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The Perimenopausal Mamas Podcast

Helping perimenopausal moms raise healthy kids and navigate the bumpy road of unpredictable hormonal changes that can interfere with mood, energy, weight, sleep, focus and vitality.


Episode 230: The Benefits of Hormetic Stress: Why Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone is Good For Your Health
In this solo episode, Dr. Lisa shares how intentionally exposing yourself to acute, planned stressors, such as cold water or certain breathing exercises, can lead to stress resilience and help slow the aging process. Have you been living in your comfort zone for too long? It may be time to challenge your mind and body to reap the benefits, not only mentally, but also physically.
28:15 5/16/24
Episode 229 – Top Mama Must-Haves From The First 100 Episodes (Re-Release)
In this re-released episode, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Toni review their favourite “Mama Must-Have” recommendations from the past 100 episodes. These tips and products make their lives easier and are great ways for you and your family to stay healthy and happy. They include our favourite foods, drinks, books, essential oils, body care products, apps and more! Treat yourself this Mother's Day or use these ideas and add to your wish list for the future.
47:22 5/12/24
Episode 228 – Menstrual Cycle Awareness and Cyclical Living: Tap Into Your Hormonal and Moon Rhythms (Re-Release)
In today’s episode re-release from 2021, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Toni talk about menstrual cycle awareness. Did you know that there are different times of the month that are more suited for you to be productive, be social, do analytical work, do a presentation or to rest? Your energy can fluctuate in relation to the moon cycle and your menstrual cycle. Cyclical living can be used to maximize your productivity, efficiency and success at work and at home throughout the month.
40:41 5/4/24
Episode 227: Do You Deserve to Be Happy?
In this episode, Dr. Toni shares some questions to consider and suggestions from neuroscience research around happiness. So often, moms tend to put their own happiness on the back burner and put their kids' and partners' needs ahead of their own. It’s time to claim your right to joy and happiness!
26:02 4/25/24
Episode 226: How Dr. Lisa Presses The “Easy Button” to Prevent Burnout
Do you feel like self-care adds more stress to your day than benefits? Are overwhelmed and can’t add one more thing to your to-do list? Then this episode is for you! Listen in to find out how Dr. Lisa presses the “easy button” to be more efficient and free up time and mental space to do the things she loves. Also discover ways to make your morning routine easier and which mindset changes Dr. Lisa has developed recently to cope with being a busy mom and an entrepreneur.
27:21 4/18/24
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.
62:02 4/13/24
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.
31:59 4/7/24
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.
44:16 3/28/24
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.
38:57 3/22/24
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!
57:11 3/16/24
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.
42:09 3/7/24
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.
51:24 3/1/24
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.
53:50 2/23/24
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. Understand what is happening and what to do about it.
40:51 2/15/24
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.
45:21 2/8/24
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.
20:24 2/1/24
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!
37:13 1/25/24
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. 
52:25 1/22/24
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.
34:21 1/11/24
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. 
58:50 1/5/24
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.
44:13 12/29/23
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. 
23:12 12/21/23
Episode 208: How to Nourish Yourself Over the Holidays to Prevent Burnout
In this newly released episode, Dr. Lisa shares simple strategies to nourish your body, mind, soul and relationships over the holidays. She shares her mantra, “a good enough Christmas” and how this has been a game-changer for her mental state and enjoyment over the holiday season. Are you make intentional choices about how you spend your time and nourish your body? Or do you automatically default to unhealthy habits, behaviours and expectations that can lead to burnout? Listen in for some practical tips and strategies to reclaim your enjoyment of the holidays and to not start 2024 feeling depleted and resentful.
28:42 12/15/23
Episode 207: Why You Need More Magnesium: It’s Not Just for Sleep or Tight Muscles
In today’s re-released episode, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Toni discuss what you need to know about magnesium. Magnesium is one of our favourite nutritional supplements because of its role in hormone balance, aging and mood. Are you experiencing symptoms of low magnesium? Find out why you might need to have more magnesium in your life!
46:40 12/8/23
Episode 206: How Hypnosis Can Help with Hot Flashes and Stress Management
In this episode, Dr. Toni discusses hypnosis and how it can be used to support relaxation, sleep and stress management, as well as helping to manage some symptoms of perimenopause and menopause like hot flashes. You might think that hypnosis is about mind control, however that’s just a common misconception that is often used in movies. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis and it has the potential to bring about some incredibly positive shifts, all while you stay fully in control. 
20:26 12/1/23
Episode 205: What Dr. Lisa Is Into Lately, Plus Some Healthy and Sustainable Holiday Gift Ideas and Deals
In this newly released solo episode, Dr. Lisa shares what is her energy and a mood boost during these darker, shorter days. She also discusses how she uses her oura ring and the insight timer app to modify her workouts and meditation timing, as well as some quick and easy drink and meal ideas to warm up and get more vegetables in every day. She shares some tips from her Holiday Gift Guide, along with some amazing Black Friday deals on gifts for you and the whole family so you can make this holiday season more affordable and sustainable.
27:25 11/24/23
Episode 203: The Mind Body Connection to Hormones and Health
In this episode, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Toni discuss an often overlooked piece-to-the-puzzle when it comes to your health: how your mind can influences everything from digestion to your hormones. Did you know that your subconscious thoughts are what drive your habits, beliefs and reactions? And that the values you have AND the decisions you make are influenced by the beliefs and patterns that you have taken on from your parents/family, friends, culture and society? Our thoughts change our physiology, influencing everything from digestion and mood, to energy and hormones.
45:30 11/9/23
Episode 202: Healthy Skin in Your 40s and Beyond, With Joy McCarthy
In today’s episode, Dr. Lisa welcomes back holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy to talk about skin care as your hormones fluctuate through perimenopause. They discuss what foods and drinks are important for healthy skin whether you are dealing with acne, dry skin, puffy skin or rosacea, as well as what to avoid for healthy skin aging.
52:44 11/3/23
Episode 201: Low-Waste Living and Sustainable Parenting with Sarah Robertson-Barnes
In this episode, Dr. Lisa discusses low-waste living and sustainable parenting with zero waste educator Sarah Roberson-Barnes. Taking action around the climate and environment may seem daunting as a busy mom, however they discuss how the choices you make around what you buy (or don’t buy) can make a huge difference without a lot of extra work. Focusing on solutions for sustainability instead of the doom and gloom of the future can impact how you feel about your community and environment positively. 
41:59 10/26/23
Episode 200: Lisa Shares Her Lessons Learned in Perimenopause
While celebrating our 200th episode (!), Dr. Lisa reviews what worked for her, AND what hasn't, in her perimeonpausal journey thus far. Dr. Toni shares the common symptoms of perimenopause, a transitional time of fluctuating hormones that can look different for every woman. Symptoms may include: hot flashes, irregular or heavy periods, sleep issues, aches/pains, depression, anxiety, brain fog, body composition changes and more.
36:36 10/19/23