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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 144: How to Fight Loneliness, Live Longer AND Experience Real Transformation
In this episode, Dr. Lisa shares the benefits of community medicine and reveals that social isolation is just as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes per day AND can shorten your life by up to 8 years! Discover how you can take advantage of this unique approach to health that enables you to: up-level your body literacy; unpack and overcome your challenges in a supportive community environment; experience powerful health transformations that otherwise seem impossible to do on your own; and put on your oxygen mask first to then be able to give to those around you, without feeling drained and resentful.
34:56 09/22/2022
Episode 143:  Are You Getting Your Needs Met? 
In this episode, Dr. Toni discusses the difficulty that many of us have with connecting to and meeting our own needs. Everyone who has flown in an airplane knows that you must put on your own oxygen mask before helping others, but how often do we meet our own needs on a daily basis? Listen in for ideas on how to start to connect with your needs and actions you can take to achieve them to feel happy, whole and connected.
18:52 09/15/2022
Episode 142: PCOS, the Pill and Perimenopause: a Conversation with Dr. Lara Briden
Dr. Toni chats with Dr. Lara Briden, ND, about: the misconceptions around PCOS; how the pill masks your symptoms and may not be the answer; what happens to your hormones in perimenopause; and what to do to start to take back control of your hormonal health. Dr. Lara is the best-selling author of two books: The Period Repair Manual and The Hormone Repair Manual. She was also an expert featured in the movie, "The Business of Birth Control".
54:37 09/08/2022
Episode 141: Bloated and Uncomfortable? How to Avoid Having to Undo Your Top Button By the End of the Day
In this episode, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Toni discuss the different reasons why you could be experiencing bloating and what you can do about it. If you look and feel pregnant at the end of the day (and definitely aren’t!), it could be due to a number of different hormonal, digestive and structural issues that can happen in perimenopause. 
45:04 09/02/2022
Episode 140: Optimize Your Vacation or Short Staycation to Fully Recharge and Avoid Burnout
In this episode, Dr. Lisa walks through the benefits of using a vacation departure plan and vacation optimizer plan. Do you ever feel like you need a vacation after coming home from vacation? Being intentional around your holidays can make your time away more enjoyable, plus you get to avoid the stress and burnout that can happen before and after vacation time! You need and deserve time off, so listen in to make it work for you to fill your cup and feel re-energized.
37:25 08/26/2022
Episode 139: How to Use Human Design to Consciously Parent with France Tailleur
In this episode, Dr. Lisa chats with parenting coach, France Tailleur, about how to parent your child “their way”: consciously and based on who your child truly is and who you truly are. There are huge differences in patterns of eating, morning routines and extracurricular activities to navigate as a parent. Listen to learn how Human Design can help guide you to parent in a way that allows your child to thrive. 
55:02 08/19/2022
Episode 138: Top 5 Reasons Why You and Your Kids Need Iron
In this episode, 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. 
24:26 08/11/2022
Episode 137: Tired and wired? What you need to know about stress, cortisol and your adrenal glands!
In this episode re-release from June 2020, Dr. Toni and Dr. Lisa discuss: the benefits of some stress in your life; how stress becomes toxic; and how it impacts your libido, energy, mood, memory, immunity and more. Discover how to test for stress hormone imbalances and what you can do about is using lifestyle changes, meditation, exercise, nutrition, herbs and more.
64:44 08/04/2022
Episode 136: The Benefits of Taking Cold Showers and Plunges with Lisa Kricfalusi
In this episode, Dr. Lisa chats with Lisa Kricfalusi, of Stay Unbounded, about the benefits of cold water exposure. Did you know that you can use cold water to help boost your mood, immune function and metabolism? Dr. Lisa has been taking daily cold showers for over 1.5 years now and has definitely noticed an improvement in her focus, stress resiliency, outlook, immunity and body composition. Find out why there is almost nothing better you can do in two minutes that is more beneficial for your body than a cold water plunge!
60:25 07/28/2022
Episode 135 – How Trauma May Be Impacting Your Parenting (and Your Life) with Jinelle Watson – Part 2
In part 2 of a 2 part episode series, Dr. Toni continues a conversation on the impact of trauma on parenting with social worker Jinelle Watson. They discuss triggers for experiencing trauma responses, automatic reactions that can impact parenting, and how guilt, shame and judgment can follow. Listen in to learn what therapy can look like and how you can take the first steps towards shifting your parenting and trauma responses.  
66:00 07/21/2022
Episode 134: How Trauma May Be Impacting Your Parenting (and Your Life) with Jinelle Watson – Part 1
In part 1 of a 2 part episode series, Dr. Toni discusses the impact of trauma on parenting with social worker Jinelle Watson. They review how both big T and little t trauma can create different stress responses, and how the pandemic and different aspects of parenting (hello, sleep deprivation!) can lower your window of tolerance. Whether you know you are experiencing the impact of trauma or are not sure, this episode is a must listen!
50:52 07/14/2022
Episode 133: Is It Hot in Here?! What You Need To Know About Hot Flashes
In this re-released episode from 2020, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Toni are talking about a hot topic: hot flashes! Whether you call it a hot flash or hot flush, they can be an annoying and uncomfortable symptom that you may start to experience in perimenopause. We discuss: what hot flashes are and why they happen; the potential causes and triggers for your hot flashes and night sweats; and what you can do about them so you don’t have to suffer.
50:56 07/08/2022
Episode 132: How to Work Through Overwhelm and Guilt as a Caregiver with Stephanie Muskat of Compassion in Caregiving
In this episode, Dr. Lisa chats with Stephanie Muskat from Compassion in Caregiving how to navigate the challenges that come along with looking after a child, parent or loved one with a chronic illness or medical diagnosis. Stephanie shares ways to move through the guilt and overwhelm, along with support systems and programs out there for caregivers themselves. She also reviews creating an active care plan to do before a loved one becomes ill or passes away to prevent unnecessary stress and decision fatigue.
42:46 06/30/2022
Episode 131: Is Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (aka SIBO) the Cause of Your IBS?
In this episode, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Toni discuss how small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (aka SIBO) can be an undiagnosed cause for IBS and digestive issues (such as gas, bloating, heartburn, nausea and irregular stools). Up to 84% of people with IBS also have SIBO, so it’s thought to be an underlying cause. SIBO occurs when abnormally high numbers of bacteria found in the small intestine produce excess amounts of gas which leads to bloating, pain, constipation and/or diarrhea, nutrient deficiencies and more. Listen in to discover how to test for it and what you can do about it.
50:53 06/23/2022
Episode 130: Lose Your Cool Less: Parenting with Educator Tara Gratto
In today’s episode, Dr. Lisa discusses everyday tools for feelings and kindness with educator Tara Gratto to support parents. As parents, we have a whole range of feelings and our patience is tested over and over. Social and emotional intelligence is a skill like learning a language - it needs to be practiced! Listen in to learn more. 
55:21 06/16/2022
Episode 129: What You Need to Know About Hair Loss in Women
In this re-release episode from January 2021, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Toni discuss: the different types of hair loss, causes, lab tests to consider and solutions that can work for women in perimenopause who are experiencing hair loss. It’s important to recognize that some hair loss is normal but unfortunately, abnormal hair loss is common. Up to 50% of women will experience significant amounts of hair loss in their lifetime. What is Normal? Loss of 50-100 hairs on average per dayNo change in hairline/scalp you can see; pony tail still same size3-4 months postpartum: you don’t lose hair during pregnancy; make up for it at this timenormalizes at around 6-12 months postpartum The Stages for Hair Follicles: Anagen – active growth phase lasting 2-7 yearsCatagen – brief transitional phase where fibre stops growingTelogen – rest phase lasting 3 months where old hair pushed up to skin surface then shed What is Abnormal? Losing more than 100 hairs per day when not postpartumChange in your hairline with more scalp visibleTelogen effluvium: temporary hair loss after stress, shock or traumatic event Type of Hair Loss: Genetic – progressive gradual reduction in your hair volume, can make your hair follicles more susceptible to reactive hair lossReactive – also known as telogen effluvium, temporary hair loss Causes of Hair Loss: Nutrient deficiencies: low iron, vitamin b12, protein intakeLow thyroid function: Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroiditisYour thyroid gland helps to regulate your body’s metabolism by controlling the production of proteins and your tissue use of oxygen. Any thyroid imbalance can therefore affect your hair follicles. If hypothyroidism is left untreated it may result in anemia or iron deficiencyStress, shock or traumatic eventCan negatively impact your estrogen levels which can impact hair lossRaises your androgen levels, disrupts your scalp health causing dandruff, negative impact on your digestionCan negatively impact your thyroid functionLeaky gut, celiac disease and eating gluten – see Episode 8 for more info on gut healthDamaging hair dye or other hair care products that weigh your hair downTraction alopecia: caused pulling hair back tightly (eg. ponytail, bun or braids) and weakening hair folliclesHormone changes and imbalancePerimenopause with lower estrogenPCOS with high androgens and insulin resistanceCaloric restriction:Excessive fastingCleanses with low protein intakeEating disordersNo or low carb intake Laboratory Testing You Can Consider To Determine The Cause of Your Hair Loss: Nutrient testingIron panel – hemoglobin, ferritin, iron and transferrin saturation levelsVitamin B12Celiac screenFood sensitivity testingThyroid panel (TSH, free T4 and T3 plus thyroid antibodies) – see Episode 42 for more infoAutoimmune testingHormone testingadrenal/cortisolhormone panel with estrogens and androgensBlood sugar testingInsulin and glucose levels when fastingHemoglobin A1CGlucometer or continuous blood sugar testing at home What you can do about it? Biotin:  does it really work? Found in eggs, fish, meat, seeds, nuts, sweet potatoes, broccoli and cauliflowerCan impact accuracy on certain lab testing like thyroid hormone tests Too much can worsen cystic acne and affect your absorption of vitamin B5, which is needed for skin healthYour hair is made of protein, so adequate intake of protein rich foods is essential Palm sized portion with lunch and supperAim for a total intake of 1 gram per kilogram of body weight dailyComplex carbohydrates provide your hair with the energy it needs to growCarrots, sweet potatoes, squash, greensOther minerals and vitamins: iron, copper, zinc, selenium, vitamin C, B12, D3, essential amino acids l-lysine and l-methionine Supporting scalp circulation Head/scalp massageExercise, yoga, headstandsEssential oils applied topically to scalpThyme, rosemary, lavender, cedarwood in carrier oil of jojoba and grapeseed has been shown to support hair ...
38:06 06/09/2022
Episode 128: Using Astrology to Align With Your Soul’s Calling with Spiritual Mentor Renata Taravski
In this episode, Dr. Lisa speaks with Dr. Renata about how you can get into alignment with your life. Whether you are a Virgo or an Aquarius, we break down how your limiting beliefs, where and when you were born and other factors can impact how you can live out your soul’s purpose. 
39:33 06/02/2022
Episode 127: Anxiety in Perimenopause: How Hormones, Blood Sugar Imbalances and Inflammation Are Impacting Your Mood
In this re-release of a 2021 episode, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Toni discuss the increased levels of anxiety moms in perimenopause are currently experiencing over the pandemic and what you might be doing to make it worse. There are many effective approaches to naturally deal with your anxiety so you don’t have to suffer. 
53:18 05/27/2022
Episode 126: Why Less is More When it Comes to Exercise (and How to Have Fun Doing it!) with Julia Hickman
In this episode, Dr. Lisa discusses with fitness and lifestyle coach Julia Hickman how crucial it is for women to carve out time for self-care and exercise, but probably not as long as you think. Instead of an all or nothing approach or pushing yourself harder, the key is to do it smarter. Learn how to stick to a movement routine when life gets busy or while on vacation, so you don’t suffer from exhaustion and burnout. 
54:20 05/19/2022
Episode 125 – Atopic Triad: Allergy, Asthma and Eczema in Moms and Kids
In this episode, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Toni discuss the atopic triad of allergy, asthma and eczema that both perimenopausal moms and their kids can experience. Find out how your hormones are involved, plus what you can do to prevent and treat these inflammatory issues today.
51:13 05/13/2022
Episode 124: Fine Tune Your Finances (and Teach Your Kids to Save) with Christina Zaharia
In today’s episode, Dr. Lisa talks with financial services professional Christina Zaharia about what you need to know about your money. From budgeting to life insurance to teaching your kids about managing money, we cover all aspects of how you can fine tune your finances and make your money work for you. 
33:31 05/05/2022
Episode 123: Postpartum Depletion and How You May Still Be Suffering From it Years Later After Having Kids
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46:52 04/28/2022
Episode 122: What is Perimenopause?
In this replay from December 2021, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Toni discuss all things perimenopause…what it is, what’s happening and how to test for it. Not sure if you’re in perimenopause or what is happening with your hormones? Experiencing hot flashes, irregular periods, mood swings and insomnia? Listen in!
53:40 04/21/2022
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. 
57:16 04/14/2022
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.  
53:01 04/07/2022
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! 
57:09 03/31/2022
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 Anaylsis and details/tips from the Metabolic Balance program to support weight loss.
58:12 03/24/2022
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.
57:14 03/17/2022
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. 
46:18 03/10/2022
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. 
47:21 03/03/2022