 minutes, 53 seconds
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The truth about anti-ageing skincare with Dr Cara McDonald

It's hard to avoid being bombarded with advertisements and different products that all vow to reverse the signs of ageing - but do any of them actually work, or are there some very inexpensive methods we can use that are a lot more effective?  Dr Cara McDonald, co director and principal dermatologist at Complete Skin Specialists in Melbourne, joins Francesca and Louise today to discuss everything skincare related - including what you children really need to know about it. See for privacy information.
3/1/202443 minutes, 41 seconds
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How to raise teens in an age of anxiety and judgement with Dr Justin Coulson

It's tough being a teenager these days, with constant access to phones not helping with anxiety - and it's just as hard being a parent, often for the same reasons of competitiveness and comparison with others. Dr Justin Coulson has written one of the definitive modern books on parenting, all while raising six kids himself. He joins Francesca and Louise to discuss the pressures parents put on teens and themselves, and how to manage expectations, anxiety and typical teen problems. See for privacy information.
2/23/202451 minutes, 7 seconds
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Elise Loehnen on the societal pressures women face and how to overcome them

Until 2020, Elise Loehnen seemed like she had it al. As the Chief Content Officer at Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP, she was helping lead the way at one of the most talked about brands in the world. That's until her anxiety caught up with her, and she realised that was she was chasing after an impossible lie. She joins Francesca and Louise to discuss how that realisation led to her book, On Our Best Behaviour: The Price Women Pay to be Good, and what she learned about the pressures placed on women. See for privacy information.
2/16/202446 minutes, 8 seconds
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How to stay mobile as you get older with Juliet Starrett

Mobility may not be the sexiest topic around - something fitness advocate Juliet Starrett is very aware of. However, more and more data shows how poor mobility can be a major health risk as you get older - and something as basic as struggling to get up off the floor should spark warning signs.  Juliet joins Francesca and Louise today to discuss simple advice for anyone looking to stay mobile. See for privacy information.
2/9/202444 minutes, 15 seconds
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Avoiding burnout and managing your brain health with Jude Walter

The Little Things is back for Season 2! And as we leave summer holidays behind and settle back into our regular routine, how do we avoid getting overwhelmed and hitting a wall in all aspects of our lives? Today, Francesca and Louise are joined by Jude Walter from Brainfit.World to discuss her experience with burnout, and the tips she has learned over the years to help people deal with their concerns. See for privacy information.
2/2/202450 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Little Things - Season 2 coming soon

Listen to new episodes from February 3rd wherever you get your podcasts. See for privacy information.
1/20/202453 seconds
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The best ways to avoid delay cognitive decline with Dr Ginni Mansberg

For the last episode in this season of The Little Things, Francesca and Louise are talking to Dr Ginni Mansberg about her new book, Save Your Brain. She shares what she has learned about delaying dementia and cognitive decline, including what people need to know about drinking, work, sleep, blood pressure and coffee. You will be surprised about which things are good for you - and what you need to avoid!See for privacy information.
3/24/202345 minutes, 52 seconds
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What to know if you or a friend are diagnosed with cancer with Juliet Ireland

On a personal episode this week, Louise and Francesca discuss their shared experience after Louise was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. They discuss what Louise and her family went through, and the importance of Francesca's friendship and support at that time. They are then joined by health psychologist Juliet Ireland to get advice for those going through the same experience. See for privacy information.
3/17/202347 minutes, 15 seconds
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How women should be exercising with Dr Stacy Sims

Exercise may seem like one of those that shouldn't be separated by gender - but growing research has found that 'one size fit all' exercise plans are often tailored solely for men, and don't factor in the different physiology of women. On today's episode, Francesca and Louise are joined by Dr Stacy Sims to discuss her research into this area, and what women really need to know about exercising. See for privacy information.
3/10/202343 minutes, 14 seconds
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Having THE (sex) TALK(s) with therapist Jo Robertson

Many parents find sex to be a difficult and uncomfortable topic. It can be daunting to know how to talk about such an important part of being human with children, never mind working out what they actually should know at what age. With society being quite sexualised at times and pornography becoming very accessible, preparing children for the world we find ourselves in can feel complex. Today, Francesca Rudkin and Louise Ayrey talk to sex and relationship therapist Jo Robertson who shares her take on how parents can navigate these sensitive topics with their children.See for privacy information.
3/3/202342 minutes, 59 seconds
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Exploring the mysteries of your pelvic floor with physiotherapist Caitlin Day

It’s a subject many women would prefer not to think about, but there’s no avoiding the fact many struggle with issues with their pelvic floor as they get older. Studies show one in three women who give birth face some sort of ongoing issue as they get older, from prolapse to stress incontinence, but the ageing process can impact those who never go through pregnancy as well. Today, Francesca and Louise talk to Caitlin Day, a pelvic floor physiotherapist and the found of Unity Studios, specialising in classes that helps women recover after injury or improve the strength of their pelvic floor as they get older.See for privacy information.
2/24/202336 minutes, 5 seconds
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What really works for dieting and nutrition with Professor Tim Spector

Dieting and nutrition have become a multi-billion dollar industry in recent years - but are we being sold a lie when it comes to calorie counting, exercise and fad diets? Today, Francesca and Louise talk to Professor Tim Spector about his decades of research into genetics, food and nutrition to discuss what does and doesn't work, recent discoveries about gut microbiome, and what blue foods can tell you about your intestines! See for privacy information.
2/17/202336 minutes, 18 seconds
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The truth about menopause with Niki Bezzant

Did you know menopause is technically only a day - and that everything you experience before then is perimenopause? That's just one of the aspects of menopause Francesca and Lousie weren't fully aware of until they went through it themselves. To help digest the truth about menopause - from the symptoms, the duration, and the treatments - they go deep on the matter with Niki Bezzant, author of This Changes Everything: The Honest Guide to Menopause and Perimenopause. See for privacy information.
2/10/202345 minutes, 4 seconds
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The realities of a healthy relationship with Karen Nimmo

Francesca and Louise are kicking off the series with a focus on something everyone needs to know - the secrets to maintaining a functioning relationship with your significant other. Karen Nimmo, clinical psychologist and author of The Good Partner, joins to discuss the different types of intimacy, the realities of communication and sharing workload, tips to get things to work - and what to do when the wheels are really starting to fall off! See for privacy information.
2/3/202343 minutes, 13 seconds
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The Little Things begins Saturday February 4th! See for privacy information.
1/20/202345 seconds