Category Archives: Cooking

Can Probiotics Help Female Athletes to Perform Better?

Can Probiotics Help Female Athletes to Perform Better?

The short answer to this question is… Yes! Probiotics and probiotic foods are an essential part of any active girl or woman’s nutrition plan for two important reasons: 1. Athletes who use probiotics have direct performance benefits.  In a placebo controlled study of 10 runners given 45 billion CFU of Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Streptococcus strains,… Continue Reading

Delicious Collagen Smoothies for Postpartum Moms

Delicious Collagen Smoothies for Postpartum Moms

Supporting postpartum recovery for new moms is an essential skills for all women’s health physical therapists, fitness professionals, nutritionists, and other women’s health and wellness professionals.  The postnatal year is a time when women need emotional support, practical support, and physical support. Today we’re going to discuss vital aspects of nutrition for supporting tissue recovery… Continue Reading

An Athletic Mom Shares Her Shift from Carb Loading to Gluten Free Nutrient Rich Eating for Performance

An Athletic Mom Shares Her Shift from Carb Loading to Gluten Free Nutrient Rich Eating for Performance

We have been talking a lot about the nutritional needs of female athletes around here lately.  Have you seen our free video series on Female Athlete Wellness? >>Check it out here.<< Today we’re talking a bit more about the benefits of going gluten free for female athletes.  Please enjoy this guest post from Dr. Carolyn… Continue Reading

Healthy Comfort Food: Italian Sausage Minestrone Soup Recipe

Healthy Comfort Food: Italian Sausage Minestrone Soup Recipe

As the weather gets colder and we are knee deep in the holiday madness (I mean excitement!), it’s helpful to have a few recipes on hand to soothe your soul, your hormones, and your digestion.  One of my favorite healthy comfort food recipes is my Italian Sausage Minestrone Soup.  It’s gluten free, dairy free, grain… Continue Reading

Is adding Maca to Your Smoothies and Recommending It to Your Clients a Good Idea or All Hype?

Is adding Maca to Your Smoothies and Recommending It to Your Clients a Good Idea or All Hype?

Is there any evidence that adding that scoop of Maca to your smoothie is a good idea? As with nearly everything… the answer is, “It depends.” In my practice, I recommend Maca for specific situations and it works very well.  But, in some situations, using maca can actually worsen your client’s symptoms.  Let’s tease out… Continue Reading

How to Conceive Naturally Book Review

How to Conceive Naturally Book Review

If you want healthy children, support the health of their parents. In my practice, supporting mom and dad’s health begins even before conception. As a clinical nutritionist, I work with women every week who struggle with fertility or who simply want to be as healthy as possible before they get pregnant.  Reducing each woman’s environmental… Continue Reading

Have a Healthy Holiday Smoothie

Have a Healthy Holiday Smoothie

This is a holiday recipe that I hope that you won’t need.  But, sometimes we all overdo it, push a bit too hard, eat a bit too much holiday sugar, sit next to the coughing guy on the plane, or end up on the receiving end of our kid’s snotty sneeze.  This recipe is for… Continue Reading

Inspiring Health through Beautiful and Delicious Pizza

Inspiring Health through Beautiful and Delicious Pizza

Here at The Integrative Pelvic Health Institute we believe that it’s essential for health and wellness professionals to understand the research (or lack there of) supporting their clinical practice.  We encourage our professional students to participate in informal (or formal) research.  We believe that the best healers put in the hours of practice building strong clinical… Continue Reading

How Fermented Foods and Probiotic Supplements Can Help Women with Chronic Pelvic Pain

How Fermented Foods and Probiotic Supplements Can Help Women with Chronic Pelvic Pain

There is a growing understanding that the microbial composition of the digestive system, urogenital system, and urine of women with pelvic pain conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), interstitial cystitis (IC), and chronic yeast infections varies from those in healthy women. For example, women with IC have significantly higher percentages of Lactobacillus in their… Continue Reading

THE Chicken Soup for Women Recovering from Birth or Surgery

THE Chicken Soup for Women Recovering from Birth or Surgery

Recovery from birth or surgery both require similar care for the soft tissue to regain it’s strength.  Collagen is important for healing from surgical incisions, C-section incisions, and episiotomies or tears.  Collagen is also essential for maintaining bone density post-menopausally (Shan, 2006), and though it has not been studied, likely in the childbearing years as… Continue Reading