Are We Putting Our Daughters' Emotional and Physical Health in Danger By Not Teaching Them About Sex?

We know how irrational it is to pretend that by not talking about something awkward or uncomfortable, it will go away and we won’t have to deal with it, so why do we do this when it comes to talking to our kids about sex?

What might sex, sexuality, gender expression, pregnancy, abortion, sexual abuse/assault and rape look like if we had more open and honest conversations about these topics with each other and with our children as soon as they learn to talk?

What might our world look like if women had the body awareness and agency to defend themselves against unwanted sexual advances?

In this conversation with Robin LaCross, I intersect the nuances of culture and communication when talking about sex and its outcomes.

Robin LaCross is a holistic health practitioner who specializes in women’s reproductive health. She has been teaching natural birth control methods for over 25 years because she is passionate about making sure every young woman grows up knowing and understanding her body and cycle. Robin is on a mission to reduce unintended pregnancies and the spread of STDs in the world by changing the way mothers talk to their children about growing up, sex and staying safe.

Robin is the founder of The HPV Education Project to raise awareness about the virus, new advances in HPV testing and holistic methods of promoting cervical health. Armed with a holistic approach coupled with the latest advances in technology, she is empowering individuals to protect themselves against HPV.

Robin currently lives in Tucson, Arizona and works with women all over the world helping them to acquire the knowledge, tools and skills needed to create greater reproductive health and well‐being.

Mentioned in this episode

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Can a Career Coach Help You Grow Your Health Coaching Practice?


This episode is supported by sales of Danielle LaPorte’s Fire Starter Sessions. The Fire Starter Sessions is the permission slip you’ve been waiting for — to fully want what you want and go for it, to expand your consciousness and your cash flow, to up the ante on your dreams, to be incredibly generous with your love.

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When I launched Grow Yourself, Grow Your Health Coaching Practice, I wanted to create a space for conversations I felt were missing from the larger conversations graduates were having about their coaching experience. So much of the conversation centered around getting clients and making money, which is fine, because that’s what you went to school for.

But there weren’t enough conversations around personal or career development, the other pieces of doing this work that doesn’t have anything to do with getting clients and making money but is about setting yourself up for success.

So when I went through Aileen Axtmayer of AspireWithAileen.com‘s website and talked with her on yesterday’s episode of Green Smoothies, Chocolate, and Bacon, I realized her work was the missing link. In addition to working as a career coach for over a decade, Aileen is also a graduate of Institute for Integrative Nutrition. This combination, along with her Yoga certification, uniquely positions her as the holistic go-to not just for career growth, but for your whole life.

I’m not a business coach and don’t want to be mistaken for one, but I do want health coaches to be successful in their businesses on their own terms. And I believe that one way to get there is through continuous personal development and growth.

If you’re feeling like you don’t know which way to go or grow as a health coach, I invite you to check out Aileen’s website to see which of her offers is right for you.

Please also let us know your takeaways in the comments below.


Grow Yourself, Grow Your Health Coaching Practice is taking a break for the winter season and will return in May 2018. But it isn’t over! I invite you to catch up on episodes you may have missed, and to stay connected with me on Twitter and Instagram, and over on my Linkedin group. I welcome your feedback and ideas on future topics and how to improve the show, so please feel free to send them my way. 

Why Loving Your Work Matters Why Loving Your Work Matters


This episode is supported by sales of Danielle LaPorte’s Fire Starter Sessions. The Fire Starter Sessions is the permission slip you’ve been waiting for — to fully want what you want and go for it, to expand your consciousness and your cash flow, to up the ante on your dreams, to be incredibly generous with your love.

Learn more by clicking here.

For most of us, our jobs are important to our personal survival and economic well-being.  While some people have found personal fulfillment through the work they do, others are doing what they have to do to collect a check. No matter where you are in your career or employment journey, what you do for money and how you do it matters.

I really enjoyed this conversation with Aileen Axtmayer of AspireWithAileen.com, a career coach with a broad range of experience and expertise in career counseling and personal development.  What makes Aileen different from other career coaches? Her training as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Yoga Instructor offers an holistic approach to the way we (view) work, especially as our work impacts our relationship with food, our relationships and our overall well-being.

Check out these resources Aileen has for creating a meaningful career and healthy lifestyle: 

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Green Smoothies, Chocolate, and Bacon invites you to challenge the belief that dieting, deprivation, willpower, and regimented exercise is the only way to have a healthy and happy life.

Click here to listen to past episodes.

While we can prevent or reduce our health risks, there’s no-one-size-fits-all solution. As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, I invite my clients to take their wellness journey “off the plate”.

Learn more at honeybeewellness.club.


Green Smoothies, Chocolate and Bacon  is hosted on the Blubrry platform using the Blubrry Powerpress plugin. Podcasting is an ambitious undertaking, and I don’t know that I would’ve been able to pull off five days of podcasting without the seamless integration that is Blubrry offers with its WordPress plugin. I still have a lot to learn about podcasting and much to improve on, but as a beginner who is learning as I go along, Blubrry makes it easy to keep up and keep going.

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Why Did You Buy That?

Nothing like the holiday season to get you all in your feelings about money and materialism.  My desire to be location independent and my disdain for Suzie Homemaking introduced me to minimalism which eventually helped me to not get caught up in the madness that is Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

I may not buy anything, but I still like to look and dream.

Resources for the topics I mentioned in this episode:

 

Minimalism

Black Minimalists

Zen Habits

Becoming Minimalist

Women Can Be Minimalists, Too

Essentialism: The Disclipined Pursuit of Less

My Health Coach Training

Institute for Integrative Nutrition

My Yoga Teacher Training

Kundalini Yoga as Taught by Yogi Bhajan

Blendtec

Amazon Special

Location Independence

The Suitcase Entrepreneur

Location Independent

WeWorkRemotely 

Emergency Food / Food Storage


Mondays with Melissa is hosted on the Blubrry platform using the Blubrry Powerpress plugin. Podcasting is an ambitious undertaking, and I don’t know that I would’ve been able to pull off five days of podcasting without the seamless integration that is Blubrry offers with its WordPress plugin. I still have a lot to learn about podcasting and much to improve on, but as a beginner who is learning as I go along, Blubrry makes it easy to keep up and keep going. If you’ve been enjoying this podcast and thinking about launching your own, I invite you to check out Blubrry’s podcast hosting service. You’ll get a month for free to upload your show and figure out the ins and outs of podcasting.  Click here to sign up, and let me know how it ends up working out for you.

#BreatheOnPurpose like Darth Vader (Ujjayi Pranayam)

The information presented here is not intended to replace the advice of a licensed healthcare professional, nor is it intended to prevent, diagnose, or cure illness or disease. Please consult your primary healthcare professional before making any changes or additions to your current routine.

Ujjayi (oo-jai) breath is also known as oceanic breathing and the victorious breath. Because of the sound you make, I like to call it the Darth Vader breath.

Ujjayi is often used during Hatha practice to help maintain focus through the asana flow, during other forms of physical activity, and to also relieve tension and nervous energy.

With this breath, you’re only breathing through your nose, while slightly constricting the throat along with a root and chest lock. These locks are called bandhas, For more about bandhas, check out Yoga International’s A Beginner’s Guide to Bandhas

You may become lightheaded during this breathwork, so it’s highly suggested that you spend a few minutes in long deep breathing before you begin the Ujjayi.

#BreatheOnPurpose uses the Insight Timer.


This episode is supported by my affiliate relationship with REI. As an affiliate, I receive a commission for sales made through the links I share with you. I’ve been an REI Co-Op member for several years, after getting to know their brand and mission during my two years as an Outdoor Afro Team Leader. For the third year in a row, REI will be closing all of its stores to #OptOutside with family and friends on Black Friday. REI invites you to create a new Black Friday tradition by spending time in the outdoors with those you love as well. Learn more by clicking here.

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