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Dr. Anna Cabeca is The Girlfriend Doctor. She's the first call for the woman who has questions she would only ask her best girlfriend if her girlfriend were a triple-board-certified OB-GYN. This top health podcast is all about helping women live better lives — before, during, and after menopause.

The Girlfriend Doctor w/ Dr. Anna Cabeca Dr. Anna Cabeca OB/GYN

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 229 Ratings

Dr. Anna Cabeca is The Girlfriend Doctor. She's the first call for the woman who has questions she would only ask her best girlfriend if her girlfriend were a triple-board-certified OB-GYN. This top health podcast is all about helping women live better lives — before, during, and after menopause.

    The Secret to Maintaining Your Best Self with Martin Silva

    The Secret to Maintaining Your Best Self with Martin Silva

    On this week’s episode of The Girlfriend Doctor, I talk with Martin Silva, personal trainer, competitive natural bodybuilder and online transformation coach.
    When it comes to maintaining weight loss or healthy living habits, many of us get stuck. We might attain a goal but find it hard to maintain that result over time. One of the keys is not changing more than two things at a time, and not going from zero to 100 when setting goals. When you make one or two small goals at a time and stay consistent with those, then the chance to get overwhelmed or fall back on bad habits is minimalized.
    It's also important to add instead of restrict when setting goals. For example, in nutrition, add more protein or whole foods to your diet rather than restricting other foods. Eating more protein blunts your appetite, and then you can start replacing sugars and processed foods naturally. Add a reasonable exercise component that’s a little different to mix up what you’ve always done. 
    It always comes down to the fundamentals. Be sure that sleep is a priority and devices are not near you when you sleep. Keep a food diary to track your food intake. Looking at the whole process of building muscle, eating more protein, making healthier choices and getting good sleep will have a good effect on the metabolism and help you reach your goals and sustain that optimal health over time. And remember to practice self-compassion and always remind yourself that you don’t have to be perfect.
     
    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    [9:48] The effect of eating more protein
    [10:25] The importance of switching up your training and exercise
    [17:06] How to deal with setbacks 
    [17:59] The importance of self-compassion
    [21:33] Why environment is important
    [23:03] Binge eating and binge drinking
    [29:04] Benefits of Magnesium L-Threonate
    [31:26] Beef organ supplements
    [33:02] Using creatine supplements
     
    HOW TO CONNECT WITH OUR GUEST
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    MEMORABLE QUOTES
    “The worst program in the world done consistently is going to get better results than a world-class coaching program like mine done inconsistently.”
    “When you're aware and you actually shine a light on certain calories and certain foods, you naturally start eating less. This has been proven in research.”
    “It’s the whole process of actually building muscle, eating more protein, making healthier choices and having good sleep that has a good effect on the metabolism.”
    “Taking ownership for your actions is key.”
    “I always say to my clients, your relationship with food really says more about your relationship with yourself than it does anything else.”
    “It’s substitution versus deprivation. It is always finding something to replace or to add versus subtract. Because then we feel deprived and for whatever reason, we don't like that.”
     
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    • 41 min
    The Benefits of Eating Organ Meat with James Barry

    The Benefits of Eating Organ Meat with James Barry

    On this week’s episode of The Girlfriend Doctor, I talk with James Barry, a private chef who’s been in the culinary field for nearly two decades and believes in the benefits of eating organ meat, otherwise known as offal.
    Our ancestors ate parts of animals that gave them lots of nutrient-dense food. The foods we eat today are not as nutrient-dense as the food our grandparents ate, so the majority of Americans are nutrient deficient, but not calorie deficient. 
    72% of men and 63% of women are obese or overweight in the US because they’re eating a lot of food, but that food is low in nutrients.
    Barry believes that organ meats can really help people to get the nutrients they need. He calls them Mother Nature’s multivitamins and considers animal organs some of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. He cites beef liver as being one of the healthiest foods you can eat, chock full of vitamins and minerals. Other animal organs like hearts and tongue are also high in nutrients.
    Barry has created a freeze-dried seasoning made from a variety of animal organs called Pluck. He also addresses how we can buy organs that are available to us and consume them in microdoses.
    The most important thing we can do for a healthy diet is eat foods that are ingredients, instead of those that have ingredients. 
     
    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    [4:24] Why our ancestors ate more nutrient-dense foods
    [7:20] Why food today is not as nutrient-dense and link to obesity
    [18:51] James Barry product called Pluck containing freeze-dried organs
    [20:08] How to use Pluck on foods
    [20:45] How to microdose beef liver
    [22:49] How to eat chicken hearts
    [26:14] How to eat beef tongue
    [30:55] More ideas on how to flavor foods with Pluck



    HOW TO CONNECT WITH OUR GUEST
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    Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/eatpluck
    Instagram Handle: https://www.instagram.com/eatpluck/
    Other Social Media Links : https://www.pinterest.com/Eatpluck
     
    MEMORABLE QUOTES
    “Every trend kind of changes its name, rebrands. You had vegan back in the day and now it's called plant-based. You can change everything you want, but the one to me that does not die is we have to eat real foods.”
    “We have to eat foods that are an ingredient, not that have ingredients. And that's the very important distinction.”
    “I really look at organs as mother nature's multivitamin. What I love about organ meats is that they are one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet.”
    “I have a product called Pluck, it’s an organ-based seasoning. I took powdered liver, heart, kidney, spleen, and pancreas. I took five organs and it's the same freeze-dried powdered stuff.”
     
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    • 36 min
    Hormone Replenishment with Dr. Sahar Swidan

    Hormone Replenishment with Dr. Sahar Swidan

    On this week’s episode of The Girlfriend Doctor, I talk with Dr. Sahar Swidan about the pros and cons of bioidentical hormone replenishment. Dr. Swidan is president and CEO of NeuroPharm and former CEO of Pharmacy Solutions. She is board-certified and an advanced fellow in anti-aging and regenerative therapies.
    Hormones can play a part in so many health issues throughout our lives, including neurological ones. For example, why do women get migraines and asthma attacks during menstruation? It’s all related to hormonal imbalances in the body.
    Hormone replacement or replenishment can often go by many different terms, like body identical, bioidentical, natural, synthetic, and these terms can be confusing. Body identical and bioidentical mean what your body makes, and what we are replenishing. Women should make sure that whatever they’re being given is FDA approved, and that they’re working with reputable compounding pharmacies that don’t use solvents or chemicals. 
    Diet is also important when embarking on a hormone replenishment program, with a keto green diet being optimal. And B vitamins are depleted in hormone replacement therapy, so it’s important to supplement that loss.
    Not everyone is a good candidate for hormone replacement, so check with your doctor on hormone replacement levels to come up with a tailored plan.



    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    [8:35] The different names for hormones and terms used in hormone replacement therapy
    [9:21] The role of estrogens in the body
    [13:00] The role of cortisol in the body 
    [30:05] How diet plays a role in hormone replenishment
    [30:33] What vitamins need to be supplemented in hormone replacement
    [31:58] The role of estrogen in the body
    [41:14] Hormones and the vagina
     
    HOW TO CONNECT WITH OUR GUEST
    https://www.sahar.world/
    https://www.a4m.com/sahar-swidan.html
    https://www.facebook.com/SaharSwidanPharmD/
    https://www.instagram.com/saharswidan_pharmd/?hl=en
    https://saharskincare.com/about/
     
    MEMORABLE QUOTES
    “You have to know what the entire body is doing, and not just what your testes are doing or what your ovaries are doing.”
    “Body identical and bioidentical basically means what your body makes and what we are replenishing.”
    “Every woman is very different and every man's hormonal replacement journey is very different.”
    “When our progesterone drops, memory loss and mood swings and brain fog increase and become symptoms of low progesterone.”



     
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    • 52 min
    The Importance of a Keto Green Diet with Kristina Hess

    The Importance of a Keto Green Diet with Kristina Hess

    On this week’s episode of The Girlfriend Doctor, I had a conversation with Kristina Hess, a premier health coach and licensed clinical nutritionist who’s passionate about a ketogenic approach to treat inflammation and restore metabolic health. She’s also the host and founder of Keto Symposium, the first low-carb conference in New York City.
    Adapting a ketogenic lifestyle can prevent diabetes, heart disease, cancer, menopausal symptoms, brain fog and mood swings. It can also help with weight loss and autoimmune disorders. Having a keto green diet is mandatory for brain health and cognitive function. 
    A keto green diet promotes a metabolic state where you’re burning fat preferentially over sugar. Eating a lot of protein is key, along with lots of greens and other vegetables. Once you reach a state of ketosis, you no longer experience hunger cravings for carbs and sugar. It’s also important to drink lots of water between meals and keep your greens intake high as well.



    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    [3:22] Bio-individuality and the importance of keto for menopause
    [6:39] Auto-immunity and the keto diet
    [8:13] How to handle carb cravings
    [9:21] Details about upcoming low-carb conference in New York City
    [22:34] How to build muscle with a keto diet
    [26:10] The importance of staying hydrated
    [41:43] How the keto diet can reverse diabetes



    HOW TO CONNECT WITH OUR GUEST
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    Website: https://theketonutritionist.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kristina-Hess-The-Keto-Nutritionist-103924274916070
    Instagram Handle: @kristinahessketonutritionist
    Other Social Media Links: @thrive19
     
    MEMORABLE QUOTES
     
    “It's really important every morning to not just greet the day, but to visualize yourself in that optimized, ideal body that's super healthy and then give gratitude for what is working, as opposed to focusing on all the things that we are still seeking to improve.”
     
    “80% of making lifestyle changes is really mindset, but 20% is having a really good strategy that works for you in your bio-individuality.”
     
    “When we reach a goal, let's set another goal and let's set another goal. We have an endless opportunity in our lives to really shine and it's all about progress, not perfection. Progress is what gives us juice in life.” 
     
    “The time to hydrate is in between meals, typically two hours after you've eaten. Stop 20 minutes before you eat and drink no more than four to six ounces with your meal.” 
     
     
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    • 43 min
    The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting with Gin Stephens

    The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting with Gin Stephens

    On this week’s episode of The Girlfriend Doctor, I had a conversation with Gin Stephens, a former elementary school teacher who turned to fasting as a way to lose weight after becoming obese. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Fast Feast Repeat as well as Cleanish and other books.
    Fasting is not about what you eat, but when you eat. It’s become a healthy way to lose unwanted pounds and maintain optimal weight and health. Generally, intermittent fasting means not eating for 16 hours between dinner and breakfast, and then eating regularly for those other 8 hours. The hours may vary per person.
    When you first take on intermittent fasting, you have to allow your body to get “fat-adapted” and then you can tailor your fasting so it’s easy. It’s all about learning to listen to the body and what rhythm feels good, and practice “intuitive eating.”
    Intermittent fasting will not cause a lot of weight loss fast, in fact, in most cases, not for the first 28 days. But from that point forward, you can expect to see steady weight loss and better overall energy and health.
     
    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    [4:57] Gin’s story of obesity
    [12:24] Going through the adaptation period
    [14:24] Figuring out how many fasting hours work for your body
    [29:26] How fasting helps to identify intolerant foods
    [37:10] Choosing what to eat while fasting
     
     
    HOW TO CONNECT WITH OUR GUEST
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    https://www.intermittentfastingstories.com/
    https://www.ginstephens.com/all-blog-posts/
     
    MEMORABLE QUOTES
    “We can learn to tune into our hunger and satiety signals. We can be intuitive eaters. The weight will just fall off.”
     
    “I’m just teaching about intermittent fasting because that’s what teachers do. I'm not a historian, but I can teach history. I'm not a mathematician, but I can teach math. I'm not a doctor or medical professional, but I can learn the information, do the research and then bring it to you.”
     
    “During the adaptation period when your body is learning to be metabolically flexible, you have to kind of push through some of the harder feelings because your body is not fat-adapted when you begin. So it doesn't know how to tap into your fat stores for fuel.”
     
    “I've gotten really great at listening to my body and knowing when I need to eat a little more or when I've had enough. So I like to eat when I eat, I really like to eat.”
     
    “That hunger hormone that has been conditioned like a begging dog to get fed on a regular basis. So if you think about it that way, am I giving into my begging dog or am I trying to train this dog?”
     
     
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    • 48 min
    Healing From the Inside Out: A Holistic Approach to Breast Implant Health with Dr. Robert Whitfield

    Healing From the Inside Out: A Holistic Approach to Breast Implant Health with Dr. Robert Whitfield

    On this week’s episode of the Girlfriend Doctor Show, I had a conversation with Dr. Robert Whitfield, a world-renowned cosmetic surgeon and breast implant illness expert. Dr. Whitfield takes a holistic approach to breast implant illness that includes genetic testing, mold toxicity, and hormone balancing to help patients heal from the inside out. 
    In this episode, Dr. Whitfield talks about how many women with breast implants come to him with common symptoms including brain fog, mold exposure, and memory loss. Additionally, they can suffer from increased anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, respiratory issues, dry eyes, sinusitis, gut dysfunction, swelling, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, recurring UTIs, bacterial vaginosis, and muscle and joint pain. These symptoms can also align with mold toxicity or Lyme disease
    Breast implant illness may also be connected to genetic pathway problems, dietary issues, hormonal imbalance and endocrine dysfunction, so it’s important to get comprehensive testing done.
    Dr. Whitfield recommends DNA testing to detect different types of bacteria and fungus that might be causing a breast implant infection. And he says that anyone who has implants from 1996 or older should definitely get tested because there is probably some form of rupture that has occurred. 
    After having breast implants removed, it’s also critical to balance your hormones and maintain a good diet and a positive attitude. Remember -- no one is a greater advocate for your health than you are. 
     
    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    [5:57] Dr. Whitfield’s first explant patient with cancer and her diagnosis
    [10:08] A cosmetic patient with implant infection
    [16:56] Why Dr. Whitfield considers any implant from 1996 or older to be ruptured
    [19:27] The four pathways of immunity that are examined carefully in breast implant illness
    [21:30] Triggers to breast implant illness and accompanying symptoms
    [26:44] Holistic testing done to optimize breast health and overall health
    [27:25] Quickest and fastest way to get rid of mold toxins
    [33:05] How often to get breast implants checked
    [36:00] Need to balance out hormones when having a breast explant
     
    HOW TO CONNECT WITH OUR GUEST
    https://drrobertwhitfield.com/
    Youtube channel: Dr. Rob’s Solutions
    https://breastimplantillnessexpert.com/
    https://drrobssolutions.myshopify.com/
     
    MEMORABLE QUOTES
    “What breast implant illness really is to me is out-of-control inflammation. The inflammation that drives breast implant illness drives a lot of the symptomology. Now I have genetic testing that reveals defects in their immune pathways.” 
    “I encourage clients, if you’re super sick, if you’re super symptomatic, an explant will be a step to help you, but it will not be the only step that solves the problem because it’s usually a multi-factorial problem.”
     
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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
229 Ratings

229 Ratings

Webler11 ,

Excellent show & information

Dr Anna is amazing. Love every episode. And her products. Julva and Mighty Maca are my every single day.

jhollo ,

Amazing podcast

Dr Anna is truly amazing! I love her insight and scientific, holistic approach to helping women live healthier lives!!

TripsRight83 ,

Couldn’t do it anymore

I love podcasts and listen to my favorite experts weekly. I heard Dr. Anna on another podcast and found her approach to peri-menopause and menopause refreshing and enlightening, so I subscribed to her podcast. After listening to two, I thought it just happened to be timing around a new product that she was so self-promoting of herself and her products. Three more podcasts later, and every.single.episode feels like an infomercial for her products. It’s turned me off so much that I have ZERO desire to buy her products, I unsubscribed from her show and deliberately avoid any podcasts where she is a guest. Dr. Anna, if you read this, your information, expertise and self-importance is evident WITHOUT your excessive self promotion. Perhaps without your intense hustle, you’d have more sales and loyal listeners.

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