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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
    • 4.8 • 17 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 226: How Dr. Lisa Presses The “Easy Button” to Prevent Burnout

    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.







    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







    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.

    • 27 min
    Episode 225: Is Burnout Inevitable in Perimenopause? A Conversation with Cristina Tahoces of Thrive Nutrition (re-release)

    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.







    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







    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 224: Don't Fear the Fever (re-release)

    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.







    In this episode re-release, we cover:









    * What is a fever and how to measure it 







    * The most common myths about fevers, such as:



    * All fevers are bad and must be treated with medication







    * Fevers above 40oC or 104oF are dangerous and can cause brain damage







    * Seizures are often caused by fever and can harm your child







    * Fevers should come down to normal when treated with medication and once it comes down, it should stay down











    * Why you might want to think twice before giving your kids medication like acetaminophen or ibuprofen







    * What you can do to make your child more comfortable when they have a fever before considering medication like acetaminophen or ibuprofen



    * Hydration







    * Hydrotherapy







    * Herbal medicine and homeopathy











    * For more info about myths and facts about fever, see https://www.seattlechildrens.org/conditions/a-z/fever-myths-versus-facts/







    * For more info about nutrients that support immune system against viral infections, see Episode 39







    * For more info about leaky gut, see Episode 8









    Today’s Mama Must Have:







    Dr. Toni is a big fan of having several homeopathic remedies on hand at home to use when her and her family are having symptoms of viral infection like fever, especially aconite, ferrum phosphoricum and belladonna, as well as herbal teas like elderberry, echinacea, yarrow and peppermint.







    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,

    Episode 223: How Manage Overwhelm and Experience Abundance, with Larisa Makuch

    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.







    Larisa is a savvy, sought-after speaker, master results coach, educator and author of the upcoming book “Stop Procrastinating Your Life Away: Discover The Secrets To More Time, Money & Freedom.”







    With ruthless compassion, Larisa leads highly successful, motivated conscious entrepreneurs through mental barriers and into unstoppable confidence, authenticity and empowerment.







    Holding designations as a Certified Consultant with Bob Proctor and the Proctor Gallagher Institute, Master Results Coach, Master of Time Line Therapy, Trainer and Institute Head of Neuro Linguistic Programming and Hypnotherapy, Larisa powerfully blends science and psychology to help you unlock your magic and become all you’re capable of being, whether more passion or profit.







    In her downtime, you’ll find Larisa dancing, enjoying music, creating adventures through travel (as permitted), tapping into nature in cottage country, enjoying the nooks and crannies of Toronto and living her active and best life with her husband and young son.







    You can connect with Larisa and access her trainings at https://myabundanceacademy.ca/ 







    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. 







    Thanks for listening!







    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.

    • 44 min
    Episode 222: Aches in Pains in Perimenopause; What is Going On?

    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.







    In today’s episode, we cover:









    * How your hormones are involved in inflammation and pain signals in your body







    * The importance of sleep, stress management and nutrition to impact your perception of pain







    * What blood work and other lab tests you can discuss with your doctor to get a thorough assessment if you experience pain







    * The different hormonal and non-hormonal treatment options to effectively manage pain and inflammation









    Today’s Mama Must Have:







    Dr. Lisa is a big fan of her Costco membership for shopping for the family







    Dr. Toni loves using locally made body butter with shea butter on her feet to prevent dry skin and cracking on the heels







    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. 







    Thanks for listening!







    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.

    • 38 min
    Episode 221: Why Can't I Sleep? (Re-Release)

    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!







    Did you know?







    2/3 of people in developed nations fail to sleep at least 8 hours a night!







    Why do you need to get a good night’s sleep?







    Research shows that the less sleep you get, the shorter your life.







    You can’t make up for a poor night’s sleep by sleeping more the next night. 







    As you age, your sleep can be more fragile and sensitive than when you’re younger.







    In this episode, we cover:









    * How insufficient or poor sleep can contribute to your weight gain, make you more emotionally reactive and put your body in fight or flight mode







    * What you can do if your sleep is interrupted







    * How you can tell if you're getting a good night's sleep







    * Important signs that you are not getting enough sleep







    * What lab testing and investigations you need to consider







    * Tips you need to know to get a good night's sleep









    Today’s Mama Must Have:







    Dr. Lisa loves putting a tea bag or two of lemon balm or chamomile tea in Stuart’s bath and using Badger sleep balm on the backs of Stuart’s hands and his feet for extra sleep support.







    Dr. Toni is a big fan of Cyto-Matrix’s Mag Matrix magnesium liquid for Frankie and Bach Flower Rescue Remedy night spray for the whole family. 







    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 in May. Join her at https://www.hypnobirthingcalgary.com/register







    Thanks for listening!







    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!

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 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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