The BLUEPRINT for Success of the Student Athlete with Seneca Blue

January 18, 2019


The BLUEPRINT for Success of the Student-Athlete with Seneca Blue


Student-athletes come into the world of higher level sports with the expectation that they know how to handle these stressors and transitions. They are not prepared and we are beginning to see the impact on the student-athletes overall health. BLUEPRINT is a resource for all student-athletes to being learning life skills and coping strategies to help them with these major life transitions.

  • Seneca discusses the challenges of student-athletes; they have the stressors of being a young person in general and the extra stressors of being student-athletes. Many do not have the resources to cope with the stressors of this transition which is leading to mental health struggles, substance abuse, disordered eating and body image struggles. BLUEPRINT is that resource for students.
  • What is BLUEPRINT? BLUEPRINT is a global holistic development and wellness platform that will empower every student to create their own future.
  • Beginning with a focus on Student-Athletes, BLUEPRINT will revolutionize how students voices are heard and how their stories are told so they can discover how to live the best possible version of themselves.
  • They will shape a generation of students into healthy, informed and conscious leaders focused on improving themselves, their communities and the larger world around them. Their impact will be their legacy.


  • BLUEPRINT is focusing much of their work with the middle school population, to give them the skills needed so when they do make that transition to high school and college so they are more prepared. BLUEPRINT follows athletes throughout their career, ages 13-23.
  • GameChangers: BLUEPRINT currently has 118 GameChangers & 6 Advisors total. Athletes and specialists are part of this to change the narrative and culture of the student-athlete.


More about Seneca:

Seneca has dedicated his life to serving the ever-changing needs of student-athletes. Whether it be as a mentor, coach, pro basketball skill development trainer or his current role as BLUEPRINT’s Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer. Seneca has always relentlessly pursued impactful ways to add value to the lives of student-athletes.


BLUEPRINT exists to provide a safe & inspiring destination for student-athletes that offers unique wellness & development resources for every stage of their journey. There are hundreds of millions of students across the globe craving community, guidance, mentoring, resources & inspiration on how to live a well-rounded life. Today’s digital landscape is absent of such resources for our kids & young adults. A select few social platforms dominate every aspect of their lives. BLUEPRINT will revolutionize how their voices are heard, how stories are told and how to live the best possible version of themselves.


Connecting to Seneca:

Twitter: @SenecaBlue


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Medium @weareblueprint

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Dr. Rosen from the Gaudiani Clinic shares “Myths around amenorrhea & the female athlete & what is RED-S” on PHIT for a Queen.

January 11, 2019


  • 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.

Dr. Janean Anderson shares “Why thoughts matter” on PHIT for a Queen.

December 7, 2018

Dr. Janean Anderson shares “Why thoughts matter” on PHIT for a Queen.


  • Believes her journey to eating disorder recovery allows her to empathize and be patient with her clients.
  • Wrote her book to help others sort out what is the eating disorder and what is you.
  • Talks about common thought patterns that are detrimental to mental health: black or white, catastrophizing.
  • Explains the different types of therapy & when one may work better than others “Do what works!”
  • Unhelpful thoughts create unhelpful behavior that creates behaviors.
  • “Thoughts matter”
  • Podcast is a mixed of solo interviews on core concepts for recovery and interviews with other experts.
  • Stay tuned for her book on Meditations that use concepts from her Recover Your Perspective book.


Where you can find Dr. Janean Anderson:

Recover Your Perspective: A Guide to Understanding Your Eating Disorder and Creating Recovery Using CBT, DBT, and ACT


The Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast

Dr. Janean Anderson is a licensed psychologist and host of The Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast. Her debut book, Recover Your Perspective: A Guide to Understanding Your Eating Disorder and Creating Recovery Using CBT, DBT, and ACT, became a bestseller. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University and completed her predoctoral internship at the University of California, Davis.

Dr. Anderson is a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS) through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) and is an iaedp Approved Supervisor (CEDS-S). Dr. Anderson has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders since 2008.  

Dr. Anderson is the Founder and Director of Colorado Therapy & Assessment Center, an outpatient treatment center specializing in eating disorders in Denver, Colorado where she resides with her loved ones including her golden retriever. Recovered from an eating disorder herself, she wholeheartedly believes recovery is possible!




Dr. Anita Johnston shares “ How stories allow us to have our aha moments to create new neuro pathways” on PHIT for a Queen.

November 30, 2018

Dr. Anita Johnston shares “How stories allow us to have our aha moments to create new neuro pathways” on PHIT for a Queen.


  • We have evolved from an over emphasis of goal oriented culture vs emotional oriented
  • Our lives out of balance gets played out in food, & our bodies.
  • We are taught to disregard our instincts and intuitions.
  • Emotions are energy in motion.
  • IT is the suppression and inappropriate expression of emotions that cause damage.
  • Food gives us the illusion of control.
  • Writing came as a way to bridge storytelling with a way to explain the complexities of eating disorders.
  • Shares how you can learn to imagine how to sort understand your bodies’ needs (Tank A) versus your emotional needs (Tank B).


Where you can find Dr. Johnston and learn more about her words of wisdom:

Anita Johnston, Ph.D., is a psychologist, storyteller, and author of Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationships with Food Through Myth, Metaphor, and Storytelling, which has been published in six languages.

She has been working in the field of eating difficulties and body image distress for over 35 years and is currently the Clinical Director of ‘Ai Pono* Hawaii which has a residential treatment program in Maui and outpatient eating disorder programs in Honolulu and the Big Island of Hawaii.

She is the co-creator of the Light of the Moon Café, an interactive e-course, women’s circle, and online “workbook” for Eating in the Light of the Moon.

Dr. Johnston provides virtual individual consultations and conducts workshops around the world. She is best known for integrating metaphor and storytelling into her training as a clinical psychologist to explain the complex issues that underlie struggles with eating, exercise, and body image.

You can find her at:

or contact her at:

Pronunciation note:

‘Ai Pono sounds like iphone, but instead of phone you say pono (oh no with a “p” in front)


free gift link: 

Here are some of the questions I would love to have you answer:

1) You use such poetic words to demonstrate the emotional connections between our bodies and food.. can you share more

and how this inspired "Eating in the Light of the Moon". 


2) You now have Eating in the Light of the Moon cafe and your own treatment center can you share more about this?


3) How do you live out the PHIT philosophy in your life?




Who is protecting our athletes? Sexual abuse in sport with Nancy Hogshead-Makar

November 23, 2018

Who is protecting our athletes? Sexual abuse in sport with Nancy Hogshead-Makar


Nancy has been in the world of sexual abuse when it comes to club and Olympic sports for 8 years now. She discusses the issues around sexual abuse in sport, updates us on the new policies taking place since the gymnasts have come forward and what we can do to protect our athletes.

Nancy has been in the world of sexual abuse when it comes to the club and Olympic sports for 8 years now. She discusses the issues around sexual abuse in sport, updates us on the new policies taking place since the gymnasts have come forward and what we can do to protect our athletes.


* Nancy has been involved in sexual abuse issues when it comes to Club and Olympic athletes for 8 years now. She shares the reasons that it has taken this long for policies to be made to protect these athletes.

* The gymnasts that came forward changed the world of sport. Because of them, there is now a statue that gives the USOC, and US Center for Safe Sport a legal duty to take care of athletes.   Nancy updates us on the changes that have occurred since the gymnasts have come forward.

* What are the red flags that athletes and parents can be aware of: when a coach is alone with them, that they give them a gift, texting them individually, friending them on social media that can make abuse possible.

So you know she’s legit:

1977, at the age of 14, the only American swimmer to be ranked number one in the world in an international event.

1984, won three gold medals and one silver medal at the Los Angeles Olympics. The most decorated swimmer at the Games.

In 2000, ranked by Sports Illustrated as Florida’s 13th greatest athlete of the 20th Century.

She completed her BA in Political Science and Women's Studies from Duke University and her law degree from Georgetown University.

She is one of the foremost exponents of gender equity in education, including sports participation, sexual harassment, employment, pregnancy, legal enforcement, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. She has testified before Congress numerous times, is a frequent guest on national news programs, serves as an expert witness in Title IX cases, and has written amicus briefs in precedent-setting litigation. She authored Equal Play, Title IX and Social Change (Temple University Press) and Pregnant and Parenting Student-Athletes; Resources and Model Policies (NCAA).

She is currently a civil rights lawyer, assault survivor, a tireless advocate for the promotion, protections, and support of girls and women in sport, and Founder of Champion Women.  

Connecting with Nancy Hogshead-Makar


Was I only Fast because I was Anorexic? Messages in Sport with Kara Bazzi

November 16, 2018

 Was I only Fast because I was Anorexic? Messages in Sport with Kara Bazzi

 Kara shares about the messages in the sport world that are prominent that can be challenging for athletes who are at risk for eating disorders. She also shares her journey of recovery, transitioning out of collegiate running and developing a healthy relationship with sport.  


  • Kara shares her journey of being a Div I athlete and struggling with an eating disorder, her recovery and how this drew her to where she is now, Co-Founder and Clinical Director of Opal Food and Body Wisdom
  • Thinner is better is a message that is still prominent in the athlete world. The power of silence that takes place with coaches and teammates can contribute to the continuance of this message.
  • Perfectionism vs Excellence. That we can really desire to perform well and try hard but what are we going to do with the outcome. With perfectionism, there is more focus on the outcome than the process.
  • Kara discusses exercise in eating disorder treatment and how Opal addresses working with the athlete in recovery.

So You Know She is Legit….

Kara is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who has been focusing her work on the treatment of eating disorders since 2002. Kara has strong local ties; having graduated with honors from the University of Washington with a degree in psychology and her Master’s Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University. She and Julie Church, RD founded the Eating Disorder Program at the Seattle Pacific University’s Counseling Center, a multidisciplinary program that offered comprehensive care for the undergraduate student population. From 2004 to 2011, Kara was in private practice offering individual, family, couple, and group outpatient therapy. She is an approved supervisor through the State of Washington, a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, and a member of National Eating Disorders Association, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, and the Academy for Eating Disorders.

One of Kara’s passions and interests is working with athletes. As a former University of Washington cross country and track athlete, she continues to compete in sports, both as a passion and also to stay connected with the athletic mindset and lifestyle. She has developed the Exercise + Sport program at Opal to ensure that clients relationship to sport and exercise is an integral part of their treatment.

To Connect with Kara:



The Appetite Podcast 

Improving our Mental Toughness with Dr. Haley Perlus

November 9, 2018

Improving our Mental Toughness with Dr. Haley Perlus


 Dr. Perlus shares her views of mental toughness in sport and how we can build our own to help improve our sport performance or any goal that you might have for yourself!  

* Mental Toughness is wanting it more than you fear it. The ability to press mute on the fears that you might have in sports and focus on the desire and the want and have that be greater than the fear is how Dr. Perlus defines it.

* How do we build mental toughness?? Work on those mental blocks, which is a negative story that you are telling yourself that is debilitating your performance. By changing this story and the way you look at something can be beneficial.

* Sometimes you just have to accept what is and when you do this you end up spending less energy on the mental block. So suck it up!

* Dr. Perlus shares some tips she uses that helps in her career and performance; music, goal setting, imagery, and visualization.

 So you know she’s legit:

Haley holds a Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology, an M.S. in Sport Pedagogy (coaching behavior), numerous fitness and coaching certifications. The former elite Alpine ski racer is an expert inspiring, motivating and empowering athletes and teams of all types to achieve peak results.

An adjunct professor at the UCCS, a seminar leader at top sport and fitness conferences, a consultant to National Team and Division I scholarship athletes, an appointed Industry Leader by International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, and four-time author.

Connecting with Haley Perlus:

Lauren Anton shares “when people are so disconnected from their body this is when the disorder creeps up” on PHIT for a Queen.

November 2, 2018

Lauren Anton shares “when people are so disconnected from their body this is when the disorder creeps up” on PHIT for a Queen.


  • Her role as a trainer in a gym gave her first-hand insight into the culture that contributes to eating disorders.  
  • Interesting fact that breathe work when going to school for acting helped her be able to use this as a mind-body connection tool.


  • Could be this disconnection a result of trauma?


  • Dispel the weight stigma of “what is a larger body in running?”


  • Feels that injuries can stem from negative thought processes about altering the body.


  • Self-compassion is honoring where my body is Today!


  • Can one separate their activities by intention for self and intention for disorder?


     Where you can find Lauren at



How you know she is legit:

Lauren Anton, MS, RD, CEDRD-S, CPT is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer in private practice in Los Angeles, CA. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian and Approved Supervisor through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. Lauren specializes in eating disorders, sports nutrition, and helping those who struggle with their weight and seeks to assist clients in moving away from a punitive experience with food and movement to one of self-compassion and self-care. Her non-diet, weight-inclusive, Health at Every Size® approach allows clients to shed the rules and regulations that bind them to behaviors that no longer serve them.  As an expert in eating disorders and nutrition therapy, Lauren has worked at most levels of eating disorder treatment (residential through IOP) and has spoken at numerous national and regional conferences and events on adolescents, eating disorders, and sports nutrition. She has also presented her own research at two conferences examining the effects of intuitive eating – based nutrition education on adolescent female cross country runners.  She has been quoted in publications such as The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, and the Huffington Post. Lauren served as a co-chair on the Academy of Eating Disorders Weight Stigma and Social Justice Special Interest Group from 2015-2018 and on the iaedp-Los Angeles board from 2010-2014.  Lauren is passionate about normalizing and enhancing the eating experience and encourages each of her clients to “taste their food with all their senses” in her Mindful Eating experientials. 


Dr. John Sullivan shares why “The Brain always Wins” on PHIT for a Queen

October 26, 2018

Dr. John Sullivan shares why “The Brain always Wins” on PHIT for a Queen  


  • The Brain is the Governor connected by the vagus nerve
  • The brain hasn’t been viewed as cool because we don’t tell a good story about it.
  • Why we should view mental health as brain health- “we don’t know what human consciousness is”
  • Breath rate manages heart rate which also manages the brain.
  • Shares how brain management starts with PROCESS- listen to find what those stand for
  • When you can regulate heart rate and respiration rate you can regulate emotion.
  • Leaving you to be able to “see and do” emotion regulation, pattern recognition.
  • What if we viewed nutrition as the messages received to optimize brain health and function versus physical function? - “nutrition is neurotransmitters. “
  • Does our lack of social connection- eye to eye, hand to hand impact our brain health?
  • Some of the proceeds go back to the military where they can continue to study the brain and the impacts on war.




How you know he is legit:

Dr. John P. Sullivan is a Sport Scientist and Clinical Sport Psychologist. He has over twenty years of clinical and scholarly experience, including his work with the New England Patriots in the National Football League (NFL) for sixteen years assisting with the coordination of sport science and clinical care. Dr. Sullivan’s experience also includes such work within the National Basketball Association, Major League Soccer, British Premier Football League, Premier Rugby League, Australian Football League, and Olympic national teams. He is an expert consultant for the elite military of the Department of the Navy and law enforcement in regard to performance and welfare needs.

As the Clinical Sport Psychologist/Sport Scientist for Providence College and the University of Rhode Island, he maintains positions in Sports Medicine and Sport Science. He is also the Assistant Director of the South County Sports Medicine Concussion Clinic in Wakefield, Rhode Island.  

Dr. Sullivan is a visiting scholar/sport scientist at the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS)/Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Brisbane, Australian, examining the current state sports technology in the marketplace and its utility as well as concussion rehabilitation, cognitive training in sport, and sport recovery. He is also a visiting professor and researcher at Queensland University of Technology within the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Psychology, and Neuroscience departments focused on projects in athlete health, human performance, and neurophysiology (brain-based performance). Domestically, Dr. Sullivan also serves as an Instructor/Supervisor for Brown University Medical School Sports Medicine Fellowship.

He provides consultation to the NFL office on issues related to well-being and performance and is a member of the mental/behavioral health advisement group. Dr. Sullivan was one of five national experts identified by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to provide expert contribution to new guidelines for the NCAA Sports Medicine Handbook, and he is the co-lead author for the interdisciplinary consensus statement regarding the treatment of mental health issues with student-athletes, which is sponsored by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and the NCAA. Dr. Sullivan also serves as a Scientific Advisory for five sport technology companies providing support and oversight throughout the development process.

Dr. Sullivan is a national and international practitioner-researcher who conducts central nervous system (CNS) measurement/assessment, performance optimization, testing, talent selection, recovery training, and concussion assessment/rehabilitation. He has established expertise in psychophysiological profiling and developing cognitive abilities (e.g., decision making, complex reaction time, and read-and-react abilities) of elite performers. Dr. Sullivan uses various markers such as, Central Nervous Systems Assessment - DC Potential, Heart Rate Variability (HRV), Electroencephalography (EEG), Accelerometry/GPS, Multiple Object Tracking (MOT), Optic Flow (OF), and biofeedback to determine optimal training loads, recovery interventions, and maintaining as well as enhancing cognitive capabilities in performance environments.  

He is a frequent contributor writing on sport science and sports medicine for peer review journals and popular press (Australian Financial Review, The Atlantic, BBC Sports, ESPN, the Guardian, Huffington Post, New York Times, the Daily Morning Telegraph, the Telegraph, Sports Illustrated, and the Sydney Morning Herald). He has also co-authored a book focusing on the latest cognitive science and neuroscience related to optimal brain performance entitled The Brain Always Wins (Urbane Publishing London UK Ltd).

He has co-authored three recent chapters; the first on the merging of technology, neuroscience, biofeedback, and sport/performance psychology in Sport psychology: On the way to the Olympic Games; and the second chapter focusing on well-being and mental health issues in athletes within fundamental concepts in sport and exercise psychology; A project sponsored by the International Society of Sport Psychology, and the third chapter for the American Psychological Association (APA) book - Career Paths in Psychology: Where Your Degree Can Take You 3rd edition - focusing on working in sport and the role of Sport Psychologists and properly defining the title, role, and credentials.



Athletes are Humans! Performance Anxiety in Sport with Dr. Lonnie Sarnell.

October 19, 2018

Dr. Lonnie Sarnell tackles the world of mental health issues in sports, particularly performance anxiety and the overlap between anxiety and disordered eating.



* Athletes are humans and struggle with mental health issues! The thoughts around mental health and anxiety are that if we struggle with it it's a personal failing versus something that is extremely prevalent and can be treated. Lonnie tackles myths around mental health in the sports world.

* The average delay between onset symptoms of mental illness and intervention can be 8 to 10 years.

* We need a little anxiety to help with motivation and performance but when anxiety and stress lead to suboptimal performance, that's when it can become a problem.

So you know she’s legit:

Lonnie Sarnell, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides clinical and sport psychology services to adolescents and adults. Dr. Sarnell has experience working with a wide range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, academic stress, life transitions, eating disorders, and relationship concerns. Dr. Sarnell specializes in peak performance and anxiety management. She has worked with athletes at all levels, including high school, college and professional athletes. Dr. Sarnell completed her B.A. in psychology at Yale University, where she played as a goalie on the Division I women’s lacrosse team. Dr. Sarnell received her Psy.D. in clinical psychology with a concentration in sport-performance psychology from La Salle University, where she provided sport psychology services within the athletic department. She completed a pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Delaware’s Center for Counseling and Student Development, where she consulted with Student Services for Athletes and provided sports psychology and personal counseling services for students. Dr. Sarnell’s post-doctoral specialization areas were performance anxiety and eating disorders. From 2013 – 2016, Dr. Sarnell worked at the Metropolitan Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, a private practice on the Upper East Side of New York City that specializes in the treatment of anxiety.

Connecting with Dr. Sarnell: