My name is Malina Malkani and I’m a registered dietitian nutritionist. I specialize in nutrition for moms, babies and kids and own a nutrition consulting company and private practice that focuses mainly on women’s health throughout the life cycle. I’m also a single mom of three young girls who are currently 7, 8 and 10 years old. Subsequently, the estrogen levels run high in my home, and female health, self-esteem and empowerment are central themes that course through the veins of both my personal and professional lives.
For this reason (among others!), I am so happy to join the Ashlyn Lee team. As a nutrition counselor, consultant and author, my goal is to reduce parental stress around food and feeding, and provide parents with tools, tips, recipes, and programs that make it easier to raise healthy, confident eaters who enjoy a lifelong positive relationship with food.
In addition to the challenges they face in meeting the nutritional needs of their changing bodies, today’s tween and teen girls face a different set of health-related challenges as they grow. It’s too easy for them to find unreliable, bizarre and sometimes dangerous answers to questions about their health and changing bodies on the web, or from non-credentialed social media influencers. Health, wellness and nutrition myths and misconceptions swirl around the internet, celebrity-endorsed detox diets are all the rage, and our thin-obsessed culture continues to reward a standard of beauty that is unattainable for the vast majority of women.
I’m excited to partner with Ashlyn Lee and create a solution in the form of evidence-based resources for parents of tween/teen girls that will advance the cultural conversation around women’s health with empathy and acceptance—and help our girls navigate through these changeful years healthfully and with confidence. To that end, here’s what you can expect from my articles and posts:
Evidence-based nutrition information and guidance to help you optimize your tween/teen girl’s health
Advice on how to help her establish a lifelong positive relationship with food
Nutrition-focused solutions for issues she may face as her body changes
Practical tips on how to bring the science of nutrition into your family’s meals and snacks
Do you have questions about:
The effect of vitamin D status on premenstrual symptoms?
Whether chocolate causes acne?
Whether your tween or teen is meeting her needs for calcium during this important period of bone growth and development?
Whether her iron needs change when she starts menstruating?
If yes, stay tuned! You’ve come to the right place...
Cheers to your good health,