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5.24.18 HCTP Mar18 Monthly Check-In Call #2

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>> Broadcast is now starting. All attendees are in Listen Only mode. >> Hello, everybody, and welcome to your second check-in call. It is so great to connect with you today. My name is Jon, and I work on the Student Success Team here at IIN. And I went through the program back in 2013, and I've since set up a coaching practice working with middle-aged men here in New York City and across the country. I've actually had clients in places like Canada and Israel to name a few. But I'm so excited to connect with you today and find out where you're at in the program in the second month. So you're also gonna be hearing from Tessa on this call. She is one of our amazing course advisors here at the school and an alum from 2010. Now on this call, Tessa and I are going to go over some of what you've been learning this past month. We're going to go over some tips for maintaining your progress in the course, and you'll have the opportunity to ask us your questions and interact with us on the call. So before we dive into all that stuff and because this call is interactive, I want to make sure you know where to be going to ask your questions and that you can hear us well throughout the call. So we're going to do a little bit of technical housekeeping here just to set everyone up. Now if you're calling in on the computer and having trouble hearing us, first, just try dialing in by phone using the instructions on the GoToWebinar control panel. And if you... You know, if the connection seems a little frayed or not that strong, you may want at look your Wi-Fi too if you're going to stay on the computer because sometimes that can cause some delays. Throughout the call, you can ask us your questions in two ways. One is through commenting in the class Facebook group and the other is through using the Questions Chatbox on the GoToWebinar control panel. So on this call, we also have Ann from our Student Success and Ambassador Team. She'll be joining us in the Chatbox to answer your questions. I know she is super excited to be here. And she went through the program back in 2016. All right, so just a reminder, the answers to most of your questions that you may have on the call and throughout the program can be found in the Help Center of your Learning Center, so don't forget to check there first, and you may notice that a lot of your questions have been answered. Also, if you've not yet joined your Facebook group, it's never too late to do so, so I'd encourage you to please visit the Connect tab in your Learning Center and join that group. You can even do it while you're on the call now. It's just a great way to connect with staff here at the school and interact, connect with your classmates. All right, so let's test all of this out and make sure you can hear me and that you know where that Questions box is. Go ahead and type in your name and where you're calling in from, so we get to know everyone on the call. All right, so we've got a lot of people calling in. I see Annie from Miami, we have Sandra from Maryland, we have Heather from New Jersey, we have Sarah calling in from LA, Kim from Indiana, we have Nicky in New York, Lydia calling in from the United Kingdom. We have Jenny from Toledo, Ohio, Sarah calling in from London, Marlene from Los Angeles, Suzanne from Beach Haven, New Jersey, Michelle from Trinidad, Marina from Panama. Wow, this is amazing. We have so many people on this call. The comments are coming in so fast. I can't go over all them, but I'll read a few more off. We have Donna from Chattanooga, we have Ben from Upstate New York. I'd love getting out of the city here and getting Upstate, I might even go there this weekend. We have Jessica from New Mexico and Chasity from North Carolina, just to name a few. And it's just so amazing to see where our students are calling in from, from all corners of the globe. And it's a fantastic group of like-minded people. So I'm so happy you're on the call. And I know Ann's in there too looking through all the comments, so keep saying hi, and she'll interact with you that way. So I absolutely love, this is fantastic. So I'm now going to turn this over to Tessa just to kind of get us started on recapping what you guys have all been learning these past few months. Tessa, are you there? >> Excellent. Thank you, Jon. And hey, everyone, I'm just so glad that we're hosting this call today. So let's take this moment to touch base about where you are right now in the program. Now we've covered some great information, but most notably was the topic of primary food. So I'd like to get a feel for how primary food has resonated with all of you at this point. And specifically, we'd like to know which primary food you discovered needs some work in your life. You know, is it relationships, is it spirituality, is it career or finances, you know, share your thoughts with us, and let's get to know each other. You can do it right in that Questions box. These calls are just such a great opportunity to share, so go over there and share, I'll read some aloud. And again, it's about the topic of primary foods, you know, when you did that Circle of Life, what areas were you feeling like you needed just a little bit of work? All right, Tracy is saying, "Financial." Yeah, that looks like a really popular one. Donna is saying, "Family," Twila says, "Love and the primary food concept, and self-care is my challenge." I completely agree, self-care is so important because that just sort of trickles into every other aspect of your life when you're really caring for yourself. Haneen says, "Career," Cara says, "Cultivating new relationships," Christine says, "Relationships." Yeah, that's a common one for sure. Oh, I like this one. Anna says, "Career, hence IIN," which, yeah, absolutely, I think we'll cover some more of that topic soon. Deborah says, "Financial," Sandra says, "Financial" as well. I'm seeing a lot of financial, I'm seeing a lot of relationships, career, physical fitness. There's a lot of really awesome answers here. And, you know, it's important to remember that you are your first client. So starting to identify these things now in your life, it's laying the groundwork for how you'll be helping your clients. That's a really important thing to remember. So with that, let's talk about where you've been and what you're learning and what's coming up in the Health Coach Training Program. Jon, as a coach yourself, I know you have a really well-rounded understanding of how the things our students have been learning in the past month really fit together, so would you mind speaking about that with the students right now? >> Yeah, Tessa, thanks so much, I would love to. It's so cool to see, you know, all the comments that have come through. This is such a great group on the call. Yes, so just to kind of you review first what you've learned last month, I'd like to start off with Module 5 where we talked about, you know, raw foods, juicing, and we learned about some superfoods from David Wolfe if you remember. And in that lecture, in particular, you know, we learned that superfoods are known for being either highly antioxidant or potentially adaptogenetic, meaning that they can help your body to manage stress better. That said, there really isn't a universal definition for what a super food is. But you may remember from that lecture that some of the superfoods that we talked about with David Wolfe were things like goji berries, maca, cacao, spirulina, chlorella, just to name a few. And I actually remember his lecture too, and I know he talks a lot about a variety of superfoods in that one particular lecture. And I'm just actually really curious to know if any of you have been incorporating any of these foods or other superfoods into your diets. I have a feeling most of you have been doing that or did it before you started the program, so go ahead and just share. We'd love to hear what superfoods you have been using either from that list or maybe others too, and I'll just give you a moment here, and I'll read a few out loud. So again, these are just superfoods that you love, that you, you know, use in your diet or in your daily foods, and I'll share it with the group. All right, so we have Kerry is saying she loves goji berries. We have Nan saying, "Ashwagandha." That's awesome. I also take ashwagandha in powder form sometimes. We have, Patricia is saying, "Spirulina," with a bunch of exclamation marks that she loves that, as do I. We have Sarah is saying, "So much turmeric." Fantastic. Oh, this is fun. We have Stephanie saying, "Cacao, maca, reishi." We have some blueberries, some goji berries coming through, we have turmeric. So, yes, so many... We have Susan saying, "Medicinal mushrooms," which are also really good for you and great superfoods. Fantastic. I personally love spirulina and chlorella. You know, I take it in like a green powder form every day, and it's just awesome to kind of incorporate this stuff into our lives and cover our bases. So I really love, you know, thinking back in that module. I love that we talk about superfoods at this point in the program because, you know, one, it looks like you guys are, you know, well-versed on them, you all, you know, have a variety that you take and love sharing about. But, you know, you may also have clients and other people in your lives who want recommendations on the best superfoods, right? I think that word in particular has gotten pretty trendy, and people have been asking, you know, I have clients who ask me all the time about superfoods. I really think however... And we here at the school think it's important to help bring those types of conversations back to inquiring more about what your client's diet looks like as a whole. You know, you may have a client who's looking for like one food to solve all of their health concerns. And if that's the case, they're likely going to be disappointed. And even reflecting on my life, I remember, like, years ago, before I found IIN, I was looking for like that silver bullet, and as we all know, it just doesn't exist. So, you know, it's not to say that these foods and these superfoods can't be part of a great diet, but you may need to kind of help manage expectations and kind of help your clients to bring their attention back to the bigger picture when it comes to their diets. You know, just remember that, you know, it's not what you do some of the time that ends up making a difference but what you do all the time. And one of the best ways to make sure your diet is supporting your nutritional needs is just kind of make sure you're eating a variety of whole foods. And I'm sure a lot of you on the call understand this idea, but it's just a really good reminder, especially when you start working, you know, with clients and other people. You know, if you want a good visual to kind of help further explain this idea, I'd recommend revisiting that "Whole Foods A to Z" PDF in Module 6. I'm not sure if, you know, you all looked that over, but it's just a great place to check out which foods contain which nutrients, and it kind of helps show why variation is so important. So when you have a chance, go back to that PDF. Again, it's called the Whole Foods A to Z PDF from Module 6. All right, so here's another important topic that may come up with your clients. You know, some of them may think they need to incorporate a lot of exotic and expensive superfoods into their diets to be healthy, and the truth is that all whole foods can be considered superfoods in their own way. So while things like maca and turmeric can be really, you know, healthful and nutritious types of foods for most people, you know, simply focusing on helping your client to add more whole foods into their diets, that's going to make a bigger difference. So again, what we're just trying to say here is, you know, you want to kind of make sure you're focusing on the bigger picture and you're taking a step back with your clients to focus on eating whole foods and a balanced diet rather than just kind of honing in on one specific superfood or variety of foods that may have gotten trendy or more exotic. All right, so lastly, in Module 5, we talked a bit about juicing versus blending, and I just love this topic. You know, as you probably imagine, some people prefer one over the other, others might do both. And there really is a strong case to be made for each of these. First, let's start with juicing. You know, if you're juicing fruits and vegetables, on one hand, you're removing the fiber from the produce, right? But on the other hand, nutrients will be digested more easily in that liquid form. Then again, when it comes to smoothies, you'll probably be consuming less produce than if you were to be juicing, but you have a little bit more flexibility in terms of the ingredients that you're blending, and you get to retain the fiber which means it won't cause your blood glucose level to spike up. Again, depending on your bio-individual goals, one may work better than the other. So I think it's time to poll the group, go ahead and write in the Chatbox, are you team smoothie or team juice. And I'm so curious to see what comes out here. So again, do you prefer to drink smoothies or do you prefer to juice? And I'll give you a moment here to get a lot of votes casted. All right, we have... Well, we have a lot of people saying smoothies, smoothie. I am saying I like both for different occasions. Definitely, both. We have Michelle saying, "I am team juice," in all caps. I love it. So it sounds like, you know, kind of seems like an even split and a lot of people are saying both but, you know, some people do prefer to do one over the other. And just to do a little internal poll here, I just found out that Tessa is... She is team smoothie, Ann is team smoothie. And I'm going to go ahead and say I'm team juice. So keep the comments coming, I see a lot of longer comments qualifying why you like one over the other. And Ann's going to be in there reading them off to herself. So thanks so much for sharing and taking part in that vote. All right, so moving onto Module 6, you may have remembered we also talked about organic versus conventionally grown produce and kind of the debate between those two. So, you know, some people argue that organic food couldn't feed the world's population, whereas other people think it really helps to support the environment. And as you probably remember from what you've learned, organic foods are, you know, sorry, produced without synthetic herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides. And that foods that are labeled organic also can't be genetically modified, whereas the conventional agricultural practices utilizes both pesticides and GMOs. So it's just a really fantastic topic. I'm sure, you know, a lot of you on the call are really interested in this topic, and I'm glad we covered it. And you may also remember from that lecture that the Environmental Working Group here in the US actually puts out a new list each year called the Dirty Dozen in which they list out the 12 items of produce that test highest for pesticides. And it's a really popular list, the Dirty Dozen, and I know they updated it recently for 2018. So I'd love to know if you guys know what the top three are on that list. So no cheating, no googling, just go ahead and guess what the top three are, and I'll give you a minute here before I give you the answer. So again, this is the top three of the Dirty Dozen. So this is the dirtiest three of the Dirty Dozen. All right, so we have a lot of answers coming through. I see some celery, I see some tomatoes. A lot of people are saying strawberry, grapes. Celery seems to be coming up a lot here, red peppers, kale. All right, so there's a lot coming through and keep them coming. And I'll just give you one more second here before I disclose the answer. All right, so it looks like a lot of you got did get this right. So the top three are strawberries, spinach, and nectarines. So that's really good to know. And this is just really good information, you know, it's a simple list, but it's something that you can be sharing on social media with people, you can be sharing with your clients, and it's really going to be helping them, so just take note of that. All right, so moving along, Tessa is going to share more about one of her favorite topics which happens to be primary foods. >> Thank you, Jon, and I really loved that team juice versus a team smoothie poll. That was really fun. And, yes, it's true the topic of primary food is one of my favorites as you'll come to know. So I've found, as a coach, that it's a lot easier to look at primary food first. Now the reason is it's easy to see that one career, type of exercise, or form of spirituality, it just can't work for everyone, which, you know, is pretty obvious. So the key is to help your clients explore what works best for them. And another thing to note is that it's also pretty easy to understand that as we evolve, our needs change. So what worked for us, may no longer work in 5 or 10 years. I'm actually curious if anyone here on the call can relate to this? You know, for example, has your exercise changed over time or has the same type of physical routine always worked for you? Just feel free to share, I'll just take a look over here in the Questions box and just see, you know, again the question is, you know... Like do you use the same routine as you always did in terms of exercise or other areas of primary food or have you seen that it's evolved or changed? All right, so Laurie says, "Always changing." Awesome. Tracy says, "Exercise changed to lifting versus cardio." Exactly. Carolyn says, "Exercise has changed, more yoga." Donna has a really great answer here. "Definitely, I'm 61 now and started in my late 20s, there is a difference. L-O-L." Yeah, absolutely. I think that that is, you know, that is really true I think for a lot of you, especially 'cause you're so in tune that that is going to be, you know, what happens over time. And it definitely looks like, you know, everyone here your physical exercise has changed. And you can imagine how that's true for all areas of primary food, for both you and your clients. So another tip we covered in regards to primary foods, and this is something Joshua always suggests, is that the area of relationships is also a great primary food to start with with your client. Now this is because, as I'm sure you're all well aware, relationships affect everything. It's also really easy to start a conversation regarding relationships with your client because, you know, you simply just ask the question, "So how are you doing in the area of relationship?" And then you listen, and you hold that space for your client to share. So you guys also took a closer look at the area of career. And one of my favorite ideas discussed is the idea of career congruence. Now I feel like it's disheartening to know how many people spend years of their lives doing something that completely goes against their values and who they really are. And I'm sure many of you are even in that category, and that's why you're here becoming a Health Coach as we discussed earlier on the call. I can certainly relate to the feeling, and I'm curious if anyone on the call can relate to this as well. So the question is have you ever been in a career that felt discordant with your core values and who you really are? I'm really interested to see what you guys have to say about this topic. So feel free to go ahead and share in the Questions box. All right, Rachel says, "My current career does not align with my core values." Yeah, and we speak to a lot of students where this is the case, and I think that's why a lot of students are attracted to Integrative Nutrition. Caitlin says, "Yes, I was working in hospitality, seeing a lot of food being wasted and a lot of animal products made me so sad." Wow, that is a really solid example, Caitlin. Thank you for sharing that. Let's see. I'll read a few more. Sarah says, "Yes, I am now working in machine-type business." Yeah, so maybe it sounds like a career change is really in order. Glorivee said, "Yes, I quit, and now work for The Vitamin Shoppe." Perfect. And that aligns more with your core values, you know, as you're becoming a Health Coach. That's so cool. I'll read one more. Let's see. Jessica says, "Yes, I was working for a coffee company, and coffee and pastries were served at all of our meetings, not healthy for me." Totally, I mean I can completely relate to that. And, you know, these are all really awesome examples of, you know, you're in careers that maybe need a little bit of a shift. So really thank you so much for sharing that. And I think everyone can relate to this. And you have the unique opportunity as a Health Coach to provide the space for your clients to discover whether they're in alignment with their career or not, which is really cool. And similar to relationships, it's not your job to, you know, tell your client whether they should or shouldn't leave a job, it's just giving your clients the space to share that will allow them to discover the answers within themselves. So I hope you're all as excited as I am about primary food... It's my favorite category in the curriculum as I've said and such a valuable gift that you will have to offer as a Health Coach. All right, so now I'm going to turn it back over to Jon who is going to talk a bit about fats and proteins. These were topics that were included in these modules, all right? Jon, are you there? >> Yes, Tessa, I would love to. So let's start off by talking about fats which we covered in Module 8. As you remember from this module, you know, fat is a macronutrient, and it contains nine calories per gram. And, you know, there are a few different types of fats, so if you're in the Learning Center now or if you can go back later, in Module 8, there is a really good visual, it's called Macronutrient 101 Fats. And this is going to really give you a nice breakdown of the different types of fats, but I'm happy to kind of go over them now just to give everyone a quick refresher on the call. So let's start off with monounsaturated fats. As you may remember from this module, you know, these are typically liquid at room temperature, and they are plant-based, you know, so they can be found in things like olive oil, avocados, and nuts. And then, there are the polyunsaturated fats which include the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are considered essential to our diets, right? And for both of these, you know, unsaturated fats in general, are shown to kind of help reduce risk factors of cardiovascular disease. And if you recall in the Mediterranean diet, it tends to be kind of rich in these types of healthy fats, and this diet is shown to help support longevity and reduce chronic disease. Third, we have the saturated fats which are a bit controversial. You know, you may have seen some research come out saying that saturated fat increases risk of heart disease, while there is other research that conflicts with that. So a lot of gray area with this one, a lot of controversy, but these fats come, you know, mostly from animal-based foods, but as you may recall, you know, things like coconut oil and palm oil are also sources of saturated fats. Either way, the American Heart Association recommends that people, just be mindful of their saturated fat consumption to reduce heart disease risk. So that's really helpful to know and just kind of gives you a good idea of these two different saturated and unsaturated fats. Lastly, though there are the trans fats. And these are found mostly in processed foods as you may remember. And, you know, trans fats are... They're just produced when the chemical structure of an unsaturated fat is altered so that it becomes more solid at room temperature. As you, you know, can probably imagine, these became really popular with the boom of the food industry because they helped products to stay shelf-stable for longer periods of time. But when it comes to trans fats, you know, the research is really clear. These types of fats are detrimental to your health. And in fact, it's estimated that they're responsible for over half a million deaths per year, which is pretty staggering. So it's really important to be aware of this if you see on a nutrition label, if you see something that says hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated, this means that that item contains trans fats. So again, this is valuable information for you to be aware of, valuable to share with your communities and your clients, just so they're aware of what to look out for when it comes to fat. And especially these trans fats which... They're actually... It's so unhealthy that the World Health Organization is calling for all governments to eliminate the use of trans fats in the food supply by 2023. So it's going to be really interesting to see what happens on that front. All right, so that's just a little bit about fat, let's move onto protein. You know, protein, of course, is also very bio-individual. Some people may do well on animal protein, others prefer plant-based protein, and research really shows that both can be beneficial. But again, this is very bio-individual. Either way, protein in general is essential for everything from our hair and our nails to helping support our muscles. But I'd actually like to hear from you guys, you know, just, you know, how do you choose your protein source, what protein works best for you, what do you try to avoid? I'd be really interested to kind of see the variety of answers that come through here. So again, this is just asking about protein, what protein sources do you look for? What works best for you? What do you try to avoid? And I'll read a few off here. We have Sophia who is team smoothie because she's writing protein smoothies, and she does pea protein, so a plant-based protein there. We have Rachel saying, "Ground turkey works best for me. It's light. It doesn't make me feel bloated and super full." So amazing, this just goes to show, you know, the difference of two different people, you know, using different protein. And both being aware of, you know, what works best for them, and Rachel is saying, you know, she avoids other ones because they make her feel bloated. So amazing. We have Stephanie is saying, "Plant-based protein." Carolina saying, "Grass-fed meat, fish, beans." Trisha is saying, "She avoids all meat." So I'm guessing, you know, she goes for plant-based which is great. We have more people, like Heather is saying, "Plant-based protein helps with my digestive system." So I see a lot more coming through, and I know Ann, again, it's scanning through all of your answers. But, you know, this really just points to the fact that protein again is very bio-individual, we see it with just a few answers here, you know, things vary so greatly. And this really kind of brings me to another thought that, you know, there's no perfect diet or routine. And I think that, you know, our search for the perfect diet or our wellness routine, it can be really misguided. And what works for one person may not work for another. You know, as we see here with protein but also just, you know, other primary foods and other areas of people's lives. So as you work with clients, this is going to be really important to remember, and I'm even reflecting on myself like before I found IIN and got really into health coaching, I was always kind of looking for the next thing that was going to fix me or the next, you know, fad diet, and it's just a lost cause. You really have to kind of look at the bigger picture as we mentioned earlier in the call. And really it's not, you know, up to you as a coach to put your client on a particular diet, right? You know, your client, each one of them, is going to be the best expert on themselves, and you'll really help them more if you can kind of show them how to get in tune with what foods make them feel well and which foods don't, kind of like what Rachel said earlier about, you know, knowing what makes her feel bloated and what doesn't, you're going to help your client guide them through that process yourself instead of, again, putting them on a specific diet. And, you know, you could do it the same thing for yourself, which it just looks like a lot of you who are commenting are already doing that. You know, you know that you're your own first client so kind of putting this stuff to practice in yourself is really important, and, you know, starting to tune in and listen a little bit more to what your body may be trying to tell you as you're learning about new topics and learning about new information throughout the modules. So you're applying the stuff to yourselves and then kind of growing and evolving that way which is great. And while you're doing that, just kind of take note of what makes you feel good, what gives you energy when it comes to different types of proteins and fats. And then, of course, you know, honing in on what makes you feel not so great or, you know, reduces your energy or makes you feel bloated, all that's really important and valuable for you to know. And really it's, you know, our lives and our bodies are, you know, just so unique and often kind of experimentation is required. So you're going to want to try different types of fats, try, you know, different kind of proteins, see firsthand what works best for you because we all have, you know, a very specific genetic makeup, we all have specific metabolisms, everyone on this call, and all the people we'll be working with have a variety of stress levels and different lifestyle factors going on and really just like different breakdowns of bacteria in their gut to name, you know, just a few things that could be different among us. So keep that in mind, you know, as you're learning and as you're, you know, reaching out to potential clients later on. Again, you may hear or maybe one of your clients may come to you saying they've heard about the most amazing fad diet or a fitness program that's helped, you know, millions of people lose weight or, you know, maybe helped reverse things like heart disease. And, you know, I'm sure everyone on this call has seen plenty of examples over the years of these things especially on social media and on the news. And that's great, you know, it's wonderful that there's things that are working for many people, but again come back to the fact that, you know, there's no guarantee that what works for one person is going to work for someone else. And that's, you know, applies to you too as a coach, you know, what works for you in terms of diet or food or lifestyle techniques, things that maybe helped you get to where you are and helped your journey, those things may not actually help your clients. So just being mindful of that is really important. And again, the reason because, you know, behind all this is that we have such a variation in our bodies, in our primary foods that make it almost impossible that, you know, everything's going to work for everyone. So that's what I love about this program, that's one of my bigger takeaways too and what's really helped me as a coach is just understanding this, and you may come across health experts and nutritionists who don't really understand this idea, and it's kind of a one-size-fits-all model, and us at IIN, we really tailor everything to the client. So you're going to learn a lot more about that over the next few months, so stay tuned. But really, I'd love to just check-in. At this point in the call, we're about halfway through. I'd love to hear from you guys. You know, how have the last month's modules been resonating with you? Get in that Facebook group, get in that Questions box, and just come talk to us, let us know, you know, what's something you've maybe noticed that doesn't work for you that may work for other people, you know, maybe it's a certain diet or, you know, sleep schedule or exercise routine, it can be anything really. And just share, we'd love to hear, you know, what your thoughts are for the last few modules. And again, what doesn't work for you that may be working for other people. So we'll give you a few moments here to plug your answer in, and then we'll start just reading a few off really quickly here. All right, so we have a variety of comments and questions coming through. And again, we're going to do a Q&A later, so this is more just your feedback, your thoughts about where you're at in the program here. So we have Donna saying, "I want to try them all," all these different kind of dietary theories and the things she's learning. She gets so into all the theories and that's... Again, that's amazing, you're kind of immersing yourself, you're open-minded, which I think is really important, and you're ready to kind of try some things out. So that's amazing. We have some people are saying that... Carolina says, "She hates the treadmill." Maybe that's something that's worked for some people but not her. And I am with you, Carolina, if I'm on the treadmill for one minute, I feel like I've been on there for hours, and it just doesn't work for me, I'd rather be out in nature or maybe doing other things. So we have Jane saying, "I'm really enjoying everything, I'm learning, but sometimes I feel overwhelmed with the amount, and I'm unsure how much is actually sticking." I'm so happy you asked, and that's a really good segue to something Tessa is going to talk about really shortly. So we'll get to that in a minute, so stay tuned. We have Laurie saying, "I love this program. We have been switching our home to whole raw foods and I'm starting to cook more at home." Amazing. Again, that's just, you know, within the first two months, you're kind of making these changes, it's not only impacting you but impacting your family and your home environment. And that's exactly what the ripple effect is all about, and you're going to hear that term throughout the program. We have Jessica saying, "I'm still experimenting with our diet." We have... Robbie is saying, "All the information is great. I feel like I'm a bit behind, but I'm taking each thing one step at a time." That is the advice that we give you, so I'm glad you kind of gave it to yourself, your coaching yourself through this. And again, we'll go over more tips to kind of how to not feel overwhelmed and, you know, how to proceed through the program. So again, thanks so much for sharing all that. It's really great to just kind of do a firm check-in here. So before we kind of move on because it looks like I'm seeing a lot of comments about exploring things or trying things, you know, learning different topics and kind of trying to figure out how they can be implemented into your life. So I think it's great that, you know, you're learning all these different Dietary Theories and different theories, and you're kind of being guided through this amazing exploration. And that's exactly what it is, you know, it's an exploration. It's for you to kind of explore and figure out and listen to your body and find out what works for you because again you are your own first client and that's where you're going to help your clients too. So awesome, I love the comments that came through right now. And, you know, moving on, I think, you know, Tessa is one of our great course advisors here at the school, and she sees a lot in the Health Coach Training Program, she sees a lot where, you know, students have the tendency to kind of get a little overwhelmed or, you know, with all the options and information that's available to them, like I said, I saw a few comments that came in there about this exact thing, so I think it's a good time for you to kind of speak on that, Tessa, just kind of how do people manage some of these emotions and kind of navigate this. >> Sure, Jon, I would be happy to cover this. So, you know, we get that there is a lot of information in the course at this point. And it's only going to accelerate from here. So I'd like to talk about a great tip to explore this program with, and that's the concept of adopting a beginner's mind. Now Joshua will talk more about this in the curriculum, you know, as a wonderful coaching tool, but it essentially means that when you show up to learn something new, approach the topic as a blank slate. Now this means putting aside things that you already know, it means challenging your beliefs, and it means being receptive to new ideas. So it's important to try not to let your biases or experience get in the way of your client's journey or even your own journey for that matter. So it's really important to figure out what works best. You know, be open and nonjudgmental, and that's what's going to get you really far in this training. So another thing to point out here is that it's totally okay to not get everything at once and, you know, I know we had a response right now about this topic. Just remember, you can always go back, and we're here to support you through this process too, you know, don't forget, we have our whole team here, our Student Success Team, they've all been through the program, they're on top of it. They have really great advice, and they can really help you sort of strategize whether it's with catching up with the program or taking a look at some of the information or preparing you for your graduation requirements, definitely utilize our team here, and that's what we're here for. So with that, Jon, I know a lot of students are super excited for the next month in the Health Coach Training Program, so can you fill us in a bit on what we're going to be looking at in the upcoming month? >> Yeah, I would love to. And I think this is just such an exciting part of the program because there is just so much ahead of you, there's so much potential, there's so much to learn, so it really invigorates me and gets me excited to kind of look ahead. So, you know, over the next month, you're going to learn about carbohydrates, sugar, you're going to learn more about the Health Histories, different personality types, and a lot more about coaching. In fact, at Module 10, you're going to start digging deeper into coaching because, you know, being a really good coach definitely is something that comes with experience, no doubt, but there are some tried-and-true skills that you can learn to really help you be an amazing coach. So we're excited to kind of share that with you and, you know, you're going to be learning about a variety of coaching skills and how to conduct a Health History, you guys may remember that as part of one of your graduation requirements, you're required to complete and submit at least six Health Histories, and you may remember from one of our previous calls that Health Histories are an initial consultation that you'll do with a potential clients. But, you know, don't worry about that right now, we're going to teach you how do it, you're going to have the opportunity to watch Health History demonstrations, so you can really see firsthand the skills in action and we're also going to provide you with some resources for doing Health Histories with other people. So there's, you know, a lot there, but again, we're going to teach you everything, you're going to learn as you go. And if you have any questions, like Tessa was saying, the Student Support Team is here to help you. So in addition to the Health Histories, another one of your graduation requirements is going to be opening in the next month, and that's right, it's Test #1 which opens on Monday, June 4. And I saw a few comments coming through about the exam, and people being a little bit nervous about the exam because I know the word "test", you know it has a kind of scary connotation for some of us. But don't worry, you know, I really trust that you're all going to do just fine. And to kind of help with the first test and make sure you are set up for success, I'd love to just go over a few couple things that I think you should know going into the test. So this is just an important little list if you are nervous, so my first thought is really if you've been listening to the first 10 modules, you know, before the test, you're going be in a really good place, you know, this group is great, you're already on the call, you're very engaged, so I have trust that you're going to do a fantastic job. My second thought is tests are not cumulative, so kind of skipping ahead to Test 2, it's not going to cover everything from Modules 1 to 20, it will just cover 11 to 20. Same with this first test, it's just going to cover Modules 1 to 10. So each 10th module, a new test will come out, and it'll cover just the previous 10 modules, so don't feel overwhelmed about, you know, the tests moving forward. A few other important things to know is that you have two full weeks to take the test, you'll also have two attempts to take the test. So let's say you take the test once, and you don't really like your score, you hoped you would have done a bit better, you'll always have time to study and take it again. And we're always going to count the higher of the two scores. So there's no risk in taking it a second chance, we're always going to count the higher score out of the two. Another thing to know is that your score is going to be graded just after completing the test, so it's going to be automatic. And so you'll know how you did right away and we'll show you which questions you got wrong, and even point you to the module where the answer can be found just so you can go back and review. Because again, these tests aren't meant to trip you up, they're just meant to make sure you absorb what we think is the most important information to make you an effective coach. All right, so there are few other quick pointers about the tests, you know, it's going to include 30 multiple choice questions, but, you know, as soon as you start the session, you're going to have two hours to take the test. As soon as you start, the session is live, so you can't click out of it, you can't refresh the page without using an attempt. So make sure when you do click "Let's start the test" that you are ready to take the full thing. But keep in mind that while the test is live, if a question is tripping you up, you don't feel like you know the answer, you can go back and refer to your notes or other parts of the curriculum on another tab or, you know, in your handwritten notes to find the answer. So it's kind of a nice safety net there. And then, lastly, just remember that the minimum graduation requirement is to pass two out of the four tests, so, you know, this first test is not going to make or break you, you're still going to have three more tests to take. And like I said, I think if you're on this call, if you're, you know, kind of staying current on the modules or you have time to go back and study, I think you're going to do awesome. We always get calls here at Student Success, and people are nervous to take the test. And I think you'll see that you're going to do a lot better than you anticipate. And if you don't, call us, we can go over ideas for how to study and make sure the second attempt you do well. All right, so I know that was a lot about the tests, but I think that's kind of what you guys have come to expect with the HCTP this far, right? You know, we kind of jam-pack each month and each module with awesome information. So with that, I feel like, you guys might have a lot of questions for us about things we covered on the call or things that you're unsure about that you've encountered in the first two months. So we're going to take some time now to kind of open this up to some live Q&A which is one of my favorite parts of the call. >> Excellent. Yeah, and thank you so much, Jon, for all that information on the tests. I know it's really important question that we get a lot from our students because it is a graduation requirement, and you haven't yet taken the test, so it's kind of like a black box, but you're all going to do great. If you have any questions or need any of that information repeated, like Jon said, just reach out to our Student Success Team, again, they're awesome. So, yeah, it's Q&A time. Just a reminder, you can use the Questions box that you've been using on the GoToWebinar control panel to type in your questions or you can comment on the live call thread in your class Facebook group. Now just take note, we won't have time to answer all of your questions live right now on this call, so what we're going to do is we're going to focus on the questions that will be applicable to most students. Keep in mind that if you do have a question, there is a really good chance someone else is wondering the same thing. So sharing here might help other students who are going through the same challenge, and they'll likely benefit from you asking. So, you know, feel free to just ask away. All right, so I'll give you guys a minute to go over to the Questions box and ask your questions, and I'll pick out a couple right now. All right, here's a great question. "When do Coaching Circles start for my class?" And we do get this question a lot because it is a graduation requirement, so it's a really diligent question. And the Coaching Circles scheduler, it opens up in Module 29 for you guys. And the Coaching Circles begin at Module 33, so you'll be able to choose your Coaching Circle time, and we do offer local times for international students. There will be a lot of communication around this when it's time, you'll get emails that are saying, "Remember, your schedulers open," and, you know, we just encourage you to get over there as soon as possible once the scheduler is open, pick a day and time that works best for you. And then just remember, you'll need to, you know, at a minimum, attend four out of the six Coaching Circle calls, although the Coaching Circle calls are awesome, and I think you're all going to really love them. So try to attend all six, but in order to meet graduation requirements you'll want to make sure you attend four of those, so a really good question. And I'm going to look in here and pick out another one. All right, now here's a good one. "When can I start coaching people?" All right, yeah, this is a good one. I mean typically we recommend waiting until the six-month mark to start coaching, but you can start speaking to people right now about everything you're learning, you know, that's really the most organic way to get potential clients. It's a great time to start practicing, you know, being social and really being comfortable when asking those high mileage questions that get people to open up, you know, so start practicing your skills and like in your everyday interactions. The more that you do this, the easier it'll become when it's time. You know, start practicing your coaching technique with your accountability partner, and let it naturally flow into the people you meet, you know, it's definitely something that you can apply to your everyday life, you know, but at the six-month mark, it will be clear when it's time. But, yeah, really great question because you can start applying these skills now. >> Awesome. You know, great advice, Tessa, and great questions coming through. We have a lot of questions, I know Ann is in there answering away, but I'm going to pull a few out that I think are great. One here that says, "Is asking the quizzes that we take at the end of each of the modules, would that be a good study guide and would most of those questions be on the test?" Awesome question, so there will be some overlap of course with the questions and the content, and I do think it is a good way to kind of go back and refresh your memory. You know, go back to those quizzes, also it's a good gauge for how you're doing at the end of each module. So if you're getting most of those answers right or you're going back and you're looking at the questions you got wrong and kind of learning and refresh your memory, that's going to be a good gauge for how well you're going to do on the test. So awesome question. And those quizzes are not mandatory, they don't count toward your graduation requirement. But they will keep you on track, so keep taking them, and, yeah, use them as a tool for studying for sure. That piggybacks onto the next question I saw which was, "Where do we find the Test 1 Study Guide?" And I'm so glad that a few of you asked because I should have gone over that with my tips for taking tests earlier, so I apologize. But we will release the study guide for each test one week prior to each test opening. So Test 1 Study Guide is already in your Learning Center account now, so you can go in there, download that, print it out if you'd like, and that study guide can be found under the Documents section of your account. So again login to your Learning Center account and go to Documents, scroll all the way to the bottom, you'll see a section that says Test Preparation Documents, and you can access that study guide. And it's really just a good road map to know, you know, what topics are covered, what subjects are covered on the test, and if you see anything that you don't feel like you recognize or you're like, "I know that, you know... I don't know enough about this one thing." Use that as the road-map to go back through the modules and kind of cherry-pick the information to study. Another great question was... Somebody had asked, and I can't even find the question now 'cause we have so many coming through, but someone asked the question about the schedule and not knowing when modules are coming out or when deadlines are coming up, and they wanted to know if there's a document that will help them, and there is a Course Schedule that's also found under the Documents section of your account. So when you are in there looking for that study guide, just go up to the top under Course Documents and click on the March 2018 Course Schedule. It's a great time management tool. It's going to give you a weekly breakdown of your entire program, so that you can plan ahead. You know, when modules are being released or when there's an off-week, you know when tests are coming up. Some students like to take all those dates and kind of plug them into a calendar, an electronic one or a handwritten calendar, you can do that or just have it saved to your desktop or printed to have it somewhere near your work space just so that you can kind of stay on track and know all the important dates. So again, that's the Course Schedule, and it could be found under the Documents section. All right, so, Tessa, did you... Looks like she is grabbing a good one, so I'm going to pass it along to Tessa. >> Yes, absolutely, and thank you for that response, Jon. It's true that Course Schedule is everything. You can use it... I reference it constantly. It's such an important document, just print it out, always look at it, download it, whatever... It's a really, really great way to stay organized. And I just pulled a question that I really liked 'cause I hear it a lot as a course advisor. The question is, "I love the idea of bio-individuality, but as a vegan, I don't think I would be comfortable coaching people who eat animal foods. What do I do?" I love this question. So there is really two things that come to mind here, first, you know, no matter what diet you're on, as a Health Coach, you're likely to encounter clients with all sorts of diets, so, you know, generally speaking, as coaches, we want to remain nonjudgmental and supportive of our clients in general. Now with that said, if you are a vegan or follow a plant-based diet, you know, your goal as a Health Coach, you know, in these beginning stages especially, you're going to be talking about your experience and your journey, you know, sort of what your background is, and you can very fluidly and organically talk about your experience as a vegan. Now we're going to learn more about this later in the course, but, you know, the thing that happens there is that you're going to naturally be a magnet for people who also want to follow a plant-based diet or a vegan diet or something like that. So although you won't even be putting, you know... Setting up meal plans for these people, you know, it can be your target market as a coach. You know, just remember that we're all on different paths and different points in our journey, but, you know, eventually, this can be sort of, you know, a specific part of your practice. So it's a really great question, you know, but you can sort of attract your tribe that way. Initially, I would start very general when you're doing Health Histories because it's all about that practice, and again, not being judgmental, but eventually, you know, you can attract the type of clients that you want to work with. It's a really great question, like I said, I hear that one a lot. So excellent job. All right, and here's another specific one that I'll read out because I've actually gone through this recently. I was really curious about it. And it's, "I've heard so much conflicting information on soy, what is actually true?" Now there's so much information out there about soy, and we do cover, you know, a lot of it in the course here, but, you know, I would say, to sum it up, soy is really controversial these days, and can be really tricky to navigate. So some people may respond better to it than others, but, you know, one of the most important things to keep in mind is to focus on less processed forms of soy, you know, like tempeh or natto or edamame, you know, these foods have been part of traditional Japanese diet for centuries. And they have one of the longest living populations in the world. I mean, it really depends, and it's something that you're going to learn more about in the curriculum, but just remember, everybody's bio-individuality... Really great question, I've been really curious about that one before too. All right, so we're going to wrap up the questions, and I'm going to pass it over to Jon right now to just read some testimonials. >> Awesome, thanks, Tessa, and, yeah, thanks so much for, you know, asking so many great questions. Again, for the second time, you can't go through all of them. I know we have so many that we're interested in answering, but you can always reach out to our Student Success department at [email protected] You also have the Help Center in your account which, like we said earlier, may answer all the questions you have, and that's clicking on that question mark symbol in your Learning Center account. But really quick, before the call ends, I'd like to just take a moment to go over some successes that other students in the Health Coach Training Program have experienced. It's just so great to hear about these because it gives you like a great snapshot of what you can look forward to, and you know, give you some inspiration and motivation. So first off, we have Sara Hudson from the March, 2017 class, so this is a year before you guys, so they graduated in March. Sara is saying, "I absolutely love this program. It has taught me how to take what I know, plus extra I have picked up along the way and turn it into a business. It has taught me how to present information to others and how to work with different personalities. I have learned things to try on myself and my family. I've met amazing like-minded people and found myself part of an inspiring community. It has been a fantastic opportunity." Amazing! I love that. Moving along to Pamela Schneider from January 2016, that might have been Ann's class actually. Pamela says, "Going to IIN has changed my life in so many ways. It helped me to get through one of the hardest times in my life in a balanced and positive way. I healed relationships with family that I thought would never be healed, and I connected with so many wonderful classmates. I'm now running retreats at a Wellness Center on a regenerative farm in Virginia, and I'm so thankful and glad I went to IIN." That is beautiful, and it's like encaptures the ripple effect and the way this program impacts you on so many levels, not just coaching but also in your personal life as well, and I experienced that when I was a student. So lastly, we have Jessica Cansino from January, 2017, she writes, "I have three paying clients, two of which paid in full. People are desperate for what we are offering. I'm having the most success meeting people at classes I teach on essential oils. I would really suggest considering free or inexpensive classes, either on wellness topics or perhaps a cooking class in a community place to draw in new contacts. When I'm at my oils classes, and I introduce myself as a leader in my company and an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, people automatically ask me about it, and we set up a consultation," one of those Health Histories. It's so amazing. Those are great successes. I know they get me really motivated, and again, it just goes to show you guys have so much great stuff coming throughout this program and into the next month, so I'll leave it there right now, but I know Tessa will have some parting words for you guys, I'm going to pass it back to her, and I look forward to talking to you guys next month. >> Excellent! I love hearing our Student Success stories. They're really motivating, you know, even for me at this point. You know, definitely, if you ever need to sort of touch base, you can go back and look at them. Super motivating to see what all of these former students have done with their Integrative Nutrition Health Coaching Certificate. So really awesome, and that's all the time that we have for today. So I just first, want to thank you all for your participation, a lot of great participation today. It was really great touching base with all of you in the Questions Box. And just a few things, keep in mind, you're next group call is June 27, and you can find the recording for this call within 48 hours in the Connect section of your Learning Center. In case you, you know, joined us late or want to revisit the content, it'll all be there. And as always, again, feel free to reach out to our amazing Student Success Team with any and all questions. You can reach them by email at [email protected] or by calling our direct line at 877-658-9293. And I just want to say, we absolutely love connecting with you and being here to mentor and support you guys, so we look forward to speaking with you again soon. And we wish you an amazing upcoming month in the Health Coach Training Program. Bye.

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5.24.18 HCTP Mar18 Monthly Check-In Call #2

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