Dr. TeWinkel is a licensed and board certified Naturopathic Doctor (ND). She graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine after completing a degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Guelph. Erin believes that health comes from inside out. By putting all aspects of your health into consideration, focusing on your needs to obtain optimal health, and creating a complete picture of your whole system. Erin’s mission is to empower individuals across their life cycles with a particular passion for teens.

In this episode Dr. Tewinkel talks about teens,  how to understand and to talk to them about various topics such as birth control, hormonal changes and the challenges of growing up.

These are the topics you will hear in this awesome episode:

  • What’s going on during puberty?
  • Communicating with teens
  • The value of the influence that teenagers have in society
  • Why you need to listen to teenagers
  • Precocious puberty
  • Children need to eat real food
  • Teens becoming vegetarian or vegan
  • Helping children identifying how different food makes them feel
  • The birth control issue: teens need options and information!
  • Helping teens achieving hormonal balance
  • Markers of a healthy menstrual cycle.
  • PMS shows that something is out of balance
  • Teaching our teens to embrace their feminine and masculine divinities
  • Rite of Passage
  • Talking to teens about technology
  • Setting boundaries


Key Takeaways:

[3:10] Michelle introduces Dr. Erin TeWinkel.

[4:27] Dr. TeWinkel’’s personal journey in finding Naturopathy.

[7:11] Developing a passion for teens.

[9:05] Puberty and the developments associated with it.

[10:48] Identifying feelings during puberty.

[13:44] Teenagers are pushing the limits.

[15:03] Teenagers need to be listened to.

[16:30] Precocious puberty.

[17:05] We are giving the wrong food to our children.

[19:28] Teens who want to be a vegetarian or vegan.

[21:05] Connection between food and feelings.

[24:20] Learning to read labels.

[25:29] You model your children’s habits.

[26:07] Birth control.

[31:09] Men need to be educated about women’s cycles too.

[31:52] What to do when there are hormonal imbalances.

[34:01] The products that you put on your skin are filled with endocrine disruptors.

[36:08] Markers of a healthy menstrual cycle.

[37:05] PMS is not a healthy part of the cycle.

[39:30] Teaching our teens to understand and embrace their bodies.

[41:40] Rite of passage for boys and girls.

[45:05] Nutritional deficiencies and birth control.

[46:20] Teaching teens about the impact of technology in their healths.

[47:20] Socializing in a world filled of social media.

[49:30] Setting boundaries.

[52:45] Rapid fire questions.


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Quotes and Tweetables:

“Teenagers just want to be listened to, stop giving advice and telling them what they need to do.” #therebelpodcast #teenagers #listen


“We are giving the wrong food to our children, they need to eat real food.” #therebelpodcast #children #wholefood #realfood  


“Don´t give your children anything that you are going to fight to take away.” #therebelpodcast #children #choices


“If you can only do one thing for your children’s nutrition, reduce sugar.” #therebelpodcast #children #nutrition #food #sugar


“Your actions need to match your words, your children are learning from them.” #therebelpodcast #actions #model #parenthood


“Teens that have been prescribed birth control pills are more likely to also take antidepressants.” #therebelpodcast #teens #birthcontrol #antidepressants


“There are endocrine disruptors all over the products you are using and the food you are eating.” #therebelpodcast #endocrinedisruptors #food #products #hormones


“PMS is not a healthy part of the cycle.” #therebelpodcast #PMS #menstrualcycle #women

“If you can have a healthy menstrual cycle your whole life, menopause will only be a natural transition.” #therebelpodcast #menstrualcycle #transitions


“When it comes to safety and health there are things you have to veto as a parent.” #therebelpodcast #health #safety #bounderies #sayno