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Addressing PMS with Diet and Lifestyle: A Dietitian Tool Kit for Hormonal Balance

This presentation will provide a variety of integrative strategies that may help ease a woman's monthly cycle, as well as potentially helpful supplementation and supportive bodywork.

Member Price $24.00

Nonmember Price $54.00

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This product is free for DIFM members.

This webinar was presented live on March 24, 2020.

Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) is experienced by over 90% of women, some of whose lives are greatly disrupted by this condition, whether through pain, mood or missed workdays. Not surprisingly, a woman's monthly cycle is a complex orchestration of hormones that can be affected and even dictated by diet and lifestyle patterns. Dietitians are primed to help make a difference for many women who may be struggling to find relief from these symptoms. This presentation will provide a variety of integrative strategies that may help to ease this time of the month, from vital foods to include and minimize, healthy and supportive habits around sleep, stress, and exercise, as well as potentially helpful supplementation and supportive body, work like massage and acupuncture.

CPEU: 1.0
CPE Level: 2
Learning Need Codes: 5420, 5460, 3100, 4180
Performance Indicators: 6.2.5, 8.1.5, 9.2.1

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the basic physiology behind a woman's monthly cycle
  2. Identify diet and lifestyle patterns that may exacerbate PMS
  3. Implement several diet and lifestyle strategies that support a reduction of PMS symptoms


Mary Purdy MS, RDN

Mary Purdy, MS, RDN is an Integrative and Eco-Dietitian, with a Master's Degree from Bastyr University where she is currently adjunct faculty. She has been in clinical practice for over 12 years in both private practice, and as a clinical supervisor at Bastyr's Teaching Clinic and with the Wellness Company, Arivale, using personalized medicine and functional nutrition approach. She has given over 100 nutrition workshops, speaks regularly at health and nutrition conferences, and was the keynote speaker at Bastyr University's Commencement Ceremony 2019. She was DIFM Chair 2017-2018 and has served on the board since 2012. She also serves on the board of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. She is the co-author/creator of the revised "Environmental Toxins, Exposure, and Elimination" Module of the Certificate of Training Program offered by The Academy Center for Lifelong Learning and co-authored the Diet Appendix for The Anti-Inflammatory Diet chapter for the 14th& 15th ed. of Krause's Food & The Nutrition Care Process. Additionally, she hosts the podcast "The Nutrition Show", authored the books "Serving the Broccoli Gods" and "The Microbiome Reset Diet", and is a tireless advocate for a sustainable food system that supports our environment and helps to mitigate climate change.

Release Date: March 24, 2020


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