Phit for a Queen: A Female Athlete Podcast


November 19, 2021


Katie Spada RDN, LDN

Founder Spada Strong Nutrition LLC

Fellow Former Athlete!

Here to help you finally feel confident, all while breaking free from the stress of dieting, counting, and tracking! Katie is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN/RD) and founder of Spada Strong Nutrition LLC. For 11 years, her life was completely focused on her career as a competitive synchronized swimmer. She ate, slept, and breathed synchronized swimming. After college, she hung up the goggles and was quickly flooded with questions about her identity after sport.

"I no longer identify as a synchronized swimmer, so who was I? I no longer had structured workouts daily, so what do I do? I no longer had fueling stations available, so most importantly, WHAT DO I EAT?"

Even as a “soon-to-be RD”, I was struggling with my nutrition and body image. It’s not easy to go from an elite-level athlete into NARP life after sport (I feel you!). So many changes occur, including how you need to fuel your body and probably how you feel about your body too. I’m here to help!

Based on my proven 5 pillar framework, I help take you from confused and frustrated, to confident and FREE in life after sport! No more questioning what to eat. No more questioning how much to eat. No more staring at your closet with utter frustration! Nope! Through The POWER Program, you will learn how to fuel yourself as a former athlete (no diets, no counting, no tracking required!) and improve body image so you can THRIVE in life after sport. I’d love for you to join my team!

So you know she's legit:

Northeastern University

Degree NameMaster of Science - MS

Nutrition and Fitness

Ohio State University

Degree NameBachelor’s Degree-Cum Laude

Field Of StudyHuman Nutrition


The Whole Athlete Initiative (the WAI)

The Whole Athlete Initiative (the WAI)

November 5, 2021


Samantha Arsenault Livingstone is an Olympic gold medalist, high-performance consultant, speaker and mental health activist. At home in the classroom, Samantha spent six years teaching high school science and coaching swimming. After a near-death experience with her then 12-month-old daughter, Samantha knew it was time to pay forward all she'd learned about achievement, mental illness, rising from failure and finding happiness.

In 2016, Samantha founded Livingstone High Performance and the Whole Athlete Initiative (the WAI) in response to the mental health crisis impacting adolescents across the globe. LHP provides pillars of support to organizations, teams, and individuals to elevate mental health and improve performance.

Samantha holds a master's in education and is a certified instructor of Mental Health First Aid and facilitator of Mindful Sports Performance Enhancement.

In 2020, Samantha co-founded WholeHealth Sport to equip coaches and parents with the training, skills and support needed to change the narrative, culture and game regarding mental well-being in sport.

Samantha was a member of the U.S. National Team, 1999 U.S. Pan Pacific Team and 2000 U.S. Olympic Team.  As an 18-year-old, she stood atop the Olympic podium in Sydney, Australia after swimming the lead-off leg of the record-setting 4 x 200 Freestyle Relay. Post- Olympics, Samantha battled an eating disorder, depression and shoulder surgery. With the help of an amazing mentor, she rose from the rubble stronger, happier and healthier, ending her career as a 7 x NCAA All-American. To close out her career, Samantha led her teammates to the 2005 National Championship title as the co-captain of the Georgia Bulldogs.  

She was named the 2005 NCAA Georgia Woman of the Year and is a recipient of the 2005 NCAA Top VIII Award given to student- athletes for their success on the fields and courts, in the classroom and in the community. She earned the Joel Eves award at the University of Georgia for earning the highest GPA of all student-athletes in her graduating class and was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America 1st Team.  She was a recipient of post-graduate scholarships from both the SEC and NCAA.

Samantha resides in Berkshire County, Massachusetts with her husband and four daughters. You can learn more about Samantha and her offerings at

All-inclusive nutrition for peak performance

All-inclusive nutrition for peak performance

October 22, 2021


Briana Butler

Pro Athlete Dietitian
Co-Owner of @power_portions 
Former WNBA player

Briana Butler is a registered dietitian nutritionist and former professional athlete serving the Houston area. Upon retirement from the WNBA and overseas basketball, Briana followed her passion for health and sports by pursuing a career in performance dietetics, believing from experience that nutrition efforts and performance are congruous. 

Since switching careers, Briana has worked with collegiate, professional, and health and wellness clients in private practice and under world-renowned brands, empowering them to reach their goals while including foods they love. Above all, Briana finds purpose in being a wife to her husband Brice and full-time mom to her children Braiden and Liana.

Follow Briana on Instagram at @theathletitian
So you know she's legit:
Power Portions Meal Preparation, LLC
Nov 2015 - Present
Houston, Texas Area

Gatorade Sports Science Institute - Consultant Dietitian
NBA G League
Sep 2018 - Mar 2020

Culinary Sports Performance Intern
Dallas Cowboys
Dec 2017 - Dec 2017

Performance Nutrition Intern
Jan 2016 - Aug 2016

Sports Nutritionist
Southern Methodist University
Mar 2016 - Apr 2016

WNBA (Women's National Basketball Association)
May 2012 - Jul 2015
• WNBA 35th Draft Pick by Washington Mystics.

Creating Confidence as a Female Athlete

Creating Confidence as a Female Athlete

October 8, 2021


Shay Haddow is an expert coach and speaker on confidence and mindset for female athletes. Having worked with hundreds of youth female athletes and college teams from across the country, she’s empowered girl athletes to build unshakable confidence so they can live and play to their fullest potential. 

As the host of the Alpha Girl Confidence Podcast, and Author of She the Confident, Shay is widely regarded for her insights on confidence and mindset by parents and coaches around the country. 

After overcoming her own struggles with confidence throughout her club and collegiate soccer career, Shay knew that it was her life's purpose to provide female athletes with the mentorship that she wished she had when she was younger. 



Shay has dedicated her life to empowering female athletes of all ages to uncover their greatest superpower of all, allowing them to break free from their limitations and achieve their biggest dreams, on and off the field or court.

Connecting with Shay

So you know she's legit:

 Utah State University 
Master of Education (MEd) Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

2013 - 2015 

Utah State University 

Utah State University 
Bachelor's degree Kinesiology and Exercise Science 

2011 - 2014 

Virginia Commonwealth University 

Virginia Commonwealth University 
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

2010 - 2011 

Longterm health of female athletes

Longterm health of female athletes

September 24, 2021



Traci Carson is a three-time University of Michigan alum, and most recently completed her PhD in Epidemiology at the Michigan School Public Health. Her dissertation research focused on mental health and eating disorders in collegiate athletes. Currently, Traci lives in Brooklyn, NY with her dog Lucee where she is working as a postdoctoral research fellow at NYU Population Health Sciences. In her free time, she enjoys cycling around NYC and exploring all the coffee shops the city has to offer.

So you know she's legit:

MPH, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health (2017)
B.A., School of Kinesiology, University of Michigan (2015)

Athlete blood test

Athlete blood test

August 6, 2021


As a life-long athlete since the age of three, Dr. A’nna has always been fascinated by how different foods impact our body. She started experimenting with different foods before, during and after track practices, which led her to three State Championships as a competitive runner. By 18 years old, A’nna was working in a research laboratory and published her first scholarly article in a peer-reviewed journal. Her classes and research at Cornell University were an outlet to expand and explore her curiosity of nutrition. Dr. A’nna took that curiosity and passion as far as academically possible, earning a PhD, conducting randomized controlled research trials, and as she says, “never stops learning.”

Dr. A’nna brings a wealth of knowledge into conversations with clients to help them live a high performance lifestyle by blending cutting-edge research with first-hand athletic experience. She actively listens to clients to understand their challenges and meet their needs. Dr. A’nna appreciates and respects that everyone has a different background and goals. For the detail oriented, Dr. A’nna creates a custom algorithm to calculate macronutrient needs and uses biomarker data to guide recommendations. But regardless of how broad or detailed your preferences are, she helps everyone feel confident with their nutrition. As the only combined PhD/Registered Dietitian in the world with all Ivy League degrees, Dr. A’nna is truly unique in her ability to help clients achieve their best.

Contact Dr. A’nna

So you know she's Legit:

Dr. A’nna graduated top of her class, Summa cum laude from Cornell University with a double major in Nutritional Sciences and Exercise Physiology. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Science, she was accepted into the only combined PhD/RD position where she simultaneously completed her PhD and dietetic internship to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

Dr. A’nna received world-renowned training from experts in the field of human nutrition, molecular and integrative physiology and psychology. She conducted multiple randomized, controlled trials at Cornell University during graduate school and as a Clinical Associate Translational Metabolic Investigator at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


Why Perfect Women Shrink

Why Perfect Women Shrink

July 23, 2021

Iona (she/her/hers), is the author of #1 Best Seller Ghost - Why Perfect Women Shrink, and the creator of The Blacklight Method, her signature coaching framework.

Her mission is to help high achieving struggling women stop shrinking their bodies, worth, and power. How? Vulnerability, creativity, and breathwork. Why? Because everyone loses when brilliant women play small. This world needs your gifts.


So you know she's Legit:

Lady-thletes: (some of) The trials and tribulations of female athletes.

Lady-thletes: (some of) The trials and tribulations of female athletes.

July 9, 2021


Always playing sports as a kid, this former athlete-turned-author has experienced the range of challenges that girls face throughout their sports journey. Emily Williams, in writing her debut novel “Lady-thletes” discusses how to face problems head on with tips and tricks for players to try to overcome their own challenges. As a coach, she has been able to have this as a dialogue with her players, but is excited to be able to broaden the reach with her book.


“Everything is Connected.”

“Everything is Connected.”

June 25, 2021


Melanie Connell has been a licensed Physical Therapist for 20 years with certifications in Manual Therapy and Nutritional Health Coaching. After 18 years in practice, she set out to start her own clinic in Costa Mesa, CA.

"I launched my clinic with a very clear mission: to provide a remedy for athletes sidelined by persistent pain and injuries.  My own health journey of infertility, hormonal issues, hypothyroid, and migraines led me to search for holistic practitioners that:

If there is one thing I preach to all my patients, it is that “Everything is Connected.” 

So you know she's legit:

Melanie Connell PT, MPT, MTC, CHC

a Non-Diet Dietitian

a Non-Diet Dietitian

June 18, 2021


Fiona is Director of The Mindful Dietitian and lives in Melbourne, Australia. She has been practicing as a Dietitian for over 20 years primarily in the areas of eating behavior, eating disorders, body image, sports nutrition & education/training. Fiona is a committed Health At Every Size ® and Weight Inclusive Dietitian spending most of her working week supervising other Dietitians, or running training events for Dietitians and health professionals. 

She is the host of the Podcast “The Mindful Dietitian” and a Sports Dietitian, consulting at The Australian Ballet School and national sporting organizations. Fiona also teaches across Masters Level Dietetic training programs at several different Universities in Melbourne specifically in Counselling Skills and Weight Inclusive Approaches in Dietetics. 

Fiona is a committed mindfulness practitioner and Yoga Teacher.  Bringing a particular emphasis on embodiment, mindful eating, trauma-informed approaches, and body image into her work and training.  

Collaborating with EDRDpro in their upcoming training series on Binge Eating Disorder 

Eating Disorders in Sport Online Training for Dietitians 

Vitamin A to Z the book: 


So you know she's legit:

  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy training (2005)

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (2013)

  • Mindfulness-Based Self Compassion training (2015)

  • Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (2015)

  • Yoga Teacher Training (2016)

  • Supervision training for clinicians (2014)

  • Australia New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders Exec (current)

  • Association for Size Diversity & Health Board Member (2016-17)

  • MSc (Nut & Diet), APD

  • Accredited Sports Dietitian (ASD)

  • Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200)

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