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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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 162: What You Need to Know About “Menopause/Perimenopause Brain” – Part 2

In this episode, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Toni are discussing the changes in brain function that can happen during perimenopause. Most women experience changes in their ability to concentrate, think clearly, remember or make use of new information during perimenopause. Listen in to find out that it’s not all doom and gloom, how to support your brain health while you age gracefully and enter menopause and why you might want to break out the chocolate!

See Part 1 about Super Brain and postpartum brain changes in Episode 153

In today’s episode, we cover:

  • The impact of estrogen on your brain function and protecting your brain as you age
  • Whether you might want to consider Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT)
  • Other factors that can impact how well your brain works during perimenopause and menopause
  • The best researched diet to support your brain health as you age
  • The importance of blood sugar balance and exercise for your brain
  • The best nutrients and supplements that we know can support your brain health

Today’s Mama Must-Have:

Dr. Lisa is a big fan of Art for Kids Hub channel on YouTube for simple art lessons geared towards kids (and their parents). 

Dr. Toni loves visiting local second hand stores for less expensive learning toys, clothes and shoes.

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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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 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 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.