Rank #1: Psychological Strength with Peak Mind
Ashley and April founded Peak Mind: The Center for Psychological Strength in 2019. Their mission is to make information, tools, and techniques from the fields of Psychology and Life Design easily accessible so that everyone who wants to can THRIVE!
April Seifert, Ph.D.
I'm thrilled to be part of Peak Mind because I know first-hand how powerful the fields of Psychology and Design Thinking can be in helping people make the most of the one life they're going to live. You see, everyone has been given the same gift of one life. Few people, however, actively participate in it.
Ashley Smith, Ph.D.
I am passionate about sharing the principles and practices of CBT, applied neuroscience, and positive psychology beyond the walls of my office. While stress and heartache are unavoidable parts of life, I wholeheartedly believe that we always have some choice and some control over things that can maximize our happiness...MINDSET MATTERS!
Our brains are powerful but they are not sophisticated and when you know the short cuts that they take, the glitches and the biases in the way that they process information you then have choices.
We’d like to help you understand how your mind works so that you can build strength; flexibility, endurance, and stamina a lot like you can when you understand your body.
- Psychological strength can give you the tools you need to navigate uncertainty in healthy ways.
During Covid19 we're offering free workshops.
We want to help. Click the link below to get started now.
So you know they're legit:
April Seifert, Ph.D., is a social cognitive psychologist, life design strategist, and serial entrepreneur. She is also an endurance athlete and a certified skydiver. She is passionate about helping women make the most out of their one life by creating a full and vibrant life experience.
Ashley Smith, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and entrepreneur who specializes in anxiety and related conditions. She blends cognitive-behavioral therapy, positive psychology practices, and applied neuroscience to help others live happy, fulfilling lives.
May 29 2020
Rank #2: Dr. Rosen from the Gaudiani Clinic shares “Myths around amenorrhea & the female athlete & what is RED-S” on PHIT for a Queen.
- By day I am a doctor, by night I am getting my hands-on any outdoor adventure.
- Saw a gap in the care of the health of the female athlete.
- Found she was able to blend her experience with medical complication secondary to disorder and issues seen within athletic population specifically female athlete.
- Trying to change the culture of amenorrhea being a natural consequence. The loss of a menstrual cycle is a RED flag! For every year without a menstrual cycle, you can lose 2% bone density
- Debunks why birth control is not beneficial at protecting or rebuilding bone.
- Is this an athlete with a good strong heart or an athlete under fueling causing a “starved” heart?
- Feels there has been a great effort to get the word out on RED-S
- Under fueling in sport doesn’t just happen in females.
- Only 37% of physicians in a survey could identify the components of the female athlete triad.
- In any medical system many times you have to advocate for yourself.
Where you can find Dr. Rosen:
So you know she is legit:
Dr. Rosen is a board certified in internal medicine and eating disorders expert physician at the Gaudiani Clinic. Dr. Rosen is the former assistant medical director of the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health and has trained and worked with Dr. Gaudiani for over five years. She is excited to expand her care to outpatient medicine and get to know her patients over a longer course of time.
Dr. Rosen graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University and attended medical school at the University of Florida where she was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She moved to Colorado to complete her internal medicine internship and residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine where she has been an assistant professor for the past six years. While at ACUTE, Dr. Rosen was honored with numerous awards in recognition of her compassionate medical care, collaboration, and mentorship. Additionally, she contributed to multiple peer-reviewed publications, blogs, and presentations.
Dr. Rosen is recognized as a certified eating disorders specialist (CEDS) by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp) and joins Dr. Gaudiani as one of a very small number of internal medicine physicians with this distinction. Dr. Rosen is also a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), the Society of Hospital Medicine, and the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Rosen is passionate about working with recreational and professional athletes with eating disorders or disordered eating and exploring all aspects of Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S, formerly known as Female Athlete Triad). In conjunction with working with athletes, Dr. Rosen enjoys treating bone density health issues such as osteoporosis and osteopenia, in addition to working with individuals with regard to their reproductive health. Dr. Rosen recognizes having a doctor with eating disorders expertise is far too uncommon and is excited to be an advocate for patients who are often misunderstood or not heard in the outpatient medical world.
In her spare time, Dr. Rosen loves being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her husband and dog, Archie.
Jan 11 2019
Rank #3: Laura Moretti shares how she listens to her own body’s needs while training for ironman and being a dietitian on Phit for a Queen.
Laura Moretti shares how she listens to her own body’s needs while training for Ironman and being a dietitian on Phit for a Queen.
- Her combination of passions & interest lead her to a career path as a dietitian
- Laura shares her strategies on how to fuel and train as a competitive triathlete while juggling her job as a dietitian
- She really focuses on listening to her own body needs while training.
- Discusses how certain personality traits are drawn to certain sports.
Where you can learn more about Laura:
How you know she is legit:
Laura Moretti completed a Master’s Degree in clinical nutrition as well as her didactic program in clinical dietetics at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies. She completed her dietetic internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. She previously worked as the Primary Nutrition Therapist at Columbus Park Collaborative and Appleman Nutrition in New York City. In 2015 Laura relocated to Boston from New York City to join the Sports Medicine Team and at Boston Children's Hospital where she is also the Dietitian for the Female Athlete Program. Her passion lies in educating athletes on how to properly fuel their bodies for optimum health and performance. She possesses a specialty in sports performance based nutrition as well as treating low energy availability, disordered eating and eating disorders in athletes. Laura has an extensive amount of experience in consulting and collaborating with Olympic and professional athletes, local colleges and universities, as well as professional sport and dance facilities. She also is the consulting RD for the Boston Ballet Company and School as well as an instruction at the Institute for Rowing Leadership. Laura is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, International Academy of Eating Disorders, Massachusetts Dietetic Association, Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitian Association, The American College of Sports Medicine, The International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, Co-Chair of the AED Sport and Exercise SIG, and the SCAN Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. On a personal note, Laura is a competitive triathlete, Boston Marathon Qualifier, and Finisher, as well as an avid skier.
Aug 31 2018
Rank #4: Adrien Paczosa - Live For the Health of Your Body
Adrien Paczosa is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian practicing in Austin, Texas, and the surrounding counties. She is the founder of I Live Well Nutrition as well as being the founder of Fearless Practitioners, the division of her business that offers training to dietitians and wellness professionals.
Adrien began her path towards nutrition by falling down. She has been dancing since age 2 and in college was a Kilgore College Rangerette. During practice she took a fall and broke her foot, and that sparked the ideas of needing a new direction in her life. After graduating in 2003 from the University of Illinois – Chicago with a bachelor of science degree in Human Nutrition, Adrien began her career as a staff dietitian at a hospital in downtown Chicago. She was promoted to the hospital’s Director of Food Service and Nutrition and was responsible for all food preparation as well as patient nutritional care.
While working at her clinical job, Adrien maintained her passion for movement by working as a personal trainer and nutrition coach in downtown Chicago. In 2006, Adrien returned to Texas to be close to family, friends, and warmer weather! She opened her private practice, I Live Well Nutritional Therapy in 2007 to Create better access to dietitians.
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So you know Adrien's legit:
Adrien is a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian (CEDRD). Adrien has been active in the local, state, and national dietetic association volunteering and holding board positions. She is currently the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Media Representative, which has allowed her to educate more Texans on the power of food. Becoming a board member and now the current chair-elect of Behavioral Health Nutrition (BHN) Dietetic Practice group has been a gift and honor to Adrien, and she continues to believe and strive to hold the bar set by BHN members to the highest degree of professional expectations.
May 22 2020
Rank #5: Menstrual Cycles, Hormones, and the Heart of the Female Athlete with Dr. Chrisandra Shufelt
Dr. Shufelt blows our minds with information on the research that is going on around hormones levels and cardiovascular health. Our menstrual cycle is an indicator of our overall health and we need to be paying more attention to our cycles!
- Our menstrual cycle is a strong indicator of our overall health, but we are not talking about it. Dr. Shufelt discusses more about low estrogen levels and how it can impact our health and specifically heart health.
- Heart disease kills more women than men every year, and it is starting to go up in women ages of 35-44 years of age. Dr. Shufelt shares how we can be proactive about our heart health.
- Women have novel indicators have cardiovascular issues, such as pregnancy. Pregnancy is our first natural stress test on our heart. We discuss further risk factors.
- Women get so busy with their lives that making appointments for themselves go out the window but we need to take time for ourselves and our checkups!
So you know she’s legit:
Dr. Chrisandra Shufelt is the Director of the Women’s Hormone and Menopause Program at the Barbara Streisand Women’s Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. She is also Associate Professor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Dr. Shufelt earned her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Irvine and her medical degree from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC). She completed her internal medicine residency in Santa Barbara and a Women's Heart Disease and Health Fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Shufelt received a master's degree in epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Shufelt is a women’s health expert and board certified in internal medicine with advanced training in preventive cardiology and women's health. She has several leadership roles in the American College of Physicians, the North American Menopause Society and is a certified menopause practitioner. Her research is NIH-funded and focuses on premenopausal women with amenorrhea due to low estrogen and the impact of hormones on the immune system and heart disease. She has over 100 publications in the area of women’s health and is involved in several large studies including the Women’s Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation, the Women’s Health Initiative and the Los Angeles Atherosclerosis Study.
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Jun 22 2018
Rank #6: “It's okay to not be okay” Sidney Spencer Marlborough
Sidney Spencer Marlborough “Epigenetics of mental health disorders including eating disorders and addictions”. She answers just that on PHIT for a Queen podcast:
- Cindy said the only way to describe retirement on a sport was almost like the loss of a lifelong friendSydney stated that she had to give herself Grace to deal with the wave emotions in the length of time it took for her to accept retirementThe woman I am today was because of the values I learned in sportSports help create a natural leadership abilityHusband was a great support system when Sydney felt like she had no purpose he simply said just put one foot in front of the otherWhat comes out of challenging situations can be very rewardingDuring transition, it's important for athletes to know what resources are available and encourage use of those
What is Sidney up to now:
Complete Strength Gym -Lee’s Summit, Missouri:
Sidney Spencer basketball consultant:
So you know she is legit:
Sidney Spencer is an American professional basketball who most recently played for the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA.Born in Hoover, Alabama, Spencer attended the University of Tennessee, and in April 2007 led the team to the national championship. That same month, she was selected in the 2nd round of the WNBA draft by the Los Angeles Sparks
Spencer received the 2003 Alabama Miss Basketball award. A product of Hoover, Alabama. Sidney joined the Lady Vols after an award-laden prep career. She was nicknamed the "Big Show" by her teammates and friends and was selected as a 2003 Adidas All-American. She was also honored as 2003 "Miss Basketball" by the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA). Sidney was chosen as the ASWA 6A Player of the Year in 2003 for the second-consecutive season. Also selected as the Gatorade Alabama Player of the Year her senior year.
2003 Alabama 'Miss Basketball'- '02 and '03 Alabama 6A All-State and Player of the Year- 4 Seasons at the University of Tennessee under Pat Summitt- 4 Time All-SEC Academic Team- '07 National Champion- 5 Years in WNBA- 7 Years in Europe
Mar 30 2018
Rank #7: Sick Enough with Dr. Jennifer Gaudiani
- Dr. G shares helpful concepts that she uses throughout the book, such as the caveperson brain, our overall biological drive, and adaptation to keep us alive when we are struggling with disordered eating.
- “I’m not sick enough” is a statement that we hear with those that are struggling with disordered eating. We explore the beliefs around this statement in regards to seeking help with an eating disorder and caring for ourselves.
- The mind-body connection exists in us all, and we have to begin listening to emotions that are coming out in our physical body. The medical system silos body and soul and tends to want to get to the root of it vs the need for comfort and talking through things.
- We explore what needs to be changed in the healthcare system to prevent, diagnosis and treat disordered eating.
So you know she is legit:
Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS, FAED, is the Founder and Medical Director of the Gaudiani Clinic. Board Certified in Internal Medicine, she completed her undergraduate degree at Harvard, medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, and her internal medicine residency and chief residency at Yale. From 2008 to 2016, she was one of the leaders of the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health, the nation’s top medical stabilization center for adults with eating disorders who are too medically compromised to receive care in a mental health setting. She left as its Medical Director to found the Gaudiani Clinic, which provides superb outpatient medical care to patients of all genders with eating disorders and disordered eating and to those in recovery. The Gaudiani Clinic embraces treating people of all shapes and sizes. Through a collaborative, communicative, multi-disciplinary approach, the Clinic cares for the whole person, in the context of their values.
Dr. Gaudiani has lectured nationally and internationally, is widely published in the scientific literature as well as on blogs, as the only internist. Dr. Gaudiani is one of the very few outpatient internists in the US who carries the Certified Eating Disorder Specialist designation and is also a Fellow in the Academy for Eating Disorders.
To Find Out more about Dr. Gaudiani and the Gaudiani Clinic go to:
To Learn more about Sick Enough and to buy a copy for yourself go to:
Want to hear more of Dr. Gaudiani? here is the link to our first interview!
Apr 12 2019
Rank #8: The Plate Method helps bring back the fun and enjoyment
Wendy Sterling & Casey Crosbie (dynamic duo dietitians) share on PHIT for a Queen “How the Plate Method helps bring back the fun and enjoyment to eating and takes away the exactness. “
- Avoiding “exactness” a hyper-focus around numbers.
- Eating doesn’t need to be number focused.
- Add back the fun and enjoyment of eating.
- The Plate Method fill the plate up and make sure all food groups are present.
- Aim for half the plate carbohydrate.
- Depending on their goals there may be different versions of the plate.
- Snacks vary according to their nutritional goals.
- It is important to incorporate variety each and every day!
- Does your plate make sense?
- It is easily understandable for all.
- The Plate Method helps to teach normalcy around food.
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Wendy Sterling, MS, RD, CSSD, CEDRD-S is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered
Dietitian and Approved Supervisor through the International Eating Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, and a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics in the Bay Area in California. She specializes in sports nutrition and eating disorders. Wendy maintains a private practice in Menlo Park and Los Altos, California.
Wendy is a co-author of “How to Nourish Your Child Through an Eating Disorder: A Simple, Plate-by-Plate Approach to Reestablishing a Healthy Relationship with Food.” She and her colleague Casey Crosbie created the innovative approach to refeeding called the “Plate-by-Plate Approach,” a no-numbers, visual approach, which has been featured in the Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics in an article entitled, “The Use of the Plate-by-Plate Approach for Adolescents Undergoing Family-Based Treatment.” For tips, support and encouragement on building good plates for nutrition rehabilitation for the treatment of eating disorders, follow on Instagram: @platebyplateapproach.
She is also the co-author of, “No Weigh! A Teen’s Guide to Body Image, Food, and Emotional Wisdom,” a book co-written by an adolescent doctor, therapist, and herself as the dietitian for teens about their changing bodies, hormones, emotions, and tips for improving sleep, body image, and their relationship with food.
Wendy has been the Team Nutritionist of the Oakland Athletics since 2016. She has consulted for the Golden State Warriors, New York Jets (2006-2013), NY Islanders, and Hofstra University’s Women’s Lacrosse and Volleyball teams, where she worked directly with players to improve endurance, speed, and explosiveness. Wendy has worked closely with the Menlo School since 2014, where she has developed a sports nutrition curriculum for the Athletics program and has consulted for the Santa Clara Aquamaids synchronized swim team. She is a Sports Performance Nutrition Consultant for a variety of Sports Agencies, where she helps athletes achieve peak performance prior to the NBA draft and NFL Combine. Wendy is part of the United States Olympic Committee Sports Dietitian Registry. She works closely with competitive athletes in order to enhance sports performance and gain a competitive edge.
Wendy worked at The Healthy Teen Project, an intensive outpatient program and partial-hospitalization program for teens struggling with eating disorders, from 2014-2017. Wendy provided nutrition counseling to children and adolescents in the Eating Disorders Center at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York which is part of the NS-LIJ Health System from 2001-2011. There she worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team, evaluating and treating a spectrum of eating disorders and disordered eating. She has conducted research in the areas of amenorrhea, osteoporosis, and metabolism on adolescents with eating disorders and her publications can be found here. Wendy has been on the Clinical Advisory Board of Project HEAL, a nonprofit organization created to aid in the funding for the treatment of eating disorders since it was created in 2008.
Wendy received her B.S. in dietetics/nutritional sciences from Cornell University. She earned her Master’s Degree in Nutrition Education at Teacher’s College at Columbia University where she also completed her dietetic internship. Wendy is a former competitive dancer and All-American Cheerleader.
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Casey Crosbie is a Registered Dietitian and a Board-Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. She currently serves as Director of Nutrition Services for the Healthy Teen Project in Los Altos, CA and is a co-author of the book "How to Nourish Your Child Through an Eating Disorder: A Simple, Plate-by-Plate Approach to Rebuilding a Healthy Relationship with Food." She has published 3 scholarly articles, including “The Use of the Plate-by-Plate Approach for Adolescents Undergoing Family-Based Treatment.” Casey previously served as Lead Dietitian for the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Comprehensive Care Program for Eating Disorders at Stanford.
Nov 08 2019
Rank #9: Journey of Eating Disorder Recovery in Sport with F.L.Y Movement’s Megan Marshall
- Megan shares her own story of being a collegiate athlete, the transition from being a high school runner to a collegiate athlete and some of the struggles she had.
- Recovery is not perfect, and everyone has their own story of recovery. Megan surrounded herself with family, her teammates and an outpatient team that was beneficial. For her, recovery is never-ending.
- Megan found that creating freedom with her schedule and listening to her body’s needs, incorporating different sports and activities beneficial in her recovery.
- The F.L.Y Movement was started by Megan to share her story and create transparency about eating disorder in sport at Universities and organizations.
You Know She’s Legit:
Megan E. Marshall, M.Ed., is the Business Core Administrator in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University. She is also the co-founder of the F.L.Y. Movement (Fuel. Love. You.). They seek to provide educational workshops to cultivate safe spaces for athletic teams to discuss body image, sport, and performance. Their mission is to create transparency in the way you think and talk about body image and eating disorders in athletics.
Marshall began her time at Penn State as a Division 1 student-athlete on the track and field team. She was a Big Ten Medalist in the Distance Medley Relay, a Big Ten Scorer in the 800 meters, and a member of the Penn State school record-setting Distance Medley Relay team in 2007.
Marshall has worked in academic advising since her return to the university in 2012. Along with advising undergraduate students she has been a part of many wellness efforts on campus such as: The Body Project, a dissonance-based body acceptance intervention program & Stand For State, Penn State’s bystander intervention program focusing on sexual and relationship violence, mental health concerns, acts of bias, and risky drinking and drug use. She has also collaborated with multiple stakeholders across campus and presented at the DUS Advising Conference on Mental Health on College Campuses.
How to Connect with F.L.Y Movement
Apr 26 2019
Rank #10: The Female Athlete Triad with Lane 9’s Heather Caplan
Heather Caplan, RD joins us to discuss how under-fueling and over- exercising impacts the female body and how the Lane 9 Project speaking out about women's health, nutrition, fertility, and running.
- The female athlete triad is sidelining female athletes. The triad includes low energy availability (under-fueling for your activity), amenorrhea (loss of period), and low bone mass. This can be normalized in our culture of women in sport but it is not. Delayed menses, multiple injuries and stress fractures, are red flags for the female athlete triad.
- Heather shares her experience of her recovery and how our experiences can lead us to amazing things. For Heather, it was the Lane 9 Project a place of awareness of the female athlete triad and for women to share their personal stories.
So You Know She Is Legit...
Heather Caplan is a registered dietitian with a private practice. She focuses on intuitive and mindful eating practices for athletes, primarily runners, to help them hone fueling strategies and reduce the risk of injury. She is also a co-founder of the Lane 9 Project—a nonprofit raising awareness of, and providing a community for, women who have struggled with the Female Athlete Triad. Her work has been published on a variety of national publications such as Runner's World, Motiv Sports, Women's Health, Women's Running, Outside Online and Runners Connect, and in FITNESS and EatingWell magazines.
To connect with Heather and to find out more about her podcast RD Real Talk go to: http://heathercaplan.com/
To Find out more about The Lane 9 Project and to get involved go to: https://medium.com/lane-9-project
Mar 09 2018
Rank #11: Dr. Kathryn Ackerman, Expert on The Female Athlete
The number of girls and young women in competitive sports has skyrocketed in the last few decades. At the same time, Boston Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine —the first pediatric sports medicine center in the U.S. — has grown and specialized to meet the unique needs of female athletes. Dr. Ackerman speaks on common issues that occur in active women and new developments coming out of the Female Athlete Program.
- There are some issues that are more common in women athletes than for men, and both genders do need to learn how to play their sports safely, athletic training for girls continues to lag, because coaches, parents and doctors are less familiar with girls’ distinct needs
- Injury risks are increasing in And the risks are increasing as younger children — both girls and boys — focus on one sport, fail to cross-train, and play under tremendous stress.
- Female athletes are more likely to suffer knee and shoulder injuries, ACL tears, amenorrhea, as well as eating disorders.
So You Know She Is Legit...
Kathryn E. Ackerman, MD, MPH is a sports medicine physician and the medical director of the Female Athlete Program in the Division of Sports Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital. Her interests include female athletes, rowing injuries, endocrinology, female athlete triad, optimizing performance and health in athletes with diabetes, exercise-associated hyponatremia, and exercise and bone health in adolescents. Dr. Ackerman sees patients in Boston and Waltham. Dr. Ackerman interests in clinical care and education involve merging disciplines of sports medicine and endocrinology, while advancing the science and understanding of these interwoven specialties. She has presented locally and internationally about the female athlete triad as well as diabetes and exercise. Dr. Ackerman is a former national team lightweight rower, a team physician for US Rowing, and the course director for the Female Athlete Conference, held biannually at Boston Children's Hospital.
How to Connect with Dr. Ackerman and the Female Athlete Program
Information on the Female Athlete Conference, Coming 2019!
Feb 02 2018
Rank #12: Hormones, Mood and the Female Brain with Meeka Centimano
Women are more at risk for anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. Meeka shares why this might occur and how our biology has an impact.
- Statistically speaking, women tend to struggle with depression more than men. Meeka shares the reasons behind this and speaks further on how hormones affect the female brain.
- Estrogen is a big part of this dynamic. The female brain really likes estrogen and appetite, mood, sleep, sex drive and pain levels, can be affected by a fluctuation in it.
- There is a difference between the diagnosis of anxiety, and living anxiously. Meeka shares how we are using the word anxiety and how this looks different.
- We have to get everything done! And if we don’t do it, it won’t get done! Meeka shares how this over functioning could be a coping tool and is serving a purpose in mood regulation.
So You Know She Is Legit…
Meeka is a Licensed Specialist in Clinical Social Work that has been considered the pioneer in the Kansas City area in advocating for those pregnancy and postpartum related depression and anxiety. And she was the first to establish a specialty practice in 2008. She strongly believes in the power of story to teach others about the struggles families face. She often uses her personal story and the collected stories of families that she has worked with since 2003. It helps others to see perinatal issues through the lens of both mother and professional. Her style is to infuse her work with warmth and humor. And her goal is to engage clients and the community with her candid approach. Most importantly she aims to leave people informed and inspired.
Her work and advocacy for families have been featured in:
Parents Magazine, Adoptive Families Magazine, The Kansas City Star, M Magazine, Fit Pregnancy and National Public Radio.
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Aug 10 2018
Rank #13: Nancy Clark shares on PHIT for a Queen what to expect in the 6th edition of her Sports Nutrition guidebook as to what things change and was things stay the same.
Nancy Clark shares on PHIT for a Queen what to expect in the 6th edition of her Sports Nutrition guidebook as to what things change and was things stay the same.
- It is a whole another food culture we live in
- Help athletes under the controversy
- The ultimate goal is to make sure an athlete’s muscles are well-fueled
- We forget about whole food comes in a whole matrix & synergistic compounds
- Keep the recipes simple- 6 ingredients or less, nothing strange & easy to prepare.
- Be responsible with your nutrition just as you would with your training.
- Put the structure back into your meals
- Food is Fuel, hunger is a request for fuel
- Recipes focus on how to use popular food trends such as chia seeds.
Sep 27 2019
Rank #14: Sumner Brooks creator of EDRD Pro shares on PHIT for a Queen
Sumner Brooks creator of EDRD Pro shares on PHIT for a Queen “It is the behaviors that create the health outcome, not the weight that creates Health At Every Size.“
- What is HAES? Heath At Every Size
- Found that if she was going to focus on weight loss as a solution it felt wrong.
- While Body positivity may be a trend the harm that those in larger bodies have experienced is not a trend.
- HAES is a way of living centered around well-being, not size.
- HAES is delivering the same care to everybody.
- Health is not a guarantee.
- Humans are hard-wired to believe common sense over science.
- People will do anything to avoid bullying including weight.
- Created EDRD PRO to bring high-quality education to those anywhere, anytime.
Where you can find Sumner & her EDRD Pro:
Savvy Girl- A guide to Eating
So you know she is legit:
Sumner is a registered dietitian and eating disorder specialist who has been working as an outpatient counselor with clients on all levels of the disordered eating spectrum for over 10 years.
Sumner’s work currently focuses on supporting and educating new and established dietitians with integrating a weight-inclusive approach into their practices and creating resources to improve skills for the identification and treatment of eating disorders. In 2014 Sumner published Savvy Girl: A Guide To Eating available now on Amazon. She wrote and published this book in collaboration with a client to provide readers with both the counselor and client perspective.
This non-diet living handbook written around the Intuitive Eating model, helps people get away from chronic dieting and learn Intuitive Eating. Sumner is enthusiastic about disseminating a weight-neutral approach for health and chronic disease management to reduce oppression and stigma for people living in larger bodies.
Other special interests include Binge Eating Disorder and Intuitive Eating in the treatment of disordered eating. Sumner’s most formative Influencer in the field is the one and only, Elyse Resch! One of the Original Intuitive Eating Pro’s and co-author of the book Intuitive Eating, Elyse has been a mentor and friend who has impacted Sumner’s work, beliefs and counseling style greatly. Sumner has studied under the supervision of Elyse since 2011.
Apr 05 2019
Rank #15: Eating Disorder to Olympic Athlete with Cyclist Dotsie Bausch
Dotsie Bauch’s journey to the Olympics has been extraordinary: after recovering from anorexia she found cycling and became a Silver Medalist at the age of 39 years of age. She shares how movement was an important part of her recovery and how decisions she made for herself along the way helped with performance.
- Dotsie’s journey to the Olympic has been extraordinary; after recovering from anorexia, where she almost lost her life, Dotsie found cycling at the age of 26 that helped in her recovery. Twelve years later she competed in the 2012 Olympic Games in London at the age of 39 years of age won an Olympic Silver Medal.
- Dotsie shares her journey of compulsive exercise, disordered eating, and recovery where movement was a part of her recovery.
- For Dotsie, going dairy-free was important to her because of the ethical stand on situations of what goes on behind closed doors in our food system. She did not want to pay into that system anymore and changed her diet to more of a plant-based diet. She noticed that it made an impact on the way her body felt during training. She shares her tips and tools to make sure you get the amount of fuel you need!
You Know She’s Legit:
After concluding a prolific professional cycling career that produced a medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games, eight US national championships, two Pan American gold medals and a world record, Dotsie Bausch has become a powerful influencer for plant-based eating for athletes and non-athletes alike. Named by VegNews in 2019 as one of the top 20 most influential vegans in the world, she utilizes her degree in plant-based nutrition to inform her impassioned messages as an advocate on behalf of humans, planet earth and animals.
Never one to shy away from facing staggering odds – just like she did in the Olympics while riding for Team USA, whose unlikely and triumphant story is chronicled in the Netflix documentary “Personal Gold” – her latest initiative is founding the non-profit Switch4Good. Switch4Good launched in early 2018 with a television commercial featuring six Olympians from four different countries and proves that cow’s milk is not part of a high-performance diet. The ground-breaking commercial aired on NBC during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games closing ceremonies and on ABC during the Academy Awards broadcast. View the commercial at https://Switch4Good.org. Bausch is also one of the stars of the film The Game Changers (http://gamechangersmovie.com), which chronicles the story of the world’s most dangerous myth. Directed by Academy Award-winner Louie Psihoyos and executive produced by Oscar-winner James Cameron, The Game Changers released to worldwide audiences in October of 2019 and in just one week, became the #1 downloaded film of all time on iTunes.
Long before embodying radiant health and becoming an influential game-changer, Bausch struggled for years with severe eating disorders and a recreational drug habit, that combined, led to a suicide attempt. It was during her recovery that she discovered her gift and love for the bike.
Bausch speaks passionately around the world, spreading her message about the numerous benefits – humane, nutritional and environmental – of plant-based eating. Her popular TEDx Talk, “Olympic Level Compassion,” has garnered over 275,000 views and has been a catalyst of change for thousands of people.
To find out more about Dotsie and to get connected go to:
Dotsie’s Ted Talk: Olympic Level Compassion
30 Minute Vegan Dinners with Megan Sadd
Nov 22 2019
Rank #16: But You Don’t Have a Runner’s Body? With Strong Runner Chicks
Megan Flannagan talks about the stereotype of what a runner should look like and how believing in that can be damaging and how Strong Runner Chicks is fighting these stereotypes.
- The ‘runners body’ myth stems from the marketing and messaging we are getting from social media as well as the top competitive runners we look to and start to idealize. This can be damaging and lead to disordered eating and overexercise issues.
- Strong Runner Chicks is redefining what it means to be a female distance runner. Megan shares her journey to help develop SRC and what they are tackling.
So You Know She Is Legit...
Megan Flanagan is an avid Spartan and trail runner, personal trainer and co-founder of Strong Runner Chicks, an online community created to educate, empower and connect female runners, proving that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to being a distance runner. She ran NCAA cross country and track at both Lamar University and the University of Minnesota, where she competed in the steeplechase and long-distance events while completing her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, Psychology, and Business. She is currently pursuing her Master's in Public Health at Utah State University and working as a fitness graduate assistant for their campus recreation program. When not out running, working or studying, Megan enjoys rock climbing, reading non-fiction, cooking up new recipes and is in the process of her 200-hour yoga certification. She strives to inspire others to discover their true purpose, start taking action and reach their full potential through optimized health and wellbeing.
To connect with Meghan and to find out more about the SRC Podcast go to http://www.strongrunnerchicks.com/
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Apr 20 2018
Rank #17: Flaunt Performance: THE Podcast for the Voluptuous Runner
Descriptor: Aja shares her experience of being stigmatized as a voluptuous runner and why this led her to start a podcast around these topics.
- Aja shares how she has experienced weight stigma as a runner and why she decided to speak out about this problem in the running world. She started Flaunt Performance: THE Podcast for THE Voluptuous Runner and athletes.
- We don’t have to lose weight to start a sport. It is the perception that you CAN’T but that is not true. We address those stigmas!
- We live in a society that is very anti-pleasure. Aja shares that she feels that order to accept and love our bodies we have to embrace pleasure.
So you know she’s legit:
As the daughter of a marathon runner, Aja began to develop her passion for running at around 8 years old. However, her initial path to running bliss wasn’t filled with much satisfaction. As a fat kid, the overbearing messages of weight loss and body image overshadowed the pleasures that running had to offer. Ironically, running soon became a mental refuge that Aja used to retreat from the constant pressures of bullying and not quite fitting into what was “normal.”
But issues regarding body image persisted throughout her life...until they were no longer bearable.
December 30, 2015, Aja gave birth to her second daughter; Yaminah. Three days later, she and her husband heard the news that no parents ever want to hear. Yaminah was very ill and wouldn’t live very long. Yaminah died in her parent's arms on January 19, 2016.
At that point, everything stopped. Aja realized that she could no longer carry the load of weight loss pressures along with insurmountable grief. Weight loss, along with tons of other issues, seemed so minuscule when compared to losing a child.
So like she had always done when she needed to retreat, Aja ran. In fact, she decided to sign up for her first 1/2 marathon in honor of Yaminah.
Training for that 1/2 marathon wasn’t pretty at all. It wasn’t because Aja wasn’t in shape for running. Her body was used to running. In fact, she ran while pregnant with Yaminah. Training wasn’t pretty because at her highest weight ever, Aja learned what it really means to be fat and athletic. It means being ignored while shopping for running shoes. It means not being able to find running pants that fit over big hips. It means running in nightgowns to hide the fact that her butt hangs out of those too-small running pants!
In May of 2016, race day finally arrived. Aja looked around at everyone at the starting line and saw people of all shapes and sizes coming together for one common goal. But she knew all of the other round athletes at that starting line had experienced many of the issues she’d experienced during training. Aja decided to do something about it. She wanted the world to at least hear their stories. So Aja launched Flaunt Performance Podcast.
Flaunt Performance Podcast is a podcast for voluptuous runners who just love to run. It’s a no diet-talk, no fat-shaming, no self-shaming zone where pleasure trumps weight loss.
Aja lives with her husband and two living children in Northwest Indiana. She enjoys gardening, swimming, and retreating on running trails.
To Connect with the Flaunt Performance Podcast: THE podcast for the Voluptuous Runner
Sep 21 2018
Rank #18: Dr. Caroline Silby shares how “strategies to align sports performance with capability” on PHIT for a Queen podcast
Dr. Caroline Silby shares how “strategies to align sports performance with capability” on PHIT for a Queen podcast:
- The Sports Scene should be used to model and develop confident, healthy adults.
- Align sports performance with capability.
- We have to identify the qualities that make you successful but also identify the qualities that need to have balance.
- Works with the American Girl company on projects empowering young girls through books
You can find Dr. Silby and her books at:
So you know she is legit:
Caroline Silby, Ph.D. holds a Doctorate and Master Degree of Sports Psychology from the University of Virginia. She is a nationally recognized expert on the development of elite athletes, author of, Games Girls Play: Understanding and Guiding Young Female Athletes (St. Martin’s Press, 2000, 2001), contributing author to, Sports Secrets and Spirit Stuff (American Girl Company, 2006) and The Female Athlete (Boston Children’s Hospital Harvard & Springer Publishing, May 2016) and just released A Smart Girls Guide: Sports and Fitness: How to Use Your Body and Mind To Play and Feel Your Best (American Girl Company, February, 2018). Dr. Silby spent twelve years as adjunct faculty at American University and continues to serve as a consultant to their sports teams. She has worked on an individual basis with two Olympic Gold Medalists, over 20 Olympians, two Paralympian Gold Medalists, four World Champions, fifteen National Champions, dozens of professional dancers and hundreds of National Team members and Division I student-athletes, teams and their coaches.
As an elite athlete, Dr. Silby was a member of the National Figure Skating Team. She later served on the U.S. Figure Skating Association Board of Directors, Athlete Advisory Council and Sports Medicine Committee. Dr. Silby was appointed to the U.S. Olympic Committee Athlete Advisory Council, Collegiate Sports Council and Finance Committee. Currently, she serves on the Sports Medicine Committees for the United States Figure Skating Association as well as the Professional Skater’s Association and is a member of the Medical Advisory Board for American Ballet Theatre. Formerly, she served as President of the Board of the Southwest Women’s Law Center and on the Education Committee for the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Dr. Silby has served as a spokesperson and consultant to the American Girl Company and is completing her second book with the company. She is a speaker for the US Department of State Sports United program. She has been a contributing writer to Sports Illustrated, Pointe Magazine, CheerProfessional and is an expert advisor to Faith Popcorn’s BRAINRESERVE, Center for Sports Parenting and Title IX Sports.
In her role as a featured speaker for SportsUnited, a US Department of State program, Dr. Silby has worked with basketball, tennis and soccer athletes and coaches from Morocco, Swaziland, Australia, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Colombia.
Dr. Silby is also a curriculum creator for Winning Play$, a financial education program for high school students, focusing on the psychological, emotional, and behavioral aspects of money. The program won the U.S. Department of Education’s Excellence in Economic Education Award in 2010. She also serves on the Advisory Board for FabLab, a Fox television series, aimed at encouraging girls to become engaged in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Dr. Silby is a sought-after expert and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs including the Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, Tru-Television, ABC-Wide World of Sports, Oxygen Television, NPR and the Mitch Albom Show. She resides in Annapolis, Maryland where she has an active national practice.
Jul 01 2019
Rank #19: The Mind of the Athlete with Sports Psychologist Kate Bennett
The Mind of the Athlete with Sports Psychologist Kate Bennett
An elite athlete herself, Dr. Bennett shares about her experiences and the tools she uses in her practice with other athletes, as a parent with kids in sport and reconnecting to her body after having her second baby.
- Kates shares her unique background of being a competitive cyclist, cycling coach, athletic trainer and sports psychologist and how she brings all of that experience into her practice.
- What is the mental toolbox? And how do we use this to optimize performance?
- As a parent, Kate discusses her perspective on raising children in this focused world of one sport specialization.
- Kate shares reconnecting with her body in sport after having her second baby.
So you know she’s legit:
Kate Bennett, PsyD, is a Clinical Sport Psychologist and the director of Athlete Insight, PC. She supports the clinical and performance needs of athletes worldwide and specializes in the treatment of athletes recovering from eating disorders. Prior to becoming a psychologist, Dr. Bennett was an athletic trainer and cycling coach. During her coaching career, she coached several state and national champions as well as earned two national championships herself. As a sport psychologist, she watched several of her athletes win national championships as well as excel as collegiate and professional athletes. Dr. Bennett has presented the American Psychological Association, Association for Applied Sport Psychology, Female Athlete Conference, International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation, and Medicine of Cycling conferences. In addition, she authored “Eating Disorders in Athletes” (Eating Disorders in Special Populations, 2017) and co-authored “Motivation and Mental Training” (Cycling Science, 2017).
How to Connect to Kate:
May 18 2018
Rank #20: Nathan Carlson from Running Mate KC shares on PHIT for a Queen
Nathan Carlson from Running Mate KC shares on PHIT for a Queen
- Desired to run each day faster than the other and found that his body wasn’t able to withstand the training.
- This led him to his interest in physical therapy specifically for running.
- When looking at injuries we must look at so many different variables to put them at their best place to come back to health.
- Consistency is key with injuries- training, mindfulness, progression
- There is never One workout that is the workout.
- Injuries- does it go away, or does it require an adjustment?
- Tendinopathy & bone injuries continue to be the leading injuries in female athletes
- Heavy lifting helps to make tendons thicker & bones denser.
- Lifting also helps to improve running economy.
- Ideal situation runners lift twice a week, 30 minutes
- Daily do something from the hips, knees, lift something or pull something
So you know he is legit:
Nathan Carlson received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Rockhurst University and focuses on the management of runners and triathletes. He is a USA Track and Field Coach and combines his extensive experience working with endurance athletes to provide the most comprehensive care in the Midwest. His specific clinical interests include the management of bone stress injuries and tendon related disorders. Aside from patient care, Nathan manages multiple local runners and triathletes strength training programming. Nathan has one simple goal. Provide the highest quality injury management and training experience for endurance athletes of all levels. Lastly, Nathan helps manage Chris Johnson’s mentorship group the Runners Zone which helps coaches, clinicians, and dedicated endurance athletes refine their abilities at injury management, coaching and strength training.
- Owner of Runningmate PT and Performance
- Physical Therapist for UMKC Cross Country and Track
- The host of The Runner’s Zone Podcast
- Manages The Runners Zone (mentorship group for clinicians, coaches, and dedicated endurance athletes) along with Chris Johnson and Joel Sattgast
- Nathan also enjoys running, cycling, drinking coffee and spending time with his wife and two boys.
May 31 2019