Phit for a Queen: A Female Athlete Podcast
Eating Disorder to Olympic Athlete with Cyclist Dotsie Bausch

Eating Disorder to Olympic Athlete with Cyclist Dotsie Bausch

November 22, 2019

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.

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  • 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:

 

https://dotsiebauschusa.com/

https://switch4good.org/

Dotsie’s Ted Talk: Olympic Level Compassion

https://dotsiebauschusa.com/about/#

 

Instagram: Veganolympian

Other Resources

https://ohsheglows.com/

 

30 Minute Vegan Dinners with Megan Sadd

https://www.carrotsandflowers.com/30-minute-vegan-dinners-cookbook/

 

 

Cecelia Townes shares on PHIT for a Queen “How when she got the NOs she just redirected.“

Cecelia Townes shares on PHIT for a Queen “How when she got the NOs she just redirected.“

November 15, 2019

Cecelia Townes shares on PHIT for a Queen “How when she got the NOs she just redirected.“

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  • Found her joy for sports by age 5 playing tennis
  • Missed her love of the sport so much she walked on to the Howard tennis team.
  • Found she couldn’t escape sport even during her law school.
  • Challenged herself to look at what she wanted out of her career and did she really want to give up the sport.
  • She wanted to stay within athletics and found her love of teaching student athlete’s skills.
  • She started Beyond the Game which provides lifestyle workshops.
  • After her persistence to address the way women in sports are being covered, she created her own blog that has now shaped into its own company including coverage on ESPNW.
  • Sexism is real
  • When hearing “no one watches women sports.” Her reply is “Because no one puts on the tv.”
  • You have everything to be successful you just have to unlock it.
  • Your job is to find your purpose here on earth. You are more than an athlete.

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https://www.ceceliatownes.com/

https://gladiathers.com/ 

So, you know she is legit:  

After graduating from UCLA School of Law Cecelia Townes began to reflect on her experience as a tennis student-athlete at Howard University and take a critical look at how women in the sports industry were being portrayed. She realized that more could be done to help prepare student-athletes for life after college sports and to improve the position of and conversation around women in sports. 

With those ideals in mind, Cecelia founded Beyond the Game LLC, a company that provides workshops that prepare student-athletes for life outside of sports, and GladiatHers®, an organization dedicated to using content, events, workshops, and mentorship to empower, inspire and connect women in sports. From career-oriented workshops and events to written and verbal commentary on women playing and working in sports, Cecelia is a leading voice on a woman's role in this male-dominated industry. Cecelia also continues to practice law, where she focuses on employment and labor law and issues of diversity and inclusion.

Cecelia has previously written for such outlets as ESPNw, Sport in Law and Women Talk Sports, and her efforts for GladiatHers® have been highlighted by top outlets such as Bloomberg

 

The Plate Method helps bring back the fun and enjoyment

The Plate Method helps bring back the fun and enjoyment

November 8, 2019

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. “

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  • 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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Available wherever books are sold, including Amazon.

Follow me on social media!

Instagram: @platebyplateapproach

Facebook: The Plate by Plate Approach

 

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.

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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.

Follow her on Instagram at @wendy_sterling! 

 

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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.  

 

 

Trauma Informed Yoga and the Body with Emily Anderson

Trauma Informed Yoga and the Body with Emily Anderson

November 1, 2019

Emily Anderson is a Licensed Therapist, a Registered Yoga Teacher, and a Certified Trauma-Conscious Yoga Method facilitator. She defines and explains how trauma impacts our body, how trauma-informed yoga can be beneficial and other treatment modalities including Somatic Experiencing.

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  • Emily defines trauma for us. Usually, when people think of trauma they think of trauma as specific events; war, sexual assault or and accident. Emily finds it beneficial to widen the definition of trauma to include how it impacts the nervous system. Anything that overwhelms our ability to cope, can be registered in our nervous system as traumatic. So anything that is too much, too soon, too fast.
  • Trauma doesn’t just impact the part of our brain that is in charge of logic and reason, that part of our brain tends to go offline when we are overwhelmed. It impacts the lower level parts of our brain that are in charge of survival. Therefore it is helpful to treat the lower parts of our brain and body in the treatment process.
  • Trauma-Informed Yoga can be beneficial because much of it based on choice, it is not about a facilitator telling you what to do with your body but finding and offering lots of options. The individual can begin to be curious about how their body is reacting and choose what type of movement the body is needing at that moment.
  • Emily shares treatment theories on how to heal trauma including EMDR and Somatic Experiencing.

 

You Know She’s Legit:

 

Emily Anderson is a licensed therapist and founder of Embodied. Counseling + Yoga in Kansas City. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher and a Certified Trauma-Conscious Yoga Method facilitator. Emily applies an integrative approach to therapy and trauma healing that is informed by neuroscience and rooted in compassion and validation. She utilizes evidence-based modalities such as EMDR, yoga, mindfulness, and Somatic Experiencing. She offers individual trauma-informed therapy for adults as well as groups and workshops. Emily’s intention as a therapist is to provide a safe space for individuals to get curious and cultivate an awareness of their own mind-body connection. A space where they can tap into their innate resiliency and their body’s own wisdom to heal. Emily is a former collegiate athlete and marathon runner. She found healing benefits personally from the modalities that she now offers professionally. When she’s not working, Emily’s favorite ways to recharge are traveling internationally, hiking new trails all over the world, sipping on a mug of hot tea, and spending time with her favorite people.

 

 

To find out more about Emily's practice and to get connected about upcoming workshops or events go to:

https://embodiedkc.com/

Instagram @embodied_counseling

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Bethany Hamilton shares “How surfing was in her blood and she knew nothing would keep her from her passion” on PHIT for a Queen.

Bethany Hamilton shares “How surfing was in her blood and she knew nothing would keep her from her passion” on PHIT for a Queen.

October 25, 2019

Clip-8.58 “ Some say the wave I surfed was 40- 50 foot, bigger than a house.

Bethany Hamilton shares “How surfing was in her blood and she knew nothing would keep her from her passion” on PHIT for a Queen.

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  • Surfing was just something she was destined for.
  • While in the hospital recovering a fellow surfer who lost a leg from a shark but didn’t keep him from surfing.
  • An important part of surfing is understanding the ocean.
  • Started with a short film that was focused on high-performance surfing ended up in a documentary.
  • She has a passion for riding bigger and scarier surfs and the highlight was surfing The Jaws.
  • I didn’t know what I was capable of but I was willing to try.
  • We can all overcome more than we know!
  • My faith in God was my rock in a hard place.
  • So many of us are more unstoppable than we know!

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Check out the teaser to her incredible story:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5MsXjUQLYM

https://bethanyhamilton.com/ 

Professional surfer Bethany Hamilton is a global icon and inspirational beacon. She rose from the personal tragedy of losing her arm to a tiger shark at the age of thirteen to becoming one of the world’s leading female surfers. BETHANY HAMILTON: UNSTOPPABLE follows Bethany over a four-year journey, capturing what it means to be unstoppable. In 2005, she took a first-place result in the National Amateur Competition, just 9 months after the tragedy occurred. She went on to become a Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Award Nominee and two years later she was honored by ASP with the Peter Whittaker Award for “Integrity, Respect, Achievement, and Sportsmanship while displaying a passion for surfing.” Soon thereafter, she met and married her soul mate, Adam Dirks, and the following year, she came in first place at the Women’s Pipeline Pro. In 2015, Bethany and Adam welcomed their first child Tobias and within a year of giving birth, she surfed the most dangerous wave in the world – “Jaws.” Following that remarkable achievement, Bethany went on to finish third in the Fiji Pro beating a six-time World Champion and the 2016 World Champion. Bethany continues to prove that nothing will stop her from achieving her dreams and inspiring millions of people along the way

Female Brain Injury In Sport: What We Know and Still Need to Know.

Female Brain Injury In Sport: What We Know and Still Need to Know.

October 18, 2019

 Dr. Donna Duffy dives into the impact of concussions on females, how women and girls present and recover differently, and how much we still don’t know about this injury in sport.

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* You get a concussion when you have a blow to the head and body that causes your brain to move back and forth in your skull. Your brain can have different reactions when this happens, there is disruption there and this can be a concussive experience. Body blows can also cause a concussion.

* The HPA axis is something that can make a concussive experience different for women and girls. Progesterone and estrogen are released when from the HPA axis when the brain sustains trauma, and this is a hugely under-researched topic.

* The disruption from the concussion can cause these hormones not to produce and secrete like they are supposed to.

* Dr. Duffy is interested in sub-concussive trauma; trauma to the brain that does not result in immediate symptoms such as dizziness, confusion, nausea, loss of consciousness. Sub concussive trauma is not something that disrupts play or your regular activities.

* Most athletes know how to work around the assessment of a concussion to go out and return to play.

*Some researchers believe that women present stronger or more exaggerated symptoms, and they take longer to recover. Dr. Duffy argues that there is some bias in some of the research and literature and how it has been written in terms of female concussions.

You Know She is Legit:

 

Dr. Donna Duffy has a joint appointment at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG)-Donna is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology (KIN) and a Director in the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness (CWHW) in the School of Health and Human Sciences. Donna completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Kinesiology at UNCG in 2007. Prior to coming to UNCG, Donna completed her B.S. and her M.Ed. at Boston University in Boston, MA. Donna has graduate faculty status at UNCG where she teaches in the Athletic Training Program and the Ed.D program. Donna also coordinates the undergraduate Sport Coaching Minor in KIN. Donna has an active research agenda called the Female Behavior and Recovery after Injury and Neurotrauma (BRAIN) Project, focused on neuroendocrine function and dysfunction in female athletes after a concussion, as well as the cognitive and neuromotor consequences of a concussion. Donna is also involved with research projects in the Virtual Environment for Assessment and Rehabilitation Laboratory (VEAR) under the direction of Dr. Chris Rhea at UNCG, where she is focused on neuromotor function and changes of female athletes before and after a concussion. In addition, Donna collaborates closely with Dr. Jenny Etiner, Dr. Laurie Wideman, Dr. Scott Ross and Dr. Will Adams at UNCG. Donna also has research collaborations with many faculty and clinicians outside of UNCG including the Female Athlete Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, the CTE Center in the School of Medicine at Boston University, Gaelic Games for Girls at University College Cork, in Cork Ireland and with various community organizations including, Greensboro Roller Derby, PINK Concussions, the Girls Athletic Leadership Schools in Denver and Girl Fit in Newton, MA. Donna is the Research Consultant for PINK Concussions and serves on their Board of Advisors. Donna also holds a Research Scientist position under Dr. Kate Ackerman at Boston Children’s Hospital and Donna was a Visiting Research Scientist in the Department of Neurology and the CTE Center in the School of Medicine at Boston University. Donna is on the Board of Directors at the Women’s Resource Center in Greensboro, NC and serves as the Managing Editor of the Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal. Donna's research on female athletes and head injuries has been published in several peer-reviewed journals and Donna was recently quoted in the NY Times on her work related to female athletes and concussions and has been a guest on several podcasts.

 

How to Connect and work with Dr. Donna Duffy:

UNC Greensboro Center of Women’s Health and Wellness

 

https://hhs.uncg.edu/cwhw/faculty-staff/

 

 

https://www.pinkconcussions.com/

 

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Adam McAboy shares “Why He developed a community for athletes to not feel alone- The Athlete’s Village.”  on Phit for a Queen.

Adam McAboy shares “Why He developed a community for athletes to not feel alone- The Athlete’s Village.” on Phit for a Queen.

October 11, 2019

Adam McAboy shares “Why He developed a community for athletes to not feel alone- The Athlete’s Village.” on Phit for a Queen.

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  • Found people were like sponges for expert information.
  • Found now as coaches he and Mark Henderson (swimmer in the Atlanta Olympics) were in the same boat.
  • Wanted a platform for current and former athletes to give back to sport.
  • As an athlete, we avoid showing weakness.
  • The Village brings about many different perspectives.
  • Can follow many different areas of interest or topics
  • Athletes can post questions even anonymously
  • Experts in the community love to support
  • https://www.theathletesvillage.com/

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So you know he is legit:

Adam has privately coached and mentored many young athletes and has worked as a coach for the Novato, CA mountain biking teams.  He enjoys working to understand the individual athlete's strengths and vulnerabilities and developing an individualized plan, according to the needs of the young person.  He finds great joy in watching young people develop not only into more fulfilled and healthier athletes but also (even more importantly) into stronger, more complete and balanced individuals.  It is to this end that Adam has joined forces with fellow Cal Alumnus and Olympic swimmer, Mark Henderson, to create The Athletes Village, a business that focuses on making an athlete's experience in sports more rewarding and fun by offering valuable, relevant sports information.   Adam's drive and enthusiasm for the task at hand, coupled with his strong ability to bring people together to communicate and create effectively, will help the Athletes Village achieve its goal of inspiring and educating young people to obtain their potential in sports and in life. 

Currently, 70% of kids who start organized sports in the United States will quit by the age of 13.  Even more disturbingly, a child under the age of 17 is brought to the E.R. in the United States every 25 seconds with a sports-related injury, a stat that many experts believe can be significantly cut by injury prevention education.  The Athletes Village is working to change this sad reality and to ensure that all levels of young athletes, their parents, and coaches, have a fun, healthy, character-building sports experience.  Ultimately, The Athletes Village aims to create "athletes for life".

 

Mission

Our mission is twofold. First, we want to help athletes, parents, and coaches achieve their dreams, avoid injuries and have more fun regardless of their age, gender, race, religion, financial status or location.

 

Second, we are building a platform where current and former athletes can go to give back to the sport they love, support the next generation and eventually make some extra income when we build our marketplace.

 

Why I decided to build the Athletes Village.

I have always believed that it is important to continue to push one’s self and to pursue new ventures. This can include anything from cooking or playing an instrument, to learning about history or other languages to learning new sports and skills. Even though it has been years since I competed at a high level, I have always felt connected to track and field and have enjoyed working with kids of many levels. As my friends’ kids entered high school sports, I found myself being called upon more and more for advice for their kids who were taking up running. Even though my experience was years old, the “expertise” that I possessed was something valuable for my friends and their kids.

My co-founder, Mark, was having the same experience. And to add to that, he was having a difficult time finding valuable information on how to coach his own kids in sports that he never engaged in. In 2015, Mark and I had a conversation about this and decided that we should try to build a platform that would solve these issues.

 

 

Brain Tools from a Sports Psychologist

Brain Tools from a Sports Psychologist

October 4, 2019

Dr. Erin Haugen is a Sports Psychologist working with athletes and high performers. She shares some of her tips and tools for tackling some negative self-talk that can impact our performance.

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  • Haugen shares how she has been involved in educating on mental health and breaking mental health stigmas within the athletic training field. Collaborating with other fields within the sports world helps the athlete as well as our own well being.
  • Something that Dr. Haugen focuses on in therapy with athletes and high performers is focusing on the negative mindset that they might have and focusing more on the middle ground and having a non-judgemental stance.
  • We need to be aware when we are "scolding on ourselves” Let’s put away our shoulds about something we did, and let’s look at the why.

  

You Know She’s Legit:

 

Erin Haugen, Ph.D., LP, CMPC, is a licensed clinical psychologist and sport psychologist in Grand Forks, ND. She is passionate about sport performance, athlete mental health, interprofessional practice, and professional well-being.

Dr. Haugen has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at River Valley Services/Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown, CT and post-doctoral residency at the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, CA. She works with athletes from over 20 different sports from recreational to elite (Olympic and professional) levels and specializes in working with collegiate student-athletes.

Dr. Haugen is employed at Assessment and Therapy Associates of Grand Forks (ATAGF), PLLC. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Dakota and faculty member at Altru Family Medicine Residency. She teaches sports medicine fellows from family medicine and physical therapy as well as athletic training students. She provides consultation and mentorship for professionals interested in enhancing their work with athletes or pursuing the CMPC credential. She is also a past president of the North Dakota State Board of Psychologist Examiners (NDSBPE).

In her spare time, Dr. Haugen competes in triathlons and enjoys camping and hiking with her husband and three border collie mix rescue dogs: Molly, Fromm, and Eddie.

 

To find out more about Dr. Haugen’s work and practice information go to:

https://www.drerinhaugen.com/

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.

September 27, 2019

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.

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  • 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.

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https://nancyclarkrd.com/books/

 

Mental Health Advocate, Olympic Gold Medalist Samantha Livingstone

Mental Health Advocate, Olympic Gold Medalist Samantha Livingstone

September 20, 2019

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At 18 years of age, Samantha won a gold medal but that was only the start of her journey as an athlete and mental health advocate. She shares with us how she went about shattering her perfectionist armor and how she is supporting athletes to do the same. nt leaders.

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* Samantha was 18 years old when she won her Olympic Gold Medal.  She shares with us about this experience and the mentors she had along the way.  Her first passion was soccer but she got that medal in swimming!

* At 13 years of age, Samantha’s mom picked up on some behaviors that she noticed that Samantha was not happy in the sport environment that led her to leave a toxic sport club and move on to better! 

* Hitting the pinnacle of her career at 18, Samantha showed up at college to swim with a case of imposter syndrome struggling with overwhelming emotions and disordered eating.

* Through a critical event in her daughter’s life, she shares how she had to let her perfectionist armor shatter to figure out how to move forward, tolerate uncertainty, and cope with anxiety.

*   Samantha is back in the athletic arena with the goal to build an empowered village where all athletes feel safe, supported and seen! 

You Know She is Legit:

Samantha Arsenault Livingstone is an Olympic Gold Medalist, high-performance consultant, mental performance coach, speaker, educator and entrepreneur. She is the founder of Livingstone High Performance, LLC., and two, multi-module online courses, the Rise Free Academy and Ride the Wave: A Bootcamp to Strengthen Our Emotional Agility — inspiring, empowering and equipping athletes, coaches and female leaders with the skills they need to become more mindful, courageous, resilient leaders.

In addition to private and group coaching, Samantha consults with teams and organizations on athlete wellness initiatives, leadership, strategic planning, rising skills and developing high-performance cultures. She is a certified instructor of Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement (MSPE) and as of September 1, 2019, will be a certified instructor of Mental Health First Aid.

Take the five day I AM challenge and join Samantha’s private community space to link arms, connect + participate in her free challenges.

Samantha and her husband, Rob, live in the Berkshires with their four girls.

 

How to Connect and work with Samantha: 

https://www.samanthalivingstone.com/