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She's Got Power

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Are you a high-achieving women who struggles with weight, fatigue, anxiety, sleep, digestion, adrenal or thyroid issues? If you’re ready to stop being the victim of your over-scheduled life and become the most powerful version of yourself…this is the show for you. I’m Michelle Leotta (Pfennighaus), … read more

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#87: The work I’m most proud of

December 21st, 2022


Many of my clients have gone on to start their own career in health and wellness, and through the years I’ve spent more and more time supporting health coaches with business and marketing. Today I’m chatting with Katie …

#86: Be the Hero of Your Story with Emily Reagan

December 14th, 2022


Taking care of and looking out for yourself impacts how you do everything in life. Today’s guest, Emily Reagan, made it her mission to take charge of her life and her career after hitting rock bottom. And now, she runs …

#85: Healing From Burnout with Stephanie Graves

December 7th, 2022


Are you feeling worn down, experiencing symptoms you can’t explain despite receiving “normal” lab results, or just overwhelmed by going through life? …

#84: This Is Not an Episode. Here's Why...

November 30th, 2022


So you know what? There is no episode this week. There is no episode, I guess. I am here to just tell you there is no episode. Because every time I look at my calendar, there's more stuff. There hasn't been a break in …

#83: The High Achiever’s Next Step with Maren Oslac

November 23rd, 2022


We’ve all felt that masculine energy of pushing our way forward or climbing the next rung on the ladder. In today’s episode we’ll explore the …

#82: What Walking Can Do For a Busy, Stressed Body

November 16th, 2022


When you’re busy and stressed you may find that healthy habits fall by the wayside. But if there’s just ONE thing you can do for yourself…take a walk. It almost sounds too simple! But humans are meant to be moving most …

#81: Healing from Betrayal with Dr. Debi Silber

November 9th, 2022


Betrayal is a form of trauma, and we’ve all experienced it in some shape or form. In today’s episode, Dr. Debi Silber of the Post Betrayal Transformation Institute shares common symptoms and types of betrayal as well as …

#80: How To Stop Stress Eating Sugar

November 2nd, 2022


When we’re stressed, our bodies crave salt and carbs. No guilt – it’s science! Instead of trying to willpower ourselves into hiding the treats, the better option is changing the situation, so we’re less stressed to …

#79: Solo Motherhood & Entrepreneurship After 40 with Amy Salinger

October 26th, 2022


After 20 years of personal styling work in NYC, Amy Salinger used the disruption of COVID to create a new life that falls squarely outside the norm …

#78: 3 Terrible Ways to "Relieve Stress" (They backfire like crazy)

October 19th, 2022


Often, the ways that we attempt to relieve stress can actually make our stress worse. (How stressful!) In today’s episode, I’m sharing why these …

#77: Succeeding in a Male Dominated Industry with Claudia Bilotti

October 12th, 2022


I’m proud to introduce you to my very own Aunt Claudia – someone who paved the path for women entering male dominated industries. Now retired, she shares her story and sage advice from a 40+ year career spent fighting …

#76: How To Create a Capsule Meal Plan, Part 2

October 5th, 2022


Last week I shared the concept of “capsule meal planning” and how to go about creating your own. It’s a super efficient way to eat well. This week …

#75: How To Create a Capsule Meal Plan, Part 1

September 28th, 2022


Ever heard of a capsule wardrobe? It’s just a few pieces of clothing that mix and match to create outfits easily – and you can approach meal planning …

#74: Reversing Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis with Julie Fischer

September 21st, 2022


Today’s guest, Julie Fischer, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) after four years of unexplained symptoms and multiple doctor visits with …

#73: Women, Willpower & What To Do About It

September 14th, 2022


Willpower is the thing I consistently hear women say they need more of. But if you’re focusing on using willpower to restrict certain foods, you’re bound to run yourself in circles of guilt and shame. This episode talks …

#72: “No” Is a Complete Sentence with Shawne Johnson

September 7th, 2022


Look around any yoga studio or Whole Foods and you’ll see that the health and wellness industry is primarily built for and around white women. My …

#71: How To Stop Holding Yourself Back

August 31st, 2022


If you’ve ever uttered the words “I could never do that” or “That’s not me,” you’ve experienced the limiting power of your own self-identity. The …

#70: Societal-Level Solutions to Burnout with Angie Alt

August 24th, 2022


When it comes to burnout, no amount of bubble baths are going to help while we’re still living in a world that demands so much (too much!) from women – and at a fraction of the paycheck. In this episode Angie Alt shares …

#69: Paving Your Own Path

August 17th, 2022


Sometimes our lives shift – divorce, job changes, etc. – and we feel disoriented. In this episode Michelle outlines the 3 key elements to …

#68: Mindset & Bariatric Weight Loss Success with Marilyn Clark

March 16th, 2022

Drastic change can sometimes be our best choice. But in this episode, my friend, Marilyn Clark, shares how big change has to happen physically AND mental/emotionally for long term success. Whether you’ve considered …

#67: 3 Ways Stress Impacts Weight

March 9th, 2022


If you’re stressed out with a body full of inflammation, if you’re feeling bloated and puffy, if you have pain and fatigue… let me just say: Your …

#66: Beat Burnout with Style with Erin Mathis

March 2nd, 2022


In a rut? When it comes to burnout, you can’t change your health or body overnight. One thing you can change, however, is your style. Hear from style expert Erin Mathis on how a few small tweaks to your clothes, hair, …

#65: When You Can't Stop Worrying & Overthinking

February 23rd, 2022


Is worrying part of your personality? (It could be literally part of your DNA.) There are so many reasons we can get stuck in an overthinking pattern …

#64: Staying Balanced in a C-Level Career with Rachel Pachivas

February 16th, 2022


In a corporate world dominated by men it’s refreshing to hear from C-level executive Rachel Pachivas, COO of Annmarie Skincare. Rachel chats about …

#63: 5 Ways to Detox That Have Nothing To Do With Food or Your Body

February 9th, 2022


Your environment and mind can become cluttered and toxic – affecting your stress levels, energy and overall health. Forget the juice cleanse and instead learn how to clean up your external world.


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#62: A Better Relationship Starts With Yourself With Rachael Cunningham

February 2nd, 2022


How do romantic relationships affect body image, and vice versa? Well, when you show up as your bold, confident self you’ll quickly realize that it …

#61: You Don’t Have To Fix Everything (It’s Called Boundaries)

January 26th, 2022

Everyone has their own journey and responsibility for themselves. People we love may struggle but that doesn’t mean it’s our job to fix it. What if we held space for problems, sadness, illness but didn’t become burdened …

#60: How To Stop Dieting with Stephanie Dodier

January 19th, 2022


If you’ve been curious about the “Health at Any Size” movement or what it would be like to banish the concept of dieting from the face of the …

#59: How To Succeed with New Year's Resolutions

January 12th, 2022


The concept of failing fast says, “Go do the thing, imperfectly. Fail. Learn and move to the next iteration.” It works brilliantly in business. And …

#58: Intermittent Fasting for Brain Health & Blood Sugar Balance with Marisa Moon

January 5th, 2022


You may have heard about intermittent fasting and thought…whoa. Crazy diet trend. But IF has been shown to improve many markers of health – I’m talking mood, energy, brain health, you name it. In this episode Marissa …

#57: Will Exercise Reduce Stress? Yes and No.

December 29th, 2021


Exercise is healthy – except when it isn’t, as in some cases of chronic stress. So should you ditch the Peloton? Lift weights? Do more yoga? Listen …

#56: Your Appearance Doesn’t Define You with Hope Easterbrook

December 20th, 2021


If you’ve ever longed for that beautiful hair in a Pantene ad, or wished for smoother skin, or less cellulite, or to be as graceful and perfect as a …

#55: Why Holiday Weight Gain Is Not a Problem

December 13th, 2021


It’s normal to eat more during the holidays. If you’re fearful about gaining that holiday weight, here’s a suggestion. Lay off the scale and start …

[5 of 5] How To Live Ageless: Prioritizing Fun and Pleasure

November 19th, 2021


Welcome to How To Live Ageless, a special mini-series. This episode is about the thing that women are consistently not getting enough of – pure pleasure. And it shows! Tune in and get inspired to prioritize your own …

[4 of 5] How To Live Ageless: Reset Your Sleep Rhythm

November 18th, 2021


Welcome to How To Live Ageless, a special mini-series. In this episode, you’ll learn how your daytime habits impact your nighttime sleep quality. And how sleep impacts everything else! This is wildly important for …

[3 of 5] How To Live Ageless: Skin Secrets

November 17th, 2021


Welcome to How To Live Ageless, a special mini-series. Today we’re talking about caring for your skin naturally – from the inside out. For the full …

[2 of 5] How To Live Ageless: Food to Restore & Replenish

November 16th, 2021


Welcome to How To Live Ageless, a special mini-series. In this second episode, we’re talking about food...but definitely not about dieting. Listen …

[1 of 5] How to Live Ageless: Breathe Life Back In

November 15th, 2021


Welcome to How To Live Ageless, a special mini-series. In this first episode, you’ll learn the #1 thing you need to heal from burnout, reverse …

#54: When Meditation Isn’t Working: Burnout Recovery with Cait Donovan

August 2nd, 2021


In this episode, my guest Cait reveals her story of burnout as an acupuncturist and how she was predisposed to burnout because of the “not-enoughness” that so many women face. As she reminds us, burnout recovery is not …

#53: Make Productivity Your Superpower (Without Burning Out)

July 26th, 2021


To-do lists, checkboxes, spreadsheets – if you’re a highly productive woman you probably know and love tools like these. But at a certain point our …

#52: Reframing Financial Stress with Sarah Blanchfield

July 19th, 2021


Think your finances have nothing to do with your health? Think again. Not only are there many parallels between these aspects of life, but financial stress directly impacts the health of your body and mind. In this …

#51: How Stress Affects Libido

July 12th, 2021


If your libido is at an all-time low, it *could* be a medical condition. But more likely? It’s a normal response to chronic stress, there’s …

#50: Understanding Hashimoto’s Disease with Chelsea Gold

July 5th, 2021


Did you know that medical students only get a few minutes of nutrition training? And Registered Dietitians don’t learn much about specific autoimmune diseases? If you’ve been to doctors/nutritionists and NOT received …

#49: This Is Why You’re Tired

June 28th, 2021


“I’m SO tired” is a common refrain among women. Are we just too busy...or is something much larger behind our collective exhaustion? In this episode, …

#48: Embracing Feminine Energy To Heal From Stress with Teresa Lodato

June 21st, 2021


We live in a world where masculine energy is rewarded: Achieving, pushing, doing more. Teresa Lodato is a woman who took on every challenge, from an …

#47: The Power To Create the Life You Want

June 14th, 2021


Don't mean to get all "woo" on you, but here’s the truth: You are far more powerful than you give yourself credit for. In this episode I’ll share …

#46: The Courage To Do What’s Right For You with Andrea Beaman

June 7th, 2021


Have the courage to use your voice, make your own decisions and really check in with yourself – especially when it comes to your health. Take a listen to this episode with my special guest and dear friend, Andrea …

#45: [Say Goodbye To Symptoms] Maybe It’s Your Thyroid Series, Part 4

May 31st, 2021


Treating symptoms related to hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s disease isn’t simply about the medication. It’s about looking at the reason behind your symptoms. In this episode, I share how you can begin to heal.

You’ll …

#44: [The Problems With Lab Tests] Maybe It’s Your Thyroid Series, Part 3

May 24th, 2021


Labs are a critical component to assessing thyroid health, but results aren’t always black and white. Listen to hear why you don’t want to be …

#43: [What To Expect at the Doctor] Maybe It’s Your Thyroid Series, Part 2

May 17th, 2021


If you know something about your body doesn’t feel right, remember that YOU are the expert in your body. It can take years for women to get a proper …

#42: [Have These Symptoms?] Maybe It’s Your Thyroid Series, Part 1

May 10th, 2021


Exhaustion, stubborn weight, brain fog...these are some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism. While no one WANTS a thyroid could actually be …

#41: Autoimmune Healing & Radical Feminist Acts with Danielle Meitiv

May 3rd, 2021


How’s this for a radical feminist act? Take care of yourself, first. Danielle Meitiv, a scientist, mom and Hashimoto’s warrior, joined me on this first episode of season 4 for a look at her autoimmune healing process …

#40: Conquering Work Addiction with MaryBeth Hyland

January 18th, 2021


Gear up to hear MaryBeth’s story of overcoming the work addiction and perfectionism that had been rooted in her since childhood. She described herself as “a walking zombie” constantly striving for success – and shares …

#39: Rebuilding Myself (and How You Can Too)

January 12th, 2021


Even though I help women navigate their chronic stress, I have to eat my own medicine too. Listen to hear what I am doing to rebuild myself as I head into this new year and how you can join me on this journey of getting …

#38: How To Manage Your Energy & Compete In a Man's World

January 4th, 2021


Have you ever felt like your over-achieving tendencies combined with work and stress are just “too much?” Renia Carsillo joined me for a fascinating conversation about her journey as a highly-driven businesswoman and …

#37: Top 3 Supplements For Chronically Stressed Women

December 21st, 2020


Many women are on some sort of supplement regimen…. but typically, they’re not sure why they’re taking them (or if they’re helping.) Listen and learn about the top 3 supplements I like for helping women who have been …

#36: Upgrade Your Health Goals to Become More, Not Less

December 14th, 2020


“Lose weight. Stress less. Curb cravings. Lower anxiety. Reduce bloating.” In this episode you’ll be challenged to be brave enough to stop trying to be LESS (even as we focus on our health) and aim to become… MORE.

#35: High-Achievers: Productive But Rarely Fulfilled (& How To Change That) with Kelly Sheets

December 7th, 2020


Ready to increase your power and find that “something more” that you’ve always been looking for? Kelly Sheets joined me for this insight-bomb dropping episode about being a high-achiever, leading yourself first, …

#34: A Behind-the-Scenes Look: Going Gray, My Way

November 30th, 2020


Women often feel hesitant (or downright terrified) of letting their silver strands show. From color options to grow-out techniques, this episode …

#33: How To Build Resilience Against Stress

November 16th, 2020


2020 has been...a lot. And we’ve been resilient! But there’s a price our bodies pay for having to adapt to stress and challenges. In this episode you’ll learn how to build strength and be ready for whatever comes next. 

#32: Single? Married? The Importance of Independence with Dr. Aviva Romm

November 9th, 2020


Get ready to hear one of Michelle’s biggest mentors, Dr. Aviva Romm, talking about the physiological changes that take place in our bodies when we’re …

#31: How Amy Reversed Symptoms of Hashimoto’s (Autoimmune Thyroid) Disease

November 2nd, 2020


People pleasing, unprocessed emotions, your favorite pasta – who knew that any of these things could impact your thyroid? As a follow up to last …

#30: Brain Fog, Weight, Feeling Blah? An Integrative Approach & Testing For Your Thyroid

October 26th, 2020


Low thyroid symptoms like weight gain, brain fog and feeling blah are so common among women (even those already on thyroid meds)...they’re almost considered normal. Good news, help is on the way! Listen to this episode …

#29: Breakdowns to Breakthroughs with Julie Reisler

October 19th, 2020


Noticing strange things happening with your body but chalking it up to getting older? Now is the time to take your symptoms seriously. These are …

#28: 7 Reasons for Weight Gain Other Than Calories

October 12th, 2020


The calorie game is only one piece of the weight puzzle...especially for women over 40. Instead of seeing stubborn weight as a personal fault or sign …

Feeling Less Fluffy [Lift Day 5]

June 11th, 2020


Get what you need to overcome quarantine burnout in just 5 days! Michelle's Lift program is available for a limited time, for free. To participate and get your free meal plan and guide, go to:

Little Miss Sunshine [Lift Day 4]

June 10th, 2020


Get what you need to overcome quarantine burnout in just 5 days! Michelle's Lift program is available for a limited time, for free. To participate and get your free meal plan and guide, go to:

Oh Hello, Bowel Movements [Lift Day 3]

June 9th, 2020


Get what you need to overcome quarantine burnout in just 5 days! Michelle's Lift program is available for a limited time, for free. To participate and get your free meal plan and guide, go to:

Burnout Recovery Puzzle [Lift Day 2]

June 8th, 2020


Get what you need to overcome quarantine burnout in just 5 days! Michelle's Lift program is available for a limited time, for free. To participate and get your free meal plan and guide, go to:

Don't Try To Be Perfect [Lift Day 1]

June 7th, 2020


Get what you need to overcome quarantine burnout in just 5 days! Michelle's Lift program is available for a limited time, for free. To participate and get your free meal plan and guide, go to

#27: How To Lift Yourself Out of Burnout

May 25th, 2020


Burnout makes everything feel impossible. When those telltale signs of exhaustion, lack of motivation and utter overwhelm take over, your job is to take a step back and reprioritize. In this episode, I am introducing a …

#26: The 3am Waking

May 11th, 2020


You’re waking up every night. And let me guess…right around 3am? Sometimes it takes HOURS to fall back asleep. If it’s an external problem you can easily fix, that’s great. But if it’s an internal problem…it’s likely …

#25: Hormones & Fertility with Sarah Swanberg

May 4th, 2020


Did you know that your body gives you a report card every month? Actually, you get several….but in this episode we focus on your cycle, hormone health, fertility and how stress impacts all of it.

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#24: Bloated Much?

April 27th, 2020


Bloating happens for a number of reasons – including stress. Meanwhile, women are walking around thinking they need to lose weight. Not only is that a horrific waste of our mental energy…it really may have nothing to do …

#23: Keeping Steady in an Unsteady World

April 20th, 2020


When the going gets rough, how do you keep going? Even though we're all struggling to adjust to this new normal – we keep showing up. Hitting …

#22: Toxic Relationships with Heidi Brocke

April 6th, 2020


When you think about your health and wellbeing, how much do your personal relationships matter? The truth is, they’re either feeding you or draining you. And toxicity can show up in ALL relationships - not just romantic …

#21: Cookies & Quarantiphanies

March 30th, 2020


This is hard. We’re a couple weeks into the coronavirus quarantine and feelings of anxiety, loneliness and depression may be setting in. It’s a time to go easy on yourself, keep your spirits up and once again...go easy …

#20: Completing the Stress Cycle

March 23rd, 2020


Despite challenges, stress and fear – we keep going. Humans are amazingly resilient to stress...unless we get stuck in a stress cycle that never ends, spiraling downward. In this episode, I’ll share a free resource for …

#19: You Don’t Have Time To Be Sick: Building a Strong Immune System

March 16th, 2020


Who has time to be sick? Not it’s time to start strengthening your immune system. In this episode, I share four powerful ways to support …

#18: Taking a Break From Alcohol with Rachel Hart

March 9th, 2020


Today we are cracking open the topic of alcohol – how much we drink, why we drink, and how to approach our consumption in a healthy way. This is a …

#17: SGP Book Club Meeting: Hunger by Roxane Gay

March 2nd, 2020


What are you hungry for? If you're new around here, this is the first She’s Got Power book club meeting and our pick was Hunger by Roxanne Gay. This book gives perspective on what it's like to be overweight and struggle …

#16: Take the Stress Out of Losing Weight

February 24th, 2020


The fitness and dieting industry is enormous and never-ending. You want to know why? Because most people are going about it all wrong. Most diet efforts are misguided. This episode will give you the insight to finally …

#15: Why I Recommend Pizza

February 17th, 2020


It's time to break free from rules! Especially when it comes to food – what’s “healthy” today may not be “healthy” tomorrow. Our bodies and minds …

#14: Introducing the She’s Got Power Book Club

December 16th, 2019


As we wrap up Season 1 of the podcast, please join me for something a little different… It’ll be fun, it’s free, and we’re going to have some juicy conversation as we expand our minds on topics related to self-worth, …

#13: Negativity: Uprooting the Weeds

December 9th, 2019


Fact: We’re biologically programmed to have a negativity bias. And sometimes we get dragged down by it. This episode is about understanding where …

#12: Is Stress Causing Your Digestion Problems?

November 25th, 2019


Today I am joined by Andrea Nakayama, a functional medicine nutritionist and expert in digestive health. Listen carefully as she explains how your …

#11: Dump the Sunday Blues

November 18th, 2019


Do you have a job that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning? One that makes you feel ready to take on the world? Or are you stuck in a career that makes you chronically stressed and feeling the Sunday Blues? …

#10: 10 Minute Salmon Dinner

November 11th, 2019


One of the biggest mistakes that I see women make is not eating enough. It’s super common! And that’s what inspired today’s recipe – a delicious …

#9: A Lifetime of Not Feeling Safe

November 4th, 2019


Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have a significant impact on your stress levels and overall health as an adult. But what counts as an …

#8: Rockstar Running on Empty

October 28th, 2019


My friend Lisa has always been a rockstar – especially since hacking her life to heal from chronic stress. If you’re a woman who is “doing it all,” this is a must-listen episode. Lisa hit rock bottom with some scary …

#7: Why Adrenal Fatigue is Not a Thing

October 21st, 2019


In this episode, we’re talking about the increasingly popular term, “adrenal fatigue.” My history with this goes all the way back to when I was just …

#6: When You Need a Lil’ Something

October 14th, 2019


I love food – it’s my love language.. That's why on this podcast I want to share some of my favorite healthy recipe ideas to get you in the kitchen. …

#5: Chill Out Your Stress Response with Brodie Welch

October 7th, 2019


Today on the show we’re talking to my friend, Brodie Welch. She’s a bit of an anomaly when it comes to wellness – and specifically Traditional Chinese Medicine. Don’t think woo-woo, don’t think weird...I promise. Brodie …

#4: How To Stop Fighting, Flighting & Freaking Out

September 30th, 2019


When you think of “stress relief,” what comes to mind? Yoga classes? A massage? All sorts of stuff that you probably don’t have time for? In today’s episode, I have a different idea for you – one that I’ve seen work …

#3: A Work Ethic on Overdrive

September 23rd, 2019


With a work ethic on overdrive, your body will start sending messages to signal it’s time to slow down. But will you listen? If you continue down the path of all work and no play your body will give you more signals …

#2: Far-Reaching Effects of Stress

September 23rd, 2019


Trying to DO everything and trying to BE everything. This is exactly what many women fall victim to and it’s showing up in our health in unexpected ways. Today on the podcast, I am sharing why recovering from burnout is …

#1: Welcome to She’s Got Power

September 19th, 2019


Hello! Welcome to my brand, spankin’ new She’s Got Power podcast. I’m your host, Michelle Leotta, a health coach trained in integrative and functional medicine who helps women recover from burnout and chronic stress. On …

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