Helping women move from confused, overwhelmed and overrun by their health towards understanding, confidence and wellness. The mission of Women's Health Unplugged is to educate and empower women across all generations how to advocate for themselves in their healthcare and how to support themselves through better health education. This podcast is hosted by Dr. Jordan Robertson, Naturopathic Doctor and Women's Health Author.
Your cycle and your work schedule. Are you leveraging your states or working against them?
In our 50th episode together I’m sharing some personal insights into how your hormones impact your productivity and mood and how I personally leverage my different states to feel confident and productive in my work. Women do not work on a 24-hour clock the same way men do and experience different “states” through the different weeks of the menstrual cycle. By either expecting themselves to feel the same way every day, or by committing urban-woman crimes against her health, women can easily feel unconfident about how she shows up in the workplace or world, or feel shame for not being “capable” of showing up the same way every day.
I share how to think differently about your cycle and the concept of productivity in order to best achieve your goals. Thank you for sharing these 50 episodes with me. Cheers to the next 50!.
Your mess is your message. The power of story and community with Dr. Erin Ley ND.
Every time a woman tells her story, she’s saving another woman. In this episode my colleague and partner in crime Dr. Erin Ley and I share our journey to being our more authentic selves in our work and our lives and the impact that sisterhood and connection has on the women we work with. 6 months ago Erin and I embarked on a new model of support for our women offering greater accessibility, accountability and time with us through a community health initiative: The Wild Collective. The fall session is opening for discovery and enrollment on September 22. We moved our platform virtually in the spring and have given our women the chance to connect from anywhere to other women and to transform their story into a powerful tool to serve them and the women in their collective. Sign up for the Wild Collective information session at https://twc.clarityhealthburlington.ca/wait-list to learn and claim your space when the doors open on September 22.
Your habits become your health.
Do you feel like you own your time? Do you feel like you’re on autopilot? Often a health change is presented to women as a complete life overhaul with a focus on an intense burst of change (which is often met by relapsing back to the beginning) rather than a focus on daily practices. Health is truly the layering of positive patterns and habits and in this episode, my colleague and I, Dr. Emily Bennett ND breaks down how small simple habits are the path to health and how to turn what you learn about your health into a solid habit that can stand the test of time. We break down how to create a positive environment, the research around repetition (does it take 21 days to build a habit or not?), and what kinds of rewards solidify your practice for long term success.
Emily runs a free 5-day habit forming challenge that is open for registration this September. You can access her offering and learn more about how to create a daily schedule you can count on here. You can also find Emily on Instagram.
Weight regain after success. The behaviours that are getting in the way of long term changes.
Why do so many diets fail? Why do women experience weight regain after a loss? This complicated topic can be attacked from many angles, and in today’s episode, we look at the behaviours that change a woman’s likelihood of having long term sustainable weight maintenance after an active phase of weight loss. There are daily habits and behaviours that affect what happens after a woman loses weight that has a significant impact on her ability to maintain it - and you’d be surprised how little of these behaviours have to do with food.
In this solo episode, I talk about a research study that was conducted on women and what happens in the 12 months after an exercise program to illustrate how complex weight maintenance actually is. If you’ve ever felt like you’re on a continuous rollercoaster of weight gain and loss, this episode sheds some light on the behaviours that might be standing in your way.
Over 45 and wide awake. How changing hormones impact your sleep.
One of the greatest challenges we face in dealing with a woman’s health as she approaches menopause is that while at the same time she experiences the greatest hormone transition in her life, she is also aging. This phenomenon often means that we blame aging for many of the changes that women experience between 45 and 55 rather than looking deeper at the possible connection between her changing hormones and her symptoms. Women start to experience changes to their hormone production as early as age 42, which can have a significant impact on the quality, depth, and length of their sleep. Compounded with changes to her mood as well as the onset of hot flashes a woman’s sleep as a significant obstacle to overcome through perimenopause and menopause. In this episode, I’m joined by my colleague Dr. Leigha Saunders ND and we discuss the impact of changing hormones on sleep, and how women can start to think differently about this vital health resource. Leigha has recently lectured for the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors on the use of hormone replacement therapy to support insomnia in women over the age of 45. We review the recent research on the use of hormones to support sleep as well as dispel the many myths that many women have come to believe about hormone replacement therapy. Even if you are not a candidate for HRT, this episode gives you all of the evidence you need to focus on sleep as a primary way to support your health. We give practical tips, and “food for thought” about why women don’t sleep.
Superwoman or Super-burnout? The impact of the pandemic on the health of women.
The demand placed on women during these changing times will have lasting health consequences that we are just starting to get a glimmer of. With increased demands at work, home and the global stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, women (who were already burning the candle at both ends) are under immense pressure to ‘rise up’ to meet the unrealistic demands of today’s world.
In this episode, I am joined by burnout-expert Dr. Ashley Margeson ND and we explore the challenges facing women today, the symptoms of burnout you may not know about, and how to start to claw back to reclaiming yourself in the face of increasing demands. If you’ve wondered how you’ll get everything done, or have felt overwhelmed at the long list ahead of you, this is an important conversation about how to prevent your ‘list’ from affecting your health.