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Welcome to the Perimenopausal Mamas podcast! This is a podcast for hormonal mamas who want to reclaim their own natural state of health to thrive and raise healthy kids.



We are two Naturopathic Doctors and moms to toddlers. Dr. Lisa Weeks, ND, practices in Toronto and has a son named Stuart. Dr. Toni Reid, ND, birth doula and HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator practices in Calgary and has a daughter named Frankie.



We are perimenopausal mamas!



Our Mission (should you choose to accept it):



Educate you on your hormones and empower you to take control of your own (and your kids’) health.

Share our own tips, tricks and useful tools as perimenopausal moms and Naturopathic Doctors.

Provide cutting-edge info from experts in the health and parenting worlds.



We want to keep things simple, inspire you, and add some fun into your day, without any judgement or overwhelm.



So, what is perimenopause all about?



Perimenopause is the transition period you can experience for years (and years!) before your period stops and you reach menopause. You can start to have symptoms as early as your late 30’s or early 40’s.

You may be perimenopausal if you are:

Noticing that your periods are changing

Getting night sweats, especially leading up to your period

Having difficulty sleeping

Noticing that your libido, energy and enjoyment in life are lacking

Snapping at your partner and kids

Becoming more forgetful and suffer from brain fog

Seeing your weight creep up for no good reason

Feeling overwhelmed, burnt out and alone



In this podcast, we will:

Help to uncover the truth about hormonal imbalances that cause troublesome perimenopausal symptoms.

Educate you on and how to make simple lifestyle and nutritional changes to restore balance (and help get you back to being the parent you want to be).

Share our weekly “mom mess-ups”, “super mom moments” and “mom must-haves” (since one of our key survival skills is to laugh at ourselves, even when times are tough).

Pass on our knowledge of nutrition and lifestyle counselling (as Naturopathic Doctors) to help raise healthy kids.

Discuss our experiences (and those of other moms who are experts in their own rights) so we can all work on figuring out the challenge of parenting together.



Not a mom yet...or not plan on becoming one?

No problem!

You can still listen and learn more about your hormones and health.

Even rockstar perimenopausal aunties might be interested in our conversations about relationships, tips about parenting, picky eaters, and more.

The Perimenopausal Mamas Podcast The Perimenopausal Mamas Podcast

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

Welcome to the Perimenopausal Mamas podcast! This is a podcast for hormonal mamas who want to reclaim their own natural state of health to thrive and raise healthy kids.



We are two Naturopathic Doctors and moms to toddlers. Dr. Lisa Weeks, ND, practices in Toronto and has a son named Stuart. Dr. Toni Reid, ND, birth doula and HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator practices in Calgary and has a daughter named Frankie.



We are perimenopausal mamas!



Our Mission (should you choose to accept it):



Educate you on your hormones and empower you to take control of your own (and your kids’) health.

Share our own tips, tricks and useful tools as perimenopausal moms and Naturopathic Doctors.

Provide cutting-edge info from experts in the health and parenting worlds.



We want to keep things simple, inspire you, and add some fun into your day, without any judgement or overwhelm.



So, what is perimenopause all about?



Perimenopause is the transition period you can experience for years (and years!) before your period stops and you reach menopause. You can start to have symptoms as early as your late 30’s or early 40’s.

You may be perimenopausal if you are:

Noticing that your periods are changing

Getting night sweats, especially leading up to your period

Having difficulty sleeping

Noticing that your libido, energy and enjoyment in life are lacking

Snapping at your partner and kids

Becoming more forgetful and suffer from brain fog

Seeing your weight creep up for no good reason

Feeling overwhelmed, burnt out and alone



In this podcast, we will:

Help to uncover the truth about hormonal imbalances that cause troublesome perimenopausal symptoms.

Educate you on and how to make simple lifestyle and nutritional changes to restore balance (and help get you back to being the parent you want to be).

Share our weekly “mom mess-ups”, “super mom moments” and “mom must-haves” (since one of our key survival skills is to laugh at ourselves, even when times are tough).

Pass on our knowledge of nutrition and lifestyle counselling (as Naturopathic Doctors) to help raise healthy kids.

Discuss our experiences (and those of other moms who are experts in their own rights) so we can all work on figuring out the challenge of parenting together.



Not a mom yet...or not plan on becoming one?

No problem!

You can still listen and learn more about your hormones and health.

Even rockstar perimenopausal aunties might be interested in our conversations about relationships, tips about parenting, picky eaters, and more.

    Episode 163: Why Use A Continuous Glucose Monitor? Part 2

    Episode 163: Why Use A Continuous Glucose Monitor? Part 2

    In this part 2 of 2 episodes on CGMs, Dr. Toni shares her surprising experience using a CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor) over 14 days. She describes how her focus changed from watching for glucose levels that were too high to glucose levels that were too low. Tracking glucose levels can help support your energy and brain health, as well as reducing risk of disease like diabetes. 







    See part 1 at Episode 159 







    In today’s episode, we cover:









    * The basics about using a CGM







    * What numbers to look for when you are using a CGM







    * The downside of hyperglycemia (when your glucose levels are too high) and hypoglycemic episodes (when your glucose levels are too low)







    * How CGMs can help you discover the best food combinations for stable blood sugar levels







    * How eating snacks sweetened with stevia might not be your solution to blood sugar spikes and dips









    See for Episode 133 (re-release of Episode 32) for Dr. Toni’s breakfast bar recipe and Episode 85 (re-release of Episode 10) for Dr. Toni’s hemp protein power ball recipe. 







    Today’s Mama Must-Have:







    Dr. Toni recommends making your food intake a top priority instead of being a second (or third) thought after feeding your kids and all the other things we manage as parents. 







    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!







    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 ...

    • 30 min
    Episode 162: What You Need to Know About "Menopause/Perimenopause Brain" - Part 2

    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!







    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.

    • 37 min
    Episode 161: Celebrating 2022 and Welcoming 2023! Intentions for The Year Ahead (Part 2 of 2)

    Episode 161: Celebrating 2022 and Welcoming 2023! Intentions for The Year Ahead (Part 2 of 2)

    In this episode, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Toni set some intentions and reveal their words for 2023. Even with all of the challenges of 2022, they review their accomplishments from the past year and how they are moving into the year ahead. 







    You can check out Part 1 at Episode 157 here







    Today’s Mama Must-Have:







    Dr. Lisa loves using the Memento App to bring together video clips and photos for a meaningful gift for a loved one. 







    Dr. Toni is a big fan of warm and cozy clothing like her velour lounge wear and fuzzy socks to stay warm and cozy at home during the winter.







    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!







    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.

    • 35 min
    Episode 160: Inflammation - the Hidden Cause of Disease with author Jane Durst-Pulkys

    Episode 160: Inflammation - the Hidden Cause of Disease with author Jane Durst-Pulkys

    In this episode, Dr. Lisa discusses the link between inflammation, hormone imbalance and weight gain with nutrition coach and author Jane Durst-Pulkys. Going into menopause doesn’t mean your metabolism has to slow down and supporting your hormones and metabolism doesn’t mean you have to go hungry!







    Jane previously discussed the emotions and energetics behind perimenopause on Episode 118







    Jane Durst-Pulkys is a Clinical and Holistic Nutritionist, Author, Educator, Life Coach, Confidence Coach and Weight Loss Coach who has helped thousands of clients lose over 50,000lbs! She consults with clients and teaches professionals from many regions of the world and from all walks of life. Jane is an authority on nutrition, fitness, leadership, personal development, and optimal performance. She is also a faculty member and advisor for the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto, Canada. With over 30 years of practical experience, Jane is always on the leading edge of exciting proactive approaches to personal health and enhanced nutrition.







    In today’s episode, we cover:









    * What is inflammation and how you experience chronic inflammation as weight around the middle







    * How inflammation is related to conditions like arthritis, PMS and PCOS







    * The rules of Metabolic Balance







    * How your sugar and insulin spikes can impact your weight and energy







    * The importance of exercise and moving your body









    You can connect with Jane at https://creativehealth.ca/







    Today’s Mama Must-Have:







    Dr. Lisa loves drinking Traditionals Medicinals tulsi and ginger tea after dinner with a 5 minute meditation to unwind at the end of the day and support sleep







    Jane is a big fan of drinking an electrolyte mix with water to replenish minerals after sweating from hot yoga.







     







    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!







    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 u...

    • 40 min
    Episode 159: Why Use A Continuous Glucose Monitor? Part 1

    Episode 159: Why Use A Continuous Glucose Monitor? Part 1

    In today’s episode, Dr. Toni talks all about how CGMs (Continuous Glucose Monitors) can track your glucose levels and why this info is important for your health as you age. Your blood sugar varies throughout the day based on a number of things, including your hormone fluctuations and the type and timing of the food you eat. Knowing your blood sugar levels can help you feel better in a number of ways, as well as reducing risk of diseases like diabetes.







    In this episode, we cover:









    * What is a CGM and how does it work to track your glucose levels







    * Why you would want to use a CGM







    * Why Dr. Toni is using a CGM based on her family history and genetics







    * Some of the factors that impact your blood sugar levels including



    * Type of food and drink







    * Timing of food and drink







    * Physical activity and exercise







    * Quality of sleep







    * Stress







    * Hormones











    * For more info on blood sugar, see Episode 147







    * For part 1 of reflecting on 2022, see Episode 157









    Today’s Mama Must-Have:







    Dr. Toni is a big fan of using silicone container covers for leftovers instead of plastic wrap.







    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!







    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.

    • 26 min
    Episode 158 - Hard Habit to Break: The Four Tendencies

    Episode 158 - Hard Habit to Break: The Four Tendencies

    In today’s episode re-release from 2021, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Toni discuss habits and Gretchen Rubin’s The Four Tendencies framework behind why you keep or don’t keep habits. If you’ve picked up some bad habits or have let go of some healthy habits during the pandemic, you’ll want to listen in to find out why and how to start changing your habits.







    In this episode, we cover:









    * Why do you have certain habits







    * What can you do to interrupt automatic habits and behaviours







    * Why you keep habits or don’t, described by the Four Tendencies, as outlined in the book Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin









    Consider the following Habit Hacks:









    * Approach your habits and behaviours with self-love, compassion and forgiveness, as we discussed in Episode 55







    * Be intentional and recognize your autopilot behaviours







    * Remember the why







    * Commit and schedule it in your calendar 







    * Pair it with something else - making your own lemon water while making kids’ breakfast







    * Break it up into bite-sized chunks







    * Be accountable - text a friend or post on social media, join online community







    * Monitor progress - track in calendar or journal with gold stars or check marks, post on social media (see Episode 11 to learn more about using a bullet journal)







    * Avoid “all or nothing” thinking - you can start over anytime









    Resources:







    Four Tendencies quiz by Gretchen Rubin: https://quiz.gretchenrubin.com/







    The Alcohol Experiment and This Naked Mind Podcast:  https://learn.thisnakedmind.com/the-alcohol-experiment-registration







    This Week’s Mama Must Have: 







    Dr. Lisa is a big fan of Australian Carob Co carob chips to keep her chocolate intake in check.







    Dr. Toni loves Smart Sweets gummy bears and peach rings for a sugar free treat.







    What's Happening?







    Dr. Toni’s next HypnoBirthing info session for expecting parents looking to trust their instincts and their body during labour and birth is happening again in 2023. Join her at https://www.hypnobirthingcalgary.com/register







    Dr. Lisa’s Wild Collective in 2023: get on the waitlist: wildcollectivetoronto.com







    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.







    Please tell your perimenopausal mama friends about us, too!







    Stay safe and healthy everyone!

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

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14 Ratings

Carmen_AB ,

So glad I found this podcast! Amazing!

I found this podcast and listened to the amazing episode 118 with Jane Durst Pulkys on a day when I was really feeling lost in the perimenopause wilderness. I dictated copious notes into my phone as I was walking and by the end of the episode, I felt like I had a mini action plan. Thank you for putting this out in the world! I can’t wait to listen to all your episodes!

brightwebs ,

Love this podcast!

I am so grateful this podcast exists. I’ve learned so much about perimenopause that I had no idea about before, and about health and wellness tips for me AND my kids. Thank you to Dr Toni and Dr Lisa!

Rad😙😞😙😝 ,

Love it!

Love listening to all the information Toni and Lisa have! Wish I had heard some of this stuff years ago!!

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