Hello everyone and welcome to the launch of my newest podcast. This year, 2018, I have committed to a one-year course to become a certified Health Coach. The podcast, with episodes released weekly, will cover the material we are learning, my own personal growth, and hopefully some other students on as guests.
Please let me know what you think of the podcast or if you are also interested in becoming a Health Coach!
If you are interested in learning more about the Broken Brain docuseries, here is the link: https://brokenbrain.com/trailer/
If you are interested in learning more about the Essential Oils for Abundant Living course, here is the link: https://members.drericz.com/essential-oils-for-abundant-living-course-launch-quick-start/
00:00 Hello, hello. This podcast is all about becoming a health coach and I am your host Megan McCrory. Each week I will highlight what I'm learning and from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and share with you my journey and to become a health coach. So if you're just joining me this week, welcome. I'm glad you found me. You might want to go back and start from the beginning to hear the whole story. If you are also becoming a health coach or you're interested in becoming a health coach, please email me at email@example.com. I'd love to feature you on the show, especially if you're coming from a different health coaching school. I'd like to compare and contrast the different health coaching schools. So I think I have one lady on deck who's doing the health coach institute, so I'm looking forward to having her on the podcast at some point.
01:05 So let's dive into week one, module one. The first week started out a bit slow for me, so I was hoping to like get right into the meat of coaching, however, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, IIN, they do a lot more than just coaching, I have to admit that's one of the things that brought me or helped me choose this program because it's not just about coaching, it's not just about business, but it's also about your self discovery. So I liked that about the program. However, I'm like, okay, let's go, let's go, let's go. So I'm getting a little like, you know, antsy. I just want to get into it. So the first week we basically went over their mission. So their mission is to
Play a crucial role in improving health and happiness and throughout, through that process create a ripple effect that transforms the world.
02:19 So I liked the mission. It's basically saying everybody should have health and happiness and let's make sure that that's catching a little fire storm. Let's make sure each person is affecting their neighbor, their friend. So I like that. I think it's true. I see it in my own life, if I do something and I talk about it with my friends, they try it and who knows, they talk about it with their friends. So I liked the mission. This part of the curriculum, this week 1 really focused on the mission statement, and then we talked about the role of health coaches in healthcare. We also learned how being health coach can also really facilitate your own healing as well. You'll find that what you're saying to your client is exactly what you should be saying to yourself or you're in a situation that you were.
03:25 So again, about the self reflection and, and essentially the whole program, if it's your own coaching, like they're coaching you, how to coach yourself and then because you know how to have these skills in the end, you can monetize it or use it for friends and family. I don't really think that it's a great big secret that the healthcare industry is really not working very well. And, and where health coaches lie in the health industry, um, is something where, you know, the approach, as I talked about in the first episode or an episode zero really, you know, kind of that glue where the doctor has prescribed you to do something or diagnosis you with something that basically says you need to do x, y, and z and the health coach is there to help you to help you get it, to do it and to really integrate it into your life to make it most effective for you.
04:30 And so that it sticks, right? So instead of just like kind of giving the students kind of rote memory you review and you know, I'm memorizing, they do a lot of activities. So I'm, one of the activities that they had us do in the first week was set our intentions. So, um, they, there was a worksheet with some questions and kind of like drill down, what's your intention for the year? And you're supposed to keep that. Then in your focus so that throughout the year, throughout the course you can keep coming back to that intention, especially if you kind of lose focus because there's a lot of information and it's a year, which is a long time. So I like that to start right off with what do you want to get out of this course? And really the courses, what you make of it. Now I've heard some people say it's not so technical.
05:28 Other people love it. It's changed their life. I really believe that whatever you do in life, you only get out of it what you put into it. So I'm trying to do this course. I will do the chorus 100 percent, but um, yeah, so that's fine for me. I'm okay with that approach of goal setting and intention and whatnot because I think it's also valuable skills that once I learn how to do that for myself, I can then give those tools to my clients in the future. So my intention, my statement. So I made a statement. Yes I did. Because, you know, we're supposed to, um, so my intention for the year or what I want to get out of the end of this year is I will change my life and my future by learning how to holistically coach people to become their best self and to make a world a better place because come on who doesn't like to make the world a better place?
06:33 So that's my intention. I'm improving myself, I'm improving my friends and family if they, you know, let me. And um, that's my, that's my goal. So that was one of the activities that we did this week. Another one was um, uh, something kind of like a goal. They call it the golden path and it's um, yeah, it kind of looks like the wizard of Oz kind of a golden path through the forest. And uh, each, every couple of weeks they're going to give you more information about the golden path and what, what's, you know, like your, your way forward essentially. So we did the first week of the golden path. So I did that activity as well. They had one guest speaker, only one guest speaker. So Joshua Rosenthal is the one who's doing most of the, the, um, the courses, he's the one who's founded the school, but we had one guest speaker in this module which is Dr Mehmet Oz from the Dr Oz show, which I had never actually watched.
07:38 So I'd never really seen him talking or maybe I saw like a clip here they are on facebook, but I never really watched his show. No, I take that back. I did watch one Dr Oz or at least a rather long clip and I remember and I don't know and I hope it doesn't gross people out because it was on national TV, so I guess it shouldn't gross you out, but he had a whole um, uh, episode or segment on how you can be too rough to your, your but essentially are how, how fragile the lining of your intestines and then therefore your anus. So, uh, it was funny because they had like somebody going through like they, like they had people coming out of like an opening acting like the people were the poor. Okay. It stuck in my brain. If I find it, I will post it somewhere, but it was basically like, don't be so hard on your, but it's gentle.
08:43 You need to be gentle with your butt. So. Okay. Anyway, tangent over. Um, so he talked about living the good life, which, okay, that's what we all want. Um, so some of the things that he's. Well he said a lot of good points actually. He's a very good speaker. I can see why he has a TV show. I don't know anything about his skills as a doctor, but he had two points that really stuck out to me. One was that people don't change what they do in life based on what they know they change based on how they feel. And I can totally see this, you know, I mean that's one of the first things that they're telling us in Ian is that people know what to do, right? I mean they know that they should exercise, they know that they should eat what you know, so it's not doing what people know.
09:35 It's doing what they feel. So if they start to feel bad, they're going to want to change something and the problem I see or that kind of discussed in the new new functional medicine area is basically a lot of people don't know how bad they feel because they've been feeling this bad for a long time. Or conversely you could say they don't know how good they could feel because they're, because of their, their nutrition and diet habits have been the same for such a long time. So. But I liked the point because you know, they, people really will start to feel bad before they do something and, and you know what, it really only takes a little bit of good to start to feel good. You know what I mean? It's like a snowball effect. Just get off the couch and do a 20 minute walk.
10:29 Right? You will start to feel better. I know this, I've been through it so many times. I just did here the other day, a very good quote because I'm a, I'm an exercise stop and starter. I'm a, I'm a, I'm a boomerang exerciser. Cause you know, sometimes life gets in the way and I will stop exercising, but I think I've got a good way forward now. My gym is very, very close. It's very hard to say I can't walk five minutes to the gym and do a 20 minute workout. So I'm getting there. But even this week I didn't work out because I, my schedule was too busy. So I'm one of the quotes that I heard from this app that I use called active. I'm going to do a whole thing on active. I love it. It's like the best personal trainer you've had this.
11:20 So this personal trainer. I'll have to figure out who said it. She said, if you hate starting over, stop quitting. I was like, oh, that's a good one. That's a really good quote. If you hate starting over, stop quitting because every time you stop, you know, every time you quit exercising for a period of time, you lose what you've done for such a long time and you have to gain yourself back. So anyway, that all ties into this Dr. Mehmet, you know, people don't change based on what they know, but based on how they feel. So I think that's one of the underlying things I'm going to focus on is, is how do you feel like, what do you, what's I'm not not what do you want to do, but you know, are you feeling, are you feeling tired, do you feel foggy in the head and that kind of stuff.
12:16 So I'm hopefully in my practice, I'll try to, to, to get those things out. The second point that Dr Mehmet Oz made in the lecture this week was that you have to make it easy to do the right thing with the fewest decisions and the easiest path. And again, couldn't agree more. Especially in my own personal life. If it's easy, if I have good food on hand, I eat it. If, like I said, like I just said, the gym, I changed my gym to the five, the gym that's five minutes away from my home, not five minutes away from my work and it's easy. I don't have to make the decision. I just go, I, it's just so easy. Even if all I go do is go and walk on the treadmill for 20 minutes, I am happy with myself, I can tell you for sure. So this point about making the easy thing, making easy to do the right thing and also the fewest amount of decisions this touches on habits and how to create healthy habits.
13:27 Every time you make a decision, your brain is like, okay, that's one less decision I can make today. Right? So you want to keep your brain power for the decisions that make a lot the more important decisions then do I go to the gym or not? Right? Because there are more important to important decisions in your life. So if you can figure out how you best adapt to a new habit, once you make something a habit, then you don't have to think about it anymore. It's like brushing your teeth or wiping your ass. I mean, you're just do it. You do it because you always done it because, you know, if you don't do it, bad things will be there. So, um, if you can create the, your, your individual path and your individual habits to make, doing the right thing, the easiest thing to do, not only will you succeed in doing that right thing consistently because that's actually the most important thing is to do it consistently, but you're also going to have more mental ability and mental bandwidth for all the other decisions in your life that are not habit forming that you can't form into habits.
14:47 So, um, I really, uh, one of the things I want to do in my practice is to incorporate a habits and how people form habits and the best way forward with that. So I really think that that's a major part in health coaching is his habits and I'm really excited about that. So, um, yeah, so those are the good points I found from, from Dr Oz. I'm in addition to those things. So we have some video modules, we have some kind of activities during the module and after the modules are done, we have assignments. The first assignments that we had, uh, is a learn through reflection. So they really want you to come up with a process that works for you for reflection, because reflection unlocks our ability to process and for new information and to solve problems more effectively. Now, I don't know if that's true, but I do know that self reflection is great because you're like, wait, why haven't I done this?
16:00 Or I keep doing that. And if you don't write it down or record it or do something, you're going to miss those things and you're not going to find, let's say you're not going to notice that you've done that thing five times in the consequences you know you don't like. So if you write it down and reflect on it and you don't have to write, you can do what I'm doing here. And honestly, this podcast is really one of my, is my, my reflection method for this, for this year. Um, I do. I think I do a pretty good job. Uh, I keep a journal. Um, I, I know things down, I do a lot of self reflection, goal setting, kind of getting ideas out of my brain. I do review, I should review more, but I do review. Some people asked me and they look at my journal and they see it's kind of elaborate, but they said, well, do you go back and look at it?
16:59 I'm like, yes, I do actually. Um, maybe not as much as I should, but I do go back and look through it to make sure I haven't missed anything. Um, so that was really cool. Um, basically pushing people to, to learn how to reflect on yourself and that's something everyone should do. I think our second assignment was to explore our intentions now. Okay. The attention exercise I think was great, but now they wanted me to sit for 10 minutes and think about that and then come up with like a list of descriptive words or phrases that represent the feelings that I want to invoke by the end of the program. And then we were supposed to use this list throughout the year to help us kind of filter the opportunities and decisions that we have. Now. Honestly, I didn't do this because I thought, okay, there's a, I have a limit.
17:54 I mean, time is precious and I think this is the ideas. Okay. I actually, I really loved the idea of the attention, but I didn't really see how these descriptive words or phrases we're going to help align what I'm doing later on. And maybe I missed it, but I decided, okay, I have a pretty good, you know, I, I drew the line there that. So the last assignment was basically based on the lecture from Dr Oz. And this was again another thing that I decided that I would do, but in a different way than they asked. So they said get it like a physical jar. Take physical pieces of paper and for the following activities or areas of your life, you should write down examples of how you can do that. So the experience, the, the, the, the, um, the, the good things in life. So food, fun, beauty, sleep, love, growth and connection.
19:01 So those are the things that they said. Okay, so pick something for each of those things and put it in this jar and fill the jar up with these things. And then every week, like kind of pull out a thing and try to do that thing. So for example, connection, the connection word would be one could be like visit your neighbor and have a cup of coffee, right? So you're making connection and that would be a little slip of paper in there or food could be a make your favorite dish, something like that, or cook with friends and then you get food and connection. So that's awesome. Uh, I liked the idea, but I didn't really like the whole idea of having a jar with a bunch of paper in it. I'm much more of a, like I just said, a journal person. So what I have decided to do is make a collection in my journal and do that thing, which, you know, writing down a bunch of things.
19:58 Or You could also do it like an vendor list, for example, if you're a digital person. And Yeah, just make a list of everything around food. Which if I did it, it would basically bring me more joy to life, you know, so I'm going to do that, uh, in my own way. Um, so overall, you know, okay, it's going a little long so I'm hoping to make these 10 minutes, not 20 minutes overall. The week was not hard, but what I did learn about this week was that, um, I need to organize my tell. I'm still, I'm still doing too much in the evening, so I need to organize my time. Now. Granted, I had a few extra things this week that I had signed up for. So one of the things was this broken series by Dr. Mark Hyman. Absolutely amazing. Absolutely love it. Let me know, uh, becoming a health coach.com at Gmail.com.
20:57 If you have watched that episode, the series really amazing series. I'm not sure if I would pay to get the digital material, um, be, but it is a lot of information curated into a very nice package. So I had to watch those within 24 hours because they were only open for every 24 hours. And then I also started an essential oils class, which is also 10 days, but only every day it shows up. Um, so those things, and I had some extra things in the evening, so what I learned about myself this week is that I need to say no to evening activities and really structure myself. Um, I need to work for the first three days on my class. So Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, so Monday I watched the videos, Tuesday I do the assignments and the reflection part and Wednesday I would record the podcast and then Thursday and Friday I would actually work on a different course that I'm working on, which is the side Hustle Society from Chris Guillebeau, who's an author and podcaster that I've been listening to.
22:06 And I chose to do this extra course at the same time, um, because this is a side hustle for me. And so I thought it would be good to learn from an independently from the health coach or health world. I'm a side hustle. So, um, this is a community and uh, they have lessons and stuff. So I need to structure this better and that's what I'm going to do for a week, a three. So because I'm already recording this at the end of week two because I'm a little late, so with that said, I just wanted to let you know in case you're interested in becoming a health coach, how much time this is taking me a, not, not like the podcasting part or blogging or anything, but just the part for the classes. Um, I spent a total of one hour and five minutes watching the videos and about another hour, maybe more or less.
23:00 Yeah. Plus or minus a on the assignments and stuff. I've been trying to keep my time so I could give you an accurate representation of how much time I'm taking. Um, originally they said it was going to be like eight to 10 hours a week, maybe eight to 10 hours a week will come later on. So let's see how that works. And um, yeah, that's all I have for today. If you for this week, this is week one. Uh, I have 40 weeks to go. Let's see how it works. Or let's say it's 40 modules and four tests and some weeks off. So it's a, it's a whole year. Um, I'm glad you found me. Thanks for sticking around. I hope this is interesting for you. Again, if you're interested in becoming a health coach or you are in health coach training right now, please reach out to me at becoming a health coach at Gmail Dot com and let me know if you're interested on coming on the podcast so I'm really would love to expand. So it's more of a conversation between two people rather than myself just talking the whole time. Although you can see I can fill 20 minutes very quickly and if you have any questions about the school or what I'm doing or why I made this decision or what the broken brain series is, or the essential oils class that I'm watching, any of that stuff, if you have any questions at all about anything, um, you can email me at becomingahealthcoach@Gmail.com or you can head over to my blog at mybestself.fit. That's it. So thanks and I'll see you next week. Bye.