Episode 121: Supporting Children with Learning Difficulties and Exceptionalities with Delphine Rule

In this episode, Dr. Lisa talks with Vice Principal and advocate Delphine Rule about navigating learning difficulties in kids. From early signs to assessment and available professional support, Delphine shares her personal experience and the supportive roadmaps she uses to guide parents to address their kids’ learning exceptionalities in a holistic way. 

Delphine is a mother, wife, teacher, Vice Principal, and committed advocate for children with learning exceptionalities. She believes that all children have the potential to make a difference – no matter how difficult their learning struggle might be. And, she believes that the best way to unlock a child’s potential is to build a network between parents, teachers, and school administrators with the common goal of elevating the child’s success using the best combination of tools possible. 

She has dyslexia, a disABILITY that two of her three children share with her, yet it has been part of her journey – and that of her children’s. And it’s a challenge she’s navigated proudly. When she became a parent, her own experience helped her to advocate for her children as their exceptionalities became evident. It is her life’s work to navigate the uncharted territory of the educational system and make the process of advocating for children with learning exceptionalities easier and smoother. Now, she fights to open the eyes and ears of stubborn systems. Not just for her and her children – but for you and yours. And that’s why Access2Education was born. 

In today’s episode, Dr. Lisa and Delphine discuss:

  • The importance of advocating for your kids and checking your parental gut instincts 
  • Early signs of learning exceptionalities
    • Delays in your kids’ speech or understanding spoken language
    • Your kids being disengaged at school and needing information repeated 
    • Issues with social interactions or transitions
    • Having a family history of learning difficulties
  • What a developmental assessment for learning exceptionalities in your kids looks like
  • The range of learning exceptionalities that can be present in your kids and the resources that are available
  • The importance of having clear goals for your kids in order to determine the best resources for them
  • How technology can help your kids with their individual differences
  • The importance of being honest with your kids about the strengths and differences

Connect with Delphine at https://www.access2education.com/ 

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Dr. Lisa is a big fan of picking up second hand clothes, shoes and games from Value Village.

What else we’re up to:

Dr. Lisa’s next Wild Collective group is starting later this spring – get on the waitlist at https://www.wildcollectivetoronto.com/

Dr. Toni’s next HypnoBirthing class series starting in April – for more info on a free online masterclass to reduce fear and anxiety around birth, go to https://www.hypnobirthingcalgary.com/

Thank you for joining us today!

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 120: What You Need to Know About Your Cervix Part 2

In this episode, Dr. Toni welcomes back Dr. Kate Hadfield for another conversation to discuss more about what you need to know about your cervix. In this deeper dive conversation, we discuss how stress, anxiety and shame can be involved with HPV infections, abnormal Pap smear results and cervical dysplasia. Learn how you can take charge of the health of your cervix with a holistic approach.  

Dr. Toni and Dr. Kate discussed pelvic health for women and Holistic Pelvic CareTM in Episode 36 and cervical health in Episode 117

As a naturopathic doctor, birth doula and lactation educator, Dr. Kate is passionate about helping women connect to their creative center and their natural body rhythms. She trained with physical therapist Tami Kent to be able to provide Holistic Pelvic CareTM, which is a gentle internal bodywork treatment with a mind-body approach. She now offers empowered Pap smears and escharotic treatment for cervical dysplasia.

In today’s episode, we cover:

  • How you can be proactive to support the health of your cervix, especially if you receive abnormal Pap smear results
  • How HPV is linked with cervical dysplasia and abnormal Paps
  • How your immune health is related to persistent HPV infection and cervical dysplasia
    • Your cervix has its own immune cells! 
  • What lifestyle factors could be acting as a block for your immune system to clear a HPV infection causing cervical dysplasia
    • Smoking 
    • High intake of processed foods and sugars
    • Prolonged stress, anxiety and mental-emotional vigilance
    • Poor sleep
  • Foods that are important for immune function and addressing cervical dysplasia
    • Brassica family vegetables – broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale
    • Carotene containing vegetables – carrots, squash
  • The subjective nature and high error rate of your Pap smear results
  • Other factors can be involved with HPV infection and cervical dysplasia
    • Insulin resistance
    • Liver function
    • Mitochondrial function
    • Emotional links
      • Shame
      • Boundaries

Connect with Dr. Kate on Instagram @yourpelvicnd and at https://www.yourpelvicnd.com/

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Dr. Kate loves her Wee Hoo trailer for her e-bike for family adventures

Dr. Toni is a big fan of Breaking Points with Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti, an independent online news show that provides a politically balanced, questioning analysis of today’s news.

What else we’re up to:

Dr. Lisa’s next Wild Collective group is starting later this spring – get on the waitlist at https://www.wildcollectivetoronto.com/

Dr. Toni’s next HypnoBirthing class series starting in April – for more info on a free online masterclass to reduce fear and anxiety around birth, go to https://www.hypnobirthingcalgary.com/

Thank you for joining us today!

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 119: Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause with Pharmacist Teresa Isabel Dias

In this episode, Dr. Lisa talks to pharmacist and Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP) Teresa Isabel Dias about how to support vaginal and urinary health in perimenopause and menopause. Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM) impacts up to 80% of women and can be an embarrassing result of the hormone fluctuations. It can start in perimenopause causing: vaginal dryness, pain with or without sexual intercourse, burning, irritation, frequent urinary tract infections, urinary urgency and discomfort. Learn how you can address and reverse symptoms of GSM; you don’t have to suffer! 

“Do not let your vagina ruin your marriage” – Teresa Isabel Dias

Teresa Isabel Dias is a registered pharmacist with over 25 years of professional experience in community pharmacy and drug information in Toronto.

In 2013 she became a Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP) through the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) and founded MenopausED to help women navigate the change.

Teresa raises awareness about menopause, provides education, and supports women in midlife (40+). She helps women understand what’s going on in their bodies and minds during the menopause transition to decrease fear and anxiety about this natural but sometimes challenging phase of life. She educates women about healthy lifestyles and symptom management options so women can make informed decisions about their care to improve quality of life, relationships, and work.

Teresa has delivered education and training to the Royal Bank of Canada, Maple Leaf Foods, the University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, Brock University, Stantec, Women in Government, and other major employers and associations. I have also written and presented to several pharmacy associations and the Pharmacy Practice + Business magazine.

In this episode, Dr. Lisa and Teresa cover:

  • The importance of awareness and education around symptoms you may experience in perimenopause and menopause
  • How lower levels of estrogen in perimenopause and menopause can change the cells of your vagina and vulva 
  • The role of lubricants and moisturizers to deal with vaginal dryness and pain with sex
  • Why Teresa recommends silicone based lubricants and doesn’t recommend using cooking oil as a lubricant
  • The role of hyaluronic acid and vaginal estrogen to address vaginal estrogen
  • What to look for in a compounding pharmacy when looking for vaginal estrogen products
  • How seeing a pelvic floor physiotherapist can help with vaginal pain and reduce urinary symptoms
  • Why you should not douche!

You can connect with Teresa at https://menopaused.org/ and find the Please Yourself – Six Tips For An Easier Menopause guide. Her IG handle is: @menopausedtid

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Dr. Lisa is a big fan of using red light bulbs and night lights. 

Teresa loves doing at least 5 minutes of stretching before bed to improve sleep.

What else we’re up to:

Dr. Lisa’s next Wild Collective Toronto group is starting in a few weeks. Sign up for one of her sneak peak sessions HERE.

Dr. Toni’s next HypnoBirthing class series starting in April – for more info on a free online masterclass to reduce fear and anxiety around birth, go HERE.

Thank you for joining us today!

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!

Episode 118: How Repressed Emotions and Stuck Energy Can Manifest Physically in Perimenopause (and What to Do About It) with Nutritionist Jane Durst Pulkys

In this episode, Dr. Lisa talks to nutritionist and educator Jane Durst Pulkys about how she addresses the emotions and energy behind perimenopause and menopause with her clients to manage symptoms of hormonal imbalance. They dive deep into the chakra system and psychosomatic energy testing and discuss how self-love and how you speak to yourself can shift your energy and your perception. Jane also shares information about Live Blood Cell Analysis and details/tips from the Metabolic Balance program to support weight loss.

Nutritionist and educator Jane Durst Pulkys is a global success. Every day she helps make dreams come true, consulting with clients and teaching professionals from many regions of the world and from all walks of life. Jane’s training, techniques and love of life empowers, inspires, and motivates people to take control of their health, transform their confidence and change their lives.

Jane Durst Pulkys is a Clinical and Holistic Nutritionist, Author, Educator, Life Coach, Confidence Coach and Weight loss Coach that has helped close to 1000 clients lose over 20,000 pounds! Jane wrote The Book on Confidence and is a frequent guest on TV and radio. She consults with clients from around the world in all walks of life, even Fortune 500 companies find Jane’s work to be extremely valuable. Jane is an authority on leadership, personal development and optimal performance. Jane is a faculty member and advisor for the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, Toronto. With over 30 years of practical experience, Jane is always on the leading edge of exciting proactive approaches to personal health.

In today’s episode, we cover:

  • Jane’s experience through perimenopause and menopause
  • The Chakra system of energy in the body 
  • How psychosomatic energetic testing removes energetic blocks and improves energy
  • The importance of practicing love for yourself
  • How to change your words to change your inner power and the seven deadly words to remove from your vocabulary
  • How Metabolic Balance reduces insulin and inflammation to lower visceral fat

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Dr. Lisa loves her spill proof Contigo mugs to keep her tea warm.

What else we’re up to:

Dr. Lisa’s next Wild Collective Toronto group is starting in several weeks – sign up for one her FREE “Sneak Peak” sessions the week of April 4th, 2022.

Dr. Toni’s next HypnoBirthing class series starting in April – for more info on a free online masterclass to reduce fear and anxiety around birth. Sign up HERE.

Thank you for joining us today!

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 117: Beyond Pap Smears: What You Need to Know About Your Cervix

In this episode, Dr. Toni welcomes back Dr. Kate Hadfield to discuss everything you need to know about your cervix, an often overlooked and unknown part of your body. Did you know that you have a huge amount of influence over the health of your cervix and how your body deals with HPV and cervical dysplasia? If you dread getting Pap smears and ever wondered if we still need to subject ourselves to invasive and traumatic Paps anyway, you need to listen to this episode.

Dr. Toni and Dr. Kate discussed pelvic health for women and Holistic Pelvic CareTM in Episode 36 

As a naturopathic doctor, birth doula and lactation educator, Dr. Kate is passionate about helping women connect to their creative center and their natural body rhythms. She trained with physical therapist Tami Kent to be able to provide Holistic Pelvic CareTM, which is a gentle internal bodywork treatment with a mind-body approach. She now offers empowered Pap smears and escharotic treatment for cervical dysplasia.

In today’s episode, we cover:

  • What and where is your cervix
  • What an empowered Pap looks like 
  • How to check your cervix yourself
  • If Pap smears are still necessary and if you can do it yourself
  • How HPV is linked with cervical dysplasia and abnormal Paps
    • For more info on vaccine optimization, see Episode 58 with Dr. Taylor Bean
  • The different grades of cervical dysplasia
  • How your immune health is related to persistent HPV infection and cervical dysplasia
    • Your cervix has its own immune cells! 
  • Nutrients that are important for immune function and addressing cervical dysplasia
    • Vitamin A
    • Vitamin E
    • Vitamin C
    • Vitamin D
    • Zinc
    • Mushroom combinations such as reishi, shitake, chaga, etc.
  • How topical escharotic treatment works to naturally address cervical dysplasia, compared to colposcopy, LEEP and laser treatment

Connect with Dr. Kate on Instagram @yourpelvicnd and at https://www.yourpelvicnd.com/

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Dr. Kate is a big fan of reformer pilates for building strength. 

Dr. Toni loves tracking her sleep, stress and overall health with the Oura ring.

What else we’re up to:

Dr. Lisa’s next Wild Collective group is starting later this spring – get on the waitlist at https://www.wildcollectivetoronto.com/

Dr. Toni’s next HypnoBirthing class series starting in April – for more info on a free online masterclass to reduce fear and anxiety around birth, go to https://www.hypnobirthingcalgary.com/

Thank you for joining us today!

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 116: Traditional Chinese Medicine and Perimenopause: A Yin-Yang Disharmony

In this episode, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Toni discuss how the philosophy and practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can help with symptoms of perimenopause like hot flashes, insomnia and anxiety. Find out how supporting your TCM organs and balance of yin and yang are important for your hormone balance in perimenopause. 

Yellow Emperor’s Classic (2600 BC):

At seven times seven a woman’s heavenly dew wanes;

the pulse of her Conception channel decreases.

The Qi that dwelt in the baby’s palace moves upward into her heart,

and her wisdom is deepened.

In today’s episode, we cover:

  • The philosophy of TCM and its holistic nature
  • What is chi/qi?
  • How imbalance of yin and yang can cause hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness
  • What your emotions and waking up in the middle of the night mean according to TCM
  • How the function of organs like Liver, Kidney and Spleen are important for hormone balance in perimenopause
  • The importance of seasonal eating and using food to balance yin and yang
  • Some of the scientific research supporting the use of acupuncture in perimenopause and menopause 

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Dr. Lisa is a big fan of using an ear syringe to help safely clean excess wax from your ear canal. 

Dr. Toni loves tracking her physical activity with The Conqueror Virtual Challenges and is starting the Stand With Ukraine challenge. 

What else we’re up to:

Dr. Lisa’s next Wild Collective group is starting later this spring – get on the waitlist at https://www.wildcollectivetoronto.com/

Dr. Toni’s next HypnoBirthing class series starting in March and – for more info on a free online masterclass to reduce fear and anxiety around birth, go to https://www.hypnobirthingcalgary.com/

Thank you for joining us today!

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 115:  Nine Steps to a Healthier Heart in Perimenopause and Beyond

In this episode, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Toni discuss why you need to pay attention to your heart and cardiovascular health as you move through perimenopause into menopause. Learn what research is telling us about how you can reduce your risk of heart attack and cardiovascular disease, one of the main silent killers in women. 

Why is your heart health important?

February is Heart Month in Canada and the United States

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, responsible for about 1 in every 5 female deaths.

A woman dies of heart disease in Canada every 20 minutes. Retrospective research shows that early signs of an impending heart attack were missed in 78% of women. Two-thirds of heart disease research focuses on men.

Women’s heart disease tends to appear in the smaller blood vessels of the heart rather than the major coronary arteries. This means that symptoms might not fit the classic textbook picture of heart disease. Women are more likely to experience chest discomfort (rather than a crushing pain), shortness of breath, fatigue, indigestion or nausea, back or neck pain.  

Angiograms are not effective at diagnosing disease in the smaller blood vessels and stress tests are less sensitive for women.

Women’s hearts are impacted by pregnancy, menopause and hormonal changes throughout their lives.

The decrease in your estrogen levels in perimenopause and menopause can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. 

See Episode 107 for more information on using estrogen in menopause to support your cardiovascular health

See Episode 61 for more information about cholesterol – cholesterol is a crucial building block for your hormones

9 Steps to a Healthier Heart:

  1. Address your cholesterol, oxidation and inflammation 
    • Quit smoking or don’t start!
  2. Focus on healthy body composition, not just your weight
    • Reduce inflammatory visceral fat around your abdomen
    • Aim for waist circumference of 80cm or 31.5” or less
  3. Increase your fruit, veggies and omega 3 fatty acids
    • Mediterranean diet – more veggies, fruit, olive oil, fish
    • Reduces cardiovascular disease by 25%
    • 2 servings of fish = 300-450mg EPA+DHA
    • Research based intake of omega 3 supplement = 2000-2500mg EPA+DHA
  4. Optimize your blood pressure
    • DASH diet with lower daily sodium intake (1500mg or ⅔ tsp salt)
    • Potassium – dates, bananas, plantain, papaya, raisins, avocado, potato, sweet potato, bok choy, spinach, parsnip, chickpeas, lentils
    • See food sources of potassium HERE 
    • See Episode 10 for Dr. Toni’s Hemp Protein Power Balls
  5. Manage your stress
    • Reduce social isolation and loneliness with community and connection programs like Wild Collective
    • Spending time in nature – 2 hours weekly
  6. Watch your alcohol consumption
    • Maximum intake for women to not increase cardiovascular disease risk is 1 drink daily – 5 oz wine, 1.5 oz liquor, 1 can beer
  7. Be more physically active and less sedentary
    • Less sitting and more standing in the afternoon
  8. Optimize your blood sugar
    • See the above steps!
  9. Enhance your sleep

Lab Testing to Consider:

Cholesterol (or lipid) panel – total, HDL, LDL, triglycerides

Cholesterol particle size including VLDL

Oxidative stress – oxidized LDL, urinary 8-OHdg (8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine)

Inflammation – High sensitivity C Reactive Protein 

Homocysteine – marker for cardiovascular health and B vitamin status

Thyroid panel – TSH, free T4 and T3 – for more info, see Episode 42

Blood sugar – HbA1c, fasting glucose and insulin – for more info, see Episode 45

Food sensitivity testing, Celiac screen

Hormone testing including cortisol levels

Omega 3 Index

Framingham Score for Cardiovascular Risk: 

Heart health calculator

Dr. Lisa’s Super Mom Moment Recipes:

Honey Buttercream Frosting

Almond Flour Cake

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Dr. Toni loves the new Disney animated movie Encanto

Dr. Lisa is a big fan of her Hario cold brew coffee pot

What else we’re up to:

Dr. Lisa’s next Wild Collective group is starting later this spring – get on the waitlist HERE.

Dr. Toni’s next HypnoBirthing class series starting in March – for more info on a free online masterclass to reduce fear and anxiety around birth, click HERE

Thank you for joining us today!

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 114: Two Years of COVID-19: Research Update and the Possibility of Co-Infections with Dr. Paul Anderson, ND

In today’s episode, Dr. Toni welcomes back Dr. Paul Anderson to discuss what the latest scientific research is telling us about COVID-19 and what it means for you and your family. Their discussion includes the shift from pandemic to endemic, how COVID-19 affects kids and the importance of addressing viral and bacterial co-infections to recover completely and stay healthy.

Previously, Dr. Toni discussed the scientific research on nutrition and COVID-19 with Dr. Paul Anderson in Episode 39 back in September 2020.

Dr. Paul Anderson is a naturopathic doctor and educator with a focus on complex infections,  chronic illness and cancer care, as well as the author of multiple books including “Outside the Box Cancer Therapies” and the upcoming book “Cancer…Living Your Life While You Have It”. In addition to educating clinicians through his website www.ConsultDrAnderson.com and various conferences. He is the host of the podcast Medicine and Health with Dr. Paul Anderson.

In this episode, we cover:

  • The difference between the spread of Delta and Omicron variants of the SARS CoV-2 virus, regardless of your vaccination status or isolation behaviours
  • How more kids are getting the Omicron variant compared to the previous variants
  • The impact of Omicron on kids 0-12 years old compared to you and other adults in general
  • What living with COVID-19 might mean for you and your family
  • What the research now says about your immune response to the vaccine and to virus exposure
  • Why Dr. Anderson considers COVID-19 “the great door opener” and the impact of co-infections like Epstein Barr virus and other lung infections on how you can experience COVID-19
  • What to watch for if you or other family members experience COVID-19
  • Nutrients with scientific research for immune support and ability to address COVID-19 and other viral infections:
    • Vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, quercetin, probiotics, NAC

Connect with Dr. Anderson and find his newsletter that includes links to research articles, recommended nutrients and dosages at https://dranow.com/

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Dr. Toni is thankful for podcasters like Dr. Paul Anderson who are trusted sources of information we can use to stay healthy…we hope the Perimenopausal Mamas Podcast does the same for you!

Thank you for joining us today!

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 113: Bedwetting, Bladder and Bowel Issues; Pelvic Health for Kids with Physiotherapists Jenna Dobberthien and Helen Lo

In today’s episode, Dr. Toni talks with pelvic health physiotherapists Jenna Dobberthien and Helen Lo about some embarrassing, yet common, pelvic floor issues that your kids can experience. They discuss bedwetting, constipation, giggle incontinence and overactive bladder issues, and how specially trained physiotherapists can help parents and kids figure it all out.  

Jenna Dobberthien and Helen Lo both graduated with Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta, then went on to complete advanced training in pelvic health for women and men and children. Helen is a certified pelvic health physiotherapist. Both Jenna and Helen provide treatment for kids and their parents at Peak Health Kids physiotherapy clinic in Calgary.  

In this episode, we cover:

  • How everyone has pelvic floor muscles to help with core stability, as well as bowel and bladder habits
  • The development of bladder and bowel control in your kids and what to expect with different age ranges for daytime and nighttime
  • The importance of using language to eliminate the negativity your kids might feel around bladder and bowel control
    • You can use the words “leakage” and “wetness” instead of “accidents”
  • How constipation and genetics can play a role with urinary issues in kids
  • What a physiotherapy assessment can look like for your kids, depending on the consent of you and your kids
  • The different types of fun and easy exercises that physiotherapists can give your kids to guide them to use their pelvic floor muscles and diaphragm
  • How to support your kids to relax and not strain on the toilet
    • Read a book
    • Blow bubbles or pinwheel

For more info on pelvic floor health for women, see Episode 34, Episode 36, Episode 41

For more info on dealing with constipation in your kids, see Episode 63

You can connect with Jenna by email at jenna@peakhealthcalgary.com  and connect with Helen on Instagram @getlophysio and email helen@peakhealthcalgary.com 

You can book a free 15 minute consultations by visiting http://www.peakhealthkids.com/ or  @peakkids on Instagram

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Helen and Jenna (and Dr. Toni) are big fans of the Squatty Potty, or whatever DIY version (stool? garbage can? shoebox?) helps you and your kids to relax and get knees above hips when sitting on the toilet. 

Dr. Toni loves the podcast We Can Do Hard Things with Untamed author Glennon Doyle, her wife Abby and sister Amanda, especially 2 recent episodes with author and life coach Martha Beck, and Yale professor Dr. Laurie Santos on happiness.

Thank you for joining us today!

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 112: Using Movement to Melt Stress and Get Into a Flow State with Sharmeen Bhanji-Abeysinghe

In this episode, Dr. Lisa talks with Embodied Intuitive Movement coach Sharmeen Abeysinghe about the importance of connecting to your body sensations and your inner child to help let go of stress and overwhelm. Sharmeen shares some valuable movement exercises you can experience to shift your emotional state within a few minutes..

Sharmeen Abeysinghe previously discussed listening to your body with Dr. Lisa in Episode 79

Sharmeen Bhanji-Abeysinghe is the Embodied Intuitive Movement Coach who offers opportunities to align your physical, emotional and energetic body so that you can step into your unapologetic, fullest expression of Self. After finding freedom from the grips of childhood and complex trauma stemming from toxic people & environments, Sharmeen has since been supporting others looking to release the effects of toxicity (past or present), gain emotional resilience, inner strength, unshakable confidence & better posture, through her business, My Aligned Life.  

Sharmeen’s life before nurturing and coaching others to free themselves from the effects of chronic stress & toxicity, was that of a registered early childhood educator. Her knowledge of human development, particularly the impact of childhood experiences on the development of human behaviours, beliefs, and emotional wounding, is an absolute asset to her life’s calling helping others. She is the mother of two brilliant school-aged boys and is in a committed loving relationship of over twenty years with her loving and supportive husband, Sanka. 

In this episode, we cover:

  • Connecting to your body sensations, building trust with your inner child and knowing what your body needs next
  • How you can use your body position and movement to shift your emotional state quickly
    • Shake it out
    • Tapping or Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
    • Shifting your perspective by getting on the floor
    • Open your heart space by squeezing your shoulder blades
  • Finding the right movement for the state your child is in
    • Colouring or drawing
    • Walk
    • Dance party
  • How you can quickly get into flow state
  • Dealing with chronic pain as both a physical and psychosomatic experience

You can connect with Sharmeen at www.myalignedlife.ca or on Instagram @my_aligned_life to book a complimentary Feel it to Believe it session. 

Check out the Movement Melts Stress video guide HERE.

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Sharmeen loves her alone time, even when she’s running errands or picking up take-out.

Dr. Lisa is a big fan of the Ultima Hydration replenisher with a few drops of doTerra grapefruit essential oil.

Thank you for joining us today!

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.