49 episodes

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 • 13 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 145: How (And Why) to Love Your Liver in Perimenopause and Beyond

    Episode 145: How (And Why) to Love Your Liver in Perimenopause and Beyond

    In this episode, 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. 







    In today’s episode, we cover :







    * Why it’s important to reduce the amount of chemicals and toxicity coming from your environment, food and personal care products* How your liver function impacts your hormone balance or imbalance, especially relating to estrogen dominance* The connection between your intake of sugar and highly processed convenient food, insulin resistance and fatty liver* Some of the functions your liver has, including:* Filtering your blood and converting your hormones and other compounds in your body to a less toxic and less harmful form - detoxification!* Converting fat soluble vitamins to a more active form* Producing bile to support blood clotting and absorption of fat and fat soluble vitamins* Regulating fat and carbohydrate metabolism* Supporting immune cell function* Signs your liver is not functioning optimally physically and energetically* Skin itching, headaches, hot flashes, fibroids, breast and ovarian cysts, heavy periods, anger, irritability, frustration* Lab tests to consider to assess the health of your liver* Blood tests like AST, ALT, GGT, bilirubin, hemoglobin A1c, glucose tolerance test, cholesterol panel, iron and ferritin, CRP inflammatory marker* See Episode 138 on iron* Ultrasound, CT scan, MRI if needed* DUTCH - dried urine hormone testing* Genetic analysis of genes coding for liver detoxification enzymes* See Episode 57 for more info* Ways to support your liver function* Avoiding excess exposure to chemicals and toxic compounds like pesticides, bisphenols, phthalates* See Episode 54 with Joy McCarthy* See Episode 94 with Emma Rohmann* Support air quality in your home* Avoiding unnecessary medications* Limiting your alcohol and added sugar intake* Physical activity and movement to support your circulation* Drinking water and staying hydrated, also with green and rooibos tea* Increasing your intake of antioxidants * Colourful veggies and fruits, especially garlic, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, artichoke, beets, dandelion greens, arugula * Herbs and spices like rosemary, turmeric* Eating an adequate amount of protein to support your detoxification enzyme pathways* Eggs are also a good source of choline* Using a castor oil pack or getting bodywork like acupuncture, osteopathy* Express all your emotions in a healthy manner like punching a pillow, instead of suppressing or stuffing your anger and frustration







    Today’s Mama Must-Have:







    Dr. Lisa is a big fan of using crystals to help set intentions, invite in energies and dispel the negative, including selenite to dispel negativity and connect to higher self, rose quartz to promote self-love and love for others, and amethyst to absorb negativity and develop focus.







    Dr. Toni recommends taking the time with friends or even by yourself - get your sp...

    • 52 min
    Episode 144: How to Fight Loneliness, Live Longer AND Experience Real Transformation

    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.







    The pandemic has left so many women feeling disconnected, unfulfilled and “going through the motions” of life without any purpose or passion. Did you know there is another way to health care, outside of the regular one-on-one medical visits? Community medicine is the wave of the future; loneliness and social isolation numbers are on the rise and community medicine is the answer. 







    In this episode, we cover:







    * Why Britain appointed a Minister of Loneliness* How loneliness affects your health* How habits and happiness are contagious and can spread depending on who has influence over you* Why different community projects like Wild Collective can improve your body literacy, as well as expanding your social network and helping you achieve your needs







    What is the Wild Collective about?







    * International and revolutionary women’s health community initiative * Recipe for connection and community; remedy for loneliness; instruction manual for your body, health and lab testing* Actionable items to start to up-level your health, mindset and relationships* Empowered health education to be your own health advocate (and for your family), know which questions to ask and which lab tests to ask for* Learn in-depth about digestion, detox, thyroid, hormones, blood sugar, nutrition







    The Wild Collective is the answer to loneliness, social isolation, overwhelm and feeling disempowered on your healing journey.







    INFO SESSION DATES: Mon Oct 3rd at 7pm EST and Thurs Oct 6th at 2pm EST







    Spots are limited to 20 women to establish connection and allow enough time for women to share







    Today’s Mama Must Have:







    Dr. Lisa is a big fan of the show Dietland on Prime Video







    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 happening this fall. Join her at https://www.hypnobirthingcalgary.com/register







    Join Dr. Lisa’s new Meetup 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!







    Dr. Lisa’s Wild Collective in Fall 2022: 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.







    You can also support us by visiting our a href="https://www.patreon.

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    Episode 143:  Are You Getting Your Needs Met? 

    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 min
    Episode 142: PCOS, the Pill and Perimenopause: a Conversation with Dr. Lara Briden

    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 min
    Episode 141: Bloated and Uncomfortable? How to Avoid Having to Undo Your Top Button By the End of the Day

    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. 







    See previous episodes:







    * Leaky Gut - Episode 8* SIBO - Episode 131* Reflux and heartburn - Episode 66* Gluten - Episode 76 * Constipation - Episode 63







    Factors that can cause bloating:







    * Eating large meals or eating late at night* No time to digest* Physiological bloating* Pressure in your stomach from weight gain or pregnancy* Diastasis recti or abdominal wall laxity* “mummy tummy”* Food intolerances or sensitivities* Visceral hypersensitivity can be stimulated by inflammation of the gut lining by foods, especially gluten, corn, dairy* Sugar alcohols especially sorbitol, less with erythritol, xylitol* Sugars like lactose or fructose* FODMAP foods* short chain carbohydrates found in many fruit, veg, legumes* Gut dysbiosis and microbiome imbalance like H. pylori and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)* Especially after antibiotic and antacid medication use* Low stomach acid due to eating while in stress mode or sympathetic nervous system * Low pancreatic enzymes or pancreatic issues* Gallbladder removal or issues* Slow gut motility and constipation* Hormone changes in perimenopause and premenstrually* Progesterone is a mild diuretic, so low progesterone in perimenopause can lead to more water retention* Cortisol imbalances and stress* High cortisol can lead to more water retention* Women who have experienced trauma are 50% more likely to experience IBS* Uterine Fibroids, hernias, scar tissue* Endometriosis* over 80% of women with endo experience bloating







    Testing to consider:







    * Elimination challenge or low FODMAP diet trial* HCl challenge to test for hypochlorhydria* Food sensitivity blood test* Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis* SIBO breath test* H. pylori breath, blood or stool test * Liver and digestive panel blood test* Electrolyte blood test* Thyroid panel to check for potential cause of constipation* Female hormone panel with cortisol testing in saliva or urine* Endoscope with biopsy, colonscopy, laparoscopic assessment* Abdominal ultrasound







    Natural approaches to address bloating include:







    * Start by tracking symptoms* Avoid food triggers* Fermented foods - sauerkraut, kim chi, yogurt with active bacteria* Enteric coated peppermint oil capsules or peppermint tea* Bitter vegetables and foods: artichoke, arugula, radicchio, dandelion greens* Herbs: ginger, chamomile, fennel, anise, dandelion tea (root and leaf)* Apple cider vinegar or lemon in water* Chew your food well and eat while sitting down, calm and relaxed* Avoid drinking too much water while eating* Probiotic supplementation* Antimicrobial herbs like oregano, garlic, thyme, goldenseal or prescription rifaximin if needed for SIBO or dysbiosis* Digestive and motility support like D-limonene, DGL, slippery elm, marshmallow root,

    • 45 min
    Episode 140: Optimize Your Vacation or Short Staycation to Fully Recharge and Avoid Burnout

    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.







    In today’s episode, we cover:







    * What is included in a vacation departure plan* Wrapping up work tasks* Do it, defer it or delegate it* Automated vacation responder for email* Tech detox plan* What is included in a vacation optimizer plan - the fun part!* 3 words to describe your ideal vacation* Rest vs. activity* Relationships* Where to eat* Nurturing your mind and heart* Find the 5-4-3-2-1 mindfulness meditation with Amy Fowler at Episode 96* Find Michael Hyatt’s Vacation Optimizer at: https://landing.michaelhyatt.com/vacation-optimizer 







    Today’s Mama Must-Have:







    Dr. Lisa loves her Kitchen Aid food processor for making coleslaw, salad dressings with ginger, smoothies, energy balls, coconut milk ice cream and one-bowl crepes. 







    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 happening this fall. Join her at https://www.hypnobirthingcalgary.com/register







    Join Dr. Lisa’s new Meetup 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!







    Dr. Lisa’s Wild Collective in Fall 2022: 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.







    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

Customer Reviews

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13 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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