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Health Coach Conversations is a podcast hosted by Cathy Sykora, founder of The Health Coach Group, whose mission is to bring awareness, professionalism, and growth to the health coaching industry.

That’s what this podcast will be all about. I’ll be sharing with you what I myself have to teach, and we’ll have wellness, coaching, and business experts in for short interviews to learn what’s new and better!

My purpose for this podcast is to give you the clarity, confidence, knowledge, and motiv… Continue Reading >>
Health Coach Conversations is a podcast hosted by Cathy Sykora, founder of The Health Coach Group, whose mission is to bring awareness, professionalism, and growth to the health coaching industry.

That’s what this podcast will be all about. I’ll be sharing with you what I myself have to teach, and we’ll have wellness, coaching, and business experts in for short interviews to learn what’s new and better!

My purpose for this podcast is to give you the clarity, confidence, knowledge, and motivation to grow, fine tune, and strengthen your business and get more customers. << Show Less
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EP201: Health Coach Conversations: Fashion and Health with Alyssa Couture People have been programmed to think about fashion in a way that has them disconnected from the deeper truth of fashion. The deeper truth is that fashion is a tool that can offer multi-dimensional healing to humans. Alyssa Couture, fashion industry expert, explains a new modern approach to the industry - fashion for healing. In this episode, Cathy and Alyssa discuss: Alyssa’s book, Healthy Fashion, The Deeper Truths. The concept of how fashion can be used for improving our overall wellness Cosmetic fabrics as a health treatment - Manufacturing fabrics with herbs and botanicals Ergonomic VS Non-ergonomic clothing - how certain clothing supports our well-being and other clothing does not Therapeutic fashion and how it’s designed to help with particular health problems The relation of fashion to health - physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, & energetic How our fashion plays a big role on our mindset Memorable Quotes: “Because really what we're going through right now, in this day, and age is a fashion process, we've moved from mainstream conventional fashion into more of the Eco sustainable fashion, which is the trend. And the future trend, which I pose in the book is fashion for wellness, fashion for health, fashion for mind, body, and spirit and soul.” “If you put something on your body,… you're picking clothes to really help your day and help your consciousness and help your mind in regards to achievements and trying to express personal self. So yes, I believe, absolutely. Fashion is a direct connection to our mindset.” Alyssa is a fashion industry expert, with over 15 years of fashion industry experience in a number of roles. Some of these include fashion business, fashion designing, creative directing, styling, merchandising, journalism, fashion retailing, and fashion show production. Apart from fashion, she has a spiritually driven lifestyle, having previously lived in several ashrams and monasteries. She is a professional fine artist/illustrator with published and sold works to follow. Naturally being an optimistic person, she noticed an emptiness and lack of spirit and health in fashion in general. She was then inspired to write a book that would be attributed as modern, fresh, and high-fashion for the New Age. She considers herself a fashion intuitive, and over the years she has created interesting, new concepts for fashion both through artistic, philosophical channels.   Mentioned In This Episode: Alyssa’s Website with free resources on Healthy FashionAlyssa’s Book - Healthy Fashion, The Deeper TruthsEarth Therapeutics - Aloe Infused Gloves and SocksAyurvastra - Ancient Dye Method from India for Healing Links to resources:Health Coach Group Websitehttps://www.thehealthcoachgroup.com/ Leave a Review of the Podcast
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EP201: Health Coach Conversations: Fashion and Health with Alyssa Couture People have been programmed to think about fashion in a way that has them disconnected from the deeper truth of fashion. The deeper truth is that fashion is a tool that can offer multi-dimensional healing to humans. Alyssa Couture, fashion industry expert, explains a new modern approach to the industry - fashion for healing. In this episode, Cathy and Alyssa discuss: Alyssa’s book, Healthy Fashion, The Deeper Truths. The concept of how fashion can be used for improving our overall wellness Cosmetic fabrics as a health treatment - Manufacturing fabrics with herbs and botanicals Ergonomic VS Non-ergonomic clothing - how certain clothing supports our well-being and other clothing does not Therapeutic fashion and how it’s designed to help with particular health problems The relation of fashion to health - physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, & energetic How our fashion plays a big role on our mindset Memorable Quotes: “Because really what we're going through right now, in this day, and age is a fashion process, we've moved from mainstream conventional fashion into more of the Eco sustainable fashion, which is the trend. And the future trend, which I pose in the book is fashion for wellness, fashion for health, fashion for mind, body, and spirit and soul.” “If you put something on your body,… you're picking clothes to really help your day and help your consciousness and help your mind in regards to achievements and trying to express personal self. So yes, I believe, absolutely. Fashion is a direct connection to our mindset.” Alyssa is a fashion industry expert, with over 15 years of fashion industry experience in a number of roles. Some of these include fashion business, fashion designing, creative directing, styling, merchandising, journalism, fashion retailing, and fashion show production. Apart from fashion, she has a spiritually driven lifestyle, having previously lived in several ashrams and monasteries. She is a professional fine artist/illustrator with published and sold works to follow. Naturally being an optimistic person, she noticed an emptiness and lack of spirit and health in fashion in general. She was then inspired to write a book that would be attributed as modern, fresh, and high-fashion for the New Age. She considers herself a fashion intuitive, and over the years she has created interesting, new concepts for fashion both through artistic, philosophical channels.   Mentioned In This Episode: Alyssa’s Website with free resources on Healthy FashionAlyssa’s Book - Healthy Fashion, The Deeper TruthsEarth Therapeutics - Aloe Infused Gloves and SocksAyurvastra - Ancient Dye Method from India for Healing Links to resources:Health Coach Group Websitehttps://www.thehealthcoachgroup.com/ Leave a Review of the Podcast
EP200: 200th Episode Happy 200th Episode! Cathy and Ashlie share the journey of the Health Coach Group since it first started in 2011.      In this episode, Cathy and Ashlie discuss Changes in the health coaching industry since Health Coach Conversations launched Recognizing the human side of health coaching and letting go of imposter syndrome  What’s remained the same and where Health Coach Group programs are most used How stress and lack of sleep has impacted the health coaching industry   Why getting outside is encouraged in almost every Health Coach Group program Recognizing the growing number of health professionals becoming health coaches  Advice for health coaches to gain confidence through experience Why building your email list is crucial to building your health coaching business          Memorable Quotes: “As a culture we’re moving more into a space where we’re going to see more and more resources that are available in terms of preventive healthcare and focusing on wellness vs. managing illness.”       Mentioned In This Episode: Building Abundance - https://www.thehealthcoachgroup.com/store/store-learning/building-abundance-a-12-week-business-course-for-health-coaches/ The Inner Circle Membership Program https://www.thehealthcoachgroup.com/store/the-inner-circle-membership/     Links to resources: Health Coach Group Website http://thehealthcoachgroup.com/
EP199: Hackabus with Ling Wong Living in a van is a new trend that has emerged in the last couple of years. It is a way of living that is becoming more and more popular. Ling Wong shares how she manages her freelance career with a sustainable lifestyle as a digital nomad.    In this episode, Cathy and Ling discuss:  Reasons why Ling chose van life and how she got started with it Turning a school bus into a motorhome Building a career as a writer while being on the road The impact of Ling's lifestyle on her work Her experience of being on the road 80% of the time Furnishing the bus with furniture, beds, etc. What Ling learned about being free as a copywriter and a van dweller The flexibility van life provides in terms of balancing work and life   Memorable Quotes: "Learning to travel light is a work in progress. We all have a lot of things, the packages that we carry with us, figure, figurative, etc." "I don't want to be in a cubicle… So it turns out that focusing on writing and not having to deal with a lot of office work really well with my personality… I produce good work. I do good work, but I also really enjoy the choice and the flexibility." Ling is an avid cyclist crazy enough to get into the Everesting Hall of Fame (3 entries, so far) and climbed 1 million feet//10,000 miles in 2021.   She is a freelance marketing writer who loves to tackle obscure sh*t topics and is booked at 128% capacity for eight working days a week.   She is also an Ivy grad who spent years in design, architecture, and digital marketing. Then said fuxk it and quit it all for good and has never been happier.   Mentioned In This Episode:   Ling Wong on Instagram - @wordsandwatts.   Hackabus - https://www.hackabus.com/      Links to resources: Health Coach Group Website https://www.thehealthcoachgroup.com/
EP198: Author Accelerator Jennie Nash Discusses Writing a Book Writing a book is a great way to get your message out as a health coach. Jennie Nash shares how publishing a book allows you to leverage your expertise, reach a larger audience, and create a solid foundation for your business!          In this episode, Cathy and Jennie discuss:  Who can and should write and publish a book  Two ROIs for writing a book:  External - making money, speaking engagements, partnerships  Internal -  increase impact, take up more space, change lives  Understanding the investment required in publishing a book  Different paths to publishing and knowing what you can sell to your mailing list Publishing a book to create the foundation of your business’s ecosystem  Advice about hiring ghostwriters and working with a book coach Using a framework to outline the goals for your book and going from good to great  Why health coaches should consider writing a book    Memorable Quotes: “Writing a book these days means being an entrepreneur and bringing a product into the world and connecting with a customer and helping your reader on a transformation journey.”  “When they really know their audience…A really smart author can make a lot of money if they can sell a lot of books.”  “The book itself is not usually the thing that makes people money. It's usually what they can do with that book.”   “Sometimes landing on the right title, or the right concept, or the right way of speaking about something, is how you take an idea from, from good to great.”   Jennie Nash is the founder and CEO of Author Accelerator, a company on a mission to lead the emerging book coaching industry. Author Accelerator has trained more than 100 book coaches in both fiction and nonfiction through their book Coaching Certification Program. Jennie's own book coaching clients have landed top New York agents and six-figure book deals with Big 5 houses such as Penguin, Scribner, Simon & Schuster, and Hachette, and won dozens of national indie book awards. Client KJ Dell'Antonia became an instant New YorkT imes bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick in 2020, and in 2021, Client Jenn Lim, hit the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. Jennie is the author of 10 books in 3 genres.   Mentioned In This Episode: Jennie Nash -  https://jennienash.com/   Books: Blueprint for a Nonfiction Book - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09X6CSY67?tag=&linkCode=osi&th=1&psc=1 Blueprint for a Book -  https://www.amazon.com/dp/173325112X?tag=&linkCode=osi&th=1&psc=1     Links to resources: Health Coach Group Website https://www.thehealthcoachgroup.com/
EP197: 5 Elements with Dondi Dahlin Are you familiar with the Five Elements? Dondi Dahlin dives into each element and how working with the elements can help address health challenges and lets you age in a way that feels good!      In this episode, Cathy and Dondi discuss:  Defining what the Five Elements are: water, wood, fire, earth, metal Understanding that each element has specific parts of the body that govern it  Examples of personality types and common emotions for each element Different body parts that connect to the fire and earth elements  The history of the Five Elements and why it’s growing in popularity  Benefits of understanding the Five Elements and control cycles  How Dondi learned about the Five Elements and different energy systems   Whether or not people can completely change their element  How to know which element you are and the elements of other people   How knowing the Five Elements can help predict health challenges for ourselves and others          Memorable Quotes: “The five elements are this incredible system about personality typing. Also, it's a health system as well, and the five elements are water, wood, fire, earth, and metal…once you find out what your element is, you'll also find out what parts of the body govern that element.” “It diffuses it so you can relax. Oh, I see I have this foundation, this underlying vibration that doesn't put me in a container but it sort of contains who I am, and I don't have to beat myself up anymore. I get it, I understand who I am so much better.” “An element can be suppressed by a school or a family or a way of life that made that element go dormant. So does a person really switch their element completely? Or was that element always there and just settled underneath the late layers and waiting to come out? That's a question that we still grapple with.” “You can do things so you can age in a way that is vital and that feels good and where you aren't walking around hunched over with health challenges. Just start to embrace your elements and it does wonders.”  Dondi Dahlin is a bestselling author and has been a recipient of many book awards for her international best-seller The Five Elements, based on the world’s oldest personality type system. She has taught at ACEP, OMEGA, Hay House, Shift Network, Mindvalley, Feathered Pipe Ranch, and events throughout North America and Europe. Dondi co-wrote The Little Book of Energy Medicine with her mom Donna Eden who is a renowned healer and pioneer in the field of Energy Medicine. Before Dondi started working with her mom, she performed in over 30 countries, was featured in 100 commercials, took the titles of both Outstanding Speaker in the Nation and Belly Dancer of the Universe, and remains a member of the Screen Actors Guild. Dondi is also a mom who home birthed and home schools her son. She became a historical preservationist when she fought to list her home, the only Victorian Folk House in San Diego as “protected” and on the historical register.   Mentioned In This Episode: The Basics of Eden Energy Medicine The Radiant Circuits (The "joy generators" of the body) The Five Elements (with me, my sister, and our mom)   Eden Method - https://edenmethod.com/free-classes/     Links to resources: Health Coach Group Website https://www.thehealthcoachgroup.com/
EP196: Thrive as an Entrepreneur Branding is more than just pretty graphics. Naomi Gee shares why health coaches must have a message that speaks clearly to customers and a consistent brand.   In this episode, Cathy and Naomi discuss:  What it means to be a StoryBrand Certified Guide How health coaches can gain brand recognition and the value of customer-centered storytelling Whether your marketing message or brand design is more important What branding is and why personal branding matters for health coaches Using Canva to implement systems to maintain consistent branding Advice for testing brand messaging with strangers  Why health coaches should clarify their message and use a brand playbook  Understanding the difference between a brand style guide vs. a brand playbook         Memorable Quotes: “We want our customers and our clients to fully understand what problem we're solving for them because a lot of times people aren't even aware of a problem that they have until we print it out.”  “Branding is consistent and cohesive messaging and consistently cohesive visuals when you show up in front of your audience.” “Part of what helps businesses start to gain traction is their branding because they start showing up as something that their audience recognizes in their social media feed or in their inbox.”    Naomi has basically been an entrepreneur since she was 11-years-old. She’s also the only brand strategist and designer partnering with growth-minded mom-owned businesses to level up their branding from cute but unexciting to grow brand recognition, without adding 100 marketing tasks to your already full to-do list.  As a StoryBrand Certified Guide, Naomi helps businesses invite their audience into a story they actually want to be part of and creates visual branding that highlights those stories. After having her second daughter, she struggled to physically feel like herself again until she found some key people to follow. This triggered a passion and goal to help as many mom-owned businesses as she can create brand recognition in the health, wellness, and fitness industry so they can reach people like her who need them.     Mentioned In This Episode: Naomi Gee - https://naomigee.com/ 15 Minute Call with Naomi - https://naomigee.com/15 Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller - https://www.amazon.com/Building-StoryBrand-Clarify-Message-Customers/dp/0718033329 Canva - https://www.canva.com/     Links to resources: Health Coach Group Website https://www.thehealthcoachgroup.com/
EP195: The Promise of Minimalism What would your life look like if you only owned what you truly needed? Joshua Becker shares the life-changing moment that convinced him to live with less and focus on what matters most.    In this episode, Cathy and Joshua discuss:  Defining minimalism and common misconceptions around minimalism  The difference between minimalism vs. decluttering Lightbulb moment that led Joshua to transition to minimalism Do’s and don’ts for beginning a minimalist lifestyle Joshua’s approach of decluttering your most lived-in space first then working towards the hardest space  Advice for working through learned behaviors of your kids and family Why working with your spouse requires love, patience, grace, and humility  What matters most to Joshua: faith, family and relationships, making a positive difference in the world Tips for those struggling to determine what’s most important to them         Memorable Quotes: “The method, the approach…I have found to be the most helpful for the most number of people to work through your home is  easiest to hardest, starting with the most lived-in areas first.” “It's a little bit like building up a muscle…this decluttering muscle, and the stronger you get, the better you get at it.” “There are some things that are difficult to get rid of. And when people get to those—don't stop because it's getting difficult. I think when it's getting difficult is when we take a step back and start asking ourselves questions like, Why is this hard for me to get rid of?”   “I think when we use that freed up time and space and energy to help others to make a positive difference in the world, that this is when we get to the end of our lives and we're most satisfied and we're most most fulfilled…people can pursue minimalism for whatever reason they want.”    Joshua Becker and his young family were introduced to minimalism 12 years ago during a short conversation with their neighbor and he immediately became a pioneer of the Modern Minimalist Movement with his blog, Becoming Minimalist. Through his blog, Joshua’s story and writing have inspired millions around the world to find more life by owning fewer possessions. Today, based on his thoughtful and intentional approach to minimalism, he is one of the leading voices in the modern simplicity movement reaching over 2 million readers every month. Joshua is the founder and editor of Becoming Minimalist, a website dedicated to intentional living that was named by SUCCESS Magazine as one of the top ten personal development websites. He is also the USA Today and WSJ best-selling author of 5 books: The Minimalist Home, The More of Less, Simplify, and Clutterfree with Kids. His new book, Things That Matter, will be released in April 2022. He is a contributor to Forbes Magazine and has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Reader's Digest, the Drew Barrymore Show and countless other media outlets—speaking live on 6 different continents and for Fortune 100 countries around the US including Google, Airbnb, and SalesForce. He is also the Founder of The Hope Effect, a nonprofit organization changing how the world cares for orphans. Currently, he lives in Peoria, AZ with his wife and two teenage children.   Mentioned In This Episode: Becoming Minimalist - https://www.becomingminimalist.com/   Book: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/676394/things-that-matter-by-joshua-becker/   Book Tour: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/tour/     Links to resources: Health Coach Group Website https://www.thehealthcoachgroup.com/
EP194: Current Clinical Research at Wahls Research Lab More than ever it’s important to understand how diet and behavior impact your health. Dr. Terry Wahls shares her own experience with multiple sclerosis, the treatment path that worked for her and multiple case study patients, and insight into her clinical research changing how MS is both studied and treated.     In this episode, Cathy and Dr. Terry discuss:  What caused Dr. Terry to fundamentally change how she thinks about disease and health  Details about Dr. Terry’s clinical research and safety feasibility study  Understanding the results of a modified Paleo diet in people with relapsing MS Dr. Terry’s current drug regimen and how diet studies differ from drug studies  Information about the Wahls Behavior Change Model Transitioning from crazy eccentric to beautiful visionary in the studying of MS How Dr. Terry’s approach differs from conventional physicians and some functional medicine physicians Why Dr. Terry decided to include the whole family in the treatment of MS   How to be treated with Dr. Terry and details about the Wahls Protocol Training          Memorable Quotes: “We have 15 steps that we teach clinicians…we've been incredibly effective at getting our patients to make and sustain remarkable changes in their behaviors and have the family as a unit experience these remarkable transformations done as a family.” “The conventional doctors don’t know much about diet, meditation, exercise, behavior change, and they have on average about 5 minutes, maybe 7 minutes with the patient—at most, 15. So it’s hard for them to get into how patients can change their diet and behavior.”   “If you're treating addictions, it's a family intervention. What we eat is a family experience, how we conduct our life is a family experience. And so if we make those changes together as a family, it's very easy. If I make it as an individual, isolated from my family, it will be a struggle forever.”     Dr. Terry Wahls is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner and a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she conducts clinical trials in the setting of Multiple Sclerosis. In 2018 she was awarded the Institute for Functional Medicine’s Linus Pauling Award for her contributions in research, clinical care and patient advocacy. She is the author of The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles, and the cookbook, The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life. Pick up a one-page handout for the Wahls™ Diet at https://terrywahls.com/diet/     Mentioned In This Episode: The Wahls Protocol® Health Practitioner Certification - https://terrywahls.com/certification/   The Revised & Expanded Edition: The Wahls Protocol® How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine -  https://terrywahls.com/the-wahls-protocol/     Links to resources: Health Coach Group Website https://www.thehealthcoachgroup.com/
EP193: Build Your Wellness Business Brand yourself with a story and framework that makes a big impact on people's wellness. Hailey Rowe shares tips to help you develop and grow your health business, including mistakes to avoid.   In this episode, Cathy and Hailey discuss:  Ways to stand out as a health coach Best way to structure a health coaching offer that is a no-brainer. Strategies for a health coach to deal with overwhelm and information overload Some common mistakes health coaches make when they grow their business Suggestions for coaches suffering from imposter syndrome Some content tips for new health coaches     Memorable Quotes: "Get clear on what your elevator pitch is and what makes you stand out from that elevator pitch… it's going to be who you serve…and the results or outcome you provide." "Know that even though it's very important to do the work of narrowing your niche, it doesn't mean that you can't work with anybody else. It just means that you're not wasting your money advertising to everybody in the world." "When it comes to starting and growing a business you have to get good at giving yourself constraint and direction compared to trying to do 12 million different social media platforms and 12 million different shiny objects at the same time." Hailey Rowe is a Marketing/Sales Coach & Strategist for Health Coaches and Wellness Leaders. She helps you gain more clients online consistently, grow your business to full-time, and rock your sales without self-doubt. She shares her F.A.S.T. framework, marketing, and business tips in her Health Coach Nation Podcast & on the Health Coach Nation Facebook Group (Facebook.com/groups/healthcoachnation).   She also helps you build your leads and calls with potential clients with Linkedin Lead Generation.   Since 2010, Hailey has worked in the coaching industry, as well as in Business Development & Marketing for several wellness companies & startups. She's also a certified behavioral change specialist and human potential coach.   Hailey's philosophy: You can have an amazing service and impact to make, but without a strong mindset, and sales and marketing plan, your business will remain a hobby. To learn more about Hailey, go to haileyrowe.com, or connect with her directly on Instagram.com/hailey_rowe.    Mentioned In This Episode: Hailey's Website - Https://www.haileyrowe.com/call  Hailey Rowe - Https://www.haileyrowe.com      Links to resources: Health Coach Group Website https://www.thehealthcoachgroup.com/
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