Content type: Specific
Migraines headaches have to be one of the worst experiences many women endure. They can make you cancel important meetings, load up on potent pharmaceuticals, and miss out on life.
Luckily we have today as a guest Dr. Alexis Shields, who throws it down about where migraines come from, how to treat them, and also what we still don't know about them.
She explains that there is a dys-regulation of the electrical system of the brain that precipitates a migraine. (Did you know that the vascular theory has been disproven??)
Dr. Shields talks about certain foods and food additives that are triggers. (Did you know that left-overs are more apt to cause a migraine??)
She also talks about the underlying factors, such as hormone imbalance, misalignment and more. (Did you know oversleeping can be a problem??)
She gives specific apps, book and sites she likes, and I'll share a few of those below:
Site: Yoga Glo
Book: It Starts with Food
To learn more about Dr. Shields and her online practice, see her site here.
P.S.- I received a listener comment about our last episode not being specific enough, and the main take-away was 'buy the book.' I can assure we never manipulate content to try to make anyone buy books. However we have many published authors on the show, and you may occasionally want to buy a book that interests you, as we cannot possibly cover the whole book in 45 minutes.
Next is guest speaking style. Some speakers and topics lend themselves well to specific information. Other guests want to tell more of their story, or we have more of a dialogue about a topic. (Our next episode with Rachel Wagner is more dialogue.)
I try to pace these different types of episodes so you get some variety. I actually don't know my guest's style until we start the recording! Not every episode will be for you, but for another listener, it may be their favorite.
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Dr. Jessica Black, ND is an experienced clinician and accomplished author. Her first book, which started as a compilation of the recipe suggestions she was giving to her clients, became very popular. She has since written a second edition of The Anti-Inflammation Diet and Recipe Book, as well as a companion version, More Anti-Inflammation Diet Tips and Recipes.
She also co-authored a book about Living with Crohn's and Colitis, and is currently working on books about a blood sugar diet, and then pediatrics. Somehow in all this she manages to see patients at her clinics in Portland, OR, and McMinnville, OR, raise two daughters, and eat tons a vegetables along the way!
With her varied background, we bounce around a bit, talking about picky eaters and how she's developed a strong plan for controlling blood sugar in her clinic. But at the core of this conversation is the anti-inflammation diet.
This diet is so important because it prevents and treats so many diseases, from PCOS to joint pain to gastric distress. Yes, we know there are so many fad diets, but when my clients ask me what diet I promote, I usually say the anti-inflammation diet. It's safe, and treats the array of diseases caused by inflammation (much of which comes from inflammatory foods.)
Find out the tenets of the anti-inflammation diet at the player below. To get these interviews delivered right to your phone every week, be sure to search "Womens Wellness Radio" in your podcast player.
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Today's guest, Hannah Ransom, is a Certified Fertility Awareness Educator in the sympto-thermal method.
Today we talk about:
Hannah specializes in this system of monitoring your basal body temperature, symptoms and cervical mucus mainly for birth control. I have used this type of cycle monitoring with my clients more for fertility. So we have a nice dual set of perspectives that we can share with you.
Many women are interested in natural birth control, but are nervous if it will work. Getting educated can really dispel these worries.
Still other women were on chemical birth control for years, and are now trying to get pregnant. It is time to get to know their cycles and learn their fertile windows, and this is a great jumpstart for some, and a way to fill in some knowledge gaps for others.
So if you are:
This is a great episode for you!
Find out more about Hannah at HolisticHormonalHealth.com.
Caitlin Weeks blogs at her site, grassfedgirl.com, and is the author of several cooking books, including the paperback cookbook, Mediterranean Paleo Cooking, she co-authored with her husband, Nabil Boumrar and Diane San Filippo.
Caitlin become a comfort food eater and a sugar and carb addict at a young age. She lost 80 pounds with Weight Watchers, but was eating processed foods and doing tons of cardio.
She later became a personal trainer, effectively making weight control a career choice, and got really into strength training. She continued to experiment with dieting, trying low-fat, then vegetarian.
With her busy schedule and low-fat, low-protein diet, she wasn't feeling great. That is when she discovered the Weston A. Price type diet through a nutritionist, and it is also when she found out she had Hashimoto's thyroiditis.
There is a happy ending to this story, but you'll have to listen to find out! Caitlin and I have a great conversation about her journey, plus about how she and her chef husband concocted the ideas and recipes for Mediterranean Paleo Cooking.
I think there is a lot of value in sharing our health stories as women. It is easy to feel alone in your health challenges, and easy to give up for lack of results. But with persistence and open-mindedness, as Caitlin demonstrates, you can truly find your sweet spot.
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