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2.13.19 HCTP October 2018 Acc Check-In Call #3

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>> Hey, everyone, and welcome to your third and final check-in call. It's so fantastic to connect with everyone this evening. For those of you who don't know me and recognized my voice, my name is Jon, and I work on the Student Success team here at the school. And I actually went through the Health Coach Training Program back in 2013 and have since set up a coaching practice and a wellness company here in New York City. On this call, you're also going to be hearing from Anna who works on our Education Team here at IIN. And she graduated the program back in 2017 and also works as a Health Coach. On this call, as usual, we're going to go over some of what you've been learning over the past few modules, we'll give some of our tips for maintaining your progress in the course. And then as always, you'll have the opportunity to ask us your questions at the end but also interact with us in real time throughout the call. Now before we get into all that good stuff, I want to make sure everyone knows how to make the most out of this call. So I'm going to introduce Anna to go over a little technical housekeeping with everyone. >> Anna, you there? >> Yeah. Thanks, Jon. Hi, everybody. Thank you so much for joining us this evening. We're so excited that you're here, and we're so excited to be back with this group. And just like the other couple of calls, if you are returning for your third call, then you know this already. But for anybody who's joining us for the first time, we want you to know that you can ask your questions by using the Questions Chatbox, that's in the GoToWebinar control panel. And Erin is also with us from the Student Success team, and she will be helping us to answer your questions during the call. And just another quick reminder if you haven't yet joined your Facebook group, please make sure that you visit the Connect page on your Learning Center and join your class's Facebook group. It's a great way to connect with your classmates and also provides you with a forum to ask questions whenever they arise. So let's get started. I would love for you guys to type into the Chatbox, type in your name and where you're calling from. Oh, great. We're getting started right away. Hi, Sarah. Sarah says, "Hi, Anna and Jon. I'm Sarah from Montreal." We have Maki from Japan. I'm sorry if I mispronounced your name. We have Megan from Seattle, and Murray from Ridgefield, Connecticut. Hey, I live in Darien close by. Danielle from Montana, who's currently in Arizona. That's fun. I hope you're escaping the snow a little bit. Annie from Tampa is here, Jackie from Maryland, Sandy from Brooklyn, New York. Larry from Oregon. This is so awesome. So we've got a really cool group, we've got a lot of different states represented. Also Sandra from Vancouver. We've also got a couple different countries represented. So that is pretty cool. Thank you so much, you guys. I'm glad to know this is working and... Ooh, I wish that I could pronounce your name. I think it's Emana from Peru. That is so cool. Thank you so much for joining us. I'm going to pass it back to Jon. >> Awesome. Yeah, I love, you know, as always, it's so great to see all the cool places people are from. And like Anna, I'm also from Connecticut as well from outside New Haven. I feel like, Anna, we learned so much about each other on these calls. >> I know, it's so fun. >> But yeah, welcome, everyone. I'll kick off the recap with the topic that I love, which is coaching through primary foods, specifically relationships. So I know, over the last few modules, we covered how to coach through primary foods, and we really emphasize relationships 'cause we identify them as a top contributor to health and happiness, right? I'd love to know from this group, and I love how engaged all you are. So I think we're going to get some good answers here. But I'd love to know how many of you have seen that in your own lives that your relationships, whether it's, you know, with someone who's just a romantic partner or just a friend, family member, how that impacts your life and your health. So how do... Your experience... In your experience, how have you seen relationships impact your overall wellness? Go ahead and share, and I'm going to head over some really curious to see what kind of answers you guys have. And I'll just share first. I personally see like a very direct connection, especially with friends and kind of having my tribe. And what I love about IIN is I love the community, and it's so great to work here now and be surrounded by so many cool likeminded people who helped build me up, and I could see that directly impacting, you know, lowering my anxiety and giving me confidence and just bringing a lot more joy into my life. So that's what I'm grateful for. But I'm seeing a lot of answers coming through. Sarah is saying relationships, love, particularly impacts her health. I totally agree as well. I've another... Well, Sarah is saying, specifically her boyfriend. Then we have Amelia saying, "Removing negative people and bringing in likeminded people, mix that are not competitive people but encouraging people." So that's awesome. Yeah, you're seeing kind of when you remove more of the negative toxic people from your life and replace them with likeminded people who aren't competitive but are encouraging, you see great things happen. It's so funny. I was talking to a coworker about this same exact topic earlier today. So thanks for sharing. All right, we have Tim saying stressful relationships may lead to poor food choices. I totally agree, and that's a good connection. And I've seen that with a lot of my male clients, and they don't always connect those dots. So that's really insightful that you would add to that, Tim. I am just going to share few more before we move on here. We have Katie saying, "I realized I wasn't putting enough time into friendships. I've made an effort and feel so much more energized and full of ideas and inspiration." That's absolutely beautiful. And again, it just takes that awareness and reflection to kind of see where you may be lacking, and that's why I love the Circle of Life form. But yeah, so I think this is something... It looks like based on your feedback and comments that we can all relate to this idea that relationships do impact our health. And it's something to keep in mind as you start working with clients. You know, really make sure that they have good support systems in their life and see not only who will support them but who might be making it typical for them to make changes that they need to make. And this is really important, especially when you are starting to make positive changes in your life, and I see a few people commented on this specifically that you do have people who are going to encourage you and build you up because it's such a delicate time for you or for your clients when they're going through their journey. So definitely keep that in mind when you cover primary foods with your clients. All right, so we also talked a bit about cravings. And I find this topic to be so interesting because, you know, our cravings could tell us so much about our bodies and our overall life experience. So I'm going to shift gears a little bit and ask you guys if you've experienced this yourself, maybe you've even found yourself deconstructing your cravings since you started the program, you know, go ahead and share two of the biggest contributors to cravings that you may be having. And I'll head over to the Chatbox right now to cover that. And, Anna, because you work in the Education Department, you have such a good perspective on cravings. I'd love for you to just chime in if you have anything to add to that. >> Oh, thank you. Cravings, I think, are one of the most fascinating topics that we cover. And I think kind of even for me until I went through the program, it took me a little while to recognize that my cravings were more than just physical and not 99% of the time they were stemming from. A craving for some other kind of nourishment, that wasn't food. And so one of my favorite questions to ask my clients now is when you have a craving for X, whether it's pasta, or a brownie, or a cookie, whatever it is, when you're craving that food, how can you fulfill that craving without using food? Or is there a way you can fulfill that craving without using food? And it gets people thinking about what it is about that food that they crave. You know, I found a couple of clients who say they crave pasta, but what it is they're craving is really the feeling of the warmth of the bowl in their hands or, you know, and that kind of mindfulness is really nourishing. So I just... Getting to the emotional and almost spiritual place about where you're cravings are coming from can be so empowering and so enlightening in life. >> I appreciate you sharing that. I think that's absolutely correct. And I have a client that I'm working with right now who has a lot of cravings. We do have to ask those types of questions for him to start thinking through. You know, what is he really lacking or what does he really need in those moments where he has cravings. But yeah, I see a lot of people saying that, you know, stress, anxiety are causing or big contributors to cravings. I see Michelle saying, "I realize now that I was filling with food or I was using food to fill the void in relationship, " which is a great connector to both of these topics. "It was an amazing thing for me to realize a huge hurdle to overcome. I am fully aware with my feelings around food." That's so insightful. It's really great that connected directly to what we're just talking about in terms of relationships. So as Anna said, you know, relationships could impact making poor food choices. Michelle saw that as well. I'm glad you made that connection and made a positive change. We're also seeing... Yeah, overall, mainly, we're seeing a lot of stress. You know, I see a lot with my clients, especially when it comes to sweet foods or one, not getting enough sleep, and two, stress, which I see a lot of you guys sharing. So if you can really help your clients get these two aspects back in balance, you know, sleep, stress, but also as you guys are sharing, relationships, you know, career, so many other things that impact our primary foods. They can really help them improve their health and their overall wellness without having to, you know, cut out those foods or, you know, go out them head on. So this is really where a Health Coach can come in and make a huge impact. So yeah, thank you guys so much for sharing, and I'm going to pass it over to Anna 'cause I know you have a lot more insight into cravings in general. >> Thank you. I think this is such a good point. Just wanted to share what Eva said quickly in the Chatbox. She said, "I learned to discern between craving primary or secondary food. In January, I craved fats at a point, I just increased the amount of coconut oil and my morning gluten-free grains and avocado in my salad, and suddenly my craving was extinguished." And I think that's such a good example of learning how cravings might be physical and learning how to listen to your body and trust that your body is giving you the information that you need to make sure it's successful. You know, and when you're really low, energy like that sometimes increasing your fat intake can be just what you need to start to feel better. So I'm glad to hear that. And it sounds like we've all experienced our own cravings. And maybe you've had friends or family members or potential clients that are sharing their cravings for all sorts of different foods. And one thing I want to point out to you that we sort of touched on is that cravings are so much more than physical, they can also be emotional, they can be spiritual. It's just so frequent that we go to these "comfort foods" for a reason when we're looking for something or when we feel like we're missing something. And that's just something to keep in mind as you start coaching clients to really ask those questions and probe deeper to see what's going on and maybe where those cravings are coming from. So we talked about some tips for navigating cravings with mindfulness during this group of modules. Does anyone remember what those tips for navigating cravings with mindfulness for? Do you remember any of them? Go ahead and share them in the Questions box. I will give you a hint. There were three of them, three of them for navigating cravings with mindfulness. I'm going to go ahead and jump in. And the three that we talked about and that we shared were acknowledging the craving. The second one was exploring the craving with nonjudgmental curiosity. And then the third one was to proceed from a place of empowerment. So the point of using those steps with a little more mindfulness is to help us make more intentional dietary choices rather than just sort of going on autopilot. You know, there's a little more to saying, "I want a cookie and here's where it's coming from, and I am okay with that choice" than "I want a cookie, so I'm just going to reach for the cookie." So it's totally okay for you to take a step back and recognize that you actually want the food that you are craving. In fact, it's often more effective and you end up eating less of it if you take a moment to acknowledge the craving and ask yourself where is this craving coming from. Or again, like, what is it about this food specifically that I'm craving. And investigate that a little bit if you're craving a memory or a feeling, perhaps the food isn't going to solve that for you or for your clients. But if there's something like Eva was saying about the food, like you are low energy and you find yourself craving fats, we know that fats give us energy. So maybe that's a moment when your body is physically telling you what you need. So you know yourself best and your clients know themselves best. It's your job to help them learn to listen to their bodies and listen to their minds. And so sometimes eating a rich food that we genuinely enjoy can be an aspect of primary food that brings so much joy, and in that, it brings so much nourishment. So it's really great, but we just want to make sure we're not on autopilot and we're not on default to use food as a sort of Band-Aid to cover up emotions that we don't want to deal with. So attack your cravings from both the physical and the emotional place. Anything else you want to add, Jon? >> Oh, I love that. No, it's so funny, while you're talking, I was just thinking about a client I have who has a lot of cravings. And we do find that, you know, when he wants something and he has awareness about why he wants it, and then maybe even that's a little bit of indulgent food, he gets to really enjoy it, then he kind of calls that craving and he kind of move on 'cause he's not beating himself up and he's doing it with like an objective mind. So yeah, so much is stirring up as you're talking. But also for me, personally, just knowing kind of myself really well and avoiding certain triggers that may snowball. So for example, I know I have a sweet tooth, I've always had it my whole life. And if I have a donut or something in the morning, that means all day, I'm just going to keep craving carbs and sugar. So just being aware of that and thinking, "Okay, well, instead of having, you know, any kind of simple carb or anything sweet in the morning, I'll have something more higher protein, higher fat," that kind of sweet shades me and I find that I don't crave a lot of foods. But immediately if I have something like a bagel or a pastry in the morning, then it's like all day I'm just eating that kind of food. So just knowing that and avoiding it and knowing ways to kind of sidestep that helps a lot. But that's just me. I feel like we're going to get a lot of gems from this group about how to deal with cravings when they do strike. So given kind of tips that you've learned and everything that we've shared and what we've learned throughout the program, I'd love to hear from the group. What do you do when a craving strikes? Go ahead and share and I'll head over to that Chatbox now to read some out loud. All right, we'll give you guys a few moments here. But again, what do you do when a craving strikes? All right, we have Danielle saying she drinks water. That's another great idea. Oftentimes if we're dehydrated, we may think we're hungry or may crave certain foods. So yeah, that's a good way to kind of cover your bases there. And Jacqueline commented right after you saying, "Water is a big one for me." Awesome. We have Donna saying, "Bake!" Exclamation point. I love that. And I was actually thinking about that earlier with another client of mine. I'm just thinking of you as a little more involved in the process of making pastries or making sweets, you know, it will take longer, it's more laborious. And maybe you could really control more of the ingredients as well. And I know Michael Pollan has the same kind of feedback in Food Matters. The idea of like if you have a craving for something that's sweet or something indulgent, we want to try to make it at home instead of just like buying it. So yeah, that's an awesome one. We have so many great ones coming through here. We have Sarah saying breathing and drinking water. Great ones to, you know, ground you and keep you present. What else? Oh, I like Amelia's. She says, "I either opt for raw cacao energy balls or I immediately go to a warm comforting drink." Amazing. We have Jacqueline saying she takes a power nap. Alicia is saying she eats an apple. So yeah, so many different tactics here. And you guys are so knowledgeable, and it's so great that you have all these things that do work for you. And, you know, again, it's good to keep in mind that we're all bio-individuals and different things help us. So when you're talking to clients, you know, you can't assume that everything that works for you is going to work for them, but you have these ideas to share with them. And I think that's great. Anna, do you see any other ones in there? There's so many coming through. I could barely keep up. There are so many great comments. >> So many good ones. I think just to your point about bio-individuality, I think this is so cool. And part of what makes these calls so cool is that we don't at IIN always get a chance to interact with our classmates in person and have the discussions that we're used to in a traditional school setting. So when we go on these calls and we get to listen to the ways that our classmates are solving the same problems that we are but approaching them from a totally different angle, it gives us so many ideas for how to work with our clients that maybe we wouldn't come up with by ourselves. So I'm just so excited by that, by all these sort of different mindset approaches to these cravings. >> Oh, totally. And just to, like, jump in, it's also just a good reminder that like, we all deal with this stuff. Sometimes, like... >> Yeah. >> You may beat yourself up or think, "Oh, I'm a terrible person 'cause I'm craving chocolate or donuts or something," But most of the people I talk to here at the school even have cravings and, you know, any kind of, like, top fitness or nutrition person also deals with these things too 'cause they're all human issues. So we're all kind of in this together. But it's good to kind of talk through those tactics like you said, Anna. >> Absolutely. I love Megan. She's talking about finding a healthy swap. She first tries to understand why she's craving the food and acknowledges the craving, and then she drinks water or finds a healthy swap that satisfies her. So she said, for example, "I was craving brownies, and I need chocolate or protein bites." I think that's awesome. And I think healthy swaps can be such an accessible way for a lot of our clients and for us to overcome cravings to sort of, in some ways, given to the craving and acknowledge that it's there and that it's real but also give your body a little bit more of what it actually maybe wants or what it needs nutritionally, which I think is so cool. You guys have such great answers here. I think for the sake of time, we should head onto our next sort of section here, which is one of my favorite topics, and the topic is gluten. And so in this group of modules, we had a great lecture with Jennifer Esposito, which is called A Lesson on Listening. I loved this lecture when I was going through the program so much because it really emphasizes how frustrating it can be to have a feeling that something is wrong and not being able to get any answers and just how important it is to listen to your gut and listen to your body when it comes to your own health. Personally, this lecture really resonated with me because I was diagnosed with celiac disease but it wasn't until I was 25 years old. So I lived with some kind of symptoms my whole life and had to go to several different doctors, much like Jennifer did in order to get a diagnosis. And quite similarly, the first doctor that I went to asked me if there was somebody who could pick me up from the doctor's office and watch me for the next 24 hours. So I've also like, she said, experienced some difficulty getting a diagnosis and getting anybody to listen to me, but it just, for me, sparks the importance of how important it is to listen to your body and find a healthcare practitioner that you trust. So I think being a health advocate for yourself is probably one of the most important things that you can do. But also for your clients, being that health advocate for them or for your friends, your family, your community, whoever you end up working with, and sharing this information with this lecture and this whole section offered so many good points about being a health advocate. So as Health Coaches, I think this video also really highlighted why it's so important to make sure that you're really listening to your clients because everyone is a bio-individual and not all issues present the same way. If you have a client who's experiencing something similar, you can help them by listening or encouraging them to get second, third, or maybe even fourth opinions and make sure that they know that even if they feel in one arena of their life that they're not being listened to that you are there validating what they're feeling and making sure that they really feel like they do have someone in their life who's listening to them. So I think this lecture also helps to bring awareness to how wide ranging the symptoms for celiac disease can be. Like Jennifer mentioned, they can include everything from canker sores to infertility, which is part of the reason why it can be so difficult to diagnose. For me, it presented as the worst stomach pain I've ever felt in my entire life. I felt like somebody was wringing out my intestines like a washcloth and no matter what I ate all day, every day for about two years before we figured it out. And my little sister has celiac disease too which she was diagnosed with after I was diagnosed. But for her, it presented very much like anxiety and depression. And she had a lot of almost bipolar symptoms and was on, you know, pretty serious medication for her brain disease. But since cutting out gluten, a lot of those symptoms have been reduced for her, and she feels much more in control of her mental health, which is really fascinating. And we also in this group of lectures learned the difference between celiac disease, and a wheat allergy, and a gluten sensitivity. Gluten is something that clients are bound to have questions about because this trend of being gluten-free has become so popular in the past couple of years. Many people really do feel better if they remove gluten from their diets, which is why I would love to hear from all of you. Now I've been talking, I'm sorry, I've been talking, talking, talking. But I would love to hear from you guys what are your thoughts on gluten. Share with us in the Questions box. Do you... Does your body do really well on gluten? Do you avoid gluten? Maybe some gluten containing foods work better for you than others? I'm really curious if you have experimented with this at all. And if you experimented with going gluten-free, maybe the module prompted you to do that, just so curious about what everyone's thinking. Let's see. Denise says, "I am 51, and for over half of my life, I have been in and out of doctors' offices only to be given prescription after prescription only to experience new symptoms or worse symptoms and never a resolution. I decided to pay attention to the gluten in my diet and decided to remove gluten, and so many symptoms have cleared up." Yay! That is fantastic. Denise, I'm so happy to hear that you're feeling better. And I'm so happy here that you feel like you're in control again, which is so exciting. Roberta says, "I have experimented, and I do better on less gluten. But where I live, I don't have much alternatives. So I try not to overdose on it and balance my intake with gluten-free alternatives." I think that's an awesome strategy. I think it's just real life unless you have celiac disease. I think that that's really important to find the balance of what you know is safe and is going to make you feel good but what's also practical for your everyday life because stressing about something sometimes is worse for you than actually just eating the food. Let's see. Wow, lots of answers coming in here now. Peggy says, "I have one of the two DNA genes for celiac. So although I'm not diagnosed, I do have some sensitivity is when I eat wheat, my belly puffs up like I'm four months pregnant. I'm not too uncomfortable, but I feel stuffed after eating a tiny bit." Yeah, that kind of instant inflammation is definitely a sign that something isn't digesting properly. But thank you for sharing. And so important that if you can find time to get tested for things if you think something is wrong like that. Let's see. Sarah says, "For me, it's about quantity. Gluten is everywhere, so I need to pay attention for it." Absolutely. Alicia says or Alisia, I hope one of those is right. "I avoid gluten and feel 100% better." And Murray says, "I have celiac and didn't get diagnosed until I was 50, spent many years with no physician able to diagnose me." Katie says, "I'm allergic to wheat," which is so interesting. And different as you guys learned a different thing than having celiac disease but also can be devastating until you figure out what it is. Shauna says, "My body hates gluten. I get horrible stomachaches. If I don't eat it, I feel like a new person." Donna says, "Be careful what you replaced with, beware with processed gluten-free junk." It's such a good point. Definitely, food marketers have picked up on this gluten-free trend. And just because a food doesn't have gluten, it doesn't mean that it doesn't have a whole lot of sugar or a whole lot of other additives that we want to avoid anyway. But as you guys know, sticking to real whole foods is the way to go as much as possible. Wow! Okay, here's another really interesting one. Michelle says, "I was diagnosed gluten intolerant 15 years ago, I was diagnosed by an MD with a sleep disorder. I was so tired all the time. I removed gluten and my mind was clear and my energy returned." So fascinating how this one food can have so many different symptoms and so many... It's just another example of bio-individuality that for some people, this food is a totally fine food, and for other people, this food can make them have all kinds of different symptoms, some of which are digestive and some of which are not. Jon, I want to make sure we have enough time, do you want to jump into our next section here or do you have anything to add? >> Yeah. I don't have like too much personal experience with gluten, it's something that like overall I try to cut down on but I haven't seen like a huge impact on my health. But more than anything, like it's just staggering to see how many comments came through from you guys and how this has impacted your lives and your health for like so many years. And your story too, Anna, you and your sister, it's just so upsetting to hear what people have gone through. But it's so great that there's such an awareness now. And, you know, it's something a lot of people have made a lot of positive changes having figured out that component. But yeah, just really more upset than anything. But again, I'm glad you guys are all here at the right place. But yeah, for the sake of time, I'm going to move onto something that was covered in Module 19. I know we started talking about the gut microbiome, which is such a fascinating topic. And it's something that, you know, we're really trying to understand a lot more about, but I think there's been a lot of progress in this area over the last few years, which is really exciting. But, you know, for so long, the importance of the bacteria in our gut really didn't get the credit it deserves. And we're just now starting to recognize its role in so many things like immunity and weight balance, things like type 2 diabetes, and Parkinson's disease, and depression, even some cancers. And we're starting to even consider as the gut as its own organ or the microbiome as own organ and really looking into just how much of a role this plays in our health, in our emotions, in our cognition, and so many other areas of wellness. So when coaching clients, the gut could be a valuable topic to explore, almost similar like to gluten, right? It's like this thing that has such a huge impact on so many people. And once you have awareness and knowledge about it, you can start making some really good positive changes. But as we learned, you know, things like antibiotics can have a major effect on the gut microbiome. And I remember as a kid, I was put on antibiotics constantly. So I'm glad that we're starting to kind of slowly figure out just how much havoc that could wreak on our gut. And the idea that, you know, we need those good reminders that after we go on something like antibiotics, we should really give the gut a little extra love, right, by focusing on probiotic foods like kimchi, and tempeh, and kombucha, miso. And also prebiotic foods like artichokes, things like leeks, asparagus, and other foods that are good sources of fiber. So again, this is like probably not news to a lot of us on the call but, you know, the general population is not as aware of the microbiome as we are and, you know, reminding clients to add good prebiotic foods and probiotic foods, especially if you're on antibiotics, this is going to be really important. And just one other thing I just want to add because I found this to be so interesting when I learned as a student that, you know, we do cover a lot of content on the microbiome, which is really interesting. And it's so popular that we actually created an advanced course where you can really do a deep dive into this topic in general and how to coach around it. And if you would like to get more details on that, we'll share them after your graduation. But if you want to do a little preliminary research 'cause you're really interested in this topic, you can learn more about that course at So again, this is one of our courses that IIN that recreated for our graduates. And again, the URL is Cool. Yeah. So we're moving along here, and I'm going to pass it back to you 'cause I know we have another great topic to cover. >> Perfect. So in Module 23, we took a look at the bio-individuality of supplements. This is another hot topic. Supplements are such a great discussion topic and a perfect example of bio-individuality. Some people swear by them and see supplements as a very important part of their healthy lifestyle and totally vital to their everyday health. Other people feel that they can get enough nutrition from the foods that they eat, and they don't take supplements, and they don't like them. So I'm really curious, this group has a lot of great things to share. Where do you stand when it comes to supplements? Let us know in the Questions box, and I will read some of them out. And remember, again, this is highly bio-individual, and there's definitely not a right answer here, but I'm super curious. Tell us what's worked or what hasn't worked for you with supplementation? What supplements you've tried, what things you love, what things maybe haven't worked so well for you? Things like that. I'm so curious to see what you guys have to share. Wow! I'm waiting for some responses to go on. I take a magnesium supplement every night before I go to bed, and it has been pretty life changing for me. But that said, like getting the dosage right has been really important. So things like that are super bio-individual to just making sure that you're taking the right amount. Oh, good. We've got some awesome answers coming in here. Peggy says, "Sometimes I take them..." Oops! Ooh, I lost Peggy's answer here because the answers are coming in so fast. "Sometimes, I take them sometimes not. I've tried everything. I think food works best. I always take D3." Awesome. I see, Sarah says, "I live in a cold country, so I need vitamin D. But most of the time, I try to find nutrients in my food." Great. Thank you for sharing. Patty says, "I take supplements, but I'm not very consistent. I take digestive enzymes, probiotics, magnesium, mushrooms, and CoQ10." Thank you, Patty. Danielle says, "I really believe because of where the quality of our food has gone that it's virtually impossible to get all the nutrients from our food alone, especially since most people do it a lot of processed and packaged foods. I take a really great supplement, and when I don't take them, I can feel the difference." I think that's a really important point considering where you live and where your clients live and making sure that they have access to high quality foods. And if they don't, maybe then supplements for them are a really good idea. Andrea says, "I take supplements daily and love them." Sandra says, "I take omega-3s, vitamin D, CoQ10 daily." Donna says, "I love the magnesium at that time. It really works." Yeah, it's been a big one for me, definitely, for improving my sleep quality. Let's see. Maki says, "I sometimes take protein after my workouts." Yep, that's a great one. Katie says, "I used to take many supplements and thought the more I took, the healthier I'd be." I now... I think it's... "I now realize I need to understand more about what and why I'm taking supplements." Ooh, that's a really good point. I think, especially in this day and age of social media and Instagram influencers, and people who are sort of getting paid to tell you what they do every day, you've got to use your brain and use your training about, thinking about whether you really want to buy what everyone is selling. And just because you like that person or you like their Instagram or whatever it is doesn't mean that that supplement is right for you. So many good answers here. Eva says, "I enjoy herbal teas and try to treat any occasional symptom with homeopathic remedies and love that approach." How interesting. Jacqueline says, "I was on massive doses of antibiotics, combating Lyme disease, and so I'm taking probiotics. Also to support my immune system, I'm taking D3, and K..." Oops, I just lost it. You guys are answering so fast here. "D3, and K, zinc, digestive enzymes, magnesium, and krill oil." Awesome. I think that brings up such an important point too that different seasons of life might call for different supplements. And it's really important to stop and think about where you are in your life and what you need at that specific moment. Just like there are certain vitamins that we recommend for different people's parts in life, like I'm thinking of prenatal vitamins that any doctor you go to is going to tell you to take a prenatal vitamin when you're pregnant. But you don't necessarily need it when you're not. So it's just really interesting to hear about these different seasons of life and learning how supplements may come and go as our life changes. These are such fantastic responses. Michelle says, "Quality supplements only. I learned that so many supplements are artificial. I'm always looking for a whole food vitamin." And I think that's a really important point too is to be a scientist a little bit and do your own research about what makes a quality supplement and making sure you got it from a source that you trust, and that you can be sure is impacting your body in the right way if you're going to take them. Awesome, you guys, this is so great. And to be honest, just what we expected from this group, there is such a wide range of opinions on the matter and it's all about discovering what's right for you. But it sounds like you guys are doing a really good job, learning how to listen to your body and listen to these different seasons. Another really interesting lesson this month was your introduction to Ayurveda in Module 24. As you learned, Ayurveda is the ancient system of medicine from India. Ayurveda literally means the science of life. Like other traditional diets and lifestyles, Ayurveda is about bringing balance to all areas of your life which is perfectly aligned with your job as a Health Coach. We strive to help our clients achieve balance in all areas of their primary food. One aspect of Ayurveda deals with our constitutions and breaks them down into three different types, otherwise called Doshas. And the three Doshas are Pitta, Vata and Kapha. For those of you who took the Ayurvedic type questionnaire, which Dosha were you. Were you a dominant one, were you combination of them? Katie says, "I knew nothing about Ayurveda before this lesson. I'm obsessed now." Craig says he's Pitta. I'm definitely Pitta, Vata. I was a mix like a lot of people. Maki says she's a Vata. Shauna, "Pitta, Vata." Patty says, "Pitta, Kapha." Wow! You guys seem to really like this. Andrea says, "Pitta with a bit of KAPHA," in all caps. "Loved this module." Danielle is a Pitta with a Vata as a close second. Interesting. So we've got a lot of those go-getters in this group. A lot of those high energy folks. Jon, do you remember... Have you ever done this one? Do you remember what you are? >> You know what, that's a good question. I'll take the test every so often before some of these calls. And Tessa, who I used to do calls with, she's really into this. So she like dissects everything for me. But I think I'm the same as you. I'm not trying to copy, but I think you said Pitta, Kapha. >> I love that. Yeah. >> That's why, you know, we get along so on these calls. >> It's so true. It's so true. That's so fun. Yeah. Well, I think this is such an interesting topic and so interesting 'cause I think some people when they read these descriptions really identify with their Dosha and other people feel like their Dosha is really surprising to them. And I just think it's like another tool that we can use to help understand ourselves a little bit better. So if Ayurveda resonates with you, I think that's fantastic. And there's so much more to learn out there. If Ayurveda does not resonate with you, we've got a lot of personality mapping coming your way or maybe it's already come your way. So you'll have other tools that you'll start to identify with too. So very cool. Again, it's amazing to see how bio-individuality is ever present. One of the things that I found so fascinating about Ayurveda is how personalized that it is. It acknowledges that we're all different, and we're all constantly changing. So even at the different life stages or different times of day or different seasons in the year, everything has a different energetic quality. Ayurveda is a complicated system, and you can't learn it all in one module, but you can take some of these concepts of a client-centered approach and use them in your practice. This might be a really great tool to bring to your clients to help you understand how to communicate with them better, help them find some actionable ways to find balance. So you never know what will resonate with different people, but it's just another tool for your toolbox. >> Oh, I love that. And I actually remember just like taking a few things away from it. Like, I don't remember everything, but just like little things that I've changed in my life. And that's what I love about this course is just like all the different concepts and theories that you're exposed to, and even if something doesn't resonate fully, you may just have some kind of good takeaway. So for me, I stopped putting honey in hot beverages 'cause in Ayurveda, you're not supposed to, it supposed to be like cancer-causing or something. Don't alarm anyone who has honey in their tea right now. But that was just some little tidbit that I learned, and it's better to wait till the liquid is more like room temperature where you can put your finger in it and then put honey in it. So that's just like my little tiny tidbit from Ayurveda that I tried to incorporate. But I'm going to shift gears here now, guys, because I know we had some really exciting news since last time we chatted. So since our last call with Module 25 opening, a ton of new resources became available to you, right? And not to mention the resources, you also earned your mid-certificate badge, which is awesome. Like you hit that midpoint in the program, and you have this digital badge that's web-enabled. It's a web-enabled version of your Integrative Nutrition Health Coach credential. And what's really cool about the badge is you could display it on Facebook and Twitter or other social media platforms like LinkedIn, you could share it via email or even put on your website or resume. So that's a big deal, guys. Like everyone should like take a moment to reflect on that and just be proud that you made it to this point. And you received that mid-certificate badge. And yeah, it's such a cool point in the program. And, you know, what is all this really mean and why am I so excited about it, it's because at this point, it means that we're confident here at IIN that you've learned enough in the course that you could start coaching your Health Coach... Or start charging for your Health Coach services, which is super exciting. And I know especially with this group and other accelerated programs, everyone's really eager, like, I know, we do like our pre-course calls early on, and people are like, "How much should I charge for services, and how do I get clients?" I know everyone's chomping at the bit to start making an impact and start, you know, laying the foundation down for their career. So I'm sure you guys are really excited about this. And yeah, some of you probably already started working with clients, some on the call or, you know, who listen to the recording may not feel quite as ready to take that leap, and really, you know, either is totally fine. You know, we're all at the right place in our journey. So I always urge people not to compare themselves to other people, just go at your own pace, you know, and know that we're here to support you on that journey. So if you ever want to check in with our students support team that I'm on, we've all gone through the program, we've all launched businesses, so, you know, lean on us, ask us questions, talk through some of your, you know, fears or limiting beliefs. And, you know, we're really here to make sure you're successful in this endeavor. But with that, I'm super curious about, you know, how you all feel about seeing clients, especially paid clients. So, you know, no matter how you feel, let us know, share, you know, what kind of emotions come up now that you can start working with paid clients, so curious to kind of get a pulse on the group. I'll give you guys a moment to think about it, and then share what that feeling is. And I know as you guys are sharing, personally, I was terrified and I'll be completely honest with you, like I still had a little bit of imposter syndrome, I was so really nervous about, you know, doing something completely new and, you know, it took time to slowly kind of push myself out of my comfort zone, slowly build confidence, start, you know, doing more Health Histories, get that first client, and then get a lot of confidence from seeing the results that they got, and it was a journey, you know. And again, everyone's has a different comfort level or different pace that they're working with. So, Anna, what about you? I'm curious about how you felt at this point in the program. >> I felt similarly, I felt super nervous about it. I had been approached by a couple of friends of friends already. So I kind of got pushed into it. And for me, that probably was the best thing that could have happened was to have somebody else say like, "You're ready for this, I'm ready to accept you in this role." >> Yeah. >> I really needed that external validation, and it just was super helpful. And again, with pretty much everything in life, the more I practiced the easier, and the less scary it became. >> Oh, I'm totally with you. Awesome. Yeah, and I see a lot of people have similar experiences. We have Danielle saying, "I'm nervous, but really excited, and ready to get going." We have Andrea saying, "Excited and ready for sure." Lisa, on the other hand, says super nervous. So you're in my camp, Lisa. Give me a call. We could chat through it 'cause I know you're going to be a rockstar coach in no time. But again, you know, honor that feeling, and it's totally fine that you have some nerves around it. We have Shauna saying she also doesn't feel ready. She's saying, "I'm unsure about how to market myself and which business name to pick for my website." So I'm not going to get too much into all that stuff right now, but just know that, you know, you could still be taking steps to move forward in terms of doing Health Histories and even working with clients, even if you don't have everything in place. So don't let that hold you back. But, you know, you're going to learn a lot more about business and marketing and all, you know, how much to charge for your services and so much more over the next set of modules. So between now and when you graduate, that's really when we tie everything together, so just know that there's going to be a lot more help and support and information about that those topics in the near future. All right, so Wanda is saying, "Super excited and having the badge helps me feel more confident, most people want to know that you are properly trained." Exactly. And, you know, that's the whole purpose of that badge, and I'm so glad you're excited. And yeah, like keep us posted on how everything's going. And I'm just going to share one more 'cause this is similar to what someone else that just shared. Lisa is saying, "I think I have ducks in a row syndrome. I've never heard that, that's an awesome phrase. I feel like everything needs to be perfect before I can start seeing clients. I know this isn't accurate, but it's definitely a blog for me." You're in really good company. A lot of students call in and feel the same exact way. And listen, you know, you're doing something that's new and maybe anxiety-inducing, so it's easy to want to kind of protect yourself and not push yourself out of your comfort zone by making sure everything's perfect. So just know that that's common. But again, give us a call so we can talk through it with you over the phone. Okay, awesome. So yeah, overall, you know, a lot of mixed emotions, you know, it sounds like the majority of you are feeling, you know, a little bit more at ease and, you know, ready to see clients at this point. But yeah, a lot of you are still unsure and nervous and anxious, and that's totally fine too. And that's usually the camp that I'm in is the anxiety one. So definitely give me a call 'cause, you know, if you'd asked me four years ago when I was in this program that I'd be a Health Coach and be here working at the school and talking to students, I would have thought you're crazy. So it just goes to show we can grow, we can evolve but, you know, have a lot of compassion for yourself along the way. And yeah, with that, you know, keep in mind, this is new for you. As Anna was saying, the only way you can really build the confidence is to kind of push yourself, you know, to keep trying and to keep practicing, and push past your fear. I know Joshua always says, you know, feel the fear and do it anyway or lean into it. And I think it's so true 'cause all of you have so many great reasons of why you're here, and such a potential, that huge impact in the world. So just keep remembering that and keep moving forward. All right, and then real fast, as I mentioned, you know, resources became available to you, some of your business development and finance resources became available. So just head over to the Business Toolkit section when you have a moment just to kind of peruse through all those resources. There's a lot there, but just take your time to kind of work through everything and reach out if you have any questions. Okay, with that, but I'm going to quickly pass it over to Anna 'cause I know, you know, we will leave a few minutes for questions here, but she's going to quickly go over what's coming up in the next few modules. >> Awesome, thank you. Really quickly, on that note, I think it's so important to start practicing now while you're still in this IIN community. You've got a whole group of people here that you can lean on in your class Facebook group. You've got Student Success to lean on, while you still have questions, so get out practicing now while you still got this support system around you. Anyway, so we have so much great information coming up for you guys in the next month, you will be hearing about factory farming and its effect on the environment. And we will also get into mind-body medicine, the art of healing and disordered eating. You're going to learn a little bit about spirituality, which is another important aspect of the Circle of Life. You will also start your Coaching Circles, which many of our students agree is their favorite part of the program. Your Coaching Circle scheduler opens on Monday, February 25, so before you choose a time slot, make sure that your time zone in your Learning Center is set to the correct time for the location that you're calling from. If you don't do that, everything is going to appear in East Coast time and New York time. And you may miss your call because you think it's at a different time. So make sure you go in there and go into your profile and change your time zone. There is a lot to look forward to coming up and so much more exciting content in store for you guys for the remainder of the program. And on that note, do we want to open it up for some more questions? >> Yes, let's do it. Yeah, go ahead. You know, share your questions in the Chatbox, and we just have a few minutes, we're not going to be able to cover all of them, but maybe Anna and I will grab one or two each and just, you know, especially the ones that seem applicable to the larger group. But just know that, you know, you can reach out to our Student Success department at any time with further questions. So with that, go ahead. Let us know what's on your mind, what kind of questions you have, and we'll try to quickly answer a few. So we have Emery saying, "I would like to do Health Histories with fellow students. How do I arrange that?" Great question. The best place to go is your class Facebook group. I know Anna and I mentioned earlier that you can join that group by visiting the Connect section of your Learning Center if you haven't already, but that's the best way to connect with students. And then also, on your Coaching Circle calls, you can always make a little announcement saying, "Hey, I'm looking to practice with people, if there's anyone who want to talk to me offline, here's how you do it." Alrighty. Cool. Anna, do you see any good ones that are coming through? >> Yes. Sally asked, "Will there be an IIN conference this year that we can attend?" And the quick answer is yes. Little bit longer answer is we're in the process of beginning to play on that now. So please expect more information coming your way within the next couple of months. We've got a whole team hard at work on that right now. >> Yeah, we do. And I see someone else asked. A lot of people love the live events and we do too. So and Lisa asks, "Are there any live events coming up we can attend?" Same answer, but just know that we know that this is a huge party for people and we're working hard to offer more events. We don't have more details like Anna said, but just know we're going to release that and keep you all posted at the right time. So a lot to look forward to, but not a lot of details right now. But I know I'm personally really excited for what's to come. >> Me too. It should be so fun. >> Awesome. You guys don't have too many questions. I feel like everyone's on the ball here in this class. One person just asked, you know, what to expect with Coaching Circle calls. Basically, there's small group conference calls led by a seasoned coach who's gone through our program. So they're going to lead you through discussions and kind of role-playing the coaching role and give you time to kind of go a little bit deeper into what you've been learning and be able to share and learn from your group. So it's a really valuable time. I remember I had the most aha moments in those calls. And for now, just wait for that Coaching Circle registration to open so you can find your group and then we'll schedule you into a group based on what day and time works best for you. So don't worry about, you know, anything else for now, just, you know, keep your eye on that scheduler. All right, Anna, do you want to just do a quick like Success Stories 'cause I don't see that many questions coming through. >> Yeah, absolutely. This is my favorite part. What successes have you guys had in the past couple of weeks? We're super curious to know what have you learned about yourself. What kind of wins have you had? Share with us, we'd love to hear them. Any good Health Histories? Have you tried any fun new recipes, discovered something new? Oh, that's such a great won. Lisa says, "I figured out my business name." So exciting. I bet that feels so good. Sarah says she's done eight Health Histories, and she has two clients. That is so fantastic. Congratulations. Diana says, "My life has changed completely. I'm another person." Wow! Thank you so much for sharing that. Sally says, "I love the recipes that I've sent. I experiment with most of them." Katie says, "I've been sticking with my self-care routines and feel so proud." I'm so happy to hear that. February's a month of love, and showing yourself some love is just as important as giving and receiving it with other people. So thank you so much for sharing that one. Let's see. Amelia says, "Primary foods just had a huge impact for me, all my unanswered life questions. Who knew my thoughts are right and now validated." I'm so glad you found that for yourself. I think that's such an important point. Peggy's eating a new veggie each week, "And I have some new favorites." How fun is that. Who knew, we go all our lives thinking we don't like certain foods, and then it just depends on how they're cooked. Thank you, guys, so much for sharing. It looks like we are just about at an hour here. And we want to be respectful of everyone's time. These are such wonderful things to be sharing, and thank you so much for joining us tonight. I am going to say goodbye. Jon, do you want to say goodbye too? >> Yeah, definitely. We love this group. You guys are so engaged. Love all the sharing and all the knowledge you guys have, and we're just so proud and humbled to be a part of your journey, and we just really look forward to all the great work you're going to do, and, you know, all the potential that's going to come to fruition with this group. So keep up the good work, just know we're here to support you in the meantime and enjoy the next few months of your Health Coach Training Program. >> Bye, guys. >> All right, guys, have a good night. Bye, everyone.

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HCTP Check-In Calls - October 2018 Accelerated Class (2)

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