Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

Marla Ahlgrimm | Retired Pharmacist | Leading Expert in Women's Health

Marla Ahlgrimm Shares the Best and Worst Foods of Summer

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Marla AhlgrimmSummer is here and that means hot days, warm night, and cool treats. It’s also means fresh garden fare, barbeques, and a desire to avoid the oven. Here, Marla Ahlgrimm offers a quick rundown on what foods to keep to a minimum and which to enjoy as much as possible while Mother Nature is in a giving mood:

Cool treats

Ice cream is an iconic afternoon snack during the summer. But it can also derail your diet and damage your teeth. Marla Ahlgrimm says it’s okay to indulge every once in a while but try swapping the majority of your dairy-based desserts with fresh, frozen fruit pops. Simply puree your favorite fruits and freeze onto fun shapes or on popsicle molds.

Carnival cuisine

If you plan to visit as many state and county fairs as possible this summer, you know how hard it is to resist the call of the food. Funnel cakes, fried Oreos, and corn dogs are a must at least once but look for less tummy-trouble-causing foods such as corn on the cob and chicken kabobs. Marla Ahlgrimm says to ask for these plain – no salt or butter.

From the sea

Marla Ahlgrimm enjoys a good crab salad or lobster roll as much as the next person but says even foods typically considered healthy can wear a disguise. If you’re intent on sampling seaside foods this summer, stick with grilled grouper or other items that don’t need butter to make them better.

Lively libations

As much as our inner child wants nothing more than an ice-cream sandwich and hot dog at a summer cookout, as adults, we often turn to cocktails to satisfy our sweet tooth and beat the heat. Avoid daiquiris, which can have as many calories as a loaded double cheeseburger. Instead, opt for lower calories adult beverages, such as a lemon drop made with vodka and light lemonade.


Author: Marla Ahlgrimm

Pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm revolutionized the field of women’s health in the 1970s and continues to do so today. After introducing the term “premenstrual syndrome” to the American public in the late 1970s, Marla Ahlgrimm has continued to focus her pharmacy practice over the years to successfully address hormone concerns that affect women as they age. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Marla Ahlgrimm co-founded Madison Pharmacy Associates, and it was there she fine tuned individualized care protocols and prescription medication to optimize a woman’s hormonal health. One of the first hormone issues that Marla tackled was Premenstrual Syndrome, or PMS. At that time, there were no diagnosis or treatment options to address the severe symptoms that many women were reporting. As a result of Marla Ahlgrimm ’s intense attention to women’s health, Madison Pharmacy Associates gained a national reputation as an innovative practice. Founded in 1982, Madison Pharmacy Associates was the first pharmacy to special in women’s health in the nation. Thanks to the expertise of Marla Ahlgrimm, Madison Pharmacy Associates became known for the management of PMS. Over the years, Madison Pharmacy Associates evolved with Marla Ahlgrimm’s careful guidance, providing the national PMS Access newsletter, as well as a toll-free line where patients could obtain referrals to physicians who had the expertise to help them manage their symptoms. Marla Ahlgrimm founded Women’s Health America, Inc. in 1993 to help women by providing individualized hormonal medications to address the complex health issues of women and also to provide practical, helpful women’s health information. Over the years, Marla Ahlgrimm’s vision has grown to include Women’s Health America, Madison Pharmacy Associates, PMS Access and Cyclin Pharmaceuticals. In addition to her accomplishments with these landmark organizations, Marla Ahlgrimm is an author, having published two watershed books, The HRT Solution and Self-Help for Premenstrual Syndrome. Marla Ahlgrimm has also been published in numerous national publications, including serving as a columnist for The American Journal of Natural Medicine. Today, the primary work of Marla Ahlgrimm centers on natural hormone therapy, an important area for the large number of women who are menopausal and postmenopausal. Marla Ahlgrimm ’s work is unique because of her focus on individualized, natural hormone therapy options. According to pharmacist, Marla Ahlgrimm, many health issues facing women today are related to hormone changes. Using an individualized approach to therapy, she reports that many women feel reenergized for the first time in years. In addition to recognition in publications and journals, Marla Ahlgrimm has been recognized with a number awards over the span of her career. Some of Marla Ahlgrimm ’s most notable awards have been the YWCA’s acknowledgment of Marla Ahlgrimm as one of its Women of Distinction and recognition by her alma mater, the University of Wisconsin, as one of its Distinguished Alumni. Above all of the awards and honors, Marla Ahlgrimm finds that helping so many women is the greatest accomplishment of all. In fact, says Marla Ahlgrimm, she still works with some of her very first patients and their doctors. These women once sought the help of Marla Ahlgrimm for PMS, she says, and today she is helping them manage symptoms of menopause and the years that follow.

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