Episode 95: From Burnout to Feminine Presence and Power with Fran Watson

In this episode, Dr. Toni speaks with Art of Feminine Presence coach Fran Watson about reconnecting with our feminine essence and power as an antidote to feeling tired, worn out and trying to give from an empty cup. Listen in to learn more about the things that drain us as women, how to stop the energy drain and reclaim our power.

“The feminine essence wants healthy, loving attention and she wants it often. This is not a desire sprung from weakness but an impulse to grow. Healthy attention is like food and water. If we don’t get it, we don’t grow and when we stop growing, we die. It’s that important. A woman who is seen by the people in her life stands out by her vibrancy, her health, her skin and her smile. She is well fed and it shows.”

After 18 years in a high-profile career as a publicist in the film and television business, Fran Watson was exhausted, burnt out and unclear how to make changes despite knowing a lot about how to make changes. She was feeling stuck and didn’t have a lot of time or money to spend on getting unstuck. 

Now, this silver-haired woman in her 50s has mastered the Art of Feminine Presence and helps people who are feeling stuck in unfulfilling work lives discover their soul-work and fill up with clarity and confidence to step into the life they were born to live.

In this episode, we cover

  • The difference between feminine and masculine essence 
  • How and why you’ve been taught to reject your feminine essence and focus on the masculine…and why it leads to burnout
    • Masculine culture focused on daily rhythms sees feminine monthly rhythms as unpredictable – for more about cyclical living, see Episode 59
  • Why you need to give yourself permission to fill your own cup
  • The power behind finding a community where you can truly be seen and heard – for more on community medicine, see Episode 90 
  • How to bring your attention to your belly to connect with your energy, power and ability to communicate

Find the free Path to Presence Meditation from Fran HERE,

Follow Fran on Instagram and Facebook , and connect with Fran for a complimentary 30 minute private chats to explore her coaching work a little further: https://biggerlifenow.com/contact/

Join Fran for her upcoming workshop The Art of Showing Up: Be Seen & Heard as a Woman in Business

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Dr. Toni is a big fan of the classic naturopathic hydrotherapy practice of wet warming socks, also known as Magic Socks.

Fran loves to get life flowing with the 10 minute Path to Presence Meditation she shares on her website https://biggerlifenow

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Disclaimer: The information provided in this presentation is not meant to replace treatment with a licensed health care practitioner. It is for informational purposes only. Consult with a Naturopathic Doctor or other licensed health care professional to determine which treatments are safe for you.

Episode 94: How to Reduce Plastic Use in Your Everyday Life with Emma Rohmann from Green at Home

In this episode, Dr. Lisa welcomes back Emma Rohmann to discuss everything you need to know about plastics. Why is plastic harmful? Are the alternatives any better? Listen in to learn about what you can do at home to protect you and your kids from the negative impacts of plastic. 

Emma previously joined Dr. Lisa on Episode 65

Emma Rohmann is an environmental engineer, mom of 2, and founder of Green at Home and The Healthy Home Method. With over a decade of experience as an accredited green building consultant and project manager, she now helps moms and moms-to-be reduce toxins at home without overwhelm, a lifestyle overhaul, or spending time and money on stuff that doesn’t work. Her online guides, courses, and personalized programs blend the science with the practical application needed to help drive healthy changes in our busy lives. Emma is a trained David Suzuki Foundation Queen of Green Coach, a guest lecturer at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and holds a certificate in Environmental Health from the University of Arizona. You can learn more from Emma on The Missing Pillar of Health Podcast and at greenathome.ca.

In this episode, we cover:

  • The impact of plastics, including microplastics, on the environment while recognizing the benefit of them
  • The 2 chemicals in plastic with the most attention and research
    • Bisphenol A (BPA) – hormone disruptor with estrogenic activity
      • affects immune system, fetal development, sperm function, fertility
      • found in hard plastics, can linings, higher in foods that are fatty or acidic, receipt paper from purchases can be absorbed through the skin
    • Phthalates – found in soft plastics, hormone disruptor, easily migrates to food
      • higher amounts in women with endometriosis, birth defects, diabetes, obesity, thyroid, asthma, allergies, behavioural issues in kids, quickly metabolized but common exposure is frequent, found in PVC and vinyl flooring – breaks down and transfers to household dust, found in synthetic fragrance in personal care products
  • The problem with BPA free plastic, and the hormone disrupting properties of BPA alternatives BPS and BPF
  • The reason why switching from plastic water bottles to cans isn’t the healthiest solution 
    • For the impact of PFAS, see the movies Dark Waters and The Devil We Know, as well as Emma’s The Missing Pillar of Health Podcast
  • Alternatives to consider investing in to avoid BPA and other bisphenol exposure
    • Coconut oil and tomato products in glass jars
    • Glass containers or beeswax wrap instead of plastic food wrap
    • Beans and other canned foods by brands using cans without bisphenols, like Eden Organics
  • The importance of re-thinking your use of single serve foods in plastic wrapping
    • Consider a litter-less lunch for your kids without juice boxes, ziploc bags, using stainless steel containers and silicone bags to swap out plastic containers
  • The importance of involving your kids in the continuing conversation around reducing the use of plastic products
  • How to decide what plastic alternatives you need to buy

Connect with Emma on Instagram and Facebook 

Find Emma’s Room-by-Room Checklist, Cleaner Recipes and other resources at greenathome.ca/learn 

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Dr. Lisa is a big fan of Stasher or Bumkins snack bags and Stasher reusable silicone bags for plantain chips. She also bought a kite to fly at a park to burn off extra kid energy. 

Emma loves to use an online calendar for communicating and coordinating events for all family members, as well as cloth bags for kids’ snacks.

Upcoming Events:

Dr. Lisa has a free Digestive Masterclass on Wednesday, Oct 13th at 7:00pm EST, called “Lose the Bloat, Prevent Overeating and Heal Leaky Gut”. Be sure to attend live to take advantage of some epic bonuses. SIGN UP HERE and see what other upcoming events are in the works!

Dr. Toni’s next HypnoBirthing info session for expecting parents looking to trust their instincts and their body during labour and birth is this month. Join her at https://www.hypnobirthingcalgary.com/register

Dr. Lisa’s Wild Collective begins again in Fall 2021! Email her if you want to get in on the action…there are only a few spots left. Find out more at: www.wildcollectivetoronto.com

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Stay safe and healthy everyone!

Disclaimer: The information provided in this presentation is not meant to replace treatment with a licensed health care practitioner. It is for informational purposes only. Consult with a Naturopathic Doctor or other licensed health care professional to determine which treatments are safe for you.

Episode 93: Essential Oils 101 with Barbara Rempel

In this episode, Dr. Toni talks with holistic nutrition professional and author Barbara Rempel about the basics you need to know about using essential oils for the health of you and your family. The use of highly concentrated plant extracts or aromatherapy has been around for hundreds of years and the interest in the therapeutic effects of essential oils is growing. Listen in to learn more.

A responsibility to improve lives through natural lifestyles nudged Barbara to leave her 18 year career in IT and follow her passion of “all things natural”, which led her to attain her certification as a Holistic Nutrition Professional in 2005. As director of a residential Health Retreat she saw noticeable evidence of improving attendees’ health in a matter of 5-14 days with simple detoxification protocols based on nutrition. On the behest of her clients asking “How do YOU eat?” she co-authored the book “Cleansing With Food”

When she started adding dōTERRA essential oils to her recommendations, her clients raved about their results. From there, Barbara found the easiest way to empower people to be in control of their own healthy lifestyles was to provide a “Ditch and Switch” education. Now she is a holistic health educator specializing in dōTERRA essential oils with a tribe of at least 4000.

In this episode, we cover:

  • The importance of quality and laboratory testing of essential oils, given the lack of regulation in the industry
    • For example, dōTERRA brand lavender is recognized as pharmaceutical grade due to less than 2% difference in active ingredients from batch to batch
  • The 3 main methods of essential oil use:
    • Aromatic or inhalation
    • Topical, applied on the skin neat or diluted with carrier oil 
    • Internal
  • How to reduce the impact of sun sensitivity that can increase with some essential oils
  • Some of the benefits of essential oils demonstrated in scientific research
    • The aromatic use of rosemary for supporting memory
    • The aromatic use of lemon for increasing dopamine levels, which can positively impact energy and mood
    • Lavender oil used in aromatherapy massage on pregnant women reduced stress hormone cortisol levels and increased immune function by raising secretory immunoglobulin A (IgA) levels
    • Components of essential oils have been shown to be absorbed systemically be inhalation and topical application, and can cross the blood brain barrier 

Connect with Barbara and learn more at linktr.ee/blrempel and healthyoilz.com 

You can also sign up for her newsletter at healthyoilz.com/lets-connect

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Barbara is a big fan of having a good essential oil reference book like Modern Essentials and a box of essential oils to use

Dr. Toni loves to use the dōTERRA Breathe stick to apply the essential oil blend containing eucalyptus and peppermint. 

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Disclaimer: The information provided in this presentation is not meant to replace treatment with a licensed health care practitioner. It is for informational purposes only. Consult with a Naturopathic Doctor or other licensed health care professional to determine which treatments are safe for you.

Episode 91: The Journey to Self Love & Body Confidence with Kayla Marie

In today’s episode, Dr. Lisa talks with Self Love & Body Confidence Coach Kayla Marie about the judgement almost all of us experience when it comes to our bodies, especially after having kids and as we get older. Are you in a fight against your body and have a negative body image? This is an important conversation you need to listen to!

Kayla Marie is a Certified Access Bars Practitioner, Professional Photographer, and a Self Love & Body Confidence Coach for women. She’s passionate about inspiring women to get out of judgment of their bodies so they can finally stop worrying about what they look like and show up & shine in their lives. Her story of triumph over bullying, death, divorce, and poor body image has inspired many people around the world to experience the peace, joy & freedom that comes with true self-love and confidence.

In this episode, we cover:

  • How body neutrality and self acceptance is a great place to start on the journey to self love and confidence
  • The difference between body confidence and body positivity
  • How not to care about what other people think of you
  • Steps you can take to develop more self-awareness around social media, diversify your social media feed and prevent comparison-itis 
  • How the practice of gratitude can help shift you to a place of love
    • 3 statements of positivity to cancel out 1 statement of negativity
    • Hawaiian practice of Ho’oponopono
      • I’m sorry
      • Please forgive me
      • Thank you
      • I love you
  • The ups and down you can experience with self acceptance and body confidence
  • Stacking your work towards body confidence with your daily routine to develop your practice as a habit
  • Making your nutrition and health practices align with self love and body confidence
  • Tuning into your body to listen to eat more intuitively 

Connect with Kayla Marie on Facebook.

and Instagram: @confident.kayla.marie

or email her at confident.kayla.marie@gmail.com

Book a complementary discovery call with Kayla Marie to learn more about her Body Bliss Boot Camps and receive a free Body Love meditation to release judgement here:

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Dr. Lisa is a big fan of using mini resistance bands to mix things up for my workouts, especially with videos on Heather Robertson YouTube channel.

Kayla loves prioritizing her sleep and might have a social media detox as a must have in the future!

Dr. Toni’s next HypnoBirthing info session for expecting parents looking to trust their instincts and their body during labour and birth is this month. Join her at https://www.hypnobirthingcalgary.com/register

Dr. Lisa’s Wild Collective begins again in Fall 2021! Sign up for one of the free master classes on Mon Sept 27th at 7pm or Thurs Sept 30th at 2pm at: wildcollectivetoronto.com

Email us or connect with us on Facebook  and  Instagram.

We’d love you to subscribe, leave us a review and a 5-star rating if you enjoyed this episode.

Please tell your perimenopausal mama friends about us, too!

Stay safe and healthy everyone!

Disclaimer: The information provided in this presentation is not meant to replace treatment with a licensed health care practitioner. It is for informational purposes only. Consult with a Naturopathic Doctor or other licensed health care professional to determine which treatments are safe for you.

Episode 90: Community Medicine: How to Fight Loneliness to Live A Longer Healthier Life

In today’s episode, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Toni are discussing how community medicine is the wave of the future and often the missing link in your health care. You need connection and community to support your well-being and stick to healthy habits. Your kids also need community now more than ever. 

How does loneliness affect your health?

Loneliness and weak social connections:

  • associated with a reduction in your lifespan similar to that caused by smoking 15 cigarettes a day
  • can shorten your lifespan by 8 years!

Harvard research suggests feelings of social isolation are on the rise and that those hardest hit are older teens and young adults.

The results of an American study conducted in October 2020 showed 36 percent of people reported feeling lonely frequently, almost all the time or all the time in the prior four weeks, compared with 25 percent who recalled experiencing serious issues in the two months prior to the pandemic. 61 percent of those aged 18 to 25 reported high levels.

Also in the US, June data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that 63 percent of young people reported experiencing substantial symptoms of anxiety and depression. 

  • “Being socially connected needs to be seen as much a part of a healthy lifestyle as eating right and exercising.” Julianne Holt-Kunstad

Stanford University’s Centre on The Demography and Economics of Health and Aging found that lonely people were more likely to:

  • Have extended hospital stays
  • Need more expensive treatments
  • Need support of skilled nursing facilities instead of in-home rehabilitation

Participants who were socially isolated had a 50% higher risk of death

Other negative outcomes of social isolation and loneliness demonstrated in research are:

  • 26% Higher risk of premature death
  • 29% increased risk for heart disease
  • 32% increased risk for stroke
  • 40% increased risk for Alzheimer’s
  • 25% increased risk for cancer

Loneliness:

  • affects 25% to 60% of older Americans, almost as prevalent as obesity
  • puts millions of Americans 50 and over at risk of poor health

Your social connections at age 50 predict your health status at age 80

How? Epigenetics!

Changes in the expression of hundreds of your genes can occur as a function of physical and social environment you inhabit.

Research indicates that perceived social isolation and loneliness heightens sensitivity to social threats and motivates the renewal of social connections, but it can also impair: 

  • executive functioning 
  • sleep 
  • mental well-being
  • physical well-being

The more isolated people are, the less happy they are, and brain function declines as well as physical health. Together, these effects contribute to higher rates of morbidity and mortality in lonely older adults.

What impact does connection and community have in your life?

Online groups are available to provide support to achieve a common goal during the pandemic while in person programs may not be available. Some examples include Wild Collective, Landmark Worldwide, Peloton, Alcoholics Anonymous, various book clubs

Habits are contagious!

  • Your habits are influenced by your community:
    • happiness, smoking cessation, suicide risk 
  • Happiness increases by:
    • 15% if you have a happy friend
    • a further 10% if their friend is happy

You may have the tendency to thrive and maintain a healthy lifestyle with the help and accountability of others. Sometimes it’s hard as a busy mom to generate that energy on your own.

For more info on habits, listen to Episode 72: Hard Habits to Break? How to Use The Four Tendencies For Lasting Change

Best-selling book The Daniel Plan:

  • Church congregation in California
  • Pastor couldn’t maintain a healthy weight
  • Enlisted help of Dr. Mark Hyman MD and Dr. Daniel Amen, MD
  • Met in small groups every wednesday night to introduce new behaviours and help each other stick to them
  • 15,000 congregation lost 250,000 pounds

The Look AHEAD trial, a diabetes prevention lifestyle program which encompassed a multi- disciplinary behavioural-focused intervention. The Intensive support group participants met:

  • Small groups of 10-20
  • 3 meetings per month for the first 6-months
  • 2 meetings per month between 6-months to 1yr
  • 1 meeting per month up to 8yrs

In addition to these monthly group sessions, subjects had individual sessions with an‘interventionist’ (which included registered dietitians, psychologists, and exercisespecialists) every month in person, with a second contact by phone or email 2-weeks thereafter

After 8yrs of follow-up, 39% of people maintained 10% reduction of body weight and 65% had maintained over 5% reduction of body weight

Dr. Jeffrey Geller:

  • Received funding from CDC and approval to research group medicine
  • Started a group for managing diabetes (in disguise for addressing loneliness)
  • Outcomes included:
    • Loneliness improved
    • Depression improved
    • Participants lost weight
    • Blood pressure was reduced by 5-10 points
    • HbA1C was reduced
  • Now, Dr. Geller has groups for heart disease, prenatal care, hypertension, depression, obesity, addiction

How do you foster connection and community in your life?

  • Create an habits accountability group
  • Become an active member in a positive, supportive Facebook group
  • Join a gym, yoga studio, meditation studio that fosters community
  • Sign up for a community class: for sport, knitting, cooking, gardening, etc..
  • Join or start a local or online book club

What is the Wild Collective about?

  • International and revolutionary women’s health community initiative 
  • Recipe for connection and community; remedy for loneliness; instruction manual for your body, health and lab testing
  • Actionable items to start to up-level your health, mindset and relationships
  • Empowered health education to be your own health advocate (and for your family), know which questions to ask and which lab tests to ask for
  • Learn in-depth about digestion, detox, thyroid, hormones, blood sugar/nutrition

Spots are limited to 20 women to establish connection and allow enough time for women to share

Beka describes Wild Collective:

“My favourite part of the Collective is the community created amongst the women there. There was almost an immediate feeling of safety and community that was created and it makes each session something to look forward to. Hearing other women’s experiences and thoughts really helps you work through your own thoughts and feelings. The info about our bodies is so insightful as well and every session I’m challenged to “up” my health game in both small and large areas.”

Dr. Lisa’s next Wild Collective begins again in September. Sign up for the next info session at wildcollectivetoronto.com

Dr. Toni’s next HypnoBirthing info session for expecting parents looking to trust their instincts and their body during labour and birth is September 13 and 27. Join her at https://www.hypnobirthingcalgary.com/register    

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Dr. Lisa is a big fan of the book The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha.

Dr. Toni loves the book Breath by James Nestor. You check out more about the book and breathing techniques HERE.

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We’d love you to subscribe, leave us a review and a 5-star rating if you enjoyed this episode.

Please tell your perimenopausal mama friends about us, too!

Stay safe and healthy everyone!

Disclaimer: The information provided in this presentation is not meant to replace treatment with a licensed health care practitioner. It is for informational purposes only. Consult with a Naturopathic Doctor or other licensed health care professional to determine which treatments are safe for you.