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.




  • 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 Bausch is also one of the stars of the film The Game Changers (, which chronicles the story of the world’s most dangerous myth. Directed by Academy Award-winner Louie Psihoyos and executive produced by Oscar-winner James Cameron, The Game Changers released to worldwide audiences in October of 2019 and in just one week, became the #1 downloaded film of all time on iTunes.

Long before embodying radiant health and becoming an influential game-changer, Bausch struggled for years with severe eating disorders and a recreational drug habit, that combined, led to a suicide attempt. It was during her recovery that she discovered her gift and love for the bike.

Bausch speaks passionately around the world, spreading her message about the numerous benefits – humane, nutritional and environmental – of plant-based eating. Her popular TEDx Talk, “Olympic Level Compassion,” has garnered over 275,000 views and has been a catalyst of change for thousands of people.


To find out more about Dotsie and to get connected go to:

Dotsie’s Ted Talk: Olympic Level Compassion


Instagram: Veganolympian

Other Resources


30 Minute Vegan Dinners with Megan Sadd



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.“


  • 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.


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. “


  • Avoiding “exactness” a hyper-focus around numbers.
  • Eating doesn’t need to be number focused.
  • Add back the fun and enjoyment of eating.
  • The Plate Method fill the plate up and make sure all food groups are present.
  • Aim for half the plate carbohydrate.
  • Depending on their goals there may be different versions of the plate.
  • Snacks vary according to their nutritional goals.
  • It is important to incorporate variety each and every day!
  • Does your plate make sense?
  • It is easily understandable for all.
  • The Plate Method helps to teach normalcy around food.

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Wendy Sterling, MS, RD, CSSD, CEDRD-S is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered

Dietitian and Approved Supervisor through the International Eating Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, and a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics in the Bay Area in California. She specializes in sports nutrition and eating disorders. Wendy maintains a private practice in Menlo Park and Los Altos, California.



Wendy is a co-author of “How to Nourish Your Child Through an Eating Disorder:  A Simple, Plate-by-Plate Approach to Reestablishing a Healthy Relationship with Food.” She and her colleague Casey Crosbie created the innovative approach to refeeding called the “Plate-by-Plate Approach,” a no-numbers, visual approach, which has been featured in the Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics in an article entitled, “The Use of the Plate-by-Plate Approach for Adolescents Undergoing Family-Based Treatment.”  For tips, support and encouragement on building good plates for nutrition rehabilitation for the treatment of eating disorders, follow on Instagram: @platebyplateapproach.  

She is also the co-author of, “No Weigh! A Teen’s Guide to Body Image, Food, and Emotional Wisdom,” a book co-written by an adolescent doctor, therapist, and herself as the dietitian for teens about their changing bodies, hormones, emotions, and tips for improving sleep, body image, and their relationship with food.  

Wendy has been the Team Nutritionist of the Oakland Athletics since 2016.   She has consulted for the Golden State Warriors, New York Jets  (2006-2013), NY Islanders, and Hofstra University’s Women’s Lacrosse and Volleyball teams, where she worked directly with players to improve endurance, speed, and explosiveness. Wendy has worked closely with the Menlo School since 2014, where she has developed a sports nutrition curriculum for the Athletics program and has consulted for the Santa Clara Aquamaids synchronized swim team. She is a Sports Performance Nutrition Consultant for a variety of Sports Agencies, where she helps athletes achieve peak performance prior to the NBA draft and NFL Combine.  Wendy is part of the United States Olympic Committee Sports Dietitian Registry. She works closely with competitive athletes in order to enhance sports performance and gain a competitive edge.

Wendy worked at  The Healthy Teen Project, an intensive outpatient program and partial-hospitalization program for teens struggling with eating disorders, from 2014-2017. Wendy provided nutrition counseling to children and adolescents in the Eating Disorders Center at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York which is part of the NS-LIJ Health System from 2001-2011. There she worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team, evaluating and treating a spectrum of eating disorders and disordered eating. She has conducted research in the areas of amenorrhea, osteoporosis, and metabolism on adolescents with eating disorders and her publications can be found here.  Wendy has been on the Clinical Advisory Board of Project HEAL, a nonprofit organization created to aid in the funding for the treatment of eating disorders since it was created in 2008.

Wendy received her B.S. in dietetics/nutritional sciences from Cornell University. She earned her Master’s Degree in Nutrition Education at Teacher’s College at Columbia University where she also completed her dietetic internship. Wendy is a former competitive dancer and All-American Cheerleader.

Follow her on Instagram at @wendy_sterling! 



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.


  • 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:

Instagram @embodied_counseling


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