Episode 199: Top 5 Reasons Why You and Your Kids Need Iron

In this episode re-release, Dr. Toni discusses why it’s so important for perimenopausal mamas and their kids to get enough iron. Iron deficiency is the most common micronutrient deficiency worldwide and is crucial for optimal energy, mental health, sleep and brain function.

In this episode, we cover:

  • The difference between iron deficiency and anemia
  • The top 5 reasons why iron is so important for you and your kids
  • The signs and symptoms of iron deficiency you need to know
  • The lab tests you need to know your iron levels
  • How to prevent iron deficiency in you and your kids

Food Source:Iron content (in mg Fe) per 100 g
Animal sources (bioavailability about 20%)
Liver (pork or veal)18
Dry beef9.8
Shells8.0
Egg yolk5.5
Beef fillet2.3
Trout2.0
Chicken0.7
Plant sources (bioavailability about 5%)
Wheat bran16.0
Sesame seeds14.6
Soy beans9.7
Lentils8.0
White beans7.0
Dried apricots5.2
Spinach (limited due to oxalate content)2.7
Whole grain bread2.4
Green beans1.0

Source: SPOG Pediatric Hematology Working Group

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Dr. Toni is a big fan of aloe gel to soothe the skin.

What’s Else is Happening?

Join Dr. Toni’s online masterclass Five Reasons Why You’re Feeling Fatigued on October 18 here

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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 184: How to Use Your Breath to Manage Stress, Sleep Better and React Less with Maya Bahar Castle

In this episode, Dr. Lisa discusses the benefits of breathwork for ourselves and for our kids with certified breathwork coach Maya Bahar Castle. Listen in to find out how different breathing techniques can be used to: calm your nervous system down, lower cortisol, support mindfulness, enhance sleep, reduce anxiety and more! It doesn’t take long…even a few minutes of intentional breathing can have profound impacts on our mental, emotional and physical health and well-being. Maya also shares some ways to incorporate breathwork into you and your kids’ schedules. Every little bit helps!

Maya Bahar Castle (@breathingwithmaya) is a Certified Breathwork Coach and homeschooling mama. Prior to leaning into motherhood and breathwork practices, she enjoyed more than a decade long career in EdTech.  She’s honoured to guide journeyers through down-regulating forms of Breathwork that bring awareness back into one’s body, still the mind, connect to intention and restore the nervous system. She works with moms and children in Toronto, and when she has a spare moment, you’ll find her writing away.  

In today’s episode we cover:

  • Maya’s experience with homeschooling her son
  • How breathwork transformed Maya’s postpartum anxiety
  • The importance of grounding and responding instead of reacting to situations in your life
  • How you can breathe in a healthy way
  • The difference between healthy breathing and breathwork
  • The breathwork practice that has been proven to lower your cortisol level in 5 minutes
  • How breath can influence your hormones through your menstrual cycle and ease the transition through perimenopause and menopause
  • The importance of introducing breath work to your kids
  • How you can incorporate breath work into your day and remember to breathe properly

You can connect with Maya on Instagram @breathingwithmaya

Check out Maya’s 5-minute breathing exercises for kids: here and here.

Listen to the Hubermann Podcast episode on how to breathe properly here.

What 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 this fall. Join her at https://www.hypnobirthingcalgary.com/register

Join Dr. Lisa’s 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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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 180: Do You Need to Quit Coffee?

In this episode, Dr. Toni shares how caffeine affects her and how it may increase your anxiety levels and sleep challenges during perimenopause. There are some benefits to coffee, so listen in to find out what they are. Some people metabolize caffeine quickly, while others may feel lasting affects many hours later. Dr. Toni reviews just how much caffeine is in coffee and other foods and drinks; the amounts may just shock you! Many people are ingesting more caffeine then they think…is that you?

If you need it caffeine stay awake, then you will want to visit your Naturopathic Doctor or other licensed health care provider to figure out the reason for your fatigue.

In today’s episode, we cover:

  • The importance of your individual genetics on whether (and how much) coffee is good for you
  • How coffee can cause headaches or can be used to treat your headaches
  • Whether coffee is addictive
  • How drinking coffee can mask fatigue due to other health issues
  • Alternatives to coffee you can try if you want to reduce or stop your coffee consumption
  • Examples of caffeine sources:
    • 24 mg – 1 oz dark chocolate
    • 28 mg – 1 cup green tea
    • 34 mg – 1 can of soda eg. coke
    • 47 mg – 1 cup black tea
    • 65 mg – 1 shot espresso
    • 100 mg – 1 cup coffee
    • 135 mg – 1.5 cups coffee (average American daily consumption)
    • 150 mg – 1 grande Starbucks latte (16oz)
    • 160 mg – Rockstar original (16oz)
    • 200 mg – recommended limit for pregnant women
    • 300 mg – Rockstar endurance (16oz)
    • 360 mg – Trenta Starbucks cold brew (30oz)
    • 400 mg – recommended limit for non-pregnant people
    • 1200 mg – caffeine toxicity
    • 10-12 g – fatal dose

Today’s Mama Must-Have:

Dr. Toni is a big fan of hibiscus tea for its antioxidant properties and support of healthy skin and blood pressure.

What Else is Happening?

Join Dr. Lisa’s 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!

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 172: How to Set and Enforce Boundaries to Prevent Burnout with Dr. Liz Bolen, ND

In this episode, Dr. Toni discusses how setting and enforcing boundaries is essential to prevent burnout with Dr. Liz Bolen. If you are exhausted and find yourself automatically saying yes when you mean no, it’s time to look at your boundaries. Too many of us put the needs and feelings of others ahead of our own. It’s time to reclaim your space and energy, instead of hoping and wishing that someone will do it for you.

Dr. Liz Bolen is a naturopathic doctor and the founder of the Bolen Health Institute. Liz is a wonderful guide on the journey of bridging science, medicine and magic in the field of Quantum Healing. Feeling trapped and a black sheep all her life, Dr. Liz fostered her inner resilience by pushing herself to find freedom that allows her to thrive. The poster child for perfectionist and overachiever, Dr. Liz has adopted imperfect action and finds triumph through wielding the magic of being high functioning. She is a truly authentic soul that sees everyone’s inner magnificence and listens nonjudgmentally while holding a sacred space for transformation. She has the ability to call people out for their BS as she compassionately guides people forward, despite themselves, to guarantee their success. 

In today’s episode, we cover:

  • The difference between putting a wall up and setting healthy boundaries
  • Why listening to yourself is the foundation for having healthy boundaries
  • The magic formula for setting and enforcing boundaries
  • How no is a complete sentence
  • Why you are responsible for being clear with conditions and consequences in order to create safety and respect around your boundaries
  • How feeling anger and experiencing drama and chaos relates to your boundaries
  • Why 99% of boundary breaks are about you
  • The importance of re-programming yourself out of being a good girl
  • How practice is key for setting your boundaries 
  • See Episode 143 on your personal needs

Connect with Dr. Liz for a Zoom tea at https://bolenhealthinstitute.com/

Today’s Mama Must-Have:

Dr. Liz recommends locking out time for yourself at least one day a week

Dr. Toni is a big fan of overnight chia pudding jars for a quick healthy breakfast at home or to go

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 this 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!

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 171: Is Burnout Inevitable in Perimenopause? A conversation with Cristina Tahoces of Thrive Nutrition

In this episode, 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

Sign up for Dr. Lisa’s free webinar: “How to Thrive in Perimenopause and Beyond” (on Mar 29th or Apr 3rd) here

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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!

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.