Episode 225: Is Burnout Inevitable in Perimenopause? A Conversation with Cristina Tahoces of Thrive Nutrition (re-release)

In this episode re-release from 2023, Dr. Lisa talks with holistic nutritionist Cristina Tahoces about burnout and perimenopause. Women in perimenopause are more likely to experience professional and personal burnout, especially when experiencing hormone fluctuations and symptoms like fatigue, brain fog and sleep deprivation.

Dr. Lisa previously talked with Cristina about love led nourishment in Episode 92

Cristina Tahoces is a holistic nutritionist and owner of Thrive Nutrition Practice, a global online wellness business focused on building physical and mental health resilience to stress through a nutritional approach she calls “love-led nourishment”. A former corporate banker, Cristina turned to nutrition to help herself heal from chronic allergies & adrenal fatigue. Over the years, she has helped clients with high stress profiles improve sleep, immunity & energy levels, relieve irritable bowel symptoms and reverse high blood pressure – all through her in-depth knowledge about how to use food therapeutically.  In 2017, she shared her nutritional strategy “Sleep Love Poop” on the TEDx stage as part of the TED Women’s Global Conference. She uses the themes of Sleep Love Poop to help her clients both in private consultation and through her group programs, which she runs several times a year.

In today’s episode, we cover:

  • How burnout is possible even when you love your job
  • Why you need to listen to the signals your body is giving you, especially when you eat
  • The similarities between symptoms of perimenopause and symptoms of burnout
  • Why the likelihood of experiencing burnout increases when you are in perimenopause
  • Important strategies you can use to prevent burnout
  • Why it’s important for you to get blood work done through a medical or naturopathic doctor
  • The importance of pooping every day and “clear pee, clear mind”

Today’s Mama Must-Have:

Dr. Lisa is a big fan of the Insight timer app for meditation and for break in the day.

Cristina loves her Air Pods to listen to her music, podcasts, audiobooks while making dinner.

What’s Else is Happening?

Dr. Toni’s next HypnoBirthing session for expecting parents looking to decrease fear and anxiety to support their natural instincts around labour and birth is next month. Join her at https://www.hypnobirthingcalgary.com/register

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Stay safe and healthy everyone!

Disclaimer: The information provided 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 224: Don’t Fear the Fever (re-release)

Did you know that fever is an evolutionary response that humans (and other animals) need to mobilize the immune system and fight off infection effectively? And that not all fevers are bad and do not reflect how severe an illness is? Listen in to this episode re-release as Dr. Toni dispels the common myths about fever and find out how to support this natural process in your kids and yourself to recover effectively.

In this episode re-release, we cover:

  • What is a fever and how to measure it 
  • The most common myths about fevers, such as:
    • All fevers are bad and must be treated with medication
    • Fevers above 40oC or 104oF are dangerous and can cause brain damage
    • Seizures are often caused by fever and can harm your child
    • Fevers should come down to normal when treated with medication and once it comes down, it should stay down
  • Why you might want to think twice before giving your kids medication like acetaminophen or ibuprofen
  • What you can do to make your child more comfortable when they have a fever before considering medication like acetaminophen or ibuprofen
    • Hydration
    • Hydrotherapy
    • Herbal medicine and homeopathy
  • For more info about myths and facts about fever, see https://www.seattlechildrens.org/conditions/a-z/fever-myths-versus-facts/
  • For more info about nutrients that support immune system against viral infections, see Episode 39
  • For more info about leaky gut, see Episode 8

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Dr. Toni is a big fan of having several homeopathic remedies on hand at home to use when her and her family are having symptoms of viral infection like fever, especially aconite, ferrum phosphoricum and belladonna, as well as herbal teas like elderberry, echinacea, yarrow and peppermint.

What’s Else is Happening?

Dr. Toni’s next HypnoBirthing session for expecting parents looking to decrease fear and anxiety to support their natural instincts around labour and birth is next month. Join her at https://www.hypnobirthingcalgary.com/register

Join Dr. Lisa’s new Facebook group Wild Woman Adventures Toronto if you want to get out in nature, connect with other women and push yourself out of your comfort zone. Activities include: sunrise/sunset SUP, tree-top trekking, a new moon workshop and more!

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Please tell your perimenopausal mama friends about us, too!

Stay safe and healthy everyone!

Disclaimer: The information provided 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 221: Why Can’t I Sleep? (Re-Release)

In this re-released episode, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Toni provide some updated info you need to know about sleep, especially if your sleep has been impacted by perimenopause and the pandemic. Want to stop gaining weight and craving carbs and sugar? Want more energy and better moods? Want to lower your risk of cancer, dementia and diabetes? Don’t wait to sleep when you’re dead!

Did you know?

2/3 of people in developed nations fail to sleep at least 8 hours a night!

Why do you need to get a good night’s sleep?

Research shows that the less sleep you get, the shorter your life.

You can’t make up for a poor night’s sleep by sleeping more the next night. 

As you age, your sleep can be more fragile and sensitive than when you’re younger.

In this episode, we cover:

  • How insufficient or poor sleep can contribute to your weight gain, make you more emotionally reactive and put your body in fight or flight mode
  • What you can do if your sleep is interrupted
  • How you can tell if you’re getting a good night’s sleep
  • Important signs that you are not getting enough sleep
  • What lab testing and investigations you need to consider
  • Tips you need to know to get a good night’s sleep

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Dr. Lisa loves putting a tea bag or two of lemon balm or chamomile tea in Stuart’s bath and using Badger sleep balm on the backs of Stuart’s hands and his feet for extra sleep support.

Dr. Toni is a big fan of Cyto-Matrix’s Mag Matrix magnesium liquid for Frankie and Bach Flower Rescue Remedy night spray for the whole family. 

What’s Happening?

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

Thanks for listening!

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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!

Episode 218: Reigniting pleasure & libido in Perimenopause via Movement Medicine with Sharmeen Bhanji-Abeysinghe (re-release)

In this episode re-release, Dr. Lisa talks with spiritual and somatic movement coach Sharmeen Abeysinghe about what you can do about low libido in perimenopause. Stress and unresolved emotional issues can impact how you behave in the world, especially your sexual expression and libido. Current negative feelings can be related to past trauma and can use up precious energy. Listen in and experience how movement medicine can reignite the pleasure that you deserve.

Sharmeen was previously on Episode 79

Sharmeen Abeysinghe is a Spiritual & Somatic Movement Coach for women.  Her areas of focus are the interplay between the body, brain, emotional & energetic self; and how we can influence these through movement. Having experienced developmental trauma growing up, and complex trauma in adulthood, Sharmeen has a deep understanding of how trauma can shape your life. 

While being an educator for nineteen years, she is adept at simplifying complex information so that it is not only easily digestible, but fun as well! Sharmeen has two brilliant boys aged twelve and nine and is in a committed loving relationship of over twenty years with her loving and supportive husband, Sanka. Sharmeen offers individual & group coaching services through her business MyAlignedLife.ca  

Sharmeen is an advocate of total health for all; in herself finds this through movement. Since 2022, she has been exploring and re-finding her connection to Universal Energy Source…. Where she has experienced what can only be described as miracles. 

In today’s episode, we cover:

  • Important causes of your low libido in perimenopause, including stress
  • How current stress and past trauma can impact your libido
  • What is movement medicine and how you can experience increased libido as a beneficial by-product of practice
  • How your need to analyze everything can be related to denying yourself pleasure 
  • The importance of somatic movements practices to increase your connection with your body and your confidence, as well as your ability to experience relaxation and pleasure
  • How to experience pleasure and your own touch in a non-sexual way
  • The importance of slowing down and moving mindfully
  • How research links mindfulness with sexual function in women

You can connect with Sharmeen on Facebook and Instagram

Join Sharmeen’s Facebook group

Free Moving Meditation  

Free Align into Wealth Frequency 5-day Challenge (begins May 8, 2023): 

Today’s Mama Must-Have:

Dr. Lisa is a big fan of Bee keeper’s naturals propolis throat spray and gargling

What’s Else is Happening?

Dr. Toni’s next HypnoBirthing session for expecting parents looking to decrease fear and anxiety to support their natural instincts around labour and birth is next month. Join her at https://www.hypnobirthingcalgary.com/register

Thanks for joining us!

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.

You can also support us by visiting our Patreon page.

Please tell your perimenopausal mama friends about us, too!

Stay safe and healthy everyone!

Disclaimer: The information provided 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 213: How (And Why) To Love Your Liver In Perimenopause and Beyond (Re-Release)

In this episode re-release, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Toni review why it’s so important to pay attention to liver health for hormone balance in perimenopause. The liver has a lot of work to do as the largest organ in your body, especially as you get older, and can benefit from some extra TLC when addressing symptoms like hot flashes and heavy periods. 

In today’s episode, we cover :

  • Why it’s important to reduce the amount of chemicals and toxicity coming from your environment, food and personal care products
  • How your liver function impacts your hormone balance or imbalance, especially relating to estrogen dominance
  • The connection between your intake of sugar and highly processed convenient food, insulin resistance and fatty liver
  • Some of the functions your liver has, including:
    • Filtering your blood and converting your hormones and other compounds in your body to a less toxic and less harmful form – detoxification!
    • Converting fat soluble vitamins to a more active form
    • Producing bile to support blood clotting and absorption of fat and fat soluble vitamins
    • Regulating fat and carbohydrate metabolism
    • Supporting immune cell function
  • Signs your liver is not functioning optimally physically and energetically
    • Skin itching, headaches, hot flashes, fibroids, breast and ovarian cysts, heavy periods, anger, irritability, frustration
  • Lab tests to consider to assess the health of your liver
    • Blood tests like AST, ALT, GGT, bilirubin, hemoglobin A1c, glucose tolerance test, cholesterol panel, iron and ferritin, CRP inflammatory marker
    • Ultrasound, CT scan, MRI if needed
    • DUTCH – dried urine hormone testing
    • Genetic analysis of genes coding for liver detoxification enzymes
  • Ways to support your liver function
    • Avoiding excess exposure to chemicals and toxic compounds like pesticides, bisphenols, phthalates
    • Support air quality in your home
    • Avoiding unnecessary medications
    • Limiting your alcohol and added sugar intake
    • Physical activity and movement to support your circulation
    • Drinking water and staying hydrated, also with green and rooibos tea
    • Increasing your intake of antioxidants
      • Colourful veggies and fruits, especially garlic, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, artichoke, beets, dandelion greens, arugula 
      • Herbs and spices like rosemary, turmeric
    • Eating an adequate amount of protein to support your detoxification enzyme pathways
      • Eggs are also a good source of choline
    • Using a castor oil pack or getting bodywork like acupuncture, osteopathy
    • Express all your emotions in a healthy manner like punching a pillow, instead of suppressing or stuffing your anger and frustration

Today’s Mama Must-Have:

Dr. Lisa is a big fan of using crystals to help set intentions, invite in energies and dispel the negative, including selenite to dispel negativity and connect to higher self, rose quartz to promote self-love and love for others, and amethyst to absorb negativity and develop focus.

Dr. Toni recommends taking time with friends or even by yourself – get your spouse or family on board for child care or get a babysitter! 

What’s Else is Happening?

Join Dr. Toni online to learn more about self-hypnosis to support your health and hormones in 2024. Click Here and use the code MAMA2024 for a special deal. 

Dr. Lisa’s “Make 2024 Your Best Year Yet” free webinar, on Tuesday, January 23rd at 7:00pm. You can register on her instagram or in the show notes (HERE). This will be the only time Dr. Lisa is  offering this as a free webinar. She shares practical tips from Gretchen Rubin’s, “The Four Tendencies”, along with valuable snippets from James Clear’s book, “Atomic Habits”. Feel free to share the registration link with a friend/neighbour/colleague.

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

You can also support us by visiting our Patreon page.

Please tell your perimenopausal mama friends about us, too!

Stay safe and healthy everyone!

Disclaimer: The information provided 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.