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An Apple A Day With Dr. Amanda

An Apple A Day With Dr. Amanda

By Amanda Helman
The purpose of this podcast to empower people to share their stories in the areas of education, leadership, and mental health. Every week, Dr. Amanda interviews a guest or shares information about on a weekly theme. There are a variety of topics that focus on growth mindset across areas.
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Episode #6: Health and Wellness with Javier Sanchez
Welcome to An Apple A Day with Dr. Amanda podcast! Every week, Dr. Amanda invites guests to speak about a weekly theme. This week, Javier Sanchez, an online and in-person 1:1 fitness coach, actor, and screenwriter, discusses his story that led to his focus on helping himself and others on the fitness journey. Description of the Episode with Javier Sanchez. Time Stamps  2:30: Javi: Health and wellness is such an important part to focus on in life 2:57: Dr. Amanda: What does health and wellness mean to you 2:57 3:00: Javi: Health and wellness is trying to execute the best version of yourself through food in body or activities 4:10: Dr. Amanda: Do you see people see the fruit of it? 4:15 Javi: Yes it may take months to see the fruit of health and wellness. All goals are different to see what to do for weeks and months in advance. 6:10: Dr. Amanda: What is your story of health and wellness? 6:14: Javi: My story will start when I am 15. It took me later to learn the power of nutrition. 9:30: Dr. Amanda and Javi discuss the impact of trauma on the health and wellness journey. 10:11: Javi: It’s almost like having an inner engine and voice thinking, “What can I do that can get me toward my goal?” 11:00: Dr. Amanda: What are tips that are important to you for a healthy lifestyle? 11:05:Javi:  Patience and having nutritional education help clients. The education aspect of healthy lifestyle helps the client. 12:45: Javi asks Dr. Amanda about her health and wellness journey. Patience is definitely a huge part of the journey. 15:10: Javi:  It is the small wins that keep you going. 16:40: Javi: I always go back to thinking, “What’s the alternative? Going back? You already know what that is.” 17:10: Dr. Amanda: Health and Wellness is a mindset and a lifestyle. 18:12:Javi: A training and exercise plan differs for each person asking about what they want to do and what they prefer. It is best to see what works best for your personality and it is not a one size fits all for any individual. 20:30: What was one of your successes working with a client? 20:55: There are so many! This one story is very different. She had the goal of losing weight and a healthier version of herself. She had a brain condition so we worked to adapt her workouts to support her. 22:40: Javi: Goals don’t just have to be for physique but how you live and what goals you want to achieve. 23:45: Dr. Amanda: Is there anything on your journey that stood out to you about your journey? 24:10: Javi: Everything changed after understanding the power of nutrition in terms of executing it to match what I want. 26:00: Dr. Amanda: Are there any resources to recommend to the audience? 26:15: Javi: I would say the top book that I recommend to my clients is Atomic Habits by James Clear. 27: 50: Dr. Amanda: What is one wisdom tip for the audience? 28: 00:  Javi: I would say do what you can to learn when you can. Find areas that you feel you can improve upon. Also, don’t ever give up and educate yourself. 29:00 Dr. Amanda: Giving up-that’s not an option. 29:10: Javi: Follow me on Instagram: @javiersanchez is where I do my onboarding and post content.
November 27, 2020
Episode # 5: How to Have Hard Conversations with Tameka Anderson
Welcome to An Apple A Day with Dr. Amanda podcast! Every week, Dr. Amanda invites guests to speak about a weekly theme. This week, Tameka Anderso, America's fun coach, author, and speaker, shares tips on how to have hard conversations. Description of the Episode with Tameka Anderson Time/Detail 3:35: Dr. Amanda: What is one topic that you find people struggle with the most? 3:43: Tameka:  Racism is a topic that people struggle to discuss. 4:20: Dr. Amanda: What was your hardest conversation that you had to address in the area of racism? 4:40 Tameka: I had a conversation with someone that was not African American and our conversation was difficult because I had to come to a place of not being defensive but also stand my ground yet not being a threat.  5:58:  Dr. Amanda How do you approach hard conversations when you do not get any headway or no one is listening? 6:10: Tameka: When you come to it in a place of empathy it is the highest place of knowledge. You are not coming from an ego place or need to be right. 7:15: Dr. Amanda: In conversation, can you listen to somebody even if you do not agree? 7:25: Tameka: I do not use the terminology to agree to disagree but willing to listen to a person’s thought process and empathize with them. 9:00:Dr. Amanda: How do you use effective questions? 9:05: Tameka:  It depends on the situation.  11:50: Dr. Amanda: What do you do if you get upset during a conversation? 12:00: Tameka:  What I know works is to breathe. It really does work. 14:55: Dr. Amanda: Have you ever had to end a conversation because you both need to come back? 15:05: Tameka: I am diligent to only engage in hard conversations with other people that I can engage if they are upset or not.  16:10: Dr. Amanda: Did you end up following up with those conversations? 16:25:Tameka:  Usually no, especially when saying to come back to that conversation If at all. 17:15:Dr. Amanda: What do you do when you go in circles in conversation? 17:22: Tameka: I tend to bring the attention back to the circle I notice.  19:15: Dr. Amanda: What were some of the hardest lessons that you learned? 19:25: Tameka: The first thing that I learned is that I am not as patient as I hoped I was. That is one of the main things that I have learned. 22:30: Dr. Amanda: What are any books or resources on how to have hard conversations? 22:30: Tameka: I wrote The Confident Leader about how to engage with others and feel confident.  Power Versus force talking about how not to force something versus being powerful. Permission to Feel by Brene Brown. My absolute favorite is the Law of the Garbage Truck talks about how to lead yourself and lead your thinking. 25:10: Dr. Amanda: What is one more take away wisdom tip for our audience? 25:15 Tameka: If you go into every conversation with a mindset to learn from the other person you are automatically putting the other person’s shoes on.  Tameka Instagram: @americasfuncoach;;
November 20, 2020
Episode 4: How to Build Reading Skills with Dr. Emily Sharp
Welcome to An Apple A Day with Dr. Amanda podcast! Every week, Dr. Amanda invites guests to speak about a weekly theme. This week, Dr. Emily Sharp, provides many examples of how to build reading skills for children and youth. Emily is an expert in the fields of math and reading instruction.  Description of the Episode with Dr. Emily Sharp Time Stamps 2:55: Dr. Amanda: Emily tell us about your background in the science of reading 3:00: Dr. Emily Sharp shares about her experiences leading her to recognize the importance of learning the science of reading. 4:35: Dr. Emily: It was critical to get training from the Orton Gillingham Academy as well as LETRs training. 7:05: Dr. Amanda: What are the most important components of reading? 7:45:  Dr. Emily: We know the most important components of reading. Recently, we know the largest component of comprehension we now realize is background knowledge. 9:55: Emily: I had a big insight at a recent PA Literacy conference with Dr. Stephen Dykstra. He said if you want to help a child who experienced trauma help them to read. Reading is a piece of being able to make connections with your emotions and connect it to what happened to you. 11:50: Is explicit reading instruction important for all students? 11:58: Not all students need the same amount of explicit reading instruction. You do make sure the kids explicitly connect it to prior knowledge. 16:42: Dr. Amanda: What have you found most effective in teaching reading? 16:55: Dr. Emily continues to discuss the importance of training and student engagement throughout instruction. 22:05: Dr. Amanda: What are some practical ways for parents to teach their children how to read? 22:18:  Dr. Emily Sharp: Parents can help their children develop oral language skills. It is important to play with language using rhyming and singing. 25:35: Dr. Amanda: Are there any additional ways to teach reading to children? 25:40:  Dr. Emily: We want to expose children to text. Show children that there are syllables in words. Talk about how to use letter formation and how children use play with drawings. Connect with the kids about what they are learning. 27:23: Dr. Amanda: Ask specific questions to students: What did you read today? What did you learn today? 28:05:  Dr. Amanda: What would you share with parents who do not think explicit instruction is necessary? 28:30: Dr. Emily Sharp: We have confirmed many hypotheses with fMRI studies of the brain. We know there are connections made in different areas of the brain. 34: 21: Pathways to remediation is much harder after age 8. The pathway to reading lengthens according to research. The amount of time in intervention doubles for older students. 36:12: What are some resources to support the science of reading? 36:33: Dr. Emily Sharp discusses the Reading Rockets website and LDonline to provide information for parents. A review of Dr. Kilpatrick’s reading resources is part of the discussion. 41:00: Dr. Emily closes with a wisdom tip to share with educators and parents.
November 13, 2020
Episode # 3: How to Have Hard Conversations with Juan Arrojo Yap
Welcome to An Apple A Day with Dr. Amanda podcast! Every week, Dr. Amanda invites guests to speak about a weekly theme. This week, Juan Arroyo Yap, an entrepreneur and coach, shares how to have hard conversations in the work environment. He also provides practical tips and resources. Timestamps for Having Hard Conversations With Juan :35: Welcome and Introduction from Dr. Amanda 2:23: Dr. Amanda:What are some hard topics you have had to address as a leader? 2:27: Juan:discusses the difficult hard conversation but most experiences is in the work space managing teams or helping others. Juan shares about the two examples of how to have hard conversations and how he handled the situation. 5:15: Dr. Amanda:What kind of language do you use that keeps conversation open? 5:20: Juandiscussed how he changed his language when having critical conversations. The simple way to address this is to mention facts in conversations. 8:32: Dr. Amanda:How do you diffuse conversations? 9:15:  Juan: A good technique with performance is to allow the person to set the milestones. How would you like to accomplish the goals? 11:22:Dr. Amanda: Did you have a hard conversation about values in an organization? 16:30: Juan: At some point, we all think we all have the right answer. This often does not lead to teamwork. The question is, “Who takes the lead to facilitate those conversations?” 18:30: Dr. Amanda: Have you had circular conversations with someone? How do you move out of that? 19:00: Juan: One thing that is important as a question: Is the person willing to let go of what they believe in that situation to open themselves up to another option? What helps the most is focusing on the facts. 22:55: Dr. Amanda:What are other helpful tips dealing with hard conversations? 23:05: Juan: Identify important milestones to set goals. Get the individual to identify the steps to the outcome empowers them to finish goals. 27:25: Dr. Amanda:  What are some tips to use when you are upset and the other person is angry? 28:15: Juan: discusses some strategies based on his own cultural background and tips he learned. 31:30: Dr. Amanda:You cannot argue with how we are feeling in the moment. It is vulnerable to share how we are feeling, such as I feel frustrated. 32:15: Juan: discusses culture within conversation. An environment that cannot have conflict, with no egos in the way, is an ideal environment. It is hard to create an environment that values challenges in conversations. 34:25: Dr. Amanda: It is important to hear each other and have uncomfortable conversations. It is hard to sometimes dig down deep and reflect. Do I want to hear the other person’s perspective or do I want to say what I want to say? 35:00: Dr. Amanda:What are some resources? 35:05: Juan:Critical ConversationsTools for Talking When Stakes Are High, 2nd Edition, BY: Kelly Patternson 37:35: Dr. Amanda:What is one wisdom tip to apply and use today? 37:45: Juan: You have to be willing to speak in full confidence while still being open to the possibility that you are 100% wrong especially during difficult conversations. Be humble enough to say I am confident about this but I could still be wrong. 40:15: Dr. Amanda: How Can the audience learn more about you? 40:20: Juan: Contact me on Facebook or Instagram at Juanononecoaching and
November 6, 2020
Episode 2: Women in Leadership Interview With Hasanna Birdsong
Welcome to An Apple A Day with Dr. Amanda Podcast! Every week, Dr. Amanda invites guests to speak about a weekly theme. This week, Hasanna Birdsong, President of Sales at Adept Group, discusses her journey as a woman in leadership. She provides five powerful tips to empower other women in leadership.  Hasanna's Book Recommendations    Dare to Lead by Brene Brown: Establishing trust and vulnerability to change the work culture. Available on Amazon.   The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks: A book about dreams and fears and how to remove self-imposed limitations. Available on Amazon.   The Five-Second Rule by Mel Robbins: Trust yourself to take action and move toward your goal. Available on Audible and Amazon.  You Are a Badass Series by Jen Sincero: Know Your Capabilities and How to Become Self-Aware. Available on Amazon. Description of the Episode with Hasanna Birdsong Timestamps 2:35: Dr. Amanda: Introduces Hasanna Birdsong 3:25: Hasanna talks about her journey leading up to her leadership roles. 3:55: Dr. Amanda "What does it mean to be an effective leader?"  4:00 Hasanna shares how one important part of her life was educators noticing the leadership skills that launched her into leadership. 6:35: Hasanna said that kids need somebody to believe in them and that supports them. 7:00 Hasanna discusses her time at Lehigh Valley Live and the time she spent within the diverse environment. 8:45: Hasanna talked about how she learned how to empower others during her time at Arbonne. 10:40: Hasanna shares how Brene Brown’s work was influential as a leader. 12:30: Dr. Amanda- It goes from competition to empowerment. We all have values that will help each other. 13:15: Dr. Amanda asks Hasanna if there are any other lessons she learned about leadership. 13:30: Hosanna “Being a leader doesn’t mean that you have all the answers.” It just means that you show up and do your best even when you do not.” 14:30: Dr. Amanda acknowledges Hasanna’s reference to blind spots. It is important to have other mentors and continue to grow. 15:22: Dr. Amanda asks "Are anything else to pave the way for women leaders?" 15:28: Hasanna believes equal pay is critical and discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the workforce. 16: 48: Dr. Amanda asks, "What are 5 leadership tips for women?" 16:55: Hasanna: Apply for the job you do not think you are ready for-you do not need to check every box. She continues through additional tips. 18: Hasanna discusses a wise tip. “Fill your cup. You are no good to anybody else if your cup is empty.” 18:55: Dr. Amanda says to "Rip up your list and just apply for the job!" 19:40: Hasanna mentions different leadership books written by women leaders. 22:05:  Dr. Amanda “It is important we positively shift the culture and environment where we work.” 22:50:  Dr. Amanda “Take a step forward and do not hold yourself back because of what other people think.” 24:00: Hasanna leaves us with one final wisdom tip: "Right now, you are enough. Today, just as you are enough."
October 30, 2020
Episode 1: How to Navigate Anxiety During Difficult Times with Craig Miller
Welcome to An Apple A Day with Dr. Amanda podcast! Every week, Dr. Amanda invites guests to speak about a weekly theme. This week, Craig Miller, a licensed counselor author, and speaker, discusses how to navigate through anxiety. He provides practical tips and resources. Description of the Episode with Craig Miller Timestamps of Important Topics During the Podcast 40 seconds: Welcome by Dr. Amanda. 1:00: Dr. Amanda introduces Craig Miller and review of some of his resources. 2:23: Dr. Amanda asks Craig what is anxiety? 2:52: Craig discusses how you feel anxiety in your gut, fears of events happening all the time, racing Thoughts. 3:37: Craig discusses two types of anxiety. 5:04: Craig discusses healthy anxiety versus unhealthy anxiety. 8:23: Craig discusses statistics about anxiety and how it impacts our bodies. 9: 15: Craig gives an example of how anxiety can be there at birth as a result of childhood events. 10:35: Craig discusses home environments and anxiety. 11:20: Craig discusses finding the cause of anxiety. 12:30: Craig discusses emotional development in early childhood. 14:36: Craig said when the current response is greater than it should go back to a dormant event that happened earlier in life. 16:12: Craig discusses his book Breaking Emotional Barriers to Healing; When Your Mate Is Emotionally Unavailable; and When Your Feelings Don’t Come Easy available on 18:30: Dr. Amanda asks Craig what are some practical steps to help people who have symptoms of Anxiety. 20:45: Craig says that safety brings comfort. He also goes step by step through a technique to feel safety and comfort. 23:45: Craig “It is hard to release in childhood what you do not know how to release the emotions.” 25:07: Dr. Amanda asks Craig to share one more wisdom tip for people who are coping with anxiety. 25:20: Craig shares wisdom tips of coping skills for anxiety. Craig Miller Resources Follow Craig Miller on Facebook:  and Twitter:
October 22, 2020