Well Honestly: Episode 13: When It Hurts to Be Healthy Interview with Coach Pain


Do you have questions about your body and how to navigate getting your health in order? We are in the same boat. During this episode we talk about the fundamentals of knowing your triggers, how to motivate yourself and letting go of fear on your wellness journey. 

[4:30] What We Are Loving  Juice in the Raw and Can Emotions Trigger Health Issues?

[12:13] Coach Pain on His Journey to Fitness & Triggers

[19:17]  Coach Pain on His Fitness Approach

[21:51] Health Tips to LIVE By

[23:45] You Can’t Sugar Coat Wellness

[25:20] When It Hurts

[26:35] Speak For Yourself

[28:22] Coach Pain on the Battlefrog Program

[31:52] How to Connect with Coach Pain on InstagramFacebookYoutube

[33:16] Coach Pain’s Honesty Moment

[35:45] Andretta’s Honesty Moment 

[36:50] Aaqila’s Honesty Moment

[40:21] More About Us & Our Mission & How to Be featured on our podcast 
Recipe of the Week

Cauliflower “Potato” SaladBy ANDRETTA KENNEDY ROBINSON

Ingredients: 1 head of Cauliflower (organic preferred), 2 green scallions, 2 stalks celery, handful of  Cilantro, 2 boiled eggs,  Salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, Avocado Mayonnaise. Separate the Cauliflower into small pieces and steam  to tender about 5 minutes. I like to steam mine. Remove and add chopped boiled eggs. Cut green scallions, celery and cilantro into small size and add to bowl.  Add seasonings and avocado Mayo. You can vary this, it’s pretty much like potato salad except you use Cauliflower and Avocado Mayo.

What are 5 advantages Getting Your Emotions In Order

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  • Supports Self-Reflection
  • Provides Physical Grounding
  • Hones Interpersonal Skills
  • Improves Personal Development
  • Improves Mental Health

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Learn More About Coach Pain By Reading His Bio Below:

I am honored to share my story with you so that you can see the path that brought me to where I am today.  You see, I believe that it is through difficult situations and great pain that the human spirit grows and character is developed. And my story is a testament to this.

I started in the fitness industry when I was only 18 years old, and I knew that it was where I belonged.  I had always been into fitness and enjoyed being active throughout  my whole childhood. I was involved in Martial Arts, Wrestling and Football throughout high school and was generally a very physical person.I have been in the field for 26+ years and plan to stay here for many more.  While I always enjoyed my work and was successful with it, I was not as passionate then as I am now.  The passion didn’t come until much later.  The passion came through the most painful loss I have ever experienced…the death of my mother.

It was my mother’s life: her sacrifices, support and guidance that made me the man I am today.  It was her death that birthed a passion in me.  After I lost my mother, I had a renewed sense of purpose; I vowed that I would make her proud.  It was during this painful season that I realized that I was put here to help others, to guide others to be their best selves, and to continue striving to be my best too.My parents were always an anchor for me.  They raised my siblings and I to be the best we could be, instilling  a deep faith and the principles of Respect, Love and Discipline; principles that I apply to everything I do even to this day.  After my mother’s death, my father became a beacon for me.  He demonstrated a great strength even through great tragedy.  He inspires me to push through the pain and grow stronger through difficult situations.

Since then, I redefined my purpose.  I became more passionate about helping others to reach their goals, but even more I longed to help them evolve into their best selves.  I work with clients to help them move forward towards their future instead of dwelling on the past.  One of my favorite analogies of this evolution is when a caterpillar becomes a butterfly.  After the butterfly emerges from the cocoon, he never goes back to being a caterpillar.  Once you start living as your true self and growing into your best self, you don’t go back to who you used to be.

Since this awakening, my path has led me towards many great career opportunities.  I have worked as a Spartan SGX trainer and had the incredible honor of giving motivational speeches at Spartan and Battlefrog events along with at the OCR World Championships.   I have spoken to groups of first responders and to youth at schools.  When I speak, I do not write a script, I speak from the heart and in the moment.  My hope with each motivational speech is that I connect to the hearts of the audience, that they will be able to feel my energy and passion and that it will ignite something inside of them too!  I view every speaking opportunity as an honor and an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.As far as training goes, I have developed my own unique style that represents who I am as a fitness coach.  I have built the foundation for my training on my years of experience with various approaches.  My training sessions are all about functional movement, but I am constantly changing things up to keep my clients interested and challenged.  This style is not for everyone, but those who want to be pushed and who want to become mentally tough as well as physically strong love my combination of movements and motivation.

Ultimately it has been the painful situations in my life that have grown me the most.  It is because of my loss and my struggles that I have become who I am today.

Who am I?
I am confident.
I am humble.
I am hungry.
I am eager.
I am ambitious.
I am hard-working.
I am willing to do what it takes.
I am Coach Pain.
MY EXPERIENCEI have over 26 years of experience in the fitness industry and as a motivational speaker.
Some of my professional accomplishments include:

  • Motivational Speaker
  • Fitness Coach
  • Nutrition Specialist
  • NPC 2011 Midwest Ironman Physique
  • American Ninja Warrior Participant – 2011, 2012
  • Jeet Kune Do & Wrestling Background (12 years)
  • Naval Special Warface Orientation Course Instructor
  • Announcer and Motivational Speaker For Spartan Race and BattleFrong Series

Well Honestly Episode 12: The Truth About Health Awareness Interview with Victoria Knox)


Do you have questions about your body and how to navigate getting your health in order? We are in the same boat. During this episode we talk about the challenges of facing your ability to prioritize your health and knowing unhealthy social stress triggers. Victoria Knox shares her journey with developing a new role in her wellness as a health conscious survivor of life in general.

[1:30] Introduction of Today’s Episode
[2:03] What We Are Loving This Week
[7:25] Guest Introduction: Victoria Knox
[13:00] Victoria Knox Breaks Down Why People Choose Holistic Wellness
[22:22] Victoria Knox Outlines A Few Common Health Issues & Their Triggers
[25:44] Victoria Knox Offers Her Tips On Prioritizing Your Health
[35:24] Victoria Knox Offers a Few Health Tips Many Women Ignore
[36:30] Honesty Moment of the Week
[42:30] Learn About Victoria’s Products, Services & Contact Information
[48:10] More About Us & Our Mission & How You Can Be Featured On The Podcast

Did You Miss Last Weeks Feature Recipe?
Try Dr. Shante Griggs’ Kale & Apple Juice Recipe” As seen on Instagram?

2 Bunches of Kale Greens3 Red Delicious ApplesHalf of a Freshly Squeezed Lemon1 Bunch of Spinach
“Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.”

Dr Shanté Prescribed
“Health… Beauty… Science”
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Read the Full Bio of Victoria Knox Below & Visit Her Website https://www.vknoxlife.com
I am a holistic health and wellness practitioner with a focus on nutrition as the primary driver to wellness. I work independently and in partnership with naturopathic and integrated medical doctors to create lasting lifestyle change for clients/patients. ​Six pillars that I’ve termed R.A.W. Lifestyle System (Really Awesome Way), was developed from my own experiences, backed by scientific evidence.​  With the integration of whole foods, supplements and medicines (if applicable), coupled with spirit, mind and body engagement, clients may restore or improve their overall wellness by following the basic R.A.W. Lifestyle System.   ​Originally from Illinois, and prior to a career in wellness, I held a diverse 30+ year career in business management, communications, and consulting.  My career includes leadership roles for major companies and nonprofits where I’ve managed strategic partnerships and created programs with Fortune 500 companies with a bottom line of $10M in revenue, sponsorships and in-kind donations.  ​When my employer quickly downsized, I began my own consulting practice to help entrepreneurs and proprietors build their business.  I’ve independently coached and consulted with more than 500 business leaders through my programs, conferences, and partnerships with higher education, government and nonprofit entities.​As the years flew by, I found myself professionally flourishing, but plummeting in health.  Though I tried different weight loss programs, nothing worked.  I resolved to believe that I’d be overweight (and unhealthy) the rest of my life and engulfed myself in working around the clock to create solutions for clients.​One day, I was in pain and could not get out of bed.  I thought it was food poisoning.  A good friend suggested I try a holistic treatment (colon hydrotherapy).  I didn’t know what it was, but, was willing to explore it.  After the first session, the pain was gone.​One session quickly became weekly visits for three months and a 30 pound weight loss without exercise (which I later added and actually become a fitness instructor)!  This started my passion for holistic wellness and led to another career in the wellness coaching.  Though my clients knew the business results, they were eager to learn more about my weight loss and health management routines.  I became a raw foodist (vegetarian), avid juicer, and dropped six sizes in about eight months!  My overall health improved.  Shortly after, I wrote and self-published My Secret Transformation; How I Detoxed My Life and Reinvented Myself. That was more than a decade ago and it’s still how I govern my life.​The same year My Secret Transformation was published, a weight loss franchise recruited me to become their lead weight loss coach and practice director for the Southwest region.  Today, I reside in Arizona and assist people across the country with wellness and integrated approaches.​I studied at Columbia College, Chicago, earned a BA in communications from Governors State University and Holistic Nutrition Wellness Practitioner designation from Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Arizona.​In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, juicing, writing and expanding my knowledge on integrated wellness. I’m the mother of three adult sons and grandmother of twins.​Credentials:​

  • Holistic Nutrition Wellness Practitioner Diploma, Southwest Institute of Healing Arts
  • Behavior Modification Certification, National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
  • Fitness Nutrition Certification, National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
  • Personal Development Coach Certified
  • BA in Communications, minor in Business Management, Columbia College Chicago and Governors State University (Dean’s List)
  • Nonprofit Implementation and Development Certified
  • Nonprofit Administration Certified
  • CPR Certified
  • Healthy Arizona Workplace Certified

Well Honestly: Episode 11: Dr. Shante Griggs on Pain, Pregnancy and Prescriptions Drugs


Do you have questions about your body and how to navigate getting your health in order? We are in the same boat. During this episode we talk about the facts, the myths and the legends regarding women of color and their health. This week we will dig deep on issues dealing with pain, prescription drugs, and triggers during pregnancy with Dr. Shante Griggs PharmD, RPh, DN of the National College of Naprapathic Medicine.

[4:24] The Mindset Moment – So how do you focus on self awareness while maintaining both your personal and your business’s integrity (health)?
[9:00] Interview with Dr. Shante Griggs PharmD, RPh, DNwww.ShopenShante.com
Follow Her on Instagram : @DrShanterx and LinkedIn
[36:30] Honesty Moment of the Week
 
[42:24] More About Us & Our Mission & Who to Follow Online 

Try Dr. Shante Griggs’ Kale & Apple Juice Recipe” As seen on Instagram?

2 Bunches of Kale Greens3 Red Delicious ApplesHalf of a Freshly Squeezed Lemon1 Bunch of Spinach
“Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.”

Dr Shanté Prescribed
“Health… Beauty… Science”
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Read the Full Bio of Dr. Shante Griggs PharmD , RPh, DN Below

Shante Griggs received her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the University of Illinois at
Chicago, College of Pharmacy (2006) and has also received her Doctor of Naprapathy (DN)
degree from the National College of Naprapathic Medicine (2014). She has dedicated 17+ years
of practice in community pharmacy, clinical pharmacy services and pharmacy academia. Dr.
Shante also taught from 2008 – 2010 at Chicago State University at the College of Pharmacy as
drug compounding laboratory instructor before committing to another doctorate program in the
field of Naprapathy. Dr. Shante Griggs has taken both of her very cherished medical backgrounds
collectively to be at the forefront of complimentary integrative medicine. Inspired by her own
challenges with back pain in pregnancy over the years, led Dr. Griggs to her doctorate thesis on
the “Treatment of Lower Back Pain During Pregnancy: The Application of Naprapathic Medicine
in Treating Hyperlordosis & Muscle Spasm”.

This research and limited data has also inspired her practice for more evidence based research with the application of Naprapathic Medicine as complimentary treatment & therapy in the areas of not just pain in general but pain & nutrient deficiencies experienced in fertility, prenatal and post partum care. This research, literature and personal experience also created the segue to Dr. Shante’s up and coming book series “Mommy Hurts” not only sharing her personal experiences in miscarriage, recurrent pregnancy loss,
divorce, bankruptcy, bad credit, single parent-hood and child loss; but outlining coping mechanisms, encouraging healing from the pain of each while providing the inspiration and
hope to millions of women globally.

Dr Shante Griggs currently sits as President of the National College of Naprapathic Medicine
(NCNM) while simultaneously serving on the executive Board of Directors as Vice-President for
the American Naprapathic Association (ANA) to lead in the innovation and widespread
recognition of Naprapathy (nuh-prah-pa-thee) which is Neuro-Musculo-Skeletal Medicine that
incorporates nutrition in healing protocols as a secondary scope of practice under the DN
license.

Dr Shante Griggs most recent efforts have been focused in the education to expand the
development of a Naprapathic Doctorate Program at Chicago State University, the University of
Illinois among others. This effort will also create more doctors of naprapathy to serve in
disadvantaged, underserved and underrepresented communities across America. Other
initiatives led by Dr Shante is through her service in health, financial and political education
through the New Life Movement Ministries, a Ministry for progressive, spiritual, political,
economic and social change.

“Food, herbs and drugs are all a part of this world and at times may be used together inappropriately.
It is our duty as health care providers to ensure that they co-exist safely and effectively with our
patients.”

~ Dr. Shante Griggs

WELL HONESTLY: MOST SLEEP ON THE STRESS OF ANXIETY


Do you have questions about your body and how to navigate getting your health in order? We are in the same boat. During this episode we talk about the facts, the myths and the legends regarding women of color and their health. This week we will dig deep on issues dealing with sleep, anxiety and stress.

[4:55] The Mindset Moment – Book of the Week-

The Game of Life and How to Play It

[7:35] The Impact of Stress As a Medical Symptom – Stress Triggers

[10:15] Ways to Decrease Stress & Prioritize Your Health- Tips to Decompress

Brown Women Wellness – Do Not Disturb Tea

[21:12] Breakdown of Sleep Disruptors –

Things That Can Interfere With Your Sleep

[24:50] Community Interview with Terry Anderson Founder of www.MsHempLady.com – The Benefits and Business of Hemp

[37:17] Honesty Moment

[42:46] More About Us & Our Mission & Who to Follow Online

Want Andretta’s “Covid Cocktail” As seen on Instagram?

A cup of Warm WaterAdd fresh squeezed limeElderberry Colloidal Silver (as instructed)Zinc (as instructed)Oil of Oregano (as instructed)Vitamin D (as instructed)
Vitamin C (as instructed)

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Well Honestly Episode 8: The Consequences of Baking soda, Breastfeeding and Fibroids


Do you have questions about your body and how to navigate getting your health in order? We are in the same boat. During this episode we talk about the facts, the myths and the legends regarding women of color and their health. 

[5:03] Why Baking Soda May Be Your Missing Ingredient

[12:05] Why Breastfeeding Sparks So Much Controversy

[28:50] Why Fibroids Are Attacking Women of Color

[42:00] More About Us & Our Mission & Who to Follow Online

 

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Sea salt (pinch)2 cups of warm Coconut WaterJuice of 1/2 lemon1/2 teaspoon of Baking sodaManuka honey to tasteShake it up and drink

What are 5 advantages of breastfeeding?

Benefits for life, breastfeeding may result in:

  • Lower risk of breast cancer.
  • Lower risk of ovarian cancer.
  • Lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
  • Less endometriosis.
  • Less osteoporosis with age.
  • Less diabetes.
  • Less hypertension decreases blood pressure.
  • Less cardiovascular disease.

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Well, Honestly Episode 7: They Lied to You About What’s Healthy


In this episode we break down the power in “studying to show thyself approved.” Oftentimes many of us take what we hear from others as truth without researching things for ourselves. One of the most dangerous areas to commit this mistake in is your health, wealth and time. If anyone should be diligent about the preservation of your quality of life, it should be you.  
We talk about the common misconceptions of what seems to be healthy based on smart advertising and marketing versus what is actually good for you. We share how we were able to decipher the rhetoric sabotaging the healthy food industry and ways you can avoid falling for the illusion. As brown women around the globe we are targeted continuously for our buying power. 
CNN recently posted that “new data released (shows that) employers cut 140,000 jobs in December (of 2020), signaling that the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic is backtracking. Digging deeper into the data also reveals a shocking gender gap: Women accounted for all the job losses, losing 156,000 jobs, while men gained 16,000″. This means that more women will be looking for ways to deal and cope with sudden changes in their lifestyle.

 Many lean towards food consumption and engaging in health centered activities. We believe that a clear understanding of knowing who to listen to, what to believe and how to research for yourself will be vital for women in America within the coming months. Dealing with a virus that targets all people has prompted an uptick in the sale of vitamins and what is deemed “organic” and or healthy food. 

As we dig deep into making this year the best possible- we want to encourage you to sit still. Don’t run from your thoughts. Pour a cup of our amazing tea and have time to and for yourself to deal with how fast this life goes by. Know that you are equipped with everything you want and need to have, be and get everything you want and need.  We are here for you Brown Babe. Don’t forget to join our Facebook community to ensure you have the sisterly support you deserve and need. 

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Well, Honestly… The Audacity Of Resilience W/ Farrah Bledsoe Episode 5


In this episode we sit down with a long time family friend Farrah Bledsoe and talk about how life will offer you the chance to build a story of resilience. During our chat Andretta and Farrah share how continuous loss of family members, businesses and more forced Farrah to truly get in touch with her competitive side and grow out of the shell that others designed for her as she was growing up. 

While known to be the pretty one that always has it together – Farrah shares that her gifts of having a business mind, competitive spirit  and keen sense of opportunity have always been the core of her foundation. We dive deep into the power of knowing your story and how your story shows up in the way that you decide to live your life. We break down the power of resilience and the necessary mindset needed to push through everything life throws your way.

5 Ways to Build Resilience 
It’s common for people to credit their success to confidence instead of resilience. Resilience is one of the most overlooked character building attributes a person can have.  But not many people are able to explain how building one’s confidence is often based on how they  utilize resilience. 

It’s tricky, because life often throws different things at us, but overall we grow from the choices and accomplishments that feed our passion and make us feel proud of who we are. Discovering these fundamental things can be one of the most worthwhile pursuits of your life. Here are 5 ways you can begin building your resilience today and bounce back from tough times:

1. Get Things Done  Resilience is built on accomplishment. If you achieve small and big goals, you’re going to feel much better about yourself after facing a hard time in life. Those day-to-day goals are what you need to accomplish things today, tomorrow, next week or three years from now to help meet your goal and heal from trauma.

2. Monitor Your ProgressTry to quantify your accomplishments: write down how you’re able to show up for yourself in hard times. If you’re able to exercise daily or be more mindful of the things you eat- write that stuff down. It is important to see how the small things can turn into big things while building up your strength at the same time.  Doing so  will help you stay on course, and you will build resilience as you see the progress you’re making in real time.

3. Exercise   Besides benefiting your health in general, exercising helps memory retention, improves focus, helps manage stress and prevents depression. It’s harder to be anxious when there is no excess energy to draw upon, and outside of being difficult and uncomfortable at times, exercise improves every aspect of your life.

4. Think Long-term The foundation of unhappiness is a decision made for short-term comfort that impedes long-term goals. You have to decide if your short-term comfort is more important than your long-term goals, but know that long-term goals will bring you far more happiness in the long run than your short-term comfort. This is the fundamental element of resilience. The ability to have vision beyond where you are now and realizing where you need to be in order to truly prosper. 

5. Do More Of What Makes You Happy What do you love to do in your spare time? Whatever it is that you love, create space for it, because life is short- you need time to enrich your life and to recharge to be your best self. Living in the present is the best gift you can give yourself along with permission to enjoy your life. Time is precious- no matter how much life throws at you, your ability to take it, grow from it and move on better because of it will help you build a testimony that can change the world. 

Well, Honestly… Episode 4 Interview w/ Pamela Pelt-Robinson


Jumping rope for most may seem like a child’s activity but for a Chicagoland woman it was the unifying element of a life changing purpose realized. Brown Women Wellness founders Andretta and Aaquila sit down for an enlightening discussion with 40+ Double Dutch Club founder Pamela Robinson to talk about all things health and wellness for brown babes around the globe.
During this podcast, the strength of unity and organization rings deep within the realms of the mental fortitude needed to embrace what it is that you love in order to give your body what it needs to be strong. The women break down the perks of working out without it feeling like a chore and the added benefit of sisterhood being sprinkled on top of it. While reminiscing on the last opportunity they had for such a refreshing activity- the women recalled in shock, highlighting their early teens. 
While dealing with transitioning to an empty nester and challenges within her marriage, Pamela saw the Double Dutch club as something all her own that gave her mental peace and support. A random jump rope in the trunk of her car led to a national movement encompassing over 12 thousand women. Her goal to provide a safe haven for physical exercise, connection and accountability has assisted in redefining what age appropriate past times are. She saw a chance to create a space and opportunity to work out that made being healthy a priority. Pamela sees the 40+ Double Dutch Club as a way to support and galvanize minority communities under the umbrella of physical activity worldwide. Double Dutch isn’t for kids any more; it is for anyone that wants a full body workout that assists with keeping your mind and social skills strong as well. 

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