62 episodes

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!

Female Athlete Nutrition Lindsey Elizabeth Cortes MS RD CSSD

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 31 Ratings

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!

    REDS and Disordered Eating During Covid 19

    REDS and Disordered Eating During Covid 19

    In this episode, I talk with a client of mine, Lindsay, who was enrolled in the Rise Up Nutrition FAST Track program. Lindsay shares the impact of the pandemic on her relationship with food and exercise as a high school athlete. Feeling isolated and out of control, Lindsay found purpose and comfort in controlling her nutrition and training. Despite initial satisfaction, Lindsay explains how this obsession led her down a path of disordered eating and over-exercising, something that a friend of hers picked up on. Lindsay and I highlight the importance of expressing concern to people we may see struggling in our own lives, even if the message doesn’t appear well received at the time.
    Lindsay explains how she reached a place where winning races and running wasn’t even fun anymore, and outside of that, life was miserable and family life was disrupted. This led Lindsay to seeking help, however, denial and misunderstanding meant her path to correct treatment was difficult: a very common story among our clients. 
    Lindsay enrolled in our Female Athlete System of Transformation (FAST track) program after her mental and physical health continued to decline. Lindsay explains how she worked with her own psychologist alongside Jenna and I, as registered dietitians, to get at the root cause of her mental health and nutrition struggles and ultimately overcome them. 
    The nutrition knowledge we teach our clients suited Lindsay’s personality type, allowing her to understand the importance of fueling appropriately and then implement changes. She shares the highs and lows of recovery: breaking her routines and food rules ultimately led to Lindsay seeing positive changes in her mental and physical health: feeling more energized and happier, able to perform better, socialize and laugh more are just some. 
    Healing her relationship with food has allowed Lindsay to get more out of life and fully embrace her collegiate experience. In spite of now fueling appropriately, Lindsay shares the long-lasting consequences of underfueling, including a recent stress fracture diagnosis, how she has accepted her changing body, and ultimately finding the “real Lindsay” again.
    Refer back to Episode 21: Hydro Interval Training, Endurance Coaching & Nutrition with Melis Edwards for more information on aqua jogging and cross training.
    Lindsay’s Official Bio:
    Lindsay is a recent client of mine who began working with us at Rise Up Nutrition at the beginning of her freshman year of college, Fall 2021, having struggled with food for close to two years. Lindsay is a NCAA D3 collegiate track and field and cross country athlete for Colby College.
    Learn more about Lindsey's Services and the Team at Rise Up Nutrition:
    www.RiseUpNutritionRUN.com
    Worried that you have RED-S? Curious to know how we could help or how you can recover fast?! Download the RED-S Recovery Race & see how you place for more support: www.RiseUpNutritionRUN.com/REDS

    • 50 min
    Navigating Puberty and Collegiate Athletics

    Navigating Puberty and Collegiate Athletics

    In this episode, I talk with the University of Minnesota Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Coach Sarah Hopkins. Coaching through the Covid 19 pandemic has presented unique challenges, but Sarah explains how the extra year of eligibility awarded to student-athletes has benefitted her team. The extra year of training and development has seen her teams earn notable NCAA finishes. Sarah discusses the college recruitment process and her approach to coaching that is designed to have athletes performing their best during their junior and senior years. She presents the trajectory of endurance athletes as one that sees them peaking in their 30s, rather than in high school or college.
    We delve into the impact of puberty on athletics and how fundamental this period of development and body change is for long term success. While weight and hormonal changes may initially correlate with decreased performance, Sarah reminds us that if we ride the train, we will come out the other side stronger and more resilient, setting us up for success far greater than what our pre-pubescent selves could ever have achieved. We touch on the nuance of athletic bodies, how individuals are built uniquely and are meant to look different to teammates, rivals, and even themselves at different stages of life: there is no one “fit” or “fast” look, and our genetics mean that we are not supposed to all be the same shape or size. Sarah mentions how necessary fueling properly is for bone development, strength and injury prevention: there are no shortcuts to success and consistency wins overall.
    Sarah and I discuss addressing nutrition concerns, identifying red flags, and the importance of referring athletes out for professional help. As with training and recovery, the best approach to nutrition is individualized and there are multiple different paths to success. Sarah reminds us to remove the good/ bad food labels, emphasizing our “all foods fit” approach, and how she models healthy habits with her athletes. This modeling extends to her identity as one of very few female head coaches, and Sarah explains the gender imbalances that are still very apparent and the changes that need to be made to get more women in positions of power.
    Follow Sarah Hopkins on Twitter and Instagram @mnxcCoachHop
    Sarah Hopkins’ Official Bio:
    Sarah is the Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Coach at the University of Minnesota. Sarah took over the Women’s cross country team in 2013 and the men’s team in 2021 after serving as a volunteer coach at Minnesota for 8 years. She was named both the 2020 and 2021 Midwest Region Coach of the year, as well as the 2021 Big Ten Coach of the year. Sarah coached the men’s team to their first NCAA appearance in 6 years and the women to two top 8 team finishes the last two seasons. 
    Learn more about Lindsey's Services and the Team at Rise Up Nutrition:
    www.RiseUpNutritionRUN.com
    Worried that you have RED-S? Curious to know how we could help or how you can recover fast?! Download the RED-S Recovery Race & see how you place for more support: www.RiseUpNutritionRUN.com/REDS

    • 1 hr 2 min
    How to Succeed at Your New Year’s Resolutions

    How to Succeed at Your New Year’s Resolutions

    This episode of the Female Athlete Nutrition podcast is a solo episode centered around New Year goal setting. Before diving deep into the main topic, Lindsey shares some big life updates having recently given birth to baby Gabriel. Lindsey reminds us all to have patience and compassion for ourselves and for the things that are out of our control when looking to the future.
    As with every New Year, this January comes with an overwhelming amount of societal pressure and diet culture messaging to transform ourselves into someone new. Lindsey touches on the importance of how we frame our goals and offers up several things to think about: 
    -Instead of focusing on changing ourselves, why not work on self-compassion?
    -Shift from resolving to break old behaviors and restrict yourself, to thinking of things to add in and new positive habits to create.
    -Focus on a couple of smaller, realistic goals rather than on many big and unrealistic expectations.
    Lindsey acknowledges the low success rate for most New Year’s resolutions before talking us through 5 strategies for success. These strategies start with brainstorming areas you have more control over, before thinking through SMART goals: specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely targets for ourselves. Lindsey classifies goals into outcome, performance and process goals, explaining how the amount of control you have varies across these different types: you have the most control over the process, outcomes aren’t guaranteed.
    After defining your goals, creating boundaries, and identifying the processes required to achieve them, Lindsey offers up the 3 R’s for forming habits: reminder, routine and reward. Consistently practicing these goal-directed habits and processes are the keys to successfully achieving your goal.
    This episode is brought to you by the Female Athlete System of Transformation:
    Click here to Book a Call & learn more
    Learn more about Lindsey's Services and the Team at Rise Up Nutrition:
    www.RiseUpNutritionRUN.com

    • 39 min
    Knowledge Isn't Always Power: Coaches Need Coaches Too

    Knowledge Isn't Always Power: Coaches Need Coaches Too

    In this episode, I talk with a client of mine, Alana Asch, who was enrolled in the Rise Up Nutrition Group Coaching program. Alana unpacks her disordered relationship with food from a child until now in her late 20s, beginning with food anxiety and severe restriction, then a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa as a teenager. She reveals how competitive and controlling traits, when applied to eating, ultimately hurt her physically and mentally. Alana opens up about her experience in an eating disorder treatment facility that proved unsuccessful as she fought to manage her anxiety through controlling her food. A lack of support and feelings of being out of control then led Alana down a path of overexercising, alcohol and drugs. These behaviors, alongside self-harm and promiscuity, commonly accompany mental health struggles as sufferers substitute one for another.
    Despite a masters degree in strength and conditioning and a solid nutrition understanding, Alana reflects on the difficulty she had applying her knowledge to herself. Through the Group Coaching program, Alana was able to unpack the belief she held about having a “sugar addiction”: restricting during the day led her to craving sweets in the evening. Alana explains how this holiday season, by fueling correctly and learning that all foods fit, she has noticed a difference in her mindset when surrounded by an abundance of the sweet treats she used to crave so much.
    At Rise Up Nutrition, we aim to keep our clients active throughout their program, allowing them to experience how optimal fueling benefits performance. Alana shares how fueling with more carbohydrates throughout the day translated to increased energy and improved performance in the gym. We touch on the value of a coach, both for athletics, mindset and nutrition, and Alana’s coaching business, The Better Coach. Alana underlines the importance of seeking professional help, no matter your knowledge level, from someone you trust and can truly empathize with your struggles.
    Alana Asch’s Official Bio:
    Alana Asch was one of my clients and a certified strength and conditioning coach with a master’s degree in exercise science. Alana grew up a female athlete, focusing on soccer. Her soccer team ran a lot for their training, so when she stopped playing soccer she continued running and completed several marathons and half marathons. After being confused as to why she could run a marathon but not do one pull-up, she became interested in strength and conditioning. That’s when she went back to school and obtained a master's degree and, as mentioned, is now a strength and conditioning coach with her own business, The Better Coach. When she’s not coaching others, Alana enjoys training herself. Though not training for any specific event at the moment, Alana enjoys getting after some runs and weight training regularly.
    Find Alana and her business, The Better Coach, on Instagram @thebettercoach
    And online at alanaasch.com 
    Learn more about Lindsey's Services and the Team at Rise Up Nutrition:
    www.RiseUpNutritionRUN.com
    Worried that you have RED-S? Curious to know how we could help or how you can recover fast?! Download the RED-S Recovery Race & see how you place for more support: www.RiseUpNutritionRUN.com/REDS

    • 53 min
    Daily Desserts to Perform Better (+ Cheese!)

    Daily Desserts to Perform Better (+ Cheese!)

    In this episode, I talk with Oiselle-sponsored professional runner Rebecca Mehra. We touch on the challenging college transition period, and Rebecca shines a light on the importance of making mistakes to learn and grow from them to become a better athlete. From a disappointing freshman year that saw her plagued by injury after injury, Rebecca turned it around to have a breakout sophomore year. After making that leap, Rebecca found herself riding a frustrating plateau, and here she speaks to the importance of patience, commitment, and playing the long game. Rebecca explains her unlikely transition into professional running, feeling like she had untapped potential to realize on the track. Making the 2020 US Olympic Team Trials in both the 800m and 1500m was a momentous achievement that Rebecca credits with her consistent and patient approach.
    Rebecca shares her journey with nutrition, from being blissfully ignorant in high school to first being exposed to a culture of disordered eating in college. As a reaction to seeing the negative consequences of athletes restricting, Rebecca explains how she felt compelled to do the opposite and eat whatever she wanted to. Freshman and sophomore year of college saw big shifts in Rebecca’s nutrition approach towards both extremes, before she found a happy medium that balanced an unrestricted approach with healthy habits.
    Working with her college sports nutritionist, Rebecca explains how she tailored her nutrition to prioritize recovery and improve performance. Knowledge was power for Rebecca, and a better understanding of food saw her make big leaps in her training consistency, performance and health.
    With all the knowledge she now has around optimal fueling for performance, Rebecca’s balanced and fun approach to nutrition, incorporating desserts in daily and alcohol in moderation, has seen her reach new levels of athletic performance. Other tips Rebecca gives include: prioritizing hydration,  post-workout fueling, and building balanced plates, alongside eating enjoyable food and listening to hunger cues and craving; no food is off limits!
    Rebecca enlightens us to her love of cheese and the story behind how an off-hand comment at the Olympic Trials made for a viral tweet and pounds of cheese turning up on her doorstep. More than an athlete, Rebecca shares her work off the track working with the Mayor of Bend, her experiences abroad, being part of an all-women team and company and more.
    Follow Rebecca Mehra:
    Instagram @rebecca_mehra 
    Twitter @rebecca_mehra
    Rebecca Mehra’s Official Bio:
    Rebecca Mehra is a professional middle distance runner competing in the 800m and 1500m with Littlewing Athletics, an all-women's team based in Bend, Oregon, and sponsored by Oiselle. Rebecca is also a public policy professional, having served as a special assistant to the Mayor of Bend, and most recently a Campaign Manager for a local candidate running for office. Rebecca received her undergraduate and Master's degrees from Stanford University, in international relations and communications respectively.
    Learn more about Lindsey's Services and the Team at Rise Up Nutrition:
    www.RiseUpNutritionRUN.com
    Worried that you have RED-S? Curious to know how we could help or how you can recover fast?! Download the RED-S Recovery Race & see how you place for more support: www.RiseUpNutritionRUN.com/REDS

    • 50 min
    Recovery is a Rollercoaster

    Recovery is a Rollercoaster

    In this episode, I talk with a client of mine, Anna Grace, who recently graduated from our Female Athlete System of Transformation program (aka the FAST Track). Anna Grace shares about how her drive to perform at her best in soccer led her down a path of disordered eating and over-exercising that zapped her energy and impaired her performance. Anna Grace explains how the comparison trap to professional athletes and desire to “look like an athlete” fuelled her drive to train harder and restrict her diet more. This “discipline” backfired leaving Anna Grace frustrated at her lack of athletic improvement, ultimately injured and not achieving her goal of participating in NCAA D1 sports.
    Listening to podcasts like the Female Athlete Nutrition Podcast, coupled with the low of being injured, led Anna Grace to recognizing signs and symptoms of RED-S in her own life, including: low energy, mood fluctuations, menstrual irregularities and amenorrhea. We discuss how her internalized image of what an athlete looks like wasn’t a picture of health. Anna Grace’s journey to getting healthy wasn’t a quick fix, nor is it for anyone recovering from chronic under-fuelling and overtraining, but with patience and persistence she has made huge progress.
    Anna Grace reflects back on the challenges of recovery, and speaks on the despair she felt from an overload of information when the severity of RED-S really hit home for her. Seeking help from specialists like Dr Nicky Keay, who I spoke with on Episode 38 of the Female Athlete Nutrition Podcast, and myself at Rise Up Nutrition, Anna Grace shares the progress she made regaining her menstrual cycle, changing her thought patterns and mindset, and building up her training in a health-supporting way.
     
    We discuss the emotional rollercoaster of RED-S recovery: first the frustration of not achieving athletic results and the denial of anything being wrong, to acknowledging disordered habits and then working to change them, to the fears of body change and feeling  trapped and powerless to change. While Anna Grace wished for a quick fix and instant solution, the journey she went on, engaging in the Rise Up Nutrition FAST Track program, has created far more sustainable and worthwhile changes that have set her up for greater long-term health and happiness. Anna Grace leaves us with the reminder to trust the process and have patience and hope throughout.
    Follow Anna Grace’s food Instagram @athletes_love_food.
    Anna Grace’s Official Bio:
    Born in Memphis, TN, Anna Grace now calls Albuquerque, NM, home when she is not at college. Anna Grace has played soccer since she was 4yrs old, competing at a high club level throughout her teenage years with goals to play NCAA Division 1 soccer. Anna Grace has recently gotten into running while still playing club soccer at Mississippi State University, where she is a junior majoring in computer science with a minor in Biochemistry. Anna Grace enjoys posting on her food Instagram @athletes_love_food.
    Learn more about Lindsey's Services and the Team at Rise Up Nutrition:
    www.RiseUpNutritionRUN.com
    Worried that you have RED-S? Curious to know how we could help or how you can recover fast?! Download the RED-S Recovery Race & see how you place for more support: www.RiseUpNutritionRUN.com/REDS

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

gulligulli ,

Best sports nutrition podcast!

Always a great listen, and amazing advice. Highly recommended!! (From a fellow RD)

audpig ,

My fav nutrition podcast

This podcast has helped me so much! I now incorporate donuts and cookies into my diet on the daily and it has brought my running (and general life happiness) to a new level

5kcruiser ,

Lindsey is so knowledgeable and a great host!

This podcast is so important for educating female athletes about proper fueling and nutrition. It’s a must listen for any athlete or coach, no matter their level, and Lindsey does a great job leading these conversations.

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