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!

Thanks for joining us!

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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 223: How Manage Overwhelm and Experience Abundance, with Larisa Makuch

Do you feel stuck? Are you in survival mode, just going through the motions, not moving towards abundance and change? Then this episode is for you! Dr. Lisa chats with Larisa Makuch all about how to manifest a life that is fulfilling and joyful, along with ways to help our kids (and ourselves) work through adversity.

Larisa is a savvy, sought-after speaker, master results coach, educator and author of the upcoming book “Stop Procrastinating Your Life Away: Discover The Secrets To More Time, Money & Freedom.”

With ruthless compassion, Larisa leads highly successful, motivated conscious entrepreneurs through mental barriers and into unstoppable confidence, authenticity and empowerment.

Holding designations as a Certified Consultant with Bob Proctor and the Proctor Gallagher Institute, Master Results Coach, Master of Time Line Therapy, Trainer and Institute Head of Neuro Linguistic Programming and Hypnotherapy, Larisa powerfully blends science and psychology to help you unlock your magic and become all you’re capable of being, whether more passion or profit.

In her downtime, you’ll find Larisa dancing, enjoying music, creating adventures through travel (as permitted), tapping into nature in cottage country, enjoying the nooks and crannies of Toronto and living her active and best life with her husband and young son.

You can connect with Larisa and access her trainings at https://myabundanceacademy.ca/ 

What’s 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. 

Thanks for listening!

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 222: Aches in Pains in Perimenopause; What is Going On?

Why are my joints hurting? What are these aches and pains that come and go? If these are questions you are asking yourself, then this episode is for you! It isn’t in your head; the hormonal fluctuations in perimenopause and beyond can increase our experience of pain and inflammation. But, there is hope. Listen in to find out from Dr. Lisa and Dr. Toni, what is happening and what you can do about it.

In today’s episode, we cover:

  • How your hormones are involved in inflammation and pain signals in your body
  • The importance of sleep, stress management and nutrition to impact your perception of pain
  • What blood work and other lab tests you can discuss with your doctor to get a thorough assessment if you experience pain
  • The different hormonal and non-hormonal treatment options to effectively manage pain and inflammation

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Dr. Lisa is a big fan of her Costco membership for shopping for the family

Dr. Toni loves using locally made body butter with shea butter on her feet to prevent dry skin and cracking on the heels

What’s 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. 

Thanks for listening!

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 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!

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!

Episode 220: How Hormone Changes in Perimenopause Impacts Your Immune Function During Cold and Flu Season

Do you feel like you are constantly getting sick, even though your kids may be a bit older and you already went through the “daycare” illnesses? Do you want to understand how the hormonal fluctuations in perimenopause may increase your susceptibility to cold and flu viruses? Don’t fret, there is hope and support for immune function, even if it feels like nature is giving you the middle finger. In this episode, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Toni uncover what is happening and what to do about it.

In today’s episode, we cover:

  • How your hormones affect your immune function
  • The importance of sleep and exercise to support your immune function
  • Why it’s not a good idea for you to over-exercise
  • What lab tests you should consider to assess your immune function and hormone levels
  • Naturopathic tips to support your immune function
  • Other episodes to check out for more info:

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Dr. Lisa is a big fan of using a blend of tea tree and lemon oil, vinegar and water for cleaning, as well as Nellie’s bar soap for stains

Dr. Toni loves to carve out time for a float for self-care

What’s 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. 

Thanks for listening!

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 219: How to Exercise Properly in Perimenopause and Beyond, with Dr. Loise Perruchoud

In this episode, Dr. Lisa discusses how to shift your exercise focus away from excessive cardio or HITT when you are in perimenopause with Dr. Loise Perruchoud. As you age, your exercise requirements and needs change. Developing a complete exercise program can benefit your weight and metabolism, as well as bone and brain health. Listen in to learn common misconceptions about working out as you age, how to prevent injury and maximize the benefits of your workout.

Dr. Loise founded NeuroMotion Wellness in 2016, leveraging a PhD in chemistry and her passion for movement. Beyond her academic accomplishments, Dr. Loise is a certified personal trainer and BoneFit instructor. She is  passionate about helping people move and feel better using exercise.

Dr. Loise specializes in helping women over 50 feel better and live more fulfilling lives using exercise. She uses science to help educate and guide her clients through safe and effective exercises so they can feel more confident in their bodies. She focuses on strengthening the body and stimulating the brain to make her clients physically healthier and also mentally sharper for years to come.

In today’s episode, we cover:

  • The importance of having a complete and varied exercise program as you age
  • Common misconceptions about working out as you age
  • How to fit in daily movement and activity into your life
  • Why you need to warm up your body before exercise with dynamic stretching
  • How you can get started with the 5 major body movements

You can connect with Dr. Loise on Facebook, Instagram and at loise@neuromotionwellness.com 

Join her free online course to prevent and manage osteoporosis here: https://learning.neuromotionwellness.com/osteoporosis-course

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Dr. Lisa is a big fan of using swim goggles for shower time so no soap gets into Stuart’s eyes!

What’s 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. 

Thanks for listening!

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 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 217: Heavy Periods in Perimenopause – There Is Help!

Up to one-third of women will experience abnormal uterine bleeding in their lifetime. It most commonly occurs when your period first starts as a young teen and then again in perimenopause. Are you worried about going out in fear of leakage and flooding? This episode is for you. You don’t have to suffer – there are solutions out there. Listen in so you can understand what is happening and what to do about it.

In this episode, we cover:

  • What is a normal period and how you can figure out if your periods are abnormal
  • Why your periods might be abnormal in perimenopause and how hormones, stress and sleep can impact your period
  • What lab testing you need if you are experiencing abnormal bleeding
  • The options available for you to reduce abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Other episodes to check out:
    • Episode 199 – Top 5 Reasons Why You and Your Kids Need Iron
    • Episode 69 – Understanding Uterine Fibroids

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Dr. Lisa is a big fan of using Xlear nasal spray with tea tree oil and oregano, nebulized glutathione, acupuncture for dealing with her recent sinus infection

Dr. Toni loves using her neti pot with saline and xylitol to reduce dryness in winter and congestion that can come with a cold or allergies

What’s 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. 

Thanks for listening!

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 216: So You Are In Perimenopause…Now What?

In this episode, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Toni discuss the first steps you can take once you realize that you are in perimenopause. From recognizing the symptoms to lab testing you can consider getting, we review your options, as well as outline a couple of case studies of perimenopausal women who improved how they felt with a naturopathic approach.

In today’s episode, we cover:

  • How you can recognize the possible symptoms you might experience in perimenopause
  • How your hormones can be fluctuating during perimenopause
  • What lab tests you can discuss with your medical and naturopathic doctor
  • The importance of doing a life inventory and enhancing your environment
  • How your nutrition can impact how you feel in perimenopause
  • 2 case studies of perimenopausal women
  • Past episodes and resources to check out:

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Dr. Lisa is a big fan of Bee keeper’s natural Propolis throat spray, as well as tea with turmeric, ginger and ground black cumin seeds

Dr. Toni loves making chia seed pudding for a quick and easy filling breakfast along with her protein hot chocolate

What’s 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. 

Thanks for listening!

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.