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

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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!

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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 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!

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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.

Episode 215: Increasing Awareness of Your Stress Patterns and Energy Leaks

In this episode, Dr. Toni discusses how your stress patterns can lead to energy leaks through your sympathetic nervous system. It takes a lot of energy to be in stress mode and a lot of the time you may not be aware of the stress and thought patterns that could be leading to you feeling tired and worn out. It’s time to increase your awareness to reach a new level of physical and mental health.

In today’s episode, we cover:

  • How stress patterns can lower your energy levels
  • The importance of increasing your awareness of your stress patterns and energy leaks
  • How your perspective on your day-to-day obligations can make a difference on your nervous system regulation
  • Other episodes to go back to:
    • Episode on fatigue
    • Episode on magnesium
    • Episode on iron
    • Episode 197 on boundaries with Dr. Liz Bolen

Questions from Dr. Gabor Mate from The Myth of Normal

1. In my life’s important areas, what am I not saying no to? 

2. How does my inability to say no impact my life? 

3. What bodily signals have I been overlooking? What symptoms have I been ignoring that could be warning signs, were I to pay conscious attention? 

4. What is the hidden story behind my inability to say no? 

5. Where did I learn these stories? 

6. Where have I ignored or denied the “yes” that wanted to be said?

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Dr. Toni is a big fan of local arts and winter festivals, especially the High Performance Rodeo and free ProArts sessions in downtown Calgary

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!

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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.

Episode 214: Digital Wellness for Ourselves and Our Kids, with Jennifer Brown

In this newly-released episode, Dr. Lisa chats with Jennifer Brown about using social media and technology in ways that can help our mental and physical health in positive ways. It is way too easy for you and your kids to be negatively affected by social media with increased bullying, as well as feelings of anxiety and self-criticism. Thankfully, throwing away your phone is not the only solution. If you find yourself wasting your precious hours by mindlessly scrolling and don’t feel good about yourself after, you need to listen in!

Jennifer Brown is a marketing professional-turned M.Ed student eager to combine the two fields to create positive change. She’s worked widely in marketing communications as a director, publicist and entrepreneur, earning an industry award from PR in Canada. Friends and family inspire her research interests. As a lifelong friend of Dr. Lisa Weeks, Jennifer wove naturopathic strategies into her wellness journey early on.

In today’s episode, we cover:

  • How you can limit your time on social media apps like Instagram
  • The importance of consuming content that adds happiness to your day
  • How you can release any negative feelings you might experience while scrolling
  • The importance of curating your online experience to make it a positive one
  • How you can keep your kids safe online from cyberbullying and help them use interactive media in a way that creates a positive effect on their overall physical and mental well-being
  • The importance of being intentional with your use of social media

Resources:

Somatic exercises to release anger

Boston Children’s Hospital’s Family Digital Wellness Guide

Mental Health Commission of Canada’s “Protecting Your Mental Wellness on Social Media”

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 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 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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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 212: Celebrating 2023 and Welcoming 2024!

Happy New Year! In this newly-released episode, Dr. Lisa and Dr.Toni share their highlights from 2023, along with their intentions and “words” for 2024.

Do you create a “ta-da” list celebrating your wins? Or do you just plough through without acknowledging all the hard work you have done? The act of appreciating and recognizing all of your hard work puts you in a state that allows you to bring more abundance and success into your life, moving forward.

If your New Year’s Resolutions don’t stick, this episode is for you! Discover ways to approach change with gentleness and kindness, not with aggression and restriction.

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. 

Dr. Lisa’s “Make 2024 Your Best Year Yet” free webinar, on Tuesday, January 23rd at 7:00pm. You can register 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.

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.

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 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 211: How to Stop the Self-Sabotage, Put Ourselves First and Live an Intentional and Beautiful Life

In today’s episode re-release, Dr. Lisa welcomes back Master Results Coach and author Larisa Makuch to discuss self-sabotage and how moms can start to put themselves first. 

Previously, Larisa joined Dr. Lisa in Episode 210 – Mastering Your Mindset with Larisa Makuch: Dr. Lisa dives deep with Master Results Coach, Larisa Makuch, about stepping back and looking at how you show up in your life. They discuss actionable ways to live an intentional and joyful life, even during the pandemic. Listen in to discover ways to foster a positive mindset and gratitude; learn how to be responsive and not reactionary to situations that arise (and to your kids!) and simple ways to live a purpose-filled life.

Larisa Makuch is a Master Results Coach and CEO of Abundance Academy. She helps motivated entrepreneurial and professional women stop spinning their wheels, overcome anxiety and banish limiting beliefs so they can free themselves to unapologetically create the life and business they want and love.

A major part of Larisa’s journey was overcoming a 10-year infertility journey where she “did everything” recommended by various doctors and health-care practitioners. Her turning point was making a key mindset shift that led her to a dramatic change in her professional life, successful pregnancy and son she adores! 

As the author of the upcoming Stop Procrastinating Your Life Away: Discover the Secrets to More Time, Money and Freedom and CEO of Abundance Academy, it’s her mission to positively impact more than 1-Billion people across the globe and allow the world to be a better place for all.

In this episode, we cover:

  • How you can tend to put yourself last by default
  • The importance of giving yourself permission to be a different kind of mother than the one you think you “should” be 
  • That you are not responsible for your unconscious programming, however you are responsible for changing it once you recognize it
    • Step 1: Forgive yourself for not being perfect!
    • Step 2: Choose to keep going in the same direction or choose a better direction 
  • That most of your limiting beliefs are just decisions that you made at some point
  • The importance of having simple tools and making the decision to use them
    • Re-writing and shifting your limiting beliefs
    • Vision boarding
  • How decision making is a skill that you can practice, master and teach your kids

You can get in touch with Larisa on Instagram @myabundanceacademy, on her website and you can join her Unleash Your Abundance Facebook Group 

Today’s Mama Must-Have:

Dr. Lisa is a big fan of the Verilux 10,000 LUX light box for seasonal light exposure

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 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 210: Mastering Your Mindset with Larisa Makuch

In today’s episode re-release from 2021, Dr. Lisa dives deep with Master Results Coach, Larisa Makuch, about stepping back and looking at how you show up in your life. They discuss actionable ways to live an intentional, joyful life, even during the pandemic. Listen in to: discover ways to develop a positive mindset and gratitude; learn how to be responsive and not reactionary to your life (and kids!) and simple ways to live a purpose-filled life.

As a sought-after speaker, educator and author with decades of experience, Larisa is an energetic up level specialist who helps women make an impact in their world and create a powerful, purposeful plan to get there. In addition to being a Masters Results Coach, Larisa holds designations as a Master of Time Line Therapy, a Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and the head of a Neuro-Linguistic Programming Institute.

In this conversation, we cover:

  • The importance of focusing on what’s good, even if it’s just starting with one small moment after you’ve started your day on the wrong foot
  • What it means to develop your mindset
  • How you can be more responsive instead of reactionary in challenging situations with your kids at home
  • What you can do to live a purpose-filled and joyful life as a busy mom
  • The importance of finding time to being in quiet by yourself, even if it’s only for 5 minutes, to develop a positive mindset and increase your energy

You can get in touch with Larisa on Instagram and join her Unleash Your Opulence Facebook Group

Today’s Tip:

Larisa found this fun and healthy holiday snack that your kids will love: Banana Snowman Pops Recipe 

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Larisa loves her Muse Headband for her daily meditation practice.

Dr. Lisa is grateful for her husband Pete who has been managing the household during her busy season.

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 gift. 

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.

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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 209: Holiday Reminder to Avoid “Shoulding” on Yourself 

In this episode, Dr. Toni reminds you to stop “shoulding” on yourself and question the unconscious programming that has you stressed and spending way too much energy worrying about the expectations of others. By taking the time to question and re-evaluate what you “have to”, “need to” or “should” be doing, you can start to practice paying attention to your own needs and wants with healthy boundaries for more calm and peaceful holidays as we approach 2024. 

We cover:

  • The unconscious programming you receive from your family and culture
  • What can cause you stress and energy leaks
  • How social media conditions us to judge yourself and others
  • The importance of increasing your awareness around your automatic reactions, as well as giving yourself some grace and self-compassion
  • How to re-evaluate your boundaries with healthy conditions and consequences
    • Review the boundary setting process with Dr. Liz Bolen on Episode 197

Today’s Mama Must Have: 

Dr. Toni is a big fan of practicing self-hypnosis daily for 15 minutes to relax and support positive state and mindset for the day.

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 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.