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Major League Nutrition

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Nicole Chenard, MS, RD, LDN, has helped develop some of the most ground-breaking performance programs with a special expertise in sports nutrition, fitness and lifestyle coaching. She is the host of Major League Nutrition podcast, where she interviews legendary clinicians, professional athletes, chefs and experts about food science, performance, health law and evidenced-based success. For her ground-breaking work in the field, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics named Nicole "Emerging Dietetic Leader of the Year 2020" and she has been described as "Master Class" by her medical mentors.
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Inflammation and Depression: The Ignored Link
In this episode, Nicole Chenard, MS, RD, LDN explores the often ignored link between inflammation and depression. The COVID-19 pandemic uniquely impacted our ability to work, gather, and communicate, and subsequently heightened feelings of fear, anxiety, and loneliness. While many medical professionals have turned to prescribing anti-depressants to treat these symptoms, Nicole dives into reasons why this may not be an effective first approach for everyone. Fear, stress, and anxiety can stimulate an inflammatory response in the body, and the solution may not lie in pharmaceutical prescriptions, but in activities we can plan to do every day, like eating an anti-inflammatory diet and planning consistent physical activity, to help alter our body's pH and our nervous systems. Tune in this week to learn how to take steps to notice and decrease inflammation in YOUR body today. Keywords: Inflammation, fear, anxiety, depression, emotion, COVID-19, pandemic, physical activity, exercise, PTSD, stress, isolation, cytokines, anti-inflammatory, diet, mood, mental health, neuropeptide-Y, serotonin, body, nutrition, wellness, connection, medicine, military, athlete, nervous system To Perform Better Now, as always, head to  To submit questions, send them to or DM us on instagram @majorleaguenutrition  Thanks for listening! To support the creation of this content, all we ask is that you "like", share, listen and repeat! A special thanks to Michelle Severs, MS for editing! It's Suicide Prevention Month, so don't hesitate to learn more and/or connect to a professional from NAMI:  Call the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-6264 Or text "HelpLine" to 62640 Referenced Research: "Move the Body, Heal the Mind" Dr. Jennifer Heisz Blog and podcast episode referenced (amygdala): Allison, D., Nederveen, J., Snijders, T., Bell, K., Kumbhare, D., Philips, S., Parise, G., and Heisz, J.J. (2019). Exercise training impacts skeletal muscle gene expression related to the kynurenine pathway in older men. American Journal of Physiology: Cell Physiology. Lucibello, K., Parker, J., and Heisz, J.J. (2019). Examining the impact of chronic training on the state anxiety response to an acute bout of aerobic exercise in low and high anxious individuals. Journal of Affective Disorders, 247, 29-35.  Paolucci, E., Loukov, D., Bowdish, D.M.E., and Heisz, J.J. (2018). Exercise reduces depression and inflammation but intensity matters. Biological Psychology, 133, 79-84.  Heisz, J. J., Tejada, M.G.M., Paolucci, E.M., and Muir C. (2016). Enjoyment for High-Intensity Interval Exercise Increases during the First Six Weeks of Training: Implications for Promoting Exercise Adherence in Sedentary Adults. PLOS ONE,11(12): e0168534. Paolucci, E., and Heisz, J.J. (2015). Investigating the protective effects of high and moderate intensity cycling on psychological stress and depression in young adults. Journal of Exercise, Movement, and Sport. 47(1). Schmeltzer SN, Herman JP, Sah R. Neuropeptide Y (NPY) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD): A translational update. Exp Neurol. 2016 Oct;284(Pt B):196-210. doi: 10.1016/j.expneurol.2016.06.020. Epub 2016 Jul 2. PMID: 27377319; PMCID: PMC8375392.
September 15, 2022
Name That Emotion! How to Destress Fast with the Power of Words
In this episode, Nicole Chenard, MS, RD, LDN breaks down the part of the brain in charge of emotions and memory - the amygdala. Why? Everyday, whether you realize it or not, you make tons of decisions based on emotions, not logic (that's the prefrontal cortex's duty). While counseling 100s of clients for health and performance goals, Nicole has noticed the trend of emotions tied to decision-making when it comes to what's getting in the way of a client's success. If you're not hungry, the solution isn't food. So what are you? Angry, frustrated, lonely, overwhelmed, feeling like you need to let loose and live a little? Well, in that case, food isn't the solution (or alcohol). Find out what IS the first step to the solution on this episode. Thanks for listening! Did you like what you heard? Sharing, downloading, liking and subscribing are the best compliments! Research Study Referenced in Episode: Lieberman MD, Eisenberger NI, Crockett MJ, Tom SM, Pfeifer JH, Way BM. Putting feelings into words: affect labeling disrupts amygdala activity in response to affective stimuli. Psychol Sci. 2007 May;18(5):421-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9280.2007.01916.x. PMID: 17576282. Keywords: emotions, emotion, health, stress, brain, brain health, memory, amygdala, prefrontal cortex, nervous system, nerves, words, language, linguistics, success, nutrition, fitness, wellness, mindfulness, food, performance, athletes, military, medicine
July 07, 2022
Master Chef Finalist Nick DiGiovanni breaks the internet with TikTok, travel and what's coming out of his chef sleeves next!
On this episode, Nicole Chenard interviews Nick DiGiovanni, a chef on YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram with 14 million followers. He was selected to Forbes 30 under 30, a finalist on MasterChef Season 10, and has several business ventures including Osmo Salt. Nick DiGiovanni is one of TikTok's top U.S. food creators with 8 million followers and more than 250 million monthly views. He was the youngest-ever finalist on MasterChef and finished third during Season 10. He’s worked in several restaurants including a 3 Michelin Star restaurant called Benu in San Francisco, CA. The Harvard graduate is currently deferring his enrollment in Harvard Business School's 2+2 program so he can focus on growing his brand and several ongoing projects. Nicole has personally known Nick since he interned for her while she was creating nutrition programs for Massachusetts General Hospital and serving as the Wellness Director at the John Nagle Co. As an outstanding intern, he also helped her with the Boston Fisheries Foundation's Boston Seafood Festival several years back. Since Nick is such a big star now, Nicole likes to joke around that she produced his first video, which is on YouTube. Nick and Nicole produced their own nutrition video without the help of professionals (we've come a long way!) and had a lot of fun recording it. Created for 9/11 veterans and their families, the video, "Improve Your Mood with Food," describes the benefits of specific foods and nutrients for emotional wellbeing, as in decreasing depression and anxiety and increasing calm and happy. If you haven't checked it out yet, it's on YouTube, listed on the Major League Nutrition channel. We hope you like it! For more information, visit:  Keywords: chef, food, nutrition, health, travel, cuisine, culinary, Japan, influencer, Italy, cooking, Forbes, surfing, hockey, balance, meat, dance, Argentina, winter, summer, family, fresh, cook, seasons, chocolate, cacao, honey, maple syrup, aromatic, senses, umami, influencer, truffles, Ecuador, TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, learn, education, big picture, Vermont, brothers, farm, intern, try, sweet corn, street food, birthday, Max Brenner, Harvard, restaurant, connection, relationships
May 19, 2022
How your sleep habits can help or hinder your gut microbiome, your brain health, and your hormones! Nutrition experts Nicole Chenard & Madison MacFarland break it down so you can sleep better now!
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's Dietetic Intern, Madison MacFarland discusses with Award-Winning Dietitian Nutritionist Nicole Chenard, MS, RD, LDN, the latest research in the connection between nutrition, hormones, and sleep. Included in this discussion: how your sleep habits impact everything from your appetite, your mood, the composition of the bacteria in your gut, and your ability to detox! Learning the "new" basics can help you make informed choices when it comes to your nutrition, exercise and sleep.  This episode will help clarify why it's not that you "don't have the willpower", and there's scientific reasons why you may be grabbing ice cream or potato chips for a night time snack.  After listening, you’ll have a deeper understanding of why the stages of sleep matter and how to measure them. Also discussed: the circadian rhythm and how it affects sex hormones and hunger hormones.  Villanova University's Center for Obesity Prevention & Education (COPE) Harvard Law School's Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation Interactions between sleep, stress, and metabolism: From physiological to pathological conditions Coupled electrophysiological, hemodynamic, and cerebrospinal fluid oscillations in human sleep Please send your questions and curiosities. Your feedback is welcomed and encouraged! Did you learn something? Is there something that you’d like to know more about? E-mail: on instagram or for more info, visit:  Keywords: testosterone booster, low testosterone, increase testosterone, melatonin, insomnia, circadian rhythm, oura ring, fitbit, apple watch, garmin, tracking device, rem sleep, symptoms, sleep deprivation, sleep stages, nutrition, calories, weight gain, metabolism, metabolic dysfunction, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, nutrition and sleep, corporate wellness, harvard law school, harvard medical school, villanova university, obesity, prevention, nutritionist, nutrition expert, dietitian, registered dietitian, nutritionist near me, presentations, education, progesterone, estrogen, cortisol, hormones, pituitary gland, hormonal imbalance, hypothalamus, brain, adrenal fatigue, adrenal glands, kidneys, plants, light, eye mask, mask, sleep hygiene, medicine, doctors, medical students, nutrition education, inflammation, anti inflammatory, performance, athletes, food is medicine, education
February 12, 2022
Nicole Chenard, MS, RD, LDN expert research dietitian, explains the pros & cons of the keto diet
Nicole Chenard, MS, RD, LDN, gives a breakdown of the pros and cons of the popular ketogenic "keto" diet.  Keywords: gluconeogenesis, weight loss, acid/base balance, carbohydrates, hormones, insulin, leptin, hunger, macronutrients, food, beverage, liver, glucose, sugar, blood, metabolism, research, medicine, nutrition, health. for requests & e-newsletter sign up for social for booking and everything else
January 18, 2022
How to Spot Supplement Red Flags with Madison MacFarland
How to spot supplement red flags with my amazing dietetic intern from BIDMC in Boston, MA, Madison MacFarland From Ronald Regan, to Senator Orrin Hatch, and Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, known as DSHEA What to avoid, what to make sure you don't waste your money on, and how to tell the difference! For more, as always, head to To submit questions, send them to or DM us on instagram @majorleaguenutrition Thanks for listening! Stay tuned for more! This content is FREE. All we ask is that you plan, "like", share, and repeat! Happy Healthy Holidays Everyone! - Nicole & The Major League Nutrition Team
December 10, 2021
Laura Hartung, MA, RD, LDN, CPT Global dietitian gives us the secrets of the Blue Zones to improve our health and her top tips for a happy, healthy life
Description & Keywords: Laura Hartung, MA, RD, LDN, CPT Amenorrhea in ballet dancers thesis paper & record-breaking javelin throwing! – University of Akron, Ohio, Iranian Food , Hawaii – Kalani – Sustainable food and yoga!, Ikaria, Greece – No word for retirement!, Okinawa, Japan – Grannies growing their own veggies!, Loma Linda, CA – most concentrated source of 7 Day Adventists, Bali – getting outside, Sardinia, Italy, Nicaraguan peninsula Blue Zones – Dan Buettner Alcohol and women statistics from the COVID19 Pandemic Dr. Joan Salge-Blake from Boston University  Dr. Professor David Jernigan, USA  Connectedness, Valuing elders, Lifestyle – hugging trees, getting dirty, knowing where your food comes from, paying the price for industrialization Number #1 fear of Americans today, Top 3 Tips on How to Build a Healthy Meal
October 17, 2021
Introduction to the Major League Nutrition show
Host Nicole Chenard welcomes you to the Major League Nutrition show
August 25, 2021