I'm Kendra and this is Live Fertile. I'm dedicated to providing you with simple and effective tips and info about women's health, nutrition, and wellness. My goal is to help you get your body ready for pregnancy, have a healthy pregnancy, and replenish yourself after pregnancy, simply and naturally. I've also been known to share an embarrassing personal story every now and again. Feel free to chuckle at me. I won't take it personally.
Since before I can remember I have loved science, food, wellness, and families. As a kid I planned to become a midwife. I would watch every single pregnancy, birth, and new mommy show I could find on TV (Anyone else remember "A Birth Story" or "Yummy Mummy"???). That dream faded away, but my desire to help women have healthy pregnancies and give birth to healthy babies never died. Eventually, it donned on me to combine my nutrition knowledge with my passion for women's health.
While working as a nutritionist for prenatal and breastfeeding women, infants, and children, I started thinking about all the women who weren't walking through the doors of the clinic, the women who wanted to have children but were struggling to get pregnant. Around that time I also started to think about my own fertility; time was ticking. I have since dedicated myself to doing everything in my power to maintain and optimize my own fertility and help other women do the same.
My philosophy on health, wellness, and achieving optimal fertility is super simple:
- Love and respect yourself.
- Show love and respect for your body by moving in enjoyable ways and eating tasty foods that make you feel good.
- Love and respect other people.
Living this way, eating well and living well, is the not so secret "secret" to living a happy, healthy, and fertile life.
I'm excited to share what I know, learn more along the way, and walk this path with you.
Kendra Tolbert MS, RDN, CDN, CLC is a registered dietitian nutritionist, certified lactation counselor, and certified aromatherapist from San Diego, CA. She currently lives in Alexandria, VA. Before moving to Virginia she lived in NYC, where she lived for eight years. Her first three years in the Big Apple were spent studying nutrition at Teachers College, Columbia University.
She has experience helping individuals, families, and communities make improvements to their health and lives by adopting healthier eating habits. Her areas of interest include women's health, fertility, and integrative and functional nutrition.
Previously, Kendra worked as an acute care clinical dietitian, outpatient oncology dietitian, nutrition educator, a community nutritionist, and consultant for nonprofit organizations. When not blogging or studying nutrition, herbalism, aromatherapy, and women's health, she enjoys taking dance, fun fitness, and yoga classes; reading, journaling, and body rolling to classic 'N Sync and Britney Spears songs.