The Mind of the Athlete with Sports Psychologist Kate Bennett

May 18, 2018


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: @AthleteInsight








Jen Haugen shares why she is the “Down to Earth Dietitian on PHIT for a Queen podcast

May 11, 2018


Jen Haugen shares why she is the “Down to Earth Dietitian on PHIT for a Queen podcast:

  1. Loves helping Moms with timesaving tips & tools so they can have more valuable time for self-care.
  2. Allow your kitchen to be a countertop classroom.
  3. BUSY-the four letter word.
  4. The answer to business may be composting.
  5. Loves teaching how you can streamline and make the kitchen more user-friendly.

You can find Jen Haugen   at:

So you know she is legit:

Jen Haugen, RDN, LD, is a mom and dietitian with 17 years of experience who helps other moms with time-saving tips, tools, and tasty recipes, giving moms more TIME for self-care to feel at their best! She has a private practice to help women with self-care, and also offers cooking workshops for groups (including fun freezer meal workshops) as well as workshops to help women never stop growing. Find her at She is the author of The Mom's Guide to a Nourishing Garden and is a nutrition consultant and nationally-recognized speaker, and a Pampered Chef Kitchen Consultant.  



How Do We Live in This Body? Moving from Hatefulness to Gratefulness with Amber Parris

May 4, 2018


Amber Parris tackles the complicated concept of body image, how body image forms, and how we can take steps to get to a place of gratefulness and acceptance around our body.

  • Approximately 80% of US women say that they do not like the way they look. 53% of 13-year-old American girls are unhappy with their bodies.   Amber tackles the definition of body image and how we come to feel the way we do about our bodies.
  • Athletes are not immune to body image issues and in some ways, they may have a harder time with body image.
  • We discuss ways that we can begin to take steps to a place of gratefulness or acceptance around our body.      

So You Know She Is Legit...

 Amber Parris is the Director of Clinical Services for Residential Programming for Castlewood Treatment Centers in Birmingham, Alabama. She is a licensed clinical social worker and a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS). Amber has treated eating disorders for more than 10 years. She has had specialized training and experience in body image, EMDR, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Prolonged Exposure for PTSD. She is a candidate for the Certified Sex Addiction Therapist designation and has a particular interest in issues of intimacy and sexual addiction in eating disorders. She currently serves as Chair of Hospitality for the Alabama Chapter of International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. Amber is committed to helping clients rediscover their sense of self and reconnect with their values and purpose to drive them towards recovery. 

A BIG Thank You To our Sponsor: Castlewood Treatment Centers:

 Castlewood is a Treatment Center in St. Louis, Missouri; Pacific Grove, California, and Birmingham, Alabama offering compassionate, empowering, and professional treatment for Eating Disorders and co-occurring diagnoses. With multiple levels of care (residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient) available, Castlewood works with gender diverse clients ages 16 and older. While the eating disorder is a distinct disease, we believe it is also a symptom of an attempt to cope with other struggles. Our treatment starts with a comprehensive conceptualization of how the eating disorder developed, among other related issues and conflicts that led the individual to rely on the eating disorder. Our mission at Castlewood is not to churn out weight-restored clients who merely look healthy to others, but to identify and address the internal wounds of those individuals and work toward a more healthy person, overall. For more information please contact us at 1-888-822-8938 or







Christine Selby shares her wisdom of “Chilling out!” on PHIT for a Queen podcast

April 27, 2018


  1. Did you know most of us don’t breathe correctly?
  2. Relaxing is “doing”!
  3. Redefining success as happiness or contentment.
  4. We have one shot at life and one chance to do this. Find something that feeds your soul.
  5. Exploring what goes into your body shape and size.


You can find Dr. Christine Selby   at:

The Art of Chilling Out

The Body Size & Health Debate

So you know she is legit:

Christine Selby, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Husson University in Bangor, Maine and is a licensed psychologist in part-time private practice. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist with the International Association of Eating Disorders (iaedp) Professionals and a Certified Mental Performance Consultant with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). She is also listed on the Registry of Sport Psychology Professionals with the United States Olympic Committee.


Christine is currently a member of the APA and Divisions 2, 17, 42, & 47 and is a Past-President of the Society for Sport, Exercise, and Performance (Division 47). She is also a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders, iaedp, and AASP where she co-founded (2008) and co-chaired (2008-2014) the Eating Disorders Special Interest Group.


Christine has published articles and book chapters in the area of eating disorders in athletes. She has also presented locally and nationally on eating disorders and related topics at professional conferences, and to allied professionals who work directly with those dealing with eating disorders and related concerns.


Christine is the author of Chilling Out: The Psychology of Relaxation, and The Body Size and Health Debate. Her next book The Psychology of Eating Disorders is scheduled for publication late 2018.

But You Don’t Have a Runner’s Body? With Strong Runner Chicks

April 20, 2018



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

Join SRC for their first retreat in Boulder, Colorado May 29th- June 1st. Find out more here!

Rachael Steil shares her story of “Running in Silence” on PHIT for a Queen podcast:

April 13, 2018


  1. “I have always wanted to be an author so it was natural to write about her story”
  2. Use perfectionism for good, not destruction!
  3. Is on a mission to educate coaches on the forms of eating disorders and bring about awareness.
  4. We have to have a behavior approach versus appearance approach.
  5. Happiness in my core!
  6. By breaking my silence I mustered the courage to recover.


You can follow Rachael at:

Buy her book: Running in Silence on Amazon


So you know she is legit:

Rachael Steil, the author of the self-help memoir Running in Silence: My Drive for Perfection and the Eating Disorder That Fed It, writes articles about running and eating disorders for her website (awarded Top Eating Disorder Blog) and is a speaker and advocate. She was 6th and 7th place NAIA All-American in cross country and track and now coaches high school cross country. Steil's greatest achievement was not breaking a physical barrier, but a mental one

I Need to Tough It Out! Mental Health Issues in the College Athlete with Athletes Connected

April 6, 2018


Emily Klueh joins us to talk about college athlete mental health issues and the unique program at the University of Michigan that is beginning to connect with athletes and breaking down the barriers.


* Sport can provide protective factors for mental health but athletes are not immune to mental health issues due to managing sport, performing well, along with managing the obligations of every other student.

*The Athletes Connected program, developed with initial funding from an NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant, is a unique collaboration between the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Depression Center, and Athletic Department to increase awareness of mental health issues, reduce the stigma of help-seeking, and promote positive coping skills among student-athletes.


So you know she’s legit:

Emily Klueh is a Clinical Mental Health Athletic Counselor as well as Program Coordinator for Athletes Connected within the Performance Psychology Athletic Counseling unit in the University of Michigan Athletic Department. Within this dual role, Emily is responsible for providing direct clinical care using evidence-based practices to student-athletes, consulting with coaches, conducting team presentations and educational programming, working interactively with support staff across the University of Michigan athletic campus as well as consulting with athletic departments across the country.

Emily received her Master’s in Social Work in 2016 from the University of Michigan with an emphasis on social work in sports, working directly with student-athletes to improve their mental health. Emily received training at the University of Michigan Athletic Department as a member of the Performance Psychology Athletic Counseling Team for two years as part of her Master’s degree. While in her Master’s program, she became a member of the Athletes Connected Team eventually taking over as program coordinator in the fall of 2016. Athlete’s Connected is a program within the Performance Psychology Athletic Counseling unit and is aimed at de-stigmatizing and normalizing help-seeking behaviors among the student-athlete population. The program is built on an outreach and educational platform to provide resources, conduct research, and normalize mental health along the continuum of well-being. Athletes Connected has become a resource used on campuses across the country to change the culture of mental health among the athlete population.

Emily was also one of the directors of the Wolverine Support Network. This program was established at the University of Michigan in 2014 and provides peer-to-peer support groups for students across campus. These groups are led by students who receive training from the Counseling and Psychological Services department on campus.

Originally hailing from Kentucky, Emily attended the University of Michigan for her undergraduate degree in psychology on a swimming scholarship. While at Michigan, she became an NCAA champion in the 1650 freestyle, Big Ten Swimmer of the Year, and is the former Michigan and Big Ten record holder in the 500, 1000, and 1650-yard freestyle events. Emily went on to have an illustrious professional swimming career, competing for the United States in 14 different countries. She was a member of the US National Team for 10 years and competed at World Championships twice, the Pan Pacific Championships, the Pan American Games, and the World University Games. Ultimately becoming the first American to win the FINA World Cup Circuit in the 10k event.                 

Emily is a member of National Association of Social Workers and the National Alliance of Social Workers in Sport. Emily is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, depression disorders, anxiety disorders, athletic and performance optimization, confidence building, as well as stress and anxiety management.


To Connect with Emily and to Find Out Further Information about University of Michigan’s Athlete Connected Program Go to:


“It’s okay to not be okay” Sidney Spencer Marlborough

March 30, 2018


Sidney Spencer Marlborough “Epigenetics of mental health disorders including eating disorders and addictions”. She answers just that on PHIT for a Queen podcast:

  1. Cindy said the only way to describe retirement on a sport was almost like the loss of a lifelong friend
    Sydney 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 retirement
    The woman I am today was because of the values I learned in sport
    Sports help create a natural leadership ability
    Husband was a great support system when Sydney felt like she had no purpose he simply said just put one foot in front of the other
    What comes out of challenging situations can be very rewarding
    During 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



The Death of an Identity: Transition out of Sport with Dr. Melissa Streno

March 23, 2018

Dr_Streno.pngDr. Streno

Dr. Streno graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BA in Psychology. After gaining experience at Children’s Hospital Colorado working with eating disorders, as well as emotional and behavioral disorders, she attended the University of Denver and earned her Masters in Sport and Performance Psychology. Combining her own experiences as a competitive athlete and a strong desire to help those struggling with their own mental health, specifically eating disorders, she pursued her PsyD at the University of Denver. She completed her Predoctoral Internship at the University of Oklahoma, training within the psychological resources for student-athletes office and the university counseling center.

As a primary therapist at EDCare, Dr. Streno places great importance on relationship building, an individual’s previous experiences and strengths, and self-awareness. She aims to empower patients to become self-determined in taking action that aligns with their values. Dr. Streno believes the therapeutic relationship provides an ideal setting to show compassion, practice effective communication, acceptance, accountability, and values-guided action necessary to work towards a meaningful and fulfilling life separate from an individual’s eating disorder. As a Colorado native, Dr. Streno enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cheering on the Broncos, traveling, and being active outdoors.

For further information on EDCare and specific information on the Elite Athlete Program please go to:

Mitzi Dulan shares her love of “Making delicious, good for you food while having fun” on PHIT for a Queen podcast

March 16, 2018


Mitzi Dulan shares her love of “Making delicious, good for you food while having fun” on PHIT for a Queen podcast:

  1. Passion is making delicious food that is good for you but has to be simple!
  2. There shouldn’t be kid food or adult food it is just food.

4.What is it like when your daughter gets invited to the White House for the Kid’s state dinner?

  1. Emphasize the importance of all fuel for female athletes specifically carbohydrates which have been demonized.
  2. Must consider the inflammatory effect on performance- feed that gut it is your potting soil.


You can follow Mitzi at:

Purchase her famous Simply Fuel balls here-, Sheels or now

Mitzi on YouTube

So you know she is legit:

As America’s Nutrition Expert®, Mitzi is a nationally recognized nutrition and fitness expert who has inspired millions to lose weight and get fit.

She is an author, a Pinterest/Social Media Influencer (with over 3.4 million followers), and sought after trusted source of information who has conducted over three hundred fifty television interviews. She has been seen on LIVE! With Kelly & Michael, The Dr. Oz Show, CNN and FOX News Channel. Her other television appearances include segments on NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX affiliates throughout the country.

Mitzi was named one of the “Top 20 Nutrition Experts to Follow on Twitter” by The Huffington Post and was picked as #5 Online Influencer Helping Americans Eat Better by

As a Pinterest influencer, Mitzi authored The Pinterest Diet: How to Pin Your Way Thin. Mitzi is a co-author of The All-Pro Diet: Lose Fat, Build Muscle, and Live Like a Champion with NFL future Hall-of-Famer Tony Gonzalez helping people learn how to eat clean to get lean. Mitzi was the team nutritionist for 2015 World Championship Kansas City Royals Baseball Team for 11 seasons. She was the team nutritionist for the Kansas City Chiefs Football Team for over eight seasons and was previously the sports nutritionist for the Golden State Warriors Basketball.

Mitzi has been a nutrition spokesperson/social media influencer for numerous natural food clients such as CLIF Bar, LaCroix, California Grapes, Hass Avocados, The National Honey Board, Victoria Fine Foods and USA Pulses.

She has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Glamour, US Weekly, Family Circle, Shape, Self, and Oxygen. She has also been featured on,,,,, and

Mitzi recently launched her own food start-up, simplyFUEL ( Focusing on real food ingredients, her simplyFUEL Protein Balls were an instant hit after they helped fuel the Royals to the World Series Championship in 2015. The Daily Meal recently named simplyFUEL Protein Balls one of the “Healthiest New Snacks in 2017.”