Menopause: A Heath Promoting Diet
 Instructor: Tracy Pritchard, MS, CNS, LDN

The optimal management of menopause requires a multi-disciplinary approach to address physical, psychological, and social needs. It has been said that those who are able to handle menopause symptoms well have approached this phase of life as a natural progression instead of a struggle. This experience is influenced by many factors including diet, lifestyle, genetics, and reproductive history. The focus of this class will be on a balanced “health promoting diet” and natural adjustments to support menopause. Everything we eat or drink is information for our body; we want to ensure we are sending the right messages! Since one’s diet can have a tremendous influence on hormone balance we will look at how to use a whole foods diet to achieve a higher level of wellness. Dietary recommendations, functional foods and nutrients that support menopausal symptoms will be covered. A brief review of therapeutic approaches to concerns often associated with menopause will also be discussed.

Who Is Tracy?
Tracy Pritchard was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and French from the University of Rochester in 1996. Upon graduation she was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps and served almost a decade as a Logistics Officer. Tracy always loved reading about health and nutrition. Her work as a nutritionist was born out of a love for food and science, and wanting to understand health at a deeper level. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Bridgeport in 2017 with a Master of Science in Human Nutrition. She is passionate about helping others find healing through nutrition and an overall healthy lifestyle. She focuses on a balanced approach and meets people where they are by creating an individualized plan that is specific to their needs. She focuses on a “good, better, best” approach to help clients make lasting changes. Her integrative and functional approach focuses on food, movement, sleep, and stress to unlock the body’s potential to heal. By using a combination of medical history, detailed metabolic assessment, lab work, and symptoms she is able to develop a comprehensive plan for each client. She currently sees clients one-on-one at Henry Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Lexington Park.

Tracy also works at a retreat for Veterans with PTSD and has given numerous seminars to school running clubs, homeschool groups, corporate wellness, and scout troops. Tracy is a Board Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) and a member of the Maryland State Board of Dietetic Practice (LDN). She is a wife and mother of three children and enjoys running, cooking, and boating.