When I first came up with the idea for Some Kind of Magic, menstrual health wasn’t a conversation I ever thought I’d be having. But, truth be told, I’m glad it is.
I’m sitting down with Amanda Laird, a holistic nutritionist with a clinical focus on menstrual health. And together we talk about menstrual and hormonal health and what stands in the way of those two things. We also dive into the myths around menstruation and why big corporations have a lot to gain by promoting a culture of shame and confusion.
This conversation stretched me out of my comfort zone and gave me a whole lot to think about in my own life, as well as my daughters.
I’d love to hear from you!
What stood out most from Amanda’s interview? How literate do you feel when it comes to your body and your cycle?
- An introduction to Amanda and the work she does with women around menstruation and reproductive health
- Period 101 and the myths that we’re all told about our periods and how they impact us
- Books and resources for understanding our menstrual cycles, bodies, and hormones
- Taboo topics and how that impacts our experience of our cycles and our health
- Looking at who is profiting from the shame and stigma around menstrual health
- The messages our children are taking in about women’s bodies and health
- Period myths, big and small
- Warning signs to pay attention to when it comes to our hormones and overall menstrual health
- The role estrogen, prostaglandins, and inflammation play in menstrual health
- What to do when diet and lifestyle changes aren’t enough to regulate your period
- Our periods as a monthly report card for our health
- Knowing what’s normal for your body and paying attention when things change
- Body literacy and tools for understanding your signs and symptoms
- Period trackers Amanda recommends most
- The role mindset plays in our experience of our periods
- What everyday magic looks and feels like to Amanda
- Connect with Amanda online: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | amandalaird.ca
- Heavy Flow on Apple Podcasts
- Taking Charge of Your Fertility* by Toni Weschler
- Cycle Savvy (for teens)* by Toni Weschler
- The Period Repair Manual* by Dr. Lara Briden
- Woman Code* by Alisa Vitti
- Kindara Period Tracker
- Clue Period and Ovulation Tracker