Say Yes to Nourish
Emily Opthof, RD - Period Power Dietitian. Helping people with periods navigate wellness & recovery without shame or stigma.
Easy Ways to Hack Your Hormones
I don’t know about you, but I am so tired of hearing about these strange diets designed to “balance your hormones” or “hack your metabolism”, taught by culturally acceptable (thin and/or muscular, likely cisgender) whyte men. My hormones, my body, my business – not to mention, if you don’t have a uterus, how could you possibly know what’s happening in there?
What is RED-S?
As a Registered Dietitian working primarily with women and women’s health concerns, I see a great deal of active individuals! Working with active women, it’s important to be aware of health concerns that can impact their athletic performance, along with their overall health. When we consider the culture that women (and all other folks!) live in – the expectation to be small, toned but not muscular, strong but not strong-willed, and quiet about their accomplishments – it’s not hard to imagine that they are missed… some providers aren’t even thinking about them!
Sleep & Your Cycle
Just like your skin and your energy levels, your sleep patterns change throughout the menstrual cycle. While it can feel like your energy and sleep are shifting forever without any sort of pattern, you can (and should) sync your cycle with your sleep self-care! In this post, we’ll break down the whys of each sleep change and tips that support the rest you need and deserve.
Seed Cycling 101
If you’ve never tried seed cycling before, this is the time to try it – and if you’ve never heard of it, you’re in the right place!
Basic Hormones You Should Know About
More and more we’re seeing content about hormone health, imbalances and what to do – and I’m not going to lie to you, it isn’t ALL the best information. Much of it comes from influencers with little to no education, and who certainly don’t practice nutrition or medicine!
Your Skin & Your Cycle
Let’s talk about the skin– did you know that it changes based on the phase of cycle you’re in? Shifts in oil production, collagen support and overall hydration of our outer layer can create the perfect situation for that desirable glow or a painful breakout. Thankfully, if you know what phase of your cycle you’re in, you can target skin care ingredients during hormonal changes for the best results.
Stress & Your Period
The menstrual cycle is such an interesting thing - some humans have the capability to carry and bear new life! Just like sleeping, waking and other rhythms of the body, having a period (usually) occurs on a regular schedule with routine changes in hormone levels.
Why Dietitians Can't Diagnose You
Ever thought about seeing a dietitian, but didn’t know what to expect? Not sure what they can and can’t tell you? In the past, there have been Nutrition Month campaigns promoting the power of dietitians in supporting health and wellness. “More Than Food” was a recent theme, touting not only choosing nourishing foods, but also the power of the environments we eat food in, the people we eat with, and the other factors that support healthy lifestyles! “More Than Food” also describes Registered Dietitians, who are regulated health professionals with expertise in nutrition and health. However, a common misconception about dietitians is their role in health care, especially from patients - we are more than just food!