episode #254

The Ideal Diet & Nutrition for Menopause with Dr. Anna Cabeca


The Ideal Diet & Nutrition for Menopause with Dr. Anna Cabeca

In this episode, Dr. Stephanie interviews Dr. Anna Cabeca, Doctor of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Integrative Medicine, and Regenerative Medicine, about menopause and how we can heal through food. They talk about preliminary symptoms of perimenopause, how your hormones affect cognitive function and our desire to connect, and the importance of metabolic flexibility during menopause. They discuss how cortisol and insulin drive hormonal dysregulation and metabolic dysfunction, and the benefits of oxytocin. You’ll learn about the benefits of ketosis to support your transition through perimenopause and menopause and how your behavior affects physiology so you can feel your best.

Episode Overview:  

  • 0:30 Introduction
  • 4:30 Dr. Anna Cabeca’s Origin Story
  • 12:00 Becoming a Grandmother After Experiencing Fertility Issues
  • 18:45 Belief Systems Around Perimenopause and Menopause
  • 28:30 The Importance of Metabolic Flexibility in Menopause
  • 33:15 The Benefits of Ketosis Through Perimenopause and Menopause
  • 38:00 Optimal Urine pH Levels During Ketosis
  • 44:30 Why You Should Alkalize Your Diet
  • 55:30 The Different Diets of MenuPause
  • 1:01:15 How Behavior Affects Physiology
  • 1:05:30 Best Practices for Rewiring Your Belief System
  • 1:08:40 Dr. Anna Cabeca’s New Book
  • 1:10:00 Conclusion


Dr. Anna Cabeca’s website, the Girlfriend Doctor: https://drannacabeca.com/

Dr. Anna Cabeca’s new book: https://drannacabeca.com/collections/books 

I’m Dr. Stephanie

Part geek, part magic, and all the way passionate about being a well-lived woman.

I want to throw my grandkids in the air in my 70’s. I want to be squatting even more weight than I am now, and putting my OWN luggage in the overhead bin. Sound like weird goals? For me these are just some of the little things that represent a life well-lived.

My health is MY job – I’ll be damned if I rely on luck, ‘good genes’ or a cocktail of drugs that over promise and under deliver.

The Betty Body is my first book-baby, and a collection of what I’ve learned after thousands of clinical hours, hundreds of conversations with the world’s top experts, and most importantly…

This book is an outline of what took ME from “rock-bottom health” at 38, to being my own version of a Betty in my perimenopausal mid 40’s. A woman who is physically strong, full of energy, enjoys mental clarity, great sex and a joyful family life. Is it all roses? Of course not. But I have the stamina and tools to deal with the push and pull of life so that it doesn’t turn into chronic stress.

I want this for you too. Let’s go Bettys!