Female Athlete Nutrition

Female Athlete Nutrition

As a Sports Dietitian for NCAA, professional, and recreational athletes alike, I know how powerful nutrition can be. I also know how quickly a female athlete can fall into the trap of disordered eating, under fueling, or amenorrhea which severely limits their health and physical potential. That’s why I’m sharing my knowledge of female-specific nutrition, training, body image, and mindset to help you fuel your body to perform at your highest level. Whether you are looking for a competitive edge with your nutrition training and mindset, or looking to overcome harmful nutrition habits and body acceptance, you’ve come to the right place!

Episodes

July 11, 2024 66 mins

This episode of the Female Athlete Nutrition podcast is with two great friends and physical therapists, Dr. Bobbie and Dr. Jess. They also co-host the Two Gals and a Glass Half Full Apple Podcast. Dr. Bobbie is a former competitive gymnast who now works with gymnasts, amongst other sport athletes, as a physical therapist at Level Up Osteopractic and Wellness in Naperville, IL. While Dr. Jess is the owner and founder of Core Essenti...

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This episode of the Female Athlete Nutrition podcast is with former elite gymnast JaNay Honest. JaNay shares her gymnastics journey, overcoming multiple knee surgeries and doubt to compete at the NCAA DI level for UCLA, the best collegiate gymnastics program. We discuss JaNay’s recruiting journey, with advice to listeners about choosing the right college.

JaNay highlights UCLA’s tasty food options, as well as the nutrition support ...

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This episode of the Female Athlete Nutrition podcast is with Adidas-sponsored professional trail runner Dani Moreno. Dani ran cross country and track at the NCAA Division I level, where she struggled with burnout and all the demands of student-athlete life. Following graduation, she found balance outside of sport, before returning to competitive running, this time on the trails. She shares these challenges, as well as how she navig...

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This Female Athlete Nutrition podcast episode is with Tokyo 2020 Olympian Elise Cranny. Currently a Nike-sponsored professional runner, Elise found success early on in high school and college, before going on to compete in the Olympics and set multiple American records. These highs have not been without lows, and Elise shares about her struggles with relative energy deficiency in sports (RED-S) that led her down a path of injuries,...

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This episode of the Female Athlete Nutrition podcast is with sports dietitian Angie Asche. Angie specializes in helping baseball and softball athletes fuel, and this is the theme of our conversation. We talk about caffeine consumption in athletes, and the effect of energy drinks and other stimulants on performance and sleep. Angie and I give listeners advice for fueling late night training and competition, and the importance of sle...

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This episode of the Female Athlete Nutrition podcast is with Head Lacrosse Coach at Northern Michigan University, Lindsey LeMay Majkrzak. Lindsey shares her athletic background, participating in both NCAA Division I lacrosse and rowing. Her own mental health struggles in college prematurely ended Linsey’s own playing career, but not her love for the sport of lacrosse. Aged 24, Lindsey took on the Head Coach role at Northern Michiga...

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This episode of the Female Athlete Nutrition podcast is with REDs researcher, elite runner Melissa Lodge. Melissa opens up about how her personal experience with RED-S and underfueling led to a series of stress fractures and underperformance as an NCAA Division I athlete. Recovering from RED-S led to performance breakthroughs for Melissa, and also motivated her to study RED-S and advocacy for RED-S awareness and the dangers of unde...

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This episode of the Female Athlete Nutrition podcast is the second in a 2-part episode series about me! After almost 4 years of weekly podcasts, we have a lot of listeners who probably don’t know my story, so here it is! If you haven’t already, go back and listen to Part 1 here!

Transitioning on from my own struggles with disordered eating, over-exercising, and my body, I discuss 3 key recovery tips. I bring listeners up to speed w...

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Trigger warning: this episode talks explicitly about disordered eating behaviors, calories, and other numbers that other people might find triggering. Feel free to give this episode a pass, or ask a trusted person to check this episode out before you. 

This episode of the Female Athlete Nutrition podcast is the first in a 2-part episode series about me! After almost 4 years of weekly podcasts, we have a lot of listeners who probabl...

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This episode of the Female Athlete Nutrition podcast is with Carrie Verdon. Carrie is an elite runner, coach, and full-time school teacher, who recently competed in the US Olympic Marathon Trials. In this episode, Carrie opens up about her eating disorder in high school and college, and how a desire to eat healthier and run faster led her down a dangerous path of underfueling and injuries. She talks about stepping away from running...

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This episode is with Olympian, professional runner, and coach Kim Conley. Kim shocked the world when she made Team USA for the 2012 Olympics after a slow start to her running career. We discuss her rise in the sport and the role nutrition had in her progression. She shares how she has maintained a healthy relationship with her body composition and weight by seeking help from professionals, fueling properly around workouts, and focu...

This episode of the Female Athlete Nutrition podcast is an elite runner for Team Boss and sports dietitian Maddie Alm. Maddie shares her story from high school soccer player to college walk-on to professional athlete, and how nutrition has fueled this progression. We discuss some of the common fueling pitfalls faced by college and high school athletes, and tips for improving performance: post-workout snacks for avoiding within-day ...

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This episode of the Female Athlete Nutrition podcast is with elite trail and ultra runner and wildlife biologist Becca Windell. Becca has a remarkable story from professional cycling in her early 20s, to retiring from sport due to an eating disorder, then returning to competitive sport as an elite ultra runner in her 30s, and recently earning a Golden Ticket into the Western States 100 mile race. We discuss the disordered nutrition...

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This episode of the Female Athlete Nutrition podcast is with  sports dietitian, runner, and mom of two, Meghann Featherstun. As well as helping other athletes with their fueling, Meghann is a rockstar athlete in her own right with multiple marathon finishes. We talk about how she uses her professional knowledge to help her own performance, leading to her best races aged 40 after having kids. We dive deep into marathon and endurance...

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This episode of the Female Athlete Nutrition podcast is with  World-renowned sports dietitian and nutrition researcher Professor Louise Burke. For over 40 years, Professor Burke has been studying elite athletes, and today we take a deep dive into her research into the ketogenic diet and performance.  We discuss why low carb, high fat diets impair elite performance, as well as immune and bone health, and iron status. We also chat ab...

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This episode of the Female Athlete Nutrition podcast is with Olympic Trials qualifier and registered sports dietitian Kelsey Pontius. Kelsey recently competed in the 2024 US Olympic Marathon Team Trials, and comes on the podcast to share about her nutrition and athletics journey. Growing up playing soccer, Kelsey credits this background to her ability to remain injury free as a runner, allowing her to ascend to an elite level. Pers...

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This episode of the Female Athlete Nutrition podcast is with professional ultrarunner and board-certified physician and surgeon Dr Stefanie Flippin. Stefanie just completed lululemon’s FURTHER event, running an epic 6-day ultramarathon in the name of science and research into women’s sport. We discuss her career path as a surgeon, as well as her recent decision to step away and prioritize her running and coaching careers. Stefanie ...

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This episode of the Female Athlete Nutrition podcast is with 4x obstacle course racing World Champion, ultrarunner, eating disorder and mental health advocate, Amelia Boone. Amelia has been very open about her decades long struggle with anorexia, as well as her recovery journey in recent years. She shares these experiences, highlighting her motivations to change and get help. We bust some eating disorder myths and stereotypes: anyo...

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This episode of the Female Athlete Nutrition podcast is with To Taste’s Registered Dietitian and culinary nutrition specialist Lexi Cole. To Taste is a culinary nutrition company on a mission to enhance nutrition education and culinary experience. We discuss the importance of learning how to cook, as well as kitchen and knife skills, for mental and physical health, including the emerging field of culinary medicine. Lexi shares her ...

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This episode of the Female Athlete Nutrition podcast is with endurance sports journalist, ultrarunner, and podcaster Molly Hurford. Molly is also a coach and author, passionate about getting people—especially girls and women—psyched on adventure and being outside. We talk about how the lessons learned through sport translate into life, highlighting the importance of sport for women and girls. Molly and I discuss the huge participat...

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